… what better way to start a new day than to head to the airport and be treated to a low pass by our latest and greatest military aircraft. Two F-35’s made an appearance this morning and did several low passes before heading back out and returning to their home base. To learn more about the F-35, click here.
The shot above shows them coming in for a pass down runway 3 … they had their “scoops” open which are intakes for the fans used in vertical or STOL operations … check out the huge blast coming down from the aircraft as it travels down the runway … click on the link above to learn more how this is integral to the operation of the aircraft. I was on A2 near the north end of the field shooting the sequences and each time they passed almost directly over me I was introduced to sound such as I have never heard in my life … pure pain … but what a rush! Ear protection next time.
In the photo you are looking down runway 21 … traveling in the opposite direction it is runway 3. Runways are numbered by the compass heading and drop the last digit. Runway 21 means that the direction of travel is 210 on the compass rose and the reciprocal is 30 on the compass rose, drop the ten and you have runway 3. The yellow signs you see going down the runway are access markers where you can enter or leave the runway and go to the taxiway and travel to whichever ramp you are going to.
The image below shows one of the F-35’s with the scoop retracted and banking in front of Wilson Mountain and coming around for another low pass down the runway … awesome beyond belief!
If you live in the Sedona area, the sound they generate most likely drew your attention to these magnificent machines … awesome is the only way to describe them … give thanks to all those who serve in the military and the job they do to keep us safe.
Into the weekend for me and the plan is to be back Monday morning. Have a wonderful day and weekend … smile … keep breathing and be kind!
And though age and infirmity overtake
me, and I come not within sight of the castle of my
dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life, and for
time’s olden memories that are good and sweet; and
may the evening’s twilight find me gentle still.
excerpt from A Prayer by Max Ehrmann
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In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.
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