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11th Annual Warbirds Over the Rockies

On Saturday the 13th of September, I attended the 11th annual Warbirds Over the Rockies radio control airshow.

The Warbirds Over the Rockies website describes the event as:

“An international event that attracts the finest in model aviation pilots and warbirds from around the globe. With more than 150 pilots and 5,000 spectators, the event is a classic showcase of aviation history and camaraderie. The event also features the top vendors from the modeling industry.”

…and I couldn’t agree more with that description.

The event kicked off at 0800. I arrived around 0900 to find the field already buzzing with activity. This RC airshow rivals any airshow of the 1:1 scale full-size varity that I’ve attended. An example of just about every popular warbird was present. A nice assortment of models were there representing the axis birds of WWII. A gathering of Fw190’s were in the pit area, as well as my favorite…the Me262.

And of course the allies were in full force as well with a compliment of P-51’s, P-47’s and the sweetest B-26 bomber that I have ever laid eyes on. The detailing of this bird just simply has to be seen in person to be appreciated.

As an RC modeler myself, on and off for the past 24 years, I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the event. The only suggestion I would have for the event organizers, would be to set up a roped off display area, where between flights, the models could be viewed up close by the spectators. Seeing the detail and effort put into building these machines, can really only be appreciated by getting to see the birds up close. This would also give the pilots and owners a chance to interact with the spectators, giving questions a chance to be answered, and possibly winning over new members to the sport.

With the sport of RC flying, goes its share of rough landings. There were a few collapsed main gear upon landing, as well as busted props and scuffed wing tips. Crashes are all part of the sport, and inevitably have to be reckoned with. As a fellow modeler I’ve had my share. And whether flying myself or as a spectator, it always hurts to see these fine model aircraft crash.

I stayed around the show until about noon, then had to call it a day. I truly look forward to next years event. Here’s a few images from Saturday, with future updates being made as I process images.


Could this be a photo obtained during the capture of the Oberpfaffenhofen Dornier factory in April of 1945? The Dornier 335 “Pfeil”…

Dornier 335 Pfeil

It’s the final days of WWII. Daily, the Allies are advancing deeper and deeper into Germany. As a result, the Luftwaffe is pushed further into southern Germany.

Among those units escaping the advance of the Allies, are Germany’s Me 262 units. Too late to turn the tide of the war, these units operated from the few remaining airfields in Southern Germany and Austria.

From one of those remote airfields, we find this Me 262 pilot in the cockpit of his aircraft, preparing to go up against the latest B-17 bomber raids over the Reich. The Me262…

Me262 Pilot

Is it a A-10 somewhere in the hills of Afghanistan, providing Close Air Support to troops on the ground? Nope! Try a R/C model A-10 doing a fly-by at the 11th Annual Warbirds Over the Rockies!

A-10 Gun Run

The crew and nose art of the B-26 “Flak Bait”. (I tried to do this aircraft justice with my images. The detailing of this bird just simply has to be seen in person to be appreciated!)

The B-26 -Flak Bait

Back from busting Nazi locomotives hauling Third Reich supplies to the front lines, the P-47 Razorback “Miss Behave” touches down.

P-47 Razorback Touches Down

The A-10 Warthog, operating from the type of environment for which it was designed-improvised air strips.

A-10

The pilot makes one last check of his gauges, as the co-pilot peers intently out of his windscreen…wondering what this next mission will bring for the crew of the B-26 “Flak Bait”.

B-26 Pre-Flight Checklist Complete

Check back often for updates to this post!

 

The Tuskegee Airmen

At the recent Pikes Peak Regional Airshow this past August, I had an opportunity to capture photographs of the CAF’s Red Tail Squadron P-51.

Reviewing various processing ideas, I wanted to utilize one of my images in a retro post-processing style, to pay tribute to these brave soldiers of the Army Air Corps…”The Tuskegee Airmen”.

The result is the image you see featured below, a replication of the opening scenes of a fictitious WWII film featuring the “Tuskegee Airmen”.

Tuskegee Airmen Film Intro

WWII Recruiting Poster-Man Those Guns!!!

I’ve always been intrigued by the 1940’s art style of WWII war bond posters, with their vibrant, contrasting colors, and simplistic, yet direct message.

With the cooler weather in late Summer and Fall, I find myself going back through photo files from the events I’ve attended throughout the Spring and Summer. It’s this time of the year, as the airshow season draws to a close, that I start to get that creative longing to take my images and see what types of WWII inspired replications I can create.

Earlier this Summer I took a trip to a local museum. Among the museum’s outdoor displays, was a WWII Naval Anti-Aircraft Gun. As soon as I laid eyes on the AA gun, WWII Navy recruiting posters started flashing through my head. I set to work, taking photos of the gun at various angles, keeping in mind the posters I’ve seen in the past.

I’ve sat on that RAW image now for going on two months, waiting for just the right spark of inspiration to get me in motion. This morning it all came together. Scanning over actual WWII posters, the spark ignited. And the result of that inspiration is posted below.

My latest WWII poster……”Do Your Part To Man Those Guns!!!”

Man Those Guns

The Norden Bombsight

Designed by the Dutch born engineer Carl Norden, who was educated in Switzerland and emigrated to the United States in 1904, the Norden bombsight was used by the United States Army Air Corps as well as the United States Navy during World War II.

Considered a critical wartime instrument, bombardiers were required to defend its secrecy, and in case their bomber should go down in enemy territory and the Norden survive the crash, the bombardier was instructed to destroy the sight to keep it from falling into enemy hands.

This is a replicated WWII era poster I created, utilizing an image I captured of the Norden bomb sight while visiting an aviation museum. Due to the secrecy surrounding the Norden bombsight, an advertisement of this nature would have of course never existed during WWII…

Norden-Bomb-Sight-Poster

2014 Pikes Peak Regional Air Show

On Saturday 9 AUG 2014, my day started at 0400 with a shower, shave, quick breakfast and out the door I go! The bulk of this summer Saturday consisted of crawling, kneeling and walking around yet another hot, dry airport ramp shooting images at this year’s Pikes Peak Regional Air Show!

Airshow gates opened promptly at 0800. I like to arrive early to these events and showed up around 0730. Arriving as early as possible, not only allows one to beat the crowd but also to take advantage of that small window of “good light”.

Unfortunately, arriving early to this event did no good- 0800 is 0800 to these event organizers! Once the starter pistol was raised in the air, and the start shot fired (just kidding, seemed like a race though) it was a mad dash of photogs and spectators as everyone went scattering to all corners of the ramp, rushing to be the first to get in a few shots of the aircraft before the others arrived.

A 0800 start time still provided a bit of decent light, but a clear blue, almost cloudless sky quickly let the sun shine down full bore on the field.

Here’s one shot I managed to capture, just about at the end of that window of “good light”.

Red Star Sunrise

 

I’m still going through photo files at the moment, sorting through the images shot that day. Updates to this posting will be made as images are processed. Here’s a couple shots to get things started!


The majority of the fighters were lined up here at the back of the Hot Ramp, an area which I affectionately dubbed “Fighter Row”.

Fighter Row

 

The Other End Of Fighter Row

 

Warm sunlight basks the cockpit of the Stinson L-5 “Miss Stitch”.

Stinson L-5 "Miss Stitch"

 

P-40 Warhawk from the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show, with a Kodachrome/Vintage twist to the processing.

P-40 Warhawk WW2 Kodachrome

 

A6M “Zero” or  “Zeke” as it was called by our Allied forces.

Zero-4

 

A Hypnotizing spinner.

Hypnotizing Spinner-4

 

Cockpit of the P-40 Warhawk.

P-40 Cockpit

 

The Tuskegee Airmen P-51.

Tuskegee P-51

 

More photos being processed, check back often!

Kelly Airpark Annual Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In

This morning I spent a few hours with the fine folks out at Kelly Airpark.  On this day was the Airpark’s Annual Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In.

Kelly Airpark is a private residential community situated between Denver and Colorado Springs, nestled in the rolling, pine covered hills of Elbert County.

The beautiful scenery of the small airstrip with its sod parking areas surrounded by homes with private hangars, was a welcome change to photographing aircraft on the apron of a local metro airport.

I have quite a few photos to sort through from this mornings event. I’ll make updates to this post as photos are processed.

Fleet Model 7 Framed

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Still going through my photo files from last Saturday’s Kelly Airpark Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In. It was such a welcome change to shoot photos of aircraft on a sod strip out in the countryside, rather than on the tarmac apron of a local metro airfield. Conditions I’ve been waiting on for a very long time.

I missed the Fly-In from previous years and am glad I was able to finally make this year’s event. Such a great place to shoot photos of local aircraft under a relaxed atmosphere, verses shooting around swarms of airshow attendees, baby strollers and orange safety cones!

Here’s my current images, updated as of: 24 JUL 14

Pietenpol Air Camper

VANS RV7A

On Approach

Make A Hole

Dawn On The Strip

Sunrise Fly-By

Pietenpol Air Camper

Fly-In Sunrise

1931 Fleet Model 7 On The Strip

 

July 2014 Edition: Commemorative Air Force magazine “The Dispatch”

Earlier this year, an incident occurred to one of my favorite local warbirds. On March 17, 2014 the Rocky Mountain Wing of the Commemorative Air Force’s  TBM  Avenger “309” suffered a collapse of the left main landing gear while taxiing.

Immediately a request was made for donations to help get the TBM back into the air. An estimated $100,000 would be needed, of which only a small portion would be covered by insurance.

In an effort to drum up support and draw attention to the donation effort, and to do my part in helping to get “309” back into the air, I elected to create a WW2 “warbond” inspired poster utilizing one of my recent images of TBM “309”.

This month I am proud to see my donation poster featured in the official Commemorative Air Force magazine, “The Dispatch”.

July 2014 CAF Magazine The Dispatch

 

 

JEFFCO AVIATION ASSOCIATION’S 19th Annual Pancake Breakfast/Fly-In

Lots going on aviation wise on Saturday, the 14th of June! Three local events were held simultaneously, I was able to attend two of those three events, my favorite of which is the Jeffco Aviation Association (JAA) Pancake Breakfast/Fly-In.

Here are a few photos from the fly-in, updates will take place as time permits. Don’t forget we’re on social media as well. Be sure to “like” Quibphotography on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all my latest images.

WACO

Airplane Talk

Luscombe

Jacks MIG

QP IAR 823

1934 Waco YKC Sunrise

 

Hill Aerospace Museum-Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Recent travels allowed me the opportunity to spend some time at Hill AFB and the Hill Aerospace Museum.

With a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains, the museum is situated upon 30 acres of the northwest corner of Hill Air Force Base, Utah and was founded in 1981 as a part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. First opening its doors to the public in 1986, the museum sees approximately 180,000 visitors annually coming from every state in the U.S. and many foreign countries.

I have many, many photos to sort through and process from the excellent variety of aircraft on display. The museum boasts fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from literally every era of aviation history from the beginnings of early manned flight, through both world wars, and up to the modern day jet fighters such as the F-16, F-18 and A-10.

B-17 SHORT BIERB-24 Engine Change-Photo AlbumHH-43B P-38 Hub And BladesP-40 P-51 AudreyB-52C-123