1915 Hispano Suiza Hot Rod

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The formula for a 140+ mph hot rod is simple… find a high-torque 18.5 liter Hispano Suiza airplane engine from 1915, attach a 1919 Delage bus gearbox before mounting it into a lightweight 1915 Hispano Suiza chassis that’s fitted with an Albion garbage truck rear-end, then stopped by mechanical chain drum brakes.

Another favorite from Jay’s collection that I was fortunate to photograph recently.

 

Flashback: The A-10C Thunderbolt II “Warthog”

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The A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” is the Air Force’s premier close air support aircraft, providing invaluable protection to our troops on the ground.

We photographed Captain Cody J. Wilton, the USAF Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team pilot and commander, in action at the 2019 Great Pacific Airshow in Huntington Beach, demonstrating the aircraft’s incredible capabilities.  The Air Combat Command A-10 Demonstration Team is stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

The team will appear at the NAF El Centro, California Air Show on March 14, 2020, followed by appearances at airshows across the USA and Canada throughout 2020.

 

Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum

 

 

We enjoyed our visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum recently, where 59 flyable and static vintage World War II and Korea/Vietnam era aircraft are on display on the tarmac at the Palm Springs Airport (PSP) and inside four climate-controlled hangars totaling 86,000 square feet.

On many weekends, you can book a ride over the skies of Palm Springs in one of their vintage warbirds, including a C-47 Skytrain, P-51 Mustang, T-28B Trojan or the T-33 Shooting Star Jet.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail.

 

McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet

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The F/A-18 was adopted by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerial demonstration team in 1986 and continues to fly today. It has now served with the team for 34 years. That makes it the longest-serving aircraft type to fly with the Navy’s aerial demonstration team.

This particular aircraft was built by McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft (acquired by Boeing in 1997), St. Louis, Missouri and delivered to the U.S. Navy.

Technical Specifications:

  • Wingspan: 40 ft.
  • Length: 56 ft.
  • Height: 15 ft. 4 in.
  • Weight: 36,970 pounds (loaded)
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 1.8
  • Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft.
  • Range: 1,089 miles
  • Engines: Two General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans with 16,000 pounds of thrust
  • Crew: 1
  • Current markings: 2012 U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Currently on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona

 

The best of 2019 – Blue Angels @ Miramar

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One of the most spectacular sights I saw this year was the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego.  In its 64th year, the event covers three days of aerial displays, including the Blue Angels pictured here. If we weren’t looking up at the skies, we toured static displays of dozens of vintage and modern aircraft from military, firefighting, search & rescue, law enforcement, as well as special interest private aviation.

It’s not easy getting a decent picture of screaming jets flying past at nearly 400 mph (640 km/h)!

This was our first trip to see the show and loved it.  We’ll be back next year!