Archive for the ‘Vintage planes’ Category


I have quite a few photos that would have worked nicely for the Word a Week Photo Challenge – Carry but none grabbed me in the same way that the photos of this daredevil did. This daredevil is a woman who got on to the wings of the plane at the beginning of the performance (i.e., after the plane was in the air), which occur a few years ago at the Experimental Aircraft Association Annual Fly-in. Our daredevil stayed on the wings of the plane while it carried her through stunts that included a loop with a vertical climb, flying upside down (she was clearly attached firmly to the plane) and a rapid decent and fairly sharp pull up that must have had a “g” effect that added quite a bit of temporary new weight to her. The more distant images are not as clear as I would like, but the action was quite a distance away. I hope you enjoy this set of images of a plane carrying a daredevil on its wings. By the way, this activity is known as Wing Walking. For the life of me I cannot remember the name of these folks so that I can give them appropriate credit.

EAA-431 (Daredevil)  EAA-Stunt Lady (Daredevil))-4-2

EAA-421(Woman on Wing of Plan-1)-2 EAA-431 (Daredevil)-2-2

EAA-431 (Daredevil)-2-2

A Shiny DC-3

This nice and shiny plane is the “Esther Mae.” It is a Douglas DC3 that was built in December, 1945 and is the only DC3-3D that is still in flying condition. This photo is from its appearance at the 2010 Experimental Aircraft Association Annual Fly-in.  It is my contribution to this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny.

The Word A Week Challenge – Favorite is indeed a challenge because what my favorite photo is changes from time to time. Paralyzed by indecision, I finally decided to post several of my favorites, which as you will see comprise quite an eclectic group.

Shasta Daisy
  Esther Mae - July 30, 2010 - 151On Edge 2  Flag Flies at Sunset

A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – ACTION Sparkle - July 15, 2012 - 004

Butterflies - 6 - August 11, 2011-Edit

Wind_Camera_USA Minot Air Show - 839 - July 04, 2012

A Word a Week Photo Challenge - Metallic

The Esther Mae is a sharp-looking, but admittedly metallic, lady. She shows off her stuff here at the Experimental Aircraft Association Annual Fly-in held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change 1

On the edge of more change than one would want the pilot of this plane was able to successfully recover from what looked like sure disaster.

Here are some of my photos of aircraft in flight. These are from an air show in Minot, North Dakota on July 4, 2012. All photos were taken from the ground using a Canon Rebel T2i with a Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM lens  with the camera on a Manfrotto tripod and head. All shots were taken with a +2 exposure while I frantically followed planes hoping to catched a usable shot:).