Saturday, August 13, 2022

Bartenders

During the Vietnam War, inadequacies within the USAF fleet of KC-135 air-refuelers were brought to light, and so the KC-10 Extender was developed as result. Here's a rather picturesque McDonnell Douglas promo photo showing the first two KC-10s built for the US Air Force during an early test flight over the Mojave Desert, waaaaaay back in the early 1980s. The jet closest to the camera is the first KC-10A, USAF serial 79-0433 (though here she wears the civil registration N110KC), while the other is Extender number two, 79-0434.

Drink up and enjoy...


 
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Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Express

Your blogmeister doesn't know a whole heckuvalot about the de Havilland D.H.86 Express, just that it was a forerunner of the more well-known and slightly more graceful'n smarter-lookin' D.H.89 Dragon Rapide.

This particular example was built as a D.H.86A in 1936, but converted to a D.H.86B later that same year, evidenced mainly by the 'auxiliary fins' fitted to the tips of the horizontal tail surfaces. She was owned and operated with the civil registration G-AEJM by Wrightways, Ltd. of Croydon until her transfer to 24 Squadron of the Royal Air Force in April of 1940, when her identity was changed to X9441. Sadly, she would be written off after an engine fire during startup at RAF Hendon in February of 1943.

Anyhoo, enjoy the photo, y'all...


 
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Sunday, July 10, 2022

The Delta Queen

For our annual appearance here at TWW we bring you, the readership of not more than half-a-dozen and hopefully not less than zero, yep, you guessed it...

...a quickie.

Only this time, it's a quickie in more ways than one.

The Convair B-58 Hustler was designed to do just two things: drop nukes on commies and do it real fast-like.

Like, Mach 2 fast-like.

Hence the type's name, 'Hustler'.

Anyhoo, as the aforementioned readership is undoubtedly aware, we like us some purty-pikshurs here at TWW, and this-here quickie fits that bill fairly nicely.

Enjoy... but don't blink...

USAF photo



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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sturzkampfflugzeug über Spanien

Today we bring you a quickie in the form of this rather dramatic snap showing a Kette of Legion Condor Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stukas on their way to support Franco's Nationalists by dropping things that go boom on Republican forces. Disfrutar...


 
AP photo via The Atlantic


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Monday, March 22, 2021

A Penguin in the Desert

We love us some purty-pikshurs around here... so for today's quickie we offer this super-freakin-groovy shot of F-35C BuNo. 168735 of the VX-9 Edwards Detachment at Edwards Air Force Base, snapped at sunset during September of 2013. Enjoy...


 
Lockheed Martin photo by Matthew Short



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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Guards MiGs

Today we present a pikshur that is well-known to those who dig Soviet aviation of the Great Patriotic War.

The photo was taken at Vnukovo Airfield near Moscow on March 7th, 1942 and shows MiG-3s of the 120th Fighter Aviation Regiment on occasion of said regiment being renamed as the 12th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment.

 

 
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For the model builders out there and/or for those who simply appreciate colors and markings... contrary to decades of popular belief, the outer wings of the ship closest to the camera were undoubtedly not red, but green. More info on that HERE.


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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Stalking a Bear

A long time back we shared a photo from 1977 showing an F-14 Tomcat of VF-14 'Tophatters' during an intercept of a Russkie Tu-95 'Bear', and mentioned that we kinda-sorta dig stuff like that. Also mentioned was that more such photos would be forthcoming.

Well, it took a while but today we offer another coolish intercept shot. This time the Tomcat squadron is currently unknown to us, as any identifying markings are hidden in high-contrast shadow. However, a little messin' 'wit the image in Photoshop has revealed an 'N' as the first letter of the air wing code, making it a RON from the left coast. We do have a date for the photo, August 1st, 1985... though we're not sure if that was the date on which the shutter was tripped or if that's when the photo was released to Joe Q. Public. Whatever the case, the ballpark date, 'N_' code, and '2XX' modex combine to provide a good basis for some digging and eventual ID of the RON. However, your blogmeister is more than a bit tired and lazy at the moment, and said digging won't take place just yet.

Anyhoo, for now we simply offer up this atmospheric image from the height of the Cold War and ask that you enjoy...

 

 
US Navy photo

 

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Hawgs

Your blogmeister grew up during the height of the Cold War, and often found himself daydreaming of various potential World War III combat scenarios, many of which involved the Fairchild A-10 Warthog roving at low-level, down in the mud, ripping up scores of Russkie tanks and other commie targets across numerous European battlefields. 

Back then the A-10 was generally decked out in one of a few variations of the basic and way-cool Europe I paint scheme, consisting of various shades of green and dark grays... perfect camo to blend the low-level Hawgs into the backdrop of those aforementioned fields of battle, hiding 'em from prying, higher-flying eyes.

So, with that in mind, today we bring you this fetching shot showing a four-ship of A-10s, circa the days of green...


 
Don Spering photo via Eric Bannwarth on Flickr


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Monday, March 8, 2021

One of the Last Gunslingers

Today we present a photo showing the Vought F-8 Crusader, known as 'The Last Gunfighter' on account of being the last US fighter to be equipped with guns as its main armament. The example shown here is an F-8J, BuNo. 149154 of VF-194, the Red Lightnings, about to launch from USS Oriskany (CVA-34). VF-194 was embarked aboard Oriskany as part of Carrier Air Wing 19 on a Vietnam combat cruise that ran from April to November of 1969.

VF-194 and its sister squadron, VF-191, were the last two US Navy fighter squadrons to fly the F-8, trading in their Gunfighters for Phantoms in 1976 before being disestablished two years later, in March of 1978.

 

US Navy photo

 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Cat at Dusk

We've said it before... we love us some purty pikshurs around here, and we also dig the mighty Tomcat mightily. The photo we present in today's quickie installment of TWW delivers on both counts... an F-14D snapped in silhouette with a gorgeous backdrop courtesy of Mother Nature... enjoy...

 

 
US Navy photo



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Monday, February 22, 2021

Halifax After Dark

Here at TWW we generally prefer to present 'period' photos of the older things with wings. That is, photos taken when said older things with wings weren't too awful old. Every now and again, however, we come across a pikshur that's just too damn purty not to share... regardless of when it was taken. And we do like our purty pikshurs around here, as has been mentioned once or thrice in the past.

Anyhoo, today we present an absolutely bee-yoo-tee-full and somewhat kinda-nice shot of the Yorkshire Air Museum's Handley-Page Halifax III, marked as LV907, named 'Friday the 13th', of 158 Squadron.


 
Nick Jennings photo


See more of Nick Jennings' stuff HERE, and more info about this particular Halibag, HERE.


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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Polski Sokół

Today we bring you a quickie in the form of a few way-cool pikshurs showing the first F-16C built for Poland on her maiden flight over Ft. Worth, Texas on March 14th, 2006. Lockheed-Martin test pilot Paul Hattendorf was in the recliner for the occasion...


 
Lockheed-Martin photo


 
Lockheed-Martin photo


 
Lockheed-Martin photo


 
Lockheed-Martin photo



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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Stuka im Schnee

As it's the middle of the cold season in your blogmeister's neck of the woods, he thought it appropriate to make today's quickie a chilly one. Here we see a Ju 87D of 7 Staffel, Stukageschwader 1 on the Ostfront surrounded by that with which the Ostfront is often associated... a buncha white stuff. Tante Ju is providing the obligatory fotobomb. Genießen...

 

 
Bundesarchiv (Photographer: Reiners)


 

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Spirits and Astronauts in Cuba

Today we bring you a couple'a shots showing US Navy jets at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during February of 1960.

VF-33 'Astronauts' and VA-76 'Spirits', flying the Grumman F11F-1 Tiger and Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk respectively, were both part of Carrier Air Group Six (CVG-6), normally embarked aboard the 'Fighting I', USS Intrepid (CVA-11). We're not sure of the circumstances that led to these usually sea-faring birds taking roost on terra firma in Cuba, or even the exact location shown in the photos, but the latter would be either McAlla Field or Leeward Point Field. (A quickie digging session on the interwebz indicates that it may have been Leeward Point, as McAlla seems to have closed during January of 1960.)

Other aircraft shown are Vought F8U Crusaders from what looks to be two USMC squadrons, though we're not sure which at the moment, at least one recce Crusader (whose outfit is also currently unknown to us), and some North American FJ-3 Furys from NAS Guantanamo Bay's resident Utility Squadron Ten (VU-10).

Anyhoo, that's about all the commentary your blogmeister is prepared to offer. We'll let the pikshurs do the rest of the talking. Enjoy...

 

  
LIFE Photo Archives via Google Arts & Culture (Hank Walker photo)


 
LIFE Photo Archives via Google Arts & Culture (Hank Walker photo)

 

 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Spirit of New York at Sunset

Today we offer y'all a purty pikshur...

B-2A serial number 82-1068, 'Spirit of New York' of the 13th Bomb Squadron was photographed on October 26th, 2014 at Whiteman AFB prior to takeoff for a sortie during Exercise Global Thunder 15. This jet was the third B-2 built and was used as a radar and navigation test ship before joining the operational fleet.

 

 
USAF photo by Airman 1st Class Joel Pfiester

 

That's actually a crop of the full photo...


USAF photo by Airman 1st Class Joel Pfiester


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Friday, September 11, 2020

First in Fours

For today's quickie we bring you a rather nice shot of F4H-1 BuNo. 148381 of VF-74, taken on November 8th, 1961. VF-74 was the first USN fighter squadron to deploy with the then-new Phantom II, from August of 1962 to March of 1963 as part of Carrier Air Group 8 (CVG-8) aboard the USS Forrestal (CVA-59).

 

 
National Naval Aviation Museum


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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Moving Van

Today we present a plain 'ole nice shot of what some regard as the greatest transport aircraft in aviation's short history... the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

Also known as the 'Herk'.

This particular Herk is C-130E 63-7788 of the 36th Tactical Airlift Squadron. The 36th was part of the 62nd Military Airlift Wing and flying out of McChord Air Force Base when this photo was taken on May 9th, 1978. Oh, and that huge pile of rocks in the background is Mount Rainier.

Enjoy...

 
Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection)
USAF photo by Sgt. J.P. Childs
 
 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Pacific Sunset

We've told y'all that we like us some purty pikshurs around here, right? Well today's quickie is a bee-yoot...

This freakin' gorgeous shot was snapped from the USS Philippine Sea (CV/CVA-47) during one of her three cruises during the Korean War.

In the foreground are a couple'a AD-4 Skyraiders at rest.

Enjoy...

 
Roland H. Baker photo


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Cleaning up a Messerschmitt...

Here at TWW we usually prefer to present images that are... well... presentable. To that end, your blogmeister will often spend a fair amount of time working on the images posted here, dollin' 'em up to look nice and spiffy for your viewing pleasure. So today we're doing something a bit different, and are offering up a little 'before and afterage', to give you, the readership of right around half-a-dozen, an idea of some of the schtuff that goes on 'behind the scenes' at this cyber-rag.

 

Your blogmeister started with this scan of a photo showing a Messerschmitt Bf 109G (or Me 109G, if you prefer... both are correct, no matter what your buddy who thinks he knows all about Luftwaffe Flugzeuge tells you) from an unknown (to us) Jagdgeschwader. Whatever the outfit, it looks like this Gustav is decked out in a pretty cool looking field-applied camo scheme.

Project 914 Archives

 

After a little bit-o-fiddlin' with his freakin' oooooooold but still-more-than-sufficient copy of Photoshop CS2, your blogmeister produced this image, which is way more than a bit more-gooder-lookin' than the original. To his rapidly aging eyes, anyway.

 
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We're not gonna go into great detail as to how this was achieved, we'll simply say that your blogmeister adjusted the levels for better contrast, and that a fair amount of cleanup was done to remove most of the unsightly stuff from the image. (For any photoshoppers out there, your blogmeister's tool of choice for that task is the 'Healing Brush'.) Many if not most folks might think that scratches are to be counted as 'unsightly stuff', but your blogmeister rather likes some of them and will often leave them untouched, as he thinks they lend a certain character to many old photos. The finishing touch was to flood the image with a bit of sepia via the 'Photo Filter' and then end with a small amount of sharpening with 'Unsharp Mask'. Not too much, though... a little sharpening, and everything else involved, can go a long, long way.


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Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Flying Elk

The Westland Wapiti wasn't a pretty airplane by any stretch. So today's quickie is also the latest edition of a recurring series we like to call 'So ugly only a mother could love it'.

This particular Wapiti IIA was operated by 1 Flying Training School, Royal Australian Air Force. That is, it was until it crashed shortly after take off from RAAF Point Cook in Victoria on August 13th, 1935.

Ken Rowland via ADF-Serials


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