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.


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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.


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.

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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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