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Ospreys are just to provide air cover for the VH-60. Look at it's rear door (aka gunner door).

BTW, this is the VH-60

Written on 20/04/2018 by SoNic67

Thank you very much mate!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Ché Stuart

The public can enjoy the experience of boarding an RB-36 (Recon version) twice a year at Castle (AFB) Air Museum in CA ( They have open cockpit days on Memorial and Labor Days, and you can climb into the forward compartments (Navigator/Radar, Radio room, Flight deck). It's pretty special. Highly recommended. Normal crew numbered 13, but the RB-36 had 2x that to support a large photo studio compartment behind the radio room in place of the forward bomb bay.

Written on 20/04/2018 by John Turanin

With the parallel runway 16R-34L closed, everything arriving and departing came right by me. It was sunny but I wasn't concerned about being sunburned; any closer and I'd have been "blastburned." (lol)

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

Undisturbed air-flow over the entire wing, great aeronautical engineering. But, the engines, P&W R4360 28 cylinder in 4 rows, largest cu in displacement aviation engine ever, was actually built to face forward, so it had heating issues. Dedicated crew member just to fiddle with the engines! Saw the prop in a museum, its unbelievable the size of that sucker. Must weigh a ton~!

Written on 20/04/2018 by alan mistrater

Having grown up in Wichita, I saw many great planes overhead - one B-29 going over and once a B-36. We saw B-47s and B-52s fresh out of the factory with hand painted numbers on their tails taking maiden test flights.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Ronald D Carter

Sadly, yes, I remember it well. :(

Written on 20/04/2018 by Savannah Ford


Written on 20/04/2018 by shrudini

Remember VALUE JET and the FL Everglades

Written on 20/04/2018 by Charles Peele

HI Frank, at the far right of the image you can just make out the puff of smoke from the initial touchdown, also the wheels closest to us in this shot don't have their usual extreme angle while they hang under the plane suggesting they've touched down previously. It seems the pilot pulled back on the yoke to keep the nose wheel up and actually got airborne again. Thanks for the comment!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Mark Thomas

>I can think of Beechcraft Starship and Piaggio Avanti<

...and the aft engine of the Cessna 336 Skymaster.

Written on 20/04/2018 by mherlich

The B-36 was a graceful thing to see in the sky, but yes, they mostly flew at night. There were many unusual things about this aircraft but to me the most unusual was it's sound. It is difficult to explain but once you heard one, you never forgot it.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Martin Coddington


Written on 20/04/2018 by Greg Byington

Sorry, Mark. I must have thought I was replying to Uwe. In German, "bitte" literally means "please," but it is also used to say "you're welcome."

Written on 20/04/2018 by Greg Byington

Great foto Uwe!

Written on 20/04/2018 by LELAND SCHMIDT

Yeah, not a bad shot, but Gary is right. This is an EC-135J, Stratotanker, SN: 63-8057. It is at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ, but the museum is not an airport so doesn't have any kind of code for one. The closest airport is KDMA which is where the Air Force "boneyard" is. Also, from the PASM website:

Developed from the Model 367-80 airliner prototype the KC-135 and 707 are two of Boeing's most famous products. The KC-135 was designed based on an Air Force requirement for a high speed jet tanker capable of refueling the then latest generation of jet fighters and bombers. The KC-97s then in use required the jets to fly at very low speeds while the tanker struggled to fly as fast as possible. The KC-135 allowed both the tanker and the receiver aircraft to fly comfortably in the middle of their flight envelopes rather than at the edges. The EC-135B version of the Stratotanker was designed from the beginning as an airborne command post. For nearly forty years one of these aircraft was airborne at all times to provide command and control of the United States' nuclear forces in the event of a surprise attack. The primary external differences between these aircraft and the standard tankers are the large number of communications antennae along the top of the fuselage and the addition of a refueling receptacle above the cockpit. In the mid-1960s this aircraft and two others were modified to EC-135J standards. Under the code name "Silver Dollar" they were assigned to Andrews AFB and were intended for use by the President as his airborne command post in the event of nuclear war.

Wingspan: 130 ft 10 in
Length: 136 ft 3 in
Height: 38 ft 4 in
Weight: 297,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed: 552 mph
Range: 3,000 miles
Engines: 4 Pratt& Whitney TF-33-P-9 turbofans, 13,740 lbs. thrust each
Crew: 29

Written on 20/04/2018 by Greg Byington

How did you get this shot? Air to Air?

Written on 20/04/2018 by Jack Jouett

Yup, what Cade said!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Greg Byington

Not a -200. its the -8F. Worked on this one before.

Written on 20/04/2018 by chuck martin

Wasn't this one of the airframes converted over to a MD-10?

Written on 20/04/2018 by chuck martin


Written on 20/04/2018 by Brian Buckley


Written on 20/04/2018 by Samuel Bixler

Great catch there, Gary! :-)

Written on 20/04/2018 by cliff731

Beautiful photo Uwe!!!!!!! Million stars if I could! Love how the dreamliners look in the new AC livery!!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Cade Emtage

VERY cool!!! 5* at least!!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Cade Emtage

Beautiful picture. 5* shot!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Cade Emtage


Written on 20/04/2018 by fholbert

Agree, Photoshop. The F-22 was added. The P-38 is Chino CA based.

Written on 20/04/2018 by fholbert

Beautiful shot!! 5*

Written on 20/04/2018 by Cade Emtage

Nice shot!! 5*

Written on 20/04/2018 by Cade Emtage

Hi Bill!
come to EDFC and enjoy!!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Uwe Zinke

Very nice!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Kevin Haiduk


Written on 20/04/2018 by Kevin Haiduk

Nice shot.Good lighting.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Christopher Russell

Alien, no, he sure isn't the "skipper." Actually, he (and his buddies) made me chuckle when I saw them. This was at an open house event. The crowd was quite large. This guy in the shot was walking around trying to pretend like he was just another person there to see the planes. In truth, he was plainclothes security. These guys always give themselves away (so easy to ID if you know what to look for), and this guy was no exception. There were at least six of his buddies at the event. After spotting six of them, I got bored looking for more and went back to viewing and photographing the aircraft at the event.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

All three info boxes have incorrect info. O-for-3 on the info boxes (the reg # is not N38057; the aircraft is not a B-52; and the airport code is not PIMA), so I doubt this person took this photo.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

> Not so many other planes with "Propelling propellers" (hélice propulsive) has been produced ??
I can think of Beechcraft Starship and Piaggio Avanti

Written on 20/04/2018 by Pablo Rogina

The heyday of the tri-holers. Three tris x ***** each = 15*.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

"Proud bird with the golden tail." I remember this livery very well from my time serving in Japan. Lots of vets will remember it, also, because COA flew them to Nam and back. *****

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

Rare capture, T. I especially like that 'roo on the roundel. Five "kangas" for this. lol

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

I don't think so !

Written on 20/04/2018 by Jim Monaco

5*s for the 733 capture & 5 more for the MD11 behind it. A great AA "history" click. Keep 'em coming, T. (Thumbs up)

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

This is a wallpaper shot, T. ***** x 3 = 15 *!!! Superb click and an equally superb conversion to dg. If anyone ever does a book showing UA's various liveries over the years, this snap deserves to be in it. Bravos!!

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

Jim, I think you misread the info boxes below Mark's pic. It says the flight is arriving "from Memphis." Mark snapped this shot at Toronto as shown in the info box (CYYZ). I am guessing (by your knowledge of the MEM airport) that you are located close to Memphis. I envy you. I would truly like to be able to spend some hours at KMEM with all the FDX traffic coming and going. It would be a great day of photography. (Wave)

Written on 20/04/2018 by Gary Schenauer

With position of flaps, I would say taking off.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Bill Vance

“...very very frightening, me!”

Written on 20/04/2018 by J Baer

Ah, that brings back memories. I wish i was still flying gliders.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Bill Turner

aka "The Aluminum Cloud". Yes, it is that big. Great knowing Pima has it in good hands.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Arnold Hauswald

@Luc Barbier - solid article in Wikipedia on history and considerations behind the "pusher" configuration used most spectacularly by Convair's B-36 -

Written on 20/04/2018 by Scott Paul

A beautiful shot of what keeps MEM as the #2 freight airport in the world. It also demonstrates a possible 'end-of-day' for the crew. It starts around O-dark:thirty!

MEM doesn't have a "runway06". Judging from the angle of the Sun, I suspect it is landing on 27, just south of the huge FedEx hub.

Written on 20/04/2018 by Jim Smirh

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