Bombs Away

The focus of the Warbirds Weekend was on the fighters but there were also bigger aircraft on display

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The focus of the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend was on the Flying Tigers anniversary but there was much more to see.  A group of larger aircraft was at the opposite end of the field from where the P-40 fighters were located.

There were two massive cargo planes, The Placid Lassie and the Tinker Belle and a bombing trainer, the Tantalizing Takeoff.

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Crowds gathered around the big planes for a closer look

 

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1941 Beech AT-11 “Tantalizing Takeoff”

The trainer, a Beech AT-11 was very interesting.  You could easily walk up and view the cockpit and the bombardier’s seat.  The trainer is set up as a miniature version of the B-17 Flying Fortress.  I’m sure it was much less expensive to train in one of these than to take one of those giants out!

DeKalb–Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Road
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
18mm @ f/18 – 1/20 sec – ISO 100

Curtiss P-40 “Flying Tiger”

Yesterday, I went out to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport to see the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend which featured a gathering for the 75th Anniversary of the Flying Tigers.  This was a very interesting and informative event which included several of the P-40 Flying Tiger aircraft, surviving members of the AVG and many other displays of World War II memorabilia.

The day included educational sessions and rememberances from veterans of WWII.  I guess I knew some of the history of the Flying Tigers but really only remembered the famous nose art which may be the case for most people.  Flying Tigers is actually the nickname of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) which was a group of 3 squadrons of Army, Navy, and Marine pilots and flight support staff that operated as part of the Chineese Army in 1941-1942 prior to the US entry into the War.  These pilots are legendary for their success in fighting the Japanese and the Flying Tigers were quickly put forward as heros with a John Wayne movie being made to promote support of the war effort.

I will share more images from this event but wanted to get one out there for today.

DeKalb–Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Road
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
22mm @ f/11 – 1/125 sec – ISO 100

 

Up close and personal

Railroad equipment is fascinating

I found this image of one of the engines at the Southeastern Railway Museum which I hadn’t shared previously and thought I would put it up.  This was from a trip with the North Georgia Photography Club about a month ago.

The museum, which is located in Duluth, Georgia, has a fairly sizable collection of railroad engines, rolling stock, and other transportation equipment.  Below is their description of this engine:

1026 – GP7 Locomotive – Georgia Railroad
This locomotive was built in 1950 by EMD. It was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum in 2004.
Status: Stored Serviceable

Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Highway
Duluth, GA 30096

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
16mm at f/8 – 1/80 sec – ISO 100

Remembering Summer, looking forward to Fall

Enjoy the warm weather while it’s here.

Yes, Summer is full of flowers and butterflies and many other happy things but, let the hot temperatures go away for a while, Please!

This black swallowtail butterfly was seen at Gibbs Gardens in August and unfortunately, the weather hasn’t changed much since then.  I am ready for Football season and Autumn leaves but mother nature’s not done with summer yet.  Oh well, I will be mourning the loss of warm weather when January rolls around so, I guess we all should just enjoy it while we can.

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
100mm @ f/5.6 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 640

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Lavender Lily

The water lily garden at Gibbs Gardens is so tranquil and beautiful that I had to put one more image from there out.  The background is darkened to make the flower stand out more since I wanted people to see it rather than the water.

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 640

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Last day of Summer?

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn but it’s not looking like a rapid change of seasons

This image was actually taken last month but it sure feels like we’re still in the middle of Summer around here!  I think it’s supposed to be in the 90’s today.  Technically, the first day of Autumn is tomorrow so maybe this is the last day of summer.

I have a funny feeling that the hot weather is not going to disappear by the end of the week.  Oh well, I guess we can just enjoy the flowers and watch the hummingbirds until they decide it is time to move one.  I am looking forward to fall though!

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 640

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What a lovely campsite

This Travco motorhome was a pioneer of the RV industry but is ready for retirement now

So, I was looking at gorgeous photos that my friend, Doug Brown posted yesterday from his extended trip to the National Parks out west and I thought, I really want to get back out there!  I think I could probably afford this mobile home but I’m not sure it’s quite up to a long road trip.

This vehicle is a Dodge Travco motorhome.  I think it’s the first time I had seen one like this.  My motorhome iconic image is of a Winnebago but from what I have read, the Travco was actually a pioneer of motorhome design and paved the way for Winnebago.  Dodge actually dominated the market with these from 1965 through the late 1980’s.  It is strange that I didn’t recognize the aerodynamic design at first glance.

Old Car City is full of lots of interesting vehicles and a variety of great subjects to photograph but somehow, I still feel a need to make the trek out to visit more of the national parks.  Thinking about a trip to the Smokies this fall but no firm plans yet.  Time to put my thinking cap on.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm at f/6.3 – 1/60 sec – ISO 1600

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