Archive for the 'Adventures' Category

Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Nestled in the heart of downtown Vancouver is the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre. A hidden gem of aviation in the Canada. Home to Harbour Air, Seaair, Tofino Air, and SaltSpring Air, which all serve the coastal communities of the pacific northwest. I spent a few hours watching countless take offs and landings of the seaplanes […]

Summer of Stealth – Spirt #571

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Stay on the blue line. Deviate and that means detection and potentially failure of the mission, or worse, death.  When the $2.2 billion dollar B-2 Spirit is called upon to provide the president and combatant commanders with flexible and effective strategic deterrence and global strike options, it does exactly that. And with style. The sleek, sexy, ominous, dark and […]

Summer of Stealth – Keep em flying

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

At $2.2 Billion dollars, the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is the worlds most expensive aircraft ever built. It has more computers onboard then most small Silicon Valley startups. These computers control everything from flight controls, advanced radar and GPS, telemetry, and precise calculations for bomb calculations. And two very intelligent pilots in the pointy end […]

Summer of Stealth – Boom, Bang, Hang.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Most people assume that in order to fly a USAF jet or bomber, that you need to be a great pilot, have an awesome moustache, or wear really cool aviator sunglasses. While all of that is 100% true, the very first qualification that you need to pass is to be able to fit in the […]

9th Intelligence Squadron

Friday, April 4th, 2014

A computer is just a tool. A collection of 1’s and 0’s. A wealth of information in a canister, and unless interpreted in the right way, a useless mosaic of bits and bytes. A plane is just a tool. No matter how high it flies, or where it goes, it is just a vessel. It […]

Welcome Home Warriors!

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

After 3 full days at the Transit Center at Manas, it was time to head back to Fairchild, Washington. And not just for me, but for a dozen Airmen that were stationed at TC Manas with the 22nd EARS supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  With just days before Christmas, this was the best present any of them […]

22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Refueling the Fight

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

After 18 hours aboard a KC-135 to reach Transit Center at Manas in Kyrgyzstan, I had my feet on the ground for exactly 38 hours before I would be back in the air once again. But this time it was different. This time, I would be on a combat mission over Afghanistan supporting the Operation Enduring […]

The Mission at Manas

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Half a world away sits an airman on alert duty. He’s waiting for the call so that within an hour, he’s airborne to refuel the fight over Afghanistan. Elsewhere there sits a Marine listening to his music knowing that in a few hours he will finally be heading back home to the United States. The […]

Journey to Transit Center at Manas

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

K…Y…R….wait what? Where is this place? Eastern Europe, Western Asia…no? Oh, near the Middle East…sorta. Yeah, guess the “Stan” part gave that away. Kyrgyzstan is a country nestled between some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, often compared to the majestic Rockies. And in the northern part of Kyrgyzstan lies a small airport […]

The 2013 Reno Air Races – 50th Anniversary

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary, the Reno Air Races put on quite a show and did not disappoint. The Race had a bit of drama even before the race started with 4 time champion Steve Hinton, Jr switching teams and flying Voodoo. This left legendary Strega being flown by Matt Hill. With Strega suffering a nearly […]

America’s Cup Ciao Bella

Monday, July 29th, 2013

I recently had the chance to go aboard one of the Course Security boats during a time trial for Luna Rossa, one of the massive AC72 sailboats that fly across the water. Small but formidable, we were tasked to marshal the area just north of the finish line and in front of the America’s Cup […]

Where old planes go to die

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

On my way to a photo shoot in SoCal, I stopped by Southern California Logistics Airport (KVCV) in Victorville, CA and was astounded by the heaps of scrapped airplanes.  These majestic planes once ruled the skies, but now they lay waste in the warm California desert.   I saw planes from the 1960’s to the […]

Five Weeks of Flying

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Been offline for over a month now, but not because I’ve been sitting idle. I have been very fortunate to be able to have gone flying nearly every weekend and when I wasn’t, it was an Airport-Funday. Because you know what they say, any day at an airport is a good day! And when you […]

Year of the B-52 – Day 3

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

The business end of the mighty B-52 is to deliver conventional and nuclear weapons. Sure it’s got a great set of pilots, and an world class Electronic Warfare Officer But at the end of the day, the BUFF is there to drop bombs. Day 3 at Barksdale AFB was a chance to see the various […]

Year of the B-52 – Day 2 Part 2

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

2058 Zulu “SKULL23 Flight, cleared for take off runway 33.” As the heavy B-52 Stratofortress in front of us released their breaks and lumbered onto Runway 33 at Barksdale AFB, LA, the Co-pilot of our B-52 started the ‘hack’ on the stopwatch. We would time our take off to be exactly 30 seconds behind the […]

Year of the B-52 – Day 2 Part 1

Friday, December 14th, 2012

You would think that an airplane 159 feet long and 40 feet high would have plenty of space. After all, it has 8 massive engines, and is roughly the same size as a jumbo jet. But the answer is that it does not have a lot of space. Well, not for people at least. When […]

America’s Cup 2012 – San Francisco

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Flying through the waters of San Francisco bay at over 30kts, the America’s Cup was in town for some racing. It was a cold and overcast day, but these athletes endured the Bay’s cold water and pushed the boats to their limits in the first of four races in the AC World Series Regatta. Here’s […]

Santa Clara County Model Aircraft Skypark Airshow 2012

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Some of the coolest things are right in your back yard. One such example is the annual Santa Clara County Model Aircraft Skypark’s airshow. Held every year in July, members of the SCCMAS share their passion of radio controlled aircraft with kids of all ages. From helicopters to jets to submarines, they had something for […]

Pride, Passion, Planes – A Day With The Patriots

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

  If you hear a plane overhead, and you look up to see what kind it is, then it’s safe to say you love aviation. And most of us can trace back to the when that love first started. And for me, like millions of others of children, it was at an airshow. A few […]

Air & Space magazine cover from The Smithsonian Museum

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Better late then never. On last month’s magazine shelves, you can find my image of a lone U-2 Dragon Lady banking over Northern California gracing the cover of Air & Space Magazine. If the name sounds familiar, but you can’t quite place it, it is the magazine of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space […]



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