OctoberWest and Happy Holidays

Long time no see.

In the months since I last added any content to this site I have been away at my first semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. While I did miss a few rocket launches because of this (I haven’t flown anything since June), I was still able to get some videos made (oh yeah, and there was some schoolwork in there, too).

Every October, ERAU-Prescott hosts it’s homecoming event, OctoberWest. The celebrations include the Wings Out West air show at Prescott’s Love Field. I didn’t have my real camera with me, but iPhones don’t do that bad of a job.

The first video is from the night before Wings Out West and features the unveiling of ERAU’s jet dragster.

The jet dragster was designed and built by ERAU students and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney J-60 outfitted with an afterburner that was also designed and built by students.

From that same night, I also have a video of a flyover from the air show performers to be featured the next day: Melissa Pemberton, an ERAU alum flying an Edge 540; Julie Clark, a well known air show performer flying a T-34 Mentor; and Matt Chapman, the pilot of the ERAU-sponsored CAP 580.

At the air show the next day, the flightline was too far away to get any good footage of the flying events. I did get another video of the jet dragster, though. During this display, the dragster burned through its entire 30gal fuel load.

If this turns out to be my last post of the year, then I wish you happy holidays and a happy new year. Though I won’t be able to make it to as many events as previous years, the 2014 air show and rocket season is shaping up to be great, none the less.

Video from Abbotsford

If you’re reading this, then congratulations! You survived the apocalypse! Why not celebrate by checking out a long-overdue video from this year’s Abbotsford International Air Show?

Once I get some technical issues worked out with my video editor (hint: never… ever… EVER buy a Sony HD camcorder) I’ll get my last batch of videos from this year posted.

More Videos from JBLM

My other two videos from this year’s JBLM Air Expo are up on YouTube. The videos show a race between Bill Braack in the Smoke n’ Thunder Jet Car and Tim Weber in his Extra 300S. The second video shows Tim’s aerobatic routine.

My photos from the Air Expo can be found HERE.

Next up will be my one video from the Abbotsford International Air Show and a couple videos from the Flying Heritage Collection’s Fly Day on the same weekend.

First Video from JBLM

It took me nearly three months to do it, but I have finally uploaded my first video from this year’s JBLM Air Expo (which was way back on July 21st). The video features John Klatt flying the Air National Guard MXS in one of the most impressive aerobatics displays I’ve ever seen.

I’ll post again once I get the rest of my videos from this show up on YouTube. After that, I still have a video from the Abbotsford International Air Show to upload, as well as some video from the FHC Fly Day I stopped at on the way home from Abbotsford.

The post featuring my photos from JBLM can be found HERE.

FHC Fly Day – 9/15/12

Because of the cancellation of WAC’s Autumn Glare launch, I had this weekend open. It turned out that Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection was hosting one of its free fly days yesterday. I think my quick turnaround on this event makes up for my deplorable lag time in processing my photos from other events.


Flying Heritage Collection Fly Day - 9/15/12

The flying program yesterday consisted of the collection’s P-47 Thunderbolt, “Tallahassee Lassie”, and their Il-2 Shturmovik. It was the first public flight of their Il-2 since the collection aquired it, and it is the only airworthy Il-2 in the world.