Warbirds Over Monroe; or: Yet another 'CMC at an air show' thread

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by dave_argenticien, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. As you all know, today is Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, or whatever everyone's respective country may call it. In observation of that, this weekend the small airport in nearby Monroe, North Carolina hosted Warbirds Over Monroe, an air show of mainly Second World War vintage aircraft. This was the first air show I've attended for decades. I crammed into a small bag the Bronica S2 with 50/3.5 and 75/2.8 Nikkors; and the Pentax SV with 50/1.4 and 135/3.5 Super Taks. With full sun forecast, I brought mainly Pan F 50 and Delta 100. As we'll see, I screwed up packing my bag.
  2. I arrived as the gates opened (and chose Sunday rather than Saturday) so as to shoot the parked planes before the crowds were ridiculous. But...and Rick N, you may be keen to see this...diverting me before I reached very many planes was this Signal Corps display. I chatted up a chap there and he said that they've got some of the equipment operational, some not. They seem a bit less fastidious about period accuracy than your groups in NL, but it was nevertheless quite an elaborate setup of wired and wireless kit.
  3. More Signal Corps...
  4. Then I was off to the planes in earnest.
  5. F4U-4 Corsair
  6. T-28 Trojan
  7. (On that last one of the T-28, I held the Bronnie upside-down over my head to get a higher vantage point. Rather heavy that thing...)
    The stars of the show were surely the several P-51 Mustangs. (Those of you better versed can evaluate which exact models these are.) These are beautiful planes.
  8. Wing guns
  9. Pre-flight preparation is not a sexy process, contrary to what the movies show. Glass cleaner + a rag...
  10. The most impressive plane out there was probably the B-25. A bomber, yes, but bristling with guns for self-defense (2 in the nose, 2 in the tail, 1 each side).
  11. Interesting firing angle here...
  12. There was an AT-11 bomber/trainer sporting the Dutch flag. Apparently the NL Navy ordered these but could not collect them before being overrun, so they were used to train free Dutch flyers in the USA. More here...
  13. This show actually had a mix of aerobatic events, simple fly-bys of historical planes, and a few overproduced sequences with "bombs" "exploding" (pyrotechnics lit on the far side of the airfield as the B-25 passed). I switched to the Pentax and 135 mm lens for these, and had shot mostly the aerobats when my film unexpectedly stopped at 24 (oops, this isn't a roll of 36), and I then found that I had brought only that one roll of 35 mm. Must've been tipsy when I packed the night before. Argh!!
  14. I had nothing left but a roll of TMax 400 for the Bronica, but no long lens for it, so I valiantly bolted on the 75 mm and tried to shoot moving planes with that rig. A bit of a fool's errand really.
  15. That's all folks.
  16. Thanks for sharing Dave! Yes, running out of film is annoying. So if forgetting the flash for your Canon A-1 for your daughter's tenth birthday party. Fortunately I was only ten minutes away from home so I recovered fast enough. Gah! My memory will be the death of me. Also left a tripod at a real estate shoot yesterday...
  17. The B-25 was my Basic Air Force Trainer. Nice pictures. It's good to see some high class Black and White.
  18. I like the B/W treatments of the campsites. They look very authentic.
    Nice "odd angle" shots of the statics. You get the B/W to work nicely here, too.
    FWIW, I also like the composition of th eAerostars shot, although I really do like those in color...
  19. SCL


    Super shots...you must have had a real blast at the show!
  20. Thanks all, for your kind words. Dick, on Veterans Day, thanks for keeping the skies safe wherever you may have done so after training on the B-25. I hope they subsequently gave you something a bit more modern, and faster.
    Stephen--a blast, yes, ahem, well, as I said, they were detonating pyrotechnics to simulate bombing. I wasn't going to post this as it was not a very good capture, but since you mentioned it ... I was able to sort of salvage it with heavy post-processing ... :)
  21. I like the series.
    Kent in SD
  22. After the B-25, the B-29, Convair 440, C-121 (constellation), T-33, T-39 (Sabreliner) and a few others.including the Piper Navajo and Aztec and Beach Baron. AF pilot training is the best in the world. I would have paid the Air Force to let my fly the same airplanes they paid me to fly.
  23. Nice work, Dave. I spent a very similar Saturday with a Bronica at our local Vintage Air WWI display, held in remembrance of Armistice Day, though the aircraft were much older and the day rather overcast and dreary. I'll post a few pics at a later date. These old warbirds are just so photogenic; your "Spine of a Mustang" image captures the elegance of a great plane, and I like the dramatic tones of "Cleaning the Cowl". At our meet, some unexpected visitor arrived in a beautifully-polished Mustang and was ushered into an makeshift parking lot, (pic below). Thanks for a really interesting post.
  24. Rick: Thanks for the kinds words, and looking forward to your WWI post. Bronicas at air shows at the same time, half a world apart! Mustangs are just awfully fun to photograph, aren't they? Everyone everywhere ought to have an opportunity to get out and see one of these sometime. (And hear it fly past ... wow they sound good.) So it's good to see there's one within flying distance of you, or, some rich/crazy soul has expensively shipped the thing in.
  25. Great pictures Dave. I like the warbirds better than signal corps radios and telephones though (Not to say, I don't own a number of those items hehehe).

    There are a few B-25 ground attack/anti-shipping versions that sport WAY more (and bigger) guns then this one though.

    I spent my Armistice Day at the Flanders Field cemetery and the Bayernwald dugout.
    Shot a roll of Superpan with my Leica I. Should have something to show next weekend.
  26. Rick: I'm guessing that's not a full-size P-51...
    Interesting juxtaposition, nevertheless...
  27. IMHO, pyro is better in color... ;-)
  28. One version of the B-25 mounted a 57 mm cannon in the nose. I don't know whether its true or not that when it fired it stopped the descent momentarily.
  29. Rick N: Thanks. I have to say, Flanders Field is of course a more appropriate visit for Armistice Day. If one is being didactic, obviously I was looking at planes from the wrong war for the calendar date! Anyway, if I ever can get over to NL, I really do want to make the short journey down to visit Ieper (or the Western Front in general). I may do it alone as no-one else in my family understands it. Their thinking is, if you're spending a lot of money and precious time off from work to go visit Europe, why would you spend part of the vacation in grave-yards and replica trenches (and similarly probably Auschwitz, if I'm ever on the other side of Europe). I am so drawn to history, especially to understand the tragic parts; others evidently prefer shopping and frou-frou attractions in Paris. :(

    Dick: Yes that fire looks much better in color. As described above, I did not mean to be capturing the pyrotechnics with the Bronica at all, but once I got to that point, yes that highlights the next weakness of my kit: I own only one back for that camera, so I could not have switched quickly to color even had I brought color film. I am still searching for another back but my cheapskate ways are hindering me pulling the trigger on one.
  30. I had wanted to go to Ypres for the Last Post at the Menin Gate on the 11th, but we heard on the radio that the city was already fully packed. So we had already decided to either visit Polygon Wood or the Bayernwald emplacement.
    We'll be back to visit the city during the off season.

    On the way back we stopped at a few Commonwealth Graveyards and the monument for the 27th and 30th US Infantry Divisions who fought in the area in August/September 1918.
    Acting as honor guard at Flander's Field American Cemetery, taken by my friend Erny

    Anyway, shoot me a message if you're ever in the area and need to know about things to see. ;)
  31. You can never have too many pictures of classic aircraft...especially from a CMC like the lovely Bronica. Really like your up close and personal angles, works a treat in B&W.
  32. What Tony said.. is right on. I appreciate the close ups and enjoyed all the pics.
  33. Thanks Tony and Chuck. A lot of those detailed views were improvised, out of necessity, when I either could not fit an entire aircraft in frame at all, or could do only with a lot of people or distracting elements (cars, fences, other planes) also included. Those challenges probably forced me to think a bit more about composing creatively.

    And Rick N, thanks, I will indeed get in touch if I'm ever on my way across. By the way, nice rendering by Erny of a sombre, beautiful place.
  34. Excellent set of photos. I particularly like your photos of the Corsair, one of the great fighters of the World War II-era.
  35. Great shots. I always enjoy aircraft photos.

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