26th Blog

I apologize as I haven’t written anything in at least two to three days and I really want to continue to work on my blog to make it better and more relevant for the people who read it.

First thing I would like to say is this, if you are reading my blog, thank you so very much for taking the time to read and view it.  I know your day is extremely busy in this fast-paced world we live in, so thanks again for stopping by and reading my posts.

I had a great week this past week and the highlight of the week was the opportunity to go out and photograph a classic airliner from the World War II era.  I finally got the chance to photograph a DC-3 and it was magnificent!  I have a friend who is a airline mechanic and he started to talk to some people who work on this beautifully restored airliner and told them about me.  My friend arranged for me to meet with the people who were going to fly this aircraft to Washington Dulles Airport for a special, “airplane pull” contest that benefits a charity in the area.  Airplane pools are a lot of fun and give a chance for the airlines to give back to the communities from time to time.

So I went out to the airline’s maintenance hangars and woke up at around 5.00 a.m., to do this.  I met the very nice gentleman who had approved me coming out there to photograph their departure.  As I signed in for the necessary visitors pass, the security people told my escort that I also needed to get approval from a certain level of rank employee from the airline, that would approve me taking a camera out into the maintenance areas.  With it being so early, I really thought my chances were all of a sudden getting shot down to pieces, in a real hurry.  But thankfully, one of the employees who was riding on the DC-3, had this certain employee ranking within the company and I was able to photograph the aircraft.  I also was able to get on board the aircraft as they were preparing it for flight and took some interior shots of the airplane as well.  The people who work on this aircraft all the time told me that the interior was pretty much exactly to standards of what was actually on board the plane, when this aircraft was delivered from the factory in the mid to late 40’s.

After they did a lot of pre-flight work, they towed the aircraft out on the ramp and boarded the plane.  After about 10 minutes of completing their pre-flight checklist, the crew started up the port side (left side) engine first and it kicked up a beautiful smoke as the radial engine began to purr into action.  After about two minutes of tweaking the controls on that engine, they fired up the starboard side (right side) engine and it too, made some beautiful smoke to fill the morning air on the ramp.  The sound of those two engines humming along, as radial engines do, was music to my ears, even though I had ear plugs in my ears!

Once the engines were running at full speed for taxi, the pilot started to taxi the aircraft out on the tarmac and onto the active taxiway and then proceeded to taxi towards the end of the south part of the airport for take-off.  My escort put me along the north end of the tarmac, right next to the runway so I could get some great shots of the DC-3 taking off north, towards Denton Municipal Airport.  They were going up to Denton first, so they could fill up the plane.  Avgas was a lot cheaper at Denton Municipal Airport versus Fort Worth Alliance Airport.  The DC-3 became airborne and I got some great photographs of it as it was flying right past me and my escort.

It was a great time for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent out there.  I thoroughly want to thank all the extremely nice and generous people who made this photo shoot possible for me.  I can’t thank you enough.

Here are a few photos of that special morning, I hope you enjoy them.

 

 

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