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2011 Fargo Airsho
Saturday, August 13th 2011
Sean and I parked behind the Fargodome: close even though we waited until 10:30 AM to leave the house. I photographed some of the static aircraft with a red filter thinking it would take me one step further when I converted to black & white. But it didn't work. Thankfully I didn't take many 'red' photos. I knew if it worked I could take more tomorrow. The show started with Skydive Fargo jumping from Duggy the DC-3. The acrobatic aircraft flew with Duggy and the skydivers in an early teaser. By 11:15 every spot on the fence was taken except one on the far north side of the field. This was okay because it was where I wanted to be. I set up the chairs; Sean went to find his friend. The weather was excellent, warm but breezy, with some clouds to add a texture to the sky but not enough to interfere with the show, and enough humidity to generate condensation off the military jets pulling high G-forces, but not enough to interfere with the clarity of the atmosphere.
First up was the F/A-18E Super Hornet performing those high G turns and transonic shockwaves. The Horsemen flew two F8F Bearcats. Minot AFB sent a B-52 to fly overhead. Bob Odegaard flew the Aero Commander's Shrike Commander in a homage to Bob Hoover. The warbirds went up and the sky was full of propellers and Miss Mitchell, the WWII bomber, flew a simulated bombing mission. There were AT-6 Texans and three P-51 Mustangs. I was too far away to get a good view of the pyro explosion, but I was in excellent position for military jets taxiing to the NDANG hangers including the F-16 Viper Demonstration- up next.
Most of the afternoon I shot with my Soligor 500mm CAT lens. Occasionally with the 70-300mm Sony Zoom. At 2:45, while waiting for the Blue Angels demonstration, I switched to my Sigma 10-20mm Ultra-wide angle lens to photograph the sky, the crowds, and Bob Nelson with Sean. (Bob joined us at noon.) Fat Albert, the US Marine Corp. C-130 was grounded with mechanical problems, so the Blue Angels started early. I had some issues with haze: as their smoke and Kerosene filled the sky, but mostly I had a blur issue between my 500mm lens and Sony's Image Stabilization- I should have turned it off. After the Angels landed I was in no hurry to leave. Sean, Bob and I looked at the static displays and waited for traffic to thin.
Note: some descriptions and text are from wikipedia.com and the FargoAirsho.com.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Airplanes
Subcategory Detail:Military
Keywords:

Falcon Rockstar

Falcon Rockstar

Strike Eagle

Strike Eagle

Ambush

Ambush

Disabled American Veterans

Disabled American Veterans

Duggy Flies By

Duggy Flies By

Smoking Outside

Smoking Outside

Duggy Over The Blue Angels

Duggy Over The Blue Angels

Empty Rails

Empty Rails

Super Takeoff

Super Takeoff

Buzz The Control Tower

Buzz The Control Tower

Super Hornet Over Hornets

Super Hornet Over Hornets

Three Flags Over Fargo

Three Flags Over Fargo

Dirty Pass

Dirty Pass

New Jersey Fly By

New Jersey Fly By

Shock Wave

Shock Wave

Super Wing Area

Super Wing Area

Bright Bank

Bright Bank

Wet Wing Walkers

Wet Wing Walkers

LERX Condensation

LERX Condensation

Paint The Sky With Condensation

Paint The Sky With Condensation