Some Warbirds

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Savageduck, Oct 1, 2012.

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    I was standing on the taxiway aiming up, or almost level for the low
    passes. Most of the shots were taken directlly across from the runway
    and the cloudless sky over there was quite blue. Shots taken a little
    further out to the North East were in some heat haze which softened the
    blue somewhat, such as in the FW-190/Yak shot. When they made a North
    to South pass, the bright sunlight at the Southerend of the pass just
    blew everything.

    All of my RAW processing was done in LR4 as that has the new ACR 2012
    RAW processing engine. My PS is still at CS5. I then made some final
    tweaks in CS5, including adding my "frame" before saving back to LR4.

    ....but most importantly I did not forget to use my CPF.
     
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    That would have been late for any of the Northrop wings of that era.
    The YB-35 had its first flight in 1946 and was cancelled in 1949. Only
    one flew.
    The YB-49, had a production run of 6. Three were YB-35s converted to
    jet power, 2 purpose built YB-49s, and one YRB-49A.
    In 1948 test pilot Glenn Edwards was killed in #2 and now has Edwards
    AFB named for him.
    After testing the YRB-49A proved to be an awful bomber. It only flew 13
    times, and the program ended in 1951 with all YB-35s & YB-49s,
    including those in production, were ordered scrapped.

    So the only survivor of the entire program is the 1/3 scale, proof of
    concept N9MB which I was able to see on Saturday.
     
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    I am absolutely positive I saw flying wing planes when I was a kid.
    It could have been earlier than 1955 but not that much earlier as I was
    born in '49
     
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    This was where I spend four hours on my feet in the Sun;
    < https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1295663/FileChute/screenshot_28w.jpg >
     
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    The RB-49A was parked at the Northrop facility at Ontario airport until
    it was scrapped in December 1953.

    The N9MB in my shots, was the last of four built in 1942, and the only
    survivor of the entire "Flying Wing" program. Planes of Fame in Chino
    got it in 1982 and made a full 20 year long restoration. It flew from
    2001 until 2006 when it suffered an engine fire. After another four
    year restoration it returned to flight status in 2010.
     
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    Nothing wrong with that! I am also a '49er, from the shallow end in February.
     
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    So what would it have been that I saw somewhere around 1954???

    I have a very good memory and know I saw a flying wing plane on several
    occasions
     
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    PeterN Guest

    CPF?

    Certified Picture Framer?
     
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    Alan Browne Guest

    At the time there were:

    - N-1M (last flight 1945)
    - N-9MB (last flight 194x, and then restored ('duck's photo))
    - YB-35 (last flight 194x, scrapped)
    - YB-49 (scrapped around 1953)

    There were German and British attempts, but you didn't see them flying
    in the US.

    Maybe you're having a vivid recollection of a movie clip?
     
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    As I said, I have a very good memory . I am *absolutely* certain I've
    seen them when I was a kid. FWIW: I lived in Green Bay, WI (USA) at the time
     
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    I have no idea. The likelihood of seeing a flying wing between 1953 and
    2001 is slim to none.
    From 1941-1952, you would have had to see one at Edwards AFB/Moroc Dry
    Lake, or the bombing range at Nellis AFB. Later we had all sorts of
    things going on including the lift bodies used in the '60s in the
    development of the Space Shuttle. and now we have the B2 Bomber.
    < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_flying_wing_aircraft >
     
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    If you were in Green Bay, it is highly unlikely that you would have
    seen any of the US "flying Wing" project planes. They were limited to
    development and test flights in California at Edwards/Muroc, and at
    Nellis AFB in Nevada. The only other opportunity to see one out of
    those areas would have been on the 1949 cross country flight from Muroc
    AFB to Andrews AFB and the famous fly over of the Capitol in DC.

    However, living in Wisconsin, you might have witnessed some of the
    Oshkosh Experimental Aircraft Association efforts, which started in
    1953. Now they certainly had some strange aircraft show up for their
    annual fly-in.
     
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    J. Clarke Guest

    They did show up in movies and on television from time to time. The
    highest profile was I think in "War of the Worlds".
     
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    philo Guest


    Yes, being not too far from Oshkosh I'm thinking I must have seen some
    kind of strange plane that in my mind at least may have been somewhat
    similar to the flying wing.
     
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    philo Guest

    Very weird. I absolutely know it was not TV or a movie
     
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