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    Phoenix area spotting trip (Image Heavy!)

    This weekend I took a short trip out to Phoenix to meet up with some of the PHXSpotters. I flew out Friday and then took the redeye back at 12:20a sunday morning. So after a few hours of spotting Friday, a full saturday of spotting, 5 hours of jumbled sleep in cramped airplane seats and watching the super bowl....I have gotten a few photos edited for your enjoyment.

    Leading up to my trip I spent a lot of time on google maps looking for some gems in the area around Phoenix, and found a few. As soon as I got my rental on Friday I drove out to Mesa Falcon Field (KFFZ) to see if either of the two C-54s I saw on google maps were still there. Well, I arrived to find that only one was still there. Surprisingly the FBO allowed me to go out and photograph it unsupervised.










    A shot inside their hangar


    After leaving the FBO, I drove down the street to see if the recycling yard was open. They were closed so I pulled up to the wall and climbed on top of the rental for this shot of some S-2 Trackers and what appears to be a Catalina in the background:


    After leaving Mesa-Falcon my next stop was Mesa-Gateway to get an Allegiant to add to my collection. Well, all I can say is that I got my Allegiant finally and much more than I expected. When I was about 10 mins away from the field, I saw two black T-38s take off in tandem and was a little disappointed, but I got treated to a lot better stuff when I got there.....

    These are there for temporary storage.

    Didn't think I was going to get a shot of this as it was parked out of reach of the camera. Then, next thing I knew it was climbing out overhead.

    The real treat from KIWA









    Finally got my Allegiant










    Then I spent all day at Phoenix on Saturday, where I me t up with some of the PHXSpotters group. One of the guys from the guys from group is a local small freight pilot. He knew I was out early and told me he was going out on a flight and that he would keep his plane low on departure. I asked him to do a small favor for me (thought you guys would get a kick out of it). Click the photo to view full size and check the right side cockpit window.....





    Swift 767














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    A few more...








    And some low-light panning...









    Cathay Hong Kong Trader 747-8F overhead




    Last edited by steve1840; 02-05-2012 at 11:33 PM.
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    steve, great shots.
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    Sweet work, Steve! The last time I was at PHX, I was still shooting slides...need to get back out there.
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    Excellent work.... Love the FedEx night capture.

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    Steve...........awesome series! You definitely hit the jackpot with your trip to PHX. The light looks fantastic.
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    Steve, terrific work! It is almost like you are a whole new photographer, wow! The quality on these is superb. Thanks for sharing... and congrats on the harriers, loved those the most
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    Ooh, looks like you also caught B-LJA.

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    Beautiful shots Steve, bravo!
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    Awesome Awesome work my friend !!!! Some great catches and shots, I am really glad this weekend worked out well for ya !
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    Glad to see my hometown treated you well! I would highly recommend KPHX in the winter time to anyone! Glad you got to see my two favorite America West aircraft. Unless I'm mistaken, some of those S-2s may be going on to the Brazilian Navy after refurb.


    Nice set all around!




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    wow...what a nice bunch of pix.... the c-54 is sweet and the AV-8 with this background is great !

    Thanks for sharing

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    Steve, Excellent stuff..... great lighting and great subject matter.....


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