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    KAFW/KDFW: Alliance Airshow/Founders Plaza Redux-10/24-26/2014

    Hello All,

    I am back with more winged action from here in Texas. This time I decided to make my first visit to the Alliance airshow in 2 years, and it was a much more pleasant affair not having pneumonia this time! I also had the distinct pleasure of entertaining a good friend from my time down in Sydney, so we also made it over to DFW for a little spotting. So now, photos!

    First off, arrivals at Alliance after the practice airshow

    Ross Perot Jr's T-38

    IMG_2714 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    One unhappy passenger

    IMG_2725 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    The highlight of the weekend for me, a 47 year old DC-9-15F that came in from Laredo, and departed for Mexico with cargo unknown

    IMG_2756 (2) by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    A local viper for the static display

    IMG_2821 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    a Transient Texan II

    IMG_2874 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    A rather colorful Mustang from Oklahoma

    IMG_2923 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    And its slightly less chromatic Mitchell wingmate

    IMG_2888 (2) by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr



    Now for the stars of the show, my first time seriously shooting the Thunderbirds.

    IMG_3190 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_3319 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


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    IMG_3195 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_3176 (2) by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_3251 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    And to end, DFW. I finally got up early enough to make Korean and Emirates photos possible

    IMG_3388 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_3370 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    A nice visitor on a troop charter

    IMG_3396 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Still think these things look cartoonishly long

    IMG_3491 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Obligatory AA 757 shot

    IMG_3496 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    My first encounter with Qatar at DFW

    IMG_3470 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Sun Country's little Boeing

    IMG_3513 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Direct from Louisville

    IMG_3543 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Sun Country's big Boeing

    IMG_3531 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    LH MD-11Fs are always a treat

    IMG_3615 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    And lastly, a Cathay 747-8F

    IMG_3571 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr



    Hope you enjoyed!


    Nick
    Last edited by NickPeterman; 10-30-2014 at 07:43 PM.

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    As usual Nick GREAT pictures! Thanks.

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    Nick,
    Most of those DC-9s flying between Texas, Mexico, and other points in the US are carrying car parts. Between the distances of those factories into Mexico, the condition of Mexican roads, delays at the border, and just-in-time production systems, it winds up being more economical to fly high-value parts (completed transmissions, completed engine assemblies) from place to place.

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    Great DC-9 catch. Nice shots and that's a nice clear sky too!

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    Great shots all around Nick!

    x2 on that DC-9 explanation from Mateo, flights south of the boarder on older airframes are incredibly common from the airports around here (Willow Run, Pontiac) and are almost all carrying some form of parts to the assembly plants.

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    Thanks everybody! I always assumed they were car parts, and referred to them as such, but another spotter went off that I was making racist/generalized comments about Mexico by making that presumption... so I walked my opinions back a bit :) I really was quite excited to catch here. There were 3 DC-9s in Dallas this weekend, 1 -32F from Mexico, and an Ameristar -15F as well. I decided this C&M Bird, being their only aircraft, was a more unique catch, so I am glad it worked out.

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