Grumman F-14 Tomcat

The mighty Tomcat, what more needs to be said? Sad day when these flew into retirement. These photos were taken of one of those retirement, 'last flights' of an F-14B of VF-11 Red Rippers, at Grissom ARB, Indiana and another of an F-14D Tomcat, VF-213 Black Lions, at the Central Illinois Regional Airport, Bloomington, IL. These are some of those photos where I wish I had the camera and lenses I do now. These were shot early in my career,

Vought A-7E Corsair II and TA-7C Corsair II (TwoSair)

The Vought A-7 Corsair II was developed as a replacement for the A-4 Skyhawk as a carrier borne medium / light attack aircraft. The aircraft served in various variants with multiple air forces including the USAF/ANG, Portugal, Thailand, and Greece. No service was it more famously used with than the United States Navy. The A-7 served from the late 1960's until 1991 and was active in every major combat action between those dates, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Operation Eagle Claw,

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is an amazing airplane to watch. If you have a chance to see one at an airshow, stick around and watch. The pilots that can demonstrate this airplane to its fullest are a spectacular blend of trash hauler pilot and fighter jock. The C-17 can dive down in a combat landing from a couple of hundred (or more) feet up and plop itself down on the runway, throwing on the thrust reversers and stopping