Castle Air Museum, Atwater, CA

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by asiafish, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    A very worthwhile freeway detour yesterday on my way back from San Francisco to Bakersfield.

    Leica M-D 262 with 35mm f/1.4 FLE and 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux (and dark ND filters). The SR-71 shot is for Brian.

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  2. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Very cool stop-in there, Andrew! Classic pitot shot for the SR-71. :biggrin:
     
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  3. James3900

    James3900 Leica Place Rookie

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    Mar 12, 2017
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    James
    Excellent Shots, really loved that first one
     
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  4. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I love it!

    SR-71s are Too Cool! My Dad was in B-29s. I have Super-8 movies of a Vulcan doing stunts at Dulles Transpo '72.
     
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  5. cobbu2

    cobbu2 Leica Place Regular

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    Sep 17, 2014
    Rockville, MD
    Nice shots! I'm so happy to see the Castle Air Museum is alive and well. I was assigned to Castle in the early 90s (I was a B-52 Instructor Pilot) and went there for training at various times since 1984. Would love to go back and visit again!
     
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  6. cobbu2

    cobbu2 Leica Place Regular

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    Sep 17, 2014
    Rockville, MD
    I was there! I'll never forget seeing the Vulcan fly, a one-of-a-kind experience... I was 12 at the time. :)
     
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  7. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    What a Small World

    That was the year that Erich Hartman made an appearance as well- I remember meeting him.

    A great Air Show.
     
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  8. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I have two big air show memories. The first was meeting Greg Boyington at the Chino air show in the early-mid 80s along with the guy who shot him down. They sat next to each other selling their books, "Bah Bah Black Sheep" and "Bye Bye Black Sheep.

    My second memory is much older, around 1970 or 71 when I was only about 4-years-old. We went to Fort Dix for an air show and the F-104 flew by VERY fast, and VERY low. Still can feel and see it like it was yesterday.
     
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  9. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I'm also not sure how it was possible as the SR-71 didn't officially exist, but sometime between 1972 and 1975 I had a toy one. It was yellow plastic, and I broke off the pitot.
     
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  10. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    The SR-71 was actually announced in the early 1960s. I had a Comic Book with it in it! Was originally the YF-12a.
     
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  11. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 1, 2013
    If I recall, the SR-71 had an 18 month design-to-production schedule. If so, amazing.
     
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  12. DiamondLace

    DiamondLace Leica Place Rookie

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    Feb 26, 2017
    Michigan
    Very well done! My grandfather was really big in to planes and such from being in the war. He would have really enjoyed these. :)
     
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