2014 Displays

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Novelty Airline Liveries update

Novelty Airline Liveries A number of airlines use novelty paint schemes on their airplanes to attract extra attention. Photos taken at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Dcember 22 and 24, 2014 have been added to the Novelty Airline Liveries display.

Air Traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor
December 22 and 24, 2014

Phoenix Sky Harbor, December 22 and 24, 2014 I spent some time on the mornings of December 22 and 24, 2014 on the south bank of the Salt River watching the air traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. American has been painting their new livery on former US Airways airliners. Southwest has started to apply its new livery to its 737s. Split scimitar winglets are being installed on 737s.

Southern California Logistics Airport and Mojave Airport
November 2014

Southern California Logistics Airport and Mojave Airport, November 15, 2014 On my journey to and from the Saline Valley, I stopped by the Southern California Logistics Airport to photograph the stored airliners. I stayed the night at the Mariah Country Inn adjacent to the Convair 990 gate guard at the Mojave Airport.

Saline Valley
November 18 - 21, 2014

Saline Valley, November 18 - 21, 2014 I arrived at Palm Spring Camp in the Saline Valley with friends on Monday, November 17 at sunset. We set up camp and stayed until Friday, November 21.

Time lapse movies taken in the Saline Valley in Death Valley National Park from November 18 to November 21, 2014. The speed of the action has been increased by a factor of 240. Fifteen seconds of video shows one hour of real time

Cerro Gordo
November 17, 2014

Cerro Gordo, November 16, 2014 On Monday, November 17, I drove up to the ghost town of Cerro Gordo at the crest of the Inyo Mountains with friends. We drove to the town of Keeler on the edge of Owens Dry Lake, and turned up the dirt road leading to Cerro Gordo. When we arrived at the ghost town, Robert, the local caretaker, drove out on his quad and greeted us. He treated us to a tour of the town, opening up all the buildings and the museum, which houses a collection of artifacts from the heyday of the mining industry.

Panamint Valley
November 16, 2014

Panamint Valley, November 16, 2014 On Sunday, November 16, I toured the Panamint Valley with friends. We stopped in Trona for lunch at Esparza Family Restaurant. We visited the ghost town of Ballarat and continued up the Indian Ranch Road on the east side of the Panamint Valley. We surveyed the valley from the Father Crowley Viewpoint.

In The Wild, November 2014

In The Wild, November 2014 I camped out in the Saline Valley photographing airplanes in the wild in November. Camp was buzzed by several Boeing F/A-18 Hornets, McDonnell-Douglas F-15s, and Lockheed Martin KC-130Js.

Fall Colors on the Mogollon Rim
October 23, 2014

Mogollon Rim, October 23, 2014 On October 23, 2014, I toured the Mogollon Rim near Payson, Arizona to photograph the fall colors. I followed the Rim Road and other forest roads from Woods Canyon Lake to Highway 87 north of Strawberry. The weather was sunny and warm.

Scottsdale Storm Damage
September 28, 2014

Scottsdale Storm Damage, September 28, 2014 A major storm brought heavy rainfall and gale force winds to the Valley of the Sun on Saturday, September 27. Many trees have toppled and streets and parks are flooded.

Mingus Mountain
September 25, 2014

Mingus Mountain, September 25, 2014 On September 25, I drvoe through the town of Cherry to Mingus Mountain, overlooking the Verde Valley. The town of Cottonwood was directly below and the red rocks cliffs of Sedona could be seen an the far side of the valley as thunderheads built up in the distance.

Flagstaff Weather Time Lapse
July 23 - 24, 2014

Time lapse movie of weather near Flagstaff, Arizona on July 23 and 24, 2014. The speed of the action has been increased by a factor of 120.

Total Lunar Eclipse, April 14 - 15, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse, April 14 - 15, 2014 The full Moon slipped through the Earth's shadow during the night of April 14 - 15, 2014.

Oak Creek Canyon
March 31, 2014

Oak Creek Canyon, November 11, 2013 Forest Houses is a compound of cabins ini Oak Creek Canyon. Each cabin is different. My sister has been renting cabins at Forest Houses for many years. I joined her for a few days at Chalet, on the bank of Oak Creek.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey at Sedona
March 31, 2014

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Sedona, March 31, 2014 The Commemorative Air Force's Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z made revenue flights from the Sedona Airport on the morning of Monday, March 31, 2014.

Arrival Day at Luke AFB
March 13, 2014

C-20B Gulfstream III 86-0203, Luke AFB, March 13, 2014 Luke Days Open House and Airshow will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Some of the airplanes that will perform or appear on static display arrived on Thursday, March 13.

First Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II delivered to Luke AFB
March 10, 2014

First Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II delivered to Luke AFB, March 10, 2014 Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning 2 11-5030 was delivered to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base on March 10, 2014. It made two circuits of the pattern and then landed.

Air Traffic at Mesa Gateway Airport
March 7, 2014

Air Traffic at Mesa Gateway Airport, March 7, 2014 Airplanes started arriving for the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport hosted Aviation Day on March 7, 2014. A variety of military aircraft stopped by the airport for gas-n-go..

Parada del Sol, February 8, 2014

Parada del Sol, February 8, 2014 The Parada del Sol is an annual parade through Scottsdale. It ia a showcase for a wide variety of horses. It also features vintage cars, firetrucks, and some notable local celebrities.

Aviation and Rocket Launch Videos
1999 - 2005

I acquired a digital8 video camcorder in 1999. I finally transferred the tapes to a hard drive so that they could be properly formatted for presentation and uploaded the videos to YouTube. I have embedded them on the relevent displays of this web site.

Aviation Videos

Edwards Air Force Base Airshow, October 10, 1999
Red Flag Exercise 00-01, Nellis AFB, November 5, 1999
Red Flag Exercise 00-02, Nellis AFB, February 1-3, 2000
McClellan AFB Museum, March 3, 2000
Travis AFB Museum, March 3, 2000
Arrival Day for the Van Nuys Airshow, June 23, 2000
Planes of Fame Air Museum Special Event, Chino, October 8, 2000
Edwards AFB Open House, Saturday, October 21, 2000
October 30 - November 2, 2000, Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards AFB, California
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airshow, November 5, 2000
Lockheed-Martin X-35A Joint Strike Fighter at Air Force Plant 42, November 22, 2000
Naval Air Weapons Station Pt Mugu Airshow, March 31, 2001
B-17G N5017N at Santa Barbara, April 2001
X-43A First Free Flight, June 2, 2001
NB-52B Stratofortress carries X-38 Crew Return Vehicle, June 29, 2001
Camarillo Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-in, August 25, 2001
Planes of Fame Air Museum Warbird Special Event, Chino, October 6, 2001
Curtis C-46 Commandos at Camarillo, November 3, 2001
AH-64D Longbow Apache demonstration, Mazatzal Mountains, Arizona, March 1, 2002
Edwards AFB Open House Rehearsal, October 22, 2003
Edwards AFB Open House Airshow, October 25, 2003
X-43A Hyper-X Supersonic Combustion Ramjet, First Integrated Vehicle Supersonic Combustion Ramjet Test, March 27, 2004
X-43A Hyper-X Supersonic Combustion Ramjet, Mach-10 Supersonic Combustion Ramjet Test, November 16, 2004

Rocket Launch Videos

Titan II/DMSP, December 12, 1999
Atlas IIAS/Terra, December 18, 1999
Minuteman II, January 18, 2000
Titan IVB, August 17, 2000
Delta II/Earth Observing 1 and SAC-C, November 21, 2000
Delta II/Digital Globe Quickbird II, October 18, 2001
Delta II/Jason and TIMED, December 7, 2001
Delta II/Iridium, February 11, 2002
Delta-II/Gravity-B probe, April 20, 2004
The last Lockheed-Martin Titan IVB launch, October 19, 2005

Antarctic Cruise Videos
January 18 - 27, 2001

Antarctic Cruise Videos, January 18 - 27, 2001 I added nearly four hours of videos to my Antarctic Cruise displays.

Sonoran Desert National Monument
January 28, 2014

Sonoran Desert National Monument, January 28, 2014 The Sonoran Desert National Monument encompasses 487,000 acres southwest of Phoenix. Much of the monument is wilderness with no motorized access. Route 8001 skirts the north edge of the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness. It can be accessed from Highway 85 at Woods Road, about 21 miles south of I-17. There is no sign for the monument at the highway. It follows a narrow valley between rugged mountains of the North Maricopa Range. Saguaros and Creosote are the predominant plants. Mesquite and Palo Verde Trees grow along numerous dry washes.

Lauridsen Collection
Buckeye Municipal Airport
Updated January 29, 2014

Lauridsen Collection Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso N413PB has joined the Lauridsen Collection at Buckeye Municipal Airport.

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