It’s been a long good week of getting things done and there is no better feeling then ending on a high note. Just how high? Well a couple thousand feet over Galveston Bay end the week I shot this pretty darn well. Photography is a constant struggle of weighing out the good days and the bad ones but reminders like these help you keep pushing on. Here’s to a weekend of good shooting and hoping the rain will stop.
It’s not everyday that you get to be part of history even if it is in the backseat. Ever since the announcement of the new addition to the Texas Flying Legends Museum fleet there has been questions of who and where the first photo flight will be. Warren Pietsch, director of flight operations for the museum, had only flown the planes a few times but new that the owner would want the images right away. Dad got the call and with a mechanical issue arising from the first photo platform a quick call was made to the backup platform flown by a good friend of ours and who is affectionately nicknamed Flydaddy. The next day he showed up in his A36 Bonanza and was quite possibly more excited then the rest of us.
In the late hours of Sunday evening we flew out over Galveston Bay with the MkIX. Along with us for the first time was the owner who got to see his new purchase fly. He broke radio silence a few times to let us know how excited he was. Now I have done a few air to air’s before but I can honestly say that I have never seen the light reflect quite like it does with wings of this plane. There is just something about that elliptical design that makes the light really pop. One thing is for certain, if there is any doubt on whether airplanes look better in the sky then on the ground, this Spitfire puts that argument to rest.
Life is full of surprises! Over the last couple of years I have spent a good deal of time working with the Texas Flying Legends Museum and the one thing that I have learned with the group is to be prepared for anything. When I went down to Houston this past weekend I was quite taken when they announced the newest addition to their fleet, the Supermarine Spitfire MkIX. This absolutely gorgeous WWII vet having survived the Battle of Britain and the D-Day+9, has resided in the United States for years tucked away being cared for. It is now in the hands of a great group of pilots who will fly the Spit in honor of those that did before.
Throughout the airshow people would come over to the Spitfire and look in awe as it was parked on the ramp. While many Spitfires still exist and fly today, there aren’t many still in the US, let alone a vet. Monday morning before our flight out Dad, our good friend Joe Glyda, and myself enjoyed a static shoot with the Spitfire in the early morning light. The iconic elliptical wing design stood out so prevalently as the sun rose that it made an impressive silhouette. The three of us spent a lot of time just looking at the Spitfire enjoying seeing the history that was in front of us.
As the sun got higher more of the details started to appear. The D-Day invasion strips which go vertically on the tail of this aircraft unlike others, the squadron and wing units, and of course the British markings. It’s truly amazing where history survives and how it comes back into the light. As the owner put it while we were discussing the plane, this is nothing new it has just come back out into the world again.