About a month ago, my roommate and I went to what
will probably be the last air show at brunswick naval air station in
brunswick maine. BRAC is shutting the joint down, and the base figured
they'd put on a nice September 11th air show.
Knowing there's a few people here who like planes and such, I figured I
would shoot it and post some here for your pleasure. I just forgot about
it til now. My roommate got some crazy footage of the biplanes on his new
camera, and perhaps if there's enough interest we'll firewire it up and
post some here.
Anyway, enough talking right? On with the photos. Sadly they didn't drop
any bombs do any wing walking, but there was lots of beer and a four hour
wait to get out of the parking lot after the show.
Some Blue Angels love.
The f16 falcon, more of this to follow...
F/A-18 Hornet. I always wanted one of these as a kid.
This is an Ilyushin something or other. We got it from the
Crotobaltislavonians who partsed it out from Russian surplus
I don't know what this is. It's a navy plane, and they take off from
carriers. I think.
My guess without googling is it's an F-5 Tigershark or it is a T-38
trainer. Not sure.
This is an old man with what I can only assume is a shoulder mounted
rocket launcher. WHY they didn't have him down on the pavement in seconds
is beyond me.
This is one of the guys from that SOCOM game for xbox.
P-3 Orion. I think. On a takeoff roll.
P-3 doing a flyby.
This is a dude who just landed in his corsair. The original corsair
sucked, so we were like "Here England, you can have the design. Lol."
England gave it a larger canopy and adjusted the wheel things so the
pilots could actually see when coming in for a carrier landing, instead of
having to come in at an angle and then yank it around so it's straight and
just hope to fuck they passed highschool geometry.
Remember that f-16 from up top? Here's a near-supersonic flyby. Fuckers
are LOUD. About two seconds after they go by, that is.
F-16 pilot waving to his deafened fans
Oops, forgot some more photos of the Memphis belle.
Memphis Belle taxiing.
Watching this bastard take off almost made me cry.
Flyby. Sadly they didn't come as close as the others did. I saw it leaking
a LOT of oil earlier on the ramp, so that might be why. I was at the
limits of my gear shooting this one. Should have brought my monopod.
All I know about this one is it's the largest plane they land on carriers,
and that it's used to bring in mail. It's referred to as a Cod. Like the
fish, not the payment.
Who would do this??
It blew up.
Look at the size of the engines on this thing.
It's a mystery to me.
This is the loudest thing I've ever heard that did not have a jet engine.
Also, the pilot is apparently a surgeon or dentist or something, and he
has a death wish. We have video footage of this plane, and the things he
does with it (hover in midair suspended by the prop, hammerheads, etc..)
are unbelievable. Best act all day, and I went just to see the blue
It's called the bulldog.
Another biplane, not as cool or as loud, but still a lot of fun to watch.
Seen here at the tail end of a hammerhead.
This one is not custom-built like the bulldog is. It's an original and
completely stock. It does not have an inverted-capable fuel delivery
system like the Bulldog, so when he flies inverted for more than five
seconds, it stalls, and the motor shoots fire out the exhaust. We got this
on video too.
America! Fuck Yeah! This is the c-130 plane that hangs out with the blue
angels. It's named Fat Albert. I was like... C-130, wtf. Boring.
Til I saw that they'd slapped JATO bottles on this one.
Yeah, it's pretty much flying vertical two seconds after takeoff. I was
Now I know you are dying to see some blue angels. I knew they flew lots of
formations and shit, so I tried to get some fine-art shit happening. Some
are successes and some are failures.
Dunno what's happening here.
Those bastards are crazy.
Another. More planes.
I was waiting for the machine guns and bombs and stuff.
Sadly I was let down.