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Just got back from the show. Lots of photos to wade through, will post some up as I can. In the meantime, anyone know what this is? There was no one around it, no info. Based on the bay doors it's for fighting fires. What I found unique is the two prop and two jet engines. The jet engines have doors that cover the intake, I suspect to keep embers and soot out, they must shut the jets down to drop and start them up to speed their turnaround time. They may be common in other parts of the country, but I've never seen one before.

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Just got back from the show. Lots of photos to wade through, will post some up as I can. In the meantime, anyone know what this is? There was no one around it, no info. Based on the bay doors it's for fighting fires. What I found unique is the two prop and two jet engines. The jet engines have doors that cover the intake, I suspect to keep embers and soot out, they must shut the jets down to drop and start them up to speed their turnaround time. They may be common in other parts of the country, but I've never seen one before.

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Lockheed P2 Neptune. The jet engines are used on take off and are shut down for normal flight.
 
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Ok, got a few processed. I'll try not to inundate the thread. Thanks for the advice from @Andrewmap and @RichardC

The end result was the 50-200 was the go-to. The 100-300 spent too much time searching for focus, I'm not even sure I kept any shots, but then it wasn't mounted for very long. I am going to set my sights on the 100-400 for the future and the 100-300 will be gone.

My steady camera technique stinks. I was able to get some good shots with prop blur, but took many with faster shutters speeds because I was more concerned with getting the photo.

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@Brownie great set of images and the Mustang is fantastic against the cloud. I have one more airshow to go to this year, Race Day at Shuttleworth (Early October, so the weather gods may or may not be kind) and I think I'm going to hire a Panasonic 100-400 again (not sure I could justify buying one, BUT MPB UK do have a few in stock: did someone mention GAS? :)).

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@Brownie great set of images and the Mustang is fantastic against the cloud. I have one more airshow to go to this year, Race Day at Shuttleworth (Early October, so the weather gods may or may not be kind) and I think I'm going to hire a Panasonic 100-400 again (not sure I could justify buying one, BUT MPB UK do have a few in stock: did someone mention GAS? :)).

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I'm going to end up with one eventually, may as well get it out of the way. I don't think it needs to be justified any more than any other toy!

The Mustang photos are good but you can see the softness. This is the result of a combination of f/13 and full 200mm extension. Still, if that's the worst it does I'm fairly impressed.

Here's a shot with a more reasonable aperture and focal length.

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I've never taken aircraft photos before but went to the seaside for a few days, and suddenly there was a show outside the hotel window.... would have been rude not to take a few shots.
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Only just noticed that the f number isn't showing up on your shots, yet they do on the other folks shots preceding it: all I see is camera, focal length, speed and ISO.

That Corsair is a beauty.
Yeah, I saw that too. They're hosted at Flickr. If you click it will take you to the page and the aperture is visible there, not sure why it isn't getting imported with the rest.

I have some (I think) amazing Corsair shots that I need to wade through. Almost half of the world's flying Corsairs were at the show.

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Yep, Extra 330SC: nearly full wing ailerons which gives it 400 degree/second (!) roll rate. There was one at Shuttleworth a couple of weeks ago, and the way it was being flown was amazing! Too quick for me to follow and take a decent shot.
I got a few but tossed most of them, none are as good as I would've liked. Too small/blurry/etc. Burst is your friend!

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Not an aircraft, but of great significance to the history of aviation. The buildings in the photo are from the Willow Run WWII B-24 Liberator bomber plant. The larger building on the left has the repair hangers and control tower. After the bombers were built crews took them up for a shakedown flight. Any problems were repaired on site before the planes were ferried to their destinations.

The building on the right is what remains of the bomber plant itself. The Yankee Air Force was able to save 144,000 Sq. Ft. of the original 3,500,000 Sq. Ft. plant that will eventually be the new museum. The plant had dual assembly lines, each of which were a mile long. The green doors on the left side are where the completed bombers rolled out, the high security room that stored the Norden bomb sights is just inside the doors. Naysayers called it 'Ford's Folly' or "Will-it Run" because no one believed Ford could do what he said. At its peak the plant turned out a bomber every 58 minutes.

I am very proud to say that my mother was an original Rosie the Riveter, and worked at the plant in 1942.

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