- May 23, 2012
- Riverside, California
- Real Name
KC-135, KC-46 (I think). I've been up close and personal with Doc and FIFI, the only two 29's still flying.Unfortunately, these planes were doing a flyover to honor all the hospitals, doctors, and staff fighting the Corona Virus. The flight of three tankers from McConnell AFB came roaring over around 10:30 am this morning followed by our special local wonder, the B-29 named Doc who resides at his own hangar at the Air Museum. There were two jet tankers with 2 engines and one with 4 and then the prop job which is the star wherever it goes. For years, our base was a base for the B-1 bombers and my wife was the photographer for the Air National Guard. She has lots of pictures of them leaving this base to go to another and the sorrow the airmen felt was palpable. Once when the B-1B was doing a bombing run about 90 miles away, she was in her car going home when as a joke, a B-1 bussed over her and hit the afterburner scaring the crap out of her. She even got to go inside and was supposed to do a re-fuel photoshoot but then all the bad stuff with security happened at that was no more. She is much more adventuresome than I and has flown in a bi-plane which was doing dives and rolls while she was photographing it, In any event, here are the stars today. View attachment 820667View attachment 820668View attachment 820669
Of all the "flyover" photos, that one's the best.Thursday morning, a KC-135R Stratotanker flew over Decatur Morgan hospital, Madison Hospital, Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center.
The purpose of the flyover is to show appreciation to hospital employees who are at the front line battling COVID-19. The flyover is part of a normal training mission. It’s also a way to demonstrate the “continued readiness of the 117 ARW during this pandemic.”
The text above was a quote from one of the local TV stations. The photos were taken with an Olympus OMD EM1 mark ii, Olympus 40-150 pro with 1.4X teleconverter. View attachment 820978