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Diana, yes the planes are in state Air National Guard units, but they belong to the Air Force. We couldn’t afford to keep all Fighter/Tanker/etc... units on Active Duty as it costs less to employ Guard/Reserve units than it does regular Active Air Force units. In event of an emergency or conflict like Desert Shield/Desert Storm, they can be “activated” for Federal duty overseas.

Many Guard/Reserve pilots are civilian airline pilots (who are probably happy to have flying opportunities (& a paycheck coming in) during the Covid pandemic...besides, if you’re a pilot you love to fly anything except a desk) & other Guard/Reserve members have civilian jobs on the outside

This country couldn’t respond to any crisis w/out the Guard/Reserve assets. After Vietnam, a lot of military assets/occupations were moved to the Guard/Reserve so any conflict after VN would have to involve the people of America.

There are enough things going on that even w/Guard/Reserve tankers, the military had to hire a civilian company, Omega Air Refueling; to provide air to air refueling assets w/707’s & DC-10’s.

http://www.omegaairrefueling.com/

Written on 04/07/2020 by James Simms

Totally photoshopped but very pretty.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Eric curry

Thank you Alan and Jesse for your information and comments. I appreciate it!

Written on 03/07/2020 by John Giambone

My favorite commercial aircraft.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Rick Hundley

UC-45J, circa 1943. Correct reg is N49265.

Written on 03/07/2020 by David Seider

Thank you Gavin, you as well!

Written on 03/07/2020 by Koson Verkler

Nice and tight Gavin. Not many of these around and you got it !

Written on 03/07/2020 by John Marotta

Love both of your stuff Darryl and Gavin. So happy to see the international heavies coming back to Boston.

Written on 03/07/2020 by John Marotta

Looks as if there's hardly even a sheen on it let alone shine but you managed to score a pic of something that possibly may not be seen too much in the future. However, these are different times we're living in and who knows.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Great photo! Is the engine always uncowled?

Written on 03/07/2020 by Ray Lang

Fantastic view, and thanks for the story. Interesting so many flights in/out. I assume from your comment that these would be pax flights too, unlike here at the moment where, mostly, internats are pax aircraft carrying cargo only.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

If you're going to shoot straight up, this is the way to do it, not with a phone or a snap-and-go with the plane at 35,000ft! Nicely done Gary. Happy 4th to you and stay safe.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Yes Honey, I DO need one of these. Really!

Written on 03/07/2020 by George Squillace

I went to FlightAware and this aircraft may not be tracked publicly.

Written on 03/07/2020 by George Squillace

Great pic Mark.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Judging by this pic, looks to be a very interesting collection. Thanks for sharing John.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Great atmosphere.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Thanks Richard.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Richard, Diana and Dwight - thank you. Happy 4th to you all and please stay safe. (Camera and the photographer needed a bit of a wipe down!)

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Thanks Diana.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Richard, Diana and Larry - thank you.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Thanks Gavin - Love your stuff as well. Keep the historic photos coming.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Darryl Sarno

Nice pics D.B. plus info. Happy 4th to you and stay safe.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Very nicely done Koson. Happy 4th to you and stay safe.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Plenty of action your way Darryl. Thanks for keeping the pics coming and making me jealous:)

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gavin Hughes

Thanks Uwe!

Written on 03/07/2020 by Mark Thomas

Hi jesse, can you check if reg N7274Y is current?

Written on 03/07/2020 by CHRIS ROBEY

I can almost hear her growling.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Harald Heuser

Looks like the A3 between Wiesbadener Kreuz and Frankfurt airport.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Harald Heuser

Certainly seen some post-processing, but pretty slick all the same.

Written on 03/07/2020 by john doe

nice plane, nice photo, exact moment

Written on 03/07/2020 by renato basso

its like a picture. Five stars

Written on 03/07/2020 by renato basso

BEAUTIFUL climb photo!

Written on 03/07/2020 by BigAlOutWest

Anybody else think the nose of this plane looks like an old time hockey mask?

Written on 03/07/2020 by George Bures

Just an awesome shot of an awesome war hero.

Written on 03/07/2020 by George Bures

Didn't know they came in primer gray.

Written on 03/07/2020 by George Bures

Love it!

Written on 03/07/2020 by George Bures

The perfect plane for those folks who want to take absolutely everything with them on vacation. (;o)

Written on 03/07/2020 by George Bures

Thanks Gavin. I've admired your work too. Just not much on making comments here. Got this KC-30A in around 4pm. Lovely light at that time, and luckily he came in on 33 so I could get him from the western side of the runway with good light. Too often these guys come in around midday and arrive on 15 so I have to shoot them into the sun. Result is poor photos. They also rarely land, but had two land in two days this past week. Should be more of it. Now I need an E-7A Wedgetail and a P-8A Poseidon to land and I'll be happy.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Steve Vit

I think it looks good, but I would guess that if it is owned by a local billionaire, he really doesn't give a crap about anyone else's opinion.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Don Hines

Thank you. The sun was just right. I love the classic Boeings!

Written on 03/07/2020 by Ed Jones

http://www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=3614
AKA Bamboo Bomber, Sky King's first A/C type

Written on 03/07/2020 by jesse kyzer

Constructed as a F3F-2.
(ON VERTICAL)

Written on 03/07/2020 by jesse kyzer

Yup...J.Stewart flew B-24's in combat!

Written on 03/07/2020 by 001THP

http://www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=45899

Written on 03/07/2020 by jesse kyzer

Taken from one of the many excellent spotting positions at SFO. Every knowledgeable aviation photographer can take one fast look at THIS photo and instantly realize the other EXCELLENT photo angle that can be clicked from here. This airport is an aviation photog's heaven.

Written on 03/07/2020 by Gary Schenauer

WOOOOW ! ! !

Written on 03/07/2020 by jesse kyzer

The Boeing 757-200 Catfish is the first 757 built, primarily used as a test bed for Lockheed Martin F22 Raptor's Avionics and sensor integration

Written on 03/07/2020 by jesse kyzer

5* Ron. Great shot!

Written on 03/07/2020 by Dave Sheehy

lead A/C is a 1956 Constructed as a Silver Star 3 by Canadair at Montreal, QC.
Some history at: http://www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=20726
N133KK

Written on 03/07/2020 by jesse kyzer

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