The plane with the big teeth at the Rochester Airshow this year. "I loved this one", the colors and the art work on the front nose. The pilot gave a nice performance with the aircraft at the airshow and about the right time. The sun had just started coming out in patchy spots. As in previous post there is more of a description of the aircraft at the end of this post from the Rochester Airshow site. Hope you enjoy some of the shots I took of this lovely aircraft :)
Jet Aircraft Museum Mako Shark
The T-33 is one of the most successful jet trainers of all time. When Canada decided to move to jet trainers Lockheed won the competition and Canadair awarded the contract to build the aircraft under license. The RCAF gave the T-33 the name Silver Star in honour of the first Canadian airplane, the Silver Dart
As with other aircraft Canadair built under license, there was extensive redeisgn work and new technologies to master. Canada chose the more powerful Rolls Royce Nene engine, which required extensive redesign work. The manufacturing technique for the aircraft was also new to Canadair, as the aircraft was literally split in half and then joined after the engine was installed.
The Silver Star began appearing in squadrons and schools in large numbers in 1953. Among operational RCAF squadrons, both Regular and Auxiliary, as well as some Royal Canadian Navy squadrons, the T-33 was used as a trainer and utility aircraft. Perhaps the best-known use of the T-Bird was the Red Knight - the RCAF's official solo aerobatics act. RCN had their own solo display under the name Red Herring in an apparent parody of the RCAF.
In the NATO Air Training Plan, which ran from 1950 to 1958, Canadian and NATO pilots received their advanced flying training on the T-33. The T-33 continued in the training role until 20 June 1974. Thereafter, the Silver Star was used as a utility aircraft, towing target drogues for surface to air gunnery for the army and navy, and simulating enemy aircraft for combat training and when equipped with special electronic pods it could simulate an anti-shipping missile. The last T-33 retired on 31 March 2005 having been used by the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at 4 Wing Cold Lake as an ejection seat test bed.
Canadair built 656 Silver Stars for the RCAF between 1952 and 1959. Some also appeared in NATO air forces, as aircraft surplus to the RCAF were transferred to France, Greece, Portugal and Turkey under NATO Mutual Assistance in the late 1950s. The fact that the aircraft served for 54 years speaks to the excellence of its design and the quality of its construction and maintenance.
I think that this is a male Scarlet Tanager that already gone through his molt taking a bath in my aerator for the coy pound in the back yard. His red coloring is all gone.
A image of a White-breasted Nuthatch that I took back in April of this year at a local park. I have not seen to many of them this year for some reason, they used to be all over the place chattering like they do. Just nothing this year for the most part.
A Bumblebee on a flower. The image is simple enough but though that I would present you with a change today or just something different. I've bean looking at what some of my images mite look like black and white. This one was my test bed working with a program I just recently stumbled across on my lap top that I had on it all along. I'm not big into changing the content of the image with color or editing things out but black and white work is different and I do have a fascination for it currently to try it out on a few images in up coming posted. So please let me know if you like it or not in a comment. I'll probably present them in the same way as this post, with both images.
PS: fishing was not bad yesterday if anyone was quires. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Only brought one Brown Trout home the keep for a latter meal. Long day thought, 6 1/2 hours on the road and about 7 in the water.
I'm taking another trip but not in a plan. This South West Jet was taking of in between performances at the Rochester Airshow back in August. That's the only thing in common with my trip tomorrow, Rochester. I'm going Salmon Fishing with my oldest son and some friends in Rochester Today. It's almost 2am now and I have too hit the road by 2:45am to get this trip started. I have not bean able to get any sleep but I'm hopping some of the others are willing to drive at least half of the 3+ hour journey. Hope to ketch some monsters. Anyway I thought that this was a neat shoot. Enjoy your day, Michael :)
Eastern Bluebird #40 is a Male Bluebird that was at the farm last year in spring time. Yes the image is naturally whited out.
A Black-capped Chickadee image from last year December I believe. A simple little picture to take as he was sunning himself for a short time.