Tagged: West Coast

Last Tomcats at NAS Oceana

The movie “Top Gun” made the F-14 Tomcat famous to most everyone. In 1997, after Naval Air Station Miramar was transferred to the United States Marine Corps, all F-14 Tomcats were moved to the East Coast, to NAS Oceana....

Breitling Jet Team at Sun N Fun 2015

Yannick Diry is an “Engineer”, who watches his jets carefully. In America he would be a simple “A&P Mechanic”, when you are from Europe, you are an “Engineer”. As he explains it, it’s something more than being a mechanic....

Peter Boschert Visits NAF Fallon

While attending Red Flag 13-3 at Nellis AFB, I had a chance to meet and talk to Peter Boschert. Peter is a resident of Germany and travels the world and takes some of the most captivating images of aircraft.  According to...

Miramar Air Show 2012

Every year for 3 days in October, an estimated crowd of over 700,000 make the journey to MCAS Miramar near San Diego, CA. It was no different this year, and the 2012 Miramar Air Show continued to bring smiles...

Respect the Airplane, Or the Guppy Will Bite You!

Michael Robinson is the newest Flight Engineer aboard NASA’s Super Guppy transport, the bulbous amalgam of 1940’s aviation technology, 1960’s entrepreneurial spirit, and Airbus Industries’ 1970’s answer for moving large airplane parts around Europe.   NASA displayed the sole airworthy...

The Last Flights of Space Shuttle Discovery

The web has been flooded with pictures and stories of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s move from Florida to its permanent home at the Udvar Hazy Center at the Smithsonian in Virginia.  I was there for the arrival in Virginia,...

Airshowvid.com launches

Photorecon has partnered with AirShowVid.com to start producing high quality videos.  Bringing you video from airshows and major aviation events from around the west coast is not a departure from our regular approach but a welcomed addition. Our mission...

Patty Wagstaff’s Second Act – Fire Fighting

When Patty Wagstaff rolls the OV-10A Bronco into a smooth right turn to look at the white smoke below her, she is not above a runway. There are no cheering spectators, no crowd lines, and no ribbon cutting poles. Instead, there are tall trees, rocky hills, and flames. Often, she and her backseater, an air tactical group supervisor, who acts as an air controller, are the first people at a wildfire. Wagstaff will circle well above so her air controller can

Lightning Strikes Sacramento!

Living on the East Coast, I always look forward to attending West Coast air shows, for they usually contain a totally different group of aircraft than those I routinely see.  The 2010 California Capital Airshow in September presented something...