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Pilots Needed!

Operation P.R.O.P. is THIS Saturday, May 12th and we need some pilot volunteers with their airplanes to be at the Raymond Airport!  Please contact Linwood Nooe at the phone number or e-mail in the press release below to let him know you are coming.  We really need some larger 4+ place aircraft to help us out at the event.  Please try to be at the airport at 09:00 so that we can have a safety briefing and go over the flight details.  I think you will find, as Beth & I did last year, that this will be a very rewarding experience for the participants as well as the volunteers.

Press Release…

YOU ARE INVITED!  ALL FREE!  Operation PROP is pleased to announce the third Let’s Go Flying event on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10 AM – 2 PM* at the John Bell Williams Airport in Raymond, MS.  Operation PROP is a nonprofit organization for People Reaching Outrageous Potential by introducing people with disabilities and Wounded Warriors to recreational and employment opportunities they may not know exist.Operation PROP is a gathering of pilots with a special purpose – to offer people of all ages with all kinds of disabilities the opportunity to break the bonds of earth and experience the joy of flight.  Flying can be a life-changing experience that brings new adventures and builds self-confidence to better handle life’s challenges for persons with special needs.

A fun day is guaranteed for all!  A few of the exciting activities include the joy of flying in an airplane for persons with disabilities, exhibition by Jackson’s own wheelchair basketball team, “The Rollin Tigers”, and the world renowned wheelchair fencing team, “The Blade Rollers”, art classes, face painting, lunch and more!  And IT IS ALL FREE!

Go to for more information.  Main event contact: Linwood Nooe 601.624.4400,  We look forward to seeing you on May 12!  In the meantime, we wish you Blue Skies and Tail Winds!  Click on the following link to view a short video from our last “Let’s Go Flying” event.

RC Jets at Raymond, MS Airport

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RC Jets…  Once a year the Raymond, MS Airport (KJVW) hosts a group of remote control jet enthusiasts from all over the country.  The Mississippi Afterburner Jet Rally is a 3 day event showcasing some of the best examples of remote controlled jets that can be found. This event is a fundraiser to generate scholarships for the Aviation Technology Department at Hinds Community College. Mississippi Jets Radio Control Club established the scholarship fund to enhance and support aviation education in our local community. The Mississippi Afterburner Jet Rally is the sole funding source for these scholarships. These are not your average “weird uncles” remote controlled airplanes… (no offense, i’ve been that guy) – these plane have real jet engines burning kerosene at tens of thousands of RPM’s!  Some of these guys have the same amount of time in building their RC planes as we do in building our full size homebuilt plane and you could buy a really nice Cessna 150 for the dollars they have invested.

I tried my hand at remote control airplanes about 15 years ago… I was much better at building the planes than flying them.  Take it from someone who has done both, it is much easier to fly a real airplane from the left seat than it is to fly an RC plane headed toward you at 100+ MPH and some of these planes are flying at 200 MPH!

Check out the video below…

HDR…  As usual, I had to take a few handheld HDR pics as seen below and to the upper left.  The photo below was so full of color that it really stood out in my eye and the vertical crop on the above photo shows the guts of one of these complicated birds.  Click on the images for a larger view.

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Jump Jet – SNF2012

The Loudest Plane on the Field…  When the Harrier pumps water into the jet engines as it hovers over the runway and the black smoke begins to roll out it truly becomes the loudest plane on the field! This photo was taken at Sun-N-Fun 2012 of a Marine Corps Harrier AV-8B.  The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) AV-8B Harrier II is a second-generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) ground-attack aircraft. (Wiki)  This shot was another 3 shot, hand held HDR taken with the D7000 and processed in Adobe Lightroom 4 and Photomatix PRO.  Click on the photo for a larger view and let me know what you think of the processing level…

Beautiful Waco!

OK… time for a little photography, since we can’t afford to fly off somewhere every weekend and no one has offered us a new  pair of waders…(see last post).  This 3 frame (handheld) HDR shot was recently taken at our home airport, John Bell Williams at Raymond (KJVW).  The Waco was being flown by Dan Fordice of the Southern Heritage Air Foundation located at the Tallulah-Vicksburg Airport (KTVR). Dan is a member of our local EAA Chapter and flies one of the museum’s beautiful birds in when he can.  Currently the museum is open by appointment only, but plans are being made to open it to the public later this year.  You can see more about the activities at SHAF at their website.


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