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AT-6 & FERRARI

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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THIS HANGERED NORTH AMERICAN AT-6 WAS THE PROUD POSSESSION OF A FRIEND OF MINE THAT WAS HANGERED AT THE NUT TREE AIRPORT IN VACAVILLE CALIFORNIA. AFTER A TOTAL GROUND UP REBUILD, THIS PLANE TOOK “BEST MILITARY SHOW” AT OSH KOSH, WISCONSIN, THREE YEARS IN A ROW. A FERRARI DEALER THAT WAS A FRIEND OF THE PLANES OWNER, JUST HAPPENED TO PARK IN FRONT OF THE AT-6 AND I THOUGHT IT WAS THE PERFECT IMAGE TO PUT ON FILM. I TOOK THE SHOT WITH MY OLD CANON EOS 620 AND KODAK 100ASA COLOR FILM. THE LENS I WAS USING AT THE TIME WAS MY 35-105MM CANON AF LENS. I CHOSE THE AUTO FOCUS LENS AND CAMERA BECAUSE MY EYES WEREN’T DOING THE RIGHT JOB AS FAR AS FOCUSING WENT. WHEN I WOULD GO INTO THE DARKROOM WITH MY OLD FILM SHOTS, THE GRAIN MAGNIFIER WAS FOCUSSED, BUT THE IMAGES WERE STILL SOFT. THE EOS AUTO FOCUS HELPED PUT A STOP TO THAT. NOW I USE MY CANON EOS KISS REBEL AND A CANON 100-300MM AF MACRO TELEPHOTO LENS. THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT COMMERCIAL SHOT FOR FERARRI. THE PERSON THAT OWNED THIS AT-6, EVENTUALLY TRADED THIS AND A 90% RESTORED P-40 WARHAWK FOR A NORTH AMERICAN P-51D MUSTANG. HE ALSO TOOK THAT ONE APART AND COMPLETELY REBUILT IT FROM THE FRAME OUT. AFTER MAKING NOT ONE BUT TWO BELLY LANDINGS, HE DECIDED TO NOT FLY THE MUSTANG ANYMORE. NOW, HIS SON AND FRIEND EARL, ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT FLY IT. I GUESS, STEVE GOT SCARED OF DOING A BELLY SLIDE A THIRD TIME, SO HE SAID, I’LL FLY IT NO MORE. I COULD UNDERSTAND IF HE WAS THE TOTAL PROBLEM WITH THE LANDING GEAR, BUT ONE WAS HIS FAULT, THE SECOND ONE WAS A MECHANICAL FAILURE. THIS MUSTANG IS NOW COVERED WITH JELLY BELLY DECALS AND IS OFFICIALLY NAMED, “SPARKY”. I EVEN HAVE ONE OF JELLY BELLY’S SHIRTS THAT HAS A PICTURE OF THE COLORED UP MUSTANG ON IT.

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