RETURNING HOME

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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FEATURED ON APRIL 26, 2011


FEATURED ON APRIL 26, 2011

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THIS P-80 HAD JUST LANDED AT THE YOLO AVIATION PARK NEAR THE YOLO SPORTSMANS SHOOTING RANGE, WHERE I WAS TAKING PHOTOS FROM, AS I WAS GETTING READY TO LEAVE THE GUN CLUB. FORTUNATELY, I HADN’T GONE FAR WHEN I REACHED A SPOT WHERE I COULD PARK MY FORD AND TAKE A FEW MORE PICTURES OF THIS P-80 “RETURNING HOME” AFTER ANOTHER FLIGHT WITH A LUCKY PASSENGER IN THE BACK SEAT. THE PILOT HAD OPENED THE CANOPY, I IMAGINE TO LET IN SOME FRESH AIR, SINCE IT WAS ONLY 102 DEGREES THIS DAY. THIS IS ONE SHOT THAT I HAD NOT TAKEN ON THE LAST VISIT OF THIS PLANE. ALSO, THE FRONTAL SHOT MAKES A GREAT POSITION TO VIEW THIS JET, IT HAS SUCH A DISTINCT LOOK TO IT. THIS JET WAS THE TRAINER FOR THE FIGHTER JET, THE F-80 STARFIGHTER BACK IN 1952-1953, USED BY THE UNITED STATES DURING THE KOREAN POLICE ACTION…MY BUTT. SOON AFTER THIS JET WAS INTRODUCED, THE F-86 SABRE REPLACED IT IN THE KOREAN WAR. IT SEEMS LIKE TECHNOLOGY HAS MOVED FASTER FOR AIRCRAFT, JUST AS IT HAS FOR ELECTRONICS. AS SOON AS A NEW JET COMES OUT, IT IS OBSOLETE, JUST LIKE COMPUTERS ARE TODAY. THE CAMERA I WAS USING WAS A CANON EOS KISS REBEL 300D WITH MY QUANTARAY 70-300MM F:4/5.6:1 AF MACRO TELEPHOTO LENS. EVEN THOSE ARE OBSOLETE NOW. I ALSO DID THE HORIZONTAL CROP TO FOCUS MY ATTENTION ON THE AIRCRAFT AND NOT THE NOISE AROUND IT, CAUSED BY BACKGROUNDS. WOODLAND AIRPORT IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ISN’T REALLY IN WOODLAND, IT’S JUST CONSIDERED THAT SINCE WOODLAND IS THE LARGEST TOWN CLOSE TO IT. IT’S BETWEEN WINTERS, DAVIS AND WOODLAND SORT OF LIKE A CROOKED TRIANGLE. THE ACTUAL TOWN NAME FOR THIS AREA IS PLAINFIELD, THEY HAVE A LITTLE BAR AND GRILL HERE ON ROAD 29 AND NORTH PEDRICK ROAD THAT MAKES THE MOST KILLER HAMBURGER I’VE EVER EATEN. THE ONE POUND CHEESEBURGER WITH EVERYTHING, COMES WITH FRIES THAT ARE GREAT, RUNS $10.00. WITH SODA IN A GLASS, $13.75. IF YOU EVER FIND YOUR WAY THERE, GIVE IT A TRY. ANYWAY, BACK TO THE JET, THANK GOD WE HAD IT WHEN WE DID AND WE LEARNED WHAT WE LEARNED FROM IT. WITHOUT THE TECHNOLOGY GOING FORWARD LIKE IT DID, AMERICA MAY HAVE BEEN ON A DIFFERENT ROAD RIGHT NOW.

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