T-34 ON APPROACH

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009, I WAS AT YOLO SPORTSMANS ASSOCIATION IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, BETWEEN WINTERS AND DAVIS, WHEN I SAW A T-28 LAND AND TAKE OFF AND I WAS ABLE TO GET PHOTOS OF IT, SINCE I HAD TIME TO WALK FROM THE 100 YARD SHOOTING RANGE, ALL THE WAY OUT TO THE FRONT GATE. WHICH, JUST HAPPENS TO BE ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE YOLO COUNTY SKYDANCE PARK AND AIRPORT. SO, WHILE THE T-28 WAS REFUILING, I GRABBED MY CAMERA AND STARTED WALKING THAT WAY. NOW IF YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT I WEAR BILATTERAL KNEE BRACES AND I HAVE ARTIFICIAL KNEES AND I USE A CANE FOR WALKING, BY THE TIME I REACHED THE GATE, THE T-28 HAD ALREADY TAXIED OUT TO THE RUNUP AREA AND STAGING LANES FOR APPROACHING THE RUNWAY. I WAS AFFRAID I WAS GOING TO MISS HIS TAKE OFF ALL TOGETHER, BUT I MADE IT IN TIME TO GET SOME NICE SHOTS. WELL NOT 1 MINUTE AFTER HIS TAKING TO THE AIR, I HEARD A MULTIPLE ENGINE HARMONIC. I WAS EXPECTING A TWIN ENGINE AIRPLANE OF SOME TYPE, OR AT BEST A PAIR OF SINGLE ENGINE PLANES THAT JUST HAPPENED TO BE AT THE SAME RPM. WELL, AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TWO, ENDED UP BEING THREE SINGLE ENGINE PLANES. THERE WERE TWO RUSSIAN YAKS AND ONE AMERICAN T-34 COMING IN FOR A LANDING. THE TWO YAKS CAME IN FIRST, ONE BEHIND THE OTHER. THAT GAVE ME PLENTY OF TIME TO GET SHOTS OF EACH ONE INDIVIDUALLY AS THEY WERE LANDING. SO WHEN IT CAME TIME TO GET THE “T-34 ON APPROACH”, I GOT LOTS OF PHOTOS OF HIM WITH HIS GEAR AND FLAPS DOWN. A CLEAN PLANE LOOKS GOOD WHEN IT DOES A HIGH SPEED FLY BY, BUT A SLOW FLYING AIRCRAFT LOOKS BETTER IN WHAT THEY CALL, DIRTY AIR. THAT’S WHEN ALL THE FLAPS, LANDING GEAR AND AIR BRAKES, IF THEY HAVE THEM, ARE ALL DEPLOYED AND CAUSING OTHERWISE SMOOTH AIR TO BECOME VERY TURBULENT, OR DIRTY. I DIDN’T GET A GOOD SOLID PROFILE OF THE T-34 ON HIS CLEAN AIR APPROACH, BUT I DID GET SOME WITH HIS GEAR UP AND IN FORMATION WITH THE TWO RUSSIAN YAKS.

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