THIS YAK IS MORE CIVILLIAN

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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AN SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2009, WHILE I WAS AT YOLO SPORTSMANS ASSOCIATION, I GOT TO SEE A T-28 WARM UP AND TAKE OFF. AS WELL, I GOT TO SEE TWO RUSSIAN YAKS AND A T-34 FLY IN, WHILE IN FORMATION, AND GO RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME TO MAKE THEIR LANDINGS. I AM FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BELONG TO A SHOOTING CLUB THAT IS RIGHT ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE YOLO SKYDANCE PARK AND AIRPORT. SO ONCE I GET OUT TO THE ENTRANCE ROAD TO THE GUN CLUB AND AIRPORT, I GET PASSED ALL OF THE OBSTRUCTING TREES TO WHERE I CAN GET GOOD SHOTS OF LANDING AIRCRAFT AND PLANES THAT ARE GETTING READY TO TAKE OFF. OF THE TWO YAKS THAT CAME IN, ONE WAS MORE MILITARY LOOKING, BUT “THIS YAK IS MORE CIVILIAN”, LOOKING. I THINK I REALLY LIKE THE MILITARY LOOK BETTER THAN THIS PARTICULAR CIVILIAN PAINT JOB. MAYBE IF THIS ONE WAS PAINTED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY, I MIGHT LIKE IT BETTER. MY FRIEND THAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE THE RANGE MASTER AT OUR GUN CLUB, IS ALSO A FLIGHT BUFF. HOWEVER, HE DID MISTAKE A RUSSIAN YAK FOR A NORTH AMERICAN T-6. FROM A DISTANCE AND WITH THEIR GEAR UP, I GUESS YOU COULD MISTAKE A YAK FOR A T-6, BUT IF YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR PLANES LIKE I LIKE TO THINK I DO, I DON’T SEE HOW THE MISTAKE COULD BE MADE. BECAUSE, I TOLD MY FRIEND, ALL THE TIME I WAS OUT TAKING THE PHOTOS, I DIDN’T SEE ONE T-6. AND, UNLESS IT CAME IN BEFORE I GOT TO THE CLUB, THERE WASN’T A T-6 OUT THERE. ANYWAY, I AM GLAD I DIDN’T LEAVE MY CAMERA AT HOME THIS DAY. I USUALLY TRY TO CARRY IT WITH ME WHEREVER I GO, BUT I SOMETIMES FORGET TO GRAB THE BAG. I WISH I HAD MORE NOTICE OF THE YAKS TAKING OFF AFTER THEY REFUELLED, BUT I FIGURED I GOT ENOUGH PHOTOS, I DIDN’T NEED TO WALK ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE DRIVEWAY GATE TO GET CLEAN SHOTS OF THEM LEAVING. I DID NOTICE THAT WHEN THEY TOOK OFF, THE TWO YAKS AND THE T-34 ALL FORMED BACK UP INTO FORMATION AND FLEW NORTH FROM YOLO AIRPORT. BY THE TIME, I COULD HAVE GOT GOOD SHOTS OF THEM LEAVING, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO FAR AWAY FOR A GOOD IMAGE.

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