Soaring With Angels

I have seen the United States Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron perform on a number of occasions over the years, but not once did I ever look up at them and think that just five years after first picking up a DSLR, and just three years after my first air-to-air flight, I would end up flying alongside them over one of the most iconic cities in the world, San Francisco. I’m often asked how I was able to participate in this flight, and what it felt like to be up there. What follows is the story of that unforgettable flight, as well as two additional flights that took place the following day, the sum total of which constitute the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in my life.

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The Aerial Autumn Beauty of Minnesota

I mentioned in a prior post that I would soon tell you about some other air-to-air experiences I’ve been lucky to have. For this post, I’d like to share the story of what it was like to see the always gorgeous, autumn foliage of Minnesota, from an entirely different vantage point. Thanks to some great coordination by Max Haynes of MaxAir2Air late last year, not only did I see some amazing fall colors, but I also had the chance to shoot some images of a beautifully restored Boeing Stearman.

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Chasing the Queen

In my opinion, there is no aircraft more iconic, or more recognized around the world than the Boeing 747. It goes by many nicknames such as, Jumbo Jet, Whale, and the Seven Four. However to many diehard aviation fans, it becomes a “she”, and not just any she, but The Queen of the Skies. She has captured many aviation lovers’ minds as far back as 1968, and has continued to wow fans of all generations since.

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Air-to-Air with Team Oracle

Just four years ago, I picked up a DSLR for the first time shortly after my first son was born. Like most new parents, I wanted to capture the highest quality shots I could of the new center of my universe. Unlike many parents, however, I was determined not to fall into the trap of buying a fancy new camera and then eventually letting it gather dust in the closet. For a couple of years, I shot a copious amount of baby pictures, along with a handful of images of my other love, aviation.

Everything changed for me when I managed to land an image in the September 2013 issue of Air and Space Magazine:

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Simple Joy

I’ve started this blog as a way to tell the stories behind the images I post. While I always try to tell a story with my images, there is often a behind the scenes story that is more than the photo alone can tell. I will do my best over this and future posts to tell stories that accompany these images. For my first post, I decided to choose an image that warms my heart every time I see it, and is also one of my most popular images to date.

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