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A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby Mark1 » September 30th 2018, 11:24pm

Went to the Oregon Airshow this weekend. Got some passes for Saturday, only to be reminded that one of my nephews was getting married that day. Truth be told, I'd much rather spend the day watching airplanes. We all do what we gotta do to keep peace in the family so I left the airshow early Saturday. My nephew (who more than once in this process offered to go to the airshow with me instead) then went and got me some passes for Sunday so I could see the whole thing. I did get to spend a couple hours visiting with codguy who drove down for the show on Saturday. So here's a few pictures from the weekend.


Starting off with the rarely seen two-handed wrist shot. Cod is wearing a nicely finished SWI chrono, me the Tudor Hydronaut.
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An Air Force Reserve C130 taking off to drop parachutists for the opening ceremony.
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People jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Ought to have their heads examined.
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A Canadian Forces CF-18 makes a pass.
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A local Oregon Air National Guard F15C from Portland.
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A close air support heritage flight. The Vietnam era A1 Skyraider and the current A10 Thunderbolt II.
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Two Vans RV8 Experimental planes in aerobatic flight.
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The stars of the show. The Canadian Forces aerobatic demonstration team the Snowbirds. The theme of the whole show this year was the 60th anniversary of NORAD, so there were a lot of Canadians there this weekend.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby Racer-X » October 1st 2018, 12:20am

Fantastic shots, Mark. Looks like a fun day.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby TemerityB » October 1st 2018, 4:34pm

Great photos. Fun stuff no matter how you slice it. Particularly cool when you don't expect this sort of thing.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby biglove » October 1st 2018, 8:22pm

Fantastic photos! Love air shows.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby conjurer » October 1st 2018, 8:42pm

Great shots! And, a mini-WL GTG!
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby 3Flushes » October 2nd 2018, 12:57am

Makes me miss the Miramar shows...

That last pic is incredible.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby codguy » October 2nd 2018, 5:48am

Thanks for sharing these pics (Mark's camera setup is tits).
The Oregon Airshow (Hillsboro Oregon) is truly a nice venue, if close enough, well worth the trip.

I had an enjoyable time (of course being a aviation guy) and always nice to meet up with Mark1 when I have the chance.

And then there was Lt Col Dick Cole whom was in attendance at the show, the last remaining member of the infamous B-25 Doolittle Raid.
https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Dayt ... 40811.html

A salute from me goes out to Walmart whom provided free parking, admission, VIP chalet access & catered meal to us military vets! Awesome being able to sit amongst some of the very finest this country has to offer.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby Mark1 » October 3rd 2018, 7:45pm

codguy wrote:And then there was Lt Col Dick Cole whom was in attendance at the show, the last remaining member of the infamous B-25 Doolittle Raid.
https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Dayt ... 40811.html

A salute from me goes out to Walmart whom provided free parking, admission, VIP chalet access & catered meal to us military vets! Awesome being able to sit amongst some of the very finest this country has to offer.


Thanks for mentioning that Cod, an oversight on my part.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby smellody » October 3rd 2018, 8:33pm

Awesome pics. Snowbirds look amazing. Way to go Walmarket!
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby Thunder1 » October 4th 2018, 7:19am

Some good things happening in that air show...
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby Mark1 » April 9th 2019, 3:30pm

codguy wrote:
And then there was Lt Col Dick Cole whom was in attendance at the show, the last remaining member of the infamous B-25 Doolittle Raid.
https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Dayt ... 40811.html

A salute from me goes out to Walmart whom provided free parking, admission, VIP chalet access & catered meal to us military vets! Awesome being able to sit amongst some of the very finest this country has to offer.


Codguy passed word to me that Lt. Col. Cole has gone west. Godspeed.

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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby koimaster » April 9th 2019, 4:06pm

will try to make the show this year. Exiting an aircraft is easy, you just have to watch that first step. :mrgreen:
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby codguy » April 10th 2019, 4:38am

Mark1 wrote: Lt. Col. Cole has gone west. Godspeed.


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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby conjurer » April 10th 2019, 8:04am

codguy wrote:
Mark1 wrote: Lt. Col. Cole has gone west. Godspeed.


Fair winds and following seas Colonel.


Indeed. RIP, Col. Cole. As the WWII generation passes, looking more bent and frail, it's easy to forget that, in their prime, they were possibly the biggest group of badass motherfuckers the world has yet seen.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby koimaster » April 10th 2019, 8:55am

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A family friend recently passed away at 96. Vernon served with the 1st Armored Division in WWII. As Conjurer said and as has been said before, the "Greatest Generation" and the ones who saved the world from the evils of Hitler and Tojo.
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby AlbertaTime » April 10th 2019, 8:21pm

Nice shootin'

I loves me some great airplane photos!!
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Re: A few shots from the Oregon Airshow

Postby conjurer » April 10th 2019, 10:12pm

koimaster wrote:"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." General George Patton

A family friend recently passed away at 96. Vernon served with the 1st Armored Division in WWII. As Conjurer said and as has been said before, the "Greatest Generation" and the ones who saved the world from the evils of Hitler and Tojo.


One day, at my old job, a dapper-looking older fellow came in who I was helping find a book. He was tall, rail-thin, dressed well in a suit and tie, and was wearing a "WWII Veteran" pin on his lapel. Like always, I thanked him for his service, and he was very gracious and understated. It turned out he was in his early nineties (he looked like he was in his seventies, in very good shape), and the he had been a B-17 bomber pilot, flying missions over Germany. The remarkable thing was that he flew fifty missions; back in those days, if an Army Air Force crew member flew (and survived) 25 missions, he was sent back to the States to train new flyers. This guy, because he didn't want to leave his crew behind, signed up to fly another 25 missions, and survived.

The balls this guy had. I'm surprised he didn't clank as he walked. And he wasn't out of the ordinary; there were thousands, millions of these young kids. They were children of the Great Depression. They were, on the whole, shorter than us, they grew up with not enough to eat, wearing hand-me-down clothes. For many, their first issued combat boots were the first new shoes they every owned. They grew up poor, but when the chips were down, they made their impact. Without the United States, the world would have fallen into a new Dark Age of Nazism and fascism. If they hadn't stepped up, and saved the world, today would have been quite different.

They went ahead and fought. They had nothing at all to gain, and everything to lose. They fought, and they killed the fascists by the bushel. A lot were drafted, and a lot joined up on their own. They fought all over the globe. They and their equally courageous brothers and sisters in free countries all over the world fought. They killed their way to glory. They saved the world. In the abstract, they fought and killed because that's what the world needed to be free. In reality, they fought, as every soldier has fought in the past since we were killing other Cro-Magnons; for their buddies. For the guy next to them. That's why the old B-17 pilot signed up for another 25 missions. It was because he couldn't let his crew down.

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