2003 Geneseo Airshow – Mig 17T FlyBy

One of the different planes that showed up at this 2003 Airshow was a Russian Mig17T Jet. It was built in 1957 at the State Aircraft Factories in Russia. Now owned by a pilot from Minnesota and flies at Airshows under Experimental Aircraft.

MIG 17T, Nikon D1X, 80-400mm lens @ 95mm (with the D1X having a 1.5x cropped sensor Field of View equivalent to 142mm lens)
Mig 17T, Tail Image as it was taxiing by me, Nikon D1X, 80-400mm lens @135mm (with the D1X having a 1.5x cropped sensor Field of View equivalent to 202mm lens)
Mig 17T FlyBy with Afterburner On, Nikon D1X, Nikon 80-400mm lens @ 400mm. With the Nikon D1X having a 1.5X cropped sensor Field of View equivalent to 600mm lens.
Mig 17T FlyBy with Speed Brake out, Nikon D1X, Nikon 80-400mm lens @ 400mm. With the Nikon D1X having a 1.5X cropped sensor Field of View equivalent to 600mm lens.

World War I Replica Fighter Aircraft

I had posted before that I used to photograph aircraft at a lot of Airshows. Now that I am retired I am going through my array of backup hard drives cleaning out images no longer needed and making room for new images. But while doing that I am finding images that are interesting to post here. These are images taken at a Fly-In & Airshow in Geneseo, NY in 2001. Back then this was the early days of digital photography. Here I was using a Nikon D1X with an 80-400mm lens & a Fuji S2 Pro with a 100-300mm lens. The Fuji s2 Pro also used a Nikon mount lens. Both of these early digital cameras had a 1.5 cropped sensor so at 100mm it would be like using a 150mm focal length view on a Full Frame camera. The Featured Image was taken with the Nikon D1X @400mm.

Fokker DR1 Replica Taxiing before take-off (100-400mm @ 400mm)
Fokker DR1 Triplane Flying Overhead, 400mm, Nikon D1x, 80-400mm @ 400mm
British SE5A Replica (this replica is actually only 80 percent of full size SE5A Aircraft)
French Spad 7 Replica, 400mm, Nikon D1X
Fokker DR1 Triplane & SE5A Moving to get Ready for TakOff, Nikon D1X, 80-400mm lens @ 200mm

WWII B17G “Yankee Lady” Climbing After TakeOff

Many years ago I used to go to a lot of airshows to photograph the planes in flight. It is almost like seeing History fly by you. The images in this post are of a WWII Boeing B-17G Heavy Bomber. Photographing these planes, especially flying, brings that History to life. The B-17G, named Yankee Lady is now owned by the Yankee Air Force, doing business as the Yankee Air Museum. And is flown for flight experience rides and airshow appearances. In 1946 this aircraft was one of 16 “Flying Fortresses” that were transferred to the the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1985 the airplane was among four other B-17s that were put up for sale at an auction held by Globe Air. The airplane remained unsold until the Yankee Air Force purchased it for $250,000 in June 1986. After several test hops, the aircraft was flown from Mesa, Arizona to the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan on July 2, 1986. It was not to fly again for nine years during a restoration of volunteers to rebuild the plane. The “Yankee Lady” name and nose art do not replicate that of a known combat veteran B-17, but rather are meant to be representative of the era. The restoration work was accomplished almost entirely by dedicated Yankee Air Force volunteers who generously donated time, talents, and financial resources to what was a labor of love. The first post-restoration flight took place on July 13, 1995. The images here were taken at an Air Show in 2003 with an early digital Nikon D1x and a Nikon 80-400mm lens @ 370mm (Full Frame Equivalent Camera FOV ~ 555mm) The Nikon D1X had a 1.5X cropped sensor.

Yankee Lady B-17G Climbing After Takeoff, Nikon D1X, 80-400mm lens @ 370mm (Full Frame Equivalent 555mm FOV because of Nikon’s 1.5 cropped sensor)

WWII Japanese “Zero” Fighter

I used to photograph a lot of aircraft & aviation events, especially at Air Shows. This was a faux World War Mitsubishi Zero fighter modified from an WWII North American AT-6 Trainer to look like a Japanese Zero Fighter for Airshows. Image taken years ago with a Nikon D1x with an 80-400mm lens @ 400mm. The D1X had a 1.5X crop factor, so the FOV with the Nikon D1X is approximately like a 600mm lens. I am going through my backup hard drives to clear up storage space to remove unneeded images and to make room for more recent images instead of adding even more hard drives.

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