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Liberating the Liberators: How the B-24 Liberators were saved

Picture this. A new country has got its independence and is immediately catapulted into the throes of war. Having no bombers in its air force, transport aircraft are rigged with bombs and thrown down on the invaders, their effectiveness being questionable. And so the leaders of the new Air Force are forced to induct a [...]

The MiG Alley – Battle of the Swept Wing Jets

Scott Slocum had hinted about a possibility of doing an air-to-air session with the MiG-15bis and the F-86F Sabre just before the Chino air show at the Planes of Fame Museum that is at Chino in Southern California. This would happen with us using the Museum’s B-25 Mitchell bomber as the photoship for this shoot. [...]

My First Red Flag in the Last Frontier

All the military aviation enthusiasts have heard of Red Flag exercises that are held at Nellis AFB, in Las Vegas. A few might not have heard of similar exercises being held in Alaska, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) near Anchorage, and Eielson AFB near the city of Fairbanks. Fairbanks is the largest city in Alaska [...]

My ‘Fast-Jet-Action’ Fix

Talking about coincidence – While I was confirming dates for an office trip across the pond, Eric Coeckelberghs with the Aviation PhotoCrew reached out to me with dates for photo-mission in Wittmund, Germany and the RNLAF Open Days in Leeuwarden, Holland. And for the first time the stars were aligned and I was able to [...]

The ‘Canyon’ experience with a Nikon

Imagine yourself miles inside a desert with rocky canyons, ridges, mountains and valleys and nothing but wilderness and desolation. Your routine for the two to three days you are inside is going to be like this. You get up early, have some breakfast, and then head out to a trail in the middle of nowhere [...]

Sheer luck with bad weather and an Air Traffic Control decision

I had arrived from a business trip from London on Friday evening. Saturday was catch-up day with home things and stuff. One of my friends Raj Mazumdar pinged me that there was an inaugural Air India flight from Delhi to SFO starting Wednesday the week I was out. I had looked up the information and knew [...]

When Nature plays ball

It was Day-2 in Marathon, Florida of the shoot organized by Centre of Aviation Photography (COAP in short). It was led by Steven Comber from the COAP side, and an awesome photographer and good friend José “Fuji” Ramos-Navarrete, from the US Navy side of the house. We were in town to cover the change in [...]

When It Is Meant To Be ……

When things are meant to be ….. they just happen – Call it destiny, fate whatever – it makes you take certain steps for the result to be achieved. It was Friday at Madras Municipal Airport in Oregon and it was the Air Show of the Cascades night show. I had been down there as [...]

The Adversaries – P-51 Mustang vs Fw190 Würger

At last the day I was looking forward to dawned. I was looking eagerly for it since our targets will be the Fw190 – the gal I came here for – and the P-51 Mustang. This was a dream come true and it almost put me back into my kid days – where I read [...]

Past and Present – All in one day in Madras – Part 2

The next day we met at 0500 and had brief introductions outside the hangar. After it was opened we all met for briefing as decided – we first complete the creative brief followed by the safety brief. Our targets for the day would be the Japanese Oscar Ki-43 and the FM-2 Wildcat. The pilot for [...]