I finally got to go to the Joint Services Air Show at Andrews Air Force base this year. I’ve heard about it for years, and the fine photographic opportunities. Besides, where else could you get a chance to see a F-35 Joint Strike Fighter up close? The Thunderbirds were scheduled to perform as well, and I heard that there would be a bunch of old warbirds on display as well.

I was debating on what camera equipment to take, since it was my first time at a real air show, finally played it safe and took the Minolta Dynax camera with the Phoenix 28-105mm for the wide shots and since I really wanted to get close to the action, I also took along the Tamron 70-300mm and lots of Fuji 400 speed film.

The Airshow was back in mid-May, but I haven’t had a chance to post all the pictures I took – the Thunderbirds will have to wait for another day. The remarkable thing about this airshow is the level of access – how close one can get to operational warplanes from all the services. The organization is another thing altogether – I think they take it to another level. The transport arrangements were fantastic, everything was like clockwork. Truly amazing.


JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007
JSOH 2007

Here are the pictures of the Vintage war birds. Seeing them side by side with todays sleek aircraft makes it even more amazing.

Vintage Warbirds
Vintage Warbirds
Vintage Warbirds
Vintage Warbirds
Vintage Warbirds
Vintage Warbirds – that’s my Sunny admiring the Dinosaur Airplane
Vintage Warbirds
Vintage Warbirds
Vintage Warbirds

Photographed with a Minolta Dynax 800si and Phoenix 28-105mm f/2.8-3.6 and Tamron 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6. I used a a Polarizer and Fuji Superia 400 film. It was very sunny, so the exposures were all approximately 1/200-1/250 second at f/13


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