A Look Back on 2014

2014 has come and gone, and while I work on both the Year In Review videos for AirshowStuff and Subsonic Multimedia, I’ve also undertaken yet another quarter of college classes. There’s a lot going on in my life these days that keeps my far busier than I ever would’ve imagined myself. It’s kept me from editing thousands of photos taken this year at multiple events, which will likely carry on well into this year.

However, in an attempt to recap for you all, here are some of my favorite achievements and memories from the previous year:

AVIATION HIGHLIGHTS

Sequim Valley Spotting (Sequim, WA):

An ERCO Ercoupe takes off from W28.

An ERCO Ercoupe takes off from W28.

A Republic RC-3 Seabee sits derelict in the grass at W28.

A Republic RC-3 Seabee sits derelict in the grass at W28.

Aviation Day (Paine Field, Everett, WA):

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Douglas DC-3, Beechcraft Staggerwings, Beechcraft RC-45, Bell UH-1 huey

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Historic Flight Foundation’s (HFF) Douglas DC-3

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Olympic Flight Museum’s (OFM) Bell UH-1 Huey

Olympic Air Show (Olympia, WA):

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Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”

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OFM’s Bell AH-1 Cobra and UH-1 Huey

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Alice Foster, 23, looks at a B-29 Superfotress

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CAF’s B-29 “Fifi”

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A battle-damaged helmet rests on the front of a Willy’s Jeep

Wings & Wheels (Gig Harbor, WA):

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The active flight line with Bud Granley preparing his golden T-6 Harvard and Greg “Wired” Colyer prepping his T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker” as a New standard D-25 biplane lands.

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Renny Price’s Sukhoi Su-29.

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New Standard D-25 biplane prepares for giving flights while Vicky Benzing flies her Stearman demonstration.

SkyFair (Paine Field, Everett, WA):

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The Planes of Fame (PF) Lockheed P-38 Lightning “23 Skidoo”

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Burt Rutan’s White Knight One, the mothership for SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded spacecraft. It now belongs to the Flying Heritage Collection (FHC).

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The cockpit of a North American T-28 Trojan.

North Cascades Vintage Fly-In (Concrete, WA):

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A Robinson R-22 helicopter gives rides in the setting sun

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A 1930 Waco INF

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A de Havilland DH80 Puss Moth on takeoff roll

Seafair Weekend (Lake Washington, Seattle, WA):

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The Patriots demonstration team coming out of a loop

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The United States Navy Blue Angels flyover Boeing Field as onlookers crowd the airport fenceline.

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A United States Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight “Phrog” repels Marines onto a barge during the Marine Air-Ground Tactical Force (MAGTF) demonstration.

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Mike Wiskus pilots the Lucas Oil Aerobatics Pitts S-1-11b biplane down low across the air show box.

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USMC AH-1Z Super Cobra “Vipers” and a UH-1Y Super Huey “Venom” taxi out for the MAGTF from Boeing Field.

Abbotsford International Airshow (Abbotsford, BC):

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A WestJet 737 airliner departs from Abbotsford International Airport (CYXX) as the setting sun casts beautiful colors upon Mt. Baker in the background.

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A BAE CT-155 Hawk trainer is open for touring on the static display line during the show.

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The demo CF-18 Hornet leaps from the runway with afterburners lit for its first twilight performance at the show.

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The Indy Boys Jet School Bus lets out a long tail of flame before racing down the runway at 300 MPH.

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A CC-115 Buffalo search and rescue aircraft on static display.

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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds pass Mt. Baker in tight formation.

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The Snowbirds close out their demo with a 9-ship line-abreast formation over a wall of fire safely detonated by AV8FX.

NAS Oceana Air Show (Norfolk, VA):

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Kent Pietsch in his Interstate Cadet

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A pair of Blue Angel F-18 Hornets rejoin for the next maneuver.

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Bill Leff gives two thumbs up after taxiing back in his T-6 Texan.

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The Shockwave Jet Truck pops its afterburners near the crowd line before taxiing out to the tarmac for a race.

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The Vandy 1 Aero L-39 Albatros returns from a demo.

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Samantha Albrecht waves to the crowd after her wing-walking demonstration atop Greg Shelton’s Boeing Stearman

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Blue Angel #6 applies full afterburner for his low-level takeoff.

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The Blue Angel Diamond passes through thick rain.

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An F/A-18C Legacy Hornet turns and burns through the wet Virginian sky, trailing a long cape of vapor behind it.

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A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets perform a section takeoff for the Fleet Air Power demonstration.

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The colorful VFA-83 Rampagers F/A-18C Legacy Hornet CAG bird on static display.

GENERAL HIGHLIGHTS

Victoria, BC Trip:

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A memorial of a World War Canadian soldier stands before the Empress Hotel and a waving Canadian flag on the waterfront.

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The view of the Olympic Peninsula from inside the forward seating area on the MV Coho ferry.

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A woolly mammoth on display at the BC Natural History Museum.

Outdoor PhotoVentures:

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Olympic Mountains (Olympic National Park)

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Whatcom Falls (Bellingham, WA)

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Sunset at Salt Creek (Salt Creek, WA)

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Sunrise Over Seattle (Edgewood, WA)


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