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And a half century ago, one of these planes was a part of the CIA’s Air America in southeast Asia…
And here’s a more better photo than I had in back in aught-nine:
Same mountain, same antennas, same general direction for the plane (except the 1998 incident occurred at night and with fog/clouds).
Anyway, United Airlines took things seriously and aviation is the better for it…
Here’s your background
I guess those are six-bladed propellers:
I don’t know who’s operating this machine…
One of the four Combat Shadows of Moffett Federal Field’s 130th Rescue Squadron, I believe:
Look at all them fuel tanks.
If I had to guess, I’d say this is an aging McDonnell Douglas MD-83 with ancient Pratt and Whitney JT8D low-bypass engines. But at first when I looked up to see what was making all the racket, I thought I’d see a military fighter:
Man this thing was loud.
Hey, you can start your own airline too, why not? By buying obsolete jetliners for like $4 million or so. Sure, your fuel bill will be high, but so what, you can still make a bit of dough. You can call it something like [YOUR NAME] Air – yeah, that’s the ticket.
Your ego trip awaits, Gentle Reader…
What’s this – did Fleet Week come early yesterday?
No, it’s just Oracle’s PA-34-200T Seneca II “media plane” flying in formation with Oracle’s Extra Flugzeugbau EA300 mono wing stunt plane, presumably flown by Company Pilot Sean D. Tucker, who was carrying an unknown member of the tech press, you know, as cargo:
Here you go, book your own “media flight,” media:
“BOOK A MEDIA FLIGHT – Soar in the Skies with Sean D. Tucker. To share the passion for aviation with media audiences, Tucker and his team welcome credentialed media for a flight with his crew.”
As seen over the Financh:
I guess you throw in a little image stabilization and a soundtrack in post and then you’ve got yourself the opening scenes of your movie…
Click here to join in on the fun, and oh what’s this, a little dis on the competition:
These “discounted” rates have an inflated price to start with and are then supposedly “discounted”, so in the end, the rate is NOT discounted at all.If you are a photographer and considering helicopters, remember, small helicopters (R22) are “nervous” and wind affected, unstable and yes a little cheaper, but “not worth it” in the words of actual clients. Your safety is worth far more. Again, don’t get fooled by inexperienced flight schools filling downtime, or the cheaper and unstable “R22”, or even a “drone”, although their plenty of salesman out there selling their so called “service” the are usually incapable of delivering the broadcast quality shot you seek.
So yes, this chopper is big for a Robinson, but pretty small nevertheless. Keep a look out for the big boys when you’re up there…
A Whiskey Cobra, AFAIK:
Looks like good old #465, or something: