Posts Tagged ‘airplane’
Remembering When You Could Regularly See Russian Acrobatic “Yak” Aircraft in the Skies of the Bay AreaTuesday, June 17th, 2014
This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.
But here’s your take-away: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.
Anyway, looks like fun:
Circa 2005, Marin County, Canon 300mm 2.8L IS + 2x extender
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My dad used to fly these. I’ve never been so close to one in flight.
Here it is, low and slow over Golden Gate Park heading southwest:
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One assumes it’s an HC-130H out of CGAS Sacramento.
You know, these people: