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Bloviating Zeppelin: The T-38 People From Beale

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The T-38 People From Beale

I work adjacent a commercial runway which, at one time, was a large and active US Air Force Base and also a SAC B-52 location with the 320th Bomb Wing.

Now, the runway is home to smaller private aviation concerns, and is a freight hub for such businesses as UPS, FedEx and DHL.

As such, I have occasion to see some very interesting planes now and then. I last posted about the appearance of a very rare aircraft called the CT-2 -- the training variant of the U-2.

Last week I documented the appearance of the T-38 People from Beale AFB (9th Reconnaissance Wing). These are TR-1 pilots (what people commonly call the U-2) keeping their flight hours up, shooting landings in the tandem-cockpit T-38 trainer. These pilots appear regularly in their all-black Northrop Talons in order to line up and shoot landings, performing "touch-and-go's".

Beauty in motion.


Click each photo for the full scale.


Anonymous Ranando said...

Yesterday I surfed La Jolla and all day the Military Jets flew overhead. Truly amazing to see. you can even feel them in the water when they came across.

Nice pics.....

Wed Apr 01, 06:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

That's a beauty, BZ. I'll have to show these to Walt.

Wed Apr 01, 07:11:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Thanks, folks!


Wed Apr 01, 07:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger cary said...

Don't you just LOVE the sound (and sight) of Freedom? I've got the free air show known as Luke AFB in my sights straight out the back door and a few miles away. When the wind is just right, you can hear (feel?) the afterburners kicking in!

Wed Apr 01, 09:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Law and Order Teacher said...

One of the cool things about being in the USAF was being around planes. I learned a lot about them guarding them. I talked to pilots and enjoyed the stories. Combat flyers were major heroes to me.

Wed Apr 01, 10:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Sometimes, ya know, ya just gotta take a weensy break from political madness. . .


Wed Apr 01, 03:19:00 PM PDT  

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