Skunk Works

The Sunkworks SR-71 Blackbird

This sexy SR-71 Blackbird located in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly VA. The Space Center is part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  The SR-71 was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. The SR-71 was designed for flight at over Mach 3 with a flight crew of two in tandem cockpits, with the pilot in the forward cockpit and the reconnaissance systems officer operating the surveillance systems and equipment from the rear cockpit, and directing navigation on the mission flight path.

This Blackbird accrued about 2,800 hours of flight time during 24 years of active service with the U.S. Air Force. On its last flight, March 6, 1990, Lt. Col. Ed Yielding and Lt. Col. Joseph Vida set a speed record by flying from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds, averaging 2,124 miles per hour. At the flight’s conclusion, they landed at Washington-Dulles International Airport and turned the airplane over to the Smithsonian. I was always enamored with this aircraft and it is always fun to shoot.

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Full Bloom

The beautiful Yoshino Cherry blossom along the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. I made a quick trip over to our Nations Capital with hopes of capturing some of these beautiful trees and maybe catching peak bloom. The trees did not disappoint at all, I believe they called for peak bloom a day or so before I got there but I was close enough in my arrival to catch allot of color. 

The trip started out fine until I made my way into the National Mall, I got a phone call on my walk to the Metro station that a family member passed away, so that pretty much put a damper on my first day in town. The following morning I had plans to meet up with a longtime online friend and photog Jimi Jones for a nice sunrise at the Tidal Basin but that went down the tubes as well as heavy rain moved in making shooting that morning pretty much of a bust. We ended up walking around in the rain a bit trying to get something but eventually, we both agreed it a bust and headed for some breakfast and after looking at radar and seeing rain was around for the entire day I headed west back to Ohio. I have had better trips but you cannot fight mother nature, I did end up getting a few keepers and it was a pleasure meeting Jimi after so many years.

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