Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Air-to-Air SRC Airshows

 A couple of months ago after watching Stephen Covington of SRC Airshows put on a performance in his Raptor S2S Pitts, he asked me if I got any photos.  I told him yes, and during our conversation I mentioned I also do air-to-air photos.

Soon enough we worked out a time and I was on my way to the East Texas town of Gilmer to do a photo shoot.  I guess he liked that one so much he invited me back!  The second time he also had a video crew out and we worked all day.

Can't wait until next time!

Here are a few pics, more soon.

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Travis, Ed, Bo, and I flew to Natchitoches yesterday to meet up and get some good food.  Bo had recommended this stop and it lived up to all he said it was.  A beautiful town on the Cain River with a touch of that New Orleans vibe and cool old buildings and plenty of southern charm.

Natchitoches was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis. It is the oldest permanent settlement within the borders of the Louisiana Purchase.  Natchitoches was set on fire by Union soldiers who retreated through the town after their failed attempt to capture Shreveport.  Confederate cavalry pursued the fleeing soldiers and arrived in time to help extinguish the flames before the town was destroyed.

On a sad note, Natchitoches was the site of the 1973 plane crash that claimed the life of Jim Croce.  Croce had performed a concert on campus for Northwestern State University students at Prather Coliseum, but was killed less than an hour later in a plane crash headed to Sherman, Texas.  The pilot may have suffered a fatal heart attack.

After a very filling lunch at Mama's, we wandered around the town a little while taking in the sights and headed back to the airport.  When we arrived, we saw a very pretty clipped-wing Taylorcraft and talked to the owner for awhile.

Soon we were fueled up and headed home, to the West, into a setting sun on a very hazy day.  Not the best part of the day, but the overall day was awesome.  Great time with great friends.

Jack "Back in Texas" Fleetwood

Mid-America Flight Museum - Scott's Birthday

Right place, right time... I was recently in Mt. Pleasant, Texas at the Mid-America Flight Museum and it happened to be the owner, Scott Glover's birthday.  It was also the day his P-51 Mustang got delivered by veteran race pilot and airplane restorer, Matt Jackson.  It was amazing to see the beautiful plane along with the museum's Corsair, DC-3, Ford Tri-Motor, Lockheeds, TravelAirs, Waco, B-25, A-26, Grumman Albatross, Curtis Robin,  and on and on... amazing planes!

I wasn't there long before Scott walked over and introduced himself.  I showed him a photo I'd taken of him in his DC-3 and he told me to jump in the B-25 for a photo mission with his friend Cowden Ward's P-51 Mustang - Pecos Bill.

I had a great time and can't wait to visit again.  If you get a chance, stop in.  You won't be disappointed!

Jack "B-25 Riding" Fleetwood