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Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Mar 03, 2015 @ 11:36 AM | 1,543 Views
On September 28, 2006, zooming in from the East at 450 mph with its dual General Electric F110-GE-400 Turbofan Engines screaming and its variable sweep wings retracted at 1,000 feet, the last U.S. Navy F-14D Tomcat, serial number 164342, side number 100 from Fighter Squadron VF-31 “The Tomcatters” arrived from N.A.S Oceana at Miami Tamiami Airport.

Eventually, upon “De-Militarization” at the Miami Coast Guard Air Station maintenance hangars, Tomcat #164342 was trucked and re-assembled for its new life at its final resting place here in Kendall, South Miami, as a prized exhibit at the Wings Over Miami Aviation Museum at Miami Executive Airport.

I recently had a chance to shoot some ‘Hanger Vid’ of this historical plane in ‘Static Mode’. The plane was flown by Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass (U.S. Navy, ret.), former Top Gun instructor and legendary F-14 Tomcat pilot. Enjoy, guys – with authentic 'Tomcat Thunder' audio in the background, this is the worlds last flown F-14!

The World's Last Flown Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Static Display, Miami (2 min 5 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Mar 02, 2015 @ 10:03 AM | 1,461 Views
Hey, guys! A little creative fun with my first attempt at Space Animation created by applying a few of the more exotic effects in SONY Vegas Platinum to a space graphic generated in iPhoto.

Using 12 tracks on the time-line the only part that presented an initial challenge was the spinning planets but after the trick was learned it was just a simple matter of refining the visuals to make them look realistic.

Intergalactic Time Traveler - Basic Space Effects With SONY Vegas (0 min 29 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Jan 21, 2015 @ 04:12 PM | 1,903 Views
What's up guys!

Lee Lauderback is all smiles in his P-51 Mustang Crazy Horse2 during a post flight roll-by at the 2014 Stuart Air Show. Great Merlin sound!

P-51 Mustang Crazy Horse2 | Cool Roll-by (1 min 17 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Dec 14, 2014 @ 11:51 AM | 2,276 Views
What's up, guys!

Aero Modelers of Perrine RC Flyers Club at Silver Field: cool action during a fine Aerobatic 'Fly Day' on Sunday, Dec 7, 2014.

Huge YAK 54 RC Hover At Amps Silver Field (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 31, 2014 @ 12:51 PM | 1,999 Views
Cool action from Melbourne, guys!

Out of the Delta Formation the Thunderbirds slowly morph into an oncoming cross configuration called the Stinger Formation from which they perform their signature Low Bomb Burst pass at the 2014 Melbourne Air Show.

USAF Thunderbirds - Signature 'Low Bomb Burst' Maneuver, Melbourne, 2014 (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 29, 2014 @ 01:11 PM | 1,835 Views
These guys are livin' the dream!

Jim Tobul in his Chance Vought F4U Corsair 'Korean War Hero' (2,100 horsepower) built in1945 and Scooter Yoak in his P-51D Mustang 'Quicksilver' (1,400 horsepower), both painstakingly restored to exacting specifications fly in various formations at Melbourne.

Chance Vought F4U Corsair & P-51D Mustang at Melbourne, 2014 (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 28, 2014 @ 04:46 PM | 1,803 Views
USAF Thunderbird Solo 5 Low & Slow at Melbourne!

USAF Thunderbird In High Alpha Pass, Melbourne, 2014 (0 min 52 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 27, 2014 @ 12:21 PM | 2,149 Views
A nod to a fallen hero, here, guys!

Air Force Captain James M. Steel is honored as a fallen hero with a Diamond to Delta pass at the 2014, Melbourne Air Show.

Captain Steel, from the 77th Fighter Squadron was killed in action on April 3, 2013 when his F-16 crashed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom returning to base from a close air support mission.

USAF Thunderbirds - Diamond 360 To Delta 360 Honor Pass, 2014 (2 min 5 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 26, 2014 @ 12:54 PM | 1,819 Views
Cool action here guys!

3 different Head to Head passes each with a combined speed of over 1,000 mph at the 2014 Melbourne Air Show, with slow motion effects.

USAF Thunderbirds - 1,000 MPH Head To Head Passes - Melbourne, 2014 (1 min 15 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 23, 2014 @ 12:25 PM | 2,079 Views
Hey guys!

Cool 9G Minimum Radius turn!

Major Blaine Jones in Thunderbird 5, Lead Solo, performs the high speed minimum radius turn at Melbourne.

F-16 Thunderbird In 9G Min RadiusTurn W/ Afterburner - Melbourne, 2014 (0 min 50 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 22, 2014 @ 12:21 PM | 2,808 Views
Here's some wacko fun at the Melbourne Air Show, guys!

Kent Pietsch is up to his old tricks (and a few new ones) in his Jelly Belly Stunt Plane, a 1942 Interstate Cadet, as ex-con 'Chuck Dramamene' who built the plane in prison and smuggled it out one piece at a time.

Crazy Pilot Stunt Plane 'Crashes' Melbourne Air Show - Jelly Belly Comedy Act (6 min 35 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 21, 2014 @ 02:04 PM | 1,919 Views
Hey, guys - here's a good look at a B-25 Mitchell Bomber if you've never seen one (actually, it's a good look at one even if you have - ha!).

This is the 'Killer Bee' flying at Melbourne a couple of weeks ago:

B-25 Mitchell Bomber 'Killer B' At Melbourne, 2014 (4 min 2 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 19, 2014 @ 02:24 PM | 1,811 Views
Check out this cool war bird, guys!

The 'Resurrected Veteran' Quick Silver was the dream of Father and son team Bill and Scott 'Scooter' Yoak.

Quick Silver was built from over 200 Mustang parts and projects. It stands now as a tribute to our veterans.

Bill Yoak, an individual with a love and passion for this type aircraft did all of the metal work. The remanufactured parts are handmade. Unlike the hurried war effort parts, these are made with the skill and care of a master craftsman, and obtain the utmost attention to detail necessary to restore this Mustang to a condition better than factory new in 1945.

P-51D Mustang Quick Silver At Melbourne, 2014 - Scooter Yoak (5 min 9 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Oct 18, 2014 @ 01:14 PM | 1,695 Views
What's up guys!

Here's some cool action with a couple of classic American Warbirds!

The P-51D Mustang 'Quicksilver' piloted by Scooter Yoak and the 'Korean War Hero' Chance Vought F4U Corsair, Built in1945, piloted by Jim Tobul, are put away for the night after Saturday's flights at the 2014 Melbourne Air Show.

How To Properly Park A P-51D Mustang & An F4U Corsair (3 min 28 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Sep 27, 2014 @ 10:46 AM | 1,953 Views
Oops! A little too far south as a Norwegian Air pilot makes a course correction after overflying his port 90 line-up for runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. He makes up for it though with a spectacular sunset landing.

Norwegian Air Overflies Glide Path In Blazing Sunset Landing - FLL (2 min 58 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Sep 23, 2014 @ 12:12 PM | 1,911 Views
Here's a cool view of a Cessna Skyhawk banking a sharp right turn out of a fiery sunset at Fort Lauderdale Airport.


1977 Cessna 172N Skyhawk
Fixed wing 4 seater
Single Lycoming Reciprocating Engine

Cessna Skyhawk In Blazing Sunset Landing - Fort Lauderdale Airport (1 min 9 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Sep 16, 2014 @ 12:09 PM | 2,394 Views

Cool seaplane action here out of the sunset:

This is a Cessna C-208B Caravan at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

Seaplane Take Off & Sunset Landing At Fort Lauderdale Airport (2 min 11 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Aug 18, 2014 @ 12:27 PM | 2,573 Views
Cool view of plane emerging from a silhouette sunset here.

Southwest Airlines in 'Shamu' livery lands from out of the sunset at Fort Lauderdale International Airport then takes off after a complete turn around.

Southwest SeaWorld Boeing 737 Beautiful Sunset Landing & Take Off (2 min 30 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Aug 15, 2014 @ 12:06 PM | 1,938 Views
Cool views here guys!

A nice sunset landing and complete turnaround take-off of a vintage C6-BFO DeHavilland Dash 8 turboprop of Bahamasair from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport's runway 9L, enroute round trip to Freeport, Bahamas.

Bahamasair’s Bombardier Dash 8 Beautiful Sunset Landing & Take Off (2 min 51 sec)

Posted by Mach1 Airspace | Aug 13, 2014 @ 11:59 AM | 2,540 Views
Hey, guys!

This fellow just seemed to be happy to be a pilot!

Friendly United Airlines Pilot At Fort Lauderdale International Airport (1 min 10 sec)