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I picked up some new stuff at the military surplus store today. Among my purchases are a brand new canteen cup, and an old metal GI canteen that fits inside. I'm going to try to replace the ring that holds on the cap chain, so I can remove the cap if I want to use the canteen to boil water or make char material. Not sure if I need the container to be sealed, though...

I also grabbed a folding stove and some trioxane fuel, though I imagine I can use hot coals in it, too.

EDIT: I just thought of something... If I need a sealed container for making char material for lighting fires, I can just take one of the tins for the Seresto flea collars for our cats and dog. Just gotta strip the paint off, and I think mineral spirits should do the trick. (I'm concerned about fumes if I simply burn the paint off.)
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More adventures! "Doc", one of the two airworthy WW2 B-29 bombers was in the Houston area and I managed to get a few decent shots of it in the air and on the ground. The airborne pics were during takeoff and landing. I wasn't able to wait for a cockpit tour due to the length of the line and the fact I had to be in a different part of the state by late afternoon. Hopefully next time!

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That nose kinda reminds me of something in a sci-fi movie - Space Wars, or something like that?

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So - Fifi has a companion now! Shame Ice Queen burned during recovery, but at least they were able to salvage Glacier Girl. Good to keep those memories alive!
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Very nice pix.
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Out of curiosity, what shutter speed did you use, in order to get the slight motion blur on the propellers like that? Those are some nice photos.
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AnotherFairportfan wrote: Sun May 09, 2021 10:13 pm That nose kinda reminds me of something in a sci-fi movie - Space Wars, or something like that?

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Why would this make me think of a falcon? It looks nothing like one... :?
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AnotherFairportfan wrote: Sun May 09, 2021 10:13 pm That nose kinda reminds me of something in a sci-fi movie - Space Wars, or something like that?

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You do get quite a view from those windows. I don't recall ever getting to be near a B-29, but I did once get to ride in the nose of a B-17. Probably not the ideal seating arrangement for anybody who is acrophobic, though. Or claustrophobic, for that matter: those airplanes always look so big in movies, but in reality they're cramped little tubes.
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Atomic wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 7:00 am So - Fifi has a companion now! Shame Ice Queen burned during recovery, but at least they were able to salvage Glacier Girl. Good to keep those memories alive!
The name of the B-29 that burned was Kee Bird, it was a tragic story all around. Especially when one of the recovery crew died due to complications from exhaustion from the working conditions. For those that are wondering, Kee Bird was used for meteorology flights. The aircraft had a forced landing in Greenland and was left there after the crew was rescued. Decades later, an attempt was made to recover the aircraft. Over several seasons while the weather permitted, a recovery crew worked to get the aircraft airworthy. They succeeded. However, when they tried to fly the aircraft off the ice, their effort to provide a smooth enough runway didn't work. While taxiing on the rough surface, the shaking caused a gasoline powered auxiliary power unit to break free. The gas spilled, caught fire, and that was it. The flight crew got out ok but the aircraft was destroyed. There's a documentary out there about it.

Glacier Girl is a P-38 Lightning WW2 fighter that suffered a similar fate. It along with several others and a B-17 or two got lost over Greenland during a ferry flight from the US to Europe during WW2. All aircrew were rescued but the aircraft were abandoned. Decades later someone learned of the incident and decided to go look for the aircraft. Years of glacier movement and blowing ice had buried the aircraft deep in the ice. I think they found the aircraft by seismic methods, then started boring holes into the ice to find out exactly how deep. They had to melt a bore hole down to the aircraft, then melt a cavern to be able to section the aircraft to bring it to the surface. It wasn't in pristine condition due to the weight of the ice, but good enough to use for a restoration/rebuild. I have photos from an airshow, I'll find them this evening.


Edit: Kee Bird was on an electronic surveillance mission. Doc was used for meteorological work.

Kee Bird was named for the call of the Keebird, found only in northern climes. Known for its cry "Kee-kee-kee-rist it's cold out here!!!"
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TazManiac wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 8:53 am Very nice pix.
Thanks. I'm still learning.
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lake_wrangler wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 11:29 am Out of curiosity, what shutter speed did you use, in order to get the slight motion blur on the propellers like that? Those are some nice photos.
Thanks. I had shutter set at 160. Lens is a 200-500 telephoto. Nikon equipment.

Right now I tend to have about a 15-20% keep rate for photos. The heavy lens and moving subjects are challenging to work with for me. Maybe if I was able to graduate from 12oz curls to something heavier, I might develop the upper body strength to take better photos!

I've seen people with tripods for supporting the really big lenses. I'd think that too can be challenging as the aircraft cross at different altitudes and arcs, would be taxing on legs for squatting down to catch subjects at the high side of arcs.
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Hansontoons wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 pmRight now I tend to have about a 15-20% keep rate for photos. The heavy lens and moving subjects are challenging to work with for me. Maybe if I was able to graduate from 12oz curls to something heavier, I might develop the upper body strength to take better photos!
I have decent upper body strength, but I still find I shake a fair bit if I'm not careful. Even if I try to exhale, then take the shot, while resting my elbows on my chest...
Hansontoons wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 pmI've seen people with tripods for supporting the really big lenses. I'd think that too can be challenging as the aircraft cross at different altitudes and arcs, would be taxing on legs for squatting down to catch subjects at the high side of arcs.
I have seen a trick, once, I forget where, whereby you tie a string to your camera, at the midway portion of the string, and have the two ends make loops where you can insert your feet. It won't help support the weight, but it is said to help steady the camera, as you hold the string taunt with your feet.

I haven't tried that yet, so I can't speak for the results.
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Hansontoons wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 pm . . . Right now I tend to have about a 15-20% keep rate for photos. . . .
That's quite good! We used to figure 2% was fair.
Hansontoons wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 pmThe heavy lens and moving subjects are challenging to work with for me. Maybe if I was able to graduate from 12oz curls to something heavier, I might develop the upper body strength to take better photos!

I've seen people with tripods for supporting the really big lenses. I'd think that too can be challenging as the aircraft cross at different altitudes and arcs, would be taxing on legs for squatting down to catch subjects at the high side of arcs.
We used to use the reciprocal of the lens length . . . for a 200mm lens, 1/250th or faster (when hand-holding).

I could usually go a couple of steps lower if I had a good position, and even slower with a rest.

I used to do night work . . . IIRC, I've taken exposures up to 15 minutes. Obviously, that requires a solid tripod.

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lake_wrangler wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 7:21 pm
Hansontoons wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 pmRight now I tend to have about a 15-20% keep rate for photos. The heavy lens and moving subjects are challenging to work with for me. Maybe if I was able to graduate from 12oz curls to something heavier, I might develop the upper body strength to take better photos!
I have decent upper body strength, but I still find I shake a fair bit if I'm not careful. Even if I try to exhale, then take the shot, while resting my elbows on my chest...
Hansontoons wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 pmI've seen people with tripods for supporting the really big lenses. I'd think that too can be challenging as the aircraft cross at different altitudes and arcs, would be taxing on legs for squatting down to catch subjects at the high side of arcs.
I have seen a trick, once, I forget where, whereby you tie a string to your camera, at the midway portion of the string, and have the two ends make loops where you can insert your feet. It won't help support the weight, but it is said to help steady the camera, as you hold the string taunt with your feet.

I haven't tried that yet, so I can't speak for the results.
Intersting trick. I'd just hurt myself getting tangled in the string. :D
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FreeFlier wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 7:58 pm
Hansontoons wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 pm . . . Right now I tend to have about a 15-20% keep rate for photos. . . .
That's quite good! We used to figure 2% was fair.
Hansontoons wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 pmThe heavy lens and moving subjects are challenging to work with for me. Maybe if I was able to graduate from 12oz curls to something heavier, I might develop the upper body strength to take better photos!

I've seen people with tripods for supporting the really big lenses. I'd think that too can be challenging as the aircraft cross at different altitudes and arcs, would be taxing on legs for squatting down to catch subjects at the high side of arcs.
We used to use the reciprocal of the lens length . . . for a 200mm lens, 1/250th or faster (when hand-holding).

I could usually go a couple of steps lower if I had a good position, and even slower with a rest.

I used to do night work . . . IIRC, I've taken exposures up to 15 minutes. Obviously, that requires a solid tripod.

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Jets are a little easier, just have to worry about focus and keeping them in the viewfinder. Prop jobs need slower shutter speed to get that "prop blur" or they simply look like a well-done model hanging from the ceiling. I've not tried any night photography, it does look rewarding when you get it just right.
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One more from Doc showing the nose art, faithful to the original. Also included are a couple of Glacier Girl from Wings Over Houston 2009. They managed to beat out most of the dents reasonably well. I think GG changed owners soon after, hasn't been on the airshow circuit for a while. At least not to the ones I've been to since then.

I always enjoy the heritage flights where a modern jet is part of the fly-by.

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AnotherFairportfan wrote: Sun May 09, 2021 10:13 pm That nose kinda reminds me of something in a sci-fi movie - Space Wars, or something like that?

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Does B/W image help with memory? ;)

BTW, the yellow color on the frame is a reflection from a tow tractor parked in front of the aircraft.

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Ha! The canteen pouch I ordered arrived. While it is certainly different from the canteen pouches I was issued in basic, it will hold the metal cup with the older metal canteen (not sure how old, but it definitely predates the plastic ones with the drinking valve that connects to a gas mask), and I'm quite certain I could even get one of the old stoves that would fit with the cup and canteen in the pouch. The pouch also has two pockets on the sides, and while I'm not exactly sure what they were intended for, I'm going to put some water purification tablets in there (which is what I suspect the purpose of those pockets to be). I'm not sure if I should get a second canteen pouch, as I have two hydration packs, plus a 3L hydration bladder that is going to go into my rucksack. The only reason I might get a second is because I had been issued two in basic, along with a cheap version of a Camelbak (it was actually called a Hydramax; one of the packs I have at the moment is one of those).
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