USS Wasp (CV-7). Launching officer, Lieutenant David McCampbell, USN, gets the ready signal from the pilot of an RAF Spitfire just before it takes off for Malta, 9 May 1942. This was Wasp’s second Malta reinforcement mission. Note deck crewmen holding the plane back. A Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat is in the background. #WWII #WW2 #USN #USNavy #RAF #ww2ships #worldwartwo #warbirds #ww2aircraft #ww2history #SecondWorldWar
Biggest. Badest. Over the top ground support aircraft of Vietnam era -- the A-1 Skyrsider. "Maverick, you just did an incredibly brave thing. What you should have done was land your plane! You don't own that plane, the taxpayers do! Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash. You've been busted, you've lost your qualifications as section leader three times, put in hack twice by me, with a history of high speed passes over five air control towers - and one admiral's daughter!
Goose: Penny Benjamin [Maverick shrugs]
Stinger: [to Goose] And you, asshole, you're lucky to be here!
Goose: Thank you, sir.
Stinger: And let's not bullshit, Maverick. Your family name ain't the best in the Navy. You need to be doing it better and cleaner than the other guy. Now what is it with you
Maverick: Just want to serve my country and be the best fighter pilot in the Navy, sir!
Stinger: Don't screw around with me, Maverick. You're one hell of an instinctive pilot. Maybe too good. I'd like to bust your butt but I can't. I got another problem here. I gotta send somebody from this squadron to Miramar. I gotta do something here, I still can't believe it. I gotta give you your dream shot! I'm gonna send you up against the best. You two characters, are going to Top Gun. For five weeks, you'll be flying against the best fighter pilots in the Navy. You guys were number two, Cougar was number one. Cougar lost it-turned in his wings. You guys are number one. But you remember one thing: if you screw up, just this much, you'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!
Maverick: Yes sir!the. #avgeek #aviationgeek #tamron150600g2 #nikond850offical #warbirds
Finally got around to framing and hanging my Ron Cole print “The last flight of Madame X”. This painting made me think of my late, wonderful cousin and WW2 veteran William Newton Cornett. He was a belly gunner on a B-17 in the European theatre.
#b17 #ww2 #aviators #warbird #warbirds #veteran #thegreatestgeneration
Shortly after I took pictures of this T-6, it took off. Don't know who got the ride, but I hope they had fun.
It starts in the first video, taxi begins in the second. (and yes I know my camerawork is terrible in the videos don't remind me)
#warbirds #cavanaughflightmuseum #aviation
axel's 3rd birthday | part two 🎈
We went out to Titusville to watch the War Bird Air Show. If you've never been or taken your kids out here, it's DEFINITELY worth the trip. The air show was spectacular! These pilots are so skilled in these maneuvers it was mind-blowing to watch them fly across the sky. In addition, it super family friendly. You can climb into these massive beasts, touch the buttons and talk to the pilots. There are some sick vintage cars & planes on display as well. Axel decided that airplanes are now his second favorite (next to monster trucks). 🛩️