I have been so slack the last week (well kind of) and have not updated. I wanted to make this post earlier but it has taken me a number of days to work through it. On Wednesday there was forecast of good weather and I wasn’t working. A Friend of mine was also free and we decided to head up to Whidbey Island. Why? Well because the US Navy was sending some of their jet’s for Field Carrier Landing practice. What is that? Well to put it simply the jets from the local Naval Air Station head to a small local runway (called an Operational Landing Field or OLF for short) at Coupeville and spend time doing touch and go’s practicing for when they head out to sea and have to land on a carrier. They practice pattern work and approaches etc.

So my friend and I headed out there and had a blast, albeit leaving early in the morning

From Seattle Life 2015

This is what OLF Coupeville looks like:

From Seattle Life 2015
From Seattle Life 2015

Doesn’t look like much right? Correct! Pretty much it is just a runway right beside the road and there isn’t even a real fence. Just a line of concrete blocks the whole way around. It means you can have a great time getting photos. We went out there expecting maybe 1 or 2 jets to do 5 or so circuits total and that was it. The Navy had released they were doing Mid Morning to Mid Afternoon. Thinking that there might be time for a lunch break in the middle we got there early and just waited. What we got though was a whole different event.

The Navy brought out the jets around 1030ish and they stuck around till about 2pm. A total of 6 different aircraft did approximately 50 touch and go’s and to be honest, it was a BLAST! I took around 1700 photos and a few videos and had some fun in the process as well:

From Seattle Life 2015
From Seattle Life 2015

If you don’t know what a touch and go looks like, it is this (PS volume UP if you like jet noise)

A few of my favorite photos (If you want to see the whole set click the link below):

From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn

I had a blast on Wednesday, took 1700 photos, got sun burnt, didn’t eat, barely drank, probably lost some of my hearing, but damn was it FUN!

OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn

Last year Heidi & I headed up to the tulips with a couple of my friends and we had a great day out and about. Since we didn’t end up going to LA for the weekend (both of us are feeling like crap) we decided to head up to the Tulips instead. We also decided to grab another rental for the day as well (and ended up with a fully loaded, brand new 2015 Tahoe). It was a fantastic day with lots of pretty sights, yummy food (I introduced Heidi to Snow Goose Produce and their massive icecreams). I even got to experience Cabelas for the first time. But this is what you really want to see… pictures!

From Seattle Life 2015

Heidi & Moby, the White 2015 Tahoe (with 440 miles on it!)

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Ugh Selfie Sticks!

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Heidi in the mud

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Me & Heidi

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The Droids in the Tulips

Time for some more professional looking Tulip photos

From Seattle Life 2015
From Seattle Life 2015
From Seattle Life 2015
From Seattle Life 2015
From Seattle Life 2015

This photo is for shits & giggles:

From Seattle Life 2015

There is tulips in the background. I love Snow Goose produce for their ice cream. That my friends is a single!

The Lufthansa Retrojet in all its glory. Spent forever waiting for this thing to fly again, and then it does on a rainy crappy day *sigh*

From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015

In case you were wondering, the livery is based on that of the original 747-200 when they was first delivered to Lufthansa. The only difference is the grey belly was polished aluminum. Not any more!

Final Day of Avgeek goodies, more from around Seattle

From Seattle Spotting 2015

British Airways – Boeing 777-200ER

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-700 – Portland Timbers Livery

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-400 Combi

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Delta Air Lines – Airbus A330-300

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Republic Airways – Embraer E190

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Cargolux – Boeing 747-8F

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Cargolux – Boeing 747-8F

And that conludes my first week of march in spotting :D

So here are some more photos from a lot of the spotting I have been doing around Seattle lately!

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Up close with a JAL Boeing 787

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Skywest Airlines – Canadair CRJ-700

From Seattle Spotting 2015

A Rare sight in Seattle is the Horizon Airways – De Haviland Dash 8-Q400 – University of Alaska Anchorage Livery

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-400 – Disneyland Livery

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All Nippon Airways – Boeing 787-8

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US Airways Airbus A320

From Seattle Spotting 2015

jetBlue – Airbus A320 – Fly-Fi Livery

Stay Tuned for more!

I have been meaning to post these photos for a couple of weeks now, but with all of the other photos I have taken lately I have spent more time working on them. I also had a trip to Chicago that came at last second so that pulled me away from home for a day or two. So now enjoy below some of the photos from the SeaTac Airport tour during Aviation Geek Fest 2015. A couple of hours of driving around the ramp at the airport means you get to enjoy lots of great up close photos like these:

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Air Canada – Embraer E190

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-900ER with Scimitars!

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Skywest Airlines – Canadair CRJ-900

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The confusion plane! A US Airways A321 in American Airlines livery…

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-800

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-900ER

From Seattle Spotting 2015

Horizon Airways – De Haviland Canada Dash 8-Q400 – Boise State Livery

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Hawaiian Airlines – Airbus A330-200

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Delta Air Lines – Airbus A330-300

Stay Tuned for more!

A while back i wrote my bucket list.  I put it up online and slowly but surely have been ticking things off.  One of the things I put on there that was aviation related was to take a photo of every airline that flew to Australia.  Well that task is getting closer and closer.  Now i don’t want to put up that full list with photos yet (since I am 1 off) but I will put up a list of what I have worked out with help from a few others (though open to additions if people know):

  • Qantas
  • Virgin Australia
  • Air New Zealand
  • Jetstar
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Qatar
  • Hawaiian
  • China Airlines
  • Air China
  • China Southern
  • China Eastern
  • Sichuan
  • Scoot
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Australian
  • United
  • JAL
  • Thai
  • Air Asia X
  • Air Asia
  • Royal Brunei
  • Our Airline/Nauru Airlines
  • Norfolk Air
  • Air Vanuatu
  • Air Calin
  • Air Austral
  • Air India
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • LAN
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Air Canada
  • Air Niugini
  • Delta
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Air Mauritius
  • EVA Air
  • Fiji Airways
  • SilkAir

Now that is a pretty big list.  But I am pretty sure I have all but about 2 of those.  Well it was 3 till the other day.  Previously I was missing Scoot, Cebu Pacific & Sichuan.  Now I can strike Scoot off that list as I got it on Sunday afternoon:

<table style=”width:auto;”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/47cPjzh5yFAD4sjR616uHtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-l0moUY0pSPU/VMXQs0GZ-XI/AAAAAAABs-0/3uxhNCG-Mf8/s640/scoot1.jpg” height=”479″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/109346098513022744611/SeattleSpotting2015?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite”>Seattle Spotting 2015</a></td></tr></table>

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I managed to get some shots of their yet to be delivered 787-9 while it spent 4 hours on Sunday working the pattern in Everett.  Even though I didn’t plan on doing any spotting, I still managed to get some good shots :D

Now where can i find Cebu & Sichuan with easy access ;)

I was going to title this the second half of the Honeymoon Avgeek photos, but it is Christmas Eve so it is appropriate to celebrate.

From Honeymoon Spotting

A New Livery Southwest 737-700

From Honeymoon Spotting

A Fiji Airways A330 heading to the parking spaces after a long flight from the South Pacific

From Honeymoon Spotting

A MasAir Cargo 767 (never seen this before)

From Honeymoon Spotting

A JAL 777-300ER

From Honeymoon Spotting

A Mesa Airways CRJ, flying for US Airways Express, painted in the American Eagle Livery (confused yet?)

From Honeymoon Spotting

A United 737-800 with Scimitar Winglets

Merry Christmas to you all!!! May you Christmas Day be full of Avgeekiness

So, it has been about 2 weeks now since Heidi & I got back from Honeymoon and with all the craziness of Thanksgiving, then Heidi’s birthday, I finally get a chance to plonk myself in front of the computer to work on some photos.  So up first today are some of my shots from the Grand Canyon… just a couple

From Honeymoon
From Honeymoon
From Honeymoon
From Honeymoon