Photo a Day Challenge




Machines in Motion is a special exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci’s revolutionary 15th century drawings and working machine replicas displayed at Appleton’s Castle Museum.  Although he never succeeded in creating an actual flying machine, he did design a machine based on the wings of bats and birds of prey which the pilot would work with ropes and pulleys.



A wide lens emphasizes the menacing appearance of the B52D Stratofortress long range bomber.




This fighter sure looked futuristic to us.  Whatever it is, it’s getting some cosmetic care for display.  (It looked like the F18 we saw at the EAA air show.)



The aircraft displays were reminiscent of the gloomy Cold War days between the US and the Soviet Union during the last half of the 20th century.  Here a Minuteman missile lurks ominously behind the tail of a military aircraft.




“Kilroy was here” . . . Kilroy, the famous super GI who participated in every combat, training  and occupation during WWII and the Korean War, can be seen peeking over the cloud upon which the eagle is standing.  The KB-29M Legal Eagle II is on display at the Ellsworth South Dakota Air and Space Museum.


We think this is an F-18 E/F Super Hornet which flies at Mach 1.8+.  This fighter was simply amazing.  Attempts to find it in the sky produced both grimaces and smiles of wonder because we could not hear it coming;  it was almost gone by the time we saw and finally heard it!



The spectacular display of WWII aircraft and the courageous feats of skilled men and women tugged at our emotions as we remembered history.




This bomber definitely made a statement as it pulled up from a run with bomb bay doors still open.




The American WWII  B-25 Mitchell was known for its accurate low flying bomb strikes as well as its ability to skip-bomb across the waters into enemy ships.



Japanese Zeros demonstrated training exercises, drills and maneuvers.


Aerial activities above Whittman Airfield during the EAA convention included WWII aircraft and smoking Japanese Zero fighters.


The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) once again held its annual convention in Oshkosh, WI.  Acrobatic biplanes were very popular and they did not disappoint during the airshow



Dark skies rolled in just as this Navy T-28 Trojan joined in the Warbirds exercises.  We left to put up the TR8’s hood (British convertible top) and raced to beat the ensuing storm to our home.   The storm quickly followed, ending the air show.   Worst reported casualty:  One tipped over portapotty . . . hopefully unoccupied at the time.


More WWII Warbirds join in the military exercise as the skies turn ominous.





The P51 Mustang quickly darts out from its tree line cover to simulate an attack run during the EAA air show.



The ghosted motion of its four-bladed propeller is visible as this Mustang P51 appears in the sky during the Warbirds exhibition at the EAA air show In Oshkosh, WI.



A vintage airplane approaches a grass runway adjacent to the Blackhawk road course near South Beloit, IL during the June vintage races.


Model warbirds displayed in a diorama at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, WI.

Each year during the last week in July, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture turns Wittmann Field in Oshkosh into the busiest airport in the world.  Enthusiasts from around the world fly in to celebrate the joy of aviation.

Sky High

An exact working replica of SpaceShipOne, a piloted spacecraft that carried  two passengers to an altitude of at least 328,100 feet, is on exhibit at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, WI. SpaceShipOne made three successful spaceflights in 2004.


A replica of The Spirit of St. Louis, named after Charles Lindberg’s supporters from St. Louis, Missouri, is exhibited at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, WI . In 1927 Charles Lindberg flew solo across the Atlantic and is quoted as saying,

“The Spirit of St. Louis is a wonderful plane. It’s like a living creature, gliding along smoothly, happily, as though a successful flight means as much to it as to me, as though we shared our experiences together, each feeling beauty, life, and death as keenly, each dependent on the other’s loyalty. We have made this flight across the ocean, not I or it.”


This North American P-64 fighter was built in  1940 and intended for export to Siam, but delivery was interrupted when that country fell to the Japanese.  It was later used for stunt work and cloud seeding.  By 1963 it had received its present blue and yellow paint with red, white and blue stripe.

Matched Pair

The all-wooden twin engine bomber, the de Havilland Mosquito, was used as a combat aircraft during the Second World War. The “Wooden Wonder” could reach speeds of 388mph at 22,000 feet while carrying sizable loads.


The fighter plane in the foreground is a Lockheed P-38 Lightning painted in the markings of WWII Ace pilot Major Richard Bong.  The medium-class bomber in the background is a B-25 Mitchell, named after General William “Billy” Mitchell, one of the earliest advocates of American airpower.


This P-38 Lightning bears the nose art of Major Richard Bong’s P-38.  Bong and Thomas McGuire were the two top WWII American Aces.  The woman is Marge Vattendahl, who later became Bong’s wife.