Children and airplanes can be a challenge to shoot, but the results
can be fantastic.
The shots below I took of my son,
outside and inside the Curtiss C-46 Commando "China Doll" at the WWII
Aviation Museum at Camarillo.
Here is a shot of Jacob converted to
sepia. He is standing in front of the B-25 "Executive Sweet". In the
second shot Jacob and I had a fellow aviation fan snap our picture
while Executive Sweet was warming up for a flight.
Another shot of my son in the WWII
Aviation Museum at Camarillo. Here, he is in front of the Grumman F8F-2
Bearcat. I titled this shot "Someday".
That someday got a little closer as he
got to sit in the pilot's seat of the Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat. Lucky boy,
Even I have not had a chance to sit there!
Jacob lost in thought as he watches
airplanes pass by on the taxiway.
Looking like a young cadet in front of
a North American AT-6 Texan trainer.
Jacob and his grandma Van try on the
stylish "steel pot" helmets from WWII. Aren't they the bees knees?!
Occasionally, I allow myself on the
other end of the camera. Jacob and I have been fortunate to have had
the opportunity to see some amazing aircraft and meet some of the great
men that flew them. Besides, Jacob is the only one that could spend all
day at the airport with me. I don't know where he gets that...
In the first shot, we are in front of the Lockheed P-38L Lightning. In
the second shot, we are in front of the North American P-51D Mustang
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