The Baker Family Christmas Village

Two posts in the same day? Yes, because it’s Christmas, and this one is my gift to you.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved models and miniatures. Now that I’m older, I enjoy not only admiring them but photographing them. It only made sense to do some experimental photography on my family’s Christmas village now that I have a DSLR. Enjoy.

2018 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, In Pictures

Someone said a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll stop writing now. I took over one-thousand pictures at this airshow, so know you’re getting the best of the best right here.

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“Yeah! Airshows are awesome!”

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Samaritan’s Purse DC-8, used to provide aid where it is most needed around the world in Jesus’ name.

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Admiring the many .50-cal machine guns on this A-26 Invader.

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Bell 505, the exact helicopter Dad got to ride in (there are benefits to working for a helicopter company).

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Bell 47, the kind of helicopter that evacuated my grandfather after he suffered a facial wound during the Korean War. He was later awarded the Purple Heart.

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The mighty C-17 Globemaster III.

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Dad explaining the horizontal and vertical stabilizers on the C-17 and how they were built. He oversaw production of these.

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Inside the C-17, the American flag on the left and the Mississippi state flag on the right.

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Two F/A-18E Super Hornets.

 

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Weather doesn’t stop the family from having a good time.

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U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules.

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A-10 Thunderbolt II. Daniel took this picture.

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You don’t want to be on the receiving end of the .30-cal GAU-8 Avenger autocannon. Fun fact: the A-10 was more or less built around the GAU-8 gun. Daniel took this picture.

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A T-38 Talon called “The Spirit of Alliance” and owned (possibly flown?) by Ross Perot, Jr. Daniel took this picture.

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Who’s moving, the plane or the ground?

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The C-47 Skytrain known as “Southern Cross.” We’ve seen her at many an airshow in the area, but this time she’s not wearing as much. I personally thought the former girl on the nose was prettier.

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F-16C Fighting Falcon.

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F-16D Fighting Falcon. Note the second seat and hence longer cockpit.

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Remember the MiG 28s from Top Gun? Those were actually F-5 Tiger IIs. In reality, these F-5s are used by the Navy VFC-13 aggressor squadron to test real Top Gun pilots, which is why they are painted like Soviet-era MiGs.

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KC-10 Extender, used for aerial refueling of other aircraft. The KC-10 is based off the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 airframe.

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Canadair CT-114 Tutor, flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatics team, the Snowbirds.

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Matt Chapman in an Extra 300LX.

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Two T-28 Trojans taking off.

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A P-51D Mustang taking off. There’s nothing like the sound of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine!

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The P-51 Mustang in the foreground, the two T-28 Trojans in the background.

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The next-generation multi-role fighter, the F-35 Lightning II.

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Afterburner’s on, baby!

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Afterburner’s still on, baby!

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The P-51D Mustang and the F-35 Lightning II, together as the Heritage Flight celebrating Air Force history and supremacy.

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The F-35 taxiing after a great performance.

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Fighter pilots make the coolest hand gestures.

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The Snowbirds wrapping up their preflight procedures.

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The first vic formation of Snowbirds takes off.

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Nine Snowbirds total, in three vics.

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What does it take to get a spot on top of the control tower, I wonder?

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The Snowbirds gliding into view behind Old Glory.

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The Snowbirds are as graceful as their name sounds, and keep it tight.

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A rare break in the clouds!

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The DEA demonstrating an op with the help of a UH-1 Iroquois, more commonly known as a Huey.

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When these guys surround your truck, you’d better get out with your hands up.

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“Getting high” with the DEA.

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Not for the faint of heart.

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Definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Sean D. Tucker performing in the one-of-a-kind Oracle Challenger III biplane.

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How…

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…does…

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…he…

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…do it?

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Bob Carlton in the Super Salto jet sailplane.

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Some graceful wisps of smoke left in the sky.

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Rob Holland flying the one-of-a-kind MXS-RH.

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The Shockwave jet-powered semi. Always a fun event at the air show!

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I wonder what kind of gas mileage it gets?

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Racing, jet vs. propeller, upright vs. inverted.

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A Thunderbird taking off.

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Thunderbirds 1-4 taking off.

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Thunderbirds 1-4 overhead.

At this point, my camera battery died, so I had to watch the rest of the Thunderbirds’ performance with my own eyes, instead of through a camera lens. And that’s not a bad thing!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. Likes and comments are always welcome.