Nikon F3

Way back when (the 1980’s anyway) the Nikon F3 was a top of the line 35mm camera. After saving my money for a long time, I bought a new one in 1986. It’s a little dusty, but here it is, complete with the MD4 motor drive:

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This camera has traveled everywhere I’ve gone, never once missing a shot. Here’s a look at the other side:

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And speaking of the MD4 motor drive, the ergonomics of it were perfect for my hands as seen in the next photo:

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The motor drive, with 8 AA batteries, made for a sturdy hand-hold and great base. I’m not sure how many rolls of film I ran through this camera, thousands at the very least. Having just found a local lab that will process b/w film, I’ve decided to take it out for a spin, just to see how things look. Of course, it’s all digital now, but the simplicity of this camera (in today’s terms) can’t be beat. Remember, it’s the quality of the light, much more than the quality of the camera, that makes for great photos. Try it, you’ll see.

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F4u Corsair

The F4U Corsair stands as one of the most effective aircraft of its time. Designed by┬áRex Buren Beisel, it fought in various roles in various wars. Here’s one with her wings folded.

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And another view from the front:

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Behind the Corsair stands a P40 Warhawk. Both aircraft are on my bucket list to fly someday. Not sure if that will ever happen, but when I have time (and money) I look for opportunities for just such adventure. By the way, take a look at this wing folding mechanism:

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Sheer genius at work there. For you aviation enthusiasts, enjoy the airshow circuit which will be getting busy soon. Always do your checklist.

Lyon Air Museum

While in California, I stopped by the Lyon Air Museum, which is located adjacent to the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. They have a collection of World War II airplanes and period vehicles that are definitely worth a look, such as this Mitchell B-25 in excellent condition.

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There there’s a B-17, which you see in the next photo.

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And a couple of DC-3’s including this one in American Airlines livery.

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I’m told that all these aircraft fly. Judging by the visible condition, I would agree. They’re in excellent shape and the runway is right there. Many of these are on my aviation bucket list. I hope to fly them some day.

Cyclocross anyone?

Readers of my blog will note recent posts about bicycling. Well, not only have the distance of the rides been extended beyond 70 miles, there have been some cyclocross type of additions to the course. Here’s a photo from the Philadelphia Art Museum steps:

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Yes, those are the famous steps from the movie, Rocky. At this point, the bike was shouldered and carried up for the following view:

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Next time, there will be no pause to snap photos. These type of cross training activities make for a more interesting and challenging ride. Plus, they’re tons of fun. Enjoy the ride; share the road.

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