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April 4, 2018

Book review: Images of Aviation Bowman Field

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Book review: Images of Aviation Bowman Field
Author: Charles W. Arrington
Arcadia Publishing
128 pgs, numerous B & W photos
ISBN: 978-1-4671-2699-1

Those of us who live in Louisville, KY think of Bowman Field as the general aviation airport for Louisville.  The one in the heart of town with the beautiful 1930s terminal.  However, as Charles “Charlie” Arrington knows there is much more to Bowman Field than that.  Charlie comes by this love of history naturally, and he spent his career as a history teacher.  Charlie, a former longtime MMCL member, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Louisville’s aviation history.

This book is clearly a labor of love.  It starts with this history of Bowman Field as nothing more than a farm field on the far outskirts of Louisville in the around 1920.  The first aircraft recorded to have landed at the new airfield was a Canadian built JN-4 Canuck.  Bowman Field grew along with the rapid expansion of aviation technology and before long there were hangers, paved runways and regular airline service to destinations all over the US.  This is all documented thru an amazing collection of period photographs.  This is one of my favorite periods in aviation history, and it is really neat to see all the different 1920s and 1930s aircraft which passed thru Louisville.  Charles Lindberg and the Spirit of St. Louis was one such aircraft, and, of course, Charlie has the photos to document the occasion.

The next big event in the history of Bowman Field is the outbreak of WWII.  Like many civilian airfields, Bowman Field became a training base.  Bowman specialized in training glider pilots and was the home base of the airborne nurses program.  This period saw a rapid expansion of the field’s facilities.  As you would think, much of this wartime effort was well documented in photos and Charlie has gathered the best ones and included them in this book.

It is in the postwar period that Louisville’s current commercial airport was established.  Staniford Field became the commercial airport, which relegated Bowman Field to the status of a general aviation airport.  While this was a change, it didn’t mean that history wasn’t happening at Bowman, and again this postwar development is well recorded in many black and white photos.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.  It is fascinating, and has enough great photos to provide hours of interesting browsing.  I purchased my autographed copy directly from the author for $20.

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May 11, 2017

Model photography

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 11:48 pm
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A nice YouTube series on photographing models.  Basic in some respects, but still a good place to start.

December 23, 2016

National Geographic B-17

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This photo of B-17 Button Nose appeared in the March 1945 issue of National Geographic.  Oddly enough the aircraft itself was lost in August 1944 over France.  Luckily, the crew pictured below all survived.

B-17

B-17

October 12, 2016

Model photography

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:24 am
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I’ve been practicing with the camera to see if I can get a bit better results when photographing my models.

I’ve determined that my main issue isn’t lack of photography skills, but a lack of model skills.

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July 27, 2016

Airliner photo

Filed under: Family,Modeling — dknights @ 8:54 am
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This photo comes from a previous trip to Jamaica.  The plane was photographed at the airport in Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ).

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October 9, 2015

Cool on every level

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Way cool. (h/t Iowahawk)

September 26, 2015

Norway’s Fairchild PT-19s in Canada

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:35 pm
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Photo from March 1943 National Geographic

PT-19s

PT-19s

July 27, 2015

Cool Russian paint scheme

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:34 am
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This MiG is in a scheme I’ve only seen on the T-50.  My question is, is this a MiG-29 or MiG-35?  29 I think.

MiG-29?

MiG-29?

July 13, 2015

Great WWII photos

Our Canadian Washington state correspondent, Jim Bates, came across some great WWII photos posted on Flickr.  These are awesome.  Take a look, and thanks to Jim for finding these and sharing them.

June 17, 2015

A neat photo

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:15 pm
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Many times photos will inspire me to say to myself, “I’d like to build that”.

Courtesy of famed Canadian, Ohio,  Washington lawyer Jim Bates we have this.

Cool Turbo Otter

Cool Turbo Otter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a news story about the aircraft.

And, if you are inspired to build a model in 72nd scale (GOTS), then here is a conversion kit.

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