In case you missed it, check out Joe McNally’s blog post from last week. He had the opportunity to put together a pretty cool photo shoot using a vintage Stearman bi-plane.
While I’ve never had the chance to go up in one of these neat planes, it did remind me of when I got up close-and-personal with one of these beauties.
Back in the Fall of 2014, I was home visiting my parents in Northeast Pennsylvania. I was passing by the Wyoming Valley Airport, a small, general aviation airport in Forty Forty, PA, the next town over from my parents’ home.
I glimpsed the Stearman from the road and pulled in for a closer look.
According to Wikipedia, the Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 is a biplane used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.
Leave it to Joe, and especially Lynn DelMastero, Joe’s long-time studio assistant who, basically, can get anything done, to do a shoot with one of these planes. In his post, he talks about how he’s had this photo in his head for a long time. I’m sure he’s satisfied with how it turned out. I think we’ve all been there: We have an image in our head and, like an itch, it needs to be scratched (in this case shot) or it bothers us.
At $300 per hour, it was a little steep for me to take a ride, so I didn’t get a chance to go up in this plane. Would have been cool, for sure, to soar over the Wyoming Valley. But at least I got some neat shots of it.
Even the Stearman tools are cool.
Next time, maybe, I’ll fly off into the wild blue yonder in one of these. I doubt I’ll get the type of shots Joe did, but I’m sure it would still be a great experience.
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