Monday, September 22, 2014

Yukla 27, I remember

 It's September 22, 1995, 7:47AM. I had just retired 9 months ago from the USAF, the 3rd Wing or specifically the 962 AACS or as we called it AWACS. I was opening an auto parts store that I managed back then, when I got a call from a friend. She asked if I had been listening to the news. I told her I hadn't, that I was getting the store ready for opening. She then told me that AWACS had crashed. I couldn't believe it. I walked out of the store and looked towards base and could see the cloud of bellowing smoke. My heart just sunk and I cried.

It was just a year ago that I was the crew chief on 002 and I had put in my paperwork to retire. It was being replaced by the end of the year by 354 so she could go into depot. Now it's gone, along with 24 brave crew members. I can still see that cloud of smoke like it was yesterday.

Yes Yukla 27, I remember.

For my previous post on Yukla 27, click below.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Autumn is Falling Fast

With  the fabulous summer we had, we can't complain about fall going so fast. Mother Nature has us Alaskans paying for that summer, but that's OK.
 The rain has the leaves falling fast, but some of the colors are still out there.
 Not everyone has gone to their winter home yet.
 This eagle was traveling so fast that I barely had time to focus and shoot before he was long out of range. He was in a hurry for something.
Macy wasn't in a hurry for anything. That nice warm sun felt good.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

US and China Arctic Sand Sculpture Exhibition, Fairbanks, AK Aug 19.2014

Yea, I know I'm posting a little late and it's been far in between post. What can I say, it's been an awesome summer. I can't stay inside when we're having beautiful weather. Now it's raining and fall is in full swing, I can post.
I went to Fairbanks last month for the Friends of Creamer's Field Sand Hill Crane Festival . Killing time between my explorations around Fairbanks, I went to the US and China Arctic Sand Sculptures Exhibition.
 Some of the talent there was extraordinary, but some was out of its class. The entry fee was $10 and for your bang for your buck, it was over priced. The biggest irritant was the background music. It was stuck. Do you remember dirty needles and a turn table? How they would get stuck and play the same few bars over and over and over. That was going on and like none of the organizers noticed, at least it seemed that way. Not that I'm a fan of twangy music from China, this tested my inner bad person reactions.
 Finally someone kicked the machine or unplugged it, I'm not sure. It was a cloudy day, so some of the exhibits were covered by temporary tents. You can tell the ones left for the elements to play with. But some had some talent and time put into them. Those are the ones here that I posted.
 There wasn't much of a crowd. I don't know if it was because of the clouds or distractions elsewhere.
 Being in an industrial area, it also was hard to see some of the beauty with the distractions in the background.
I hope it's an event that they improve on and returns. It could be so much more than what I saw.
For more of my photos of this event, click here.