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similar to the one in the link I got a blast from the past today as I watched as long as I could and followed a Beechcraft Bonanza with the Butterfly tail.

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There's been an upswing of T-38 activity around Vandenberg the last few days. Caught a two ship of them earlier this week (not NASA...most likely ED or BB) over my house, then saw a single black one (almost certainly BB) inbound on Thursday.

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I caught some of the NASCAR Air Force returning to Concord after the race in Richmond, VA this weekend.

Stewart-Haas CRJ-200 - this is an old US Airways Express / Mesa jet.

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Another Stewart-Haas CRJ-200 - this one saw service with Independence Air.

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Richard Childress Racing Embraer 135

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Joe Gibbs Challenger

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A pair of Miami Air 737s - I think these charters have replaced the Roush 727s we used to see at CLT.

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Joe Gibbs Racing CRJ-700

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Had a 5 or 6 acre brush fire break out in the field across the street from me today, so the Fire/Sheriff UH-1H was dropping water. Actually got sprayed with some of his residual water blown on me by the wind after one of his drops as I stood outside watching the excitement...LOL. We had winds gusting up to 40 mph today, so not only could the fire have turned out to be a lot worse than it was, it had to be a beeyotch to hold that thing in a hover.

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Sunday was the first scheduled A380 service to YVR courtesy of British Airways.

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Today Qatar started their new Doha-Adelaide flights with the new Airbus A350-900.

QR914/915 is a daily flight and this is the first revenue airline flight to an Australian city. Previously Airbus had flown prototype aircraft to Sydney and Perth.

However, we didn't exactly put on the best weather as it was raining on and off during the day. Thankfully the A350 arrived when it wasn't raining.

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UH-1H or N doing touch-and-goes at Ellington. Watched it do four cycles while sitting at a traffic light. At least, I assume chopper pilots practice touch-and-goes.

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A Chinook flew over the house yesterday. Have not seen one of those in over 20 years! Guessing it was a new CH-147F but it was too far away to tell for sure.

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A Coyote keeps an eye on Tanker 487 as it stops into Lac la Biche for reload while working the Fort McMurray fire.

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SC ANG Vipers at MCAS Cherry Point last weekend

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Hornets at MCAS Cherry Point last weekend

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F-35B at MCAS Cherry Point last weekend

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VMAQT-1 flyby during deactivation ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point last weekend

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Just had a flight of 7 C-130s fly over the house at about 800 ft AGL. Haven't seen that one before.

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About an hour ago a flight of 4 F-15s in V formation went over my house at about 2,000 feet headed towards Scott AFB. Since the 131st at Lambert lost their F-15s a few years ago, they are a rare site around here. I suspect they were transiting the area and needed to refuel the planes and defuel the pilots.

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The latest addition to the Hickory Aviation Museum, a Grumman EA-6B Prowler from VMAQT-1 at MCAS Cherry Point, was flown in today.

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The gentleman with the flight crew is one of our museum members - he's a 92 year old retired Marine. He enlisted during WWII, was selected for flight school as the war ended, and flew Corsairs as a flying sergeant. Commissioned after the Korean War, he flew F7Fs, Skyraiders, recon Banshees, and A-4s. He then transitioned to rotary wing, and served two tours in Viet Nam, flying the H-34 and CH-53.

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That is a cool scheme on that bird. I don't build Marine birds but this one would be one I would be willing to try in 1/72 scale. Any decal makers interested in making some for us?

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Piedmont Airlines, the regional subsidiary of US Airways/American Airlines, painted a Dash-8 in retro colors to honor their retiring president Steve Farrow.

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