Monday, March 31, 2014

Just Another Day in the Buff

Here's something appropriate for the here and now in WNY... a fairly recent (January 2014) view of the deicing crews doing their thing at KBUF. Front to back we have a Southwest 737, Delta CL600, and a Delta MD-90...

Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Swimming Bee

Alrighty, for our first post here in eons we've decided to share a couple'a shots of this here funky-lookin' aerio-plane, caught by Jim Uber at Niagara Falls Airport in July of 2006. Said aerio-plane is a Republic RC-3 Seabee... a post-WWII amphibious sport job developed in anticipation of the private aviation boom that was sure to come about when all the military trained pilots came home out of a job, but still itchin' to soar.

Jim Uber photo

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In the midst of writing this bit and doing a bit of additional digging on this particular Bee, your blogmeister has discovered the following photos... also taken at Niagara Falls Airport but presumably much more recently. They came from an epay auction, of all places, as the current owner is apparently looking to sell.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Hatching Hawks

Today we bring you a super-groovy photo of  several P-40B/Cs under construction here in Buffalo, New York circa early-mid 1941... the photographer may have been LIFE's Dmitri Kessel.

It's sad to think that only a few short months after this photo was taken, it's quite possible that some, or all, of these ships would lay as smoldering wrecks in Hawaii and the Philippines... never having been used to perform the task for which they were built.

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Monday, September 9, 2013


Today we bring you an old Curtiss advertisement with several shots of the original Buffalo factory, from the August 15th, 1917 issue of 'Aviation' magazine. The aircraft under construction appear to be early variants of the 'Jenny'.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's News to Me

The last installment of 'BuffaloWingz' brought you, the readership of half a dozen or so, coverage of the arrival of 'Air Force One' at Buffalo Airport in Western New York.

Today's installment covers the earlier arrival on that same day of another bird which brought a buncha folks who would cover the aforementioned arrival of 'Air Force One' and subsequent events of the day for a much broader audience.

This charter jet, a 737-400, is owned and operated by Miami Air International. MAI is often contracted by the USAF Air Mobility Command for troop and cargo transport. On this occasion, they had apparently brought in some media folks to cover the President's visit to Western New York and subsequent bus tour across the state.

In this first shot, we see N752MA just after touching down. She would eventually come to rest and offload her passengers at Prior Aviation, in front of the large hangar in the right background of the photo.

And here we see N752MA departing KBUF later in the morning...

All photos: S.Donacik

As a side note, for any music fans, back in 2010 this very jet was chartered to transport Paul McCartney and his band from Miami, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico during Macca's 'Up and Coming' tour.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Big Boss Bird

On August 22nd, 2013 President Obama visited Western New York, and your blogmeister was on the spot to capture these snaps of 'Air Force One' upon its arrival at Buffalo Airport at approximately 10:15AM.

The Presidential chariot is a Boeing VC-25A, a highly modified 747-200B. Two VC-25As were manufactured, their original serial numbers being 86-8800 and 86-8900, later changed to 82-8000 and 92-9000, respectively. Both jets are maintained and operated by the Presidential Airlift Group, 89th Airlift Wing, based at Joint Base Andrews (formerly Andrews Air Force Base) in Maryland.

The nose gear hits the runway with a streak of smoke...

This Eurocopter AS-350B2, operated by the Erie County Sheriff's Office, was keeping vigil throughout the morning...

A closer look at three sets of eyes looking back...

One last glimpse of the blue, white, and silver bird just before she comes to a rest...

All photos: S.Donacik

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What the Fleet? (Redux)

Alrighty... a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far... no, wait. Wrong blog.

Sometime back we shared a neat shot of a groovy little airplane made by Fleet Aircraft of Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Fleet was an offshoot of Consolidated Aircraft Corporation of Buffalo, NY and a number of designs previously manufactured by the latter were also produced by the former, albeit under different designations. Eventually Fleet was acquired by Consolidated... quite frankly, your blogmeister hasn't really looked into all the particulars of this Consolidated/Fleet tangle, and he currently has a hard time distinguishing one type from another, more often than not. But he really digs these little flying machines.

So here's a couple'a shots, one old, one new... one borrowed, one... well, not blue, but we'll try to find a rhyme that works. 'Til then, enjoy these groovy images...

Consolidated Fleet Model 10 (we think)

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Here's a closer look at the tail brand...

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Not too far from the place your blogmeister calls home is another place called Clarence Aerodrome. Based at this little strip is a Fleet Fawn (Fleet Model 7, we think) which is owned and operated by the Niagara Frontier Vintage Aircraft Group. Your blogmeister would love to get out there to Clarence and get some snaps of this little bird for a future installment of this-here cyber-rag but, until then, here's a shot from fellow Western New Yorker, Don Erwin. Thanks for the green-light to include this shot here, Don...

Don Erwin photo

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