Madras Air2Air Experience – Day 1

The setting sun silhouette's the Erickson Aircraft Collection's PBY Catalina at the end of today, while the air show party carried on inside the hangar. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The setting sun silhouette's the Erickson Aircraft Collection's PBY Catalina at the end of today, while the air show party carried on inside the hangar. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The setting sun silhouette’s the Erickson Aircraft Collection’s PBY Catalina at the end of today, while the air show party carried on inside the hangar. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

As we have promised for the past few months, WarbirdsNews would be present at the Madras Air2Air Experience, the aviation photography workshop being organized by the extraordinarily talented Lyle Jansma and Scott Slocum in Madras, Oregon. Thursday marked the workshop’s first day, and the dozen or so student’s arrived at the Erickson Aircraft Collection’s hangar, where the classes are held, over the course of the late morning and afternoon. The students came from across three continents: Europe, Asia and of course, North America. Each of them has varying backgrounds with air-to-air photography, verging from zero to the very experienced, but all were eager to learn from the likes of Scott Slocum and the legendary Paul Bowen, who conducted some of today’s program. Class topics included everything from safety (of paramount importance) to the technical details of how to work with aircraft in the air. As Madras is also preparing for its air show this weekend, there was a flurry of activity across the field, some of which made for great photography. The field is also home to a fleet of aerial fire-fighting aircraft, most of which were out in the field plying their trade. The forest fires are raging at the moment all along the western coast, and Oregon is no exception. The taste of smoke is in the air, blown in from nearly a hundred miles away. But it didn’t dampen the mood in Madras, nor the excitement about Friday’s shoot, which should include air-to-air photo sessions with the Erickson Aircraft Collection’s P-38 Lightning, Ki-43 Oscar, PBY Catalina and the Commemorative Air Force’s Mitsubishi A6M Zero. WarbirdsNews will be on some of these flights, and we hope to bring you some of the action tomorrow. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the following images from this days adventures in Madras!

The CAF's Zero arrived today from its home in Camarillo, California. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The CAF’s Zero arrived today from its home in Camarillo, California. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Scott Slocum (l) and Paul Bowen (r) standing in front of Slocum's gleaming Beach Bonanza which will be the photo-ship for many of the air-to-air sessions. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Scott Slocum (l) and Paul Bowen (r) standing in front of Slocum’s gleaming Beach Bonanza which will be the photo-ship for many of the air-to-air sessions. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
A Douglas DC-7 Air Tanker receives some attention to its number two engine, which the mechanics fired up during the morning's airport activities. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
A Douglas DC-7 Air Tanker receives some attention to its number two engine, which the mechanics fired up during the morning’s airport activities. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The DC-7's No.2 engine humming along during its run-up. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The DC-7’s No.2 engine humming along during its run-up. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The rather rare sight of a beautiful Naval Aircraft Factory N3N biplane greeted us at Madras this morning. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The rather rare sight of a beautiful Naval Aircraft Factory N3N biplane greeted us at Madras this morning. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Charlie the airport lab begged to get up inside the PBY for the engine tests this morning. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Charlie the airport lab begged to get up inside the PBY for the engine tests this morning. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The PBY runup. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The PBY runup. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Skyraider killing bugs... (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Skyraider killing bugs… (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Greg Collier's Shooting Star in the hangar following his afternoon arrival. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Greg Collier’s Shooting Star in the hangar following his afternoon arrival. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
With the close of day, the skies and the light started to improve. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
With the close of day, the skies and the light started to improve. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The sun sets, bringing one of Ericsson's MD-87's into silhouette. There are five examples on site awaiting their conversion into fire bombers. Several operational examples are currently in Montana fighting fires right now. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The sun sets, bringing one of Ericsson’s MD-87’s into silhouette. There are five examples on site awaiting their conversion into fire bombers. Several operational examples are currently in Montana fighting fires right now. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Erickson Aircraft Collection's PBY and DC-3 lit up with the light from tonight's  hangar party. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Erickson Aircraft Collection’s PBY and DC-3 lit up with the light from tonight’s hangar party. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Erickson Aircraft Collection's DC-3 lit up with the light from tonight's  hangar party. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Erickson Aircraft Collection’s DC-3 lit up with the light from tonight’s hangar party. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Set to be one of the stars of today's air-to-air action in Madras is Jack Ericsson's P-38 Lightning. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Set to be one of the stars of today’s air-to-air action in Madras is Jack Ericsson’s P-38 Lightning. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

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