Category Archives: Mechanical

Flagstaff Fire – C-130 #3 Slurry Bomber from Wyoming ANG

Spotted the most recent Colorado fire ignite this afternoon on Flagstaff mountain in Boulder today.  Spent some time at JeffCo Airport (Rocky Mountain Metropolitan  Airport) with my daughter watching the slurry bombers and sky cranes cycle through.   I always have my E-PL3 camera with me so I grabbed that and shot what I could in-between the excitement of a 2 year old seeing airplanes up close for the first time.

This first shot is a view of Flagstaff burning from the tarmac at JeffCo with sky cranes (type 1 helicopters) and other fire fighting equipment on the ground while a brief storm with high winds rolled through.

U.S. Air Force C-130 #3 from the Wyoming Air National Guard prep’d for take off after a short pause for weather.

A close-up of the slurry hose configuration and residue on the aircraft from previous drops.  Note the US Forest Service sticker on the side door.

Watching the heroes of the Wyoming ANG takeoff for another run.

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© Curtis Lewis

’64 Shelby Cobra Factory Racer

It’s easy to fall into a fog when shooting an event like a sizable car show.  On June 12th I attended Colorado’s own 28th Annual Concours D’Elegance.  After the first few frames I started to realize I might run out of time due to the sheer numbers in attendance.  That was shortly followed with the downhill slide and overwhelming feeling that I might be wasting my time being so thorough.
Enter the 1964 winning Shelby Cobra factory race car.  A true piece of unrestored history in the form of a significant tool of speed.  Raced by the likes of Phill Hill and Bob Bondurant this is 1 of 5 FIA roadsters and the only left in existence.  It has seen it’s share of wins not the least of which is taking the 1965 FIA World Manufacturers Championship.  There were many great and unique cars on display, but I couldn’t help returning to get “just a couple more shots” of the Cobra.  I think you’ll see why…

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