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Robins AFB Museum of Aviation; 8 January 2015

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Warner Robins, GA – Today I visited the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation on the first day of a two-day road trip to Warner Robins and Macon. I’ve been to the museum many times before but today I brought a tripod and wanted to try to get some good photos of the aircraft inside the hangars, which are low-light environments. Using the built in flash and an external flash pack just don’t get the job done due to the size of some of the aircraft so I decided to use a tripod and longer shutter speeds. I was pleased to notice on this trip that the RQ-4A Global Hawk was on display (during a stop by the museum in October, it was still undergoing some work) adjacent to the U-2 and SR-71. I love how they have all three grouped together showing three generations of surveillance aircraft.

The Museum of Aviation's RQ-4A Global Hawk (center) on display with a U-2 Dragon Lady (left) and SR-71 Blackbird (right)

The Museum of Aviation’s RQ-4A Global Hawk (center) on display with a U-2 Dragon Lady (left) and SR-71 Blackbird (right)

I’m happy with the way using the tripod and longer shutter speeds worked out; these are probably the best photos I’ve been able to get so far of all three of these aircraft. The same can be said for the museum’s B-29, MH-53, and F-111. Not using the flash also allowed me to get some nice “into the cockpit” shots of the B-29 cockpit section in the World War II Hangar and of the MH-53 in the Century of Flight Hangar.

RQ-4A Global Hawk (02-2011)

RQ-4A Global Hawk (02-2011)

RQ-4A Global Hawk (02-2011)

RQ-4A Global Hawk (02-2011)

SR-71A (61-7958)

SR-71A (61-7958)

SR-71A (61-7958)

SR-71A (61-7958)

SR-71A (61-7958)

SR-71A (61-7958)

SR-71A (61-7958)

SR-71A (61-7958)

U-2D (56-6682)

U-2D (56-6682)

MH-53M (70-1626)

MH-53M (70-1626)

MH-53M (70-1626)

MH-53M (70-1626)

B-29 (44-84053)

B-29 (44-84053)

B-29 (44-84053)

B-29 (44-84053)

A look inside of the B-29 Cockpit Section in the World War II Hangar

A look inside of the B-29 Cockpit Section in the World War II Hangar

F-111E (68-0055)

F-111E (68-0055)

It also turned out to be a decent day for radio monitoring in the Robins AFB/Warner Robins area; if you’re interested in the radio side of the day’s activities, I’ve put that information in a separate post.


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