I confess that this shot is a favorite of mine. I like the line up of Viper tails with their heat plumes flowing out of their exhaust nozzles, set off by the solitary walk by the airman in his "mouse ears" (ear protectors) as he performs his last chance inspections. It is an unsung job, but a critical one. In amongst the muted roars and heat of the F-16s, he and his team circle and examine the waiting beasts, the power of "go / no-go" in his hands - the human element in the mechanized zoo of modern aerospace. It is fascinating to watch.
As with the previous post, this was shot last October at Luke AFB, AZ.
"Salt River Cliffs" ©
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