"Middle of the Atlantic, headed to Ft Wayne, Indiana, from Torrejon, Spain. 5 1/2 hours of strapped to this seat, and at least 5 1/2 to go."
-So writes Gary Chambers about how this picture came about. Every once in a while I get a chance to showcase another photographer's work. In the case of Gary, it's the work of a pilot/photographer who served in the military.
In Gary's words-
I learned to read by using my dad's WW2 aviation manuals. I could identify the allied and axis airplanes before I entered the first grade. Growing up in Kentucky, I enlisted in the Kentucky Air National Guard in college, flying the RF-4C as a navigator after earning a degree in Geography. When Top Gun hit the theatres in 1986, I was graduating from the USAF Fighter Weapons School. After F-4Es in Ft Wayne, Indiana, and again in RF-4Cs in Birmingham, Alabama, I started navigating C-130s around the globe with the Michigan Air Guard. My last unit was the 96th Airlift Squadron, "Flying Vikings". Civilian flying began on a 1400 foot grass strip in Georgetown, Kentucky. Flying skydivers, aerial photography, air freight, and with Civil Air Patrol, led to Canadair Regional Jets with Pinnacle Airlines and briefly flying 757s with Omni Air International. I never wanted to be one who said, "I wish I had pictures when I was doing ..." so I usually kept a camera in my flight bag or luggage. I was fortunate in my Phantom II days to have permission to take official unit photos when cameras in the cockpit were forbidden.
Pictures by Gary Chambers