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Beauteous Butch

Beauteous Butch
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Copyright: Ralph Starck (HapiSnapa) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 20 N: 343] (2534)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-31
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Nikon D 300, Tokina 12-24mm f/4, Kenko Pro 1 Digital Protector
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-08 9:46
Viewed: 2606
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photographed at the Classic Flyers Museum at Tauranga Airport.

F-86 Sabre

The North American Aviation F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. The Sabre is best known for its Korean War role where it was pitted against the Soviet MiG-15 and obtained UN air superiority. Although developed in the late 1940s and outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved adaptable and continued as a front line fighter in air forces until the last active front line examples were retired by the Bolivian Air Force in 1994.

Its success led to an extended production run of more than 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956, in the United States, Japan and Italy. It was by far the most-produced Western jet fighter, with total production of all variants at 9,860 units. Variants were built in Canada and Australia. The Canadair Sabre added another 1,815 airframes, and the significantly redesigned CAC Sabre (sometimes known as the Avon Sabre or CAC CA-27), had a production run of 112.

Joseph Christopher McConnell, Jr.

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Hi Ralph,

The plane's name triggers memories of a public documentary show aired locally a few months back to honor aviation pilots and heroes. And true enough I learned from Wikipedia that "Beautious Butch" is the name given by the American pilot Joseph Christopher McConnell, Jr. to at least three F-86 Sabres he used during the Korean war. The photo depicted looks like the F-86 has seen enough adventures and actions. The cloudy conditions enhanced details and depth. I like your tempered pp work here. Cheers.


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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
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Without a doubt, this has to be to the Jet Age, what the spitfire was to the Prop age.

A timeless classic that woos the crowd wherever it goes.
I love seeing this thing in the air. It defies belief that this machines performance was way ahead of its time and was built from scraps. The Fuselage was designed from the Mig 15, and the wings were from the WW2 jet of the ME262.

A beautiful aircraft all round, and well displayed in photographic form for us all here, Ralph.

The 12-24 has done a brilliant job (Excellent lens too, Ralph. Got some really rave results here in the UK and is top scoring lens over here in it's class at the minute)

Nice sharp image, with a good strong contrast and punchy colours, Ralph.

Well done

I did a very very kwik workshop just to remove the tree from the canopy and windsock/lamp-post from the fuselage.
I reckon you could do some real trickery on the full size image.



Hi Ralph,
that's quite a plane, never seen it before, well captured and as usual you have picked the best PoV to show it off - as Mitch says pity about the other stuff in the BG - interesting to read the notes by Mitch and Danilo and looks like you have a winner with that lens

Hi Ralph, That's one of my favorite plane, served in PAKISTAN AIRFORCE for many years....one of the world record of getting down 5 planes in few minutes was made by M.M ALAM on this great plane, which is restored by PAKISTAN AIRFORCE at PAF COLLEGE Sargodha.
The POV and DOF is excellent

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