Bogey Ten O'clock

Uploaded: September 26, 2013 21:41:26


1/1000 f5.6 ISO 250 400mm

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 1.33, ExposureTime: 1/1000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 250, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Stephen Shoff September 27, 2013

Well done, and caught at just the right instant. #1546120

Dale Hardin September 27, 2013

I like that you left the other plane in. I now becomes a story and not just a good shot of the plane. #10854653

Jeff E Jensen September 28, 2013

Yup, good choice to leave the 2nd plane in. Nice work! #10854819

Rita K. Connell level-classic September 28, 2013

of yea! great shot especially with the other plane heading toward it. it almost looks like a toy plane. nice clarity and detail on it. #10854912

Susan Williams level-classic September 28, 2013

Great capture, Stephen. I like it for all the reasons stated, the motion blur on the propeller, and the cloudy sky works well with the ominous feel. #10855088

lisa anderson September 29, 2013

The 2nd plane really makes this shot, I think. I agree, it turns the photo into a story. Very cool #10855551

Peter W. Marks September 30, 2013

Thanks for sharing this Mike. It had me puzzled over the markings on the Spitfire and I had to do some research to fill in a gap in my WW2 knowledge. The light blue/dark blue roundels were used on British Commonwealth aircraft from 1942 on wards in place of the usual red, white, blue ones in the Far East as it was thought that the red circle could be confused with the red circle markings that the Japs used.
I'm waiting for someone to ask what your title means, we are dealing with a bunch of youngsters here Mike and I'm sure many will know not what of what we speak! #10856026

Michael Kelly level-deluxe September 30, 2013

Thank you everyone. This was one of the between race air show things they did this year as there were no current military flights they usually have do to the sequester. This started with air raid sirens and a Japanese Zero buzzing the field. The spitfire took off and challenged it in a mock dogfight. Both planes are part of the Confederate air force, and the plane in the 10 o’clock position is the Zero.

Thanks for the information Peter. I was not sure about these markings so I appreciate your looking up the details. Many of the planes in WWII had multiple paint schemes depending on theater of operation, time of year and year of the war. Some are very different than the familiar ones we see in movies and TV shows. I know you are aware of the title’s meaning, but before someone asks: pilots identifies the location of other planes by their position relative to their own plane based on the time on a clock. Thus, the movie title 12 O’clock High would mean straight ahead of us and above. Bogey was used as an unknown sighting with bandit as a confirmed enemy. This also varied a bit depending on unit, but in general this was the code. I used bogey in my title because the plane at the 10 o’clock position cannot be identified in the photo.

Beth Spencer October 01, 2013

I tried to post yesterday and the site kept locking up so I am trying again this morning.
This is a great shot, you always get great photos of these planes.
Peter thanks for all the information. #10858082

Debbie E. Payne October 01, 2013

Michael - when I first saw this picture I knew it could only be your shot! The second plane does make the storytelling part of the picture but I am amazed at the clarity of the Zero! Show us some more! #10858494

Merna L. Nobile November 29, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS! It’s great to know you have something new to smile about and a special reason to be proud.

Dale Hardin November 29, 2013

Congratulations Mike. Great shot. #10909505

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