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VIDEO: My First Stearman Flight

Written by , Posted in Adventure, airplane, Bealeton, Canon 7D, Samsung Galaxy EK-GC110, Transportation, Video, Virginia

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

I went to the Flying Circus Balloon Festival (see photos here) thinking I would take a balloon ride, but worked up the courage to take a flight in the open cockpit Stearman biplane (also known as a PT17).  The one I flew in was built in the 1940s, and is the same style plane the Tuskegee Airman used to train on for World War II.

I was nervous since this was my first time in an open cockpit plane, but I’m so glad to have had this experience!!  It was better than riding a roller coaster.

Have you ever taken an open cockpit flight?  Let me know your experience in the comments.  Here’s a quick video I shot during the flight.

My pilot got me as close as possible to the balloons so I could get great shots.
view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2368

It was about a 10 minute ride at 3,000 feet with an amazing view!

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2320

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2345

Steven Glintz, one of the other photographers at the meet up, was kind enough to snap this photo of me as I was taking a photo of my pilot in the mirror after I landed.

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

(Featured photo by Steven Glintz)

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George Clinton (Part 2): ‘Cause I Want to Get Funked Up

Written by , Posted in Canon 7D, Concert, Funk, Music, R&B-Soul, Video, Washington DC

(Continued from Part 1)

 

The Bring Back the Funk concert with George Clinton was easily one of my favorites ever!

 

 

The concert was high energy throughout, but Mary Griffin absolutely stole the show with her rendition of “Dr. Feelgood.”

 

Of course George had to shot out the Omegas with “Atomic Dog.”

 

The crowd demanded an encore, but host Tom Joyner informed the crowd that the Park Service wouldn’t extend the concert beyond the allotted time.

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George Clinton (Part 1): Make My Funk the P Funk…

Written by , Posted in Canon 7D, Concert, Funk, Music, R&B-Soul, Video, Washington DC

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic brought the funk to the National Mall at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival!  The Bring Back the Funk concert, hosted by Tom Joyner, as part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture fundraising efforts.  The museum is scheduled to open in Washington DC in 2015.  George’s mothership, which was previously used  during performances, will be part of the museum’s collection.

 

Be sure to check back for Part 2 tomorrow for more photos and video!  (Editor’s Note: Part 2 now available!)

 

They got the party started with “Flashlight.”

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