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Title: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 12, 2009, 05:29:03 PM
Omega Tanker
May 2, 2009

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3628/3525955231_593c849c9a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/3525955231/)
Boeing KC-707

Omega Aerial Refueling Services, Inc. (OARS) has a very successful history as the only company in the world conducting commercial fee-for-service in-flight refueling services.

The KC-707 Omega Tanker is a Boeing 707-300 series aircraft. The aft portion of the aircraft was modified with the two hose and drogue assemblies. Electric, hydraulic and fuel lines tap into the aircraft systems for system operation and fuel transfer. System controls and video monitoring devices were placed in the cockpit.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 16, 2009, 02:34:56 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3231/2673967828_cce9f39079_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/2673967828/)

E-2C BuNo 165508 of VAW-121 "Bluetails" spools up on the ramp at Willie last July.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 18, 2009, 10:58:09 AM
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One of ATSI's TA-4Js taxis out prior to a two-ship departure to McConnell AFB back in February.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: John S on June 18, 2009, 03:28:04 PM
Evergreen Supertanker on 6/11/09 taking off in the mid morning.



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 22, 2009, 03:42:48 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3379/3314653581_6903067765_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3314653581/)

One-off TO-5C crew trainer for the Army's Airborne Reconnaissance Low fleet operated by the 204th MI Battalion.  Gas-n-go at Willie a few months back.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on June 22, 2009, 09:17:15 PM
A few from last Friday, waiting for WK2 to do something...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on June 22, 2009, 09:20:10 PM
Don't recall who I was speaking with, but after reviewing the shots from Friday, I did manage to capture the flag on the front seater's left shoulder.  The 2nd pic is a super-crop on the front pilot.  I checked, and it is the national flag of India.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 22, 2009, 09:23:59 PM
boeing c-40b clipper
Boeing C-40B Clipper
89th Airlift Wing


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 24, 2009, 02:10:09 AM
Awesome shots Dave.  That was me that suggested they might be Indian Navy pilots.  Funny how the US Navy is training MiG-29 pilots now.  (Even funnier that the pilot is in the "Soccer Mom" jet).

Really dig the Harrier nose-on shot too.



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 24, 2009, 12:04:45 PM
Forgot all about this one.  Heavily-modified Piper PA-42 Cheyenne operated by US Customs and Border Protection.  Check out the FLIR turret and the extra antennae.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3017/3026558746_bf0c1cd774_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3026558746/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 25, 2009, 12:37:38 PM
The beagle has landed.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3349/3221418387_9101f2d4ef_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3221418387/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 26, 2009, 02:33:12 PM
Honeywell's 757 on approach for RWY 30R on the last of three touch-and-goes prior to returning to PHX on Wednesday.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3408/3662965727_ecfcec139a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3662965727/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 30, 2009, 08:45:32 AM
Omega Tanker 707, sunrise departure out of Willie:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3575/3491549458_45a939cc13_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3491549458/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 02, 2009, 09:36:12 AM
One of two VAQ-129 Growlers that spent last weekend at Willie:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/3682115730_47568a3a0b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3682115730/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 02, 2009, 09:23:58 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2540/3683653030_c03e328535_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/3683653030/)
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232) "Red Devils"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 30, 2009, 07:46:47 PM
Finally caught one of ATSI's A-4Ns under its own power.  Unfortunately, he flew a straight-in approach.  Typically they shoot a few touch-and-goes before landing.  
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3535/3773248739_dd0cd9fb78_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3773248739/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 30, 2009, 09:07:24 PM
Finally caught one of ATSI's A-4Ns under its own power.

Awesome Joe, congratulations!! ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 01, 2009, 10:42:38 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3441/3286235607_2737f9f042.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3286235607/)

Beech T-34C Turbo Mentor "SFWSL" NAS Oceana, VA (Buno 160943)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 01, 2009, 10:48:54 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3199/3006430307_24bc0a794e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3006430307/)

Hiller 360. Civilian version of the H-23 Raven

Open House 2008


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 02, 2009, 02:43:06 AM
Fallon bad-guy bird at Willie today.  Hope you guys can catch it leaving tomorrow:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3520/3780709702_d20c62eef1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3780709702/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 04, 2009, 07:51:05 PM
Had some visitors from Cherry Point stop through Willie this afternoon.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2590/3790969456_2824cf3f18_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3790969456/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 11, 2009, 09:25:26 PM
F/A-18C
Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC)

Here's another AzAP exclusive, you will not find this posted anywhere else!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on August 12, 2009, 01:20:38 AM
Finally caught one of ATSI's A-4Ns under its own power.  Unfortunately, he flew a straight-in approach.  Typically they shoot a few touch-and-goes before landing.

Fabulous Shot...  Was this from the "hump" near the GA Terminal?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 12, 2009, 01:44:53 AM
Thanks Jay.  It was shot from that same area, just from a ladder near the fence.  A lot of the time I'll have my ladder up on the hump just for some extra elevation and a little different perspective.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on August 12, 2009, 09:55:49 AM
Interesting...   ;)

I need to keep a ladder in the back of the truck more often!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 20, 2009, 02:39:24 PM
I've only managed to catch CH-53s at Willie once, and that was last summer when a pair of Echoes from HMH-764 (then disestablished) overnighted en route from Edwards to AMARG.   

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3196/2670800386_c45a99a25d_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/2670800386/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 20, 2009, 08:02:46 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3185/2993894010_dec0b4638a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/2993894010/)

Beech D18S at Willies open house Nov 2008


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 22, 2009, 10:50:54 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203) "Hawks"

Here's another AzAP exclusive photo, you will not find this photo posted anywhere else!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 25, 2009, 07:46:32 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2647/3857248797_12af404352.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3857248797/)

AGUSTA SPA A109E & MD 369E


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on August 26, 2009, 10:14:18 PM
A Hawker dropped in to WG a while back.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 26, 2009, 11:07:07 PM
Awesome catch, Bill!  I remember seeing this on final that evening when I was headed into Mesa for something or other.  You didn't happen to be around when the A-3 Skywarrior was shooting touch-and-goes, did you?  I think it was a few months before this.

And for as beautiful as the single-seat Hunter is, the two-hole version is surprisingly ugly.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on August 27, 2009, 08:06:42 AM
I don't recall seeing the A-3 Skywarrior.

This is kinda ugly, for a jet.  Some designers just don't seem to understand, it has to look good too.  The best looking are also the best performing.  Consider the SR-71, F-104, F-14, -15, -16, -18, -22.  The incomparable XB-70.   The SU-27, -31, -35, MiG-29.   The Concorde.

And Boeing wonders why they lost the JSF program.  Not even its' mother could love that.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on August 28, 2009, 10:40:54 PM
One of the Texas Gunfighters who stopped in last weekend, as part of his last trip with the unit, as he retired a few days later.  These guys gave quite a little show when they came in, doing four fast touch and go's, before finally landing.
Here he is headed home to Texas, doing a max performance takeoff and climb to 20k.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 30, 2009, 05:40:14 PM
149th AVN, Texas ARNG, Grand Prairie, Texas
Republic of Singapore Air Force
RSAF Peace Prairie Detachment

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3427/3872875220_ea737605c4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/3872875220/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 31, 2009, 03:31:49 PM
If Willie had a mascot, it would be a broken-down T-38.  The current mascot hails from Vance's 25th FTS and supposedly has a dead battery.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 31, 2009, 07:49:06 PM
My first Skyhawk!   ;D

Thanks again to Joe C. for the heads-up!

McDonnell Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
Advanced Training Systems International, Inc. (ATSI)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2457/3876093947_8108366433_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/3876093947/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 04, 2009, 08:36:16 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2436/3888146057_1953e46ce0_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3888146057/)

T-38 that welomes you to Willie


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 04, 2009, 08:40:46 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/3888145929_0355933d7b_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3888145929/)

Eclipse Aviation Corp EA500


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 05, 2009, 05:35:48 PM
Caught an A-4N taxiing back to ATSI's hangar after a mid-afternoon flight and SIX touch-and-goes.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 09, 2009, 09:47:46 AM
From a few months back. 

A Columbus-based T-38C and the Army's sole TO-5C, which serves as the crew trainer for their EO-5C ARL-M fleet operated by the 204th MI Battalion. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 09, 2009, 06:42:35 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2672/3895336650_a6654be172_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3895336650/)
TAV-8B at Willie Jan of 08


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 11, 2009, 07:58:34 AM
Tanker Zero-Five departing Willie last July.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 11, 2009, 04:29:31 PM
Joe, awesome shot!  I was hoping for some tankers at Willie this year, but maybe next year.  I'm hoping there are still some tankers at Fox Field when I'm there a week from Tuesday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 11, 2009, 09:52:51 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2584/3910897117_ea7911f883.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3910897117/)
Airbus A321-231
I caught this guy doing a touch-n-go at Willie back in April, and I forgot I had this shot untill I started going through some of my older shots for the last few weeks.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 12, 2009, 02:59:09 PM
Antonov An-124 Ruslan

Here's another AzAP exclusive, you will not find this photo posted anywhere else!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Rob Silliman on September 12, 2009, 05:09:04 PM
Matt - outstanding catch.  Did it just pass through on a gas and go?  Or is it leaving in the morning?



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 12, 2009, 05:22:22 PM
Rob, the flight crew said they would be here for six days.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 12, 2009, 08:26:09 PM
Great shot Matt, and a great day at Willie


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 12, 2009, 08:43:29 PM
Dave, thank you!  It was a good day out at Willie, I'm glad you could make it.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 13, 2009, 08:44:58 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three One (VX-31) "Dust Devils"
NAWS China Lake

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2605/3915321913_05728c3459_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/3915321913/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on September 14, 2009, 11:17:10 PM
This DPS helo made a quick visit to Willie on Saturday.  Not sure if it was related to the search for a lost hiker in the Superstition Mts.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 15, 2009, 06:03:10 PM
Another shot of the Antonov An-124 Ruslan arriving at Willie last Saturday.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2466/3924813962_e5d46eaefc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/3924813962/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on September 15, 2009, 06:39:16 PM
Nice to see them in something other than straight-and-level flight!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 15, 2009, 07:21:09 PM
Nice to see them in something other than straight-and-level flight!

One of the few times I've been a fan of the noise-abatement areas to the north of the airport.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 21, 2009, 02:14:42 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/2803542107_1234a63e2e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/2803542107/"s 138 FW, 125 FS Air National Guard Tulsa OK "Tulsa Vipers" by Burner Aviation Photography, on Flickr)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on September 22, 2009, 09:41:35 AM
F-16C from the OK ANG resting at Willie two weeks ago.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 28, 2009, 10:15:03 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3456/3965254248_458d539a98.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3965254248/)
Dassault Mystere Falcon 20-F5


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on September 29, 2009, 10:51:43 AM
VMFA-314's former MAG bird...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on September 29, 2009, 07:14:35 PM
It's like they took my boonie hat and wrapped it 'round a Hornet. Excellent!!!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 29, 2009, 09:01:14 PM
Nice catch Joe, that's such a good lookin' Hornet!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 30, 2009, 06:34:39 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2634/3969908999_1e26f20732.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3969908999/)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2673/3969908415_b476b52c85.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/3969908415/)
Beech (Raytheon) RC-12 Guardrail s/n 810516 United States Army


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 30, 2009, 06:36:57 PM
Nice shots Dave.  Amazing (and frustrating at times) what a difference of just 90-100 degrees can do to the quality of the sky.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 30, 2009, 06:38:22 PM
Tell me about it. the frontal had all the clouds in the background, and the other one didnt.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on September 30, 2009, 07:38:46 PM
V-nice, I do like them "lumpy and bumpy" and this is perfect!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 01, 2009, 04:14:51 PM
Seems like any time a Whiteman T-38 is at Willie, the only glare-free shots I can get are from the rear-quarter.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on October 09, 2009, 07:39:03 PM
Question for Frequent Willie Spotters. I need to be out by IWA tomorrow and was wondering if it would be worth my while to spot by, say around 4 to 6 ish tomorrow afternoon. I dont know what the traffic is usually like and thought I would see what others thought.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 09, 2009, 07:42:24 PM
Mitchell, tomorrow would be a great day. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on October 09, 2009, 08:35:45 PM
Alright, and where exactly is the gazebo that everyone seems to go to.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 09, 2009, 10:41:23 PM
From Power, take Ray Road east until it curves to the south toward the airport.  When you see a white T-38 mounted on a pole on the right side of the road, the gazebo will be to your left.  Hard to miss.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 13, 2009, 03:28:01 PM
C-17 Weapons School is at Willie again.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2443/4007226542_7453bb54c9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4007226542/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on October 17, 2009, 03:06:06 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) "Death Rattlers"

Here's another AzAP exclusive, you will not find this photo posted anywhere else!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 17, 2009, 07:23:25 PM
Kind of a cool twofer at Willie yesterday:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2465/4017846901_7b4b5d3ea0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4017846901/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 26, 2009, 03:20:43 PM
Rule of thumb at Willie - if you see some nondescript mutli-engine aircraft with no markings except for an N-number, take a picture of it.  Three Brits who couldn't be bothered to shoot some boring civilian stuff missed their chance to get arrival shots of this ex-Horizon Air DHC-8-200, which is now assigned to the 524th Special Operations Squadron out of Cannon AFB.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on October 26, 2009, 03:22:40 PM
Well there's a Homer moment for you.  :o


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 26, 2009, 03:34:39 PM
The sad part is that their flight to the UK left this afternoon, so if this wasn't a quick gas-n-go, they missed it going out as well.  They even made fun of me when I suggested it might be military from seeing it from far off - they said something like "Oh, what is it, Ugandan Navy?" or something like that.   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on October 26, 2009, 03:44:06 PM
Nice story Joe. I would laugh though as if its a really secret - secret ops plane that someone might be following you now.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 26, 2009, 04:02:03 PM
If it were super secret they would not be flying it into a public, general aviation airport.  I'm guessing this is like the Army's ARL-M fleet or the handful of civilian-registered AFSOC PC-12/U-28s, where the goal is more low conspicuity than full-on secrecy.  Judging how well the ruse worked on those Brits, I'm calling mission accomplished on this one.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 02, 2009, 09:25:49 AM
Plane Captain at the ready, VMA-311 Tomcats:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2629/4065038298_2fb8a6ec85_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4065038298/)

Was a real treat to see the 'cats operating at Willie with their ground crews.  They even guided them off the ramp in formation, which is something I'd never seen before, let alone with consecutively-modexed jets:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2658/4065039194_1a6f8fb8df_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4065039194/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 09, 2009, 05:28:31 PM
Look what I caught flying long, slow, straight approaches today:


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on November 09, 2009, 06:17:57 PM
Nice one Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 09, 2009, 07:14:33 PM
Thank you, sir.  High clouds made for quirky lighting, but I'm still pleased with what I got under those conditions.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on November 14, 2009, 08:49:38 PM
Those jets ARE loud.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2777/4104447050_b1bb6bfa4c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/4104447050/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 17, 2009, 05:33:10 PM
One of the four TAV-8Bs that transited through Gateway last Saturday.  Thanks to the crew of this ship in particular for their hospitality.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 20, 2009, 06:48:13 PM
Nice surprise out at Willie today, looks similar to something we saw out at NAF El Centro yesterday!

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125) "Rough Raiders"
NAS Lemoore


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: planephotoman on November 25, 2009, 09:14:59 PM
One from IWA - Paul

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2754/4135324294_7e47d5a255_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/planephotoman/4135324294/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: planephotoman on November 25, 2009, 09:16:51 PM
Another one.  This time a Phenom - Paul

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2770/4132976210_cc7719e96c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/planephotoman/4132976210/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: phantomphan1974 on November 25, 2009, 10:56:52 PM
N950A
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2477/3911752770_7a32feab86_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2437/3911752982_91ba720505_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2556/3910970847_f77135e324_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 25, 2009, 11:22:15 PM
Aaaah, the Flying Tylenol of Justice.  Nice shots Damon.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on November 30, 2009, 10:10:55 AM
An new E-2 from VAW-120 the "Greyhawks" that stopped at Willie on the 21st...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 30, 2009, 10:13:46 AM
Really nice shot, Joe!  I'm still bummed that I missed two E-2s at Willie that weekend!  Oh well, maybe we'll see some more soon.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on November 30, 2009, 10:14:49 AM
I will pray to the "Hawkeye" Gods for this weekend... ::)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 30, 2009, 10:18:15 AM
I will pray to the "Hawkeye" Gods for this weekend... ::)

Not this weekend, I have to work!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 30, 2009, 10:42:17 AM
I think it's well-established that for cool stuff to come in in good weather, someone has to not be there.  Thanks in advance for taking one for the team, Matt. ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 30, 2009, 02:46:01 PM
I think it's well-established that for cool stuff to come in in good weather, someone has to not be there.  Thanks in advance for taking one for the team, Matt. ;D

You're welcome, I'm here to help!  It looks like I'll be working on the 12th too, should be a great couple of weekends out at Willie!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 30, 2009, 02:56:21 PM
Totally random, but why the hell does it say "Hero Member" under both of our names?

ETA: Got it.  500+ posts = HERO!  Apparently TinyPortal has a remarkably low threshold for what they consider heroic.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 30, 2009, 03:40:58 PM
Totally random, but why the hell does it say "Hero Member" under both of our names?

ETA: Got it.  500+ posts = HERO!  Apparently TinyPortal has a remarkably low threshold for what they consider heroic.

We can change the limits and the names.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on November 30, 2009, 04:07:35 PM
I think that Joe was just trying to up his post count.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 30, 2009, 04:11:03 PM
I think that Joe was just trying to up his post count.

Possibly, but there isn't anything above Hero Member.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 30, 2009, 04:57:59 PM
Well dammit.  Now you've forced me to be a hero and rescue this photo-thread from becoming all chit-chatty and stuff.

Black Eagles E-2 departing Willie:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2601/4146100798_9851584607_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4146100798/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on November 30, 2009, 07:49:44 PM
Well ain't that an interesting circle-thingy on the bottom of that Hawkeye?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 30, 2009, 10:10:14 PM
Well ain't that an interesting circle-thingy on the bottom of that Hawkeye?

That's where you load the little plastic disks it shoots out its nose!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on December 01, 2009, 07:05:57 AM
OMG... that's exactly what I was thinking!  :D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 01, 2009, 10:00:53 AM
Looks almost like the retractable radome on the old S-2 Trackers.  Wonder if these guys picked up a surface surveillance role after the Vikings were withdrawn.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 01, 2009, 11:32:44 AM
Nah, they come straight from the factory now with an already pre-determined location for the "Plane-cicle" pole.   ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 01, 2009, 07:45:04 PM
Willie has been extra "on" lately.  Caught this TACAMO doing touch-and-goes this evening on my way home from work.  Had I left five minutes earlier, I would have caught it in some gorgeous light just before sunset.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 01, 2009, 08:32:23 PM
Wow, nice catch!!  Might not be "perfect" light, but a damn fine shot nonetheless!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on December 01, 2009, 08:43:10 PM
very nice I was putting up xmas lights and this guy flew over my house a couple times, and I just thought it was another AZ Guard KC-135.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 02, 2009, 02:28:00 AM
Willie has been extra "on" lately.  Caught this TACAMO doing touch-and-goes this evening on my way home from work.  Had I left five minutes earlier, I would have caught it in some gorgeous light just before sunset.

Nice Catch Joe!

Any chance you shot this in RAW?  You just might have enough lattitude to pull that moon back while boosting the jet a little via masking.  This thing stood out like a sore thumb.  I could see it going round the patch from all the way over at Chandler Muni.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 02, 2009, 07:45:11 AM
Nah, shot it in JPEG, but I can definitely see the value of shooting this in RAW.  Good moon shots and good airplaine-in-a-dark-sky shots unfortunately demand different exposures.  And thanks guys.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 02, 2009, 09:47:23 AM
More awesomeness from Willie.  Along with the TACAMO yesterday, we had a PZL M28 from the 318th Special Operations Squadron come through in the afternoon.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on December 02, 2009, 11:54:59 AM
Nice catch sir.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on December 02, 2009, 06:31:24 PM
Wow, two great shots in a row.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on December 08, 2009, 09:01:44 AM
Departing Gateway last Thursday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 08, 2009, 09:15:28 AM
Awesome catch Joe!  Really wish I would have had my camera that day.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on December 08, 2009, 12:45:14 PM
Thanks Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 10, 2009, 12:09:04 PM
T-38 backseater from the 1st RS out of Beale AFB studies a map at Willie before departure.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2493/4174004850_1e54bece37_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4174004850/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on December 10, 2009, 03:34:50 PM
Did he have to pay extra for the super-shiny flight jacket????


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on December 12, 2009, 03:44:37 PM
Out at Willie this AM


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 20, 2009, 01:27:10 PM
Oh when the Saints come marchin' in...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2498/4199486922_8e765af8ba_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4199486922/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 23, 2009, 02:49:57 PM
There's a "wet Willie" joke somewhere in here.

305th RQS Pave Hawk from D-M spooling up at Willie yesterday evening.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 30, 2009, 07:35:38 PM
Sky King 737-200 departing Willie this evening.  I'm expecting these aircraft will return in the days following the Insight Bowl. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 01, 2010, 12:17:33 AM
Last day of 2009 @ Willie.
1. Sky King 732.  Former Hooters aircraft, if it wasn't obvious.
2. Nice surprise today - the L-39 from down in Casa Grande showed up, did three touch-and-goes, and then headed west.
3. Beautiful V-tailed Bonanza that showed up just as I was leaving.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4232202193_d71ecd9496_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4232202193/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 01, 2010, 01:01:45 AM
Saw Arnie and his L-39 out bopping around Stellar.  He did a couple T&Gs over here as well.  Guess when you have one of the nicest toys on the block, nobody gives you grief for going against reccomended procedures.  (Per the A/FD...T&Gs are "Verboten" as are Practice Approaches into Stellar.)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on January 01, 2010, 08:32:30 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4235249353_7dd4216fc2_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4235249353/)
Leaving Willie today, Thanks for the heads up Joe


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 06, 2010, 03:06:14 PM
1st Cav Longbow at Willie just about a year ago.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3520/3183508525_cb03f1db4d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3183508525/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 12, 2010, 05:07:27 PM
Lookin' good on a 30L departure!  ;D

  • McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
    Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214) "Black Sheep"
  • McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
    Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214) "Black Sheep"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 15, 2010, 04:58:04 PM
  • Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet
    Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232) "Red Devils"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on January 15, 2010, 06:02:28 PM
Diggin' that Sea Knight shot!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 15, 2010, 08:38:16 PM
One lone F/A-18 from VMFAT-101 Sharpshooters at Willie on 1/15/10

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p948545759-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v0/p617325827-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v8/p536176727-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on January 17, 2010, 12:00:57 PM
Some from yesterday.

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG2094/766422954_EHJRt-L.jpg)

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG2184/766423009_D3hu9-L.jpg)

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Civilain-Aircraft/IMG2178/766419888_6fD9x-L.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 21, 2010, 01:57:09 AM
Emptying The Bucket From 1/20:

Photo Fanny
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p843690802-4.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p597882800-4.jpg)

Bombardier Stuff
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p645594732-4.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p834397244-4.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p1023435808-4.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p1061901025-4.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p772202154-4.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 21, 2010, 02:01:04 AM
A Few More From 1/20

Living Legend .. Mr. Clay Lacy
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p742564216-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v8/p580465337-4.jpg)

Throwback
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p679152254-4.jpg)

What's Wrong With This Picture? (And Yes, It Landed This Way...!)
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v5/p879483326-4.jpg)

Air Evac Eurocopter
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v5/p744621914-4.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v5/p934482179-5.jpg)

Comments on any or all of the above are most welcome...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on January 21, 2010, 07:22:44 AM
Very cool stuff. What's the story behind the missing engine cover??????


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 21, 2010, 08:39:01 AM
Awesome shots, Jay!

James, Cessna has a Citation maintenance operation at Willie, and it's fairly common to see aircraft taxiing by with the skin of the engine cowlings removed.  That said, I've never seen one departing or landing without one.  Very cool catch Jay. 

Excellent shot of the CAF's Twin Beech as well.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 22, 2010, 12:42:48 AM
Thanks Joe...

Is that Twin Beech an AZ Wing resident?  Don't remember seeing it before.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 22, 2010, 07:26:10 AM
Thanks Joe...

Is that Twin Beech an AZ Wing resident?  Don't remember seeing it before.

Yup.  They keep her hangared at Falcon, but it doesn't get out much.  The "Gathering of Legends" a few months back was the first time most of us saw it in the air.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 22, 2010, 09:02:43 AM
1. Canadian-registered C414 departing last Friday.
2. 'the hell?  Thought this might be spray gear, but it looks like a bunch of tiny little lights.  Any ideas?
3. Photo Fanny caught in a rare sun break on Tuesday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Rob Silliman on January 22, 2010, 09:28:18 AM
2. 'the hell?  Thought this might be spray gear, but it looks like a bunch of tiny little lights.  Any ideas?

A signboard (like the side of the blimps)?



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 22, 2010, 09:08:29 PM
A signboard (like the side of the blimps)?

Lights look too sparse and small, and I'd imagine the pilot would have to fly at some funky attitude in order for the message to be seen by those not directly below it.

Perhaps some type of optical calibration system for some ground-based thingamajiggy?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 22, 2010, 09:10:50 PM
Lone River Rattlers Hornet arriving at Willie shortly after two others from VFA-25 departed.  Once again, Willie delivers the goods under crappy shooting conditions.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2745/4296207815_987ca153f3_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4296207815/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 22, 2010, 10:38:14 PM
Nice "Pan In The Dark" Joe...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on January 24, 2010, 02:32:53 PM
(http://Perhaps some type of optical calibration system for some ground-based thingamajiggy?)

I bet them nice fellows in the black helicopters could tell you...  :-X


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on January 26, 2010, 10:12:48 PM
My attempt at a nice shot

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4308254862_afd51d8c70_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/4308254862/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 30, 2010, 12:46:00 AM
The 25th FTS "Shooters" stopped through for some gas today.  Been a while since I've caught T-38s at Willie. 

Even got a minor wing dip from one of 'em.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on January 30, 2010, 08:48:05 PM
Nice Joe, VN had a T-1A at Tucson on Friday as well.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on January 30, 2010, 10:46:30 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4318037480_903e966c0a_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4318037480/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 01, 2010, 09:10:11 AM
Gray airplanes/gray skies @ Willie.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4319458994_76bbfdbd67_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4319458994/)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2755/4319459208_e9bcff9fbb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4319459208/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4321379466_822fba4d6b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4321379466/)




Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on February 02, 2010, 10:36:47 PM
Might be grey but you got the wave from the backseater!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on February 09, 2010, 09:31:23 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2799/4345444780_0c6cfe5792_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4345444780/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on February 09, 2010, 11:09:06 PM
Stopped by IWA before going home to Tucson and caught the sunrise just right.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2528/4051623331_563f37a525_b.jpg)


As a side note, I saw that Cessna today with the weird undercarriage as I was getting back on campus around 4:30. Took off and headed south in the pattern, then I lost sight as I was driving at the time  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on February 10, 2010, 04:46:56 PM

2. 'the hell?  Thought this might be spray gear, but it looks like a bunch of tiny little lights.  Any ideas?


While researching i stumbled upon this picture and thought Id share, it was taken a while back in Singapore.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on February 10, 2010, 04:50:31 PM
Hard to tell in the post, but could you tell if the text is generated by an array of lights hung below the aircraft (similar to the plane that was seen at Willie) or were they dedicated lights mounted on the bottom of the wing?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on February 10, 2010, 04:52:20 PM
The book says,  "Strut Braced underwing neon lighting"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on February 10, 2010, 04:53:42 PM
Interesting...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on February 10, 2010, 04:55:07 PM
Also dated to the 1950s. Its always nice to be researching and find something completely irrelevant to that, but linked to something else.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 11, 2010, 01:54:18 PM
I caught Sentimental Journey shooting a few touch-and-goes at Willie morning.  Good to see her flying again:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4348914243_91dbd24b28_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4348914243/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on February 11, 2010, 02:08:01 PM
I caught Sentimental Journey shooting a few touch-and-goes at Willie morning.  Good to see her flying again:


Nice job with the prop blur.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 11, 2010, 02:12:49 PM
Ha!  I was playing it safe a 1/250th.  I always seem to get carried away and try to catch her in the 1/100th to 1/160th range and I'm never satisfied with the results.  For as much as I've been told that it's impossible to take a bad photo of SJ, I've taken far more bad ones than good ones.

And thanks!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on February 11, 2010, 06:09:46 PM
Wow, I really need to start getting up before noon,  Surprised I didn't wake up to the roar of a B-17 this morning!

Fantastic shot!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on February 13, 2010, 11:12:18 PM
Gorgeous day out over at Willie. So I thought I would pop by and see if I could meet anyone from AzAP before I went to Tucson for the weekend. Unfortunately I didn't really introduce myself to anyone (I was the one wearing an Air Force shirt today) however there were tons of kids playing and just seemed like a lot of family activity. Which is good since there was a lot of Military. Had 4(?) T-38's, 4 Harriers (2 twin seaters) and a T-45. Good day for a family trip to the airport  ;D

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2713/4354918613_de0cd8347d_o.jpg)
--
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/4354918347_8f8335522c_o.jpg)
--
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4355664918_40b49a407a_o.jpg)

Not sure what I think of the last one really, but it was interesting so I've posted it.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 14, 2010, 12:38:30 AM
(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG3255/787890981_T49Gp-XL.jpg)

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG3295/787891002_Qz56B-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on February 14, 2010, 06:22:49 AM
Chris: Those are two superb images. Well done.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 14, 2010, 09:04:56 AM
Chris: Those are two superb images. Well done.

Thanks Ned.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on February 16, 2010, 09:07:01 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4363706859_c51570830f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4363706859/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 20, 2010, 07:25:00 AM
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA(AW)-121) "Green Knights"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 20, 2010, 07:29:17 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4355664918_40b49a407a_o.jpg)

Nice catch, this is the Piper Warrior III that I soloed in!   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on February 20, 2010, 02:42:11 PM
Nice!

Glad I could capture some of your history.  8)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on February 21, 2010, 01:37:48 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2690/4376148823_088d81ba55.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4376148823/)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2757/4376149489_67d22c7705.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4376149489/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 21, 2010, 03:02:50 PM
Sweet shots Dave!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on February 23, 2010, 01:36:17 PM
Went over to Willie late last night to try some stuff, however this is what I came up with:

(http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/408/nighttimewillie2.jpg)

Also seems as though there was an issue on an Allegiant flight. The firetruck was sitting there for awhile before they let the passengers off the plane. No idea why it was there.

(http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/1692/nighttimewillie1.jpg)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on February 23, 2010, 02:11:18 PM
Nice shots, the first one is great, especially for a night time shot.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 23, 2010, 02:23:14 PM
Dude, that first shot is phenomenal!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on February 23, 2010, 05:37:43 PM
Thank you much!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 24, 2010, 05:31:16 PM
MitS at Willie this afternoon.  Hooray for gray!
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4385512763_83d5f37f18_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4385512763/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on February 27, 2010, 03:19:06 PM
Surprise visitor at Willie today

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4393384948_dcb6ca763b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/4393384948/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on February 28, 2010, 12:42:25 AM
Here's a couple from Willie Today. They put on a good show!

(http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/184/williesat1.jpg)


And a guest appearance from the one and only Tiger woods!!

(http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/9932/williesat3.jpg)

Still can't believe I let that British paparazzi guy use my stepstool..   >:(


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: F-16_fixer on February 28, 2010, 09:23:57 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4396649527_4d3bf19699_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 01, 2010, 12:30:47 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4397578792_f15d846887_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4397578792/" Snakes" by joe_stremph, on Flickr)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Rob Silliman on March 01, 2010, 09:51:22 AM
VMA-211 Avengers breaking over the field

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4398076857_b6ae253f92.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob-the-org/4398076857/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on March 06, 2010, 07:35:03 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4411886063_5fd36f12a7_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4411886063/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 06, 2010, 09:29:29 PM
Hey the blimp finally landed  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 06, 2010, 11:23:00 PM
(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG4448/804116597_ccY6H-XL.jpg)

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG4420/804116377_mdaqv-XL.jpg)

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG4516/804116943_ECe9e-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 07, 2010, 10:26:07 PM
Solid set of shots, Chris.  Panning in the top shot is dead-on.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 08, 2010, 01:07:53 PM
Solid set of shots, Chris.  Panning in the top shot is dead-on.

Thanks, panning that 400 can be tough, I was trying down to a 60th at times.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 11, 2010, 07:54:29 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4424337202_f242fdbb85_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4424337202/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 14, 2010, 08:01:21 PM
Sweet light on that shot Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 14, 2010, 08:02:08 PM
One from today.


(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG5172/810400564_pGF7u-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 15, 2010, 08:17:40 AM
Nicely captured Chris. 

Wish I was there to catch it. :-\


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 15, 2010, 08:18:45 AM
Another view of the three 50th FTS birds from a few weeks back:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4434996970_bbe45b0708_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4434996970/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 15, 2010, 09:15:48 PM
One of two AirTractors currently at Willie.  Supposedly demonstrating a local vendor's dust-suppressant.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4436714977_4c94f5fc2c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4436714977/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 17, 2010, 10:46:44 AM
Copperhead's KC-135 on approach for a 30R touch-and-go. 
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2756/4437727436_cfe4a46882_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4437727436/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on March 18, 2010, 09:47:18 PM
An H-53 Beast dropped in Sunday for some petrol.
Shot at 1/60 and f29


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 18, 2010, 10:05:03 PM
Bravo Bill!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on March 21, 2010, 09:11:17 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4453276916_b119e2258e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4453276916/)
Wake Island Thumbs up


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 24, 2010, 10:39:33 PM
3/24/10 .. A very interesting day at Willy:

Copperheads KC-135R
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v12/p59142872-5.jpg)

NASA T-38
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p530727543-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v12/p29147901-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v11/p212064521-5.jpg)

T-45 Driver
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v12/p141959487-5.jpg)

Even managed to make an Allegiant "Flying Tylenol" look halfway interesting
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p113381209-5.jpg)

Oh yeah, Sentimental Journey came by as well but decided to play out on 30R so the heat haze pretty much ruined any good shots of her...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 26, 2010, 09:30:31 PM
Bark at the Moon:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2743/4465704853_c017a6fd3d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4465704853/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on March 27, 2010, 06:40:05 PM
This guy pulled out, then came down and saluted the other 5 harriers

(http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs085.snc3/15294_556691309390_39901334_32672102_2942080_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on April 04, 2010, 11:53:06 PM
Forgot to post this, but I saw this guy at Willie a month or so ago.

(http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/2189/sjm2f.jpg)

Also happened to catch this Cobra come in for about 10 minutes.

(http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/2756/sjm3.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 13, 2010, 01:34:03 AM
I usually only catch one C-17 in the air during their two-week stay for the weapons school rotation.  Caught two on Sunday, including one that did a touch-and-go.  Here's to lightning striking twice:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4516453895_8a193430cc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4516453895/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 15, 2010, 10:15:25 AM
Yeah yeah - image quality is in the B-/C+ range.  But the backseater is throwin' up a matching set of proper horns, so I'm more or less obligated to post it.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2793/4522606410_38984f04b9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4522606410/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 19, 2010, 11:28:04 PM
Und now vee go beck to zee posting ov zee fotos!

Hollman Test T-38 @ Willie today.  Crap weather, but this completes my set.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4537122028_6cac90a312_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4537122028/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 22, 2010, 07:14:53 PM
Witchcraft arriving at Willie yesterday:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4544243683_98b903872e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4544243683/)

Jet-powered awesomeness, brought to you by Ed Heinemann and Kelly Johnson.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4542181757_970987bfde_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4542181757/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on April 22, 2010, 10:51:50 PM
STRIKE Hornets from 4/22... (Bit of a Rant!)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v9/p144757964-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p143445333-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p442755709-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p370440554-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p414849076-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p307572409-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v12/p90640124-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p510818784-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v11/p184351923-5.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p445476656-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 22, 2010, 10:58:31 PM
Awesome.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on April 23, 2010, 12:19:12 AM
Here's one from Wednesday:

(http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/7522/smcoolings1.jpg)

And I have no idea what Joe was talking about with the cones. I see no cones. :D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on April 23, 2010, 07:59:19 PM
My shots from the afternoon, great to see Joe, Jack and Steve, these are all takeoff shots.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4547298776_2b2b9d558d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/4547298776/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4546663375_9df4ba4d22_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/4546663375/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4547298154_eae4443cf3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/4547298154/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 23, 2010, 08:06:45 PM
Two B-17s at Willie in one day.  Awesome.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4546673399_e61ced6fb3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4546673399/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4546673459_5e8a0f414d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4546673459/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jason Hyatt on April 23, 2010, 10:13:08 PM
Fantastic work everybody! Here's a Phrog from back in '07.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on April 24, 2010, 02:55:05 AM
Here are some of my B-17 shots:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4547846216_979bebaee4_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4547846198_2d69a5674b_o.jpg)

Was good to see you guys out there today!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 25, 2010, 05:20:15 PM
Kansas Coyotes' KC-135 at Willie:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3419/4552940168_23eb5ed0af_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4552940168/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 27, 2010, 07:59:06 AM
Texas ARNG Sherpa at Willie yesterday evening:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3066/4556587041_a46728bde6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4556587041/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 07, 2010, 12:21:30 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4585991080_d422bb7498_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4585991080/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 10, 2010, 06:56:43 PM
SH-60s From HSL-49 "Scorpions"

Warming 'Em Up...
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v17/p227215378-3.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v14/p198770271-3.jpg)

Departing...
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v14/p186840224-3.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v14/p214061246-3.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v15/p107834247-3.jpg)

Thanks Joe C for the Heads Up!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 11, 2010, 07:34:51 AM
Nice set Jay, and no problem on the heads-up.

I especially dig that side-by-side shot.

Here are the two same-but-different T-38s from the 445th FLTS that departed a few minutes before the SH-60s did.  Lead is an AT-38B, dash-two is a T-38C.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3321/4597368177_eac7f68cf3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4597368177/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on May 11, 2010, 08:29:59 AM
Great shots of Nine-O-Nine and Witchcraft.  The cloud cover made for some compelling shots.  Colors are awesome.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 11, 2010, 03:30:44 PM
SH-60s From HSL-49 "Scorpions"

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v14/p214061246-3.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/v15/p107834247-3.jpg)

Anyone know what's running down the port side of 105 that is not there on 103?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on May 12, 2010, 02:21:45 PM
The forward winglet stub is for weapons and can hold the Harpoon, mini-guns and other weapons.  The aft winglet stub is for holding external fuel tanks.  You'll notice that the tube running aft from the aft winglet connects to the aft winglet.  This tube is use to in-flight refuel other HH and SH Seahawk helos.  The first versions to have this capability were the SH-60Bs.  I'm not sure that this one's a B.  It kinda looks like an HH-60 with an SH radar dome on the belly.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on May 13, 2010, 06:37:54 AM
One from today about an hour ago.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4604010956_614083c176_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 13, 2010, 12:59:33 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4603032477_d79d1d9fd2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4603032477/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on May 14, 2010, 07:53:22 PM
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1114/4607468301_4e9b5af320_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4607468301/)
T-44


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 20, 2010, 11:47:51 PM
Brazilian-registered Legacy arriving at Willie this evening:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4626160858_4e7afeec5b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4626160858/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 21, 2010, 12:59:00 AM
Now that's different Joe...  Nice Catch!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on May 21, 2010, 10:26:04 AM
Ditto...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 21, 2010, 09:47:27 PM
Shooter keeping it low on departure this afternoon:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4627926227_dd89ced769_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4627926227/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on May 21, 2010, 09:59:23 PM
Nice shot Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Rob Silliman on May 23, 2010, 03:57:24 PM
Dornier 328JET departing Williams after delivering parts to the 787 Dreamliner test team.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/4633078389_5a21796879.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob-the-org/4633078389/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 23, 2010, 07:30:24 PM
Awesome day at Willie today.  Northrop-Grumman's BAC 111 even made an appearance.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4633684837_44ca53ca94_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4633684837/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 24, 2010, 04:41:33 AM
Can not tell if that is an F-22 or the F35 nose on Northrop-Grumman's BAC 111 ?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 24, 2010, 06:47:25 AM
It's an F35 nose, according to what I read in the Internet.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 25, 2010, 09:08:04 AM
  • BAC 1-11-401AK One-Eleven
    Northrop Grumman's BAC-1-11 testbed with AN/APG-81 Joint Strike Fighter radar housed in its nose radome.
  • Fairchild Dornier 328-310 328JET
    Departing after bringing parts from Boeing Field for the 787 team.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 25, 2010, 10:17:05 PM
Dirty Dassault arriving at Gateway this evening.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3339/4641173834_072936daa1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4641173834/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 26, 2010, 08:15:44 PM
Siete-Ocho-Siete.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3399/4643259133_08b72fe75c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4643259133/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 27, 2010, 05:28:34 PM
Beech T-44A Pegasus
Training Squadron Thirty-One (VT-31) "Wise Owls"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 27, 2010, 05:47:21 PM
Sad that there were ten Hornets that day and the one pilot that gives us a wing dip was a Pegasus driver.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 27, 2010, 05:59:29 PM
Here's some of those Hornets not giving us a wing dip.

Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

F/A-18C
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4645791389_117f6c1a7c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/4645791389/)

F/A-18D
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4646391384_47efbf04d5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/4646391384/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 27, 2010, 07:45:52 PM
I'm moving tomorrow, so tonight was my last drive home through Willie.  Apparently some cosmic forces lined up and had this Saints' CAG-bird waiting for me when I drove through.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4646623314_abedc6a9fc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4646623314/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 29, 2010, 11:07:33 PM
Impending eclipse:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4651868152_a6c56e66a4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4651868152/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 30, 2010, 04:46:35 PM
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4654534656_bfeee6bc2b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/4654534656/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/4653419160_7fff7ebe83_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/4653419160/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 01, 2010, 07:43:38 PM
Vikings' ATARS bird wing-dips the wrong way out of Willie.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4661587529_62067eb78a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4661587529/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 02, 2010, 02:09:37 AM
Another shot of Northrop-Grumman's BAC 111 testbed:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4662931656_ca5e0f474b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4662931656/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 02, 2010, 05:57:26 AM
Looks like a mechanical pencil with wings...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 02, 2010, 08:59:06 AM
Looks like a mechanical pencil with wings...

Pretty fitting analogy, given its mission.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 02, 2010, 01:12:52 PM
They need to paint the cans at the rear Eraser pink...

I guess it is intended to "Draw" an aircraft, eh?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 02, 2010, 07:25:03 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4664639083_0f961d702c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4664639083/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 03, 2010, 07:58:13 AM
F/A-18C from Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA(AW)-225) "Vikings" departing Willie.

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1284/4666567802_6494ca5bb8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/4666567802/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 04, 2010, 02:03:56 AM
CRJ-1000 at Willie for hot weather testing:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4667901919_544fbf748f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4667901919/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on June 04, 2010, 06:25:24 PM
This ones for you Joe, and to Jack who said it would take a long time. This only took all of 3 minutes if that.

"In the wake of SB1070, one airline has tried to woo the Hispanic Community."

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4670062753_f93c3cd141_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/4670062753/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 04, 2010, 07:54:48 PM
Mitchell, that's awesome, nice work!!   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on June 04, 2010, 07:58:02 PM
Thanks, but Joe also deserves credit as the muse behind the idea.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 04, 2010, 08:08:39 PM
AYE-YAYYYYYYYYYY HEEGONTAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 06, 2010, 01:59:24 AM
One For The Kids By The Fence...

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s6/v5/p324121664-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 06, 2010, 02:50:32 AM
New Jet .. Same Old Hassles

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v14/p881102943-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Rob Silliman on June 06, 2010, 07:11:19 AM
Were they trying to save money or weight by not putting the 'E' in 'Experimental'?




Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 06, 2010, 07:16:47 AM
Maybe it's a French-Canadian thing?  :D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on June 07, 2010, 03:03:50 PM
VX-31 Harrier dumping fuel over Maricopa before returning to Willie for an unknown problem.

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG7087/891969412_rJfhX-L.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on June 07, 2010, 09:45:46 PM
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1283/4680697707_af30d046fc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4680697707/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 07, 2010, 10:47:18 PM
107º and a full load of fuel meant a MUCH longer takeoff roll for this Herk than we're used to.  Rear wheels finally left the runway just past the FBO.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4680842831_a682dac87c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4680842831/" Heavy by joe_stremph, on Flickr)

One of three HMM-166 Phrogs that stopped at Willie for gas this afternoon:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4681474608_b705baf5a0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4681474608/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 09, 2010, 08:07:22 PM
Another Viking's bird from a few weeks back:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4686947430_4d6738b068_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4686947430/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 11, 2010, 11:11:28 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4692719966_5739966ea0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4692719966/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 12, 2010, 09:37:49 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4693102859_08c25cec69_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4693102859/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 13, 2010, 09:08:19 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) "Flying Nightmares"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 13, 2010, 09:11:09 PM
McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III
Spirit of Ronald Reagan
729th Airlift Squadron (729 AS)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 14, 2010, 08:36:22 PM
Lockheed KC-130T Hercules
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234) "Rangers"

Taken during the First Annual AzAP Anniversary Party.  A big thanks to the crew for coming over and eating some of our BBQ.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4702284162_c4093b4ac7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/4702284162/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on June 16, 2010, 08:43:38 PM
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1272/4708176182_afebf240b4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4708176182/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 19, 2010, 05:18:06 PM
Will Smith coming to punch aliens in the face and welcome them to earth.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4715812122_f232afa514_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4715812122/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jason Hyatt on June 19, 2010, 10:42:53 PM
Wait Joe, wasn't Will Smith flying one of those SUPER rare Air Force Hornets?  ::)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 21, 2010, 07:13:46 PM
747-8 on backlit final into Willie this morning:
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1209/4723195432_527c6853d2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4723195432/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on June 21, 2010, 08:28:04 PM
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1261/4722660107_246c284c9f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4722660107/)
Black Knights at Willie


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 22, 2010, 09:01:00 PM
Arizona gas-passer on final for 30R @ KIWA:
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1079/4726628918_86a088cec6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4726628918/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on June 22, 2010, 09:52:14 PM
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1380/4726025061_86ea0842f4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4726025061/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 24, 2010, 07:17:23 PM
Boeing 747-8F

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1144/4732068202_fb3737d778_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/4732068202/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 24, 2010, 10:21:07 PM
Black Knight on its way out of Willie:
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1173/4731513347_2d09b7e664_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4731513347/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 25, 2010, 01:21:38 AM
VFA-122 Superbug flown by a VFA-125 crew.
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1384/4731942959_d552ea6847_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4731942959/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 28, 2010, 01:03:28 PM
FlightWorks DorkJet ferrying Boeing engineers back to Seattle after a week of hot weather testing with the 747-8 at Willie:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4741289345_4bcefb9cbe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4741289345/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 29, 2010, 09:09:47 AM
Another USMC brass-hauler at Willie.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4744820659_bd969ce7b5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4744820659/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 30, 2010, 11:19:54 PM
Tanker 27 basking in the sun.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4751217482_59b5b48d2b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4751217482/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 30, 2010, 11:20:47 PM
That's one damn clean P-3!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 07, 2010, 09:46:32 PM
Tanker 00 at Willie last week:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4772995305_0b29da4ab8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4772995305/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 22, 2010, 07:59:01 PM
The title "indecent exposure" works on at least two levels:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4098/4819502819_52dcdbc6f3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4819502819/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 24, 2010, 09:48:14 PM
Two VMA-513 Harriers made vertical landings at Willie this evening.  Crosswinds were pretty ferocious, so they entered the pattern from the northwest with the first one corkscrewing down while the second one orbited until the first one was on the ground.  Both of them came in slow and decelerated to a hover, then turned their noses into the wind while they settled to the runway.  Pretty cool to see.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/4825358799_8042bb19e9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4825358799/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 29, 2010, 09:57:48 PM
From last October.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/4842357863_5e2b988d82_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4842357863/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on July 30, 2010, 10:54:11 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4088/4845686110_7e878f6e4f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4845686110/)
Avengers
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/4845696364_dda92b78bf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4845696364/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on August 01, 2010, 05:15:22 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4849735127_b8fb2d491b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/4849735127/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on August 01, 2010, 05:16:21 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/4847943976_4c64c83270_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/4847943976/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: dunny on August 04, 2010, 12:38:59 PM
From a couple of weeks back:
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1136/4730299012_6b827bdf3b_b.jpg)

Bit of a photoshop cheat but...
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1209/4729656031_9a53f2b9a4_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 04, 2010, 07:26:39 PM
very cool shot


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 05, 2010, 05:51:11 PM
Absolutley awesome ,looks like the shopped one could have come directly from Iraq but both are amazing


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 08, 2010, 10:42:30 AM
Another shot of the AFSOC Skytruck that blew through Willie back in December:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4872614892_37a0ce9efb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4872614892/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 11, 2010, 09:10:56 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4884424512_c3f089e8dd_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4884424512/"s by Burner Aviation Photography, on Flickr)
550's


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 11, 2010, 10:27:22 PM
Awesome shot Dave.  I've been thinking about stopping to catch this every time I've driven to Willie lately.  Glad you actually did it.



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 12, 2010, 06:38:46 PM
Thanks Joe I've been doing the same thing, and I finaly did


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 16, 2010, 09:43:57 AM
One of only two stretched KC-130s in the Marine Corps made a stop at Willie last Friday:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4890103454_a8ff13de6a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4890103454/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 16, 2010, 09:06:32 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4899756815_f823b7f173_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4899756815/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 18, 2010, 09:10:10 PM
Old-school 737-200 on final into Willie this evening:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4906005441_d46af2b4df_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4906005441/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 18, 2010, 09:24:13 PM
Golden-hour departure.  Either this pilot is a photographer himself, or Dave L. and I have the ability to control people's minds.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4906006075_b638b3ded4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4906006075/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 19, 2010, 09:01:49 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4909508548_37200e121c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4909508548/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 20, 2010, 01:52:28 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4911414938_d3fd72540e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4911414938/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 22, 2010, 08:28:37 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4918269429_c6b7d9ece8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4918269429/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 24, 2010, 08:27:09 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4925458356_99ec5128b1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4925458356/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 26, 2010, 01:35:38 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4928390383_ac4e53b270_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4928390383/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 29, 2010, 11:49:13 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4940689466_d1f2e812a5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4940689466/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on August 30, 2010, 02:02:32 PM
Good looking bird Ned...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on August 30, 2010, 03:42:04 PM
Tomcats color bird at Willie 8/29/10.

(http://)(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4941061551_e9b077e893_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/4941061551/)
_MG_4863 McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus BuNo 165584, VMA-311 "Tomcats" (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/4941061551/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 30, 2010, 08:26:09 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4941205562_877196c3c4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4941205562/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 30, 2010, 09:03:59 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4944204086_941a343469_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4944204086/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on August 31, 2010, 05:04:03 AM
Another view of the Tomcats color bird. Willie 8/29/10.

(http://)(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4941077267_5af628a6ab_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/4941077267/)
_MG_4886 McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus BuNo 165584, VMA-311 "Tomcats" (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/4941077267/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 01, 2010, 02:06:49 AM
"Rise Of The Silver Surfer"

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v9/p210085533.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 01, 2010, 10:51:43 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/4947512432_bd9669f0d9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4947512432/)
Sunset


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 01, 2010, 06:59:42 PM
"Nah dude, I'm pretty sure Phoenix is that way..."
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4947863062_54f84be113_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4947863062/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 01, 2010, 08:49:47 PM
Finally!!!

Nose Wheel Just Lifting
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v14/p456133497.jpg)

Rotate
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v9/p47570156.jpg)

Positive Rate
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v16/p474468287.jpg)

More Positive Rate
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v11/p13206991.jpg)

Gear Coming Up and Turning Out
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v17/p58981414.jpg)

Underbelly Advertising
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v12/p366576048.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 01, 2010, 08:53:08 PM
KISS.  MAH.  GRITS.




Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 01, 2010, 08:53:33 PM
Wow, holy crap, dang, perfect, you get the idea, Great pics Jay
fourth one down is my favorite.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 01, 2010, 09:04:33 PM
So, I guess you guys like them?  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on September 01, 2010, 10:35:37 PM
Too bad the light wasn't harsh and coming straight down.  ;D

Lovely shots Mr. Beckman.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 01, 2010, 11:37:57 PM
"The Whale Tasks Me..."

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v18/p918814333.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 02, 2010, 12:15:02 AM
"Chasing The Dream"

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v16/p513815726.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on September 02, 2010, 06:13:54 AM
Lovely shots !!!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 02, 2010, 03:54:50 PM
Black and white re-work of an older shot.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/4950330273_474e2ed9c0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4950330273/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 02, 2010, 11:05:49 PM
When the Boeing ain't going, the going get something something.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4952962085_4d4e256f3d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4952962085/)
Raiders' colorbird breaking the monotony of waiting for the 747-8 to do something.  Anything.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 02, 2010, 11:14:35 PM
Love the one you're with I always say!   ;D

Oh, and the Omega in B&W = Damn fine work Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 03, 2010, 06:34:54 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/4955267991_d7c1834902_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4955267991/)
Harrier opened up


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on September 03, 2010, 08:46:39 PM
I think the Harrier's are made by Boeing now, right?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 03, 2010, 09:26:07 PM
I think all the airframes were produced before McDD was bought by Boeing.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on September 03, 2010, 09:55:59 PM
OK, I was thinking that Boeing was still makeing them.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 06, 2010, 06:42:23 PM
Ancient 'shooter departing Willie this afternoon. 
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/4965666371_e14503438d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4965666371/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 10, 2010, 10:27:52 PM
"Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency..."
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/4978868856_461f5313ab_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4978868856/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: dunny on September 11, 2010, 01:29:10 AM
"Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency..."
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/4978868856_461f5313ab_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4978868856/)


¿Accidentes?    :)

That's a cool shot Joe, I was hoping someone would post a photo of the damaged Harrier.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 11, 2010, 01:33:54 AM
 ;D

¡Sí!  Accidentes.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on September 11, 2010, 07:31:05 AM
Lovely shot Jay! :)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on September 11, 2010, 07:33:09 AM
 :)......cool shot Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on September 12, 2010, 06:27:08 PM
Okay...I've been out of town...what happened?  Was/is the pilot okay?  Hard landing?  I guess I'm surprised they didn't flat bed it back to Yuma.  This is a very nice shot, but surprised it was out in the open like this.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 12, 2010, 06:41:42 PM
Birdstrike.  You can see the hole halfway down the leading edge of the left wing.  Pilot was okay.  It was out in the open because there was no place else to move it to to do the required work.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on September 13, 2010, 02:41:40 AM
Finally got to spend some time out a Willie this weekend. Lot going on when I got there, here's some of the best:

(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/7282/smwillie1009113.jpg)
By unmanedpilot (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/unmanedpilot) at 2010-09-13

(http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/1331/smwillie1009112.jpg)
By unmanedpilot (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/unmanedpilot) at 2010-09-13

(http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/4022/smwillie100911.jpg)
By unmanedpilot (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/unmanedpilot) at 2010-09-13



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 14, 2010, 09:27:23 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/4992295346_15a11c567d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/4992295346/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 14, 2010, 09:40:30 PM
"Special" PC-12 @ Willie today:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/4991717717_a210b85215_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4991717717/)

(Cross-posted to the critique thread).


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 17, 2010, 09:01:26 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/5000415124_afcd7021b4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5000415124/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 19, 2010, 08:11:12 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5006456379_f51c55410b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5006456379/)
690B


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 21, 2010, 10:04:13 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5013373017_b16d332917_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5013373017/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5013371029_aae5da0566_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5013371029/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/5013368749_fe35b92f6c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5013368749/)
From yesterday


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 21, 2010, 10:09:19 PM
Good "get" Dave...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 21, 2010, 10:10:21 PM
All thanks to Joe's heads-up. Thanks


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 24, 2010, 11:46:11 PM
"Night Moves..."

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v18/p990345329.jpg)

(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v17/p632788286.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 25, 2010, 12:10:18 AM
More from 10-24-10 At Willy...

VMGR-452 "Yankees" C-130T
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v10/p744797915.jpg)

One of our favorite part time residents!
(All we need now is an Antonov...)
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v9/p769493146.jpg)

What We're Fighting For!
(These young ladies departed abord the Huey...)
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v18/p1028521016.jpg)

Photographer .. Busted
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v17/p573742597.jpg)

A1HW Super Cobra
(http://jcbeckman.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v17/p861515116.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: F-16_fixer on September 25, 2010, 09:09:48 AM
Wow check out the equipment on that one  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 25, 2010, 01:34:26 PM
Wonder if Dillon Aero is doing a photoshoot for their 2011 calendar.  That UH-1 that came to Coolidge earlier in the year was a Dillon bird.  Perhaps they're doing the weapons mounts on these allied Hueys?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 25, 2010, 01:51:04 PM
My guess is that they stopped off out in the desert somewhere for a photo shoot.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 26, 2010, 08:33:56 PM
Semper Fly
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/5028066261_8ae06cdf38_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5028066261/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on September 26, 2010, 08:39:59 PM
One of the 8 F-18 Hornets that stopped off for fuel this weekend at WG.
This photo is resized from a 7731 pixel by 2703 pixel stitched photo.  The original shows much more detail than a single photo of the whole bird.   These stitched shots print out very nicely at 36" wide or larger.



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 27, 2010, 09:44:30 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) "Wake Island Avengers"
HMM-163 (REIN)
USS Boxer

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4104/5032397722_7d23ceee12_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5032397722/)
mcdonnell douglas av-8b harrier II plus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5032397722/) by MatthewPHX (http://www.flickr.com/people/matthewphx/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on September 27, 2010, 10:41:02 PM
Nice shot Bill.  This is a nice looking Hornet.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 28, 2010, 09:20:20 PM
Gunrunners' Huey.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5034759083_4a1490cfa0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5034759083/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 28, 2010, 09:55:07 PM
Bell AH-1W Super Cobra
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 (HMLA-269) "Gunrunners"

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4109/5035505820_6441a140ae_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5035505820/)
bell ah-1w super cobra (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5035505820/) by MatthewPHX (http://www.flickr.com/people/matthewphx/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 03, 2010, 02:59:26 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/5048280444_e2f4c517b9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5048280444/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on October 06, 2010, 12:12:38 AM
"Dissimilar Air Combat Training"
(Never Turn On A Merged Cherokee!)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v10/p1059953447.jpg)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on October 06, 2010, 01:39:19 AM
"Ok, so according to this, we should be at North Island.."

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v9/p116936559.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on October 06, 2010, 07:17:47 PM
HAHA great caption Jay as well as a spectacular photo!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 11, 2010, 10:22:43 AM
"...Above the Fruited Plain..."
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3124/3190713894_f2daf385c7_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3190713894/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on October 11, 2010, 10:24:01 AM
Now that's different Joe...

Depending on punctuation, the caption could read several different ways.   ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 11, 2010, 09:52:04 PM
McChord C-17 departing Willie on a Weapons School training flight.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4105/5073833129_d501cfd16c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5073833129/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on October 11, 2010, 10:10:46 PM
I do not whant to sound like the Village idiot that I am, But can some one please tell me how/what an unarmed C-17 does at "Weapons school"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 11, 2010, 10:20:06 PM
Same concept as what the A-10, F-15, F-16, etc. crews do at their Weapons Schools (advanced training in the latest tactics, how to best utilize their aircraft, how to train their squadronmates, etc), but as you correctly pointed out, no weapons. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on October 11, 2010, 10:21:28 PM
Where do they go to do whatever it is they do?

Are they out in the desert somewhere making combat approaches and max performance departures?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on October 14, 2010, 09:48:39 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4146/5083130130_287a299ca8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5083130130/)
Extra 300


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on October 15, 2010, 05:48:41 AM
I see he's fully embraced the low-viz theory of aircraft decoration. Nice image Dave.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 16, 2010, 08:01:41 PM
Avenger RTB'ing to Willie this afternoon.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5087786947_33d6f1d458_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5087786947/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on October 17, 2010, 01:25:51 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5090826902_19101a19cc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5090826902/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5090832142_039b3759ec_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5090832142/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5090239581_a845883461_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5090239581/)
Took these moments before the dust storm hit on Friday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on October 20, 2010, 08:58:12 PM
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1232/5101481850_dd6d097ec1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5101481850/)
Envy


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on October 22, 2010, 03:57:03 PM
1) Envy II (or, who's got the cooler job?)

2) Nice brief window of cool activity today at Willie.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 26, 2010, 11:16:34 PM
Mexican ghost at Willie today.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/5119413335_b74625c0d9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5119413335/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on October 27, 2010, 05:46:49 AM
That is a nice looking jet ,great capture Joe


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on October 27, 2010, 07:05:41 AM
Good catch Joe I like the paint job


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 31, 2010, 09:07:32 AM
Ying-yang Tomcats at Willie:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/5132251500_7768a6003b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5132251500/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on October 31, 2010, 12:05:26 PM
Very nice  8)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 02, 2010, 02:42:13 AM
Thanks Vance!

Shooters arriving at Willie last Friday:
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1395/5138762733_8efd938960_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5138762733/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on November 02, 2010, 06:05:32 AM
Great ,I love the haze effect on the second Hornet


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on November 02, 2010, 08:52:43 AM
Nice ones Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on November 02, 2010, 07:09:11 PM
Here are those same Hornets as they left that evening at 5:58 P.M., when it was virtually dark.  These were shot at ISO 1600, 1/80 sec. at f5.6
The first frame is with no editing except resizing for the web.  Nice seeing just the formation lights, afterburner, and a basic outline of the plane.
The second frame is the same shot but with some editing to allow seeing the jet.  Shows all the noise from shooting at such a high ISO and low light.
The third shot is a few seconds later, after he shut off the AB, and shows just the lights.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on November 02, 2010, 07:28:13 PM
Verry cool Bill, I like the first one the best it shows the AB'S off and the diamonds.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 02, 2010, 10:58:47 PM
Very cool set Bill.  I agree with Paul - the top shot looks the best. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 02, 2010, 11:43:18 PM
Nice mix of Marine helos at Willie today:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/5142158604_4f166555ec_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5142158604/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on November 03, 2010, 08:12:43 PM
Here's 3 shots of the other Hornet, who didn't have his formation lights on.
The first one shows the runway lights, indication how much I had to pan, using 1/80 sec.
The next shows the Superstition Mountains in the background
The last shows just the Hornet in afterburner.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on November 03, 2010, 08:40:26 PM
Pan Sync was pretty good (no very good) to keep the bugs in focus.  Very nice


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 04, 2010, 08:11:23 PM
One of those DynCorp Hueys from a few months back:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/5147760852_a6fcf5d92a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5147760852/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 12, 2010, 09:31:46 AM
Harrier skedaddling outta Willie.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/5168786754_d7b131f465_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5168786754/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 16, 2010, 10:12:57 PM
National Science Foundation C-130 departing Willie G.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/5183230599_505eed34a7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5183230599/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on November 16, 2010, 10:13:54 PM
That's one great lookin' Herc!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on November 16, 2010, 10:23:24 PM
One of the nicest I've seen!

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1020/5183853720_8fcb53a072_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_orear/5183853720/)
NSF Lockheed EC-130Q N130AR KIWA by James O'Rear acc0909 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_orear/5183853720/) by James "JSlugman" O'Rear (http://www.flickr.com/people/james_orear/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on November 17, 2010, 12:08:23 AM
Oh I see how it is...

You come to Willie but you don't write, you don't call...

Fine... Pfffffft...   :D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on November 17, 2010, 12:30:16 PM
Lol... I was there for like 12 minutes. Honest.

Read the blog post and you'll see what I mean:

http://jamesorearaviationphotos.blogspot.com/ (http://jamesorearaviationphotos.blogspot.com/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 19, 2010, 07:01:50 PM
T-34 spooling up for departure while a JPATS badguy-hauler departs 30L.
Image didn't look too good at full size due to camera shake at 1/60, is it obvious in this edit?  Looked good to my eyes, but I don't know how much of that is "I REALLY wanted THIS shot"-influenced.  The shot two frames before this one was tack-sharp at full size, but lacked the impact of this one. 
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4130/5190553387_6c96b39de8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5190553387/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on November 20, 2010, 07:42:54 AM
Nice catch!!  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 22, 2010, 08:40:21 PM
524th SOS Dash-8 shooting the ILS at Willie this morning:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/5199824843_34584ba943_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5199824843/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jason Hyatt on November 23, 2010, 07:37:55 AM
I wonder if the Hounds of Heaven ever imagined that they would go from Vipers to the Dash-8..... A lovely image of BRAC in all its splendor....

Nice light on a rare bird, Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 23, 2010, 10:51:03 AM
And I'm sure their families appreciate the more frequent and less predictable deployments to places the pilots and crews can't talk about.   :-\


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ryan Keough on November 23, 2010, 11:13:01 PM
Is it me, or is that Dash-8 wearing old Shuttle America (Northeast Commuter Line from 1998-2001) livery?  Curious as I flew on them a lot and probably was on that ship a time or two.

Thanks,
Ryan


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 24, 2010, 12:11:48 AM
If so, it's a repaint, as most (all?) of the Dash-8s that went to AFSOC are ex-Horizon birds.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on November 24, 2010, 06:10:05 AM
If so, it's a repaint, as most (all?) of the Dash-8s that went to AFSOC are ex-Horizon birds.

There's a picture of this one, in Horizon colors here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/planephotoman/2519185097/

Under the comments on that page is another picture of it, in current colors, flying over Algiers.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 25, 2010, 06:46:39 PM
Lockheed Martin KC-130J Super Hercules
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) "Otis"

USMC flying on Thanksgiving.  A BIG "thanks" to all the men and women serving in the Armed Forces, especially those who couldn't be with their families today.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5208141054_12eb5aa9d7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5208141054/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 25, 2010, 10:42:16 PM
Holiday travelers outbound from Willie:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5289/5207762847_fd5f752666_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5207762847/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jbong on November 25, 2010, 10:52:34 PM
Joe I have to say sir, that your Photos ROCK. Wow nice photo....


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: aaron kluth on November 27, 2010, 01:14:16 AM
House of the Rising Moon


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 27, 2010, 12:23:37 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5006/5211797079_85aa8759f0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5211797079/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on November 27, 2010, 04:53:47 PM
Oh Yes...!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on November 27, 2010, 07:24:43 PM
Awesome shot Joe.  Wow!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on November 27, 2010, 10:43:35 PM
Good grief, is there a protractor mode in Photoshop?!?!?!

Excellent Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 27, 2010, 10:54:29 PM
Thanks guys!  What's odd about this shot is that it was hands-down the sharpest of the set I took, yet there is some pretty obvious "overbite" in the prop disc.  I've got a few others that aren't as sharp due to camera shake, yet the disc is absolutely perfect.  Weird, right?  

ETA: Worth noting is that the aircraft was stationary at this point, so there was no motion other than the prop.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on November 28, 2010, 08:44:55 AM
A couple of NASA T-38's departing Gateway...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on November 28, 2010, 09:36:51 AM
Very nice shot, Joe McG. & Joe C.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on November 28, 2010, 10:58:29 AM
A couple sunset departures on a stormy day, where the sun just broke through enough to provide a little light on the subject.
Unfortunately the fence is in the way of the sunlit mountain side.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 28, 2010, 08:01:36 PM
Great light in those T-38 and Allegiant shots, guys!

Nightmare's Harrier departing Willie last month:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5242/5216759278_1434b42943_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5216759278/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on November 29, 2010, 09:33:28 AM
Nice one Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on November 29, 2010, 10:38:19 AM
YES! the detail is amazing


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on December 01, 2010, 06:36:14 AM
(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Civilain-Aircraft/IMG9094/1110119398_L5pF6-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 01, 2010, 10:41:04 PM
No. 425 Squadron CF-188A arriving at Willie last week.  Note the spotlight for night interceptions mounted on the side of the fuselage behind the radome.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5046/5225696086_cb3722470b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5225696086/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 02, 2010, 12:21:19 AM
I bet he goes Bear hunting from time to time...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 02, 2010, 12:51:28 AM
I bet he goes Bear hunting from time to time...

Not so much these days, but back when they were based in West Germany, that was their job.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 02, 2010, 01:02:29 AM
Right... Now we get to do it: Link (http://chamorrobible.org/images/photos/gpw-20050822-UnitedStatesAirForce-081010-F-1234X-020-F-22A-Raptor-intercepts-escorts-Russian-Tu-95-bomber-20071122-medium.jpg).

(May load slowly .. For those on dial up, it's a fairly high-res image of an F-22 escorting a Tu-95)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on December 02, 2010, 05:05:56 PM
Nice drop tank shot as well.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 02, 2010, 08:00:58 PM
Vision Airlines Dornier 328 arriving at Willie from Laughlin "like a infinity of years ago," as Napoleon Dynamite would say.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5002/5228017176_119476d0c2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5228017176/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on December 05, 2010, 10:33:35 PM
Couple from today.

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG9381/1116262600_6tfnk-XL.jpg)

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IMG9351/1116262353_ZN6Nw-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 07, 2010, 08:43:03 AM
Dig that Harrier shot, Chris!

Here are a few from twenty minutes out at Willie yesterday.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5048/5239778271_3ecdfe82a6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5239778271/)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5282/5240375510_a67e61c815_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5240375510/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 08, 2010, 11:00:40 PM
Marine muscle at Gateway.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5245987848_c9d6fdc301_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5245987848/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 12, 2010, 10:34:49 AM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5253933062_14dda098b4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5253933062/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on December 12, 2010, 11:37:45 AM
Marine muscle at Gateway.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5245987848_c9d6fdc301_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5245987848/)


Nice!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on December 12, 2010, 02:58:40 PM
Sa-weet Herc shot Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 15, 2010, 12:18:26 AM
In Lieu Of NASA and UAVs on 15 December, 2010

ATSI TA-4J Departing...
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v22/p170105354.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s9/v14/p330385561.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v12/p179444615.jpg)

TC-12B from VT-35 "Stingrays" Corpus Christi, Texas
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v21/p14255959.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s9/v14/p377115642.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 15, 2010, 12:37:40 AM
Well worth the trip, in spite of being teased by the NASA stuff.  That second Skyhawk shot is the one I've been waiting for for years.  Perfect!

And that's awesome that the TC-12 (T-44s are King Air 90s) rotated where it did.  They typically taxi AAAAAALL the way down and give nothing but belly shots.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 15, 2010, 12:56:24 AM
Thanks for the clarification on the King Air .. Fixed It!

VMFAT-101 Sharpshooters F/A-18D from much earlier in 2010:
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v25/p650735128.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jbong on December 15, 2010, 01:24:20 AM
Awesome set of Photos.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on December 15, 2010, 06:53:34 PM
I know this does not look great, I was playing with the camera a few day befor hand and forgot to reset it back, (Useing a -5.0EV) I tryed useing Lightroom's Graduated Filter and boosing the Expos. and Brightness.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 17, 2010, 02:15:38 AM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5088/5268412316_43f9bda7bb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5268412316/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 23, 2010, 01:52:42 AM
"Evening Arrival"

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s10/v16/p851334315.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 23, 2010, 11:42:30 PM
Mr. Clay Lacy strolls across the ramp at Willie to his specially modified Learjet before launching to shoot factory-fresh Bombardier jets.  This was the same project that saw Paul Bowen in town with Foto Fanny as well.

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s7/v7/p322505483.jpg)
From back in January, 2010...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on December 24, 2010, 01:10:32 AM
"Almost Ready"

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s10/v16/p952910832.jpg)
(From April, 2010 .. Same weekend Collings was at Willie)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on December 29, 2010, 11:02:56 AM
From Nov. 6, 2010


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 04, 2011, 10:11:34 PM
Osprey w/o squadron markings departing Willie this afternoon on a delivery flight.  I dig the V-22, but it's next to impossible to get a balanced-looking shot of one.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5002/5325648109_1ea7f3d885_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5325648109/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 06, 2011, 10:30:06 PM
I'm totally schizophrenic on this shot.  I look at it and I like it, or I look at it and I hate it. 
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5130/5328846113_630a1e6012_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5328846113/)

T-45 on a gas-n-go en route to El Centro.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5048/5332191780_c746b565a4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5332191780/)

Trying to make the best of crap lighting.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5284/5331806085_c60b9e54a7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5331806085/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 12, 2011, 10:44:39 PM
HMM-764 Phrog at Willie today.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5128/5351309454_908605f5a1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5351309454/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on January 13, 2011, 07:45:26 AM
Joe: Excellent capture of that Phrog.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 13, 2011, 08:34:33 PM
Flightworks DorkJet from back when Boeing had one of the 747-8Fs at Willie.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5208/5353720540_d0354672a7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5353720540/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on January 14, 2011, 02:45:29 PM
Polet Flight 4711 Antonov An-124-100 RA-82080 landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport at 11:38 this morning to pick up a load of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.

(http://air-and-space.com/20110114%20IWA/DSC_1468%20An-124-100%20RA-82080%20Polet%20right%20side%20xl.jpg)

(http://air-and-space.com/20110114%20IWA/DSC_1538%20An-124-100%20RA-82080%20Polet%20right%20side%20xl.jpg) Kneeling with its nose raised to accept the load of helicopters.

I have more An-124 photos on my web site at http://air-and-space.com/Antonov%20An-124%20Ruslan.htm (http://air-and-space.com/Antonov%20An-124%20Ruslan.htm).


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on January 14, 2011, 05:26:39 PM
Those Apaches are destined for the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF)

(http://air-and-space.com/20110114%20IWA/DSC_1530%20RSLF%20AH-64%20right%20side%20B&W%20xl.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on January 15, 2011, 12:33:43 PM
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Aircraft-Photos/IWA-11-2/1157442439_cAPZ8-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Aircraft-Photos/10759328_JWu3P#1157442439_cAPZ8-A-LB)

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Aircraft-Photos/IWA-11-1/1157442156_v2Ea6-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Aircraft-Photos/10759328_JWu3P#1157442156_v2Ea6-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on January 15, 2011, 07:11:32 PM
(http://air-and-space.com/20110115%20IWA/DSC_1547%20An-124-100%20RA-82080%20Polet%20left%20side%20xl.jpg) Antonov An-124-100 RA-82080 shortly before its departure from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport this afternoon.

I have more An-124 photos on my web site at http://air-and-space.com/Antonov%20An-124%20Ruslan.htm (http://air-and-space.com/Antonov%20An-124%20Ruslan.htm).


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 16, 2011, 12:31:13 AM
AN-124 Departure 1-15-11

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v19/p1003539933.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v21/p705640839.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v22/p878290288.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 16, 2011, 12:34:24 AM
"Waiting On You, Lead..."
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v19/p397755837.jpg)

"Catch You On The Flip Side"
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v24/p1017110658.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on January 16, 2011, 09:57:12 AM
Great shots Jay, the Harriers and the Antonov.
The Harrier shots are so crisp and detailed.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 16, 2011, 01:58:12 PM
Thank You Bill.  Couldn't have asked for better light.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 17, 2011, 10:39:47 PM
"Under Warranty"

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v26/p997830320.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 22, 2011, 12:09:56 AM
"Peddle Faster Martha..."

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s6/v5/p587580184.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on January 22, 2011, 12:53:20 AM
A couple from early this year.  Notice the little bit of snow on Four Peaks.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 24, 2011, 10:23:13 PM
Only spent 40 minutes at Willie today, but they counted.

MH-60S, looks like a delivery flight.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5212/5386632862_55b7047d50_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5386632862/)

Whiteman T-38 arriving.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5212/5386242083_bfe6ff30b9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5386242083/)

CoNA TC-12.  
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5216/5386633448_e36c0a1d2b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5386633448/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 24, 2011, 10:25:55 PM
Really sweet shots, Joe, looks like you really did make good use of your time out there!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on January 24, 2011, 10:38:38 PM
"Waiting On You, Lead..."
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v19/p397755837.jpg)

"Catch You On The Flip Side"
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v24/p1017110658.jpg)
Wow Jay; the IQ of these captures is tremendous. I really like the warmth of the afternoon light.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 27, 2011, 07:10:01 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet

Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5214/5394051891_8d0170652f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5394051891/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 28, 2011, 11:34:26 PM
Ridiculously slow shutter speed practice...
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v20/p335152859.jpg)
(700mm @ 1/80)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 30, 2011, 08:25:11 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet

Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5051/5402904731_b601d87345_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5402904731/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 31, 2011, 12:53:42 AM
Nice Camo Bird Matt...

So what do you shoot at Willie when it's slow?  Anything that moves...
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v23/p931660507.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v26/p655649454.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 31, 2011, 08:57:47 AM
Corpus Christi clownfish departing Willie last week:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5052/5402739125_b7ac4ee6f9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5402739125/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 31, 2011, 05:09:57 PM
"Chasing The Pot O' Gold"
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v24/p256801270.jpg)
(Credit to Chris H for the title...)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on January 31, 2011, 06:07:08 PM
Was the Notre Dame Leprechaun flying this bird?  Go Navy – Beat Irish :-)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 31, 2011, 06:45:29 PM
Nice Camo Bird Matt...

Thank you!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 02, 2011, 02:28:42 AM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5052/5409752462_77118f5d8a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5409752462/)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5171/5407768518_2beb1ccb07_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5407768518/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on February 02, 2011, 02:33:29 AM
Nailed the exposure on the C-21

Very Dramatic!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 02, 2011, 09:21:28 PM
Bell/Boeing MV-22B Osprey

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (VMM-166) "Sea Elk"

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5011/5412545794_1dfb7c76b7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5412545794/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on February 02, 2011, 09:30:53 PM
Beautiful shot of the Air Force Lear.  The dark sky background really sets it off. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: dunny on February 03, 2011, 09:18:35 AM
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy109/dunny747/110129gateway/110129gateway_0192.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy109/dunny747/110129gateway/110129gateway_0457.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 03, 2011, 09:39:19 AM
Hey  Paul - nice captures. I really like the prop blur on the M28.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 03, 2011, 11:29:23 PM
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/5414765095_cbf861955a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5414765095/)

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4154/5414760207_aa311b3865_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5414760207/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 05, 2011, 06:53:50 PM
Honeywell with a couple touch and goes today.

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Civilain-Aircraft/IV4R0455/1178649807_tnmQz-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 05, 2011, 07:01:15 PM
Classic nickname  ;D

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IV4R0435/1178657186_6EkmH-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 08, 2011, 09:43:23 PM
For a guy whose top two favorite aircraft are the A-4 Skyhawk and the OV-10 Bronco, you could say I had a pretty phenomenal afternoon at Willie today:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5098/5429520659_ba36bd230c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5429520659/)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5291/5429595481_64edec27d7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5429595481/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on February 08, 2011, 11:00:45 PM
When you get your personal "Holy Grail" and nail it, it's a good thing!  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 09, 2011, 07:56:23 PM
Really nice work, Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 19, 2011, 12:13:08 PM
Always good to get a twin-stick Harrier.  Bonus if you can catch it with the strobe.  Mega-bonus if both crew members are clowning around for the camera:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5016/5458511513_3919878eb0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5458511513/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on February 21, 2011, 10:18:58 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5133/5467482570_2f2d2a1fe1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5467482570/)
dusted mountain tops

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5173/5467482564_0d7e916faa_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5467482564/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 22, 2011, 12:00:11 AM
McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II & McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203) "Hawks"

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5131/5467154057_0b69ef1f01_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5467154057/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: phantomphan1974 on February 22, 2011, 09:59:35 AM
Nice catch Matt!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 22, 2011, 03:20:48 PM
That rainbow and breaking storm clouds really adds to this image Matt - nice job!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on February 22, 2011, 05:12:27 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5469154479_92768f479e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5469154479/)
from a few weeks back


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on February 22, 2011, 07:03:53 PM
Marines are what's at the end of the rainbow?!?!?!?

Nice catch.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 22, 2011, 07:59:45 PM
HMX-1 at Willie this afternoon.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5255/5469555251_c3739ddf3a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5469555251/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 22, 2011, 08:02:15 PM
Nice catch Matt!

Thank you!

That rainbow and breaking storm clouds really adds to this image Matt - nice job!

Thank you!

Marines are what's at the end of the rainbow?!?!?!?

Nice catch.

Who knew!? Thank you!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 22, 2011, 08:11:28 PM
HMX-1 at Willie this afternoon.

Wow, really nice catch, Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 22, 2011, 08:22:25 PM
Nice Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 25, 2011, 09:33:14 PM
Old-school Kiowa from the AZ ARNG's Reconnaissance and Aerial Interdiction Detachment. 
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5097/5477622151_4665db783a_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5477622151/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 25, 2011, 10:10:36 PM
Busy afternoon at Willie today - lots of interesting stuff. Beale bird bugging-out.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5171/5477666047_acc66a7e09_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5477666047/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 26, 2011, 04:55:34 PM
Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764 (HMM-764) "Moonlight"

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5215/5480447168_8b583a7910_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5480447168/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 01, 2011, 08:42:52 AM
Old School G.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5172/5487522897_47a98fd2e3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5487522897/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 01, 2011, 10:18:12 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5254/5490352499_eeddff2981_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5490352499/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 03, 2011, 08:39:46 PM
Two Harriers venting exhaust from their starters on start-up at Willie.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5252/5495575963_1e2e7d1044_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5495575963/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 04, 2011, 09:20:44 PM
Think I posted this a while back as a BW shot.  I like it in color better.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5100/5498093313_4c86b2e0c2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5498093313/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 04, 2011, 10:19:04 PM
Interesting visitor at Willie this afternoon - de Havilland DHC-8-202 USAF Special Operations Command.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5013/5498806882_59955fb81a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5498806882/)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5257/5498212333_3dda7e3300_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5498212333/)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5212/5498212497_f7781eac4b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5498212497/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 04, 2011, 11:13:30 PM
Man.  The day everyone else had is peeing in the face of the day I had.  Unbeatable light on an AFSOC Dash-8?  Repeated F-4 passes and landings at D-M?   :'(


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on March 05, 2011, 10:58:51 AM
Good things will come to those that wait.   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: dunny on March 05, 2011, 12:43:45 PM
Yeah buddy, I'm in town Fri/Sat and that's normally good for something!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 05, 2011, 06:05:41 PM
One from today.

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/IV4R1826-as-Smart-Object-1/1206826776_ayTTy-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 07, 2011, 06:44:18 AM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5137/5498864490_4f12ca7e72_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5498864490/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on March 07, 2011, 08:11:40 AM
Quite the Talon tail sampler!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 07, 2011, 09:32:13 AM
Quite the Talon tail sampler!

Thanks James. There were two other T-38's on this side; however, the ramp wranglers did not park them very well and I could only get these four lined-up the way I wanted.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: JWAir on March 07, 2011, 11:00:12 AM
Quite the Talon tail sampler!

Thanks James. There were two other T-38's on this side; however, the ramp wranglers did not park them very well and I could only get these four lined-up the way I wanted.

Ramp wranglers? Geez......will try to do better next time.......


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 07, 2011, 11:11:01 AM
LOL!  Welcome back, Jarrod. 

Parking actually hasn't been too bad lately.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 07, 2011, 11:21:10 AM
Quite the Talon tail sampler!

Thanks James. There were two other T-38's on this side; however, the ramp wranglers did not park them very well and I could only get these four lined-up the way I wanted.

Ramp wranglers? Geez......will try to do better next time.......

Sorry Jarrod - no offense intended. Ramp Wranglers was the name given guys working the ramp when my Dad was stationed at Willie. Just a term from many years ago that has stayed in my lexicon.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on March 07, 2011, 11:53:23 AM
Quite the Talon tail sampler!

Thanks James. There were two other T-38's on this side; however, the ramp wranglers did not park them very well and I could only get these four lined-up the way I wanted.

Ramp wranglers? Geez......will try to do better next time.......

Sorry Jarod - no offense intended. Ramp Wranglers was the name given guys working the ramp when my Dad was stationed at Willie. Just a term from many years ago that has stayed in my lexicon.

Better than line boys. That's what they called them in the "good old days."


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on March 07, 2011, 03:58:44 PM
LOL... what a welcome back for you Jarrod!  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: JWAir on March 07, 2011, 10:44:33 PM
LOL... what a welcome back for you Jarrod!  ;D

Thanks for the welcome back everyone. I was out of work for nearly 6 weeks after a fainting spell on the ramp over at CHD thanks to huge blood clots in my lungs. Today was actually my first day back. Looking forward to the Gateway Open House this coming Saturday. We have been trying hard to muster up some good static displays.....so maybe you guys will be impressed; assuming you come out to Gateway instead of Luke.

No worries about the "ramp wrangler" name Jeff......just noticed I had the opportunity to make you wonder about who really works at the Gateway FBO. Bet you never thought there were fellow AZAP members working there, did you?! Hahahaha
I am guessing that line-up of T-38 tails you shot were parked on the line right behind where we usually park the van and pickup truck?

JWAir


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 07, 2011, 11:04:57 PM
Hey Jarrod - truly sorry to hear about your health problems and hope you feel better getting back to work. Your right, I did not know we had AzAP folks on the good side of the fence - I'm jealous. Next time you see white haired old guy on a ladder near the fence; that will be me. Feel free to orient the jet blast my way. I might even get to surf the fence like they do in St. Maarten  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 08, 2011, 12:47:31 AM
You're a weekend ahead of yourself Jarrod...

Willie's Open House is up against El Centro with Luke the following weekend (I think...)
March has been very hard to keep track of.

Glad you're back on your feet man.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: JWAir on March 08, 2011, 01:23:15 AM
Hey Jarrod - truly sorry to hear about your health problems and hope you feel better getting back to work. Your right, I did not know we had AzAP folks on the good side of the fence - I'm jealous. Next time you see white haired old guy on a ladder near the fence; that will be me. Feel free to orient the jet blast my way. I might even get to surf the fence like they do in St. Maarten  ;D

Ahh....I was thinking I should be looking for someone who looks like the guy you have as your profile photo!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 08, 2011, 08:35:05 AM
Always good to catch a Sabreliner, especially one as gorgeous as Honeywell's.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5292/5507593819_35ec3404ea_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5507593819/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 11, 2011, 10:11:28 PM
90-26228 on the ramp at Willie.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5256/5519093830_e2a7cd4e87_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5519093830/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 11, 2011, 10:50:13 PM
Training Wing 2 "CoNA Bird" departing for El Centro after a fast Gas N Go:
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v25/p727723282.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 11, 2011, 11:08:08 PM
Bell AH-1Z "Viper" Comes A Callin'
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s9/v14/p903173273.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 11, 2011, 11:34:49 PM
UH-1Y "Venom"
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v20/p705054401.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 12, 2011, 01:07:47 AM
I borrowed James' Lensbaby.  Looking forward to messing around with it a bit more:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5051/5518809871_1fb88d94d6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5518809871/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 12, 2011, 02:56:02 AM
Training Wing 2 "CoNA Bird" departing for El Centro after a fast Gas N Go:

Jay - Not to blow a bunch of sunshine up your skirt, but this T-45 image is one of my all time favorites! What a great looking bird. The warm evening light and IQ are tremendous. I'll bet Captain "Fingers" was smiling under his mask as he looked at you on his climb-out.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 12, 2011, 10:16:55 PM
ALWAYS a welcome sight, N104 under her own power.  Arriving for static display at Willie's open house today after high speed taxi.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5093/5521895950_7e3a1afa3c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5521895950/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on March 19, 2011, 09:42:50 PM
McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203) "Hawks"

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5097/5542118786_ce3fdfbfe9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5542118786/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on March 19, 2011, 09:49:57 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5055/5542134218_8b5ba1fa65_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5542134218/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on March 24, 2011, 07:46:57 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5293/5557683700_c014759286_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/5557683700/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 26, 2011, 09:55:26 PM
SCARFACE!
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5099/5562827007_679443d3a0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5562827007/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on March 28, 2011, 05:11:07 PM
From back on Thanksgiving Day!

Lockheed Martin KC-130J Super Hercules
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) "Otis"

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5569846780_a16dfe0344_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5569846780/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 28, 2011, 09:56:37 PM
AEROZONA HERITAGE:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5187/5570527446_2cd619b357_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5570527446/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 30, 2011, 10:32:27 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5137/5575690575_e48d808757_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5575690575/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 31, 2011, 07:55:08 PM
Maryland Hawg departing Willie.  Light wasn't the greatest, but it's a Maryland Hawg departing Willie.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5142/5578708636_1f9dd88fc5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5578708636/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 01, 2011, 09:07:28 PM
Kingsville CoNA bird at Willie.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5018/5581375996_0b7ac7d5aa_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5581375996/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 02, 2011, 08:02:49 PM
Stang shot with a Lensbaby at the Willie open house. 
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5063/5583511415_397aa9a419_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5583511415/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on April 02, 2011, 10:07:51 PM
Sweet shot Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 03, 2011, 09:11:58 PM
Thanks James! 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 03, 2011, 09:12:41 PM
GRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5181/5587330909_beb5334ee6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5587330909/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on April 04, 2011, 05:46:27 PM
"Willie Day" Williams AFB Open House March 25, 1989

LTV A-7D orsair II 70-0939 SD, 175th TFSM, 14th TFG
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5266/5590199609_b8c0abc640_b.jpg)

McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II 67-353 196th FIS
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5055/5590199177_6458af2ebb_b.jpg)

McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II 66-474 BA, 67th TRW
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5185/5590788140_494b267526_b.jpg)

Schweizer TG-7A 87-764 N764AF  USAF Academy
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5094/5590788576_ed871c37eb_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 06, 2011, 08:43:12 AM
Excellent selection of classic shots Bill.  Kicking myself for never making it out there as a kid.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 06, 2011, 08:50:40 AM
Net-Centric Noisemaker.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5226/5594841815_4b65e44c9e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5594841815/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: John B. on April 06, 2011, 01:02:54 PM
Awesome, Joe!  I have been waiting to see you catch these.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on April 06, 2011, 10:52:20 PM
With the back door open no less.  :o


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on April 07, 2011, 03:30:20 PM
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/KIWA-2/1243629938_nG5SY-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_k8GMr#1243629938_nG5SY-A-LB)
She tookoff  on 12L to far out and shooting into the sun makes for a bad photo.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on April 07, 2011, 03:35:21 PM
Was a nice to see something new out at wille this morning.
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Aircraft-Photos/KIWA-3/1243635237_9ujvu-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Aircraft-Photos/10759328_JWu3P#1243635237_9ujvu-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on April 08, 2011, 11:06:45 PM
Game Faces
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v24/p604841043.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on April 09, 2011, 06:47:58 AM
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/KIWA-6/1245198496_ErBcX-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_k8GMr#1245198496_ErBcX-A-LB)
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/KIWA-7/1245198672_ST9LE-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_k8GMr#1245198672_ST9LE-A-LB)
AN-124 landing on a verry windy day out at Willie.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 09, 2011, 07:11:25 PM
Big Plane = Pano Photo
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5108/5604934362_bcde06c82d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5604934362/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on April 11, 2011, 01:00:14 AM
"TDY Two-fer"
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s5/v4/p58485084.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 17, 2011, 09:48:21 AM
Collings' visit last year.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5147/5628014102_4d9ce7c4cf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5628014102/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 22, 2011, 08:27:41 PM
Beale bird looking for a space on the ramp.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/5644733789_b77894f16a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5644733789/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 27, 2011, 09:56:28 PM
Finally caught one of the 55th ECG birds on final at Willie.  Of course, it's just the TC, but still. 
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5663610412_daf5ede2f9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5663610412/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 28, 2011, 06:05:45 PM
How many airman does it take to change a Herc light bulb?

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5070/5666862629_6d8e1522e0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5666862629/)

Did the instructions say 40 watts or 60 watts?

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5667433890_8b66025da4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5667433890/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 29, 2011, 08:46:44 PM
MC-12W Liberty on a gas-n-go today.  Another one of my white whales.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5671584460_4351922c8a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5671584460/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on May 02, 2011, 07:02:49 AM
Don't you love it when a guy in a spook plane gives you anything but the finger? Very nice Jeff.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 03, 2011, 08:15:39 PM
Another day, another C-12, this one from Corpus Christi:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5027/5686054828_dfb6792b58_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5686054828/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 06, 2011, 12:18:48 AM
In light of recent events in Pakistan, it seemed only proper that this little "spookmobile" stopped for gas at Willie on 5 May...

The PZL M28 Skytruck .. Owner of record: US Government.  Address of record: Hurlburt Field, Florida

Taxiing In
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v20/p749580623.jpg)

Taxiing Out (Note the Jump Master Windows on either side)
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v18/p913530561.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v24/p1005554423.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v20/p1018996603.jpg)

Unfortunately, on takeoff, they demonstrated their short field capability and got up really quick...  >:(
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v5/p736549253.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 06, 2011, 01:05:41 AM
Really digging that head-on shot, Jay. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 06, 2011, 01:13:55 AM
Thanks Joe...

I tried to do a "moving walk around" as it came and went.

It fooled me on arrival because it turned off the active but then it headed off toward the area where the C-17s usually go so I gave up on it and then it came trundling along on the ramp almost right along the fence.

I keep looking at it and can't help but think of "Stripes"  It's one heavily-armored recreational vehicle!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 06, 2011, 07:09:02 AM
Great shot of the C-12 Joe. I'm a big King Air fan; especially the various military iterations. You nailed the exposure on this very clean bird - well done.

Really digging that head-on shot, Jay. 

I'm with Joe on this one Jay. The head-on makes a rather utilitarian-looking-UPS-truck style platform look almost sexy - great job.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on May 06, 2011, 07:09:55 AM
I keep looking at it and can't help but think of "Stripes"  It's one heavily-armored recreational vehicle!

LOL  :D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 06, 2011, 07:45:46 PM
This Grumman HU-16 Albatross was an unexpected visitor this afternoon. Landed on 30C, promptly turned around, and departed on 12R.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5028/5694527157_d63eae593a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5694527157/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 09, 2011, 06:19:18 PM
THREE OF A KIND - Black Knights from the 49th Fighter Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base arriving at Willie/KIWA. They look like "C" models.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2749/5705605760_33c7644388_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5705605760/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 09, 2011, 07:39:28 PM
Yup - all three Cs, all post-PMP mod.  Easiest tell on the C is the little hump on the nose.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 10, 2011, 07:16:02 AM
Falcon Crest
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2631/5706594185_73044a3da4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5706594185/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 12, 2011, 08:01:10 AM
CBP King Air
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3013/5712322246_d17eaecf64_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5712322246/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 12, 2011, 09:22:16 PM
The NASA Talon's have been one of my white whales. As Ahab once said, "He tasks me! That whale, he tasks me!" Well, these NASA birds have been tasking me for several months. With Joe's help today, I finally got my whale  ;D

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3391/5715173934_dd1da9fe09_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5715173934/)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3131/5714611173_089589b82c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5714611173/)

GOODBYE JEFF - Yes, the back seat has a very nice blonde pony-tail.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2367/5715174406_db369b52a2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5715174406/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on May 12, 2011, 09:43:13 PM
Nice shot, Jeff!

Now you can try for the other 32 NASA T-38s.  :D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 12, 2011, 10:00:12 PM
Should only take about six hours at Ellington to make that happen.   :)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 13, 2011, 05:25:01 AM
Nice shot, Jeff!

Now you can try for the other 32 NASA T-38s.  :D
Should only take about six hours at Ellington to make that happen.   :)

Thanks Chris. Instead of the Ellington trip Joe, I'll just slowly pick them off over time  ;)  Here is a shot of NASA Astronaut Candidates Kathleen Rubins & Scott Tingle getting ready to "bug-out" to Houston.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2542/5715234062_a7b6af5aaf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5715234062/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 13, 2011, 08:38:17 AM
I highly recommend a trip to Ellington.  The place is like Willie on steroids.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 13, 2011, 10:20:03 PM
MERCY MISSION - PHI's Eurocopter and crew departing Willie/KIWA

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3029/5717983576_31ed7940a6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5717983576/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 16, 2011, 08:29:57 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5063/5728526523_12f87c8c8c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5728526523/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 17, 2011, 01:27:02 PM
A River Rattler Runs Through It...

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v25/p1070980705.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 17, 2011, 01:47:44 PM
@ Joe & Jay, great catch on this purtty CoNA bird - very nice.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 17, 2011, 03:03:42 PM
Higher Education

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v24/p872520604.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 17, 2011, 06:38:53 PM
Bombardier Challenger 300 taxiing to ramp at Willie for several days of Steep-Angle Approach testing.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2354/5732258408_bce74a4939_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5732258408/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 17, 2011, 08:25:44 PM
WAR PARTY
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2726/5731984211_aaeb1f0639_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5731984211/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 19, 2011, 07:46:43 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5190/5738239417_dabbef576a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5738239417/)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3509/5738483389_fcb8a0efc9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5738483389/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 20, 2011, 07:58:43 PM
From this evening's nature hike with Welker.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2203/5741884262_128a141688_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5741884262/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 20, 2011, 09:59:41 PM
THE COPALMAN COMPOSITION
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3460/5742824437_8dc9695cf6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5742824437/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 20, 2011, 10:05:25 PM
Jeff, we are going to chat enroute to SD.

You need to teach me how to get that kind of pop!  Great Shot!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 20, 2011, 10:20:52 PM
Jeff, we are going to chat enroute to SD.

You need to teach me how to get that kind of pop!  Great Shot!

Thanks Jay. If I can exchange a couple of thoughts on post processing for some help from you on achieving proper exposure and getting the most out of my 1DMK4 - that will be more than a fair trade  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 20, 2011, 11:51:10 PM
Low-conspicuity SOF-mobile.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/5735910909_c119203e25_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5735910909/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 25, 2011, 07:06:39 PM
ALMOST HOME - Allegiant on short final into Willie/KIWA.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5150/5760477710_6cf6cfec33_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5760477710/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 25, 2011, 10:27:50 PM
Beautiful Luscbombe Silvaire at Willie this afternoon:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5302/5760971318_13161d04c9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5760971318/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 25, 2011, 10:48:12 PM
^^^ Great catch of a wonderfully clean Silvaire - well done Joe ^^^


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 26, 2011, 07:25:50 PM
Thanks Jeff!

ATSI Scooter came home from Kansas today:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3220/5763214029_8b8fc741c2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5763214029/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 26, 2011, 07:36:34 PM
ALL SEEING ALL HEARING - An RC-26B Departing Willie to chase bad guys on the border.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3221/5763758766_41bc3c9788_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5763758766/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on May 27, 2011, 07:18:54 PM
If anybody is interested in the early history of this field, check these WW2 aerial photos of Williams Army Air Field. Unfortunately, they aren't very good. The 1941 photo was taken before very many of the building had been built. The cadre was still living in tents.

http://www.airfieldsdatabase.com/WW2/WW2%20bases%2012/Williams%20AAF%20-%20AZ%20Dec1941.jpg

http://www.airfieldsdatabase.com/WW2/WW2%20bases%2036/Williams_AAF_-_Chandler_AZ_1945AAFdir.jpg


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 28, 2011, 12:32:08 PM
MAKIN' JELLY AIR - Beale Talon blow drying the fence photogs @ Willie
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/5769215890_f9f0c64a9b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5769215890/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 29, 2011, 07:40:16 PM
German Pilots, An Aircraft from Canada that was made in England at an old US AFB.

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-qsmCfCQ/0/L/P08Night-6-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_k8GMr#1312896170_qsmCfCQ-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Aviation Artist on May 29, 2011, 09:03:53 PM
German Pilots, An Aircraft from Canada that was made in England at an old US AFB.

Great shot, eh!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 29, 2011, 10:53:51 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5141/5774940812_4151f4f9a1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5774940812/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 30, 2011, 06:41:58 PM
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-8QCHP59/0/L/P08Night-7-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_k8GMr#1314500318_8QCHP59-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 02, 2011, 08:05:26 AM
Auburn fan in town for the BCS Championship a few months back:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2798/5789183932_6195845547_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5789183932/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 04, 2011, 09:11:24 AM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2575/5796504067_74a51bea04_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5796504067/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 04, 2011, 06:25:05 PM
Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe

Helitanker 792
Serial Number 68-18447


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3403/5797976633_0f04a5c008_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5797976633/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 05, 2011, 02:34:40 PM
Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe

Helitanker 792
Serial Number 68-18447


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2541/5801856530_7a1b99e97d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5801856530/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 05, 2011, 08:44:01 PM
DynCorp Huey prior to being delivered to the Iraqi government last year.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2143/5803097562_ebae61dec4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5803097562/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 06, 2011, 07:23:24 PM
From this past Saturday.

  • Rockwell 690C 840
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-83


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 08, 2011, 10:03:15 PM
HOT SHOT AIRLINES - Sierra Pacific 737-2Y5 departing Willie for Boise Idaho to pick-up more fire fighters.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3220/5814305138_034723c69e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5814305138/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 09, 2011, 07:27:10 PM
SLURRY IN A HURRY
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3321/5816553191_3513e30215_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5816553191/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 10, 2011, 09:28:25 PM
KC-135R departing Willie for Nellis...
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3195/5819678563_81d3ecac7d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5819678563/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: trmphoto on June 10, 2011, 09:51:19 PM
KC-135R departing Willie for Nellis...
Jeff,

That is an excellent shot.  Nice lighting conditions too.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 10, 2011, 10:52:58 PM
Jeff - That is an excellent shot.  Nice lighting conditions too.

Thanks you sir. Here is one of Native Air's helicopters after a gas-n-go a Willie...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2418/5820404686_fdf5a164f7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5820404686/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 11, 2011, 05:01:24 PM
Making a difference...

Vicki departing Willie to make a drop on the Wallow Fire
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2500/5822286151_c2a56c70c4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5822286151/)

Vicki on short final to 30L
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2079/5822851114_58edfb292e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5822851114/)

Vicki flaring on the mirage
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2526/5822286559_bb874ccfba_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5822286559/)

For good reasons; this bird is seriously bright orange.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on June 11, 2011, 07:10:59 PM
Love that departure shot Jeff.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 11, 2011, 07:21:43 PM
Love that departure shot Jeff.

Thanks Ned. Big Vicki can really rotate.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 12, 2011, 02:15:48 PM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
10 Tanker Air Carrier
Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT)
Tanker 911

Vicki departing on her second flight yesterday.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5187/5826151152_53efcc673b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5826151152/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 12, 2011, 09:20:42 PM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
10 Tanker Air Carrier
Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT)
Tanker 911

Vicki returning from her second flight yesterday.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5151/5826941845_a93b295309_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5826941845/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 12, 2011, 09:22:41 PM
Very nice images Matt. I really like the aggressive angle on Vicki's short final.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 12, 2011, 09:32:23 PM
Very nice images Matt. I really like the aggressive angle on Vicki's short final.

Thank you, Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 13, 2011, 06:28:43 PM
Fairchild RC-26B Metro 23

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3546/5831130756_9730b3a4af_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5831130756/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 13, 2011, 10:57:25 PM
This computer nerd thing has its perks...

Embraer ERJ-135 "Tech Jet" on short final into Willie - 06/13 @ 1827 hrs
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3158/5831785864_ef9b49842d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5831785864/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 13, 2011, 11:00:35 PM
Took a crack at the old gal myself...

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v22/p670018215.jpg) (http://crosswindimages.com/p886102989/e3a7588ce)
(Click -> Larger Over Black)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 13, 2011, 11:17:12 PM
Jay - Nice image of big Vicki. It looks like the canoe is very close to scraping the concrete on rotation. Makes me wonder if there is more than one reason she leaks slurry on takeoff.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 13, 2011, 11:33:40 PM
Thanks Jeff.  Guess  I needed the 297.5mm lens to avoid clipping a wingtip...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on June 14, 2011, 08:20:12 AM
Nice work on big Vicki !


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 17, 2011, 09:13:16 PM
PYRO PATROL

AH-1 Cobra FIRE Spotter departing Willie after a late afternoon gas-n-go...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2506/5843840169_69f5ed7c30_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5843840169/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 17, 2011, 09:17:14 PM
PYRO PATROL

AH-1 Cobra FIRE Spotter departing Willie after a late afternoon gas-n-go...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2506/5843840169_69f5ed7c30_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5843840169/)

Wow, awesome catch, Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 17, 2011, 10:09:57 PM
Wow, awesome catch, Jeff!

Thanks Matt.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 17, 2011, 10:31:22 PM
Fabulous catch but it looks like the GIB could stand to eat a sandwich or two...  :o


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 17, 2011, 10:44:54 PM
Fabulous catch but it looks like the GIB could stand to eat a sandwich or two...  :o

Thanks Jay. I tried to get a photo of these two together outside the helo; it was really a "Laurel & Hardy" situation  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: dunny on June 18, 2011, 07:03:06 AM
Looks like I chose the wrong weekend to visit! I've been chasing that Cobra for years, superb catch Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on June 18, 2011, 08:09:12 AM
Great catch Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 18, 2011, 08:46:28 AM
Looks like I chose the wrong weekend to visit! I've been chasing that Cobra for years, superb catch Jeff!

Great catch Jeff!

Thanks Paul and Bill. Just dumb luck on my part. I was off on the south side of 30L shooting arrivals and Jack called me about the Cobra. If he had not given me the heads-up, I would have missed it for sure. Here is a shot of the same bird hovering before he left.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2716/5844386488_98f148e124_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5844386488/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on June 18, 2011, 09:41:05 AM
Sweet shot Jeff!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on June 18, 2011, 11:30:28 AM
Jeff: That Cobra shot is amazing. I hope he will be down at Libby on my next visit.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 18, 2011, 11:44:15 AM
Sweet shot Jeff!!

Jeff: That Cobra shot is amazing. I hope he will be down at Libby on my next visit.

Thanks Chris & Ned. He was headed your way Ned when he left yesterday afternoon. I hope he gives you a good show.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 21, 2011, 08:17:01 PM
Cobra that offers a different kind of fire support:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3045/5858993988_19049e9379_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5858993988/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 21, 2011, 08:38:36 PM
Extremely nasty Joe  :o  Makes me think a transformer is about to appear.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 23, 2011, 08:55:57 PM
Finally getting some MAFFS action at Willie, all the way from North Carolina:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/5865066049_7b232172da_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5865066049/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 23, 2011, 08:57:18 PM
Nice catch, Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 24, 2011, 09:57:10 PM
Weekend Warriors

McDonnell Douglas C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452d AMW)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3296/5868148519_24046a94bb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5868148519/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 24, 2011, 11:25:01 PM
Great shot Matt. That beast can really blow the dust off the runway  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 25, 2011, 06:28:30 PM
Great shot Matt. That beast can really blow the dust off the runway  ;D

Thank you, Jeff!  She sure can blow the dust off the runway.  Maybe she got some of Vicki's slurry off too?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on June 25, 2011, 07:40:28 PM
Talking about Vicki's slurry, there's no way in he** I would park in that new lot if Vicki is around.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 28, 2011, 07:48:32 AM
GOING THE XTRA MILE - XTRA Airways' 737-4Q8 doing its Hawaiian junket thing at Willie
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5071/5880666665_e7543d44af_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5880666665/)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5148/5880667261_2ff3068f6d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5880667261/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 28, 2011, 09:43:56 PM
Gorgeous set of 737 shots Jeff.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 28, 2011, 09:55:59 PM
Gorgeous set of 737 shots Jeff.

Thanks Joe. Frankly, I struggle finding ways to make "purty" images of aluminum pipes. That being said, these two turned out better than I originally imagined.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 28, 2011, 10:26:05 PM
Here's a tip on shooting airliners - just shoot the purty ones.   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 29, 2011, 10:24:18 PM
Got a little time at Willie late this afternoon and caught some interesting comings and goings. Light was good and there were these wierd looking white fluffy objects in the sky. I did not know what they were; however, Jack told me they are called clouds  :o

Beechcraft Super King Air 200
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6028/5886963688_470bf425f7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5886963688/)

Beechcraft King Air C90GTI - Brand Spanking New
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5196/5886963796_93f2774502_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5886963796/)

Native Air's Pilatus PC-12
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6016/5886963320_6b541fc8d0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5886963320/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 30, 2011, 07:24:49 AM
Camo Bug departing Willie last month...
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5073/5887918586_1b71676875_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5887918586/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 30, 2011, 04:31:01 PM
Lockheed P-3A Aerostar

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6054/5889421048_24f28c0e3d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5889421048/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 30, 2011, 05:50:54 PM
McDonnell Douglas C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452d AMW)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5236/5889018841_f07cf4610a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/5889018841/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 01, 2011, 08:38:41 PM
Growler departing Willie/KIWA this afternoon...

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5278/5892540445_13be636cbd_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5892540445/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6026/5892540691_34e4b73a07_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5892540691/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6002/5892398603_b9b3a94bc0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5892398603/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 04, 2011, 11:44:22 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6035/5904146188_7f23cba016_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5904146188/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 07, 2011, 09:18:10 PM
Back in November of last year.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5074/5914501994_0de0f7432f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5914501994/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 15, 2011, 11:12:15 PM
OLD GLORY, NEW DEFENDER
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6141/5942366452_45912b2252_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5942366452/)
VMAT-203 passing through Willie.  The flag was a gift from someone out at Fort Smith.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 16, 2011, 12:56:54 AM
Wonderful image Joe. I really like the crop and how you captured the pilot's smile.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 20, 2011, 11:05:23 AM
Late afternoon arrival...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/5958622912_f1214d5fb0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5958622912/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 20, 2011, 11:40:17 AM
Sweet shot Jeff.  Love the dead-nuts nose-on angle. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 23, 2011, 08:59:53 PM
747-8i arriving at Willie for test work.  Was expecting something a bit more orange.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6002/5968520399_c2cb420975_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/5968520399/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 27, 2011, 08:11:42 PM
Bert & Squirt...
Bombardier Challenger 300 being followed by his little friend; a Cessna 501
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6123/5982985327_bea8e75b72_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/5982985327/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on July 27, 2011, 11:05:19 PM
Hello all.

I wanted to post another movie that I made using photos I have taken at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport over the past few years.  Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks.

http://youtu.be/sTK1NhbB5Ls


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 27, 2011, 11:10:11 PM
Looks like a good collection of shots, as well as in the PHX thread.  Please feel free to upload the photos themselves to the forum.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on July 30, 2011, 06:14:12 PM
(http://air-and-space.com/20110730%20IWA/20110730%20IWA_0044%20747-830I%20N6067U%20Boeing%20right%20side%20take-off%20l.jpg) Boeing 747-830 International N6067U kicks up spray as it makes a mid-field departure from Willie into a thunderstorm.  Moments earlier, a dust storm had reduced visibility to zero for s short while.

It first flew on April 26, 2011. It will be delivered to Lufthansa Airlines as D-ABYE. Its construction number is 37826.

Looks like a typical Paine Field shot.



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 01, 2011, 08:56:16 AM
Very nice catch Brian. I love to see different weather conditions at Willie other than the typical bright sun and cloudless blue skies.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 01, 2011, 12:19:07 PM
It landed under clear blue skies at Boeing Field at the conclusion of this flight.  Ultimate weather-swap.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 01, 2011, 08:00:11 PM
VMA-542 blowing through town en route to WTI last year:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6132/6000108549_2930e38658_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6000108549/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on August 01, 2011, 09:01:20 PM
Very nice catch Brian. I love to see different weather conditions at Willie other than the typical bright sun and cloudless blue skies.

Thanks Jeff.  The thundercell spawned a microburst that blew a dust cloud across the airport as the 747 taxied out.
(http://air-and-space.com/20110730%20IWA/20110730%20IWA_0026%20747-830I%20N6067U%20Boeing%20right%20rear%20taxiing%20l.jpg)  The 110-degree wind blew dust in my eyes and I could fee l grit in my teeth.

After taxiing to the south end for a runway 30 departure, the 747 disappeared in the rain.  It taxied back to mid field and departed from Runway 12.  I have more photos of its departure on my web site at Air-and-Space.com (http://air-and-space.com/Boeing%20747-8%20IWA.htm#20110730).


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 01, 2011, 10:37:42 PM
Heads Up...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/6000496703_78a8d73309_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6000496703/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 02, 2011, 08:23:59 PM
Spook Patrol...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6128/6004093656_150f94cb59_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6004093656/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 04, 2011, 10:51:06 PM
Aluminum tubes glistening in the late afternoon sun...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6140/6010425765_d4335f7f73_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6010425765/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6030/6010974584_8a8425aecf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6010974584/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Warbird Keith on August 05, 2011, 01:42:51 AM
Anybody catch the 3 Super Pumas that came in for Gas n go?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 05, 2011, 10:47:48 AM
No, when did they come in?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 05, 2011, 11:56:22 AM
Anybody catch the 3 Super Pumas that came in for Gas n go?

I was at Willie late afternoon/evening to catch those three aluminum tubes. I must have missed the "Heads Up" that someone posted on these helos; otherwise, I would have made a try at catching them.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 05, 2011, 11:58:57 AM
There wasn't a heads-up.  I had no idea.  Not sure if Jack has been out there or not.  Wondering if they're the Pumas that have been buzzing around the Northwest.  I think Paul Carter caught them up at McMinnville or thereabouts.  Would have loved to have caught them, but had no idea they were even in the state.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 05, 2011, 06:15:53 PM
Beech 200 Super King Air

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/6012762481_d18ea972be_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6012762481/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 06, 2011, 09:47:57 AM
Beech 200 Super King Air

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6142/6015079924_e8a90d6e91_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6015079924/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 06, 2011, 12:16:59 PM
DOJ Airlines...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6016/6015496804_640cef5bc4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6015496804/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 07, 2011, 11:11:39 AM
NERD BIRD - Intel shuttle making a late evening arrival
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6143/6018885452_3d3f7f6919_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6018885452/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 10, 2011, 07:27:49 PM
McDonnell Douglas C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452d AMW)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6061/6030644043_8c37aba35f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6030644043/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 11, 2011, 08:54:45 PM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT)
Tanker 911
VICKI

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6147/6034437678_66b0187316_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6034437678/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 14, 2011, 10:30:31 AM
PZL M28 Skytruck
318th Special Operations Squadron (318th SOS)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6188/6042476332_6e1f460f35_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6042476332/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 17, 2011, 08:51:36 AM
Ohio Army Guard brass-hauler:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6184/6052605713_48c855beaa_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6052605713/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 18, 2011, 09:09:53 PM
I thought that they were Angels, but to my surprise
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6088/6058202750_8f230dc9ae_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6058202750/)

We climbed aboard their starship, we headed for the skies
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6057657507_1c2c8392a1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6057657507/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 21, 2011, 01:59:36 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) "Tigers"

Tiger Tactics
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6066477537_7fbc60e06a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6066477537/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 26, 2011, 08:10:35 AM
'nuther shot from the Tigers' recent visit to Willie:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/6082822850_2c910dd33f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6082822850/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 27, 2011, 11:33:04 AM
A visit from the Hawk...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/6086481728_f35f526938_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6086481728/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6203/6085935277_320f566b76_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6085935277/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 27, 2011, 05:30:48 PM
AzAP member JWAir watching a Red Bull Talon depart Willie after working a very busy FOB ramp on a record breaking day of heat. I've got to believe the momentary cloud cover was a welcome change from the 116* heat - way to hang in there Jarod.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6082/6086882483_ce38cb0fa5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6086882483/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 27, 2011, 07:34:00 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) "Tigers"

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6188/6087735536_272567f96a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6087735536/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 28, 2011, 10:02:15 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) "Tigers"

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6186/6089127863_d06b84c294_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6089127863/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 29, 2011, 05:45:56 PM
SLAM 93 turning tight for final on a 30C landing.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6202/6094553193_3e3ebd7f7d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6094553193/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 29, 2011, 06:47:18 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) "Tigers"

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/6095239406_711868a308_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6095239406/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 29, 2011, 09:47:36 PM
I was out at Willie earlier today at the same time as Joe trying to catch the Globemaster inbound from PAX. While we were waiting, a nice surprise showed up - an EC-130H Compass Call out of DM. It bounced several times; giving Joe and I time to reposition our cars to get the best angle of approach. The light was typical AZ for mid-day summer - very bright, nearly straight overhead, with aggravatingly clear skies. Here is the DM Electroherc on final into Three Zero Right.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6072/6095656880_85f2ef703e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6095656880/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 29, 2011, 10:19:20 PM
Great detail on that shot, Jeff.  You're right - light was harsh, and the heat-haze was a shot-killer too.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 30, 2011, 06:53:59 PM
Lockheed P-3A Aerostar

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6098196369_4ba09f6752_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6098196369/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 30, 2011, 07:25:58 PM
Very nice catch Matt. Am I correct that Aero Union has folded its tent? What happens to such a cool aircraft? Is it possible you caught its last visit to Willie?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 30, 2011, 08:03:29 PM
Yup, Aero Union went tits er, tanks-up last month in the wake of losing the USFS contract.  No idea what will happen to their aircraft.

Solid static shot, Matt.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 30, 2011, 08:04:30 PM
Another white whale harpooned.  Guardrails are rare at Willie, and every time one shows up, I'm usually unable to get out there.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6198/6098364539_3a78007867_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6098364539/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on August 30, 2011, 10:40:15 PM
Should we call you Ishmael?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 30, 2011, 10:52:30 PM
Nah.  I'm luckier, and my "whales" don't destroy my ride home.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on August 31, 2011, 12:01:28 AM
The Guardrail Tasks Me...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 31, 2011, 04:45:22 AM
The Guardrail Tasks Me...

Well said  ;D

Nice catch Joe - is this Guardrail reading our minds or will all those antennas cause brain damage?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 31, 2011, 05:29:11 AM
Head-On Nightmare...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/6098956310_7edaee1bfb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6098956310/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on August 31, 2011, 04:42:19 PM
Nice catch Joe - is this Guardrail reading our minds or will all those antennas cause brain damage?

I knew you were going to say that...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 31, 2011, 06:05:44 PM
Very nice catch Matt. Am I correct that Aero Union has folded its tent? What happens to such a cool aircraft? Is it possible you caught its last visit to Willie?

Thank you, Jeff!  It is possible that this was her last visit to Willie.

Yup, Aero Union went tits er, tanks-up last month in the wake of losing the USFS contract.  No idea what will happen to their aircraft.

Solid static shot, Matt.

Thank you, Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 31, 2011, 06:35:45 PM
Boeing 737-4Q8

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/6101360171_3b0c3f3b94_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6101360171/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 01, 2011, 03:22:02 AM
Raiders of the prop arc...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6198/6102819508_fceaac12eb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6102819508/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on September 01, 2011, 07:51:21 AM
..nice, Jeff very nice..


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 01, 2011, 08:57:10 AM
..nice, Jeff very nice..

Thanks Kaspar. Here is some toned jelly air courtesy of a Red Bulls Talon.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6083/6101814514_a4f71e9c7e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6101814514/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 02, 2011, 03:07:37 PM
You're re-writing the rule book there Jeff!  ;D

Sunset Snake
14th FTW "Strikin' Snakes" back in January
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/v30/p230786469.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 02, 2011, 09:55:27 PM
Now back to the full color portion of our programing  ;D

Sharpshooter Blues...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6089/6107676967_325d9bb201_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6107676967/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6068/6107858037_3cc6283644_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6107858037/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6108225266_f3c7a914b0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6108225266/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 02, 2011, 10:01:24 PM
Aaaaaaand there are the three shots I've been wanting to nail on this aircraft.  Very well done.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 02, 2011, 10:11:22 PM
HABOOB TUBE
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6205/6107711815_c32555332d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6107711815/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 02, 2011, 10:59:41 PM
Holy Smokes Joe - that is one heck of a capture. Very well done.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 02, 2011, 11:06:47 PM
Hey now; that's my parking spot...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6107785539_d98f59729c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6107785539/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 03, 2011, 08:55:03 AM
TEXAN BY WAY OF TEXAS
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6086/6109463020_c622a706ab_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6109463020/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 03, 2011, 01:47:22 PM
"Is NetJets Right for Me?" - Nah!

Dassault Falcon 2000 departing Willie
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6203/6110238732_0de862fda1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6110238732/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 06, 2011, 09:25:24 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6090/6122212669_642d7d2307_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6122212669/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6181/6119988192_f0d1f6edd4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6119988192/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6200/6122942468_283ae6d6e4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6122942468/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 07, 2011, 06:39:15 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) "Tigers"

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6089/6125892458_a399c5cc9e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6125892458/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 07, 2011, 08:50:02 PM
QUALITY ASSURANCE
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6125664363_deff30fb83_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6125664363/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 08, 2011, 06:37:42 PM
McDonnell Douglas C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452d AMW)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6068/6129015116_9915029457_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6129015116/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 08, 2011, 09:25:52 PM
Killer shot, Matt!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 08, 2011, 09:27:03 PM
NASA Twotter at Willie today.  Someone on Fencecheck posted some shots of this bird in California last week and I thought "Boy, I'd like to shoot that thing."  Remind me to say that more often.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6192/6129361586_234ba1f6ba_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6129361586/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 08, 2011, 09:36:05 PM
Killer shot, Matt!

Thank you, Joe!

"Boy, I'd like to shoot that thing."

Joe, say that more often!!  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 15, 2011, 07:48:04 PM
I didn't have as much time as I would like at Willie this afternoon; however, I got lucky and caught a couple of nice aluminum sewer pipes departing.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6162/6151964340_327f1047ef_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6151964340/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6151416251_03994071b0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6151416251/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on September 16, 2011, 12:24:40 PM
I'm Baaaaack!!   ;D
C-9 came in this morning, (right place-right time (thats a first))

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-NWdZxth/0/L/KIWA-20-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#1482223598_NWdZxth-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 16, 2011, 11:11:58 PM
Potpourri - Willie Style

An Expatriate from Coolidge
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6075/6154464637_7519d7de71_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6154464637/)

Hiller Helo
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/6155007594_26a9515261_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6155007594/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 23, 2011, 09:12:03 PM
Danger - Warning - Maniac

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6177082454_60a3e42816_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6177082454/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on September 24, 2011, 08:23:04 AM
It looks like there are x2 C-9s' in storage over by the Allegiant ramp.  Anyone know what the plans are for those aircraft?  Have these aircraft been retired by the USAF?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on September 25, 2011, 10:32:12 PM
VFA-154 Black knights.

(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/i-47HThdx/0/XL/IV4R7045-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 25, 2011, 10:36:42 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6183865745_ffaa52da05_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6183865745/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 25, 2011, 11:04:24 PM
It looks like there are x2 C-9s' in storage over by the Allegiant ramp.  Anyone know what the plans are for those aircraft?  Have these aircraft been retired by the USAF?

Yup.  Flew in from Scott AFB last week and will be stored at Willie for about six months before becoming part of the State Department's air wing.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 26, 2011, 09:23:16 PM
I ♥ Fat Chicks.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6187907112_bbcdd5147f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6187907112/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 29, 2011, 01:12:20 PM
ABC 15 HD

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6154/6195607645_827e6480fb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6195607645/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 01, 2011, 09:00:20 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6158/6200140168_e54f68684a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6200140168/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on October 01, 2011, 12:22:03 PM
It looks like there are x2 C-9s' in storage over by the Allegiant ramp.  Anyone know what the plans are for those aircraft?  Have these aircraft been retired by the USAF?

Yup.  Flew in from Scott AFB last week and will be stored at Willie for about six months before becoming part of the State Department's air wing.
Any chance of getting up close to get some photos of these good looking birds


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 02, 2011, 06:29:01 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6008/6205534459_1c439206d2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6205534459/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 03, 2011, 09:42:31 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6123/6207872378_92169f47a4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6207872378/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 03, 2011, 08:05:44 PM
Going...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6056/6209429153_571be2b800_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6209429153/)

Coming...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/6209943564_9772d61c05_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6209943564/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 04, 2011, 08:17:38 PM
'nuther view of NASA's twotter that came in a while back.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6042/6213284624_3a921acddc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6213284624/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 04, 2011, 08:45:30 PM
Very nice catch Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 06, 2011, 06:25:41 PM
Pave Hawk arriving at sunset:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6092/6219097396_ec81b2432c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6219097396/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 06, 2011, 06:28:51 PM
Overcast at Willie when I dropped by at lunch. Caught a NASA Talon doing a gas-n-go and KC-135R bouncing 30C.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6177/6219083766_4b5ea0b321_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6219083766/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6165/6218561669_71a8165539_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6218561669/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6053/6219084502_a55eddd228_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6219084502/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 07, 2011, 08:44:15 PM
IAR's Herc on final into Willie

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6058/6221580339_00d0d90c75_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6221580339/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on October 08, 2011, 04:20:17 AM
O.O_WOW! Looks like someone had a good day at Willie! great job Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 08, 2011, 09:38:17 PM
Delivery flight to VMM-561 "Pale Horse" on a fuel stop last week.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6224864921_7e528e2d22_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6224864921/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 12, 2011, 09:20:33 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6058/6239770144_25cf0bd2ab_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6239770144/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 14, 2011, 09:16:29 PM
747-8i from this afternoon.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6103/6244948765_77d7616bb9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6244948765/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 14, 2011, 09:33:45 PM
BYE...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6230/6245594468_b15138ac88_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6245594468/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 15, 2011, 06:37:39 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6174/6246477156_8715eca9f3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6246477156/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on October 15, 2011, 07:59:46 AM
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Aircraft-Photos/i-qBCj9ws/0/L/IWA101411-3-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Aircraft-Photos/10759328_6hMm8c#1530824968_qBCj9ws-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on October 15, 2011, 03:07:53 PM
Jeff,

Bravo on your capture of the 8i departure.  I hope you rewarded yourself by catching tonight's game in person.


Here are a couple from my adventure with the 747-8i yesterday and the lesson in waiting it out until the sun does set; kuz sometimes you do get lucky and you are able to catch that departure.

1) In the meantime, while waiting for said departure, I managed to catch this guy, high overhead KIWA.  I will counter the comment I overheard that it may have been headed to AMARC, by stating that it's antennae was rotating, so I don't think it was destined for AMARC.

2) A little exercise in size comparison - big vs. small and how it all depends on one's perspective.

3) For our affiliate in the Far East, cuz I know he likes to see them gear in transition...do closing main gear doors still count?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on October 15, 2011, 03:34:18 PM
747-8i from this afternoon.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6103/6244948765_77d7616bb9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6244948765/)


Nice shot Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on October 15, 2011, 06:00:57 PM
I am assuming this plane director asked the pilot to do this as this was the only one of the 6 T-45's departing that did this, he pulled out of his persprctive parking spot taxi to the end line and power up his engine for approx 10 seconds while this guy positioned himself behind the plane took of his hat and put his arms out, was pretty funny cause you can tell when it to much for him as he scurried away very quickly.............
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6229/6247769301_d787b2537e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25090567@N07/6247769301/)
IMG_4684 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25090567@N07/6247769301/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/25090567@N07/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 18, 2011, 06:03:34 PM
Interesting visitor to Willie this afternoon - a CH-46 Sea Knight with an "N" number?

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6045/6259321996_cc992302d8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6259321996/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6225/6258665491_2607b01401_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6258665491/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6170/6258796667_381542a496_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6258796667/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on October 18, 2011, 06:51:48 PM
Interesting visitor to Willie this afternoon - a CH-46 Sea Knight with an "N" number?



According to the FAA registration database (http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=994aw), N994AW is not assigned.  Perhaps it was masquerading as a civilian victim in the Mass Casualty Event at Luke today.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 19, 2011, 09:03:21 AM
It's a DOS Air Wing bird now.  On its way from AMARG to Patrick.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6100/6259919282_9e7dab60af_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6259919282/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 19, 2011, 09:05:43 AM
Random older stuff:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6050/6260955580_e0bcbba861_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6260955580/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6175/6257220923_d78670b5a3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6257220923/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on October 19, 2011, 02:13:45 PM
Now Joe we need to have a talk their buddy, it says on Flickr you took that A-4 shot over a year ago, now why would you keep something that cool from us.............


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 19, 2011, 03:13:12 PM
 ;D

Because I'm already a notorious sand-bagger, which has only been amplified by the exhaustion-driven sloth that results from working full-time and helping raise two kids.  Also, I posted a shot from a few frames prior that I was satisfied with, so there wasn't an immediate urge to get this one out there.  I like to let my photostream breathe a bit, instead of just massive photo-dumps from whatever I happened to shoot most recently, so a lot of stuff gets posted days, weeks, months, or even years after the fact.  There's also a bit of strategery involved - if I post a half-dozen shots of F/A-18s touching down at El Centro in one six-shot post, that doesn't call attention to the individual shots like posting them one at a time over a few days with other shots in-between does.   


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on October 19, 2011, 03:37:27 PM
Oh I see, man you just described how I do it to a tee, yikes now thats predictability for ya


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on October 19, 2011, 04:38:39 PM
Keep them coming back for more. ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on October 19, 2011, 05:47:17 PM
This got me thinking, So I whent back and looked at  a few. Taken Jan 2010, After some rain.

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-TXWTcJ6/0/L/KIWA012010-1-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#1539206002_TXWTcJ6-A-LB)

Had to add one more.

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-ZVz7Kdw/0/L/KIWA012010-2-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#1539256906_ZVz7Kdw-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on October 19, 2011, 10:07:35 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6060/6262352353_05e5ef50c7_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/6262352353/)
Backside of a Shooter


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 21, 2011, 09:57:42 PM
These Harrier's are getting so old. I swear this Tomcat has an 8-track tape player jammed into the instrument panel ;)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6268341176_af87520dcd_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6268341176/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on October 22, 2011, 08:23:29 AM
dont forget about the AM only radio.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on October 22, 2011, 11:45:00 AM
Man these Harriers entered service in what like 85-86, my family got our first CD player in 86, not that im old or anything :P


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 28, 2011, 09:04:53 PM
There were 5 shooters with well over $30K in equipment just a few yards away and these Pave Hawk drivers use their iPhone to take a photograph. What were we, chopped liver?

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6092/6290232317_8be80acce3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6290232317/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 29, 2011, 11:31:03 PM
VMA-323 Death Rattlers

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6053/6293497291_1202634fc7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6293497291/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on October 30, 2011, 06:53:29 AM
An F-16D from the Edwards/416th FLTS at Gateway last week.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on October 30, 2011, 08:36:54 AM
An F-16D from the Edwards/416th FLTS at Gateway last week.

Wow, sweet catch, Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 02, 2011, 07:50:45 PM
SRP's gorgeous 427 departing Willie. 
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6114/6307546171_13fc06ae6c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6307546171/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 03, 2011, 07:36:19 PM
This is the first operational Block III Apache, which was handed over to the Army in a ceremony yesterday at Falcon Field.  It was at Willie to see off the #2 guy at Boeing, who had flown in on a BBJ for the ceremony.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6229/6311141008_dfd1d37fe3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6311141008/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 03, 2011, 08:09:10 PM
Great capture Joe - very well done.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 06, 2011, 04:59:55 PM
Summer Departure

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6228/6319872573_a9e4bebf84_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6319872573/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 08, 2011, 09:07:46 PM
One of Boeing's honcho-haulers prepping for departure from Willie last week after the AH-64D Block III handover ceremony at Falcon:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6117/6328062890_202759cab6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6328062890/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 08, 2011, 09:19:10 PM
Wonderful light on this bird Joe - very well done sir.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 10, 2011, 07:23:34 PM
Monochrome Seahawk

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6035/6332861119_2ec4bf5bb1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6332861119/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 11, 2011, 11:03:50 PM
Marine Aviator Valet

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6053/6336521172_1d695e9cdc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6336521172/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on November 12, 2011, 10:43:41 PM
He'd kinda short, isn't he?  ;D
(All this needs is a spare pair of boots poking out from underneath!)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 12, 2011, 11:14:09 PM
VMAT-203 "B-Bird"

Canon EOS-5D Mark II, 24-105mmL IS


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 12, 2011, 11:54:58 PM
He'd kinda short, isn't he?  ;D
(All this needs is a spare pair of boots poking out from underneath!)

Now that you mention it, I believe this valet would be the perfect height for my 4-year old grandson  ;D  ;D  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 15, 2011, 09:25:21 PM
WASH ME - PLEASE

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6060/6349648178_6d9f0005a6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6349648178/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 16, 2011, 10:37:47 PM
ALFA ROMEO ROMEO ALPHA
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6103/6352628630_b00d848e58_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6352628630/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on November 19, 2011, 11:25:09 AM
Old-School time

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/GA/i-mpc3XJh/0/L/P081119-1-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/GA/16945541_8CJH3f#1592186912_mpc3XJh-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on December 02, 2011, 08:12:42 PM
Hornets departing "Willie" (1/31/2009)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on December 04, 2011, 05:05:23 PM
Look at what was hideing out at Willie.

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-RLQDGxB/0/L/KIWA-FA-3-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#1616328541_RLQDGxB-A-LB)

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-9WPmvxd/0/L/KIWA-FA-2-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#1616328522_9WPmvxd-A-LB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on December 04, 2011, 09:50:56 PM
CH-146 Griffon


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on December 04, 2011, 10:03:41 PM
Griffon in standard camouflage


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on December 06, 2011, 03:06:52 PM
Aloha Means Goodbye

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7031/6468137433_56143ca422_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6468137433/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6468136531_3636e9fb88_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6468136531/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on December 07, 2011, 10:01:46 PM
Willie Looking Good

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7153/6475146309_3cb34cff87_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6475146309/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on December 09, 2011, 08:01:06 PM
Did you guys read that Spirit Airlines is going to begin flying out of Gateway to Las Vegas in February and to Dallas in March?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on December 09, 2011, 11:49:30 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7020/6485425799_a49aae64bc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6485425799/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on December 16, 2011, 11:00:16 PM
A Falcon climbs out over the French Alps Four Peaks.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on December 17, 2011, 09:34:33 AM
Re-edit of an older image - Monochrome Harrier #15

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6526029679_f74e105033_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6526029679/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 17, 2011, 09:57:28 PM
NEW CAR SMELL
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6529246619_c30b197b1c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6529246619/)
MH-60R delivery flight to North Island after a quick gas-n-go at Willie.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on December 17, 2011, 11:15:35 PM
Another H-60 taken back in 2010.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 19, 2011, 09:28:25 PM
August 2010.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6541615997_f41d1a98f8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6541615997/)
Such a sleeker profile than the -300 and onward. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on December 20, 2011, 07:53:49 AM
Talon Flatulence
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6543738709_3b2ac63d7b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6543738709/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on December 29, 2011, 07:58:23 PM
Touché

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7002/6597882045_06b1505662_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6597882045/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on January 07, 2012, 10:58:14 PM
F/A-18D and crew - February 2009


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on January 07, 2012, 11:16:59 PM
NASA T-38s


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 08, 2012, 09:07:13 AM
Love the crop on this, Scott.  Those NASA formations are usually pretty loose and disappointing, but this looks pretty tight.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on January 08, 2012, 09:11:35 AM
Thanks Joe!  These guys even taxied in formation. Got a good series of shots out of the take-off.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on January 13, 2012, 06:09:23 PM
Leaving Willie this morning.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6692466909_3cd17c163c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisk48/6692466909/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on January 15, 2012, 09:48:45 AM
VMA-513 Nightmares arriving on 1/13/12.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7145/6701613191_9e0284ca41_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/6701613191/)
_92W1016 Nightmares arriving. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/6701613191/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 15, 2012, 06:34:04 PM
McDonnell Douglas VC-9C Nightingale
73d Airlift Squadron (73 AS)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7172/6704984807_1977b43468_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6704984807/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on January 19, 2012, 06:28:11 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/6728470867_ba2c1221c5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6728470867/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 19, 2012, 08:37:04 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7153/6728978075_819556be56_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6728978075/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on January 20, 2012, 06:34:12 PM
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-Lg7nXg3/0/L/KIWA120-1-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#!i=1679733487&k=Lg7nXg3&lb=1&s=A)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on January 20, 2012, 08:24:51 PM
Conversion of an old image.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7023/6733983103_0c9e209c26_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6733983103/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on January 20, 2012, 10:19:08 PM
That was a great catch Jeff and I like the monochrome version too.  I've always really liked the Kaman intermeshing rotor helicopters.  The K-Max is a particularly functional looking machine!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 21, 2012, 04:40:30 PM
I finally made it out to Willie for the first time in a long while. 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6738821557_11ef7e5482_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6738821557/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 21, 2012, 10:47:55 PM
"Falcon Five" arriving at Willie back in January 2009.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3450/3197459249_afa882de3d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/3197459249/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on January 28, 2012, 09:50:26 AM
Two in on the Holloman Bird. The backseater hoped out and got in the striped down bird and they buged out fast. Friday afternoon, umm O-club anyone???
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-j6sbbmR/0/L/KIWA127-2-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#!i=1689340618&k=j6sbbmR&lb=1&s=A)

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-f2BCrLL/0/L/KIWA127-3-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#!i=1689340110&k=f2BCrLL&lb=1&s=A)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on January 28, 2012, 10:29:31 PM
Typical day at Willie today
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6780148939_57fae5e77d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/6780148939/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 30, 2012, 09:17:49 PM
AFSOC Dash-8 back in October 2009.  Can't believe this was over two years ago.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7033/6793503075_b08008e609_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6793503075/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 31, 2012, 08:48:06 AM
FLYING FRATRES
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7166/6795866733_7183dd624b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6795866733/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 31, 2012, 11:16:12 AM
Nicely composed Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 31, 2012, 05:51:57 PM
1/31/12

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s11/v37/p848993134.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v40/p813970759.jpg)

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v41/p958661686.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 31, 2012, 05:59:32 PM
1/31/12

Pilatus on final...
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v41/p818246484.jpg)

PZL -2
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v44/p550064315.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 31, 2012, 08:29:58 PM
SPECIAL DORK
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6799271223_09cc1e93f4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6799271223/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on January 31, 2012, 08:57:22 PM
Hey Jay:

Did you take the 01/31/12 images using the Gitzo/Wimberley combo? If yes, it sure did not hurt the image  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 31, 2012, 09:03:14 PM
Hey Jay:

Did you take the 01/31/12 images using the Gitzo/Wimberley combo? If yes, it sure did not hurt the image  ;D

All of the above (and this AH-64) were with the Wimberley.  Not the ideal solution, especially for true panning (none of the above are really tack sharp .. they all have at least a tiny amount of motion blur) but I think that it can work for shots that are primarily head on.  I'll test it further at Coolidge.  I think planes turning off the active and taxiing to the ramp will be the perfect subjects.  Especially from a slightly low angle.

It does let you drop to a pretty low shutter speed though.  The PZL shots are 700mm @ 1/60!

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v41/p818704674.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 31, 2012, 09:12:17 PM
Any filters on those PZL shots?  Solid exposure at 1/60 in bright daylight is pretty impressive. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 31, 2012, 09:29:13 PM
Any filters on those PZL shots?  Solid exposure at 1/60 in bright daylight is pretty impressive. 

No, no filters...  1/60 @ f/22 ISO 100  The 500mm will actually go to f/45!

I wish I had a three-stop ND to pull the depth of field back to f/8 so the background was less of a heat-haze induced watery mess.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on February 03, 2012, 05:31:42 PM
Out at Willie testing out my "New" lens  :)
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-wWgzRQJ/0/L/KIWA020312-1-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#!i=1697540078&k=wWgzRQJ&lb=1&s=A)

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-jKxTCqH/0/L/KIWA020312-2-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#!i=1697541440&k=jKxTCqH&lb=1&s=A)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 04, 2012, 06:17:52 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A+ Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 204 (VFA-204) "River Rattlers"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7016/6820058799_081a40bb82_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6820058799/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 04, 2012, 06:41:28 PM
Now there's a catch!  Good work.  Did they end up departing?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 04, 2012, 06:47:18 PM
Now there's a catch!  Good work.  Did they end up departing?

Thank you!  Yes, they departed about an hour later, it was a gas-n-grub-n-go.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 04, 2012, 07:45:59 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/6820410219_c53df82214_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6820410219/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on February 04, 2012, 08:23:56 PM
Here is a different angle of those VFA-204 aggressor F/A-18s' that were at Gateway earlier today.

(http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss241/MrBluJet/USNFA18IWAVFA204.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 05, 2012, 09:38:00 AM
Here is a different angle of those VFA-204 aggressor F/A-18s' that were at Gateway earlier today.

Nice shot, it was good to see you yesterday!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on February 05, 2012, 10:08:17 AM
Thanks - you too !


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 05, 2012, 03:49:17 PM
Challenger 300 - Pulled from the archives while trying to free up some space on my hard drive.  Shot January 2010.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 05, 2012, 03:56:01 PM
MH-60S - Another one from the digital depths.  Also taken January 2010. Please correct me if the designation is incorrect.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 05, 2012, 05:08:56 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A+ Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 204 (VFA-204) "River Rattlers"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7012/6826473827_248e2d7c51_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6826473827/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 05, 2012, 06:16:40 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6826799369_8df61f6d6e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6826799369/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 05, 2012, 07:36:21 PM
Those NASA T-38s are mighty nice!  Beautiful profile shot.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 05, 2012, 07:52:43 PM
Another one from early 2010.  I need to get out more!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 07, 2012, 06:08:52 PM
Night-Attack Nightmare
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6834159341_c5ed7207f9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6834159341/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 08, 2012, 07:45:56 PM
Surrogate Spirit

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7038/6844321857_c454cfa6db_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6844321857/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on February 10, 2012, 04:22:53 PM
(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-MLLBw2N/0/L/KIWA021012-2-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#!i=1706333672&k=MLLBw2N&lb=1&s=A)

(http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/i-bm6m2Nj/0/L/KIWA021012-3-L.jpg) (http://pdumm.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military/10762880_x7jKrq#!i=1706333716&k=bm6m2Nj&lb=1&s=A)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on February 10, 2012, 04:33:46 PM
Some thing new...and some thing old out to willie today.



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 10, 2012, 09:38:18 PM
Globemaster III


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 10, 2012, 09:52:07 PM
Gorgeous tones on that shot, Scott.  Is that one of the Reserve shuttles, or a Weapons School participant?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 10, 2012, 10:04:20 PM
Thanks Joe! That was the shuttle...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 10, 2012, 10:26:42 PM
F/A-18A - NSAWC


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 10, 2012, 10:34:08 PM
VMAT-203 "Hawks" B-Birds


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 10, 2012, 11:29:23 PM
^^^ Very nice conversion Scott.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 10, 2012, 11:47:49 PM
Thanks Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 11, 2012, 09:13:00 PM
Quit Eye-Balling Me Camera Boy

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7191/6860324123_a400255e9d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6860324123/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 19, 2012, 12:08:34 AM
RIVETS YOU CAN COUNT ON
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7197/6901007623_57eb406d05_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6901007623/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on February 19, 2012, 12:13:53 AM
Nicely seen Joe!  Perfect framing and composition.

Clever title too...  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 24, 2012, 08:12:03 PM
Kingsville Goshawk

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/6927356515_991c0d8954_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6927356515/)

Goshawk Driver Education

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6927644787_a0d267693a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6927644787/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 25, 2012, 09:10:39 PM
Got a rematch with the Nightmares' new-ish colorbird.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7067/6930213703_e10bfe0b88_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6930213703/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on February 25, 2012, 10:46:55 PM
I thought they only came out at night?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on March 01, 2012, 07:00:56 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A+ Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 204 (VFA-204) "River Rattlers"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7197/6799176224_f1e14fb51b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6799176224/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on March 01, 2012, 08:52:12 PM
Beautiful shot !


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 01, 2012, 10:16:03 PM
I'm actually posting a shot on the same day that I took it.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/6945589295_58e86ed423_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6945589295/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 02, 2012, 12:39:23 AM
AIR FORCE NONE
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6799717834_b1b156ff4b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6799717834/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 02, 2012, 08:16:42 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7063/6801841732_fe09a5ed49_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6801841732/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on March 02, 2012, 10:25:18 PM
Hey Jeff looks like you were shootin at the 'OK' corral


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on March 03, 2012, 06:39:14 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7042/6802837568_796648b350_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/6802837568/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on March 03, 2012, 08:39:06 AM
Beautiful shot !

Thank you!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on March 04, 2012, 04:53:49 PM
An F-16 headed back to the land of Steers and the non-masculine.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 07, 2012, 08:21:47 PM
"Hey Chavez, how come they ain't killin' us?
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7206/6817209190_6ec69063fd_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6817209190/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 09, 2012, 09:04:55 PM
Tanker 121 arriving for static display at tomorrow's open house.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/6822360470_73067d7be3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6822360470/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Stephen Marshall on March 10, 2012, 06:38:52 PM
It's been awhile since I've shot any aviation, but still managed to pull off a few shots today at the open house.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/6824665742_9ee9a5ff29_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14565546@N03/6824665742/)
Aviation Day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14565546@N03/6824665742/) by unmannedpilot (http://www.flickr.com/people/14565546@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/6970789611_7424d6129d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14565546@N03/6970789611/)
Aviation Day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14565546@N03/6970789611/) by unmannedpilot (http://www.flickr.com/people/14565546@N03/), on Flickr

Would be nice if I could get this close to aircraft more often!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on March 11, 2012, 05:35:00 AM
CONA T-45C. 3/9/12. Willie

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7194/6971218109_cffc4ec411_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/6971218109/)
_92W1185 CONA T-45C (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/6971218109/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on March 11, 2012, 05:37:40 AM
T-38, Willie, 3/9/12.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7045/6971211083_c70e313fd0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/6971211083/)
_92W1166 T-38 (s/n 64-13239) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/6971211083/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on March 11, 2012, 06:18:24 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7206/6826213934_622902c383_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/6826213934/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 12, 2012, 07:45:08 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7207/6978032203_9deb3eb703_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6978032203/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 12, 2012, 07:51:39 PM
I'm liking this paint scheme. Is it unique to this squadron?  I see it has the nice looking (original), optimized for supersonic flight, intakes etc.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 12, 2012, 08:52:15 PM
As far as I know, it's unique to the 509th Wing.  All the ACC units that fly T-38s (Whiteman, Beale, Langley, and Holloman) fly A-models, and none of the As received the new intakes and nozzles that a lot of the Cs received.  Much sleeker-looking in my opinion, especially in the gray and black on the ACC birds.  Absolute glare-nightmares though, especially the gray Whiteman -38s.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 14, 2012, 08:47:53 PM
SAINT SUPERSONICUS
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/6983755951_56ce1660f7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6983755951/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on March 15, 2012, 06:30:30 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7040/6984587241_837517b363_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/6984587241/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 16, 2012, 08:37:35 AM
COPPER SIX HEAVY
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/6987434183_1d877dc4c0_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6987434183/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 17, 2012, 12:38:46 PM
Catching a bull by the tail…

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7198/6844494272_4fe4c02056_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6844494272/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 23, 2012, 08:04:48 PM
Bringing the Heat

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7208/6863870192_a6ddb2f942_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6863870192/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 23, 2012, 08:28:37 PM
BLACKEST SHEEP
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7010051365_eee8dd1dcd_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7010051365/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 23, 2012, 08:41:25 PM
Monochrome 6

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/6863936516_2bb9d21a78_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6863936516/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 23, 2012, 09:29:50 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7061/6864022854_07a667b67e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6864022854/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 23, 2012, 10:19:46 PM
Very nice photo of a very cool aircraft!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 24, 2012, 12:54:40 AM
Thanks Scott.

Hornet Chicken

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/6864291956_4fb3f7df9a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6864291956/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 24, 2012, 01:32:10 AM
Good to see your wonderful style back on the boards Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 24, 2012, 08:09:13 AM
Thank you Jay. Darn work has been getting in the way lately  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on March 26, 2012, 10:22:11 PM
Tell me about it.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7200/7019967085_7aae90816a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/7019967085/)
one from Jan 2011


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 02, 2012, 03:13:06 PM
The ultimate "Gas-n-Go"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7051/7040089531_c830d60516_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7040089531/)
circa June 2011


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 02, 2012, 11:20:47 PM
SEABEAST
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7046/7041163725_e22fd29741_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7041163725/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 03, 2012, 06:24:23 PM
van Gogh Jelly Harrier

McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) "Flying Nightmares"

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5449/7043606717_962186010f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7043606717/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 05, 2012, 06:41:57 PM
PENCILS UP!
Test complete.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7215/7049396993_207919e949_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7049396993/)
C-FJJA, Bombardier/DeHavilland's Q400 test ship, departing Willie this afternoon.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 05, 2012, 09:23:50 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) "Flying Nightmares"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7125/7049704665_6c473504a7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7049704665/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on April 05, 2012, 10:02:56 PM
Nice night-shot of that Harrier.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 05, 2012, 10:44:01 PM
Nice night-shot of that Harrier.

Thanks Doug, good to see you this evening!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 06, 2012, 06:06:32 PM
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5455/7052230307_81bd765743_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7052230307/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on April 07, 2012, 07:16:20 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7262/7055300013_7e60936cd0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/7055300013/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 09, 2012, 03:10:41 AM
SANTO TIGRE
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7211/6914033270_0055141b22_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/6914033270/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 10, 2012, 09:02:58 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5116/7066588189_3032669551_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7066588189/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: phantomphan1974 on April 11, 2012, 02:01:21 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/7034048305_4c60e256ab_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomphan1974photography/7034048305/)
ATSI TA-4's A-4 Skyhawks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomphan1974photography/7034048305/) by PhantomPhan1974 Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/phantomphan1974photography/), on Flickr
Under and thru the fence....wish there had been more light.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: phantomphan1974 on April 11, 2012, 02:05:52 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7229/6887953344_b8de592a8e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomphan1974photography/6887953344/)
N932RD Ryan International Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 - cn 49233 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomphan1974photography/6887953344/) by PhantomPhan1974 Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/phantomphan1974photography/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: phantomphan1974 on April 11, 2012, 02:17:21 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5468/7044121877_cc7451ffd9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomphan1974photography/7044121877/)
McDonnell-Douglas C-9C 'Nightingale' (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomphan1974photography/7044121877/) by PhantomPhan1974 Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/phantomphan1974photography/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7090/7044120125_5cbd69366a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomphan1974photography/7044120125/)
McDonnell-Douglas C-9C 'Nightingale' (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomphan1974photography/7044120125/) by PhantomPhan1974 Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/phantomphan1974photography/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 11, 2012, 09:26:41 PM
ONE HAULS BOMBS, ONE HAULS BUMS
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/7069746021_45431e3a23_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7069746021/)
[


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 13, 2012, 07:35:14 PM
Falcon Air Express
McDonnell Douglas MD-83

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7061/6929304268_62a9cc5670_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6929304268/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 13, 2012, 11:15:46 PM
Fighting Bulls
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5465/7075735787_eb038c1390_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7075735787/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 15, 2012, 06:31:49 PM
Embraer ERJ-135LR

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5117/6936218842_240b991401_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6936218842/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 18, 2012, 09:04:01 PM
VMA-214 Black Sheep
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5031/6946333908_8e85d80358_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/6946333908/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 19, 2012, 01:19:34 AM
Winter Sunset Departure
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5113/7092827427_a53aeef2f2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7092827427/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on April 20, 2012, 11:24:04 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7194/7098166403_63c3e1a695_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/7098166403/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 22, 2012, 09:20:12 AM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
62d Airlift Wing (62 AW)
446th Airlift Wing (446 AW)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7102592485_c81ba38ddf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7102592485/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 23, 2012, 05:35:25 PM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
62d Airlift Wing (62 AW)
446th Airlift Wing (446 AW)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7243/6961903178_df5182079c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/6961903178/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 23, 2012, 08:28:47 PM
'Ol Blue Nose
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7108367267_c64216f30d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7108367267/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 28, 2012, 11:23:03 AM
As most of you know, McChord sent three Globemasters to Willie and I show up with my 100-400L glass. Not a good combination when they are sitting on the ramp less than 20 yards from my shooting position - where was my 17-40? When you have three of these "wide bodies" parked cheek-to-jowl, they effectively block shots of other aircraft.

While I was trying to think of how to capture a few images, a fourth pig arrived in the afternoon heat. All I could get was porky gliding through the mirage :D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/7120462427_6d92066b10_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7120462427/)

Finally, I notice the sun hitting one of the big P&W's nicely and I took a portrait of the fan blades.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7110/7120462761_edd3f9726b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7120462761/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 06, 2012, 09:00:47 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7002751726_ea57344f0a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7002751726/)
Spike viper arriving for the open house back in March.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 08, 2012, 09:25:07 AM
Tanker 121 on the ramp the evening before the open house back in March.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8020/7158587722_03f6c65d49_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7158587722/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 09, 2012, 09:12:05 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7168799418_cc887aaa11_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7168799418/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 10, 2012, 08:55:18 PM
TANKER TWELVE
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/7174536646_7bff4cc156_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7174536646/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 10, 2012, 09:41:17 PM
Air Tractor
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5275/7174665268_b611e714da_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7174665268/)

P-2 Neptune
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8144/7174664628_6ba83a22c8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7174664628/)

I swear I wasn't standing next to Joe when we shot this P-2 this afternoon  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 10, 2012, 10:20:53 PM
Gorgeous P-2 guys.  Any point in my driving out tomorrow after work or was this beauty just passing through?  Beautiful shots in any case!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 10, 2012, 10:42:07 PM
Scott, the P2V was actively fighting a fire up between the Sycamore Creek area and Payson, along with two Air Tractors as well.  Not sure what the status of the blaze is, but there might still be some activity tomorrow. 

Love that Air Tractor shot, Jeff.  Remarkable detail for such good prop blur - was that with the 100-400?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 10, 2012, 11:21:24 PM
Love that Air Tractor shot, Jeff.  Remarkable detail for such good prop blur - was that with the 100-400?

Thank you sir. Yes, that was taken with the 100-400L.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 11, 2012, 12:03:49 AM
One last drop before the sun is gone…

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7175128088_014e6477c1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7175128088/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 11, 2012, 03:57:07 PM
Felix the Cat; er Super Hornet ;D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7178883798_7b35141287_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7178883798/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 11, 2012, 04:59:17 PM
Not to happy with my Photos today found them Borining.  :(
Got to work on that.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7179150466_a039fe595a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7179150466/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 11, 2012, 09:19:28 PM
It got un-boring.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7229/7179991588_3d95db6ded_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7179991588/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 12, 2012, 06:24:06 AM
It was not the Aircraft that I found borning, it was just they had no "pop" to them. My photos look the same as  the other that I had taken. Will have to be working on new views and thing.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 12, 2012, 12:08:41 PM
Paul, I think the lighting had a lot to do with that.  The sun was directly overhead when you were out there, and the sky was a bit hazy.  Very hard for a large, dark aircraft to "pop" in those conditions.  I took a bunch of shots of the KC-10s at the same time, and unless one really jumps out, they're all headed to the recycle bin.  The light yesterday afternoon was much better when the other two KC-10s arrived, and I got more keepers than I know what to do with.  New views/angles might help, but in harsh, top/backlit conditions, there's only so far they can go.

Good shooting with you yesterday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 12, 2012, 02:56:11 PM
Thanks Joe, I feel that I need to go back to the basic for a wile and work on them.
Good shooting with you and Jeff too.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 12, 2012, 08:14:12 PM
"THE MOOSE OUT FRONT SHOULDA TOLDJYA . . .
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7091/7185766698_25cd481a4c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7185766698/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 12, 2012, 08:45:24 PM
An afternoon of interesting variety at Willie. Not the usual Harriers, Talons and Hornets.

S-64E Aircrane
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5456/7185834472_c991ca744c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7185834472/)

KC-10
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7086/7185832922_134457cebb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7185832922/)

Extender Head-On
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7185831514_dcb3ba3a55_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7185831514/)

P-2 Neptune - Tanker 43
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7185829512_ee02f09be1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7185829512/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 12, 2012, 10:06:17 PM
Solid set of shots, Jeff, but where's this variety you speak of?  All I see are tankers.  ;D

Love that the crew still had the landing lights on for your nose-on shot.  Very cool detail we weren't treated to yesterday.

FELIX ONE-ONE
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7186227818_3ce119f30f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7186227818/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on May 13, 2012, 07:34:38 PM
Russian giant taking off. I'm glad I don't have to buy tires for that thing.  :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8142/7193232228_0ff3fa2ff9_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisk48/7193232228/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on May 13, 2012, 07:51:11 PM
KC-10 ground crew examining what is reportedly hail damage to the radome.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on May 13, 2012, 08:26:25 PM
Can any of you Air Force experts tell me why a lot of refueling aircraft seem to have two wing numbers on them?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 13, 2012, 08:56:28 PM
They switch-hit for Active-Duty and Reserve wings. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on May 13, 2012, 09:01:12 PM
They switch-hit for Active-Duty and Reserve wings. 

Thanks!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 13, 2012, 09:17:00 PM
Where is the parking attendant; oh there he is...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7224/7193666278_a55c17b4c0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7193666278/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 13, 2012, 09:38:26 PM
OH WHEN THE SAINTS . . .
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/7193725356_2ee5600189_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7193725356/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 13, 2012, 10:30:39 PM
P2V-5 Forty-Four


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: jslugman on May 13, 2012, 11:09:36 PM
Goodness gracious that's nice Scott.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 14, 2012, 01:55:05 AM
Tanker 43 making another run…

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/7193460076_aa6d468d4d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7193460076/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on May 14, 2012, 07:02:13 AM
Great P-2 shots gents!!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 14, 2012, 07:26:09 AM
Goodness gracious that's nice Scott.
Thanks James! The very nice shots previously posted of the P2Vs inspired me to have a crack at it.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 14, 2012, 09:29:09 PM
OLD SCHOOL HERK
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8020/7201011092_3b2d31a7f7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7201011092/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on May 14, 2012, 10:32:37 PM
Does anybody have a clear enough photo of Tanker 44 to read what it says on the side of the nose? I think it says "[something] Four X Four," but I'm not sure.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 14, 2012, 10:48:57 PM
GUCCI GAGGLE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7201310678_fce88ea887_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7201310678/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 15, 2012, 06:01:40 PM
Polet Airlines
Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7206624590_e84fc846c2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7206624590/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 15, 2012, 08:46:12 PM
SPIRIT IN THE SKY
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5231/7207353686_8c013232a7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7207353686/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 16, 2012, 03:30:41 AM
McGuire Monochrome
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5271/7208624650_80164fbffe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7208624650/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 16, 2012, 07:36:07 PM
NAKED RAYGUN
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8154/7213093412_97a0904d64_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7213093412/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 16, 2012, 08:56:39 PM
Neptune Aviation Services
Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7098/7213421054_619505cd2f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7213421054/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 17, 2012, 07:37:53 AM
Late afternoon arrival…

VMFA-314 Black Knights
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/7215647054_b4f4c59c1c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7215647054/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 17, 2012, 08:33:13 PM
TANKER 43
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7221/7219281936_6c6dc0d15f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7219281936/)
Off on yet another flight in support of suppression efforts against the Sunflower Fire.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 17, 2012, 09:27:27 PM
Outstanding!  I like the P2V-7 (SP-2H) version with the bulbous canopy.  Looks like he pulled up the gear early just for the camera!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 17, 2012, 10:10:17 PM
Thanks Scott!  I love the look of the -7s as well for the same reason.  Tanker 43 seems to have a pretty consistent take-off profile - rotate fairly early on, suck up the gear, and keep it low until just past the FBO.  The shot above was from a few days back, and I caught 43 departing again today, same deal. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 17, 2012, 10:11:12 PM
GLOBAL SPAN
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7219653284_76f005f49c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7219653284/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 18, 2012, 09:39:21 PM
P2V-5 Neptune - Partial to the early Navy designations.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 19, 2012, 08:19:48 AM
GOD OF THE OCEAN
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/7227412116_f8fc66866c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7227412116/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 19, 2012, 08:24:41 AM
Nice composition! How do you spell wiiiiiiide?  Gotta love those spinners.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 19, 2012, 09:06:45 AM
Variety is the spice of life on Friday afternoons...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8017/7227577340_2dd1b61c1a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7227577340/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7231/7227577954_80999c71d6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7227577954/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8155/7227579402_1bb1265ea0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7227579402/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 19, 2012, 10:44:11 AM
Jeff,  Nice three pack.  Next time I'll bring my ladder!  Better to have it and not need it...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on May 19, 2012, 11:20:45 AM
(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Civilain-Aircraft/i-87dxzxz/0/XL/IV4R2332-2-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on May 19, 2012, 11:22:01 AM
(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Military-Aircraft-Vehicles/i-8dNSZwX/0/XL/kc10-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 21, 2012, 06:10:43 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8149/7227590116_9b4110a808_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7227590116/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5449/7227755178_1f54676ff3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7227755178/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8010/7227754190_62f0010c3e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7227754190/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 21, 2012, 06:24:03 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8016/7245927682_96204be0fe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7245927682/)
Yea, I cut the tail off, but I was working more on post then crop.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7238/7245928744_3c6b03e575_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7245928744/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 21, 2012, 06:30:53 PM
Tanker 55 headed to the Sierra Vista fire...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7103/7245799370_4a1ff02d7e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7245799370/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 21, 2012, 06:37:35 PM
Jeff, this shot rocks.  I caught Tanker 55 on her next flight out of Willie, and could not be more upset about it.  I had switched to manual focus to scope the USFS ramp to make sure the props were spinning, then got a phonecall while I was doing that.  Did the "I gotta go, bye" thing as the P-2 started rolling, and fired what was in my mind the most solidly-panned series of shots I have ever taken in my life.  When I chimped my shots afterward, they were all blurry, to a completely unsalvageable degree.  I never gave myself the chance to turn my autofocus back on, blowing every single shot in the series. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 21, 2012, 06:38:39 PM
Nice!  Haven't seen that one fly yet.  Was that taken today? (5/21/12)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 21, 2012, 06:59:36 PM
Jeff, this shot rocks.  I caught Tanker 55 on her next flight out of Willie, and could not be more upset about it.  I had switched to manual focus to scope the USFS ramp to make sure the props were spinning, then got a phonecall while I was doing that.  Did the "I gotta go, bye" thing as the P-2 started rolling, and fired what was in my mind the most solidly-panned series of shots I have ever taken in my life.  When I chimped my shots afterward, they were all blurry, to a completely unsalvageable degree.  I never gave myself the chance to turn my autofocus back on, blowing every single shot in the series.  

We've all been there my brother. We get that look on our faces of complete unbelief when our chimping reveals the unexpected error. In those moments, I channel Colonel Walter E. Kurtz and quietly whisper; "The Horror, the horror…."

Nice!  Haven't seen that one fly yet.  Was that taken today? (5/21/12)

Taken shortly before 4:00 PM this afternoon.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 21, 2012, 07:36:54 PM
Monochrome Neptune
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7101/7246101080_d4ae364b1f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7246101080/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 21, 2012, 08:48:16 PM
DEATH RATTLER
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/7246577534_e1f7275816_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7246577534/)
Departing Willie after some work on the nose gear.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 21, 2012, 09:14:33 PM
P2V-5 Neptune - Fourty-Four


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 21, 2012, 09:47:18 PM
Neptunes - Taking the day off.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 21, 2012, 09:54:11 PM
Neptune - "05"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 21, 2012, 10:09:28 PM
Great images Scott. I'm also jealous of the access; you clearly know the right folks. It would be nice to take some photos at Willie without standing on a ladder.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on May 21, 2012, 10:46:13 PM
Neptunes - Taking the day off.

Awesome shot!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 21, 2012, 10:51:58 PM
Slurry Slinger
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7240/7247149062_ed93fbe481_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7247149062/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 21, 2012, 11:10:31 PM
TANKER CUATRO CUATRO
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7247246904_49e0faebf2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7247246904/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 22, 2012, 07:45:41 AM
Neptunes - Taking the day off.

Awesome shot!
Thanks Chris!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 22, 2012, 10:14:00 AM
PURPLE HAZE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8019/7249220864_83ee1d601f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7249220864/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 22, 2012, 03:39:38 PM
Back In The Saddle Again…
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7250190138_377105f10b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7250190138/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 22, 2012, 05:36:12 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A+ Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 204 (VFA-204) "River Rattlers"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7094/7252589996_267ba9e9af_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7252589996/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 22, 2012, 07:30:52 PM
One from a wile back. F-16 from OK. (NG?)
Color bird
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7253117286_02686a0117_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7253117286/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 22, 2012, 07:48:51 PM
ELBOW GREASE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7253149250_cd9b137326_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7253149250/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 22, 2012, 08:58:40 PM
Nose cone made out of unobtanium or something?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 22, 2012, 09:14:32 PM
ARIZONA DAKOTA
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8019/7253590374_012e5b1a65_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7253590374/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 22, 2012, 09:15:11 PM
Nose cone made out of unobtanium or something?

Nah, just in a jumbo-mother crate.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 22, 2012, 10:12:18 PM
I Ride An Old Paint
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8006/7253771742_c593cc94d1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7253771742/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 24, 2012, 07:36:45 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8009/7265317144_05f689c2a3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7265317144/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8014/7265364724_d37c72f17a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7265364724/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 24, 2012, 07:48:22 PM
NEPTUNE ON MARS
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/7265366112_633c95f782_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7265366112/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 24, 2012, 09:51:10 PM
Variation on a Theme


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 26, 2012, 09:12:21 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7229/7277107684_6205ccf932_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7277107684/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on May 27, 2012, 07:22:50 PM
05/25/2012
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7091/7283805264_ed461be6e8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7283805264/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7283772202_5277517984_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7283772202/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 28, 2012, 09:17:28 PM
BOUNCIN' BEAR
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8141/7292380640_74a8ed0a38_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7292380640/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 29, 2012, 07:11:01 PM
THE GAS FACE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8162/7299063362_82c1dd7a8e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7299063362/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 30, 2012, 01:48:54 AM
Nightmare on the Ramp
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7300623864_4a4dc64f6e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7300623864/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 30, 2012, 06:32:47 PM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452 AMW)
Spirit of Ronald Reagan

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7305446004_f69c6e9332_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7305446004/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 31, 2012, 09:16:47 AM
TANKER ZERO-FIVE
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7081/7308555836_e65c5538dc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7308555836/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 03, 2012, 08:53:32 AM
GREY GOOSE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8142/7328165938_b826cc94c8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7328165938/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 03, 2012, 09:33:13 AM
GREY GOOSE

Nice feel to that one.  There's a lot to be said for monochrome in the right application.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 03, 2012, 02:45:57 PM
Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154) "Black Knights"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/7330652994_2f03e9ac7b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7330652994/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 03, 2012, 06:34:21 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) "Flying Nightmares"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7332093072_725df8d394_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7332093072/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 03, 2012, 07:33:27 PM
UNDER THE HOOD
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7332436446_23edab7664_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7332436446/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 04, 2012, 08:27:23 PM
SLURRY IN A HURRY
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7096/7340101386_c6d8c7a2bb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7340101386/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 04, 2012, 08:41:10 PM
Outstanding shot!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 06, 2012, 02:31:13 AM
Outstanding shot!

Thanks, Scott.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 06, 2012, 02:31:37 AM
JULIUS CSAR
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8028/7344468268_9a5e5694d8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7344468268/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 06, 2012, 03:01:55 AM
I come to praise your Helo, not to bury it...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on June 06, 2012, 08:51:14 PM
my first upload to AzAP, hope you like it, shot 26th April during one of it's night flight


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 07, 2012, 12:03:02 AM
SMOKE BANSHEE
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7096/7162293809_101a0da9e8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7162293809/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 07, 2012, 11:59:34 PM
PAINTED LADY
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7098/7165436089_e708f30712_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7165436089/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 08, 2012, 07:16:22 AM
Great catch Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 11, 2012, 08:17:14 PM
Air Tractor 897 departing for another drop with the "257 Fire" smoke plume in the background.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7235/7363798544_3b2aa4a5aa_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7363798544/)

Tanker 45 on final to reload and make another run.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7215/7363798164_f53a22f078_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7363798164/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 11, 2012, 09:00:00 PM
Jeff,  That P-2 shot is a real keeper.  Wish I had thought ahead and come out to Gateway today.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on June 11, 2012, 09:01:58 PM
I got an email from a buddy of mine stating that the DC10 arrived into IWA earlier today, around 17:57.  Did anyone get any photos?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 11, 2012, 09:06:15 PM
LOADED .45
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5160/7178955475_e98f4c3f32_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7178955475/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 11, 2012, 09:07:43 PM
I got an email from a buddy of mine stating that the DC10 arrived into IWA earlier today, around 17:57.  Did anyone get any photos?

Was this a visual confirmation of it arriving, or did he just see it on Flightaware?  I was there until 5:50 and didn't see it (or know I should have waited another seven minutes), but I also did a 360º visual sweep and didn't see anything big inbound.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 11, 2012, 09:19:16 PM
LOADED .45

Quite Nice!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 11, 2012, 09:20:36 PM
Tanker 911 is sitting on ICE ramp next to Tanker 45. I've seen it with mine own eyes this evening. Don't know when it arrived.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 12, 2012, 07:23:17 AM
In Your Face
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5112/7365351614_0204106e7a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7365351614/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on June 12, 2012, 07:55:13 AM
Nice P-2 pics gents, and I really like the feel of that KC-10 pic Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 12, 2012, 08:58:57 AM
Nice P-2 pics gents, and I really like the feel of that KC-10 pic Jeff!

Thank you kind sir.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 12, 2012, 02:18:17 PM
On Final
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/7180122865_09b310d2fc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7180122865/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 12, 2012, 11:29:50 PM
THE SOUND AND THE SLURRY
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8157/7182626965_9822de538e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7182626965/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 13, 2012, 07:56:57 PM
JERSEY?  SURE.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7074/7185383821_53c2d74362_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7185383821/)
79-1710 headed back to McGuire after radome damage resulted in a longer-than-planned stay at Willie.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 13, 2012, 09:32:05 PM
Kind of makes the Air Tractors look a bit superfluous.  Although I'm sure the Air Tractors can get where this beast can't.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 13, 2012, 09:35:46 PM
THE SOUND AND THE SLURRY
Powerful shot Joe.  Thanks for showing me the spot farther down the runway yesterday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on June 13, 2012, 10:48:08 PM
i saw this guy fly over canyon lake yesterday


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 14, 2012, 06:42:36 PM
Bombardier Global Express XRS

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5151/7188272063_7cff798f81_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7188272063/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 14, 2012, 09:18:21 PM
FIRESTOPPER
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5339/7373821452_f4429d5601_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7373821452/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 14, 2012, 09:34:22 PM
"911 .. What Is Your Emergency?"
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v42/p498840177.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 14, 2012, 10:20:17 PM
Bloodied but Unbowed!
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v44/p256392710.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 14, 2012, 10:52:44 PM
You guys (Joe & Jay) did very well this afternoon on 911. Love the head-on Joe, 30C or 30L? While the Superstition composition is excellent Jay, you know I have a fond spot for the backside of aircraft images. Well done all the way around.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 14, 2012, 11:00:01 PM
Belly Rub!!!
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v49/p648371436.jpg)

Thanks Jeff!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 14, 2012, 11:45:36 PM
Thanks Jeff.  Solid shots, Jay. 

This was 30C.  30L has 2500' or so shut down, so all the tankers were using 30C.  Initial clearance was given for 30R, so I adjusted for a more front-quarter shot, then the instructions changed to 30C again, so I off-roaded back to where Jay and Jack were, getting there just in time.  If you're headed out tomorrow, recommend having a scanner with you and keeping an ear on ATIS for any updates on 30L's status.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on June 15, 2012, 12:40:49 AM
A Slightly Less Dynamic Angle
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s2/v52/p533674035.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 15, 2012, 03:36:32 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7081/7188686883_9ebf02b340_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7188686883/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 15, 2012, 08:53:28 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5234/7375023838_99d9d05753_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7375023838/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on June 15, 2012, 01:44:56 PM
Awesome shots by all on the 911!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on June 15, 2012, 07:04:54 PM
(http://air-and-space.com/20120615%20IWA/_BL32514%20BAE-146-200A%20N146FF%20Tanker%2040%20left%20front%20landing%20l.jpg)
Aircraft Holdings Netwrok Incorporated BAE-146-200A N146FF Tanker 40 on approach to land on Runway 30 Left at 4:45 PM on June 15.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on June 15, 2012, 08:22:57 PM
Tanker 911  Willie  6/15/12

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8009/7377497118_360b13b69f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/7377497118/)
_92W5386 Tanker 911 (N17085) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/7377497118/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 15, 2012, 08:59:26 PM
OLDE ENGLISH FORTY
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/7377306498_15c31be070_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7377306498/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 15, 2012, 09:26:57 PM
Brian, Ned & Joe - great catches all on Tankers 911 and 40 - very nice.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 16, 2012, 07:01:12 AM
DASHING LEAD
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7216/7379562000_2babb0d71b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7379562000/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on June 16, 2012, 07:56:10 AM
Brian, Ned & Joe - great catches all on Tankers 911 and 40 - very nice.

Thanks Jeff! It was one of those just-in-time arrivals.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 16, 2012, 08:52:43 AM
Brian, Ned & Joe - great catches all on Tankers 911 and 40 - very nice.

Thanks Jeff! It was one of those just-in-time arrivals.

TRUTH!  Brian rolled up just as it was turning base to final and Jack and I were sprinting out into that field across the road.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on June 17, 2012, 11:11:45 AM
BAe-146 Tanker 40 departing Willie on 6/16/12.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7387886438_2763ac0ffc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/7387886438/)
_92W5662 BAe-146 Air Tanker (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/7387886438/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on June 17, 2012, 04:41:59 PM
A couple of hangar residents.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7084/7390960642_41d9586023_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisk48/7390960642/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/7390960400_09f198ce5d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisk48/7390960400/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on June 17, 2012, 07:08:14 PM
tanker 911 on approach..
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8027/7390947788_1a97fb4ef4_c.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 18, 2012, 07:29:32 PM
TUNDRA BUG
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7211/7398599470_b62b77d82f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7398599470/)

A bit heavy-handed on the processing, but I like how it came out.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 18, 2012, 08:33:30 PM
^^^^ I think the Canadian Hornet definitely turned out very nice Joe. Maybe your hand isn't as heavy as you thought  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 18, 2012, 09:19:09 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7101/7399129444_a6dd4befcf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7399129444/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on June 18, 2012, 09:32:40 PM
I just discovered that Gateway is on LiveATC.net, so if you want to find out what's going on out there without actually going out there, you can listed at this URL. Just pick one of the feed types where it says Listen.

http://www.liveatc.net/search/?icao=kiwa



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 19, 2012, 09:03:39 PM
THE NEW KID
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/7405745242_3632799915_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7405745242/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 20, 2012, 08:12:25 PM
THE GAS FACE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8152/7411792662_1719ac325f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7411792662/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 21, 2012, 07:44:00 PM
10 TAC
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/7417631954_6d2f0f360c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7417631954/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 22, 2012, 09:13:32 PM
"WORKS EVERY TIME"
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8020/7423648322_bf6f149eb7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7423648322/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 23, 2012, 08:26:13 PM
Plaza de Toros Las KIWA
[/b]
EN 496th FTS Fighting Bulls
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7117/7429505508_6a4e852239_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7429505508/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 24, 2012, 10:11:12 AM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452 AMW)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5034/7433511594_ac80ab1ee9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7433511594/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 24, 2012, 09:14:10 PM
FOUR-PRONGED TRIDENT
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7132/7437712174_c2654d507e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7437712174/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 24, 2012, 11:14:05 PM
Hoping for some golden late afternoon light on the C-17 as it rotates on departure. Unfortunately, the only stinking cloud in the western sky covered the sun as the Globemaster started rolling down 30L. To say I was frustrated would be an understatement. I had to really push the pixels to find an acceptable image. Maybe there will be some monsoon clouds in the eastern sky next month  :-\

DUST OFF GLOBEMASTER STYLE
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5443/7438197272_fee9a4e646_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7438197272/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 25, 2012, 05:37:03 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214) "Black Sheep"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8157/7444341180_f2bed9f8f4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7444341180/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 25, 2012, 10:20:25 PM
SPIRITUAL ENCOUNTER
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8141/7445785800_9b18f648f3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7445785800/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 26, 2012, 06:16:42 PM
McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender
305th Air Mobility Wing (305 AMW)
514th Air Mobility Wing (514 AMW)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/7451602112_c53e82f85f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7451602112/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 27, 2012, 06:21:46 PM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452 AMW)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/7457978322_eac732afae_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7457978322/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 29, 2012, 10:25:50 PM
TANKER ZERO-FIVE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8020/7470710750_4ec3cf1fc5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7470710750/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 29, 2012, 11:12:08 PM
Joe's Back!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 29, 2012, 11:45:16 PM
With his new optical asset, we may have to start referring to Joe and "Fisheye Master". I'm a little disappointed he let a hint of slurry on the ramp keep him from his classic belly-down posture  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 30, 2012, 12:10:47 AM
I found out that Jack was operating a sweat lodge at Willie (i.e. the pagoda) and took a couple hours this afternoon to purge myself through transpiration. In addition to Jack; Paul and a new acquaintance from Denmark were participating in the ceremonial sauna. Normally I jinx these situations and nothing comes in. Luck was with me for a few moments and a couple of Black Sheep from Yuma paid us a visit. I'm playing with a more pronounced pano crop and thought this particular image worked in Cinerama - it also helped me avoid some serious cloning work.

Considering the majesty of Messrs. Youmans' recent A2A images; I've decided to invent a new aviation photography category - L2G (i.e. ladder-to-ground). I'm sure others have already thought of this; however, I will claim ownership until advised to the contrary  ;D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8155/7470970010_4b583d6a54_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7470970010/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 30, 2012, 12:42:23 AM
LOL Jeff.

The shot posted immediately above Scott's was a belly shot.  So not only did I get the shot, I was flame-resistant as well.  

The fisheye is actually a bit tricky when it comes to other-than-eye-level angles.  Too low, and the aircraft looks like a smiley face or a banana.  Too high, and it's a rainbow (planebow?).  Still a ton of fun to shoot with.  


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 30, 2012, 12:49:20 AM
The shot posted immediately above Scott's was a belly shot.  So not only did I get the shot, I was flame-resistant as well.  

You will always be my hero Joe and I knew in my heart a little slurry wouldn't stop you. One of these days I'm going to add a "fisheye" to the arsenal and you will need to mentor me. Until then, I'll just keep enjoying your excellent images  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on July 02, 2012, 09:05:08 AM
who was the danish guy??? ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 02, 2012, 10:17:48 AM
who was the danish guy??? ;D

Dutch guy, Norwegian name, Finnish employer - it all averages out to Denmark.   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on July 02, 2012, 10:47:41 AM
ehm actually it's a swedish name, and the company originated from germany, has an Indian Name.... anybode not confused?? But funy..


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on July 02, 2012, 11:27:04 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7492611702_f5ca813464_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/7492611702/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7492611874_92289dc21c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/7492611874/)
on my way home today


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 03, 2012, 09:24:39 AM
QUAD-PODDED QUENCHER
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8165/7494775996_65b375902c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7494775996/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 05, 2012, 08:48:47 PM
BOSS HAWK
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8003/7512390634_6f401b6abe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7512390634/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on July 09, 2012, 10:57:06 PM
Rollin' USMC Style...
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v48/p715074187.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 09, 2012, 11:11:24 PM
Nice!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on July 09, 2012, 11:18:34 PM
I thought it had a certain "attitude"  ;D

Thanks Scott...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on July 09, 2012, 11:21:05 PM
Taking The Gloves Off
90th FTS "Boxin Bears" from Sheppard AFB
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v42/p4869150.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on July 10, 2012, 12:57:53 AM
Time To Get Cirrus...
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s11/v35/p648971348.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 12, 2012, 06:06:10 PM
Talon


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on July 13, 2012, 12:37:19 AM
Got Lift?
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v48/p849422721.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on July 13, 2012, 01:23:59 AM
One More Time Sweetheart...
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v49/p99832711.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 13, 2012, 06:31:34 PM
Sometimes my nightmares are in color…
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7565278358_3ce4ffc9e9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7565278358/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 15, 2012, 08:38:26 AM
Steppin' on the brakes…
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/7575185162_9ca9504938_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7575185162/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 15, 2012, 10:11:02 AM
FALCON FIVE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8018/7575889326_bef2fe9f22_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7575889326/)
Shot 3.5 years ago with my XTi and cheapo 75-300 lens.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 15, 2012, 11:01:09 AM
Monster Storm - I ended up driving through this on the way home yesterday.  Had to get off 202 at Williams Field Road because I couldn't see more than about 75 ft.  Even though everyone was moving very slowly I was afraid of hitting someone driving without their lights on.  You really couldn't see anything but the lights.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 15, 2012, 11:03:24 AM
Calm Before the Storm


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 15, 2012, 11:32:32 AM
Rough and Ready - Standard 3/4 front view.  When you drive 38 miles to get some photos, by cracky you get some photos, good, bad, or otherwise.  Film is cheap these days...gas less so.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on July 15, 2012, 03:25:04 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8158/7578151928_4f566db4f3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/7578151928/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 15, 2012, 04:44:57 PM
Batten Down the Hatches! - Taken a few minutes before the storm hit.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 17, 2012, 11:02:01 AM
THE SCOOTER
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8152/7590784674_42a69a53d9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7590784674/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 17, 2012, 10:32:36 PM
CRIMSON-TAILED GHETTO BIRD
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7595285584_2f1387fd1c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7595285584/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on July 18, 2012, 10:25:06 AM
Fantastic shot Joe, thats one I would be proud of, cant believe you took that 3 years ago and are just now posting it


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 18, 2012, 10:10:30 PM
Fantastic shot Joe, thats one I would be proud of, cant believe you took that 3 years ago and are just now posting it

Thanks, Chris.  Been going through older stuff and taking second stabs at it with Lightroom.  Also hitting some that were too cluttered as-is, and I'm much more confident in my cloning skills than I was back when I first shot them.  


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on July 21, 2012, 07:49:35 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8158/7578151928_4f566db4f3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/7578151928/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on July 22, 2012, 07:15:16 AM
Just doing a test to see if I can link from my websight.
(http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v49/p388719534-5.jpg) (http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/p244084930/e172b63ae)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 22, 2012, 07:46:16 PM
"BE COOL, IT'S THE FUZZ"
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7270/7626848424_a6e6623cb5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7626848424/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 23, 2012, 10:19:20 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8012/7634465206_e582c028dc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7634465206/)
August 2009 was a particularly good month at Willie.  Hoping next month is similarly awesome.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 24, 2012, 07:20:46 PM
KOMRADE KAPITALIST
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7641064192_e7043c1e0f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7641064192/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 24, 2012, 08:32:11 PM
Now that is some nice light....Pretty cool aircraft too!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 25, 2012, 05:57:30 PM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452 AMW)
Spirit of California

When 04-4138 was here on 06/24/12, she did not have the Spirit of California title (http://azaerophoto.com/forum/index.php?topic=12.msg33109#msg33109).

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/7647173518_36e8f6d6bf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7647173518/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 25, 2012, 07:41:35 PM
Diggin' that shot Matt!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 25, 2012, 07:42:14 PM
TANKER TWO SCORE AND THREE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7643752344_d2de9bd00f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7643752344/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 25, 2012, 07:44:24 PM
Diggin' that shot Matt!

Thanks Joe, at 1/30 second I was really using the fence to hold me steady!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 25, 2012, 08:01:20 PM
Dang.  Solid work for 1/30.  That sky has a lot of potential, looks like quite a bit of wiggle room before you hit the goalposts.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 26, 2012, 10:10:40 AM
Dang.  Solid work for 1/30.  That sky has a lot of potential, looks like quite a bit of wiggle room before you hit the goalposts.

Thank you, Joe!  The sky was pretty blown-out in the original shot because of the slow shutter, but I played around with it for a little while until I ended up with this result.

I also just noticed the blur of a bird right above the number four engine.  I saw the bird in other shots I took, but never noticed it in this shot and never realized how close it came to one of the engines.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 26, 2012, 10:52:08 AM
Dang.  Solid work for 1/30.  That sky has a lot of potential, looks like quite a bit of wiggle room before you hit the goalposts.

+1. I think you can have a lot more fun with this image Matt. Great capture!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 26, 2012, 11:49:25 AM
Thank you, Joe!  The sky was pretty blown-out in the original shot because of the slow shutter, but I played around with it for a little while until I ended up with this result.

Fair enough, I hadn't considered work already done on the image.  I was referring more to the left of the histogram than the right.  It's already dramatic-looking, but a bit more contrast and saturation could go a long way in taking it from "Cool!" to "DAAAAAAMN!"  Edges of the aircraft look pretty well-defined against the background, so masking would be fairly easy. 

And this is the part where I stop suggesting changes to already impressive shot.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 26, 2012, 10:03:34 PM
Odd Bird - taken back in 2008, how time flies...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 27, 2012, 08:45:35 AM
+1. I think you can have a lot more fun with this image Matt. Great capture!

Fair enough, I hadn't considered work already done on the image.  I was referring more to the left of the histogram than the right.  It's already dramatic-looking, but a bit more contrast and saturation could go a long way in taking it from "Cool!" to "DAAAAAAMN!"  Edges of the aircraft look pretty well-defined against the background, so masking would be fairly easy. 

And this is the part where I stop suggesting changes to already impressive shot.

Alright, you guys have talked me into it, I'm going to work on the photo to see if I can get "DAAAAAAMN!" right through the goalposts!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 27, 2012, 10:02:01 AM
While we are on the heavy lifting theme…

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8164/7657140978_029ec8237d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7657140978/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azbill on July 27, 2012, 04:50:17 PM
Very nice Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 28, 2012, 10:31:08 AM
Northrop F-5N Tiger II
Fighter Squadron Composite 13 (VFC-13) "Fighting Saints"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7663061256_b42bb29bd3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7663061256/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 28, 2012, 03:12:48 PM
Well, I think this is the longest I have ever worked on editing a photo, but I'm willing to do it for all my adoring fans (you know who you are, y'all requested this).   ;D

  • Original, right out of the camera.
  • Original edit, this is the one I have already posted.
  • New edit, but I'm not sure it's quite; "DAAAAAAMN! Right through the goalposts!"
    I'll let you guys decide...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 28, 2012, 04:50:48 PM
DAAAAAAAAAAAMN!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 29, 2012, 08:55:14 AM
DAAAAAAAAAAAMN!

Thanks Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 29, 2012, 08:59:24 AM
Lockheed KC-130T Hercules
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234) "Rangers"

This KC-130T, BuNo 163310, served as Fat Albert #5 "Ernie" from 1996-1997.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7669422676_192d51acf1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7669422676/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 30, 2012, 06:29:35 PM
Lockheed KC-130T Hercules
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234) "Rangers"

This KC-130T, BuNo 163310, served as Fat Albert #5 "Ernie" from 1996-1997.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8294/7680943646_43c98f3eca_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7680943646/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 30, 2012, 09:13:00 PM
Love that golden hour Herk shot, Matt.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 30, 2012, 09:13:31 PM
BLACK AND YELLOW BLACK AND YELLOW BLACK AND YELLOW BLACK AND YELLOW
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/7681451220_2c97c01367_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7681451220/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 31, 2012, 05:46:52 PM
Love that golden hour Herk shot, Matt.

Thanks Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 02, 2012, 08:33:31 AM
ITALIAN STALLION
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/7698185208_c55321741f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7698185208/)

Agusta-Westland A149 test bird at Willie for hot-weather testing yesterday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on August 02, 2012, 05:46:49 PM
Kind of a high-vis low-vis paint job.  Very cool sighting nevertheless.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 02, 2012, 06:45:23 PM
Kind of a high-vis low-vis paint job.  Very cool sighting nevertheless.

I've always liked the term "Crayolaflage."


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 03, 2012, 09:55:57 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8010/7708421176_4194343488_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7708421176/)
C-17 Globemaster III 452nd AMW 05-5141 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7708421176/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on August 04, 2012, 08:00:01 AM
What is that hanging on the left side of the A149?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on August 04, 2012, 08:04:19 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7272/7710620848_10b80e7848_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7710620848/)
 From a few weeks back


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 05, 2012, 09:40:33 AM
MICROJUMBO
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7716020474_d2d9bb1a02_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7716020474/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 07, 2012, 11:08:40 PM
RED AND WHITE
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7126/7738069082_f4cf6ed293_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7738069082/)
A bit too heat-hazy for my liking, but I dig the uniform reflections of the red and white runway data on the undersides of the engine nacelles and fuselage, and how it echoes Tanker 40's paint scheme.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 09, 2012, 09:08:29 AM
^^^^^^^ I like the image very much Joe. You even caught one of the dust devils in the background.

With the latest release in the Batman movie saga, I wanted to title this image "The Dark Knight". Unfortunately, I can't find a way to couch it without offending someone. Once that was stuck in my brain pan, I could not think of any other title that I liked - darn.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7745967944_816dc25645_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/7745967944/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 09, 2012, 11:29:58 AM
^^^^^^^ I like the image very much Joe. You even caught one of the dust devils in the background.

Thanks, Jeff.  I think a lot of the elements I typically do not like in images, like the heat haze, the harsh overhead lighting and blown-out reflections on the leading edges of the wings, tail, and nacelles, and the hazy, cruddy sky all kind of work in this shot, as they tell the story about how hot and miserable it was out there.  And next to the reflections of the runway numbers, the dust devil is my favorite detail too. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 09, 2012, 11:51:12 AM
With the latest release in the Batman movie saga, I wanted to title this image "The Dark Knight". Unfortunately, I can't find a way to couch it without offending someone. Once that was stuck in my brain pan, I could not think of any other title that I liked - darn.

How about something incorporating the President's Secret Service codename ("Renegade") into the title?  

This was also a few minutes before Governor Brewer was photographed wagging her finger in the President's face, so maybe a reference to that?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on August 09, 2012, 08:01:53 PM
Jeff "Finger Wag One"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 19, 2012, 10:26:52 AM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452 AMW)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7816541676_b6947c7e29_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7816541676/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on August 19, 2012, 04:09:25 PM
ATSI Scooters, 8-19-12, Willie

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7115/7818996984_203b610df7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/7818996984/)
_X5A0405 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/7818996984/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 21, 2012, 09:21:04 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8306/7835832194_e8ddd902ed_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7835832194/)
FA-18A+ Hornet VFA-204 BuNo 162866 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7835832194/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 22, 2012, 07:16:13 PM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
62d Airlift Wing (62 AW)
446th Airlift Wing (446 AW)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/7842040170_a6cb589a60_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7842040170/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 23, 2012, 08:51:56 PM
DID SOMEBODY CALL 911?
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8303/7848667964_6e8c2d8af6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/7848667964/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 26, 2012, 08:22:23 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8297/7864619622_5cf006241e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7864619622/)
AV-8B Harrier II + VMA-214 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7864619622/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 30, 2012, 08:11:37 PM
Well, it's official.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: FelipeG on August 30, 2012, 08:32:40 PM
I almost feel like going there with a tape measure and place my ladder at 6ft +/- 1 in


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 30, 2012, 08:55:37 PM
Bummer and just when I started to learn the advantages of being taller then something to shoot over as opposed to through it


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Janes on August 30, 2012, 10:04:48 PM
Quote
I almost feel like going there with a tape measure and place my ladder at 6ft +/- 1 in
Should show up with a scissor lift or a cherry picker instead.  :P


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 30, 2012, 10:27:06 PM
Eh.  Taller ladders, I guess.  A four-footer on the hill has been working out nicely for me for a while, but for those nose-on taxi shots, being able to position a ladder near the fence has been invaluable.  There are definitely ways to adapt and still respect the new guidelines.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: FelipeG on August 31, 2012, 08:36:32 AM
Eh.  Taller ladders, I guess.  A four-footer on the hill has been working out nicely for me for a while, but for those nose-on taxi shots, being able to position a ladder near the fence has been invaluable.  There are definitely ways to adapt and still respect the new guidelines.

You mean the grassy small hill right by the gazebo?

At McCarran there's a similar sign, however, the Sunset Ave parking lot has a ~5.5' sidewalk and then the parking lot, so if you have a pickup you can use the ladder on pickup bed method, or the standing on your roof method.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on August 31, 2012, 05:32:03 PM
Eh.  Taller ladders, I guess.  A four-footer on the hill has been working out nicely for me for a while, but for those nose-on taxi shots, being able to position a ladder near the fence has been invaluable.  There are definitely ways to adapt and still respect the new guidelines.

How long before the 'No Ladders on Grass' signs appear?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: FelipeG on August 31, 2012, 11:39:54 PM

How long before the 'No Ladders on Grass' signs appear?

I was under the impression that a "Please keep off the grass" was posted somewhere around the gazebo.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 31, 2012, 11:59:51 PM
Only during overseed season. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on September 01, 2012, 01:57:02 PM
How about a sign that says "No Photographers on Grass".


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: FelipeG on September 01, 2012, 10:08:24 PM
How about a sign that says "No Photographers on Grass".

Then you pull out a small notebook and some binoculars and say you're a plane spotter.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 02, 2012, 11:32:24 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) "Flying Nightmares"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8435/7915480218_82764f202c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/7915480218/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on September 03, 2012, 05:55:32 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8446/7921106602_48c56d09a4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/7921106602/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on September 03, 2012, 10:19:41 AM
Very nice  head on shot Mat, I like the pilots head turned just like the nose wheel, cool.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 04, 2012, 10:56:04 AM
Very nice  head on shot Matt, I like the pilots head turned just like the nose wheel, cool.

Thank you!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on September 04, 2012, 06:34:18 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/7933766014_a2a1f9f1dd_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7933766014/)
AV-8B Harrier II Plus VMA-513 BuNo 165429 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7933766014/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on September 05, 2012, 07:59:43 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8446/7941065100_f54d1a90d7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7941065100/)
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 'Allegiant' N408NV (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/7941065100/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on September 08, 2012, 08:44:34 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8300/7955945534_82b033cd98_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/7955945534/)
 Still working on my B&W's


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on September 14, 2012, 09:47:58 PM
A Question Of Balance


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on September 15, 2012, 06:17:42 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8298/7988301142_c4755b8c00_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/7988301142/)
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Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 15, 2012, 10:37:17 PM
Kaspar, is this a recent shot?  If so, I'm happy to see it flying again.  This was the T-34 that made gear-up landing at Bullhead City last year.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Kennedy on September 15, 2012, 11:04:27 PM
Kaspar, is this a recent shot?  If so, I'm happy to see it flying again.  This was the T-34 that made gear-up landing at Bullhead City last year.

It was a Coolidge this past April.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: FelipeG on September 16, 2012, 10:23:15 AM
Kaspar, is this a recent shot?  If so, I'm happy to see it flying again.  This was the T-34 that made gear-up landing at Bullhead City last year.

Yep, it was at Coolidge in April and Sedona yesterday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 17, 2012, 11:51:08 PM
its also the aircraft that i got a ride in. good to see her again


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on September 23, 2012, 02:05:36 AM
2 Harriers of VMA-214 enjoying the late afternoon sun at Willie....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8444/8014769489_d07896d27e_c.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 25, 2012, 11:53:10 AM
One Heavy Mother(land) Hauler...
AN-124 Departing from back in 2011

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s1/v57/p1148799974.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 29, 2012, 09:25:56 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) "Flying Nightmares"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8461/8036089660_0bd755a793_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8036089660/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on September 29, 2012, 10:15:00 PM
Harrier -  Taken July 14, 2012


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 30, 2012, 08:48:59 PM
Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154) "Black Knights"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8313/8042180456_7217a2f6b2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8042180456/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: N312RB on October 02, 2012, 07:26:52 PM
Just a heads up... there is an Italian registered AW-139 at Willie doing hot weather testing.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on October 05, 2012, 06:10:39 AM
T-45 165639/B285 ot TW-2, shot in august, although stationary it looks like it wants to take off already..

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8322/8056498931_e4ae58a979_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8056498931/)
165639-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8056498931/) by Bjorn vd Flier (http://www.flickr.com/people/79988143@N02/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 05, 2012, 09:12:43 PM
ZWEI-SECHS-ZWEI
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8058464646_829cd9af15_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8058464646/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 05, 2012, 09:29:24 PM
^^^ Killer head-on shot Joe. It really accentuates the unique shape of the 'Swallow'.

This appears to be a reproduction that was constructed by Legend Flyers (later Me 262 Project) of Everett, Washington. My quick research indicates the original Jumo 004 engines have been replaced by General Electric J85 engines.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on October 05, 2012, 11:19:18 PM
Now that is cool! Bet it climbs like a rocket with J85s (CJ610s). They really got the design right.  Pretty good for a first try I'd say.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on October 07, 2012, 04:52:14 PM
F-5N Tiger II - Note the ex-USAF number 76-1528 now written 761528.  Does anyone know if these were re-designated as F-5Ns?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: FelipeG on October 07, 2012, 05:33:02 PM
Scramble says yes.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on October 07, 2012, 05:39:12 PM
In that case...heading modified.  Here's another question then.  Are VMFT-401's F-5s, the ex-Swiss ones, still designated as F-5Es?  Thanks Felipe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 07, 2012, 05:45:58 PM
I think they're all Ns now.  If I recall correctly, the AF serials were for export to Switzerland under an FMS contract, and these F-5s never flew with the USAF. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on October 07, 2012, 05:52:39 PM
Mystery solved!  Thanks Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: FelipeG on October 07, 2012, 06:11:16 PM
This fuselage was sitting around the ramp last year, I believe it was destined to be some sort of trainer
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5212/5528716958_544024a588_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garciarf/5528716958/)
CRJ Fuselage (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garciarf/5528716958/) by FelipeGarcia. (http://www.flickr.com/people/garciarf/), on Flickr

Chandler-Gilbert CC's Lear 23. This one still had a Mexican flag last year and is painted in the colors of the defunct SARO

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5137/5528716438_6341741f39.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garciarf/5528716438/)
Gilbert-Chandler CC Lear 23/24 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garciarf/5528716438/) by FelipeGarcia. (http://www.flickr.com/people/garciarf/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on October 14, 2012, 11:26:51 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8331/8085900396_1b953a809f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/8085900396/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on October 14, 2012, 11:28:12 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8330/8087171580_f0eedc3c87_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/8087171580/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 15, 2012, 12:15:11 PM
HOT MESS(erschmitt).
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8188/8090498441_13df025869_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8090498441/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 15, 2012, 08:55:13 PM
PHROG WENT A-COURTIN'
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8467/8092674538_6ae3da6921_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8092674538/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 16, 2012, 08:35:42 PM
HEAVY HAULER
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8046/8095872706_c602c4e5aa_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8095872706/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on October 16, 2012, 08:42:17 PM
I like that AN shot Joe.  Took me a while to figure out the layout.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 16, 2012, 10:52:20 PM
Thanks Bill.  I hardly ever shoot in that direction from that side of the airfield because the light is only good in the morning.  Oh, and for what it's worth, this departure was on 12R  ???


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 17, 2012, 06:07:03 AM
One of the best shots of the An-124 I've ever seen Joe. I really like how you caught it just lifting above the dust cloud with it's smokey engines blasting away. The morning light from that angle is excellent.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 18, 2012, 11:29:11 PM
EIGHT TANGO GOLF
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8323/8102002865_1014fd9998_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8102002865/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 10, 2012, 07:56:34 PM
Bare Talon


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on November 11, 2012, 04:50:56 PM
Trying to get that "Golding Hour" but the sun was Hiding.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8489/8172517934_8d57e8d4e6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76654858@N08/8172517934/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on November 11, 2012, 05:06:49 PM
Some thing every day at willie  ;D
(http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v64/p1108318312-5.jpg) (http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/p244084930/e420f9868)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Gary Wetzel on November 11, 2012, 05:09:11 PM
Bare Talon

Scott, like that look of that Talon!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 11, 2012, 05:26:26 PM
Trying to get that "Golding Hour" but the sun was Hiding.

So disappointing when the clouds rolled in.  That departure would have been a thing of majesty had the sun been shining at the time.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 11, 2012, 06:11:45 PM
Bare Talon

Scott, like that look of that Talon!
Thanks Gary!  I happened to be out that way (38 miles from my house) and the T-38 was the only thing there.  I was determined to squeeze something out of it.  Now that you can't put ladders near the fence, it has become much more of a challenge.  Ironically it's still just as easy for someone who wants to get over the fence to do so.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 11, 2012, 07:48:57 PM
NASA T-38s - You might not be able to feel the heat but you can certainly see evidence of it.  March 4, 2010.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 11, 2012, 09:24:42 PM
The Blue Tailed Harrier - A common sight at the time, I never did manage to get the perfect shot.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on November 16, 2012, 07:10:58 PM
WILDLIFE ON AND INVOF ARPT
(http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v55/p1272586852-5.jpg) (http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/p697267443/e4bda2264)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 16, 2012, 08:33:45 PM
CHINUK?  CANOOK?
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8342/8192598378_85179a1465_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8192598378/)
Wish I had a more dynamic shot of this bird, but the pilot rolled it pretty far down the runway before lifting off. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 20, 2012, 07:11:06 PM
This is the first photo out of my new Nikon D7000!

Frontier Airlines
Airbus A319-111
Misty the Arctic Fox

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8477/8203866055_71d95c03a0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8203866055/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 20, 2012, 07:17:10 PM
Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8489/8203878181_dcc6b5a235_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8203878181/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 22, 2012, 11:34:19 AM
Frontier Airlines
Airbus A319-111
Foxy the Red Fox

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8488/8209399472_48b10b9229_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8209399472/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 22, 2012, 12:01:23 PM
This is the first photo out of my new Nikon D7000!
Frontier Airlines
Airbus A319-111
Misty the Arctic Fox
Matt, Congrats on the new D7000!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 22, 2012, 03:15:10 PM
Matt, Congrats on the new D7000!

Thanks Scott, I'm really enjoying it!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 23, 2012, 11:45:40 AM
Frontier Airlines
Airbus A319-111
Domino the Black Tail Deer Fawn

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8210912677_7b457f27fc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8210912677/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 23, 2012, 06:16:27 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203) "Hawks"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8211701473_6e84798ac9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8211701473/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 02, 2012, 10:44:25 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8343/8237661329_23acd408b5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8237661329/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on December 02, 2012, 03:34:59 PM
That is one old C-130!  Looks great though, especially with the sun on it and the stormy clouds behind.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 02, 2012, 04:34:20 PM
Not sure what shape they're in mechanically, but IAR certainly keeps their Herks looking really darned good for their age.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 03, 2012, 12:28:05 PM
Definitely not my best shot, but I was determined to catch these guys leaving last night.

The sunset yesterday was around 1720, this photo was taken at 1737, and these are the camera settings:
  • F-stop: f/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/15 sec.
  • ISO: ISO-1600

Mcdonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113) "Stingers"


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 03, 2012, 01:02:54 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

This Shooters F/A-18D is equipped with Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS).

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8069/8241490969_7238585ca3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8241490969/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 03, 2012, 04:02:59 PM
This Shooters F/A-18D is equipped with Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS).

Did you get the story on this one?  Strong hunch it's an ex-Green Knights bird. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 04, 2012, 11:05:07 AM
SNOWBIRD SEASON
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8485/8244301296_1383ae98b8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8244301296/)
The pilot had his blinker on for ages and only committed to making this left turn after four or five false starts.   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 04, 2012, 11:07:49 AM
This Shooters F/A-18D is equipped with Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS).

Did you get the story on this one?  Strong hunch it's an ex-Green Knights bird. 

No, I didn't get the BuNo to search its history, but I would assume you are correct.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 04, 2012, 11:32:16 AM
Frontier Airlines
Airbus A319-111
Jake the White-Tailed Deer

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8341/8245327992_3eb822648b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8245327992/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 04, 2012, 11:37:00 AM
This Shooters F/A-18D is equipped with Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS).

Did you get the story on this one?  Strong hunch it's an ex-Green Knights bird. 

Jack sent me the BuNo, and it is an ex-Green Knights bird (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4319458994/).


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 11, 2012, 07:54:55 PM
FOLLOW US
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8265070113_838efc7da1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8265070113/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on December 12, 2012, 10:17:07 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8081/8268071347_f383ec17df_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/8268071347/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 15, 2012, 09:41:20 AM
I CAN CALL YOU BETTY . . .
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8206/8274309263_b2c787b563_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8274309263/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 15, 2012, 11:09:17 AM
How B2 pilots "commute".

And save us some serious dough keeping their hours up without having to fly their main mounts.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 16, 2012, 09:41:51 AM
Here's some more vapor from yesterday.

Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 137 (VFA-137) "Kestrels"
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8209/8277276809_b19c67ff06_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8277276809/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on December 16, 2012, 09:25:14 PM
F-117A - Fact is stranger than fiction


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on December 29, 2012, 01:46:24 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8322304001_823f6fca6c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8322304001/)
C-17 Globemaster III 452nd AMW 05-5141 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8322304001/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 08, 2013, 10:06:23 AM
HUNTER/KILLER
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8195/8361855070_f5a670405a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8361855070/)
HMLA-467 passing through Willie for gas on their way home after WTI 1-11. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 10, 2013, 09:49:48 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8367412722_c045762275_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8367412722/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on January 11, 2013, 07:52:14 AM
Watch out female driver... Coming in late on a sunday evening for a night stop..

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8466/8370708170_971a782d91_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8370708170/)
163500 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8370708170/) by Bjorn vd Flier (http://www.flickr.com/people/79988143@N02/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on January 12, 2013, 05:47:48 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8374033687_05d5e7f858_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/8374033687/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on January 12, 2013, 08:39:35 PM
I saw the A-10 at Gateway this evening.  What was the emergency?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 13, 2013, 05:38:24 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A+ Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 204 (VFA-204) "River Rattlers"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8366/8377772691_a541884810_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8377772691/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: GoldenR on January 13, 2013, 10:52:24 PM
A few shots from today
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8512/8379685074_18d58244d9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/golden-photography/8379685074/)
1-3002478 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/golden-photography/8379685074/) by Golden Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/golden-photography/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8379683850_8faef1c3d1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/golden-photography/8379683850/)
1-3002485 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/golden-photography/8379683850/) by Golden Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/golden-photography/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8466/8378604443_b04327e703_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/golden-photography/8378604443/)
1-3002509 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/golden-photography/8378604443/) by Golden Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/golden-photography/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 18, 2013, 10:14:12 PM
FLOWN RANGER
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8194/8394448622_2697ccc0dd_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8394448622/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 21, 2013, 09:54:00 AM
Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8232/8402794000_d77abb7676_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8402794000/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on January 21, 2013, 09:24:42 PM
This is the Harrier that went down northwest of Yuma on July 25th, 2012.  BuNo 164147


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 22, 2013, 07:03:21 PM
RED GRASSHOPPER
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8404924091_39705e2774_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8404924091/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 23, 2013, 07:20:21 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/8409195015_1bf559c2bb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8409195015/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 23, 2013, 08:49:51 PM
↑↑↑↑↑ Very, very nice, Joe! ↑↑↑↑↑


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 23, 2013, 08:53:27 PM
Thanks, Matt.  Almost missed this one.  Was taking a "buffer break" between bursts, and this was my first shot when I resumed shooting.  Actually thought I missed it entirely. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on January 23, 2013, 10:51:05 PM
Nice catch Joe!  Great shot, cool aircraft.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 25, 2013, 11:09:39 PM
+1 Joe!  Nicely Caught!!

King Air from the 2010 Archives.  Mountains were invisible in the haze until converted to B&W
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v76/p1399116894-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 25, 2013, 11:36:37 PM
Just Hand Your Keys To The Valet
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s2/v72/p1399153918-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on January 26, 2013, 12:15:47 AM
Portable Haboob
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s2/v72/p1399182460-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 03, 2013, 12:40:51 AM
(http://cv-photozz.smugmug.com/Other/Panoramas/i-JDsGFF4/0/X2/harriers-X2.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 03, 2013, 07:04:42 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203) "Hawks"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8359/8441429166_5365b66323_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8441429166/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 03, 2013, 06:33:35 PM
Two of the 14 that arrived today.

Boeing AH-64D Apache
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8505/8443488466_fd9d743554_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8443488466/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on February 03, 2013, 06:35:37 PM
Awesome one Matt!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 03, 2013, 06:42:58 PM
Awesome one Matt!

Thanks Chris!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 03, 2013, 08:21:27 PM
Nice!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 03, 2013, 08:58:40 PM
Nice!!

Thank you!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on February 04, 2013, 02:00:01 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8445942506_95da601452_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8445942506/)
AV-8B Harrier II VMA-211 BuNo 163879 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8445942506/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on February 04, 2013, 03:48:47 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8445190453_ce6748d878_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8445190453/)
165429 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8445190453/) by Bjorn vd Flier (http://www.flickr.com/people/79988143@N02/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 05, 2013, 10:28:01 AM
Boeing AH-64D Apache

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8053/8447345303_2c0a0ae99e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8447345303/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 05, 2013, 11:32:07 AM
Don't the D models have the radar dome above the main rotor?

The Block II Apache is the D model, with the mast it is a Longbow.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 05, 2013, 12:00:53 PM
All Ds have the capability to mount the Longbow radar, but there are more AH-64Ds without it mounted than there are with it.  Several Apaches can access the radar from a single Longbow system via a datalink and receive independent targeting data from it, so there's no need for all of them to have the radar mounted.  Pretty cool system.  And a well-framed shot.  Doesn't get much better than a tightly-cropped front-quarter shot on these birds.  Really emphasizes how beefy they are.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on February 05, 2013, 01:14:53 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8447720579_00a5b32c1f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8447720579/)
Boeing AH-64D Apache (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8447720579/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 05, 2013, 04:04:33 PM
All Ds have the capability to mount the Longbow radar, but there are more AH-64Ds without it mounted than there are with it.  Several Apaches can access the radar from a single Longbow system via a datalink and receive independent targeting data from it, so there's no need for all of them to have the radar mounted.  Pretty cool system.  And a well-framed shot.  Doesn't get much better than a tightly-cropped front-quarter shot on these birds.  Really emphasizes how beefy they are.

Thanks Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on February 09, 2013, 09:37:02 AM
I think the backseater is surprisedby how many photographers were there..

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8097/8457897743_1336f25685_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8457897743/)
160937 T-34C (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8457897743/) by Bjorn vd Flier (http://www.flickr.com/people/79988143@N02/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on February 09, 2013, 01:19:10 PM
Some other shots I was able to edit..

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8092/8459593978_6fed54e0de_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8459593978/)
165427 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8459593978/) by Bjorn vd Flier (http://www.flickr.com/people/79988143@N02/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8458491857_20e0ae0c0d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8458491857/)
164545/WE-23, AV-8B, VMA-214 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8458491857/) by Bjorn vd Flier (http://www.flickr.com/people/79988143@N02/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8459593086_0f9c2607f3_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8459593086/)
163113 VFA-204 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8459593086/) by Bjorn vd Flier (http://www.flickr.com/people/79988143@N02/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 12, 2013, 04:29:11 PM
Boeing AH-64D Apache
1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment (1-227 AVN) "First Attack"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/8468540259_1d9f0b12dc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8468540259/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on February 12, 2013, 09:33:22 PM
Beechcraft RC-12 Guardrail
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8505/8469115201_7a19ff2edd_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/8469115201/)
From a few weeks back


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 13, 2013, 09:31:39 PM
SISTERS
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8471792613_7268931f8b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8471792613/)
Air Attack 310 and 330 came off the North American production line as BuNo 155400 and 155401, respectively.  Pretty cool to catch them together, let alone in their order of production.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: ChrisM on February 13, 2013, 09:44:04 PM
Fantastic image Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 13, 2013, 10:11:44 PM
Joe in his classic shooting pose. You might say he's prone to shooting that way.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 13, 2013, 10:32:36 PM
Synchronicity - Two OV-10s, two OV-10 nuts, all in the same place at the same time.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 13, 2013, 10:33:43 PM
^^^^ Good to see the you both got a chance to shoot these two OV-10's. I know how much the Broncos mean to you - congrats  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 13, 2013, 10:44:09 PM
The funny thing is I remember back in 2001/2002 Scott actually showing me an old slide of one of these aircraft in Marine Corps markings from way back in the 1970s (155400 in rarely-photographed VMO-8 markings).  Never thought I'd be shooting that same aircraft with the same dude a dozen years later.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on February 16, 2013, 09:26:44 PM
Four Peeks
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8480093817_5cfa9504a1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/8480093817/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 17, 2013, 09:33:13 PM
STILL BUCKIN' AT 45
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8483782301_df7131ce12_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8483782301/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 17, 2013, 10:25:47 PM
OV-10A Bronco - (BuNo. 155401)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on February 18, 2013, 09:38:44 AM
Great to see the Bronco still in action; nice pics gents!!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on February 18, 2013, 01:28:19 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8109/8486855532_ae8e7e0146_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8486855532/)
AV-8B Harrier II's VMA-211 "Wake Island Avengers" (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8486855532/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 18, 2013, 05:29:29 PM
Props Turning


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 20, 2013, 06:21:28 PM
Great to see the Bronco still in action; nice pics gents!!!
Thanks Joe!  We're lucky California decided to keep them around and take such good care of them.  They have one of the Marsh D-models (OV-10G) flying too. It has the short nose re-installed.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 20, 2013, 10:06:48 PM
Two of Everything


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on February 26, 2013, 03:27:29 PM
Snake Sneaking
Late arriving Columbus Talon from back in 2011

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s2/v73/p1452651866-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on February 26, 2013, 04:05:30 PM
Slither To The Ramp .. Monitor Ground
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v77/p1452700696-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: John B. on February 26, 2013, 04:10:13 PM
Wow!  That T-38 shot is really stunning!  That is a really fine shot.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on February 26, 2013, 05:12:28 PM
Thanks John...!  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on February 28, 2013, 03:56:50 PM
All lights Blinging...!!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8516228123_473decb3ee_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8516228123/)
164142/WE-24, AV-8B, VMA-214 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79988143@N02/8516228123/) by Bjorn vd Flier (http://www.flickr.com/people/79988143@N02/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: trmphoto on February 28, 2013, 05:16:21 PM
Full Throttle

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8106/8516366453_88e30d4ae9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_morris_photos/8516366453/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_morris_photos/8516366453/)
Just another day at Willie, FIFI doing some touch and go's


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 01, 2013, 01:33:40 PM
One of two transient "Providers" C2s that came in while the Airpower History Tour was open for business on Friday morning...

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s3/v7/p1457487574-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 03, 2013, 03:27:59 PM
VFA-122 "Flying Eagles" Super cranks...

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s11/v37/p1460370360-6.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: trmphoto on March 03, 2013, 10:49:40 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8526284551_996f275098_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_morris_photos/8526284551/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_morris_photos/8526284551/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on March 04, 2013, 04:09:43 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8529840856_d5bf7ec11f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8529840856/)
T-45C Goshawk U.S. Navy BuNo 165633 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8529840856/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 05, 2013, 11:59:44 AM
The Meter Is Running...
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s2/v71/p1463860680-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 05, 2013, 12:19:41 PM
VFA-122 "Flying Eagles" Super Hornet

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v81/p1463891358-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 06, 2013, 02:44:10 PM
Repose
(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v78/p1465930854-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 10, 2013, 08:33:56 PM
F/A-18 F Super Hornet VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” March 10, 2013

(http://azspyder.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Various/Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway-4/i-q63LJdd/0/L/748-031013-L.jpg) (http://)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 10, 2013, 09:13:09 PM
F/A-18 F Super Hornet VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” March 10, 2013

(http://azspyder.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Various/Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway-4/i-fXPmtCK/0/L/523-031013-L.jpg) (http://)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 15, 2013, 09:12:11 PM
(http://azspyder.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Various/Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway-Willie/i-PLmvBWd/0/L/_DSC0139-L.jpg) (http://azspyder.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Various/Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway-Willie/28448783_jrvBvH#!i=2409969824&k=PLmvBWd&lb=1&s=A)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 15, 2013, 09:15:44 PM
(http://azspyder.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Various/Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway-Willie/i-TtQDnQH/0/L/_DSC0162-L.jpg) (http://azspyder.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Various/Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway-Willie/28448783_jrvBvH#!i=2409970146&k=TtQDnQH&lb=1&s=A)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on March 18, 2013, 12:15:54 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8568196080_79c66ec30b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8568196080/)
Mcdonnell Douglas MD-82 Allegiant N423NV (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8568196080/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 21, 2013, 02:07:51 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8506/8578718326_2324b95aa2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8578718326/)
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8578718326/) by azspyder (http://www.flickr.com/people/azspyder/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on March 22, 2013, 02:53:57 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8512/8581404510_133f67f4d3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8581404510/)
C-17 Globemaster III 452nd AMW 05-5141 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8581404510/) by Chris Pasley (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on March 22, 2013, 10:39:35 PM
Occasionally an Airbus will make it off the ground.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 24, 2013, 06:37:07 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8104/8587066073_01031e6f75_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8587066073/)
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8587066073/) by azspyder (http://www.flickr.com/people/azspyder/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 24, 2013, 09:21:04 PM
FIREHORSE
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8239/8585663917_8ce797226f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8585663917/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on March 25, 2013, 09:47:56 AM
Airbus A319-111

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8590110368_0bdd7ac1e6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8590110368/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on March 25, 2013, 06:14:47 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101)  "Sharpshooters"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8591409602_bae5d5cf9f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8591409602/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 26, 2013, 12:59:35 PM
Zulu Cobra arrival prior to 2011's Open House...

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s2/v72/p1501026676-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on March 26, 2013, 01:35:31 PM
Nice one Jay!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 28, 2013, 10:56:46 PM
DESPICABLIMP
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8599930692_71379e420d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8599930692/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on March 29, 2013, 11:13:56 PM
New to my lens .. Allegiant Airbus

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s9/v90/p1507318032-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on April 04, 2013, 01:48:29 PM
  (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8528/8617455032_85c3561666_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/8617455032/)
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 s/n 53125 (1992) Falcon Air Express N125MN (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/8617455032/) by Barry Griffiths CAD (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on April 04, 2013, 01:50:21 PM
  (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8248/8616617485_383d644b59_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/8616617485/)
Airbus A319-132 s/n 2723 (2006) Spirit Airlines N519NK (Gear in Motion) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/8616617485/) by Barry Griffiths CAD (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 04, 2013, 11:34:37 PM
SEXY CURVES
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8620419799_944a904a7f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8620419799/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on April 05, 2013, 12:48:50 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8621911539_f810192215_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8621911539/)
FA-18A+ Hornet VFA-204 BuNo 163113 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8621911539/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on April 06, 2013, 12:42:11 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8405/8624633679_e483061893_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8624633679/)
North American SNJ-5 Texan CAF N3246G (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8624633679/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on April 07, 2013, 06:09:25 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8533/8630210246_098e595872_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8630210246/)
McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8630210246/) by azspyder (http://www.flickr.com/people/azspyder/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on April 09, 2013, 12:43:24 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8535/8635814988_5228807498_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8635814988/)
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8635814988/) by azspyder (http://www.flickr.com/people/azspyder/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on April 12, 2013, 07:43:59 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8260/8643583285_05e8751723_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8643583285/)
C-17 Globemaster III 452nd AMW 05-5141 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8643583285/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on April 13, 2013, 01:59:14 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8645181586_a62729aa6d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8645181586/)
Antonov An-124-100 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8645181586/) by azspyder (http://www.flickr.com/people/azspyder/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on April 13, 2013, 12:58:38 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8123/8645495907_b3412abe17_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8645495907/)
Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8645495907/) by azspyder (http://www.flickr.com/people/azspyder/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on April 13, 2013, 08:45:32 PM
  (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8545/8646493339_5867390ed1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/8646493339/)
Antonov AN124-100 Volga-Dnepr  Airlines RA-82045 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/8646493339/) by Barry Griffiths CAD (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr
  (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8545/8646491393_ab655b29eb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/8646491393/)
Antonov AN124-100 Volga-Dnepr  Airlines RA-82045 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/8646491393/) by Barry Griffiths CAD (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on April 17, 2013, 06:03:06 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8123/8659662996_32d83df66d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8659662996/)
FA-18A+ Hornet VFA-204 BuNo 163113 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8659662996/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on April 26, 2013, 03:22:57 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8539/8682238817_be05266c9d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8682238817/)
North American P-51D Mustang (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8682238817/) by azspyder (http://www.flickr.com/people/azspyder/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on April 28, 2013, 10:34:53 PM
A couple of sheep....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8262/8690910641_5929646527_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8690910641/)
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier ll Plus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8690910641/) by azspyder (http://www.flickr.com/people/azspyder/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 04, 2013, 12:24:35 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8278/8708410276_0fec00e77e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8708410276/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 05, 2013, 06:51:21 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8269/8711709615_4e9529f243_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8711709615/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 05, 2013, 07:09:42 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8406/8712887430_9a4ed47560_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8712887430/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on May 12, 2013, 08:04:38 PM
 I wasn't sure if any of you saw this article over at foxnews.com regarding the sale of one of the C9s' sitting over at Gateway.  Apparently there is some history behind one of the aircraft.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/12/can-own-piece-history-for-as-little-as-50g/


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 12, 2013, 08:35:31 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7307/8733238729_8e0b8fdb7c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8733238729/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 18, 2013, 08:36:43 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8551/8752630756_d7dd006a20_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8752630756/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 21, 2013, 04:55:32 PM
Lockheed KC-130T Hercules
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234) "Rangers"

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8536/8771014315_624c6a49db_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8771014315/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 24, 2013, 08:15:10 PM
HAWKER.  EFFING.  HUNTER.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/8820823384_a8ae64aa74_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/8820823384/)
Finally caught some of ATAC's elusive Hunters.  I absolutely love these things.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 25, 2013, 04:19:13 PM
Airbus A319-111

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3696/8833512350_e84a62a409_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8833512350/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 25, 2013, 07:32:24 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5322/8835323731_22f1cca559_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8835323731/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 26, 2013, 07:12:55 PM
McDonnell Douglas MD-83

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5450/8849083486_90be783aac_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8849083486/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 28, 2013, 11:28:44 AM
Boeing 737-4Q8
Xtra Airways

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/8869379945_465e388371_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8869379945/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 29, 2013, 09:29:49 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7447/8885986051_694646598b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8885986051/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on June 02, 2013, 09:11:51 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5445/8932015867_af5287fa97_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8932015867/)
Boeing AH-64D Apache U.S. Army (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/8932015867/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 03, 2013, 05:54:27 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/8942507601_f95348abce_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8942507601/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 06, 2013, 05:23:44 PM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452 AMW)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8257/8974118944_ee4fdc0a1c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/8974118944/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Mitchell Koffman on June 06, 2013, 08:50:44 PM
From 6/2. Shooters Leaving Willie with the ever Cardinal Sin:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7447/8975131940_070854c9fb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/8975131940/)
DSC_0413 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/8975131940/) by redsox223 (http://www.flickr.com/people/mkoffman/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on June 09, 2013, 02:56:13 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5336/8999834791_2ace891067_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/8999834791/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on June 10, 2013, 09:00:53 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/9013339440_8a001cc684_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9013339440/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on June 12, 2013, 11:32:09 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2839/9029643827_a4248beb37_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9029643827/)
Av-8B Harrier II Plus VMA-214 BuNo 164566 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9029643827/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on June 13, 2013, 12:27:43 AM
Great shot Chris, can't beat a good close up, really like the angle.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on June 13, 2013, 01:41:40 AM
Indeed nice shot chris, I think I have a pretty much the same pic....


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 13, 2013, 04:48:33 PM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) "Sharpshooters"

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/9036032739_ffb6e8afdf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9036032739/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 13, 2013, 08:55:45 PM
SHADOW WARRIOR
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2880/9037349631_17506c0227_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/9037349631/)
Shadow cast by a TO-5C from the Army's 204th Military Intelligence Battalion.  First time I've ever gone for prop blur on a shadow.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on June 14, 2013, 09:56:38 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7447/9047836234_fa6aa7e9a1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9047836234/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 16, 2013, 11:06:50 AM
FLAMESLAYER
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5530/9058204755_a6053c8b59_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/9058204755/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on June 16, 2013, 01:15:16 PM
Great shot of the tanker Joe, very nice!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 17, 2013, 06:54:57 PM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
452d Air Mobility Wing (452 AMW)
Spirit of Ronald Reagan

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7432/9072832278_291336ebe2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9072832278/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 19, 2013, 10:25:42 PM
EL BOMBERO
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3776/9088856527_6a8800e6f6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/9088856527/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on June 19, 2013, 11:03:37 PM
Great head on shot Joe, I would love to get a shot of this monster dropping slurry.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 20, 2013, 10:04:17 AM
A throwaway shot from yesterday due to all the heat distortion, but here's 10 Tanker Air Carrier's DC-10s, Tanker 910 (departing) and Tanker 911 (arriving), operating in support of the Doce Fire.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 20, 2013, 10:24:32 AM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
10 Tanker Air Carrier
Tanker 910

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/9092813195_1b23cfd8ba_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9092813195/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 20, 2013, 04:58:16 PM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
10 Tanker Air Carrier
Tanker 911

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/9095269059_9f77786f50_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9095269059/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on June 20, 2013, 08:14:05 PM
(http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v111/p1616678034-5.jpg) (http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/p697267443/e605c8c92)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 25, 2013, 01:37:27 PM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
10 Tanker Air Carrier
Tanker 910

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/9138676732_354b5b88a0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9138676732/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 25, 2013, 06:25:42 PM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
10 Tanker Air Carrier
Tanker 911

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/9140343208_8e0578f52b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9140343208/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on June 29, 2013, 07:50:54 PM
...A Pirate's Life's for Me

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3707/9171984474_81316fe726_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9171984474/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on June 30, 2013, 11:19:34 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7376/9175137411_142e2f525e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9175137411/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 02, 2013, 05:04:56 PM
BAe 146-200
Neptune Aviation Services
Tanker 41

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3752/9194540627_4474da3b93_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9194540627/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 02, 2013, 07:36:18 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7452/9181545722_4f2fa235c7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9181545722/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 02, 2013, 10:24:36 PM
In the Belly of the Beast - (MAFFS II)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/9198867922_ae6bc0bd0b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/9198867922/)

Herc with a Squirt
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7298/9196011353_2ec3038d4a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/9196011353/)

After its last drop of the day, this 130 fueled and headed back to Colorado Springs for the night. Word at Willie is consistent with other reports - 4 more 130's with MAFFS will be returning tomorrow.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on July 03, 2013, 08:28:36 AM
Nice ones Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 03, 2013, 12:00:12 PM
Nice ones Jeff!

Thanks Chris, definitely some interesting aircraft working out of Willie at this time. The haze and later afternoon collapsing monsoon storms makes for soft lighting conditions.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/9200563283_864036a02a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/9200563283/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 03, 2013, 07:11:34 PM
MAFFS
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5546/9205967006_5957deaf1b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/9205967006/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 03, 2013, 07:18:03 PM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
10 Tanker Air Carrier
Tanker 911

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2842/9203214039_01227e62f3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9203214039/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 03, 2013, 09:02:26 PM
In the Belly of the Beast - (MAFFS II)
After its last drop of the day, this 130 fueled and headed back to Colorado Springs for the night. Word at Willie is consistent with other reports - 4 more 130's with MAFFS will be returning tomorrow.
Both shots outstanding!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 03, 2013, 09:03:45 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/9206471422_aab4666e8b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9206471422/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on July 04, 2013, 01:51:29 AM
MAFFS 6 rolling in...

(http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v85/p1770374698-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 04, 2013, 06:54:32 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5321/9206288031_f3b9464f60_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9206288031/)


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5523/9209114214_177e7cec5c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9209114214/)


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3781/9209164636_0b8e55111a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9209164636/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 04, 2013, 09:56:25 AM
A teaser image. More to come with an upcoming SoAR article…

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3778/9207499057_72c78b7ab3_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on July 04, 2013, 07:54:39 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/9213692302_619e3d837d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/9213692302/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on July 04, 2013, 07:55:32 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3807/9210911135_67781fcd31_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/9210911135/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 04, 2013, 10:22:07 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5514/9211307161_a05a7ab418_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9211307161/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on July 05, 2013, 08:14:52 AM
MAFFS-5 arriving at Willie on 7/4/13.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7290/9214263935_30099b3e95_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/9214263935/)
_92W7772 Lockheed C-130H (s/n 94-7317) MAFFS KIWA (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/9214263935/) by Ned Harris (http://www.flickr.com/people/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 06, 2013, 08:06:19 PM
The new number 2....

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3792/9228196670_5a8ac36c1d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9228196670/)

The bad BA...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7392/9228296718_9bdb3e1ea1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9228296718/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 07, 2013, 09:42:45 PM
MAFFS 3 Sunset
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3720/9237617182_74af189027_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/9237617182/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 07, 2013, 10:22:39 PM
MAFFS 3 from the Wyoming Air Guard arriving at Willie this afternoon with engine trouble and a feathered prop.  It was quite a parade down the runway with three fire trucks and an ops truck responding.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2827/9237857342_6fc423399b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9237857342/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 07, 2013, 10:56:08 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5458/9235028237_526f2e8c7b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9235028237/)


(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2863/9235187483_2cff41c9d5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9235187483/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 08, 2013, 05:21:26 PM
Lockheed C-130H Hercules
302d Airlift Wing (302 AW)
Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2882/9244722258_5df02e3b87_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9244722258/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 09, 2013, 05:48:35 PM
Lockheed C-130H Hercules
153d Airlift Wing (153d AW)
Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5507/9250027725_060eedc1e4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9250027725/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 09, 2013, 09:35:45 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3685/9253949634_98170f4a9b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9253949634/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 10, 2013, 06:22:31 PM
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
10 Tanker Air Carrier
Tanker 911

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3668/9259611390_a569253148_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9259611390/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 11, 2013, 06:10:05 PM
Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules
146th Airlift Wing (146 AW)
Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5531/9266736750_66ac2bde72_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9266736750/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on July 11, 2013, 09:25:52 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2827/9264891057_b0a5dc24b6_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9264891057/)
FA-18A+ Hornet VFA-204 BuNo 163113 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9264891057/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 12, 2013, 07:17:15 PM
A haboob engulfed KIWA a little before 1:00 PM today causing three Hornets from VFA-97 to abort their takeoff and return to the ramp. As you can see, it got fairly intense and dark enough to turn on the taxiway/runway lights.

HABOOB WARHAWKS
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5338/9271277589_ce4d3ab15c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/9271277589/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 12, 2013, 08:36:31 PM
Hope your camera is ok!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 12, 2013, 08:45:10 PM
Hope your camera is ok!

Let's just say I did not change lenses during this festival of dirt; nor did I face my lens into the wind. I did spend 45-minutes de-sanding my 5D3 when I got home  ;D

Here is one I took of the Hornets jockeying for position on the ramp. I'm not sure if these pilots ever flew missions from land bases in Afghanistan or Iraq, but they sure got a dose of similar conditions today.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2851/9271687605_9abbc3136d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/9271687605/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 13, 2013, 09:25:10 AM
HABOOB WARHAWKS

Very nice shot, Mr. Welker!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on July 13, 2013, 01:07:46 PM
Never thought that a Haboob would enhance a photo but these are outstanding Jeff. Looks like they are operating in the middle east instead of E. Mesa.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 13, 2013, 08:03:12 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7342/9281724234_b99490ed01_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9281724234/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on July 13, 2013, 09:11:30 PM
Never thought that a Haboob would enhance a photo but these are outstanding Jeff. Looks like they are operating in the middle east instead of E. Mesa.

Very nice shot, Mr. Welker!

Thanks Harvey & Matt. I just got plain lucky with the weather and photography yesterday. I had intended to visit Yuma for the 513's farewell; however, a client wanted a meeting Friday morning that killed the trip. My visit to Willie was a last minute decision. After the dust and rain passed, a C-130 from the Wyoming ANG departed with all their MAFFS support gear and headed for Cheyenne. There was still tons of cloud cover and the light was marginal at best. Because of the storm the Herc departed 12R and I took a few obligatory images to practice my slow shutter speed panning as it rolled past my position. When I was processing some of the images today, low and behold I found vapor coming off the props - something I simply did not expect to ever see at Willie  ;D  ;D  ;D

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2834/9279129011_47b06851a3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwelker/9279129011/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 13, 2013, 09:31:57 PM
Nice...Very nice!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 13, 2013, 09:53:22 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/9282273880_d5d3549658_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9282273880/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on July 14, 2013, 02:32:31 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/9280716911_3dedb7179b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9280716911/)
Raytheon Hawker 800 N25BB (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9280716911/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 15, 2013, 05:37:29 PM
Northrop F-5F Franken-Tiger
Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) "Snipers"

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5480/9294726087_624233a522_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/9294726087/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 27, 2013, 09:55:17 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3750/9380056069_7dd09cd511_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9380056069/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 28, 2013, 09:04:55 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/9390810192_a9cc6ce62f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9390810192/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 04, 2013, 08:25:54 PM
BUZZ OR HOWL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF EAT
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5343/9435320312_ea98e4c74c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/9435320312/)
Army EO-5C running up on the ramp while a KC-135 from the 161st ARW rushes by on the "go" of a touch-and-go at Willie.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on August 07, 2013, 05:00:20 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5530/9462787292_2063807bcb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9462787292/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 07, 2013, 05:45:25 PM
Great Caesar's Ghost that's awesome.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on August 07, 2013, 05:50:07 PM
That would be a great shot even without the C-17!  Really cool.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 07, 2013, 07:53:52 PM
Agreed all around, phenomenal!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on August 07, 2013, 08:26:59 PM
Thanks Joe, Scott, and Chris!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 07, 2013, 08:27:30 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2823/9461006039_6893825280_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9461006039/)
AV-8B Harrier II Plus VMA-214 BuNo 165389 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9461006039/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 08, 2013, 03:41:51 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/9469212782_3fbf6ee5d7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9469212782/)
P-51D Mustang Man o' War NL44727 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/9469212782/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on August 08, 2013, 05:26:56 PM
Very nice Mustang shot Chris.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 23, 2013, 10:55:22 PM
NOT-SO-BRITISH BULLDOG
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5450/9581587522_ab13a42187_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/9581587522/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 24, 2013, 07:53:25 AM
FLYING THE COLORS
(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s10/v107/p1763235391-6.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on August 26, 2013, 05:38:04 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7405/9599718864_070924bb5f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9599718864/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 26, 2013, 09:34:25 AM
Nice composition Steve. Great anticipation.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on August 26, 2013, 11:13:41 AM
Thanks Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on August 26, 2013, 11:14:31 AM
The Dogs of War...

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/9602090698_3e8f6ec714_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9602090698/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on August 27, 2013, 06:26:42 PM
MCAS Willie???

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5544/9612571768_9e87698fae_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9612571768/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 03, 2013, 06:38:58 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7290/9666453067_72d015278a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9666453067/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 05, 2013, 03:39:10 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2863/9680291975_f6fb7eae1b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9680291975/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 06, 2013, 05:05:11 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2879/9687431923_d7fd76daa8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9687431923/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on September 06, 2013, 08:04:09 PM
Nice shots Steve!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 06, 2013, 11:27:38 PM
Thanks Chris!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 10, 2013, 04:46:53 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3687/9714448171_5122888721_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9714448171/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 11, 2013, 10:21:11 PM
NERD BIRD
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7412/9730156846_788a49c9ff_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/9730156846/)
Got caught underglassed at Willie today with the 70-200, but this came out pretty good for an extreme crop.  Holloman's C-12J test bird from the 586th FLTS. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 14, 2013, 07:07:37 AM
A real Pete Mitchell...
'MAVERICK'
(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s3/v7/p2100583773-5.jpg)

SHARPSHOOTERS
(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s4/v12/p1883807450-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Rob Silliman on September 15, 2013, 07:52:34 PM
Pre-flighting the aircraft;

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7409/9767662634_4e9e83106e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob-the-org/9767662634/)

(Over) heading the air;

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/9767456322_ab4228e85f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob-the-org/9767456322/)

Tandem takeoff;

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/9767666215_7e86850765_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob-the-org/9767666215/)



Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 20, 2013, 04:27:26 PM
Stripped...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7363/9835901306_c454acc2ae_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9835901306/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 23, 2013, 01:16:55 PM
Waiting for the Big One...

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2849/9903178284_20b7dcf402_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9903178284/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 28, 2013, 10:06:21 AM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/9984195083_b5af57ed0c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/9984195083/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on October 13, 2013, 11:07:41 AM
Locked and Loaded...

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2881/10245059224_f7ac7b51c3_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/10245059224/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 14, 2013, 02:15:55 AM
FUELING HISTORY
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3777/10265964633_2bfc771773_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/10265964633/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on October 27, 2013, 09:11:15 PM
Lockheed Martin KC-130J Harvest HAWK
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) "Raiders"

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/10528963436_3a5a0df51c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/10528963436/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jason Hyatt on November 08, 2013, 12:07:07 AM
Worm Burner
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/10737903196_ef60b4a808_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvrphoto/10737903196/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 08, 2013, 07:54:46 AM
Terrific catch Jason, especially for Willie. What RWY were they using?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 08, 2013, 09:03:52 AM
12R, back in the good old days.

Le sigh.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jason Hyatt on November 08, 2013, 09:58:17 AM
Mr. Copalman is correctamundo, Jeff. He was departing 12R back in twenty ought six. Those were definitely a treat.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 08, 2013, 11:46:00 AM
Wow!  We need more pilots (and photographers!) like that.  Outriggers are almost up.  Very cool.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 08, 2013, 12:22:00 PM
Scott, this was how Harrier departed Willie regardless of which direction they were flying.  I think it was back in 2009 when it was decided for whatever reason that the Harriers would use the far runway instead of 12R/30L.  I never got a clear answer for why this change was made.  For a while, it only seemed to impact Yuma-based Harriers, as we'd get Cherry Point and VX-31 Harriers using 12R/30L quite a bit, but this seems to have stopped now. 

I'd really love to see the Harriers using 12R/30L again.  Those departures made for some epic shots against the backdrop of the Superstition Mountains.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 08, 2013, 12:36:47 PM
Did they generally get the gear up while still that low? Very nice.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 08, 2013, 01:09:11 PM
Depends on how they launched, but yeah.  I'm guessing this guy was the last one to launch in a trail departure, as a lead or dash-2 would probably still be retracting the gear at this point on a 12R departure.  When they launched 30L, I don't recall them being THIS low coming from the other direction, but they were commonly low enough to get them against the mountains in the background.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on November 08, 2013, 06:58:42 PM
Beautiful shot Jason, I sure miss those days at Willie...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 08, 2013, 07:46:36 PM
SCOOTIN' ALONG
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/10751470325_9012c9ddc7_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: josephea6 on November 08, 2013, 08:57:07 PM
Simply gorgeous Jeff!  Love the Scooter...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 08, 2013, 10:38:00 PM
Thanks Joe. Shortly after the Skyhawk arrived, a couple of T-38's from Sheppard Air Force Base landed in some nice late afternoon light. Here is the second one taxiing through the long shadows.

(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s10/v111/p434176400-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 09, 2013, 09:23:25 AM
EXCELLENT ARIZONA LATE AFTERNOON LIGHT
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5477/10760824273_ffe95f21de_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on November 09, 2013, 10:02:32 AM
Great series Jeff!  Are we still shooting from ladders 6 feet from the fence?  Haven't been to Willie in months.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 09, 2013, 11:05:40 AM
Great series Jeff!  Are we still shooting from ladders 6 feet from the fence?  Haven't been to Willie in months.

Thanks Scott and yes sir, we comply with the regulation you are referring to.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on November 18, 2013, 05:07:24 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3805/10918811046_0844c537e7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/10918811046/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 19, 2013, 05:09:59 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II+
Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) "Wake Island Avengers"

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/10953047624_dc6c120760_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/10953047624/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 21, 2013, 05:32:46 PM
Airbus A319-112
Allegiant Air

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7402/10986329924_8da7485b2e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/10986329924)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on November 24, 2013, 12:46:07 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3798/11034818464_33d90667df_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 25, 2013, 06:05:46 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II+
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2858/11058846925_d1a73cc773_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/11058846925/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on November 26, 2013, 05:31:04 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II+
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2858/11076119966_1bd5dac015_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewphx/11076119966/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Daniel DeSart on November 26, 2013, 11:21:52 PM
Training wheels
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5511/11079833884_44d9edb4fe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23591285@N07/11079833884/)


Always my luck to catch a T-38 at Willie


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on December 02, 2013, 12:42:45 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7328/11176854376_3fd9c2aff0_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/11176854376/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 04, 2013, 07:55:51 PM
RAINHAWK
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3787/11215217904_215462845b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/11215217904/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on December 06, 2013, 11:24:05 PM
Voodoo Chile

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3734/11247399194_a528b2c833_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/11247399194/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 13, 2013, 11:26:04 PM
HISTORIC HUNTER
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3698/11362492805_0e36b75e99_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/11362492805/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on December 14, 2013, 12:37:24 AM
Great shot Joe, can't beat that head on look with the pilot clearly visible.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 14, 2013, 01:40:49 AM
Harvey, I couldn't agree more on the angle, especially with the Hunter head-on.  Just such a beautiful airplane.

The pilot is half the story here.  One of the ground crew was telling me the pilot's name is Ronald Reagan, and his callsign is "Guv," as in "Governor," which was the office another Ronald Reagan held at the same time this one was going through training.  Safe to say this pilot knows a thing or two about a thing or two.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on December 29, 2013, 07:03:21 PM
Allied Signal's (now Honeywell) Boeing 720.  April 1997


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 08, 2014, 08:03:36 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5480/11847906736_df0cecd981_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/11847906736/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 10, 2014, 10:38:57 PM
CLEAN SLATE
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3763/11881970795_e4e31de631_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/11881970795/)
This 767 shot touch-and-goes on 30R for well over 90 minutes today.  He flew a pretty tight pattern as well, turning far more aggressively than I'm used to seeing airliners turn.  


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on January 11, 2014, 10:36:55 AM
VFA-147 ARGONAUTS
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3724/11890471323_49958f7b91_b.jpg)

The LTJG Bruce Carrier award is named after an aviator who experienced a tragic list of misfortunes during what should have been a routine flight off the coast of the Philippines.

In 1975, LTJG Carrier’s A-4 Skyhawk had a hydraulic failure as he returned to the deck of the USS Hancock. Unable to lower his flaps, the Air Boss decided that it was too dangerous to land aboard the aircraft carrier and instructed LTJG Carrier to divert to nearby NAS Cubi Point. During the divert, he was unable to get his right landing gear down, and was told to return to the ship to land. While trying to refuel during his return trip back to the aircraft carrier, the A-4’s refueling probe broke off, leaving him without enough fuel to make it to the ship. Without any other options, he attempted to eject, however the ejection mechanism failed. Finally, LTJG Carrier was told to climb as high as possible and bail out, but unfortunately he ran out of fuel and was killed when his aircraft crashed into the ocean.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 12, 2014, 07:51:49 PM
Night Terrors...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7394/11920627314_88d41dacbe_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/11920627314/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 13, 2014, 03:10:55 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5486/11936443853_8e7b3b70d9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/11936443853/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on January 13, 2014, 04:22:46 PM
Nice shot Steve,  having your subject static and background  moving
bill


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 13, 2014, 04:55:06 PM
Thank you Bill...it was something a little different.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 13, 2014, 05:45:08 PM
Agreed, that's a cool shot.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on January 13, 2014, 08:21:15 PM
As I've said elsewhere Steven, heck of an image. The yin versus the yang. Two supersonic speed merchants perfectly static with a relative toad (velocity wise) flashing past almost balistically - a combination of unique elements not often seen more typical aviation images.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 13, 2014, 09:36:40 PM
Thank you very much Joe and Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 17, 2014, 10:10:19 PM
Ulan-Ude Mi-171

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7366/12006414963_5133f56d92_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/12006414963/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on January 17, 2014, 10:51:55 PM
Now that's a catch!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on January 18, 2014, 09:15:15 PM
Nice catch Steve, you never know what will come into Willie.
bill


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 18, 2014, 09:41:03 PM
Thanks guys...I love surprises.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 19, 2014, 06:54:51 AM
  (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7451/12023006264_d11fe6ee68_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12023006264/)
WHERE THE HELL ARE WE? McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (V/STOL) WE-06 & WE21 VMA-214 Marine Attack Squadron "Blacksheep" MCAS Yuma, AZ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12023006264/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 19, 2014, 06:57:35 AM
  (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2806/12018833796_2ef19f812f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12018833796/)
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (V/STOL) BuNo165573 WE-04, VMA-214 Marine Attack Squadron "Blacksheep" MCAS Yuma, AZ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12018833796/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on January 19, 2014, 08:59:35 AM
Great Harrier shots Barry, right place right time.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on January 19, 2014, 09:05:23 AM
Great shots Barry.

bill


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 19, 2014, 10:48:54 AM
Great shots Barry, you brought me into the cockpit of the aircraft.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 19, 2014, 12:30:35 PM
Many thanks, Harvey, Bill and Steve. Pleased that you like my shots!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 20, 2014, 08:16:22 AM
From Russia with...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7438/12052220776_7f4552b696_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/12052220776/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 20, 2014, 09:27:34 AM
Super shot, Steve ............ the purple (?) light is fantastic!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 20, 2014, 09:29:01 AM
  (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5528/12050972886_9de3ac5224_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12050972886/)
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (V/STOL) BuNo165573 WE-04, VMA-214 Marine Attack Squadron "Blacksheep" MCAS Yuma, AZ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12050972886/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 20, 2014, 11:31:48 AM
Thanks Barry!

Another great shot from you of the Harrier pilots. Hmmm, I wonder why they call him "Hyde"?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 20, 2014, 04:49:07 PM
From Russia with...

Good grief, that's amazing!  Very, very nice shot!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 20, 2014, 06:26:47 PM
NERD BIRD
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5528/12060959533_5c2430b472_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12060959533/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 20, 2014, 08:07:10 PM
Nice catch Joe! Interesting "melon" color scheme.

Matt, thanks for the kind words.

Steve


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 20, 2014, 09:09:51 PM
Thanks Steve! 

Awesome catch on the Mi-17.  Still grumbling about that one.  My plan was to stay at Willie until 5:15, then head home for dinner.  My wife called at 4:50 saying the kids were hungry and she was starting to make dinner, so I headed home.  Got the text from Bill at 5:10 saying the Mi-17 had just showed up. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 20, 2014, 09:10:16 PM
TURBO MONSTER
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2862/12063602106_0b901d5892_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12063602106/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 21, 2014, 07:19:07 AM
  (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/12055239534_aff57a1c2a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12055239534/)
FLIGHT LINE  McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (V/STOL) WE-04, WE-02, WE-06, WE-21, VMA-214 Marine Attack Squadron "Blacksheep" MCAS Yuma, AZ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12055239534/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on January 23, 2014, 12:15:04 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/12098558616_488a6b29aa_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/12098558616/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on January 25, 2014, 09:04:09 PM
ANGEL WINGS
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7305/12145378094_058d9d49bc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12145378094/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 29, 2014, 10:54:03 AM
  (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5483/12208350885_e5edb9c113_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12208350885/)
FLIGHT LINE: McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II (Two Seater) VMAT-203 "Hawks" KD-01, KD-10 & KD-05 MCAS Cherry Point, NC (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12208350885/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 30, 2014, 04:45:49 PM
  (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3815/12228270726_58ef1a67cf_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12228270726/)
McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II (Two Seater) BuNo 164113 VMAT-203 "Hawks" KD-01 MCAS Cherry Point, NC (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12228270726/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 30, 2014, 04:47:28 PM
  (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/12227699555_95e78bec2e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12227699555/)
McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II (Two Seater) BuNo164113 VMAT-203 "Hawks" KD-01 MCAS Cherry Point, NC (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12227699555/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 30, 2014, 04:49:03 PM
  (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/12227712875_4d69c81657_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12227712875/)
McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II (Two Seater) BuNo164113 VMAT-203 "Hawks" KD-01 MCAS Cherry Point, NC (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12227712875/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on January 31, 2014, 03:22:48 PM
  (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2827/12236575803_b14e01497d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12236575803/)
COCKPIT CLEAN-UP: McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II (Two Seater) BuNo164113 VMAT-203 "Hawks" KD-01 MCAS Cherry Point, NC (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/12236575803/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 01, 2014, 09:50:18 PM
FOLLOW MY NOSE
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2816/12262954724_bfa1208d72_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12262954724/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 04, 2014, 01:32:11 AM
TOOTHY TEXAN
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3712/12301941696_2f2ff5967f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12301941696/)
I'm pretty impressed with the 70D.  This was shot at ISO1250, and while it's certainly not a noise-free image, the image quality is significantly better than my 50D at a similar ISO.  Just eyeballing it, this looks comparable to about ISO640 on the 50D, though with better detail.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 04, 2014, 07:52:54 AM
CABALLO DE FUEGO
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/12306255796_ea3128326f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12306255796/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 04, 2014, 08:21:20 AM
^^^^ I thought this looked great on your LCD, it is even better here. Excellent work Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 07, 2014, 01:35:30 AM
AIR KING
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5525/12359856864_3f75f3f038_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12359856864/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 08, 2014, 01:46:57 AM
Every time I try to give my OV-10 images a rest and work on something else, I keep finding another static shot with terrific evening light. Scott, Joe and I could not have been more blessed with the weather. At the beginning of both visits conditions were average to down right ugly. We kept our fingers crossed and sure enough, we'd get that brief period when the sun drops below the overcast clouds and baths everything in warm, beautiful tones and colors, it seems like we were experiencing magic - and then it would disappear  ;D

Thanks again Scott for this opportunity.

BRONCO SUNSET
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3736/12380057284_0d8d1a886b_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 08, 2014, 09:47:11 AM
BRONCO SUNSET

Absolutely stunning image, Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 08, 2014, 09:57:09 AM
BRONCO SUNSET

Absolutely stunning image, Jeff!

Thank you Matt; that gorgeous sunset for a backdrop made all the difference  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 08, 2014, 10:04:48 AM
RETURNING TO THE STABLE
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/12388265463_bef9449d18_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12388265463/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on February 08, 2014, 10:12:34 AM
Joe, you and Jeff and Scott did these Broncos proud, great shots and the sun coming out at the last minute, what a gift.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 08, 2014, 11:33:52 AM
Joe, you and Jeff did these Broncos proud, great shots and the sun coming out at the last minute, what a gift.

Thanks Harvey. While I don't pretend to speak for Scott or Joe, I think I'm safe in saying we had a great time  ;D

(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s1/v57/p639476124-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 08, 2014, 11:41:28 AM
Great work guys!  Hopefully I'll have some time to post another one or two later.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 08, 2014, 03:49:52 PM
The unmistakable OV-10 front view


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on February 08, 2014, 06:58:15 PM
Scott, monochrome shot of the Bronco is outstanding, it really compliments the shape more then color can.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 08, 2014, 07:08:11 PM
Scott, monochrome shot of the Bronco is outstanding, it really compliments the shape more then color can.

+1 - Terrific conversion Scott!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 08, 2014, 09:02:04 PM
Thanks guys.  Can't go wrong with an OV-10 front view.  On the OV-10 page I just posted a shot of the same aircraft (155502) at Sky Harbor in the spring of 1973.  What's almost as interesting are the aircraft in the background!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 09, 2014, 05:16:41 PM
ARCTIC COMMANDER
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7293/12422213474_8da33367e8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12422213474/)
Alaska Division of Forestry bird a long way from home.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 09, 2014, 05:35:11 PM
Cool! No pun intended. Another Garrett powered classic.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on February 09, 2014, 06:06:36 PM
That is one clean commander, photographed very well. The sky condition really enhances the aircraft, beauty Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 09, 2014, 09:29:17 PM
Joe - nice job getting low angle on that squatty Commander. Super image sir.

Here is a Bronco image that was inspired by Messrs. Copalman. Aggressive in-camera framing (no post cropping or rotation) and some nice light. It was tough for me to angle my camera on the tripod with a bubble level sitting in the hot-shoe. In the end, I think it was worth the angst to step out of my comfort zone.

(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s5/v127/p632906187-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 09, 2014, 09:45:00 PM
Jeff,  Really like the way you've enhanced the light and created that classic Welker glow.  Just beautiful.  My internal jury is still deliberating on the tilted horizontal.  Not that anybody asked!  Regardless, it's a great piece of art.  The added warmth is very appealing.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 09, 2014, 09:58:06 PM
Jeff,  Really like the way you've enhanced the light and created that classic Welker glow.  Just beautiful.  My internal jury is still deliberating on the tilted horizontal.  Not that anybody asked!  Regardless, it's a great piece of art.  The added warmth is very appealing.

Thanks Scott. Since the titled horizon was done "in-camera" there is no going back on this image. Not something I'd do often. IMO, aggressive framing is a unique art form - regardless of the subject. After Joe posted his "UNBEATABLE" image (http://azaerophoto.com/forum/index.php?topic=1525.msg47362#msg47362), I was inspired to give it a try. Following Joe's reference to photographer Adrian Lang, I've been studying tight crops and aggressive framing. I believe photographers blessed with the right artistic vision see these opportunities and zoom/tilt away. Since I am mercifully free of that artistic gene, I just have to go with trial and error. Like you, I'm not sure if this image "works" or even if this style is for me. I will say that when it is done "right" (determined by the viewer) I think it takes an image to another level of artistic expression.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 09, 2014, 10:32:04 PM
Jeff, I love the image and I definitely think there is a place for tight crops and tilted framing.  I've seen it employed with exceptional results.  Like I said I'm still deliberating.  In this case part of me likes it and part of me finds it disorienting.  It adds some dynamics in this image for sure.  Diagonals are well recognized for adding strength to a composition. Sometimes I get the sense that it is employed when the artist/photographer has run out of other ideas. Not saying that this is the case here.  Your image is outstanding for many reasons.  And by the way, you are not free of that artistic gene.  Quite the contrary.  Your willingness to break some "rules" and experiment with new techniques is an example for us all.  Your methods have certainly influenced me in a positive way.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on February 10, 2014, 07:18:24 AM
Long wave goodbye...

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2836/12435282254_762fbcf5b1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/12435282254/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 12, 2014, 09:55:28 PM
FEDERAL MONARCHY
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2821/12492978163_658b5af920_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12492978163/)
US Forest Service King Air returning to Willie after a training mission.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on February 16, 2014, 10:27:10 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3696/12582018354_9aab7df5c9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/12582018354/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 17, 2014, 10:14:05 PM
TALON AVIARY
(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s10/v112/p445992691-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on February 18, 2014, 12:33:02 AM
The tripod is tall enough....

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/12608080854_50a1d7c05f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/solidmuse/12608080854/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on February 18, 2014, 12:42:53 AM
<Insert Wild Applause Here>

Great Job Anna!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 19, 2014, 09:53:15 PM
HORSEFEATHERS
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2875/12648733793_71311941da_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12648733793/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 19, 2014, 09:58:13 PM
Cool shot Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 19, 2014, 10:13:46 PM
Thanks, Scott.  Still feels a bit cluttered, but I really liked the sky and the reflections off the tower cab, so I put in the effort to make it presentable.  It's actually a pretty flat shot SOOC. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 20, 2014, 05:14:11 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7386/12657620605_a34e081475_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on February 20, 2014, 05:56:28 PM
Neat shot Jeff.....


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 20, 2014, 08:35:38 PM
Neat shot Jeff.....

Thank you Anna.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on February 22, 2014, 07:46:19 PM
Sundown Shooter

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3730/12709764174_4386562691_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azspyder/12709764174/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 22, 2014, 11:05:35 PM
(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s8/v76/p462897317-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on February 23, 2014, 01:47:15 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3693/12714035543_ef7cba2c87_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/solidmuse/12714035543/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on February 23, 2014, 01:48:34 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/12714402153_e3f449311e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/solidmuse/12714402153/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 23, 2014, 09:12:13 AM
JUMBO MOTHER
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/12722479983_1278e5b269_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12722479983/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on February 23, 2014, 10:18:39 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/12738977854_0849de55c6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/12738977854/)
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus VMA-513 BuNo 165429 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/12738977854/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on February 25, 2014, 06:04:55 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7367/12782836444_d49496ccec_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/12782836444/)
AV-8B Harrier II VMA-223 BuNo 163879 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_pasley/12782836444/) by Pasley Aviation Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/chris_pasley/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 28, 2014, 11:04:40 AM
Periodically, Joe reminds and inspires me (http://azaerophoto.com/forum/index.php?topic=12.msg47988#msg47988) to listen to that little voice in my head that is telling me to turn 180* and look behind me for a less obvious photograph. This is one time I listened  ;)

KIWA SUNSET
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/12838543423_188d232d5a_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 01, 2014, 10:08:52 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2823/12870339335_bc2c53f54b_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 01, 2014, 10:46:02 PM
NUTHIN' BUT A G THANG
(https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7456/12868610325_ed09847544_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12868610325/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 01, 2014, 11:02:05 PM
Whether you knew it or not, this Gulfstream is the real Mormon Meteor. Nice catch  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris Janes on March 02, 2014, 12:16:38 AM
Jeff
Fantastic captures of the harrier and KIWA sunset!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 02, 2014, 05:46:32 PM
Jeff
Fantastic captures of the harrier and KIWA sunset!

Thank you Chris. Here is another angle.

TOMCAT SUNSET v.2
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3679/12892662213_86582fb29c_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 02, 2014, 07:50:18 PM
Flying gas can.

(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s10/v100/p364667779-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 02, 2014, 10:08:35 PM
Flying gas can.

Gorgeous backdrop for the big girl, well done Chris.

TAKIN' CARE of BIDNESS
(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s4/v63/p327568435-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 02, 2014, 11:12:19 PM
Thanks Jeff!

Tomcats spooling up.

(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s10/v113/p57259581-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 02, 2014, 11:15:13 PM
EL VIEJO VOLANDO
(https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7432/12898095455_62f67099e7_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12898095455/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 02, 2014, 11:15:20 PM
Really liking your processing Jeff! Very nice!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 03, 2014, 08:22:39 AM
Really liking your processing Jeff! Very nice!

Thanks Chris. Looks like you guys got some great images on Sunday - well done. Any chance any of you caught the GIV (N620JH) Mormon Meteor departing late Sunday afternoon/evening? The leadership of my church use that GIV and I was wondering when they departed on Sunday. They block such information on FlightAware.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 03, 2014, 08:35:45 AM
Jeff I did get 3 shots of it in the air. I will have to take a look at them if I recall right they might belly shots as they rotated pretty early. I'll email you them later tonight.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 03, 2014, 08:32:43 PM
LION OF JUDAH
(https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7294/12919447583_9abc705075_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12919447583/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 03, 2014, 08:35:33 PM
Now that is a catch! Awesome!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 03, 2014, 09:06:26 PM
Now that is a catch! Awesome!

+1 young Joseph. Definitely Awesome  ;D

TOMCAT SUNSET v.3
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7342/12920132634_d01cfcc4a9_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 03, 2014, 09:14:36 PM
The Harrier series is beautiful Jeff.  I like this one best.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 03, 2014, 10:36:21 PM
The Harrier series is beautiful Jeff.  I like this one best.

Thanks Scott. I got extremely lucky with the light in those storm conditions on Saturday evening.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 04, 2014, 10:59:03 PM
BUG-EYED BRONCO
(https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7340/12942952855_20eaa7c511_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/12942952855/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 05, 2014, 09:57:20 PM
That's quite a schnozz!  Here's one more for the road.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on March 07, 2014, 04:58:10 PM
Just a 'normal' day out at willie.
(http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/img/s5/v119/p640544334-5.jpg) (http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/p244084930/e262dee4e)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on March 07, 2014, 05:03:22 PM
I'm just a few inches too short.
(http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/img/s5/v124/p98504766-5.jpg) (http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/p396765888/e5df103e)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 07, 2014, 10:02:22 PM
FREQS AND GEEKS
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2807/13003077935_f76e98a235_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/13003077935/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 07, 2014, 11:30:03 PM
I wonder if he can pick up channel 16?  Great catch!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 08, 2014, 07:12:07 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3140/13009492095_6405e29c1d_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 08, 2014, 10:59:31 AM
YELLABIRD
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3784/13014138265_cd216721b4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/13014138265/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 09, 2014, 10:47:35 AM
COUNTING SHEEP
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/13037802325_c67d9131f0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/13037802325/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on March 09, 2014, 12:22:12 PM
(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s5/v127/p33946028-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on March 09, 2014, 08:05:29 PM
VMFAT-101 Shooters Bird Dedicated to Medal of Honor Recipients.  9-Mar-2014


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 09, 2014, 08:20:19 PM
Great shot Bill!  Pretty bird!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on March 09, 2014, 09:06:23 PM
Thanks Scott.  That F-18 is extremely White and bright.
Here's a couple F-5's showing everyone else how departures are supposed to be done.
They weren't even a part of the Phx.-Mesa Gateway Open House, but everyone thought they were when they took off with an immediate hard left bank.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 09, 2014, 10:36:31 PM
Fantastic! These guys are natural performers.  The best of the best!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 09, 2014, 10:44:46 PM
Joe, Chris V., & Bill Oz - great images all. You guys made the most of Willie's day.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on March 10, 2014, 06:36:52 AM
  (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/13059265893_c6828f1795_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/13059265893/)
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (V/STOL) WE-4 & WE-04, VMA-214 Marine Attack Squadron "Blacksheep" MCAS Yuma, AZ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/13059265893/) by Barry Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/people/collingwoodbarry/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on March 10, 2014, 02:38:51 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2406/13068942633_b0728ae28d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/13068942633/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on March 10, 2014, 02:39:29 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7333/13068934533_b6c3125c91_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/13068934533/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 11, 2014, 10:12:21 AM
HORSE POWER
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3736/13084873495_fd6468f5b0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/13084873495/)

DEADLY DORITO
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7411/13076857935_8ffc2f0f94_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/13076857935/)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 11, 2014, 11:43:30 AM
Thumbs up on the "Horse Power" shot!  The "Deadly Dorito" photos speaks for itself...


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 11, 2014, 11:49:42 AM
Bubak's VMFT-401 shot is about as good as it gets out there.  How many time have we been at Gateway wishing for a pass like that.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on March 11, 2014, 10:12:51 PM
Here is another view of the Medal of Honor bird.  
The pilot pulled out from his parking spot and came towards the viewing area, raising the Speed Brake to show the Medal of Honor painted on it.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: BillOz on March 11, 2014, 10:17:32 PM
The three other birds that came with the MoH bird.
Total of three colorbirds in one visit.  Can't argue with that.
The guys in #345 came out to the grass hill to talk with people for 20 minutes before they departed.  Very nice guys.  Gave the kids Patches and a Challenge Coin or two.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 12, 2014, 05:17:09 AM
Nice catch Bill...great shots!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 12, 2014, 09:50:26 AM
DESERT TIGER
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7322/13108214904_afc090b15f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/13108214904/)

Agreed with Steve, Bill.  Awesome set of Hornet shots.  Congrats on not missing them.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on March 17, 2014, 04:31:24 PM
Wing dips are always nice, But can you do it the other way next time please.
(http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v81/p95923063-5.jpg) (http://pauldumm.zenfolio.com/p244084930/e5b7ab77)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 22, 2014, 02:26:52 AM
CATMS IN THE CRADLE
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7184/13325122723_4f53d8a28d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/13325122723/)
VFA-122 Supers at Willie today.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 23, 2014, 05:22:51 PM
^^^^^ Most Excellent Joe!

As some may know, we had an interesting visitor to Willie yesterday. A potentate from UAE in a very nice charter. The livery is part of "Royal Jet" (http://www.royaljetgroup.com/en); Saudi-based. A photographer friend of Jay and me is the official shooter for these folks. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

Based upon the number of armored black Suburbans, police escort, private security and the Boeing CL-600 that chased after the BBJ, someone wrote a large check  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 25, 2014, 10:16:01 PM
From the dumb lucky department; NASA's Super Guppy arriving RWY 12R in some terrific evening light  ;)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2861/13419379713_fa5d577093_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 25, 2014, 10:47:10 PM
Beautiful shot Jeff! Nice angle.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 26, 2014, 01:04:50 AM
NIGHTFISH
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7411/13421204425_2b9a7f27c2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mrZbui)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on March 26, 2014, 01:10:11 AM
Lots of Guppy action at Gateway....

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3722/13421282165_c4ae4819cc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mrZzAD)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on March 26, 2014, 01:10:53 AM
Allegiant All Tucked In For The Night....

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2920/13421283675_50349c923d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mrZA3F)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 26, 2014, 06:54:53 AM
I FEEL DIFFERENT & I DON'T KNOW WHY
(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s4/v11/p1018722611-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on March 26, 2014, 10:05:54 AM
Great shots Jeff....

Wonder what was in the Guppy?  It used a lot of runway, from the video I saw, taking off this morning.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 26, 2014, 10:08:21 AM
Great shots Jeff....

Wonder what was in the Guppy?  It used a lot of runway, from the video I saw, taking off this morning.

Thanks Anna. I wish I could intelligently opine on this question, but like most anything else, I'm clueless. And yes, it did launch like it was heavy this morning.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on March 26, 2014, 10:13:31 AM
Anna,

I had read somewhere that it was delivering some part(s) of a Shuttle flight simulator to a museum up in Seattle.  I'm sure someone can provide some more accurate info.  I don't believe it was heavily loaded on this return leg, I just don't think they like to launch it like a 757.  A few years ago, the Smithsonian Air & Space magazine had a really cool article on this aircraft, I should try to dig it out.

It did launch early this morning.  After taking a look at the weather in/around Austin, I can see why the pilots wanted to get there.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 26, 2014, 11:42:39 AM
Anna,

I had read somewhere that it was delivering some part(s) of a Shuttle flight simulator to a museum up in Seattle.  I'm sure someone can provide some more accurate info.  I don't believe it was heavily loaded on this return leg, I just don't think they like to launch it like a 757.  A few years ago, the Smithsonian Air & Space magazine had a really cool article on this aircraft, I should try to dig it out.

It did launch early this morning.  After taking a look at the weather in/around Austin, I can see why the pilots wanted to get there.

Let me clarify a few of Brother Dave's statements. First, I just received a call from a reliable source that SG landed at KIWA to purchase a load of delicious jerky (beef, elk, buffalo, etc) from that guy that sells it out of his car on the south side of Brown Road; just west of Meridian Road. Second, while I appreciate Dave's opinion on how heavily loaded SG was or was not, you must remember Dave's never been heavily loaded in his life; he runs triathlons for goodness sakes. Third; take it from someone that launches heavy every morning (yours truly), SG was was full-up when she rotated this morning  ;D

(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s10/v113/p840568991-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 26, 2014, 04:54:11 PM
SG ended its day at the Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama. Not sure if that is its ultimate destination, but HUA appears to be an interesting site/operation.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on March 26, 2014, 05:08:30 PM
Aero Spacelines 377SGT Super Guppy Turbine

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/13436632314_72479f7611_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mtmfEo)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on March 26, 2014, 05:31:49 PM
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2922/13437055344_35a4cc5504_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mtoqq1)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 26, 2014, 06:29:00 PM
I FEEL DIFFERENT & I DON'T KNOW WHY
Wow on all three Guppy posts!  What a bizarre machine!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on March 26, 2014, 09:49:44 PM
Let me clarify a few of Brother Dave's statements. First, I just received a call from a reliable source that SG landed at KIWA to purchase a load of delicious jerky (beef, elk, buffalo, etc) from that guy that sells it out of his car on the south side of Brown Road; just west of Meridian Road. Second, while I appreciate Dave's opinion on how heavily loaded SG was or was not, you must remember Dave's never been heavily loaded in his life; he runs triathlons for goodness sakes. Third; take it from someone that launches heavy every morning (yours truly), SG was was full-up when she rotated this morning  ;D
(http://www.jeffdwelker.com/img/s10/v113/p840568991-5.jpg)

Jeff,

Really digging your angle on your shot.  I can see the lines from the original design (KC-97) and how those lines were then expanded, greatly expanded.  And I'm not going to touch the beef jerky comment with a  ten foot pole.   ;)

Here's what my view looked like this morning.  Managed to get into position with no more than 30 seconds to spare before he was rolling down the centerline of 12R.

Look ma, airborne like a homesick (and lightly loaded) angel!
(http://www.roxphotography.com/img/s3/v44/p984253553-4.jpg) (http://www.roxphotography.com/p79125921/e3aaa8471)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 28, 2014, 01:35:15 AM
THE YEHUDA TRIANGLE
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3759/13448313263_bc97bd68eb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/muo814)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 28, 2014, 02:31:14 PM
ALIVE!  IT'S ALIVE!
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7023/13474352943_bce37d21fb_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on March 28, 2014, 03:11:28 PM
Every shot on this page is a winner! Great work everyone.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 28, 2014, 08:46:46 PM
Take me to your leader.....

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/13418156213_3d77115495_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mrHymV)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Barry Griffiths on March 28, 2014, 08:55:44 PM
Superb catch, Steve ...... that's a wonderful alien!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on March 29, 2014, 04:49:34 AM
Great capture and caption Steve.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 29, 2014, 12:15:39 PM
Thanks Guys!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on March 29, 2014, 04:44:43 PM
Must be headed for Roswell, excellent photo Steve


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on March 30, 2014, 05:45:02 PM
Blue Man Group

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/13524691005_e5df3b24fc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mB8zrF)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on March 30, 2014, 07:50:29 PM
Must be headed for Roswell, excellent photo Steve

Thank you Bill!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 31, 2014, 06:55:49 PM
Blue Man Group

I really like the framing and angle on your "Blue Man Group" image Anna.


12R-30L
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2914/13550627273_c1acbb10ac_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on March 31, 2014, 07:16:08 PM
At the expense of sounding like a Valley Girl - Way Cool, Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on March 31, 2014, 07:20:53 PM
Thank you very much Jeff....   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on March 31, 2014, 07:37:04 PM
At the expense of sounding like a Valley Girl - Way Cool, Jeff!

Thanks Scott  ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on March 31, 2014, 10:29:15 PM
Love the crop on the T-38 Jeff, the background is outstanding also. Way cool!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 03, 2014, 09:33:33 PM
WHISKERS
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7408/13616453354_1ec5bd9801_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mKeTc9)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on April 04, 2014, 12:33:59 AM
Great shot on a very cool aircraft Joe. Bet these really fly well.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 07, 2014, 05:03:54 PM
McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3820/13705065683_b929bc213b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mT53xV)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 08, 2014, 05:14:24 PM
Beechcraft C-12 Huron

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5152/13727237675_4c3ecbf80c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mV2FvD)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on April 08, 2014, 08:05:45 PM
Matt - interestingly, I know the C-12 pilots father. I've been trying to hook up with him for some photography. He generally flies out of KFHU; however, he comes home from time to time via Willie. Nice catch, I'll tell his dad.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 08, 2014, 09:21:45 PM
Matt - interestingly, I know the C-12 pilots father. I've been trying to hook up with him for some photography. He generally flies out of KFHU; however, he comes home from time to time via Willie. Nice catch, I'll tell his dad.

That's pretty cool, Jeff. It's amazing how small a world this truly is.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 20, 2014, 09:23:59 PM
GUARDIAN OF THE NORTH
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/13962129823_981624f0f8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ngMyLg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on April 24, 2014, 12:23:22 AM
Northrop T-38 Talon

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2900/14012055103_c5cc12180c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nmcrNX)




Quest Kodiak 100, N564BB, Bones Brigade

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2929/13992068145_f22e0640b5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/njr1oe)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on April 24, 2014, 07:01:10 AM
Wonderful shot of the Kodiak, Anna. The paint job and you getting it at night make the photo.
bill word


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on April 24, 2014, 07:25:02 AM
Thank you Bill.....


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 24, 2014, 10:03:46 AM
Gorgeous set of shots.

I saw that Kodiak come in on Flightaware and thought nothing of it.  Then I saw Anna's shot of it on Flickr just now and flipped out.  That logo on the tail was such a huge part of my childhood and early teen years growing up as a skateboarder.  Hoping this bird is still there today.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on April 24, 2014, 01:41:25 PM
Thanks Joe....

I did not realize the significance of the logo to skateboarders until I googled the n-number after I got home.

The paint scheme certainly fits the persona of the Bones Brigade.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on April 25, 2014, 12:19:49 AM
THE RIPPER
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5288/14000896571_6e7f54deae_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nkdfLt)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 27, 2014, 08:16:24 PM
Tim Lachenmaier departing earlier today in his VFA-14 "Tophatters" F/A-18E.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on April 28, 2014, 11:05:38 PM
Allegiant up and out of here....

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7234/14036740776_70f1dcab24_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nonY11)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 29, 2014, 07:47:01 PM
Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14) "Tophatters"

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2901/14071114344_775d97ba31_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nrq94J)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 02, 2014, 08:47:48 AM
LOS BRONQUEROS
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/13903003817_2f63dca474_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nbywEn)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on May 03, 2014, 12:24:52 AM
A very busy ramp this evening at Willie....

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7383/14071112406_cc966de19e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nrq8uj)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7333/14094665604_c0548ceb52_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ntuR2W)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 04, 2014, 08:25:21 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7459/14125136663_2fb2e2559a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nwc222)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 04, 2014, 08:00:46 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/14086656056_29c90f2c82_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nsMN5h)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7375/14109717595_5629eb5c17_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nuPZt2)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 07, 2014, 06:01:13 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5573/13947429157_bbb2b0ffcb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nfudLv)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 10, 2014, 08:10:19 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/13970029257_93ea543c3f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nhu3Zp)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 12, 2014, 11:21:37 AM
Crappy lighting...but here it is...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7457/13984362719_9ccde6cff7_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/niKvQ4)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 12, 2014, 11:50:30 AM
30R? 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 12, 2014, 11:59:33 AM
30R? 

Yea, 30R, the pilot specifically requested it. I would have been in good position for 30L. I probably should have expected it and went east of the "well" on Pecos.

Oh, well. Maybe we will get a nice departure.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 13, 2014, 06:05:39 AM
FAT BOTTOMED GIRL
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5526/13990253600_1f8cb41654_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jason Hyatt on May 13, 2014, 09:02:15 AM
I did not create this image. Totally appropriate, though.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on May 13, 2014, 09:12:08 AM
Great angle and a very nice shot of Tanker 10 Jeff, great light also.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: John B. on May 13, 2014, 09:13:21 AM
Fantastic shot.  Beautifully taken, Jeff!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 13, 2014, 10:06:17 AM
GET ON YOUR BIKES AND RIDE!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on May 13, 2014, 11:25:23 AM
Freddie is definitely appropriate - thank you gentlemen.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 19, 2014, 03:53:44 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5152/14038850060_7e401b6681_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/noyM1Y)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/14038969770_bd6b37046c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nozoAW)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on May 20, 2014, 05:56:51 AM
Great catch Steve and awesome photos


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 20, 2014, 05:12:58 PM
Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14) "Tophatters"

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/14253849043_a481eb1ccd_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nHyGHZ)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 20, 2014, 08:21:50 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5494/14047970069_3c32538162_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/npnw5v)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on May 20, 2014, 09:35:20 PM
Fantastic light Steve....  Very nice shot.   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 20, 2014, 09:46:00 PM
Fantastic light Steve....  Very nice shot.   ;D

Thank you Anna. I caught him coming in off Pecos.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on May 20, 2014, 09:59:42 PM
Steve, Dittos on Anna's comment.  One of the better Neptune shots I've seen from Gateway or anywhere else for that matter.  Those few little clouds really add a lot to the already beautiful light.  Big fan of the Neptune.  Wish they had kept the tip tanks though!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on May 21, 2014, 08:54:32 AM
Steve, Dittos on Anna's comment.  One of the better Neptune shots I've seen from Gateway or anywhere else for that matter.  Those few little clouds really add a lot to the already beautiful light.  Big fan of the Neptune.  Wish they had kept the tip tanks though!

Thank you Scott. I appreciate the kind words. It seems like all these wonderful old tankers are being replaced.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 21, 2014, 05:08:52 PM
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Sentimental Journey"

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/14261207493_599bc4a6b5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nJdq8P)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on May 26, 2014, 12:08:46 AM
(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s12/v170/p895677768-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on May 26, 2014, 12:09:37 AM
Bookends.

(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s5/v126/p892633735-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 26, 2014, 05:54:17 PM
Lockheed P-2E(AT) Neptune
Neptune Aviation Services

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2906/14092330339_58f5762092_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nthSQK)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 27, 2014, 04:50:32 PM
A little analog editing done with Nik in Photoshop Elements 11.

Lockheed P-2E(AT) Neptune
Neptune Aviation Services
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3795/14286807395_e88083dd83_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nLtC6r)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 28, 2014, 04:56:27 PM
McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3769/14107581479_3053ed4251_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nuD3tr)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on May 30, 2014, 12:01:25 AM
My first time going to Gateway. I was expecting some more aircraft than what I saw but it was still a good chance to go there and see what it is like and get a feel for the environment... :)
I also now know that a step ladder would be a useful item next time I go...
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2921/14199570851_218419d18b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nCLvH6)North American Rockwell T-39N Sabreliner (https://flic.kr/p/nCLvH6) by Jonathan Navarro (https://www.flickr.com/people/87185297@N03/), on Flickr
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2916/14183519116_ac9fd6a262_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nBmf63)ALLEGIANT MAD DOG (https://flic.kr/p/nBmf63) by Jonathan Navarro (https://www.flickr.com/people/87185297@N03/), on Flickr
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2939/14040985179_0df7c7af6d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/noKHHn)BLUE PANTHER (https://flic.kr/p/noKHHn) by Jonathan Navarro (https://www.flickr.com/people/87185297@N03/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on May 30, 2014, 04:52:45 PM
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2912/14328958693_4e15238e48_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nQcEcX)AV-8B Harrier II Plus VMA-223 &quot;Bulldogs&quot; BuNo 165383 (https://flic.kr/p/nQcEcX) by Pasley Aviation Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people/25090567@N07/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on May 30, 2014, 09:15:50 PM
Very cool shot Chris.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on June 24, 2014, 06:48:18 PM
Thanks Harvey!

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3857/14521747533_ea815f88ae_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/o8eKBt)C-17 Globemaster III 452nd AMW 05-5141 (https://flic.kr/p/o8eKBt) by Pasley Aviation Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on June 28, 2014, 09:04:51 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5508/14344603519_4bda03fb2a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nRzQSk)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on June 28, 2014, 09:43:46 PM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3848/14528015411_f2bd5ef7a3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/o8MSQk)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on June 28, 2014, 10:00:24 PM
Tanker 911 making a late afternoon departure to assist in fighting the San Juan Fire in northeastern Arizona.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5586/14508313436_dc471f6fff_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on June 29, 2014, 12:22:16 AM
Great shot Jeff, perfect lighting also!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on June 29, 2014, 08:08:13 PM
Tomcat Strut

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5501/14353102707_bcac0a7cf3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nSkpo4)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 29, 2014, 08:18:07 PM
Tomcat Strut

Very nice, Steven!

It was good to see you today, thanks for the conversation.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 29, 2014, 08:27:19 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) "Wake Island Avengers"

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3883/14536270981_2444f1b4dc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/o9wbVK)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on June 29, 2014, 11:22:03 PM
(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s7/v156/p710441667-5.jpg)

(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s12/v183/p553780334-5.jpg)

(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s12/v184/p680013066-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on July 02, 2014, 04:16:35 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/14370671299_8cbd3f76f6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nTTrUP)B-17G Flying Fortress - Sentimental Journey 44-83514 (https://flic.kr/p/nTTrUP) by Pasley Aviation Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 05, 2014, 11:01:45 AM
MEATBALL EXPRESS
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3869/14557589306_704fa477ce_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/obps85)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on July 05, 2014, 11:21:41 AM
Very nice catch Joe, any idea what he's doing in town?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 05, 2014, 11:23:12 AM
It's down at AMARG for some upgrade work, It's a recent FMS purchase by Japan and JMSDF crews are there for flight training.  Should be there for another two months or so.  Surprised the hell out of me when I saw it on final at Willie and realized it wasn't one of IAR's Herks.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on July 05, 2014, 11:24:45 AM
Oh wow when I first saw that photo on Flickr I figured you had made a trip to DM, very lucky catch


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on July 05, 2014, 11:43:46 AM
A very unlikely visitor. Great catch indeed!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 05, 2014, 11:50:12 AM
A very unlikely visitor. Great catch indeed!

My hunch is that it will be a not-so-rare visitor to Willie for pattern work while it's here.  Radio callsign is Juliet November Zero-One-Five if anyone monitors Willie tower.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on July 05, 2014, 11:58:39 AM
Great catch. I thought I saw him the other day making the rounds from my house. It looked like he made quite a few approaches, took off towards the direction Globe, then came back. Hopefully you are correct and we see him often.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 05, 2014, 03:02:23 PM
MEATBALL EXPRESS

Very sweet catch, Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on July 26, 2014, 08:29:37 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3855/14517455570_1747c013fb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/o7RKL7)Boeing-AV-8B-Harrier-II-Plus-165575 (https://flic.kr/p/o7RKL7) by zbubakaz (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: cpasley on August 08, 2014, 10:39:39 AM
A friend bought a obsolete computer at an estate sale like 10 years ago, before throwing out the hard drive he checked for anything and found a few photos from airshows at Luke and Williams AFB. The owner of the computer had passed away so I feel its my duty to share these photos, now the files that were given to me were really small so I could only do minimal to restore, I leveled them and reduced the noise and while not fantastic shots I think their age makes them interesting. This was shot at Williams Air Force base during an airshow but I do not know what year or any info on the Tomcat in the photo


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Rob Silliman on August 10, 2014, 12:22:56 PM
Antonov AN-124 inbound for a pickup (Aug 9th 2014)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3862/14876024981_2b6f8a5682_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rob-the-org/14876024981)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on August 10, 2014, 01:03:24 PM
Very nice shot Rob, it is really enhanced by the clouds, great catch.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on August 10, 2014, 10:59:13 PM
Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82074
On approach to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3864/14883257572_5f75f66565_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oFbzXb)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 11, 2014, 12:02:32 AM
Gorgeous shots, Rob & Anna!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 11, 2014, 12:07:11 AM
GOLDEN BEAR
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3835/14697360228_3b2d851f70_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ooKP9y)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on August 11, 2014, 06:05:57 AM
Thank you Joe.....


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on August 11, 2014, 07:40:23 AM
Anna, very cool picture!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: John Driscoll on August 11, 2014, 05:27:03 PM
When I track the tail number on the AN124 it (FlightAware)
gives me a flight from several years back.  How are you tracking it?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on August 11, 2014, 08:01:50 PM
Thank you Kasper....


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 11, 2014, 10:04:48 PM
When I track the tail number on the AN124 it (FlightAware)
gives me a flight from several years back.  How are you tracking it?


John, in the heads-up section of the members board, the flight track should still be there.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 15, 2014, 12:56:33 PM
THAT'S NO MOON.  IT'S A SPACE STATION.
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5573/14924164095_0e17f8931f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oJNf34)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 16, 2014, 02:21:09 PM
ANNYONG!
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3917/14939474595_a70dbdfc21_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oL9Hjc)
One of two ex-ROKAF Hawk Mk. 67s that came through Willie this morning.  Can't remember the last time I shot against the light out there.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 18, 2014, 08:51:48 PM
THE YOKOZUNA
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5569/14779136788_a23712057c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ovYWtf)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 19, 2014, 09:08:42 PM
THE FOREHEAD
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3892/14789649730_2595cd1d2a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/owUPAS)
Rainy skies worked out this morning.  I shot it on Monday evening, and the light was great, but there was this out-of-control glare spot from pretty much every angle.  Went this morning to try again and had this awesome softbox effect - no backlighting, no glare, and great contrast against the wet tarmac and dark sky. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on August 22, 2014, 09:01:33 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5591/14981856016_bb095eb87f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oPTVQm)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on August 23, 2014, 07:33:34 AM
Very nice Steve....  Gotta love monsoon season for the clouds and vapor trails.   :)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on August 23, 2014, 11:00:51 AM
THE YOKOZUNA

Great shot of the C130 Joe....   :)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on August 23, 2014, 11:02:25 AM
Was up before dawn to catch some early morning light on the ramp at Willie.

Boeing T-45C Goshawk
From Marine Training Air Wing Two, Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3852/14824148567_262c246d56_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ozXCUp)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on August 24, 2014, 02:11:35 PM
Harriers at Dawn

Marine Attack Squadron 311, VMA-311, Tomcats and Marine Attack Squadron 214, VMA-214, Blacksheep of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3884/15001037566_d434729518_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oRAeQJ)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 26, 2014, 07:34:36 AM
CAMELOT 201
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3869/15043287825_4f2f50a3c6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oVjMnt)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on August 26, 2014, 09:09:38 AM
I really like the low angle shot Joe, it takes a lot of the background out of the photo, great subject and sky.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on August 29, 2014, 07:01:26 PM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3887/14891332198_e09c2a54be_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oFTYfS)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on August 29, 2014, 07:03:15 PM
NICE shot Steve

bill


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 02, 2014, 10:29:47 PM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3873/14914535557_11659bbaf7_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oHWTNM)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3922/15101253592_004b2993fe_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p1rSzf)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3870/14915690087_2df1f54b62_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oJ3P1t)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 02, 2014, 11:56:47 PM
EL CLASSICO
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/14938908000_b539194241_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oL6NTj)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on September 03, 2014, 12:30:26 AM
I'm not that familiar with all the 737 models but I do know this one has some age. Those engines are museum quality. Very cool shot Joe.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on September 03, 2014, 02:00:33 AM
-200 model if I'm not mistaken.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 03, 2014, 03:17:22 AM
-200 model if I'm not mistaken.

Bingo.  Only a handful still in operation in the states.  Sierra Pacific operates a few, there are some up in Alaska, and I'm not sure if SkyKing is still around, but they had two or three a few years back.  Gorgeous birds, right up there with the 727 and DC-8 as my favorite airliners. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Andy Warycka on September 04, 2014, 02:38:47 PM
There's something so retro-futuristic about those old JT8s. Great shot!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 05, 2014, 11:13:37 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5567/14966779277_b46658d6f1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oNyE3z)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5560/15130246036_8f272e8ed2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p41t1Y)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 10, 2014, 07:54:59 PM
I haven't been out making photographs for a while. Today all the planets aligned and I was able to get to Willie in time to greet the big Russian girl as she arrived. I assume she stopped to pick-up some tamales for the home boys.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5595/15181068196_99b4e2ff04_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 10, 2014, 10:35:03 PM
This will help give some scale and perspective to her robust figure....
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3870/15018181299_d521b48850_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on September 11, 2014, 05:35:45 AM
Very nice shots Jeff, glad you could get out there to catch the "Russian Milkmaid". Someday I'm going to make it over there to catch her also.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 11, 2014, 09:10:05 AM
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5555/15018308268_128f420a7d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oT7KPs)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 11, 2014, 10:58:07 AM
^^^^ Nice catch on the the legacy Red Devils hornet Joe. It looks like you shot this at high noon. Terrific work in some dicey lighting conditions.

Very nice shots Jeff, glad you could get out there to catch the "Russian Milkmaid". Someday I'm going to make it over there to catch her also.

Thank you Harvey. It was fun to get out shooting again and the large Soviet woman made it interesting for sure. I had to laugh when I heard (on my scanner) the An-124 pilot call the tower for landing instructions. It sounded like Kaspar was in the cockpit and in charge. I started laughing and almost missed the final approach photo-ops  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 11, 2014, 11:26:36 AM
"I ask tower to turn off at Hotel, he give me the bullshit and tell me Kilo.  I give to him the finger and turn off at Hotel."  ;-)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on September 11, 2014, 02:33:40 PM
Those crazy Russians! I would have enjoyed hearing their conversation also, Kaspar is a lot of fun to talk to with the thick European accent. Sounds like a good time Jeff.


Joe, the Hornet is is a beauty, I like the angle of the shot, and as Jeff said, not what we would like for perfect light. You made it work just fine, very nice photo. You know I was picturing Kaspar talking to the tower and that scenario playing out just as you wrote it, very funny stuff.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on September 12, 2014, 02:21:17 PM
My obsession with the large Soviet girls continues...

MAGNUM AMOREM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3918/15216211771_4248134a5a_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 15, 2014, 07:51:31 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5586/15067115889_0189c2a809_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oXqUCa)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on September 15, 2014, 08:59:24 PM
Good catch Steve of one of my favorite aircraft.
bill word


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 17, 2014, 08:51:45 PM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3883/15274042402_d230a54f9c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pgHsEE)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on September 18, 2014, 04:36:26 AM
Evil looking Steve.    I like it!
bill word


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 18, 2014, 06:12:25 AM
Evil looking Steve.    I like it!
bill word

Thanks Bill


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 19, 2014, 06:41:43 AM
MADE IN FRANCE
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/15100857089_18cb8f18dd_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p1pQGZ)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 20, 2014, 09:13:36 AM
GLOBESHRINKER
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5556/15298292302_f5cfa40828_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/piRKjo)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on September 22, 2014, 07:52:29 PM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3909/15140915847_f87b3bdfe2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p4X9Me)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: bilwor on September 22, 2014, 09:18:41 PM
What it needs is another antenna. The paint scheme is a little different than the regular "Guardrail" You captured it very good Steve.

biill


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 15, 2014, 01:46:17 PM
Thanks to Joe for the heads-up on this NASA bird. My wife's medical appointment was nearby and timed-out perfectly with the arrival timeline. I was able to shoot the arrival and get back to my wife without a hitch. The only irritant was a hay fire east of the airport that created some smoke haze in the background. Otherwise, the lighting was not bad considering the time of day. This particular King Air is registered to NASA's Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB. An interesting little factoid for yours truly.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3933/15359244280_f25f35c37b_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: azspyder on October 15, 2014, 06:31:56 PM
Nice catch Jeff...

We have been dealing with the hay fire with the schools. I get air quality updates from my kid's school administration. I would think they would fix the issue by putting the fire out but a decision was made to let it burn. I guess it could be worse, it could be tires burning.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on October 15, 2014, 09:46:43 PM
Jeffe,

That's a nice catch on the King Air (& Space).  Angle/framing looks very nice with a cool leading, yellow line.  Were you above or shooting through the fence for this?

- Dave


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 15, 2014, 09:58:11 PM
Thanks Steven and Dave. When I was a kid (nearly a thousand years ago) the farmer next door had his humble stack of hay catch fire. It took most of a day for the fire crews to put it out. If this is a large commercial hay operation, there may not be enough water in Maricopa County to put the darn thing out. I was shooting over the fence.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: John Driscoll on October 18, 2014, 06:34:21 PM
Snapped this one on Thursday morning.  Assuming it is out of Pinal Air Park?
(http://s26.postimg.org/6tkcn63pl/DSC_6268_Large.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/4c8lfwjt1/full/)
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Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Warbird Keith on October 18, 2014, 07:09:06 PM
Snapped this one on Thursday morning.  Assuming it is out of Pinal Air Park?
(http://s26.postimg.org/6tkcn63pl/DSC_6268_Large.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/4c8lfwjt1/full/)
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Yes, I saw it departing Pinal.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on October 20, 2014, 08:30:51 PM
A couple of T-1As.  Heavily cropped from a shot taken through the fence with a 35mm lens. I didn't expect to be stopping there and that was all I had.  Live and learn.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on October 20, 2014, 09:28:23 PM
A couple of T-1As.  Heavily cropped from a shot taken through the fence with a 35mm lens. I didn't expect to be stopping there and that was all I had.  Live and learn.

Nicely done Scott. Terrific backdrop, especially for these white T-1A's.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on October 20, 2014, 10:03:01 PM
Thanks Jeff! I thought I'd throw it out there mainly on the merit of the stormy background. Those storms came into town later which was quite a surprise! I could kick myself for not bringing another lens.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 13, 2014, 09:48:59 PM
NIGHT WIZARDRY
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7481/15164892104_6b32e42a9b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p7535Y)
Merlin arriving at Willie.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on November 14, 2014, 01:14:56 AM
Damn nice shot Joe. I saw the stats on Flickr, 1/30 at 6400 ISO, can't ask for much more than that, very sharp considering the conditions and movement.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 14, 2014, 09:02:10 AM
Thanks Harvey.  Definitely a bit of "hair" on the image, but I'm still pretty impressed with the 70D's low-light performance.  Not really print-frame-hang-caliber stuff, but it's good to know I can get results like this if I ever need to for editorial purposes. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 25, 2014, 09:12:31 AM
'ROUND THE CLOCK, READY TO ROCK
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7550/15875562622_819691b1a3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qbSpEW)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on November 25, 2014, 09:41:46 AM
Outstanding night panning shot Joe. You even have blur on the rotor mast and everything else is tac sharp, beautiful.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 25, 2014, 10:38:16 AM
Thanks Harvey!  Definitely a lot of luck here, I was certainly surprised by how sharp it came out.  I didn't do nearly as well on the DC-9 I went out there to catch, at least not until it stopped moving. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on November 27, 2014, 09:49:44 AM
NINE IRON
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7475/15270220563_5d45b39eae_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pgnSyT)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Paul Dumm on December 10, 2014, 04:10:18 PM
Something New for me came in today.
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8679/15967857856_fda9008cd1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qk2rQ5)web-87 (https://flic.kr/p/qk2rQ5)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 10, 2014, 04:49:32 PM
Aero Spacelines B-377-SGT Super Guppy Turbine
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8595/15808068967_af00ca886e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/q5Uuae)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 10, 2014, 07:46:04 PM
FAT BASTARD
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7550/15992668491_46f7625618_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qndBaD)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on December 10, 2014, 07:53:09 PM
Man, the air was terrible today at Willie, but the scenery still looked pretty damn cool!

(http://www.roxphotography.com/img/s4/v66/p924549295-5.jpg) (http://www.roxphotography.com/p79125921/e371b80af)

(if you look closely, you'll see there was even some vortices generated by the props)
(http://www.roxphotography.com/img/s6/v134/p740018366-5.jpg) (http://www.roxphotography.com/p79125921/e2c1bc8be)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on December 10, 2014, 08:03:32 PM
Love that first shot, Dave!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on December 10, 2014, 08:26:34 PM
Thanks Joe.  Was almost a non-shot.  Apparently, there is an unposted 'no-photography' rule for the long term parking out there.  Matt and I procrastinated after the parking guy informed us of this policy, but he was cool enough to call in and get permission for us to grab shots of the Guppy's departure.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on December 11, 2014, 11:19:13 AM
Aero Spacelines B-377-SGT Super Guppy Turbine
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7519/15813312737_45cde188df_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/q6nmX4)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on December 11, 2014, 12:40:28 PM
Love that first shot, Dave!

+1 for me Sir Dave. I like the portrait orientation and how you included the runway in the bottom of the image. The entire composition really adds scale to the image.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Dave S. on December 11, 2014, 01:20:25 PM
Thanks Jeff.  Even though it's December, the early shots, when he was still close to the runway, have quite a bit if heat haze.  Also wished he would have kept on the runway a bit longer, but still pleased with what I ended up getting.  Maybe in March, when he'll be loaded a little heavier while carrying the Orion, he'll have a longer takeoff roll?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on January 16, 2015, 05:17:50 PM
Raytheon T-1A Jayhawk
86th Flying Training Squadron (86 FTS) "Rio Lobos"

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7477/16294869981_8b6de52e47_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qPVt9a)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on January 24, 2015, 02:10:31 AM
Went out to shoot the V-22 Osprey's on the ramp and was rewarded in seeing the departure of the Antonov 124, from runway 12R no less. Nice and close.....  ;D

Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82074 departing Phoenix-Mesa Gateway

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8607/16351537531_34a8aa3570_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qUVUqT)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8622/16351537441_45898837d9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qUVUpk)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on January 24, 2015, 02:18:33 AM
Terrific images Anna. You're killing it with the night photographs.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on January 24, 2015, 09:16:03 PM
Terrific images Anna. You're killing it with the night photographs.

Thank you very much Jeff...   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 07, 2015, 09:09:11 AM
FOUR OF A KIND
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/16464740435_b82782425f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r5W6H6)
Got dealt a good hand at Willie yesterday.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on February 07, 2015, 10:45:37 AM
I really like tail shots like this, very cool line up and shot Joe. These guys are older than most of our members. ;)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 07, 2015, 08:15:25 PM
"Britney" Spears

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A++ Hornet
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) "Black Knights"
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7401/16443212976_a80afee023_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r42Lm1)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 08, 2015, 12:26:03 AM
VMFA-112 Cowboys.

(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s9/v96/p907450919-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 08, 2015, 10:52:14 AM
VMFA-314 Black Knights.

(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s9/v95/p380021599-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 08, 2015, 03:43:18 PM
Very nice images, Chris, it was good to see you out there yesterday!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 08, 2015, 03:51:43 PM
Northrop T-38A Talon
1st Reconnaissance Squadron (1 RS)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7289/16475520541_d339754799_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r6TmfZ)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on February 08, 2015, 09:31:35 PM
Great angle, great shot Matt. Very nice perspective.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 09, 2015, 03:02:03 AM
Great angle, great shot Matt. Very nice perspective.

Thank you, Harvey!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on February 09, 2015, 07:21:25 AM
Nice ones Matt! yes good seeing you, been a bit since I've been out at Willie  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on February 09, 2015, 01:00:51 PM
Nice ones Matt! yes good seeing you, been a bit since I've been out at Willie  ;D

Thank you, Chris!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris C. on February 09, 2015, 09:37:58 PM
VMFA-314 Black Knights Departure

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7396/16292181190_c479f4c5c8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qPFFRG)Mcdonnel Douglas F/A-18A++ Departing IWA (https://flic.kr/p/qPFFRG) by ChrisCostello01 (https://www.flickr.com/people/130874015@N03/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: wingsnstuff on March 02, 2015, 01:44:21 PM
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8655/16075330514_bcff07a897_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/quwgGW)Falcon Field - CF-104D Starfighter (https://flic.kr/p/quwgGW) by wingsnstuff (https://www.flickr.com/people/28288340@N03/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 01, 2015, 10:56:22 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II+
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8723/16381865473_1b3e1d5e3d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qXBkSr)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on May 23, 2015, 02:11:46 PM
SHEEPNUTS
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5345/17393904034_8406897eb5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/sv3iF9)
Oldie from February 2009.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: KfirGuy on June 01, 2015, 03:27:06 PM
Hey guys,

I spent the better part of a day at IWA before Memorial Day weekend, hoping something military might pop in, but was stymied in that regard. Despite that, it was a nice afternoon in Mesa. Great temps, and I still snagged some worthwhile frames.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8776/18173690408_c7b70542ed_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tFWUZN)IMG_7589 (https://flic.kr/p/tFWUZN) by Nicholas Peterman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/53263228@N04/), on Flickr


I am under the impression that this is the new face of "Con Air"?

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8888/17738888964_86cf55eb16_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/t2wrFb)IMG_7512 (https://flic.kr/p/t2wrFb) by Nicholas Peterman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/53263228@N04/), on Flickr


And of course the requisite Allegiant traffic

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/403/18173760200_22ba6cf2ca_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tFXgK7)IMG_7551 (https://flic.kr/p/tFXgK7) by Nicholas Peterman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/53263228@N04/), on Flickr


(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/323/18361509935_6ab251acdf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tYxxcv)IMG_7673 (https://flic.kr/p/tYxxcv) by Nicholas Peterman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/53263228@N04/), on Flickr


Cheers!

Nick


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on June 11, 2015, 05:07:42 PM
(http://www.chrisvoylesimages.com/img/s8/v78/p1245927077-5.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on June 11, 2015, 05:11:20 PM
The much sought after Willie take-off shot! Great catch.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on June 11, 2015, 05:15:15 PM
Thanks Scott! I haven't been out much lately so when the Black Knights did a fly by over our house I decided to check it out  ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on June 11, 2015, 05:17:46 PM
So sharp I feel like I can shave with that leading edge root extension.

Killer shot. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Chris V on June 11, 2015, 05:26:04 PM
Thanks Joe!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on July 08, 2015, 12:02:26 AM
Redhawks
McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk from Training Squadron Twenty-One, VT-21, 'Fighting Redhawks', Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas

Down low, with the tripod leaned against the fence, the Auto Chinon Multi-Coated, 50mm, f1.7 at around f2.8.  I like that this lens is small enough to shoot between the wires in the fence.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/325/19328394970_e894b7fd6e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vrZ5r9)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/464/19535228362_cb4625c611_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vLg9N7)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on July 09, 2015, 10:44:24 AM
Tilting At Windmills
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk from the HSM-72 Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two, 'Proud Warriors', Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, on the ramp at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3780/19355410900_50c90bbaca_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vunxk3)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 09, 2015, 06:05:48 PM
Tilting At Windmills
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk from the HSM-72 Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two, 'Proud Warriors', Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, on the ramp at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

Not a shot that I would look for, but I really, really like it!  Nice work, Anna!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on July 09, 2015, 08:29:49 PM
Not a shot that I would look for, but I really, really like it!  Nice work, Anna!

Thank you Matt....   ;D


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on August 07, 2015, 01:11:19 AM
Work Never Ends
Bombardier BD-500 CSeries CS100, C-GWXZ, FTV5, on the ramp at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway for hot weather testing.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/296/20371472241_419e4dc716_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/x3a7Y2)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on August 11, 2015, 10:29:50 PM
STORMIN' HORNETS
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5619/20512404961_e28f2952bf_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 17, 2015, 06:14:27 PM
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Global Geo Mapping, Inc.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5706/20481540108_6313475e43_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xcTfiS)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 07, 2015, 08:51:08 AM
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A++ Hornet
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) "Black Knights"

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5707/21031660470_436e56dbb5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/y3uKVG)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 07, 2015, 07:11:05 PM
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) "Atlas"

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/778/21045891949_3c6f67608c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/y4KGs2)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on September 07, 2015, 07:14:45 PM
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) "Atlas"


Very nice Matt....   Had one of those fly right over the house this afternoon.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 07, 2015, 07:39:57 PM
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) "Atlas"


Very nice Matt....   Had one of those fly right over the house this afternoon.

Thank you!  It was probably this one, came in shortly after 4pm.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 08, 2015, 05:54:08 PM
Bell UH-1Y Venom
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) "Atlas"

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/729/21266176141_ca41cda81c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ypdHgk)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on September 08, 2015, 07:33:30 PM
Bell UH-1Y Venom
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) "Atlas"


Dynamic image....  Well done Matt!!!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 08, 2015, 08:31:55 PM
Bell UH-1Y Venom
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) "Atlas"


Dynamic image....  Well done Matt!!!

Thanks Anna!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 09, 2015, 05:51:13 PM
Bell UH-1Y Venom
Bell AH-1Z Viper
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169) "Vipers"

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5759/21283759715_059515d46f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/yqLQfp)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 10, 2015, 05:27:27 PM
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) "Atlas"

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5708/21308407825_6ce3bbeffe_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ysXagP)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on September 19, 2015, 01:39:47 AM
BUSINESS AS USUAL
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/727/21347197029_c0560e1f0a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ywnXXc)
DADS Skyhawks back in the game just 24 hours after one of their pilots walked away from a well-executed emergency gear-up landing in another A-4.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on September 24, 2015, 11:54:16 PM
A little late on posting these...

COME TO FIGHT - COME TO WIN
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/594/21261190298_186c39c6b1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/yoMa9w)

MOONER
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5735/21413158051_3e7710f57f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/yCd2Sc)

SNAKE
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/730/21187328279_b8a57de53f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/yhfAxr)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/654/21548310752_0916fa04d3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/yQ9J4b)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on October 15, 2015, 11:06:05 PM
The blue flights suits are Boeing test pilots....


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ross Dinsdale on October 15, 2015, 11:08:25 PM
Thank you Anna.  That is what I had assumed in my head, but wasn't sure. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: trmphoto on April 14, 2016, 10:03:58 PM
Omega Air Tanker
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1695/26164695950_9eb25a8e17_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FS5Uxq) (https://flic.kr/p/FS5Uxq)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on April 14, 2016, 11:35:37 PM
Great shot of a unique aircraft Tom. Very nice light also.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: trmphoto on April 14, 2016, 11:55:53 PM
Great shot of a unique aircraft Tom. Very nice light also.

Thanks Harvey.  It came in, re-fueled and left all within about 30 minutes.  It has very loud engines too.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: trmphoto on April 16, 2016, 12:57:11 AM
Nine O Nine
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1686/26430581236_17eb3ce3ae_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GgzCYu) (https://flic.kr/p/GgzCYu)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 16, 2016, 10:29:23 PM
From today's photo shoot with VMA-311 "Tomcats."

McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1639/26201635240_965f98551e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FVmeiJ)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on April 16, 2016, 10:57:47 PM
Perfection Matt.
Great Shot


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 16, 2016, 10:59:30 PM
Perfection Matt.
Great Shot

Thank you, Sir!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on April 17, 2016, 02:33:19 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II from Marine Attack Squadron 311, VMA-311, "Tomcats", Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1459/26477302445_095c373018_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GkH6yz)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on April 17, 2016, 03:32:55 PM
The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N93012 Nine-O-Nine, North American TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane, North American B-25J Mitchell NL3476G Tondelayo, and Consolidated B-24J Liberator N224J Witchcraft arrived at the Mesa Gateway Airport on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. On Friday, April 15, the airplanes departed for the Scottsdale Airport.

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway%20DSC_1414%20%20P-51C%20NL-251MX%20Betty%20Jane%20B-25J%20NL3746G%20Tondelayo%20B-24J%20N224J%20Witchcraft%20B-17G%20N93012%20Nine-O-Nine%20left%20side%20l.jpg)
North American TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane, North American B-25J Mitchell NL3476G Tondelayo, Consolidated B-24J Liberator N224J Witchcraft, and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N93012 Nine-O-Nine

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway%20DSC_1421%20P-51C%20NL-251MX%20Betty%20Jane%20left%20front%20taxiing%20l.jpg)
North American TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway%20DSC_1512%20B-25J%20NL3746G%20Tondelayo%20left%20front%20take-off%20l.jpg)
North American B-25J Mitchell NL3476G Tondelayo

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway%20DSC_1548%20B-24J%20N224J%20Witchcraft%20right%20rear%20taxiing%20l.jpg)
Consolidated B-24J Liberator N224J Witchcraft and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N93012 Nine-O-Nine

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway%20DSC_1555%20B-17G%20N93012%20Nine-O-Nine%20left%20front%20take-off%20l.jpg)
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N93012 Nine-O-Nine

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway/20160415%20Mesa%20Gateway%20DSC_1591%20B-24J%20N224J%20Witchcraft%20left%20front%20take-off%20l.jpg)
Consolidated B-24J Liberator N224J Witchcraft


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 17, 2016, 09:31:42 PM
SWEDISH FISH
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1581/26430169311_9b6acd0a11_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ggxwwk)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 18, 2016, 08:15:47 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1580/26423269502_4dcc2c2c21_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GfWas7)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on April 23, 2016, 02:23:29 AM
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III from the 172nd Airlift Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1467/26590535905_fe14abcd81_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GvHrVB)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on April 23, 2016, 09:45:57 AM
A real beauty Anna, I really like the offset shot. Probably necessary at this close distance and it works well, very nice photo.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on April 23, 2016, 11:58:30 AM
A real beauty Anna, I really like the offset shot. Probably necessary at this close distance and it works well, very nice photo.

Thank you Harvey...  Just out of the frame on the lower right is a shade canopy for the airport ops vehicles.  Would have made for a great multi image pano without that shade canopy.  They had this beast parked right close to the fence line.  Great light when they park it so close.   :)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on April 26, 2016, 08:40:14 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1459/26395914990_a731bac1cd_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GdvXUA)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 10, 2016, 08:07:45 AM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7623/27582048595_dc4247048f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J2kd6Z)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on June 17, 2016, 11:56:26 PM
Tanker 911
10 Tanker Air Carrier, DC-10, Tanker 911, N17085, on final to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport this evening.

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7724/27129966474_58553a7014_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HkoaQE)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on June 18, 2016, 01:06:20 AM
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7340/27668686661_0f80f3f64a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J9ZfzK)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on June 18, 2016, 09:50:39 AM
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7124/27650429962_d541dbb810_b.jpg)[/url (https://flic.kr/p/J8nFv5)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 07, 2016, 12:03:08 AM
RECURRING NIGHTMARE
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7629/28067070301_86e461f12a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JLc5ac)
Been going through some older folders lately.  Really miss seeing the Nightmares at Willie.  This shot is from back in March 2009.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on July 07, 2016, 01:30:40 AM
HOWLING BANSHEE
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7440/27531495003_017a641bbf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HWS7hk)
That one time when the Air Force's final T-37s flew through Willie before heading to AMARG.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 11, 2016, 06:23:45 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Night Attack
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8780/28891680586_f39172fbca_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L24q4U)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on August 20, 2016, 10:55:58 PM
spent some time down at Willie today.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8336/29045836841_b1ace321ca_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LfFvmn)IMG_5313 (https://flic.kr/p/LfFvmn) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8455/29123001185_9f014ddd5f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LnuZC6)IMG_5337 (https://flic.kr/p/LnuZC6) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8381/28504180033_b37bb73e9c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KqPnDT)IMG_5300 (https://flic.kr/p/KqPnDT) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 07, 2016, 08:33:31 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311) "Tomcats"

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8348/29499548986_1ed133fc44_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LWLUay)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on September 07, 2016, 09:32:27 PM
Very nice angle and composition Matt, nice shot!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 07, 2016, 10:11:13 PM
Very nice angle and composition Matt, nice shot!

Thanks Harvey!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on September 12, 2016, 10:05:35 PM
Willie Regular
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8053/29023124953_e49aa59f70_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LdF6U6)Willie Regular (https://flic.kr/p/LdF6U6) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on October 21, 2016, 07:31:57 PM
NASA's Super Guppy N941NA visited Phoenix-Mesa Gateway on October 21, 2016 on its way from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado to Moffet Federal Airfield, California.

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20161021%20IWA/20161021%20IWA%20DSC_6153%20Super%20Guppy%20201%20N941NA%20NASA%20right%20front%20landing%20l.jpg)

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20161021%20IWA/20161021%20IWA%20DSC_6160%20Super%20Guppy%20201%20N941NA%20NASA%20right%20rear%20landing%20l.jpg)

(http://www.air-and-space.com/20161021%20IWA/20161021%20IWA%20_BL30336%20Super%20Guppy%20201%20N941NA%20NASA%20left%20front%20l.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on October 22, 2016, 08:35:50 PM
Missed the NASA Super Guppy by one day but oh well. I'll take 5 T-38's instead...  :)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5697/30465528256_a30d0ff55e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Nq8N9y)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 10, 2017, 10:54:47 AM
PREHISTORIC BEAST
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2590/31983731053_2497ecf2e1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QJhYWR)
Weird to see Willie almost bumped completely off the first page of the 'airports' board due to inactivity.  He's the Guppy that came through last October.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on February 11, 2017, 04:19:13 PM
Will be happy when the ramp construction is complete in front of the park.  Should be soon to have aircraft parking out there again.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on February 12, 2017, 11:53:13 AM
I went by Gateway yesterday to see if anything had come in.  I noticed the Bombardier communications trailer sitting on the ramp.  Does anybody know if Bombardier is or will be doing some aircraft testing in the near future?  CS Series?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on February 12, 2017, 09:14:42 PM
That's usually the case.  I can swing by tomorrow at lunch and give an update.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Anna M. Wood on February 12, 2017, 10:18:57 PM
I went by Gateway yesterday to see if anything had come in.  I noticed the Bombardier communications trailer sitting on the ramp.  Does anybody know if Bombardier is or will be doing some aircraft testing in the near future?  CS Series?

One of their jets has been in town this past week.  It was parked to the north end of the park area in front of the FBO building.  I do not recall seeing it today when I drove thru.  Didn't see its tail peeking out above the buildings.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on February 25, 2017, 09:10:41 PM
Bombardier CSeries CS100 C-GWYD
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3775/32303829133_4c04320555_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RdzyXg)Bombardier CSeries CS100 C-GWYD (https://flic.kr/p/RdzyXg) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr

Da Bomb
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/564/33119566405_97b0452fb8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SsErdZ)Da Bomb (https://flic.kr/p/SsErdZ) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr

Da Bears
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/641/33119560735_536010165e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SsEpxe)Da Bears (https://flic.kr/p/SsEpxe) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr

Ace in the Pocket
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3789/32274435574_7e0d547fa0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RaYVgL)Ace in the pocket (https://flic.kr/p/RaYVgL) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Scott Youmans on February 27, 2017, 09:40:14 PM
A new look for the Bronco


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jeff D. Welker on February 27, 2017, 09:56:17 PM
Love the head-on Scott.  Muchas Gracias Senior Youmans.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on March 03, 2017, 12:21:05 PM
GLOOMY SCOOTER
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3840/33095328121_a77406df8d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Sqwd2x)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on March 03, 2017, 03:20:20 PM
I like that background with that camo color, very nice shot Joe!


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: trmphoto on March 10, 2017, 07:45:09 PM
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/633/33212903672_542178a098_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SAUP9d) (https://flic.kr/p/SAUP9d)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Tower Guy on March 10, 2017, 08:31:31 PM
Great shot Tom, you got this guy in great light also.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on March 11, 2017, 05:02:37 AM
Very impressive Tom. One of my favorite aircraft.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: trmphoto on March 11, 2017, 11:44:19 AM
Great shot Tom, you got this guy in great light also.
Very impressive Tom. One of my favorite aircraft.
Thanks guys!

AV-8B Harrier II
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3847/33380885715_90bc14ebf1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SRKLmk) (https://flic.kr/p/SRKLmk)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on April 06, 2017, 09:25:11 AM
Good day at Gateway yesterday.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3927/33063475013_f1e0cb9197_b.jpg)[/url]The Marines are Here (https://flic.kr/p/SnGXd2) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: mrblujet on April 16, 2017, 04:40:45 PM
Caught FIFI taking-off yesterday morning for the 10:30 flight.

(http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss241/MrBluJet/DSC_8814_zpsk5xjhmzf.jpg) (http://s580.photobucket.com/user/MrBluJet/media/DSC_8814_zpsk5xjhmzf.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on May 04, 2017, 08:46:52 AM
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4167/34317889301_8326a798c4_b.jpg)[/url]Taxiing Out (https://flic.kr/p/Uhy9Sz) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jay Beckman on May 04, 2017, 10:04:58 AM
Taxiing Out[/url] by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]

Good use of selective saturation, but this would be stronger if you leveled it...
Running downhill left to right.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on May 04, 2017, 10:08:08 AM
Thanks. Sometimes it takes a second pair of eyes.......


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: David Loera on May 09, 2017, 11:21:57 AM
F-5E Tiger
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4160/34558680255_1ba69d8903_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UDQgCK)IMG_0075 (https://flic.kr/p/UDQgCK) by David Loera (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burneraviation/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on May 10, 2017, 08:55:13 AM
Some nice visitors to Gateway yesterday:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4176/33724167654_5cedacbfb8_b.jpg)[/url]Rare Birds (https://flic.kr/p/To6b7s) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on May 28, 2017, 06:26:07 PM
An ex-US Navy TACAMO, now serving in another important, civilian, role, keeping our lands safe from burning wildfires.

Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules
Coulson Aviation (USA) Ltd.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4243/34825058981_59aae08046_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/V4nwKp)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on June 29, 2017, 05:41:42 PM
An ex-US Navy TACAMO, now serving as a firefighter with Coulson Aviation.

Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules
Coulson Aviation (USA) Ltd.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4265/34778571254_bf0081efb4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UZggyS)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ross Dinsdale on July 02, 2017, 03:30:11 PM
Slippery when wet...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4023/34838092584_ddec8b0bbb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/V5wkbG)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on July 03, 2017, 04:15:31 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4242/34860914874_894e884cc3_h.jpg)[/url]WHERE&#x27;S THE FIRE? (https://flic.kr/p/V7xiss) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ned Harris on July 03, 2017, 04:36:41 PM
Tanker 912 departing Willie. 7/1/17.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4209/34861707064_4aaef79fa2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/V7BmWU)_J8A0936 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N522AX (https://flic.kr/p/V7BmWU) by Ned Harris (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 03, 2017, 07:46:30 PM
Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune
Neptune Aviation Services

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4214/35665987196_d959815d39_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WkFvpJ)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Ross Dinsdale on July 03, 2017, 09:06:25 PM
You guys are getting some great shot of all the fire bomber activity. Especially you Matt. I've been to Gateway twice in last week and a half and haven't seen a thing fly while I was there.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 03, 2017, 10:20:19 PM
You guys are getting some great shot of all the fire bomber activity. Especially you Matt. I've been to Gateway twice in last week and a half and haven't seen a thing fly while I was there.

Thanks Ross, but all my shots are from a few weeks ago on a lucky afternoon.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bjorn van der Flier on July 06, 2017, 01:45:16 AM
great catch on the Neptune Matt..


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on July 06, 2017, 07:58:45 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4232/35284112080_af897be0fb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VKWif1)McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N612AX (https://flic.kr/p/VKWif1) by Zdenek Kaspar (https://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Bubak on July 06, 2017, 08:00:44 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4275/34156191843_38240451d4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U3gpRn)Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune N410NA (https://flic.kr/p/U3gpRn) by Zdenek Kaspar (https://www.flickr.com/photos/37585658@N00/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on July 10, 2017, 06:19:38 PM
Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan
Volga-Dnepr Airlines

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4278/35460088040_96008d43c8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/W2udLh)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on August 13, 2017, 07:18:15 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4345/36365092972_29aa572322_b.jpg)[/url]MITSUBISHI REGIONAL (https://flic.kr/p/XpsBcA) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on August 14, 2017, 12:56:38 AM
One of four Mitsubishi Regional Jet's (MRJ) built for testing purposes coming in from a high speed taxi test.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4394/36391512612_3bcb2236f1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XrN1QC)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on August 14, 2017, 12:33:27 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4332/36571605245_97bd1c12e3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XHH372)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 17, 2017, 02:34:39 PM
No.  I work nearby and didn't hear anything gray-and-dangerous, but that doesn't mean they weren't there.  Why, was there some kind of incident?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Pixle on August 17, 2017, 02:46:46 PM
No.  I work nearby and didn't hear anything gray-and-dangerous, but that doesn't mean they weren't there.  Why, was there some kind of incident?

I don't know, I was on my way to school when I saw them.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Pixle on August 17, 2017, 03:49:27 PM
Boeing 737


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Pixle on August 18, 2017, 09:57:23 AM
Would this afternoon be a good time to go plane spotting at Willie?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on August 18, 2017, 12:55:53 PM
Would this afternoon be a good time to go plane spotting at Willie?
I believe the 787-8 MAX has been flying around today so you might be able to catch that.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Pixle on August 18, 2017, 07:22:14 PM
Just left Willie, pretty quiet, couple of allegents and a native air helicopter


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on August 27, 2017, 05:09:50 PM
Volga-Dnepr Ilyushin Il-76 RA76951 paid a visit to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. It arrived from Lafayette Regional Airport, Louisiana at 11:29 PM on August 26. It departed for Honolulu at 3:15 PM on August 27.
(http://air-and-space.com/20170827%20IWA/20170827%20IWA%20_BL31465%20IL-76TD-90%20RA76951%20Volga%20Dnepr%20left%20side%20l.jpg)

(http://air-and-space.com/20170827%20IWA/20170827%20IWA%20DSC_6978%20IL-76TD-90%20RA76951%20Volga%20Dnepr%20left%20front%20take-off%20l.jpg)

(http://air-and-space.com/20170827%20IWA/20170827%20IWA%20DSC_6980%20IL-76TD-90%20RA76951%20Volga%20Dnepr%20left%20side%20take-off%20l.jpg)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on August 27, 2017, 05:38:44 PM
LICENSE TO IL
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4349/36715380551_8ae889f589_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XWpVuB)
Good to see everyone out at Willie today. 


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on August 27, 2017, 06:09:30 PM
Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VD
Volga-Dnepr Airlines

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/36684392202_1558db818a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XTF6JJ)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on August 27, 2017, 06:55:29 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4357/36047438403_7f83a4c9c3_b.jpg)[/url]SONG OF THE VOLGA BOATMEN (https://flic.kr/p/WVoxyF) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Brian Lockett on August 29, 2017, 01:26:19 PM
Cessna Citations
(http://air-and-space.com/20170827%20IWA/20170827%20IWA%20DSC_6918%20Cessna%20700%20N701GL%20left%20front%20take-off%20l.jpg)
Cessna 700 Citation Longitude N701GL is powered by a pair of Honeywell AS907-2-+1S engines. Its construction number is 700-00001.

(http://air-and-space.com/20170827%20IWA/20170827%20IWA%20DSC_6906%20Cessna%20560XL%20N412AB%20right%20front%20taxiing%20l.jpg)
Cessna 560XL Citation Excel N412AB was built in 2007. It is powered by apair of Pratt & Whitney of Canada PW545B engines. Its construction number is 560-5752.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on September 02, 2017, 07:22:15 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4419/36791865986_aca4bf95f2_b.jpg)[/url]BEWARE OF JET BLAST AND ROTORS (https://flic.kr/p/Y4aVX1) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on September 10, 2017, 04:04:05 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4376/36982171332_ac5f48390c_b.jpg)[/url]WE HAVE LIFTOFF (https://flic.kr/p/YkZi6E) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on September 13, 2017, 01:31:12 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4402/37021649566_f98325ac44_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YptCAS)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on September 13, 2017, 01:36:35 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4439/37069649801_b508997168_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YtHDp8)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on September 26, 2017, 08:47:28 AM
Good to see the Tomcats back at Gateway again.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4431/23471042858_a7232fb9fb_b.jpg)[/url]TOMCAT ARRIVAL (https://flic.kr/p/BL4ejJ) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Pixle on September 26, 2017, 10:17:50 AM
Good to see the Tomcats back at Gateway again.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4431/23471042858_a7232fb9fb_b.jpg)[/url]TOMCAT ARRIVAL (https://flic.kr/p/BL4ejJ) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]

Do you know how long they'll be there?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on September 26, 2017, 03:14:10 PM
As far as I know they left on Sunday or Monday. Although now that that squadron is back at Yuma you may be able to catch them flying up to Gateway on the weekends.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Jonathan Navarro on September 26, 2017, 03:34:17 PM
Great shot Taj


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Matt Ottosen on September 26, 2017, 08:00:50 PM
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214) "Black Sheep"

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4437/37296391946_6ac5c74389_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YPKKWs)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on October 08, 2017, 08:37:51 AM
VMA-223's colorbird at Gateway

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/36892580123_30dc6361bd_c.jpg)[/url]OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS (https://flic.kr/p/Yd57KD) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on October 08, 2017, 08:39:05 AM
Another one of VMA-223's Harriers in town for WTI.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4511/37313059360_4d03f1140a_b.jpg)[/url]BIG DOG (https://flic.kr/p/YRebzE) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: KfirGuy on October 08, 2017, 10:25:09 AM
Great shots! I saw them there when I drove by yesterday. I assume it’s safe to say they’ve gone back to Yuma?


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 29, 2017, 03:35:20 AM
PATCHES
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4507/37978011092_c7a6d9a182_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRZeyG)


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: Joe Copalman on October 29, 2017, 08:47:50 AM
BLUE HOUR HUEY
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4497/38014752651_f9d2a010b6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZVexxR)
Bit of a bonus as I was packing up after yesterday's Harrier/Tiger fest.


Title: Re: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA, KIWA, IWA) "Willie"
Post by: tajmahal250 on October 30, 2017, 08:34:25 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4497/38000702366_d3131ac6d7_b.jpg)[/url]THE BAD GUYS (https://flic.kr/p/ZTZwTy) by Thomas Backus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/machtwoimages/), on Flickr[/img]