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A visit to Fallon

Post by Ross Forsyth » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:32 pm

Last October I was lucky enough to manage a base visit to NAS Fallon with hopefully the chance to finally shoot some of the VFC-13 F-5`s I have seen on previous posts from there.
Word was when we got out to the States that an Airwing may be in attendance during our base visit and the word was correct with CVW-3 having arrived a few days prior to begin working up.
The only problem seemed to be the forecast temperatures for our day out.....-17deg c on the airfield TAF,so a visit to Wallmart in Ridgecrest for Gloves,Hats and Layers was in order and on the drive there the car temp gauge recorded -20 so it wasn`t far off.
Thanks to the PAO we spent an action packed afternoon at the EOR,so much so that we didn`t have a chance to visit any ramps for images but I`m not going to complain,aswell as the temperatures picking up enough to take off my hat and gloves :thumbs:
Anyway on with the shots

1/VFA-41 FA-18F

2/VAQ-131 Lancers EA-18 lined up

3/VAQ-136 Gauntlets

4/VAQ-133 Wizards

5/Some of the Home Team Hornets FA-18C NAWDC in the brown camo returns

6/Another NAWDC Legacy Hornet with a slow shutter speed

7/NAWDC Growler

8/NAWDC FA-18F plants itself

9/NAWDC F-16 Brown

10/NAWDC F-16 Blue

Some of the visiting CVW-3 Squadron jets,sadly the Growler squadron never flew while we were at the EOR and were just starting to crew up as we were driving off :(

11/VFA-105 Gunslingers

12/A VFA-83 Rampager lined up on the far runway with a pair of VFA-131 Wildcats

13/VFA-131 Wildcat FA-18E departs on the far runway

14/VFA-32 Swordsmen touching down

15/VFA-83 Rampagers CAG arrives

16/Thanks to the PAO for extending our time at the EOR waiting for this bird to return! VFA-131 CAG

And last but not least some F-5`s of VFC-13 "Saints"




Still loads of images to work through and we did get to catch the "Topgun" jet but that will have to remain hidden unfortunately :ninja:


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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by Gus0898uk » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:36 pm

All great shots Ross, brilliant light as well. NAS Fallon PAO have always been pretty good with access, i manged to get some shots of the F-14 in Iranian camo scheme way back when.

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by paddyboy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:41 am

Hi Ross :P

Cracking set there :thumbs:

Those last 4 :Wow:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by DanBeeden » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:32 am

Great shots - the CAG Hornets look superb, as do the F-5s of course.

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by david14 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:13 am

Great photos and a fantastic place to visit (with a tour) - thx for posting

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by Reaper02 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:29 am

Great shots, love those aggressors very much and such a nice place to visit Fallon! :thumb:

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by toom317 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:15 pm

Glad you got your F5's Ross. Great action shots, much better than static ramp shots.
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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by Dan214sqn » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:23 pm

lovely set

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by Heal1979 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:05 pm

Awesome shots from a great base. Zip is a great host!

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by LTFT5 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:22 pm

Great shots. love them F-5s and CAG Hornets.
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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by roughcutter » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:53 pm

Lovely set of images and perfect conditions for great photography (so long as you're well wrapped up), the only heat shimmer you want to see, is what's coming out of the tail pipes. :thumb:
... and a fair haired slightly balding Bobby Charlton to kick off!

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by MR TERRY GREEN » Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:01 pm

Lovely pictures really enjoyed the CAG aircraft.

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by matt e » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:22 pm

nice set,especially 15,16 and 19

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by Craig » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:23 pm

Great set Ross, really sharp and well composed throughout. In particular 4, 16 & 18 are nice angles.

It's amazing to think that the temperatures get so cold there. When you starting mentioning the temperatures I assumed you would be talking about heat, and struggling with hazy images. Obviously that wasn't the case and the photos show the clarity of the light. Looking on a map NAS Fallon is the same latitude as Mallorca!

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by Blackcat1 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:51 pm

Some crackers there.

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by dragonchaser » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:51 pm

Great post, some super colour schemes, and love the F5’s.

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Re: A visit to Fallon

Post by PeteF » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:27 pm

Nice pics from a great visit and as you say the PAO Zip is incredibly helpful. My late April trip also included the Top Gun jet but pics requested to be embargoed by Zip until the film is released. A small price to pay for a great visit.

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Post by Blue Diamond » Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:46 pm

Super set in superb light.
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