Fun Friday: A Rare Bird Flyover

Imagine the surprise of hearing a sound like someone mowing in the woods behind my rural Missouri home, then looking out and seeing this rare “bird” flying over!

Ultralight "Plane" in flight

Living in the country, I shouldn’t be surprised. I have gone outside many times and seen some rather “unusual” birds flying over, including the Stealth bomber (a really cool experience when I see one!), A-10 “wart hogs”, military helicopters, etc. Whiteman AFB, who houses our fleet of Stealth aircraft, is only about 75 miles or so to the east of my home. But seeing this small, home-made craft was definitely a different experience! And just yesterday afternoon, I heard a plane that seemed to be trying to land on my roof! Going outside, I was given a front row seat to my personal airshow … a biplane was flying back and forth over my home, doing loops, inverted flybys, and giving me a great view of the entire exhibition. I’ll post some of those images once I get them downloaded and edited.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 (top photo) and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all)
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. to 1/1,000 sec.



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