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sorry, wrong number

a license plate on a parked car caught my eye so I put my car in park and jumped out, ran around the front and over to the right and snapped a picture for my friend. horns are honking (among other gestures) and busy people are crazy — they have places to go. I know. so do I.

it was worth traffic distractions to get this shot for my friend — in hindsight, the effort gave us a good laugh, even if the wrong numbers rendered the photo moot (her love is an A-10 pilot.) I can’t keep those A- and F-plane number sequences straight. the Cs are easy, they come with word associations (Nightingale, Tube of Pain, Willing & Able etc.)

if you are a BMW aficionado, live in Northern Virginia and fly an A36, let me know and I’ll get you a print. 🙂


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  • christine - Mr. Nelson, thanks for stopping by and sharing your love/knowledge of military aviation! How could I have possibly overlooked such an endearing nickname as Warthog??? 🙂 No seriously, you are absolutely correct, I need to expand my limited-to-cargo vocabulary to include all those wonderfully coined fighters, and I appreciate you helping me out. I think you nailed it on the Beechcraft, I hope someday the BMW driver pulls up this post and introduces him/herself.

    On another note, if there is anything I can do to help you in your journey to learn more about photography, please don’t hesitate to ask! Here’s some of what I have started already:


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  • Lewis Nelson - Just happened across your blog as I want to learn more about photography… but as a veteran, I had to let you know that most of the A and F planes also have names… A-10 Warthog and the A-36 Apache (an old plane which I think was post WW-II but maybe caught the tale end of the war?), the F-15 Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, etc. However, I would imagine that the plate above refers to the Beechcraft A36 civilian aircraft… a bit more likely than the A-36 Apache 🙂

    Not trying to prove I’m smart or anything; I just love military aviation!ReplyCancel