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Sep 5
the “most aircraft in flight in one photo” challenge

"Flight by Rockwell Field aviators over San Diego, celebrating Peace - Nov 27, 1918" 

(via the SDASM Archives on Flickr)

117 aircraft! The Flickr set contains a great selection of other numerous formation photographs - including this one, which seems to be a manipulated version of the picture above (?)

the “most aircraft in flight in one photo” challenge

"Flight by Rockwell Field aviators over San Diego, celebrating Peace - Nov 27, 1918"

(via the SDASM Archives on Flickr)

117 aircraft! The Flickr set contains a great selection of other numerous formation photographs - including this one, which seems to be a manipulated version of the picture above (?)

Sep 5
the “most aircraft in flight in one photo” challenge

"Many German communities saw our large formations en-route to the Reich capital." 

part of a larger photo that shows at least 114 B-17’s in formation.

the “most aircraft in flight in one photo” challenge

"Many German communities saw our large formations en-route to the Reich capital."

part of a larger photo that shows at least 114 B-17’s in formation.

Sep 5
the “most aircraft in flight in one photo” challenge

"Air group six of the USS Enterprise (CV 6) pictured in flight over ships during exercises at sea" 

I count eighty.

(via, and spotted in the Planeshots Tumblr’s “Formation Flight Sunday”)

the “most aircraft in flight in one photo” challenge

"Air group six of the USS Enterprise (CV 6) pictured in flight over ships during exercises at sea"

I count eighty.

(via, and spotted in the Planeshots Tumblr’sFormation Flight Sunday”)

an update on the "most aircraft in flight in one photo" challenge..

this photo (found by “Jimbo” - thanks) reportedly shows a 44-strong flypast over the USS Independence in 1968. attempts to find a higher-res photo have so far been unsucessful..

an update on the "most aircraft in flight in one photo" challenge..

this photo (found by “Jimbo” - thanks) reportedly shows a 44-strong flypast over the USS Independence in 1968. attempts to find a higher-res photo have so far been unsucessful..

in the quest to find a photograph - taken after the Second World War - that contains over  forty aircraft in flight, this is the highest quality photograph so far: via this forum thread. I count 49 Sea King, Wessex, Gazelle, and Sea Prince (?) in this formation - which I believe is from the 1975 Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Air Day.

in the quest to find a photograph - taken after the Second World War - that contains over forty aircraft in flight, this is the highest quality photograph so far: via this forum thread. I count 49 Sea King, Wessex, Gazelle, and Sea Prince (?) in this formation - which I believe is from the 1975 Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Air Day.

last week, I posted a photo challenge.

one of the missions was to find a post-Second World War photograph showing more than 40 aircraft in the air. I chose that number because of the photos above - which show five European aerobatic teams in a huge formation - taken at the “Air 04” show in Payerne, Switzerland, in 2004.

(the teams are: the Frecce Tricolori, Team 60, the Patrouille Suisse, the Patrulla Aguila, and the Red Arrows)

there are a couple of photos that beat this number…

(Source: milspotters.nl)

Aug 7
A Photo Challenge

This famous photograph shows a flyover by US Navy carrier planes, during the ceremonies to mark the formal surrender of Japan on September 2nd 1945 (via)

What also makes this photograph special in my eyes is that there are at least 300 aircraft (of the 450 in the flypast at the time) caught in this shot. I am not aware of any other single photograph in existence that shows anywhere near this number of aircraft in the air at the same time. 

Your challenge, reader, is to try to find the following:  

* A single photograph that shows at least 75 aircraft in flight, from during or before the Second World War (not including other shots taken during the flypast above).

* A single photograph that shows more than 40 aircraft in flight, from after the Second World War.

Balloons/sky divers/time-lapse shots do not count. Results will be posted over the next few days.

Good luck.

A Photo Challenge

This famous photograph shows a flyover by US Navy carrier planes, during the ceremonies to mark the formal surrender of Japan on September 2nd 1945 (via)

What also makes this photograph special in my eyes is that there are at least 300 aircraft (of the 450 in the flypast at the time) caught in this shot. I am not aware of any other single photograph in existence that shows anywhere near this number of aircraft in the air at the same time.

Your challenge, reader, is to try to find the following:

* A single photograph that shows at least 75 aircraft in flight, from during or before the Second World War (not including other shots taken during the flypast above).

* A single photograph that shows more than 40 aircraft in flight, from after the Second World War.

Balloons/sky divers/time-lapse shots do not count. Results will be posted over the next few days.

Good luck.

Jun 5
art from the highly agreeable-looking “PROJECT TERMINATED - Famous Military Aircraft Cancellations of the Cold War and What Might Have Been”, by Erik Simonsen, Speciality Press

art from the highly agreeable-looking “PROJECT TERMINATED - Famous Military Aircraft Cancellations of the Cold War and What Might Have Been”, by Erik Simonsen, Speciality Press

"Quartet of fleet F-94 all weather jet fighters leaving foaming white wake as they maneuver high over Thule Air Base. (Photo by George Silk//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

"Quartet of fleet F-94 all weather jet fighters leaving foaming white wake as they maneuver high over Thule Air Base. (Photo by George Silk//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Wargames, 1941 (via D. Sheley on Flickr)

Wargames, 1941 (via D. Sheley on Flickr)

Dec 5
“Operation MALLARD: aircraft prepared for the reinforcement of the British airborne assault, assembled at Tarrant Rushton, Hampshire, on the afternoon of 6 June (1944). On the runway are General Aircraft Hamilcar heavy lift gliders, preceded by two Airspeed Horsa troop-carrying gliders, while parked on each side of them are Handley Page Halifax glider-tugs of Nos. 298 and 644 Squadrons RAF.” (via)

Operation MALLARD: aircraft prepared for the reinforcement of the British airborne assault, assembled at Tarrant Rushton, Hampshire, on the afternoon of 6 June (1944). On the runway are General Aircraft Hamilcar heavy lift gliders, preceded by two Airspeed Horsa troop-carrying gliders, while parked on each side of them are Handley Page Halifax glider-tugs of Nos. 298 and 644 Squadrons RAF.” (via)

Dec 4
"Cross section of the massive glider landing operations at a French objective of the U.S. Army 9th AF. Gliders and tow planes can be seen circling, and, at left, gliders which have already landed are seen close together. Note smashed gliders there.." (via)

"Cross section of the massive glider landing operations at a French objective of the U.S. Army 9th AF. Gliders and tow planes can be seen circling, and, at left, gliders which have already landed are seen close together. Note smashed gliders there.." (via)

Dec 4
"Flying in formation are these Douglas C-47’s used by the troop carrier air division of the 12th Air force to carry hard and rugged paratroopers and to tow gliders laden with airborne troops to Southern France…30/08/1944” (via)

"Flying in formation are these Douglas C-47’s used by the troop carrier air division of the 12th Air force to carry hard and rugged paratroopers and to tow gliders laden with airborne troops to Southern France…30/08/1944” (via)

Curtiss P-40N Warhawks of the 80th Fighter Group’s squadron "The Burma Banshees" (via)

Curtiss P-40N Warhawks of the 80th Fighter Group’s squadron "The Burma Banshees" (via)

the Edgley EA-7 Optica (via)

the Edgley EA-7 Optica (via)