In Memoriam.

In Memoriam. On May 27, 2011, Amanda Franklin succomed to injuries received in a crash at an airshow in Texas on March 12. She is seen here in a performance at the EAA in OshKosh, Wi in July of 2009. She also performed at the Great Minnesota Airshow in St.Cloud, Mn in June of 2010. Amanda Franklin is among very few to know the courage and bravery of flight above the... (continue reading...)

Snow On April 20 In St. Cloud

Snow On April 20 In St. Cloud The Mynah Bird HD2 went to work early today after an unusual, late-April Snowfall in St. Cloud that amounted to a beautiful Spring morning. The calm sky revealed a fluffy, bleach-white snow that covered nearly everything, and allowed for a crisp HD video image in the low-light minutes just after daybreak. Even at extremely low altitudes, the Mynah Bird found small clouds drifting between it and the Mississippi River, as the cold and humid air created a varied and low cloud cieling. In... (continue reading...)

Wings Of The Citabria

Wings Of The Citabria Last Friday evening my father and I accompanied my sister's husband, Craig Swan, to Flemming Field in St.Paul where his Citabria is hangered. It's a restoration project for Craig who is used to flying much larger aircraft, since he pilots a Boeing 747 for a living. This airplane was purchased in California and transported overland to Mn nearly completely dissassembled. Friday evening was spent attaching a wing and other parts to get a more complete feel for how the aircraft will be... (continue reading...)

Island Ice Writer Unveiled

Island Ice Writer Unveiled Two weeks ago while photographing the Beaver Islands, the discovery of this image took me by surprise. A search on Facebook revealed that the owner of the signature is the gutsy Rob Stromme who carved his name into the snow along the open waters of the Mississippi. Here's what Rob had to say about it, " The story goes; I was born and raised in St. Cloud and one of my friends' and I's most favorite past times is going down to the islands, summer or winter, and just walk around and explore.... (continue reading...)

Mynah Bird Flies Again

Two years ago this weekend the Mynah Bird was designed and created for the purpose of capturing a forward looking HD motion picture view. It carried a relatively heavy camera payload with a very wide 16x9 angle lense. After a lengthy process of adjustments it eventually took to the sky but was later grounded due to the risks of carrying such a heavy and expensive camera in a forward looking configuation...Today, after two years, the aircraft returned to the sky again to resume it's... (continue reading...)

Calm After Winter Storm

Calm After Winter Storm An hour and a half before sunset tonight, the sky calmed enough to send up a flight to survey the changes that the heavy snow, wind, drifting and cold temperatures had brought to St.Cloud in the last day. The gusty Easterly wind put enough turbulence in the air to make for a very bumpy flight. The Mississippi river in St.Cloud was already flowing freely at this time a year ago. See last year's Flight Flash blog:... (continue reading...)

Ice Flight

Ice Flight The weather was perfect yesterday for a flight above the Beaver Islands to study the melting ice of the Mississippi River. To view last year's film of  ice flow exploration by kayak and from the air, click the link... (continue reading...)

Snowflakes Viewed From The Sky

Snowflakes Viewed From The Sky In a darkening sky thick with snow, I sent the HD plane up for a view just before 5:30 pm in what may be one of our last heavy snowstorms of the season.  The transmitter was covered with snow and ice as the plane went up to capture this image, which must be rare if even unseen in aerial photography: individual snowflakes frozen in space at this altitude and low light, in conditions risky for manned aircraft to fly. The aircraft needed to be nearly stationary in the sky at the moment to get... (continue reading...)

February Thaw In St. Cloud

February Thaw In St. Cloud ... (continue reading...)

In The News…

In The News… Thankyou for posting Flight Flash imagery in your coverage of the New Hwy 15/CSAH 120 Interchange... (continue reading...)