Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sepia Scenes - Sky Pilot


My dad was a writer for several newspapers and wire services when I was young. In this week's edition of Sepia Scenes, it is 1960, and then he was a Travel Features writer for United Press International in NYC (we resided at 203-11 42nd Ave in Bayside, Queens). Here he wrote a story for UPI about taking a flight in an F-105 Thunderchief, a supersonic fighter. The flight was from Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, and my father is on the right, stuffed into his pressure flight suit. I don't know if the Air Force pilot went past Mach 1, but the ride had to be a thrill. I also like the handle of the flyboy The Texan. I would love to see if the UPI has copies/microfilms of the articles he wrote, because I'd enjoy the write-up of this...

The sepia just adds a light bronze highlight to the B&W print. A true 'Blast From the Past' (I couldn't resist!). Check the Teac
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19 comments:

ilanadavita said...

Post-world war II effect with the sepia treatment. Nice job!

Felisol said...

Dear Ralph,
the picture is so nice handled, with the careful, small adjustments.
Your dad was a cool guy too. Bet the pair of you could talk airplanes all day.
From Felisol

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sepia DOES bring back memories, doesn't it? ;-)

My Sepia Scene is at
East Gwillimbury Wow

Carletta said...

This really suits the treatment of the sepia!
Your Dad must have led an exciting life - first Martin and Lewis and flying in an F-105 - wow, what memories.
By all means I think you should check with the UPI on stories. Great material to pass down to your kids.

Jan said...

Great use of your Dad's photo. I really like it in Sepia.

Mojo said...

1960... the year I was born. The pilot wouldn't have walked it up past Mach 1 unless they took it out over the ocean. USAF regs specifically prohibit going supersonic over land (at least in peacetime). Of course, that might not have been true in 1960... didn't think of that.

My advisor in college was an F-4 pilot in the air Force and he said the F-105 was proof that if you could build a runway that wrapped around the entire earth, Republic would build an aircraft that would use every bit of it. Apparently he wasn't a fan.

Annie said...

Very cool. Makes me think of the early space program.

Leora said...

It's a great shot. Love the way the two men are grinning at each other. And the glasses on your dad are classic.

Tricia said...

1960 - 10 years before I was ever thought of!!! You've applied a nice sepia shade to the photo & I enjoyed the story!

dot said...

Your old photo is perfect in sepia. I imagine it was quite a thrill to ride in that plane. (glad it wasn't me tho!)

napaboaniya said...

A picture that's perfect for sepia. From a B&W transformed into sepia gives out the perfect touch to it.

Rose said...

I like this in sepia.

Robin said...

What a fascinating piece of family history. I bet it was quite a thrill for your father!

Catherine said...

A wonderful sepia memory !
They look like in a movie.
Do you mean your father was invited as a civil to make a journalist article about that plane ? It was certainly a rare opportunity.
I understand better your interest for aviation.

Shinade said...

What a wonderful piece of history and a great picture.

Your life must have been very exciting.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I for one have completely enjoyed the entire piece.

Simply wonderful!!:-)

marLou said...

Nice story and picture. Very nostalgic!

PJ said...

Definitely a "blast from the past". Reminiscing about family members and tinting the photos in sepia are always great posts. You've created a treasure.

Lorri said...

The sepia tones give this a classic and fantastic effect. Beautiful.

Roger said...

What a great experience your Dad had there wow!