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Dr. Sky and Witchcraft

Watch our newly uploaded video with Steve Kates talking about the Collings Foundation's B-24L named "Witchcraft" Steve and Joe had the pleasure of flying on this wonderful, old aircraft when it came came to Deer Valley airport recently.

Photorecon visits with the Collings Foundation’s – B-24 “Witchcraft”

Joe and I had to opportunity to join the Collings Foundation down at Marana Airport near Tuscon, Arizona. We called and made all the arrangements with the foundations management as Joe has an idea he wanted to try. After seeing a few different websites that showcased night photographs of other types of planes..Joe had the vision that he wanted to set up a night photo session with a few of the Collings Foundation aircraft!! He had met a group of WWII Ground Crew reenactors that are from Phoenix that were heading down to join up with the WWII aircraft so this all came together very nicely!!! I'll be adding more information about the actors once we get in touch with them. Any one interested in contacting them and setting something up..email Joe. Click on post to read more Read more »

Flying with Betty Jane

On friday April 16th Classicwarbirds had the chance to fly along with the collings foundation B-17 ,B-24 and the P-51c  named Betty Jane.  My brother Steve Kate (Drsky) contacted Hunter Chaney director of marketing with the collings foundation about covering the 2010  Wings Of Freedom tour.  A date was set for our crew to fly from Albuquerque,NM  (KABQ) to Scottsdale, AZ (KSDL). On the morning of April 16th 2010 the crew met atPhoenix Sky Harbor  airport for the short flight to Albuquerque on southwest airlines.  A friend of Steve's at the KABQ airport Police drove us across the airport ramp to Cutter Aviation KABQ . After checking in we were told we would be riding on the B-24 Witchcraft. This was ok with me,as the open waist gun windows make for a perfect platform to shoot photos from. While on the ramp at KABQ I spoke to the P-51 pilot and briefed on the flight profile. The Pilot told me he was planing on flying on the RH wing of the B-24 all the way to KSDL  this was great news to me.Finally I will have a chance to shoot some air to air with a P-51 Mustang. The following photos are from that flight, more will follow as I post to the Gallery. I would like to thank All of the Members and Volunteer members of the Collings Foundation for the opportunity to once again fly with the legends.

Joe and Steve Kates fly along with the Collings Foundation

Stay tuned and check back later for a trip report from Joe. Him and his brother Steve are currently in New Mexico getting ready to do a cross country ride-along as the Collings Foundation brings their stable of old Warbirds into Arizona landing today. (all pics from last year)