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    Airshow Aerial Imaging

    We shot this 20 years ago. Bit dated. [The B2 was "the latest weapon system" and Sean is flying the 800-Collect biplane.]

    But still kinda cool air-to-air imaging.

    https://youtu.be/DgEwY4JfVz4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    We shot this 20 years ago. Bit dated. [The B2 was "the latest weapon system" and Sean is flying the 800-Collect biplane.]

    But still kinda cool air-to-air imaging.

    [Sorry, need to change video URL and will repost.]
    Tease. :-)

    Ron "How do you keep a forum participant in suspense" Wanttaja

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwanttaja View Post
    Tease. :-)

    Ron "How do you keep a forum participant in suspense" Wanttaja
    Ok. Ok.

    Tough audience! LOL.

    It's posted.

    Enjoy.


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    Neat video!

    Ron "Worth the wait" Wanttaja

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwanttaja View Post
    Neat video!

    Ron "Worth the wait" Wanttaja
    Thanks Ron.

    [We're finishing up a new airplane platform for NFL, MLB, NASCAR, etc. Had shot this stuff for ESPN in '97. Toying with talking to ESPN2 about doing a taped program on one of the major airshows/venues. [E.g. Chicago Air & Water.] A test to see if this kind of air-to-air imaging could help draw a large enough TV audience.]

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    Some beautiful shots there -- thanks.

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    Yes, what Ron said. Beautiful. (And it is from a Skymaster, which naturally caught my initial interest.)
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    I thought is was impressive video. Are you the inventor of this aerial imaging?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Berson View Post
    I thought is was impressive video. Are you the inventor of this aerial imaging?
    Yes, built the platform in 1996. Have a new platform under development now using a DC-3. Hopefully you'll see it covering sports later this year.

    That imaging is 20 years old with what was, at the time, a new generation of gyro-stabilization technology for aerial television. Today's technology is about 50% better than that. Also HD, which wasn't available, of course, at the time.

    [We were orbiting really far from the airshow box on Ft. Lauderdale because we were a late add to the airshow by ESPN. Airboss had no experience with us. Today the Airboss would have us in lots closer with no concerns. If we had been, probably had been able to read his instruments on the A-10's pass. LOL.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayhemxpc View Post
    Yes, what Ron said. Beautiful. (And it is from a Skymaster, which naturally caught my initial interest.)
    We chose the Skymaster for the engine redundancy, to keep the engines out of the field of view of the camera as much as possible and the unique silhouette to the public when we were orbiting NFL, MLB, NASCAR events.
    [Although everyone knows that 2nd Skymaster engine is just to ensure you get all the way to the crash site....]

    Coincidently, Basler at Oskkosh did all the mods to mount the camera. We had 8 months of work & about $600K invested in it by the time it took off for it's first test flight in Calif. in July 1996. It made it's first public appearance 4 days later at EAA, filming a famous test pilot and Rusty Wallace for ESPN. [Here is an interesting thing about EAA forums. Try and put in the name of the guy that broke the sound barrier. It won't allow you to save it. It converts the text to "a famous test pilot". I tried it twice. No kidding. Try it. Wonder why?]

    Nobody at the 5 networks thought an airplane could ever replace a blimp. The Miller Eagle proved it could and started the use of airplane imaging on television. An airplane now does most of golf.

    If you look at the '97 Brickyard 400 telecast on youtube, we were on it with the Goodyear Blimp. Of the 8 minutes of aerial imaging ABC used, we did 70% of it. Including all the blimps exposure shots! Every shot in tight and close is the Eagle's
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