Military training flight, photo-shoot takes to the sky over Pittsburgh
Two cargo planes with the Air Force Reserve's 911th Airlift Wing in Moon flew over Pittsburgh and nearby communities Thursday morning in a training exercise that doubled as a photo shoot, a military spokesman said.
Capt. Shawn Walleck of the 911th said two of the base's eight C-130 planes flew over landmarks including the North Shore sports stadiums, bridges and rivers as a combat photographer in one plane shot photos of the other in flight.
The base updates photos of its planes periodically, typically in the fall, Walleck said.
“Everything is more picturesque,” Walleck said, referring to the changing color of the leaves.
The planes also flew over landmarks in Allegheny and Washington counties, including the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil.
The flight also served as a training mission for pilots who practiced flying in formation and at low altitudes. Reservists practiced dropping items from the plane onto a target in Washington County. Such training missions cost about $4,000 an hour. The morning mission lasted about an hour, Walleck said.
The 911th also planned to perform training exercises overnight. The base does flight training locally three to five days a week, Walleck said.
Tom Fontaine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7847 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- NASA head tells Pitt grads their generation will ‘walk the face of Mars’
- Fire caused $75,000 in damage to Beltzhoover playground
- From injuries to front office, Penguins’ season didn’t lack drama
- Rossi: Penguins’ best bet is on Martin
- Spirit Airlines lifts fortunes of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
- Young defensemen make case for future with Penguins
- Aftershocks terrify survivors of quake in Nepal that killed 2,500
- High risk, reward with 1st-round quarterbacks in NFL Draft
- Rossi: Crosby, Malkin didn’t sign on for this
- Crews battle 5-alarm fire at North Union industrial building
- Penguins president: General manager, coach won’t be fired