Amigo Airsho 2014



The Amigo Airsho, that’s right, Airsho without the¬†“w”, held in Santa Teresa, NM is a great one day airshow. ¬†I was able to see it back in¬†November 2014 and would gladly go again. ¬†Some big names on the airshow circuit come¬†here, you can see performers like¬†Dan Buchanan, the US Army Golden Knights,¬†and¬†the US Air Force Thunderbirds,¬†but there are¬†many excellent performers who don’t always show up at the¬†MCAS Miramar and NAS Oceana¬†airshows. ¬†Make no mistake, this is a fantastic day for aviation buffs. ¬†The airshow has been around for decades and used to be held in El Paso, TX at Biggs Field but has¬†moved to the Do√Īa Anna County Airport in Santa Teresa, NM. ¬†Although it normally happens at the beginning of November, check online before you go as it’s been cancelled a few times in recent years due to unspecified problems. ¬†However, if it’s on, book it! ¬†The above photo,¬†A Texan‚Äôs Bottom,¬†is a North American AT-6 Texan shot with a Canon 7D, Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC lens at f/7.1, 1/640 sec, focal length 300mm, and ISO 100. ¬†All of these photos were shot with the Canon 7D and Tamron 28-300mm lens.


One of the nice features about the Amigo Airsho¬†is that you shoot¬†it pretty well with a 300mm lens since¬†you are fairly close in proximity to the performers. Likewise, you’ll want to bring earplugs for the same reason. The photo at left, Incoming, is a parachutist of the US Army Golden Knights on final approach to his marker. Incoming was shot at¬†f/6.3, 1/640 sec, focal length 237mm, and ISO 125. I have since upgraded to the Canon¬†EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 L DO IS USM. ¬†About $900 cheaper than the Canon, the Tamron 28-300mm is a great lens and extreme bang for the buck!

Father and Son

This was my first time seeing Rifle Airshows in the photo at right. ¬†Joe Shetterly (silver plane) is also an active duty US Air Force A-10 Warthog pilot, callsign “Rifle”. ¬†At this airshow Joe was flying with his dad Greg Shetterly (the white &red plane) and Joe’s mom was the announcer! ¬†This father and son team flew separate shows and one together as well, they put on an excellent show and I hope I’m able to see them again some time. ¬†This photo,¬†Father and Son, was shot at f/7.1, 1/640 sec, focal length 300mm, and ISO 100.


The best act of the day, in my two feet planting firmly on the ground opinion,¬†was Franklin’s Flying Circus and Airshow. ¬†The aircraft at left is called Dracula and is flown by pilot Kyle Franklin. My first thought when I saw Dracula on the flight line was, “holy cow, this thing is all engine!” ¬†Yup, it is, and Kyle Franklin performs¬†an ‘in your face’ airshow that is simply one of the best I’ve seen. It’s low altitude, low to the ground, high altitude and fast, all rolled in to one show! ¬†While I’d be happy to¬†clean my breakfast¬†out of¬†the back seat of a Blue Angels F-18 cockpit after the privilege of a ride along, I’ll just watch Kyle Franklin from the ground. ¬†He’s simply the best pilot I’ve seen in years, check out his Drunk Pilot Comedy Airshow Act, the man has amazing skills! ¬†This photo,¬†Diving,¬†was shot at¬†f/7.1, 1/640 sec, focal length 300mm, and ISO 100.

The below photo¬†is another of Kyle Franklin and¬†Dracula, the photo is called Smoke of Dracula.¬† Just as Kyle Franklin tries to capture the feeling of barnstorming and aviation of yesteryear, I was trying to do the same the same thing with a sepia effect, I don’t use this effect much. This was shot at at¬†f/8, 1/640 sec, focal length 300mm, and ISO 100. ¬†If you’re looking for something to do at the beginning of November be sure to check online for the Amigo Airsho!

Smoke of Dracula


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