May 17


Bush Plane Photos from the 2010 May Day Fly-In, Valdez, Alaska

By Dan

May 17, 2010

Last weekend, I flew with a friend down to Valdez, Alaska for the annual May Day Fly-In, which was a really great opportunity for a new pilot like me. Aside from being able to shoot lots of airplane pictures, I got to talk with lots of other pilots and see some incredible bush planes, many of which sat on 29″, 31″ and 35″ Alaskan Bushwheel tundra tires. The highlight for me was the beach landing at Hinchenbrook Island. At one point, there were 64 planes on the beach! Although I wasn’t flying myself, the experience showed me what’s possible up here if I were to get my own airplane, which I hope happens sooner than later.

As promised, here are some more shots from the Fly-in.

Also, click here to see more Alaska bush plane images.

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Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 25+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.

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  • Dan,

    Beautiful cover shot of N9015U! I’ve collected every shot I’ve been able to locate of this aircraft and even built an radio controlled version of a FunCub (as it’s called) in this configuration (website above is a link to my blog on RC Groups with photo’s of the conversion)

    Anyway just wanted to thank you for posting it!


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