“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
On the edge. Some find it the only way to go through life.
The pilot in that iconic photo, Snort Snodgrass, regretfully passed away a couple of days ago. He was killed in an aircraft accident.https://theaviationist.com/2021/07/25/dale-snort-snodgrass/
In the turboprop powered equivalent of a Cessna O-1 BirdDog. That's kind of like an African professional hunter being killed by a lion cub. About that photo - the distance compression effect of a very long lens is in play here. He wasn't nearly as close aboard as it seems. Still, a great pic and a great man and pilot. RIP.
A great man.
And that aircraft in particular belongs to VF-33 "The Starfighters"!
I bet that was loud.
More than neat but were his RIOs eyes open or closed?
This is a different aircraft than the one we usually see posted;; might be a photo shop or a different event. And this posting is in no way taking anything away from Snort.
Negative Maverick the pattern is full