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June 17, 2008

Air Force Responds ... Sort of.

Update 6/17/08:

I received this email today:



I sent you an invitation to join us in July and August for Red Flag media days. As I said in my earlier E-mail, you will have to pass a routine background check. If you are interested in joining us, please provide the requested information in my earlier e-mail.

While I agree with you that our security forces Airman should not have forced you to erase your photos, I am not in a position to apologize for the Air Force. An apology has been requested from the 99th Security Forces Group and I hope that they will eventually send you a letter.

In the meantime, our media days offer photographers like you an excellent location between the runways for a full daytime launch and recovery. You will be as close as 150 feet to aircraft in full afterburner as they rotate on takeoff.

Please let me know if you would like to join us.


Mike Estrada, YC-02 Deputy Director of Public Affairs


I have now officially grown tired of this B.S.

Today I have written to the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, KTNV TV (ABC) and KVBC TV (NBC) regarding this issue and I will be re-establishing contact with the lawyers that I contacted earlier.

The continued stalling techniques are more than annoying. And now the offer of a media day pass for Red Flag is an obvious tactic to make me happy and go away.

June 09, 2008

USAF to respond shortly regarding photographer's rights

Update 6/09/08:

(This post refers to this incident at Nellis AFB)

I just got off the phone with the 99 ABW Public Affairs Office at Nellis Air Force Base.

It seems they are putting the finishing touches on the response letter to me at this moment and I can expect to see it possibly later today or tomorrow.

The public affairs outreach manager, Mr. Eugene Hill stated that he was not able to disclose to me what the response will say until it is actually finalized but that he thinks I "will be happy with the response".

Stay Tuned...

June 06, 2008

Absolutely Priceless

Fox TV is interviewing a spokesman for Amtrak who says photography is allowed in the train station ... during the interview a rent-a-cop comes up and tells the TV crew "Hode on... ya'll gotta turn the cameras off"

The video is here:
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Rare Plane Spotted At Local Airshow

Rockford Airfest 2008
Originally uploaded by applec2400
Someone in the US Air Force is going to get in a lot of trouble for this one.

This plane was spotted at a public airshow today. I was made to delete photos of this plane by an Nellis Air Force Base Security Police Officer because the Air Force does not allow people to take photographs of their "less common aircraft".

Heads will roll for this grave mistake ... this plane should never be seen by the public!

Our national security is now jeopardized and we are no longer safe.