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Photos From the Military Aviation Museum

January 26, 2022 · in Photo Collections · · 26 · 1.3K

Here is a small sampling of some of my photos made during visits to the Military Aviation Museum (MAM) in Pungo, Virginia just outside of Virginia Beach. The last time was during their airshow on Oct 2, 2021.

The runway is grass and the background is a tree line which which makes for a simple background and blocks any distractions like utility posts or wires. All the aircraft in their collection are airworthy as far as I know.

I shoot with Canon , Minolta and Nikon Cameras, both digital and film. I added Amanda just on general principles. Gerald Yagen in the cockpit of his Stearman is the owner of the museum and reallyPun nice man.

Here is a link to my photo web page if you would like to visit.

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  2. Outstanding photography, David !
    Two of my favorite subjects !

    • Thank you Jay. I became a photographer when I bought my first 35mm camera in 1976. It was a Minolta SRT202 and I paid $320 at JC Penny for it. I have not stopped taking photos since then. I late became a photojournalist which was a very cool job. I'll show more photos I've taken throughout the years in another post. I'm happiest when I'm making photographs and building models

      • I’ve got a stable of film cameras I get out out every now and then , David, @thevid. Nikon FE & FM2, Pentax K-1000, Minolta SRT 102, as well as a C3 Argus. I don’t use them as much as I’d like to.

        • I really don't know how many film cameras I have. A couple of years ago the prices were rock bottom now the price of a Canon AE-1 has steadily gone up to $200 for mint condition one. They were about $50 a few years ago. My SRT-202 I mentioned above were going for about $18. I do have a Leica from 1936 I bought a low price and had it refurbished and it looks like new.



  3. Nice pics, David.
    I had the pleasure of visiting this museum, while visiting my daughter in Richmond, a couple of years ago. Nice place with a great collection.

  4. Awesome pictures David, that had to have been an incredible experience to see and hear some of these old warbirds up in the air. My Dad took me to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) show back in the 70's in Oshkosh, WI, and the two I'll never forget were the B-52 low-level pass and the P-51 Mustang roaring over the crowd - as a kid, I was in complete awe! Good stuff.

  5. Thank you for the inspirational photos David.

  6. Awesome photos. Thank you.

  7. Amazing pics, David! Thanks for sharing!

  8. There is also an even more extensive collection inside two storage buildings, including several WWII-era vehicles and several Soviet and German a/c. The owner rents the flight-capable machines to film studios. It's generally possible to get close enough to photograph details not available in more typical museum and storage facilities. The only downside is that it's often hard to get far enough away to get full-feature shots. The staff is friendly and helpful.

    Thanks for sharing your photos, David!



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  9. Fantastic pictures of amazing aircraft, David @thevid
    You are definitely shooting amazing pics, especially the ones with the orange sun in the back are superb.
    It must have been a day which you will never forget.

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for the comment. The sunset photo was taken during the 2008 IPMS convention in Virginia Beach. There was a dinner in the hanger and Gerry Yagen asked if anyone wanted a ride. Hands up!

  10. Great photos, a great museum. Did they ever open the WW 2 control tower? @thevid

    • Hi Robert, it's there but I don't know if it's open yet. Every time I go something new is added. I also forgot to check out the FW190D and the other FW190A. I need to call them ask when they will flying the aircraft again. Thanks.


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  11. A superb collection of photos David. First class photography.

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