A little bit of everything through the lens.

Sugar Land Airport Open House - Part 2 1

Thursday, October 23, 2008 by , under , ,

Continued from Sugar Land Airport Open House.

Hellfire Missile
Hellfire missile, AGM-114. This is the training version so I'm guessing it only have the targeting system for practice. The real thing has a fire-and-forget semi active laser guidance system, a very good anti-tank weapon. See me in the reflection of the guidance eye?

The T-38 Talon's burners from and angle. These are turbojet engines with afterburners built by General Electric. One of these engines could produce up to 2900lb of thrust with afterburners, pretty impressive.

I have no idea what engine this is and which plane does it belong to. I thought it looks cool, took the shot and forgot to document it, ha!

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Sugar Land Airport Open House - Part 1 (2)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by , under , ,

Can you believe a city as small as Sugar Land has an airport? Though it's mostly chartered and training flights, still it's a very busy airport - I have observed a few business jet and helicopter taking off and land during the 2 hours I was there.

Anyway, Sugar Land Airport has an open house last Saturday as a community event. And of course I need to go since there's jets and planes. Beside I can practice my photography skills with aircraft before I go to the Wings Over Houston Airshow the following weekend.

AH-64 Apache
The magnificent Apache, AH-64! My favorite attack helicopter. One of the most lethal air attack weapon of the US Army.

AH-64 Tail
The Apache has a lot of defense mechanism. The engines has exhaust diffusers to reduce heat signature so heat seeking missile has a hard time to lock on. Then there's that shiny thing under the main rotor, a infra-red jamming device, used to confuse heat seeking missile.

19 Tube Rocket Launcher
Hydra Rocket Launcher. A major ordinance of the Apache. When it's loaded, it carried 19 rockets on each side of the Apache.

Engine exhausts of the T-38 Talon. The Talon is a jet trainer for the USAF and NASA. These twin-engines are capable of pushing the Talon into supersonic speed.

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No Pain No Gain! (5)

Sunday, October 05, 2008 by , under

Crap! Most of my muscle ache from the waist down. Well, I expected it after the 5k run yesterday but I didn't know it's going to be this bad. My wife said I walk like a robot and I can hardly squat. Bending down to pick up stuffs could be a real challenge too.

Amazingly, Faye felt nothing, no muscle ache, nothing! What the heck?! Not that I wish she's in pain too but why me? She said she did more cardio training at the gym compare to me. Really?! Damn, I felt like a wuss.

Lesson learned, must train for next run and I should start soon because Faye spent sometime online last night to seek out 5k run around Houston in the coming months. She's very interested and determined to complete a 5k run below 30 minutes. Uh-oh!

Below are more photos from yesterday 5k run/walk.

Mom + Kids

All smile!

Pink Lady

Kid + kid

Mom + kids + friend?

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5k Run - Us, really! 1

Saturday, October 04, 2008 by , under

Holy cow, we've completed a 5k run today! That's 3.1 miles, non-stop!

We surprised ourselves because we didn't train for it. Faye is not a runner, she'll rather go biking than jog/run. Me, I hardly run, I go to the gym to tone not for cardio training or stamina. And we have completed a 5k run, huh?!

It's the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure annual 5k run. It's an event to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment.

We learn about this event 2 days ago from our friends. We signed up for the non-competitive run thinking we'll just relax and walk if we couldn't run the whole length. Amazingly, we made it in 38 minutes 11 seconds.

I might not be able to feel my leg tomorrow but the experience and the cause is well worth it. "Might" do it again.

Faye's is 29,490 of more than 30,000 people. Shot taken after the race hanging out on the event ground.

Sea of people.
Sea of people.

Dad + Son
Maria's Army - Team members.

Man + Dog
All kind of people and of course, dogs participated.

Standing by just in case. Sure is one colorful ambulance.

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