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From: Macclesfield, UK
Registered: Sep 2015

posted 11-25-2015 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mwneedham   Click Here to Email mwneedham     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm Martin and I've been collecting patches from NASA's fleet of aircraft for a little more than twelve months now.

Originally an aviation enthusiast, I got into the space side of things after photographing one of NASA's WB-57Fs at RAF Mildenhall back in 2012. I now collect patches from all of NASA's research, test and support aircraft. My main interests are the WB-57Fs, SOFIA and its predecessor the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, although I'm not doing too well with the SOFIA and KAO patches, so I might need a little bit of help with those!

Being a Tristar fan, I also collect patches from Orbital ATK's Stargazer L-1011 aircraft and the Pegasus H/XL launches with which it is involved.

I've very recently started collecting models to accompany the patches, although I seem to have missed the boat with some of the earlier models, I've got two Jet-X 1:400 models of Stargazer and that's it at the moment.

Outside of space collecting, I'm currently in my third year of a degree in Photojournalism, having previously photographed aircraft semi-professionally-ish(!), and work in a Tesco.

butch wilks

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From: Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK
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posted 11-26-2015 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Martin, welcome to the best forum on the web!

And boy do you and I have something in common, I too collect the research aircraft (and space mission patches) but have only just started.

RAF Mildenhall, started with the airshow in 1975 and every year from 1983 to the last one in 2000 (work there too) I miss going to it no end. The airshows at RAF and USAF Air Base in the UK now a days are just not as friendly as then, and on think back on it then too, as the shows at Mildenhall just had an atmosphere of friendliness.

Been a modeller for years too, but not as good as the guys on here, have a look at some of the models they do.

Last of all, I to am a semi-professional photographer. Started with aircraft at the Mildenhall airshow with an Kodak 110 instamatic and got back 24 lovey shots of black spots in a blue sky, so upgraded to an old Pratikar SLR with a 300mm telephoto lens and now use a Canon 300d with all the bells and whistles and a Sigma 50-500mm zoom lens. And I do motorbike and trikes too now. I've had a good number of photos and articles published and at one time was the regional photographer for a bike magazine.

So good luck with your studies and welcome to collectSPACE.


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From: Stuart, Florida
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posted 11-26-2015 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome Martin! Although many others here are far more qualified to give you advice than I on patches, here is a link that may interest you.

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posted 11-27-2015 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mwneedham   Click Here to Email mwneedham     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the responses!

Butch - I remember the Air FĂȘtes very fondly, some of the best airshows I've been to, although I was only nine when they were cancelled. Leuchars was similarly friendly, but that's gone the same way, unfortunately.

I'm a terrible modeller and only stick to diecast models, that way I can't make a mess of them!

I've got a Nikon and a few lenses, although bar a couple of events every now and again, it's been the best part of eighteen months since I photographed aircraft properly - this is mainly down to university, but I've lost a bit of enthusiasm in recent months.

Al - Thanks very much for that link, I think I may have come across it before, but came unstuck as I've a feeling they only ship within the US(?).


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posted 11-28-2015 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also check NASA Ames Research Center aircraft patches in this topic.

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