Text & Pictures: Chris Tonthat (an i2i Production) ©sbap 2021
  
After a morning meeting at KSKF in San Antonio, the weather on the 12th of May was miserable. It was still raining enough to dim my hope to do some aircraft spotting in the area. Knowing the local F-16s were flying earlier in the morning in the bad weather because I could hear the afterburners during the meeting, I was still positive that more flying should take place. I quickly checked the local weather condition and it was showing the rain was in the process of clearing from the area. The decision was made to stick around for the afternoon actions. After a quick lunch nearby with a local spotter buddy, the weather started to clear and the aircraft started up again at Kelly Field.

First up was a C-5M visiting from Westover ARB followed by the launching of eight F-16s from the local 149th Fighter Wing 'Lone Star Gunfighters'. Early afternoon lighting condition was not the best as the aircraft were launching toward the north into the bright and grayish sky. After the last F-16 took off, there was just enough time to navigate to the south end of the airfield to catch the first F-16 returning. While waiting for the F-16s, the sky cleared out as the Super Galaxy was performing touch-and-go practice giving plenty of opportunities to find a good location to take photos along the landing approach. In the mix of the F-16s returning, a colorful surprise came in from a nearby training base to add to the excitement. I could not have asked for more after the questionable morning weather.

Overall, it was a good few hours spent in San Antonio with plenty of flying actions. Best of all, it is always good to be able to mix business with a little pleasure! My three-hour drive home was a breeze after a fulfilling day.

  
A C-5M visiting from the 439th Airlift Wing Westover Air Reserve Base
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Practicing touch and go
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Showing landing gear articulation
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Another successful beginning of a practice cycle
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Super Galaxy returning to land on Runway 34 at KSKF
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Casting a huge shadow on the homes in the neighborhood along the flight path
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About 1km away from touching down
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An F-16C from the local 149th Fighter Wing launching in between the Super Galaxy touch-and-go practice
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The first of the Lone Star Gunfighters to return
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Bringing blue sky for the rest of the Vipers
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The third returning Viper
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An F-16D is the fourth to return
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Another look at the grayish sky just about an hour earlier when S/N 87-387 took off
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Another F-16D in the Viper mix
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The solo pilot of S/N 87-387 returning in full sun
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Another two-seater Viper coming in
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The last Viper to come home for the afternoon
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In between the Vipers coming home, a colorful T-44C from NAS Corpus Christi did a touch and go...Yeah!!
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