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P-51 Mustangs Lightning & Rainbow at the Reno Air Races

P-51 Mustangs Lightning & Rainbow at the Reno Air Races

The P-51 Mustangs in a wild thunderstorm at the 2013 Reno National Championship Air Races. Bob Hoover's 'Ole Yeller' has a rainbow and Clay Lacy's P-51 with lightning is one of those very rare moments in photography. This photo is in the December 2013 issue of the Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine. Printing on Kodak Metallic Paper really highlights the lightning, polished props, and rainbow.
The photo op for these three Mustangs was cancelled twice because of evening storms at the 2013 Reno Air Races. Saturday night was the last chance for the special photo shoot and, as luck would have it, another storm starting moving in. This time we decided to take our chances. As the aircraft were moved into position, the lightning got closer. Then the rain started. It was getting to the point of safety first over the photography. This photo is one of the last ones I shot before running for cover.

Posted in Submitted by keith on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 13:53.