Monday, November 27, 2006

Seen at Nightfall

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...

Flight practiceFlight practice at nightfall

This plane flew overhead tonight while Isaac and I were rolling the garbage can down to the highway. When we first saw it, it truly looked like a big dark bird flying out of the sunset. We couldn't even hear it. But in just a moment it was overhead and its engines were loud.

It's a military plane, apparently from Fort Campbell. We see a lot of helicopters from there doing flight practice (individually and in groups), but we don't see airplanes as often. Fort Campbell is the home of the 101st Airborne, which is an air assault division -- hence the helicopters.

Looking at the snapshot, Dennis said that his best guess was a C-130, which is a cargo plane that was first put into service during the 1950's. It's been a workhorse ever since.

I think he's right on the identification. Check out the photos at the bottom of this Hercules C-130 page. The shape of the wings, the four propellers, the tailfin -- it all matches as far as I can tell. If you have a different identification, let me know.

Farther down the lane, with my eyes still skyward, I found the misty moon shining through the branches.

I didn't plan to post bookends to my day (sunrise/nightfall,) but it has worked out that way.

Misty moon at nightfall

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