Three years ago, after getting a photographic kit together for the quality of photos I like to obtain, I decided to visit aviation displays systematically and as frequently as I could manage. I use a Canon EOS 5D with an EF 14mm II lens for the most part. Occasionally, I also use an EF 24-105mm lens as well as a 580 EX II flash unit. This equipment fits into a small camera bag that slides under airliner seats. Other camera kits can be had and are better, of course. I made good use of Google Earth, Wikipedia, airliners.net and Google’s search engine. I research using these tools and also use Google Earth to record whatever I’ve found in a KMZ file. “Why am I doing this?” — you might ask. A good question and I don’t have a rational answer. I enjoy seeing remarkable aircraft and pondering the history they were used to make — a simple appreciation. Geology pays my bills, also offering enjoyment and more reason to travel. Travel allows me to experience how things are done by other peoples; try coffees, teas, beers, wines and food; see historic aircraft; visit museums; wonder at geology and geography; as well as to just get lost for a while.