I went for a road trip today and got to see some pretty impressive sights. As a kind of sneak peak come teaser here is the hidden and arguably most interesting part of the whole place. See how many bits you can recognise and bonus points for guessing where I was.
This is an older image that I have now chosen to upload. Here you can see the trailing pair of our 3 ship formation of RAF CH47 HC mk2 Chinooks banking in towards our destination. Not often you get to enjoy aviation photography, whilst flying with such fantastic light! Here are some more Chinook shots I have taken
The Canadian Warplane Heritage's Lancaster RCAF FM213 coming in to land at Conningsby. The Mk X Lancaster affectionately known as Vera was just completing its last leg from Iceland. This marks the start, of the coming together, of the only two flying Lancasters in the world. It is believed the last time two or more flew together was in 1964[BBC]. You can read all about her and her planned stay on the Canadian Warplane Heritage's websight
On a more personal note this is the soggiest I have ever been for a spot of geeking as the heavens opened shortly before the aircraft should have arrived. The weather caused a delay and grounded the BBMF Lancaster from joining her only other airworthy sister on her first approach. In a way this was a good thing as it kept the crowd down and made composing this rather straight forward. Zoom in and keep that shutter going!
this row of British army Westland Auguster Lynx AH.9's sit quietly as the sun sets on another warm day. the rigid heads on these things give no clue as to whether the head is turning in a photograph as the blades hardly sag at all when they are shut down. As a result I always find them uncomfortable looking, like they can't relax.
I am used to the odd fly past of the 3 and 11 Sqn Typhoons as well as the BBMF. Today however this spitfire took to beating up my village. I managed to get my camera out in time for three passes, this being the best of the photographs I got. I do believe the pilot spotted me to, getting a little wing rock as he flew back to RAF Coningsby. The Spitfire seen here is P7350, a Mk2a that is one of the oldest airworthy Spitfire in the world (second only to Mk.Is P9374 and N3200) and the only Spitfire still flying to have actually fought in the Battle of Britain. Thanks to NamelessFaithlessGod for the up to date information on the goings on with airworthy spitfires.
An RAF CH47 Mk2 Chinook flying low over water and plenty close enough to the cliff edge. I was wedged between the load master and the gun mount to get this. It is very difficult to get a nice sharp shot like this when your trying to capture a moving subject from a moving platform whilst trying not to fall out! Here are some more Chinook shots I have taken
Whats better than looking at radial engines? Radial engines with lights in them! I'd love to come back to this and reshoot with the lights off and a tripod. This will have to do for now. Part of a series of images shot at the Strategic Air and Space Museum Nebraska. You can read about this aircraft and others on their website.
The last Type 42 destroyer in the Royal Navy spending her last few days tied up at home for a farewell open day at Portsmouth Navel base. I have lived in Pompy on and off for some 20 odd years and my ship photographs are very few and far between so with this little goodbye I hope I will correct this a little