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Home / 2010's / 20150711 RNAS Yeovilton 26
A real surfeit of airshows for me this year - but I can't miss seeing the Vulcan in it's definitely-for-real-this-time last year of flight. I have tried not to see the whole show thru' the viewfinder - I wanted to enjoy myself along with Gerry. So I aimed to photograph those I hadn't seen before besides re-taking old friends as the light was markedly better. Still mostly a grey background tho' :-( I need to work out how to take shots of prop 'planes using a slower shutter speed - or faster - to blur out the prop more (or alternatively, freeze it entirely - not sure I want to go that route) - It' s about time I played with Shutter Priority in more detail I guess.
- Sea King
Last chance, just about, to see this bird - it's due to retire in a couple of months and leave service entirely next year.
Norwegian Vampires! Beautifully handled.
- Para Flag
Ha! I felt I could do better than any of them when I was jumping! But a flag is still a potentially dangerous thing to display I suppose, so good on them. It did give me the idea that I can still do this... (SOS) Skydivers Over Sixty here I come!
- Red Arrows break
A stunning performance by the Reds. Couldn't believe how much better they were than when I last saw them (umm, that was a few years ago now)
- Sea Vixen
I have wanted to see this flying for such a long time now.
- The Mighty C17
Hmmm... huge queue to go inside, so I passed on that. Seems to be rigged differently to the RAF ones, from what I can see.
- Red Arrows pass
Another attempt at a technical photo.
- Avro Vulcan
Yep, it's her again! Much easier to photograph this time, better light. But also, much more enjoyable to sit back and watch.
WTF? Hmmm, when I win the lottery, perhaps one of these rather than a helicopter/Learjet combo?
Now that's a better picture! Far too cloudy at Duxford. He displayed after the French Rafales and even taking into account they were holding back, he knocked their efforts into a cocked hat.
- Fairey Swordfish
Last time I saw this was at Cranfield, mebbe at the previous last, last flight of the Vulcan.
Big boy from over the water.
- Dassault Rafale
Lovely French 'plane, came into service far earlier and cheaper than the Typhoon, but somehow doesn't seem to have the je ne sais quoi of the Tiffie.
- Mass attack
The show ended with massed helicopters, explosions, shots and flames. As all good airshows do. A good end to a great day.
The newest - I guess with BAU continual development whilst in service, this will end up being a seriously good chopper. Still a few issues to be ironed out.
- Red Arrows speed pass
A technical shot really, one 'plane sharp, one blurred, trying t denote speed. Same as everyone else's photos then. But hey, I'm still going up my learning curve with this 'ere digital photography thang.
Looks much better in this period paint job...
So who exactly owns and pays for this then? And who flies it? Puzzled.
- Sea Harrier
Seems only yesterday this was on the TV doing a dangerous job well.
- Goggle-eye Sprite
One for Jan: I know how much she likes these!
Wow! Too busy watching this stunning display to really snap it. I want to be in it next time he throws it around like that. Wow again. What a stunning performance.
- Perfect pair
Aah, that's what I need to win the lottery for.
BBMF Hurri. The Shuttleworth Sea Hurricane was also here, flown by Dodge.
- AW609 landing
Still looks a bit like a prototype, but one that's on the brink of manning up and getting on with the job.
- V Force
All the V's! (well, perhaps a Victor and a Venom would just about complete the set.. but this is a good effort by anyone's standards)
- Typhoon Afterburner
So where're the sonic diamonds from the tailpipes then? Modern engines seem to have lost that somehow along the way.