Geedee and Rocketeer's Duxford September Airshow

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  1. Geedee

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    Having sort of recovered from the Flying Legends airshow back in July, we went back up to Duxford on Friday 2nd Sept for the 'arrivals day prior to the main event over the weekend. The weather was pretty spectacular by the time we arrived shortly before midday and just as we entered the main ticket office / shop, there was an almighty roar and the whole ground shook as an F15 Strike Eagle arrived in the overhead to do a practice run.

    So I legged it outside and tried to take some piccies as the dude in the pointy end was just generally wringing the F15' neck, cavorting around the sky with inverted pull through's and more afterburner and condensation than you could shake a stick at.

    Because I was all switched on and taking in pictures mode (errr, nope, not really !) I managed to take around three dozen blurred / out of focus/ miss framed shots during the whole practice run. Key learning point here is to ensure that at least you have prepped the camera before you start snapping away...you know...the simple things like right ASA, F stop, IS setting. I really must try harder next time as by the time I'd finished inventing swear words (fortunately the F15 was so bl**dy loud, no-one could hear what it was I was saying !!), the F15 had flown off and I was in a foul mood. Grrrr.

    Shortly after the F15 went off, a Sea Fury launched and then spent around half an hour to the rear of the airfield, trying to sort out an undercarriage problem. He was trying all sorts to get it sorted and when he finally did, he did some cracking high speed runs up and down the flight line.

    Yesterday, we went for the first day of the airshow proper. Was a little dissapointed at the number of planes out for the day, but had to remind myself that this isn't as big a show as the Flying Legends set-up. For instance, this show was advertised as the 75th Anniversary of the Spitfire and yet they only had eight on the field when in previous shows, we've had as many as 20 plus !.The key spitfire here was a truuly fantastic Mk1 Spifire that had only had its first flight on the Thursday !. Tony will provide more details about her build as its probably worth a thread on its own !.

    It was great that the commentators actually decided to stop talking during some of the acts so that we could get the full effect from the engines and kudos to them for realising that just maybe the crowd doesn't want to have a blow by blow account of the pilots flying career and what he had for breakfast !. They should do this 'stop talking' act more often I reckon....but thats only my personal opinion

    Rightyho, enough of me blabbing on its time for the piccies. First set is the 'bloopers'. I took over 2500 pics on the Friday and Saturday and have spent around two hours deleting over a thousand this morning. These are some of the ones that I've binned...the rest I wasn't happy with for various reasons...too small in the frame, no sense of action, and just 'plane' didn't like.

    The better shots will arriving later during the day from both Tony and I.
     

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  2. Njaco

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    oh, boo hoo! Freakin ingrate. :):):):) Just let me see one, ONE I say!!!

    I personally actually like that pic of the Dakota. I think its a great shot.
     
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    Some great bloopers there Gary! You two spend so much time at DX, you'll be getting an invite to the Christmas party !
     
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    you know, that pic with the Buchon I could probably make it aged.......
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
    Looking at those pictures reminded me of when I went to see a Confederate Air Force show back in '81 . Used my Dads old Leica and shot a whole roll of film without pulling the lens out.
     
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    LOL. Dont get me wrong, I guess that going to the same airshow over numerous years and seeing the same 'planes over and over again, I suppose I'm getting a bit blaze about the whole experience and I shouldn't !. I am however, absolutely grateful to the owner /operators for keeping these priceless 'planes in airworthy condition umpteen years after thier designed and expected 'life' had expired. There is nothing I like more than the sight and sound of a big piston Warbird being displayed over a still active Wartime airfield !

    :lol: Mate , I wish !

    feel free dude !

    Right, onto the first serious set of shots and they are all of the F15 Strike Eagle. This was very good display with loads of noise and high energy manov...manouver...turns !. Its been a long time since I've seen a high performance jet being...I only actually describe it as 'Played with'...and this guy was certainly enjoying himself.
     

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    [email protected] nice shots!!! All so good, I really couldn't pick a favorite! Love them!
     
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    And on to the Spitfires. The MK1 is just jaw-droppingly jaw dropping !. MK434 (Ray Hannah's old mount, RIP Ray :salute:) was put through a very slick, flowing and beautifully flown display set and it was during this first piece that the two commentators stopped talking and the whole airfield kinda came to a standstill while she 'did the biz'. This is one of my fave marks of spitfire and the sound track and graceful flowing display was simply stunning !
     

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    ok, did a quick one. See, not all those pics are bad!
     

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    Cheers guys

    Onto the choppers. Had two displaying this year, but I dont think ones Apache on the other !

    The Seaking was proudly displaying the '70 Years of Life Saving' on her flank and did a simulated rescue of a downed pilot on the airfield. We reckoned the guy being rescued had had too much for breakfast as when the guy on the winch was hooked onto this dude and they started to winch him up.....errrrr, they winched the chopper down to him ! Brilliant !

    The Army Air Corps Apache is the Longbow variant and was quite agile in its display.

    I was experimenting with the chopper shots. The pics with the 'stationary' main blades were taken with the camera on its sports setting and the blurry props shots, I was on 'Manual with a shutter speed of 1/80th. Think I got away with the ones I've shown but you should see how many I dumped this morning !
     

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    Mate, that rocks !
     
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    Nice shots!! I knew they would be.....have popped up a few of mine that are worse than Garys (as usual!!) and similar in composure...
     

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    Wow...Mk1, Tomahawk, Trojan in that order !

    Next set is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. There's just something about a Lancaster with a Spitfire on one wing and a Hurricane on the other thats sets the hairs on the back of my neck on-end. Don't know if its the sight or the sound, but hey, gets me every time. Was quite surpries when after the set, they all came into land. Highlight was the Lanc running two of her Merlins at non-tickover revs abvout 50 feet from where I was standing....OMG...what a glorious noise !

    New for this routine was opposition passes by the fighters. Clearance was greater than the current formation jet teams but all the same I was a bit surprised to see this with some WW2 fighters. Personally, I hope they drop this from the routine.
     

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    good stuff , I'm surprised more of the members from the UK don't make this trek can't be more then a 3hr drive for most
     
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    #17 Geedee, Sep 4, 2011
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    For anyone with an interest in the Warbirds, then the Flying Legends display should be a 'must see' !

    This next batch is general walkaround / static / hangar shots. Didn't do the flightline walk this event as I've seen all the 'birds on display. It was good to see Tony into the swing of things when he got his metal detector out looking for aircraft bits and als the rough field landing gear on the Spitfire.

    The Skyraider that took out Big Beatiful Doll at Legends was still in the hangar with the damaged part of the wing (the bit that got clouted off and ended up in a field) all bubble-wrapped up sat next to it.

    The Hunter 'Miss Demeanour' looked stunning. she didn't fly on the Saturday but was due to perform on Sunday (today). This is without doubt, the most striking colour scheme I have ever seen on a private jet and I think looks the 'dogs danglies'!.

    B-17 'Mary Alice was in pieces in the conservation hangar and looks enormous in bare metal. She will look good when finished and the Razorback P-47 is going to be a real treat to see in the air next year.

    Thought the inpromptu mass formation fly-by by the Starlings was great allthough they need to work a bit on flapping in unison !. They might like to think about smoke emitters for next season ?
     

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    Great stuff Gary! Love the Mk I.

    Has it been a year already? Where does the time go?
     
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    Excellent shots Gary! To many favorites but War Eagles radial is probably my fav.:thumbright: :cool:
     
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    Great pics Gary and Tony, thanks for posting them.
     
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