The flying Bulls BA 105 Helicopter performed the most amazing Aerobatics. It has a fixed rota position (most helicopters have a moveable rota for control yaw, pitch amd momentum), and this design means they can do a full loop and be completely upside down. If a helicopter didn’t have a tail rota then it would spin out of control due to giroscopic motion.
The Harrier is always a crowd pleaser. Although it is no longer is active service with the British armed forces, it is still used by the Airforce and Navy of other countries. The two that were used for display at the Farnborough International Airshow are in service with the Spanish Navy.
The Harrier is a VSTOL aircraft – Vertical, Short, Take off, Landing, and this means that it can adjust its exhaust (vector) nozzles so that it can take off vertically or with an increased trajectory so that it doesn’t need to roll down a long runway. These are especially useful for landing in areas where there is no runway or a shorter runway is in use, such as on an aircraft carrier or in a jungle.
Adjusting the vectoring nozzles whilst in flight gives the Harrier some unique aerial skills and maneuverability. These were an important contributing factor during the Falklands war.
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The women wing-walkers are sponsored by Breitling, and along with the pilots and the Boeing/Stearman bi-planes, they make up the AeroSuperbatics Flying Circus.
These were fantastic to watch, and I took a lot of photos of them. Cutting this down to a final selection of 10 has been far from easy. It is opportunities such as this that give me confidence in my ability as an event photographer.
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(All of these photos were made using the Olympus OMD EM1 MK ii with the Mzuiko 75-300 f4.8-6.7 ii.)