Great War Display Team

Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c
Royal Aircraft Gactory SE5a
Royal Aircraft Gactory SE5a
Royal Aircraft Gactory SE5a
Royal Aircraft Gactory SE5a

Boeing 727 252f

This particular 727 is run by Oil Spill Response LTD. It has a boom underneath the rear of the fuselage which is used to spray the right chemicals to disperse oil from major spills. Currently it is the only aircraft in the world licensed for this duty.

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This is a photo of a Boeing 727 252f, taken at Farnborough International Airshow 2018.
Here we can see the boom in action, although it is spraying water at the airshow.
This is a photo of a Boeing 727 252f, taken at Farnborough International Airshow
I couldn’t resist this. I find it to be quite artsy.
This is a photo of a Boeing 727 252f, taken at Farnborough International Airshow
Even with dispersal from the wind, we can see that the short boom means that an oil spill can be targeted quite specifically.

This is a photo of a Boeing 727 252f, taken at Farnborough International Airshow

This is a photo of a Boeing 727 252f, taken at Farnborough International Airshow
There was a strong cross wind at this point, the landing was a bit bumpy.

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team

This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018

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This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The blades have a team of 14 people, including 5 pilots, ground crew and support team. They fly the Extra EA 300s, which was purpose-built for aerobatics.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Blades are one of only two aerobatics display teams who can begin their show by flying over the crowd, the other being the Red Arrows.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
Each of the Blades pilots have an extensive history of flying hours, and are all former Red Arrows Pilots.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
Of the five pilots, four are men along with the only woman to have been a Red Arrows pilot.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Extra EA 300s is purpose built for aerobatics, and can pull 12G on some of the maneuvers, two and a half times more than a Formula One racing car.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
This is one of the two “breaks” that the team do. I’ve caught this one particularly nicely.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Extra EA 300s is a two-seater aircraft, and it is possible to pay for a flight as a passenger. Go on, I dare you. Tell me what it’s loke.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (For Jonathon)

A photo of an Avro Lancaster, which is one of the aircraft used for the Battle of Britain Memorial flight.

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A photo of the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane, these are part of the fleet of aircraft which are used for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
A photo of a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane, part of the fleet of aircraft which are used for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
A photo of a Lancaster and Spitfire, part of the fleet of aircraft which are used for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Although the Lancaster is included in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, it was a long-range bomber and was not involved in he Battle of Britain. But hey, it’s a beautiful aircraft.
A photo of a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
It’s easy to identify the difference between a Hurricane and Spitfire by looking at the wings. The Hurricane has narrower wings with straight edges, whereas the Spitfire has curved wings.
A photo of an Avro Lancaster, which is one of the aircraft used for the Battle of Britain Memorial flight.
The tail gunner had the most precarious job, and their average life expectancy was only five sorties. Bombers have neither the speed or maneuverability of fighter aircraft which made them easy pickings by German fighter planes.
A photo of a Sitfire, which is one of the aircraft used for the Battle of Britain Memorial flight.
The Spitfire had to be adapted early into the Second World War due to the engine being constructed with  a carburetor rather than having fuel injection. The carburetor meant the spitfire could not manoeuvre so well because the engine would cut out during steep turns or when trying to fly upside down.

 

AeroSuperBatics

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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A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
symmetry, class and elegance.
A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
Because they are flying away from the camera you can see the support which the women are attached too. Although they are only connected for certain parts of the display.
A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
So you like yoga, and you like flying? If you think that combining the two would be fun then you need to become a Wing-Walker.
A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
The pilot flies the Stearman from the rear seat, so the Wing-Wlaker can climb down into the front seat.
I love the colours that the Flying Circus and it’s sponsors Breitling have come up with. Such a great contrast with the sky, regardless of the weather.
A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
What a place to sit, but I don’t think you will find me joining her for an interview.
A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
OMFG – you just wouldn’t would you?
A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
One of my favourites, the composition, tone and colours work well, if I may say so myself.
A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
YES – we’re in the middle of a heat-haze-heat-wave in the UK.
A photo of the AeroSubertacis Wing-Walkers.
You are amazing – thanks for a fab exhibition of courage and bravery.

(All of these photos were made using the Olympus OMD EM1 MK ii with the Mzuiko 75-300 f4.8-6.7 ii.)