A Good Day For My Mental Health

It feels like my mental health has been quite challenging recently. The paranoid thoughts and feelings have been a struggle, although shifting from intense paranoia, which is terror and panic, down to self obsession, which is accompanied by anxiety, has been a blessing.

Today has been better still. A day of relative comfort, peace and some joy, with a bit of anxiety in the mix.

I followed my morning routine, which includes my embroidery (the butterfly is beggining to pull together), and then I went to St James Park.

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The amazing thing is that I have to wear these hideous hospital boots to protect the pressure sores on my feet, and the park was packed, and I was fine.

I took my Olympus OMD EM10 MK iii, with the Mzuiko 60mm f2.8 macro. I’ve come away with 3 photos that I like of a pochard, a red crested pochard, and my favourite was of the female red crested pochard. Very sublime and no red crest. I can’t post those as yet as my computers not up and running.

The wind was blowing petals and other bits of plants and trees, sorry I don’t know the name of these “other bits”. They kept getting stuck in my throat and causing me to cough. Here’s one of the little blighters.

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It’s nice to have good days.

Wishing you all peace and joy.

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.

BA 105 Aerobatic Helicopter

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.

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This is a photo of the Flying Bulls BA 105 helicopter.

This is a photo of the Flying Bulls BA 105 helicopter.

This is a photo of the Flying Bulls BA 105 helicopter.

This is a photo of the Flying Bulls BA 105 helicopter.

This is a photo of the Flying Bulls BA 105 helicopter.

This is a photo of the Flying Bulls BA 105 helicopter.

This is a photo of the Flying Bulls BA 105 helicopter.

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.

 

AV8B Harrier

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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A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The undercarriage is being raised, time for some aerobatics, lets see what this bird can do.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The Harrier is powered by a single Rolls Royce Pegasus engine. It is so noisy when hovering. It’s pointless talking to friends or family at this point because you cannot hear anything other the power and whistle of this amazing engine.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The undercarriage is only lowered for take off and landing. Having it down all of the time would create drag and reduce maneuverability, which is of course true for all aircraft.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
Here the vectoring nozzles are in the third position, vertical, and this gives the Harrier the ability to take off vertically and also to hover.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
In this photo you can see the vectoring nozzles in the second position, diagonal, and this provides for smooth forward lift.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
Many people go to an airshow because of the Harrier, the Red arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
Thrust vectoring is possible because the Harrier has two adjustable exhaust nozzles on either side of the fuselage. You can see one of these to the rear of the circular Spanish colours, with the other a few feet further back.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The spindley daisy wheels provide support to the wings whilst the Harrier is on the ground.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The vector nozzles are facing down which means that the aircraft can hover. Whilst hovering it can point its nose up or down and also move along the horizontal as well as vertical plane.
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 were in service with the Spanish Navy.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The pilot waves to the crowd at the end of his display.