“This looks like a good day out”, said Pete, “Yes”, I replied. “Let’s take the girls” – so we did.
The Shuttleworth Collection, down at Old Warden, is a collection of vintage cars and aircraft, together with The Swiss Garden and the house – and it makes a lovely day oout, especially when they are having a flying day, which is what my photography pal Pete Stockton and I wanted.
We stayed at a small pub just outside the village and arrived at the venue early next morning. Some planes were already up and enjoying themselves and there was a good display of old cars and motorbikes, together with a great amount of nostalgic stuff. We took a charabanc trip up to the house and had a look around, followed by a look around the Swiss garden and lunch. The air display started at 2pm and went on until 6 and there were a lot of old planes in the air. What a great time, fab weather and we all really enjoyed it. A thoroughly well recommended visit. Here’s some pics from the air show, garden stuff to follow.
In a break from the air display, we were treated to a battle re-enactment by troops from HMS Bulwark. The story was that reconnaissance had been carried out by troops from the Ship and commandos had sent a couple of advance commandos ashore in order to gather information as to how they should take the beach position under defence from artillery. Two inflatable craft were sent to recover the commandos and then after plans were drawn up, they attacked the beach position and captured it. One of the beach party tried to evade capture by dressing up as a blonde but the troops were sharply onto her/him. I think the hairy legs gave it away.
After the re-enactment, the troops sent a party onto the beach to make it safe and blow up any unexploded shells. Very loud and very watchable.
My fellow photographer Pete Stockton asked me if I wanted to go to the Sunderland air show. It’s a free show held on the seafront and had a great programme of events so I said yes.
The weather was awful – the sky was either grey or white or both and it was raining most of the day. I got wet, he got wet, the cameras got wet, despite having raincoats on them and we stood from 9:00am until shortly after 4 when the show finished. Sensibly, the organisers had brought the flying displays forward in an effort to try and dodge some of the rain.
I wasn’t entirely successful with my images on the day and therefore we’re going to have another attempt later in the year – nevertheless, here are a few from the outing :-
For all those who live in East Yorkshire, remember an evening not so long ago when UK fighters chased a Russian Bear out of our airspace? Well, these are the planes that you perhaps heard, but didn’t see. The power, agility and speed of this plane has to be seen to be believed and therefore the skills of the pilots, in this case Flt Lt Jonny Dowen, are just phenomenal. He performed an amazing series of fly pasts and tricks for us and paved the way for the grand finale – The Red Arrows.
I’d had this day booked for a while and having been to a show at RAF Waddington last year with my friend Tony Beasty, I had seen the line up and was really looking forward to it. I wasn’t prepared for just how good the show was and there will be quite a number of posts on the day. When people say take extra memory cards and batteries for a day like this, they REALLY do mean it. I exhausted 2 batteries and over 40GB of memory. So much so that I had to switch to jpeg format to save some space at the end. I’ll know better next time. Here are a couple of images of the Red Arrows but there are many more on the “VE Day Anniversary Air Show – RAF Duxford” page.
If you’ve never been to an Air Show – grab the opportunity….
I spent an excellent day at RAF Waddington with my friend Tony Trotman-Beasty on Thursday, photographing the last two flying Lancaster bombers from WW2 and also XH558, the last flying Vulcan. Despite an early start, there were thousands of people there to witness this historic event. I managed to get a good cross selection of images although the flypast of all three planes was a touch challenging with just a 70-200mm lens – too far away to get a meaningful image.
Lovely weather and a lot of action and things going on in East Park prompted a huge turnout on Sunday 27th for the Veterans’ Day. The highlight was a flypast from three WW2 aircraft and the same from the Red Arrows. I’d like to have seen more of the Red Arrows as they only made one pass, but they had been in Sunderland earlier in the day, seen by my friend, Pete Stockton and then were due in Lincoln after being in Hull so a long day of concentration no doubt. Here’s a couple of images from the day :-