Last weekend I went to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford and took nearly 3,000 photos during the course of the day. Eventually I narrowed this down to less than 100 good photos that I am slowly editing. Here is my first batch of edited photos from RIAT 2014. Hope you enjoy.
As usual it was a cloudy day at the London Gliding Club but it was still flyable, just. After a check flight I was cleared to have my first flight in a single seater glider, the K23.
Here is my video of the flight, including a slightly scary landing at the same time as a motor glider!
Yesterday I went to a delightful air show at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. It mainly consisted of rare and old planes with the most modern being a small stunt plane from 1988. The heavier aircraft were grounded because the ground was too boggy after so much rain. Today I spent a lot of time identifying each plane and reading up about them. I’ve posted my favourite photos that I took from the evening, together with my own write up of each aircraft I’ve included.
Bristol Boxkite – 1910
The aeroplane in the photo is a reproduction built by F. G. Miles Engineering Ltd in the 1960s for the film Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines as no original Boxkites exist. It is one of only three airworthy replicas in the world, the other two being in Bristol itself and Australia. Speed and range unknown.
Avro Triplane – 1910
The Avro Triplane in the photo is a replica built by the Hampshire Aeroplane Club at Eastleigh, Southampton for the film Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. During the making of this film it was found to be a very impressive flyer and so the Trustees decided that it should be acquired to add to the Shuttleworth Collection. During the winter of 2000/1, the Avro Triplane was completely stripped down and restored. During this time the opportunity was taken to reapply the markings that the Triplane wore in Those Magnificent Men. It has a maximum speed of 25mph and a range of 0.3 miles.
Last week I went to St. Albans cathedral to take some photos for a photography diploma I’m working on at the moment. I spent about an hour wandering around taking many photos until I found the ultimate image. It is part of the very high ceiling with patterns on. Here it is!
Here are the best photos I took at the Abbey