Thursday, 7 September 2017

Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

Some images from RIAT 2017, dry weather but mostly grey skies for photography. An fantastic array of aircraft over the show period. I managed a to photograph from various locations including FRIAT enclosure, Park and View, crowdline and one day r+r from my campsite! Anyway here are some images to give to a taste of what goes on.

Link to my full album: RIAT 2017 Bob Sharples Photography

Link to my Flickr selection: RIAT2017 Flickr Album

US Pavehawk

HAF Phantom

RAF Chinook

Couteau Delta

F-15C Eagle USAF

F22 Raptor

Spanish F18 Hornet

Italian Tornado

F16 Fighting Falcon Solo Turk

Sukhoi Su-27

Thunderbird Display Team

Monday, 7 August 2017

International Space Station over Cornwall

I decided to attempt to photograph the International Space Station as it passed over Helston Cornwall on the 5th Aug 2017.  It's a little distant but I did get it you may need to enlarge the image to see it!!! Also a moon shot from the night also.

International Space Station

Moon Aug 5th 2017



Monday, 10 July 2017

USAF C-17 Globemaster Low Flying in Mach Loop Wales

Luckily the first flight of a C-17 low level in the Wales Mach Loop area coincided with my visit.  The USAF C-17 Globemaster from the 315th Airlift Wing is based at the Air Mobility Command, Charleston, USA.  They successfully completed two circuits of the Mach Loop prior to attending RNAS Yeovilton Air Day. Both passes were awesome leaving everyone on the hills amazed at what they had just witnessed.







Tuesday, 27 June 2017

"Swift Flight" Grand Flypast

"Swift Flight" a formation of four Royal Air Force Tucano aircraft arrive at RNAS Culdrose prior to their "Grand Flypast"  to commemorate 72(R) Squadrons Centenary. The tour will overfly the majority of 72(R) squadron previous bases, commencing at RNAS Culdrose and ending at JHFS Aldergrove. In the formation is a specially painted tucano to recognise 72 squadron being the only remaining squadron that flew spiftire aircraft during the "Battle of Britain"

ZF339

ZF374

ZF378

ZF512

Monday, 19 June 2017

Weston Air Festival

I went to Weston Air Festival this year, although this is a small show it was certainly good. A great venue and summer weather with blue skies, nothing to disappoint, well except the heat haze which made photography a nightmare!!!! Still perseverance paid off and managed to get some ok images. Here is a selection from the day below.

Red Arrows

BAC Stikemaster

Catalina Flying Boat

RAF Typhoon Display

RAF Typhoon Display

Team Raven

Gazelle Display Squadron

Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Whirlwind HAS Mark 10

Mig 15 "Red 18"

Catalina Flying Boat

RAF Typhoon Display

Team Raven

P51D Mustang

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Mach Loop visit May 2017

A planned two week visit was hampered by rain/mist and sea fog, however I did get some nice images despite being snookered for about 60% of the time. (nothing unusual for the loop) Belgian F16 aircraft were cancelled due to weather and several USAF F15 low fly sorties were called off due to the morning fog/cloud, typically it cleared once they had returned to base. Struggling to get images staying out until 7pm did produce some nice Typhoon passes so worth the wait. Well here are some of the images:


RAF Tornado GR4

Royal Navy Hawk of 736 Squadron

RAF Hawk T2

USAF MC130J

RAF Hercules

RAF Hercules

RAF Typhoon FGR4

RAF Hawk 

RAF Tornado GR4

RAF Typhoon FGR4