Thursday, 15 November 2018

F-35B Lightning II, First Flying Visit to RNAS Culdrose

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft, ZM143 from 617 squadron made a debut visit to RNAS Culdrose "The Home of Carrier Aviation"  on the 14/11/2018.  A quick drive from Helston and I managed to get myself in position to record the event in time.  This was the first flight where an  F-35B had graced the skies above RNAS Culdrose and it looked  like many of the base personell took time out to witness the F-35B in circuit around the base. On the first approach the aircraft did an orbit/recce of the airfield then carried out two approaches prior to returning to RAF Marham.  The F-35B Lightning II is currently embarked for trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth the Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Navy Wings Nightshoot Oct 2018

A long journey to RNAS Yeovilton from Cornwall for an evening nightshoot in associaton with and NavyWings. An unevenful journey up apart from the car travelling the wrong way on the A30!!! (Everyone managed to avoid it safely) Arrived just in time for a quick cuppa in the Fleet Air Arm Museum cafe then it was off to the site car park to await our transport. I think there was two coach loads of photographers so about 100 in total, sounds a lot but with the aircraft nicely dispersed there were no crowding issues, everyone being polite and respecting each others space. During the "blue hour" the skies were unfortunately 90% covered in cloud so that was not helpful. Once darkness fell the excellent flood lighting set up by came into its own; all the aircraft exhibits were well lit and positioned. Hot beverages, bicuits and Navy Wings items were available in the hangar if you needed a break from the photography. This time I was armed with a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm which was a nice combination for the shoot.  Last time I had a 300mm as the 70-200mm was in for repair.Must get a stronger tripod for the next event though, as I tried a portrait shot with the 70-200mm, I just could not get a steady shot!!! Most of the aircraft were just static lit, but navigations lights were illuminated for a short period on the Wasp and Wildcat helicopters and a Sea Fury spread its wings from the folded position. As a bonus the Merlin MK4 commando helicopter was rotors engaged for a period of time.  All this enabled the photographers present to get a good variety of images. This was a well planned nightshoot the combination of Navywings/ provided a superb event for all attendees who themselves helped make the evening a winner. This is the second nightshoot by I have attended it is well organised and there is plenty advice on hand for the photography should you need it, so if your thinking about attending one I would highly recommend it, also its very good value for money comared to some events. Finally as the Royal Navy would say BZ all round!!! Now onto some pictures (there will be more on my website shortly

Sea Harrier and Wasp Has.1


Sea Vixen

Sea Fury

Royal Navy Phantom

Army Wildcat based at RNAS Yeovilton

Sea Harrier

Merlin MK4 Commando Helicopter

Merlin MK4 Commando Helicopter

Royal Navy Phantom

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

United States Navy F-18 Super Hornets in the Low Fly Structure

Four USN F-18 aircraft lead by two F-15 aircraft took the opportunity to use LFA7 for some low flying training. The aircraft from USS Harry S Trueman were hosted by RAF Lakenheath for a short time before re-embarking to their ship. Light was very poor, compounded by a camera error on my part led to some high ISOs being used. Still is was an awesome sight/sound coupled with a callsign "Viper" and I did get some images, so here they are:

Final Flight of the 849 Sea Kings ASAC MK7 from RNAS Culdrose

Final Flight of the 849 Sea Kings ASAC MK7 from RNAS Culdrose. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control the only place to witness these aircraft was Burrator Reservoir near Plymouth. The aircraft flew over here on their way to retirement/disposal at HMS Sultan. Not been before I got there slightly later than anticipated and didnt have time to carry the big glass up the hill. So I made my way up with more portable glass, the images I managed to get are below. It was a long time since I had seen three Sea King ASAC Mk7s in the air so BZ the engineeers for making in happen.

Spitfire MK356 at RNAS Culdrose

A spitfire from the BBMF stopped over at RNAS Culdrose for a flypast over Mullion in tribute to the late Geoffrey Wellow, former WW2 spitfire pilot.  Here are some of the images of the aircraft at RNAS Culdrose

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Mach Loop July 2018 visits

Two visits in July prior and post a few days at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2018. Idid pick my dates across July 4th, mistake as this was the USAF holiday for Independence day!!! So the week including the 4th 5th and 6th July  were very quiet in fact almost dead. The following week a couple of days before going to RIAT we had a visit from Canadian F18 x2, Canadion Hercules and a Czech Air Force Gripen so that was an excellent bonus. The week after RIAT was again fairly quiet but as usual enjoyable with good company on the hills and in the Red Lion.

F-15E Strike Eagle

RAF Hawk T2

F-15E Strike Eagle

Czech Air Force Saab JAS 39 Gripen

Canadian F-18

Canadian F-18 (Norad Livery)

Army Apache

RAF Tornado GR4

Canadian Hercules

RAF Atlas A400m