Gareth Stringer's 2010 blogGAR Entries

APR 12 2010
Out and about – the GAR journey continues

Hi folks. It’s been a while since I found the time to update my blogGAR, largely as we’ve been so busy of late. Karl and I have found ourselves back at RAF Valley, at the Cotswold Airport, Stansted Airport, RAF Cranwell and of course RAF Northolt and RAF Uxbridge for the nightshoot and other related activity. I was delighted to achieve some nice results from my first attempt at night time photography and I must thank Karl for his patient instruction on a technique which was totally new to me.

Most of these visits have been for GAR content which will appear in the coming weeks but we are also working on a side project which will hopefully take-off (excuse the pun) in the next week or two. While not directly related to GAR it is safe to say that has only become a possibility as a result of our work in the past eleven months or so and is one which we are both extremely excited about – should it come off of course. You can never tell with these things so I’ll leave it at that for time being!

One thing we haven’t failed to notice is an upturn in the weather on recent visits! At RAF Valley last week we enjoyed driving wind and rain on the first day and it was probably the worst weather we’ve endured to date. On the second day of our visit however we enjoyed unblemished sunshine, although the wind was still deceptive – on one side of the control tower where we were based for some photography it was lovely and warm – the other side was absolutely freezing! Hopefully the photos you see here illustrate the huge difference between the two days effectively!

Thankfully the glorious weather remained in place for a visit to the Cotswold Airport at Kemble last week, and it was possibly the best day we’ve had with lovely light and perfect fluffy clouds. Even I can take pictures in that weather – well, just about!

It was reminiscent of our excellent visit to RAF Linton-on-Ouse a while back, and I’m delighted to say that we have today received some images of the 2010 Tucano display aircraft which should be emerging from the Linton paintshop any time now. They look superb as I’m sure you’ll agree and, like many others, we are looking forward to seeing Tom and Martin at Abingdon which comes around in less than three weeks. Before then the display crews have the small matter of obtaining their PDA (Public Display Authorisation) and we wish them all the best for what is naturally a very important day and that which marks the beginning of their season in many ways.

On the subject of Abingdon, show organiser Neil Porter has been kind enough to sit down and answer a heap of questions about the event this year and in general, and we’ll be publishing this feature in the next week or two. It’s always a superb season opener and it supports a great cause, so let’s hope the airshow calendar gets off to a good start. It’s always fun to catch up with familiar faces at the start of the season and this year will be no different, I’m sure, and I look forward to maybe meeting some of you for the first time too. I enjoyed seeing one or two new faces at Northolt and must thank all of those I spoke to for their kind words about what GAR is producing. Please keep the feedback coming and let us know what you do and don’t like – your opinions are extremely important to us.

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