Karl Drage's blogGAR Entries

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blogGAR: Dove, Firefly and 27R Line-Up Shots at London-Heathrow AirportKarl's catch-up moves on to the month of May and a visit to London-Heathrow in search of BA's Olympic specials and some different shots from the northside.
blogGAR: Belugas at Hawarden and a stop-off at Manchester-RingwayLong range plans seldom come off but this was one such occasion. Pencilled in some six weeks in advance, Karl and Geoff travelled to the Airbus facility at Hawarden in the hope (and mild expectation) of a Beluga or two.
blogGAR: AIRBASE at Coventry-Baginton AirportContinuing his blogGAR catch-up, Karl takes us back to the meeting at AIRBASE for a piece on the Classic Aircraft Trust for Global Aviation Magazine
blogGAR: Amsterdam-Schipol in the Fog - Part 2After a lengthy absence from the blogging sphere, Karl starts his catch-up with the second and final part of his February trip to Amsterdam's Schipol Airport.
blogGAR: Amsterdam-Schipol in the Fog - Part 1Wanting to get some of the current crop of European 'heavies' in the bag before they've all disappeared, Karl headed off to Amsterdam-Schipol in search of MD-11s and 747-400s in particular.
blogGAR: Operation ELLAMY Mission Marks at RAF MarhamWhen Glenn first mentioned a day out at RAF Marham, Karl wasn't convinced by the weather forecast but ultimately succumbed and ended up having a good day Operation ELLAMY mission mark hunting in Norfolk.
blogGAR: Sunny, Snowy Scenes at London-Luton AirportAfter the Thursday night's snowfall, and with a decent forecast for the Saturday, it would have been rude not to head out to capture some more snowy - hopefully with a bit of sun thrown in this time - shots. Karl heads back to London-Luton Airport.
blogGAR: Snowy Scenes at London-Luton AirportAn all-too-rare covering of snow prompted Karl to make a Sunday morning trip to London-Luton Airport to shoot some aircraft - and gave him the perfect excuse to go out driving in it!
blogGAR: Runway 08 Ops at RAF Brize NortonWith Issue 5 of Global Aviation Magazine all but put to bed, a perfect forecast and the knowledge that GAR's own John Higgins was planning a day at RAF Brize Norton, Karl couldn't resist and had to join him.
blogGAR: Steamy Arrivals and Topside Departures - Runway 09 Operations at London-Heathrow AirportWith a free Saturday, an evening appointment with an Airbus A320 simulator at Cranebank, easterly winds and the potential for some 'interesting' conditions, Karl simply had to spend the early part of the day in the fields surrounding Heathrow Airport.
blogGAR: Some New Year Sunsets at London-Stansted AirportKarl recalls his first outing of 2012, yet another visit to Stansted, and one that would provide two 747-8Fs and, finally, a few sunset shots.
blogGAR: Stansted - British Airways (BA) World Cargo 747-8F and FriendsFollowing on from Karl's last blogGAR entry, he returns to London-Stansted Airport twice more in search 747s, both new and old.
blogGAR: Martinair MD-11 Hunting at London-Stansted AirportSchools on strike, blue skies and the chance of shooting my first Martinair MD-11; Karl heads to London-Stansted Airport - a place not noted for its plentiful photographic locations - in hope rather than expectation.
blogGAR: Cotswold Airport Battle of Britain Airshow & RAF Northolt SAR Symposium Catch-upKarl shares some additional images from days out that featured in the latest issue of Global Aviation Magazine.
blogGAR: Runway 09R Departures at London-Heathrow AirportBlue skies, easterly winds and a clear slot in the diary seldom all align together, so when it does it's essential that you take advantage of it! Karl takes a break from putting the magazine together to head out for a day of civvy shooting at Heathrow.
blogGAR: GAR's Second BirthdayOn the eve of GAR's second birthday, Karl takes the opportunity to talk about recent site developments, a number of which will only become clear tomorrow afternoon!
Long time no see!With two months already crossed off on the 2011 calendar, it's high time that Karl provided a catch-up on his latest outings as well as sharing details of a number of exciting developments at GAR.
Catch Them While You CanEntering the final four weeks of operation of one of Britain's most ground-breaking aircraft, now is the time to get out there and make the most of any decent weather forecasts before it's too late. Karl makes the first of such journeys to RAF Cottesmore in search of the legendary Harrier.
Black & Blue - RAF Northolt & London-HeathrowIt's been more than six weeks since my last blogGAR entry, primarily because I've not been up to much! Gareth and I have been busy wrapping up our often mentioned project which we're still not quite in a position to unveil, and the weather, at least when I have been free, has been generally pretty grim. Karl catches up and shares some unseen imagery.
Old favourites and a new one tooIt's only been three weeks since my last update but it feels like much longer! Plenty of water has passed under the bridge in the interim but almost all of it's been wholly enjoyable. Karl provides a round-up of recent happenings.
Bizarre goings on in SussexIn search of some very different airshow shots, Karl makes the lengthy drive to Beachy Head and experiences a frustrating and ultimately shocking day.
Playing Around!Inspired by the work of Tomasz Pacan, Karl revisits the archives and gives some of his older work an experimental twist.
Mid-season Madness!With Biggin Hill, Waddington, Flying Legends, RIAT and Farnborough all ticked off, Karl takes the opportunity to share all of his images that haven't quite made the cut in the main site features, plus a few extras from elsewhere.
Up close and personal with the JF-17s at FarnboroughWhile several GAR team members were still at Fairford enduring the grey skies, Paul Dopson was at Farnborough taking advantage of the rather splendid late afternoon conditions as the finishing touches were being put to the static display for the JF-17s. Words - Karl Drage / Images - Paul Dopson
Here, there, everywhere! Karl's turn to catch-up!With time of late having been in extremely short supply, Karl takes the opportunity to post a catch-up blogGAR entry, including lots of unseen pictures that have failed to make the final cut for recent reports.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something (partly) blue.Karl takes the opportunity to catch-up on the latest GAR happenings and seeks some feedback on a possible future venture.
Karl's April Catch-UpA volcano-postponed visit provides Karl with the opportunity to catch-up on all of GAR's latest news.
Karl's March Catch Up In a brief period of respite Karl takes the opportunity to update everyone on recent happenings, reminisce about past adventures and look forward to GAR's next few weeks.
What 2010 has in storeWith a lack of recent outings, Karl takes a look ahead to what 2010 has to offer, both in terms of GAR content and a number of aviation related events and happenings.
What a Difference Four Days Makes...Karl reflects upon a very snowy and protracted journey to RAF Odiham and an entirely different weekend visit to London's Heathrow Airport.
London-Luton Airport With his original, rather more interesting plans scuppered, Karl headed off to Luton Airport in search of some snowy rotation shots.
The New Year at North WealdAn invitation to join the Vampire Preservation Group at North Weald on a sunny Sunday led to Karl making his first outing of 2010 and also his first trip to this historic Essex airfield.
Karl's Review of the YearAs the end of GAR's first calendar year rapidly approaches, Karl looks back at where it all began and highlights some of the amazing experiences that have followed. There's also the chance for you to win a copy of PlanesTV.com's Kemble Air Show '09 DVD.
One of Those Days...With the prospect of a sunset in the offing Karl planned a day outside the wire at RAF Cottesmore, but it didn't quite go to plan...
Bucks From AboveDespite the weather's best efforts, the GAR crew have still been able to get a couple of opportunities in over the last few days. Karl explains.
The Two Weeks that WereKarl takes a look back at the happenings of the last fortnight that included a RNAS Yeovilton visit, an encounter with the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton, and even a reference in The Times newspaper.
blogGAR Arrives!Karl explains why the blogGAR feature's been added to the site and takes a look back at what's been happening in the weeks just gone.