Adding further colour to the skies at the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show was Jonathon “Flapjack” Whaley in his iconic Hawker Hunter F58 G-PSST, better known as “Miss Demeanour”.
The 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show did not just feature military participants. Amongst a number of civilian aerobatic teams that also took part was one that I’d never seen before: South Africa’s Goodyear Eagles, a team that has been in existence for 29 years.
Continuing my look at the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show, one of the later additions to the flying display programme was Flt Lt Jamie “Noz” Norris, the Royal Air Force 2013 Typhoon Display Pilot.
Continuing my look at the participants of the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show, we move on this time to the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAF & AD) Mirage 2000-9EAD solo display flown by Captain Masoud Al Falahi, who is based at Al Dhafra Air Base near Abu Dhabi.
As those of you who’ve read my editorial in Issue 21 of Global Aviation Magazine will be aware, I spent the last few days of November and the first couple of days of December back out in Al Ain, photographing the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show on behalf of the organisers.
Karl blogs on a rather spontaneous late 2013 trip to RAF Mildenhall, after receiving a text suggesting a day out CV-22B Osprey hunting from Michael Hind.
With the year drawing to a close, Glenn Beasley made a mad dash to RAF Coningsby to catch a few Typhoons and the setting sun…
Paul Dunn shares some images from a recent weekend in Arizona, a state with a huge variety of aircraft to be photographed!
After a busy year of airshows and events, the off-season provides an opportunity to reflect on the season’s highlights. Shaun Schofield does just that with his top thirteen images of 2013. I always find it difficult to whittle down a season into so few images,...
As thousands of enthusiasts headed for the Cotswolds and RIAT 2013, Glenn Beasley set off for the peace and quiet of the Welsh valleys, or at least that was the plan. The highs and lows of two days in the hills either side of the RIAT show weekend are recalled in this blog.
Gareth Stringer takes a look back at his 2013 airshow season, with the help of a few images from along the way.
So, with RAF Northolt hosting its fifteenth night photoshoot on the evening of Thursday, 17 October, it would have been rude to not have used the opportunity to spend the daytime at Heathrow Airport catching up with some of the more recent arrivals on the scene, most notably British Airways’ Airbus A380s and Boeing 787s. Karl Drage writes.
Glenn Beasley looks back on a summer of Thomson Airways’ Dreamliner encounters.
Gordon Jones brings us a blogGAR from RAF Mildenhall, where the 352nd Special Operation Group practises fast roping from the CV-22B Osprey.
As Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher divided opinion greatly. Expectations that her funeral would be attended by world leaders from far and wide, by and large, proved to be inaccurate, with just two heads of state and 11 Prime Ministers present. Having learnt that Stansted would be very quiet for the occasion, Luton Airport became my venue of choice on the day itself.
Free Saturday afternoons and evenings come around once in a blue moon in my world, but 3 August 2013 was one such occasion, and I really fancied an outing to London-Heathrow Airport.
A couple of brief visits to Long Beach Airport provided Paul Dunn with some rather nice movements in very pleasant conditions.
The third and final day of my trip to Germany and the Netherlands started with an 0630 alarm call. Behind the curtains the sun was already shining and the sky was relatively free of cloud. FlightStats indicated that two KLM MD-11s were due to arrive back at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport at 0650 and 0750 respectively. There was no way we would be in position for the first but every chance we’d catch the second.
Lake Union in Seattle WA is a popular base of operations for Kenmore Air and its float-planes. Rob Edgcumbe stopped by while visiting Seattle to see what traffic there was.
In a follow up piece to his recent Victorville blog, Paul Dunn presents some photos from a recent flight to Mojave Air and Space Port.
Gordon Jones brings us a blogGAR from RAF Mildenhall, where he recently spent some time hunting an elusive U-Boat!
Located just south of down-town Seattle is King County International Airport, otherwise known as Boeing Field. Rob Edgcumbe paid a visit while in the area.
After stopping off at the Aviodrome at Lelystad on our drive back from Wittmund, we found ourselves approaching Amsterdam at about 1800, and traffic was heavy…..
Glenn Beasley visited Manchester Airport on May Bank Holiday and spent a busy day shooting some interesting movements from several locations.
Since Thursday 6 June, Sywell Aerodrome in Northants has played host to a rather special visitor in the shape of UTair EU’s Mil Mi-8T Hip OM-AVS. I was lucky enough to catch it this lunchtime.
As many of you will have already seen in Issue 18 of Global Aviation Magazine, I visited IV(R) Squadron at RAF Valley in February and spent a fair chunk of time outside the wire too. While the vast majority of the better Hawk T2 images were published there, some of the leftovers feature here, together with shots of other types that were active.
Tom Gibbons recently visited the excellent International Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, a treasure trove of unique rotary designs.
Following on from being given the chance to photograph DC-3 “Drag-‘Em-Oot” back in June of 2012, a further opportunity arose in August, when Jon Butts once again contacted me to make me aware of a commemorative flight that would be operating from Lee-on-the-Solent. The particular commemoration in question would mark the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Saunders Roe Princess – an occasion we marked on old GAR.
MCAS Yuma can be an interesting place at times, but during the final phase of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course (WTI), you’re always guaranteed some action.
Two weeks ago I was resigned to the fact I’d already photographed my last German Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom II…. All that changed when, with just five days’ notice, an invitation was received from JG-71 to attend an event to welcome the ‘jubilee’ “FIRST IN, LAST OUT” specially-marked aircraft to Wittmund on its delivery flight from Jever, where it had been painted.