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Old 18th September 2013
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A Few of the Last

The last Leuchars Air Show that is.
A surprisingly cool damp day. I ended up with a stinking cold about 2 days later.Bluegrass Jim and Yellexer have shown some fine stuff so I thought I would add my sixpence worth. They are right Leuchars is poor for photography as the display is to the South of the crowd. There is a whisper that Lossiemouth may do a show in 2 years time and that would work well as having been to a display there the planes are to the West of the crowd.
These were mainly shot with the 50-200, some with the 1.4 extender. mainly at ISO 800 and F8 or F11 and let the speed sort itself. +0.7 exposure to try to reduce silhouette.

The Red Arrows opened with an escort of 4 Typhoons (2 from I and 2 from VI squadrons).



The Typhoons were loud and agile.



and pushing condensation.



The Saab Viggen showed just how far ahead of its time it had been.





THE BBMF was there, landed, took off and landed again.


The Spitfire was a photo reconnaisance version



The Red arrows were a bit disappointing as with the overcast they did a flat display and one was away as his wife was giving birth.



This old lady stole the show for me. Very graceful. Catalina



On the ground there was stuff to see

Dutch F16



VC10 probably for the last time.



And if you know the right person you can get a bit closer to the Red Arrows.







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Re: A Few of the Last

Fabulous pictures and I'm very jealous of your access to the red arrows planes - I had a little look around one at the RAF Valley air show many years ago, but this was before I took up photography! Keep up the good work and keep posting!

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Re: A Few of the Last

some good captures there, the spitfire is my fave

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Re: A Few of the Last

Nice set of photos - thanks for sharing.
The diving Viggen and the VC10 detail are my favorites.

The tail art of that F-16 is - ahmm - I dont like it at all.
Who want's a girl with a Schwarzenegger shoulder, shooting a bad two finger release, on a badly tillered left handed bow?!
The broadhead though, that one closely resambles one of my all time favorites ...!

Why are all the nose hatches on the Red Arrows planes open? Is this to cool down the avionics after flight?
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Re: A Few of the Last

Great shots Duncan, the Red Arrows close-ups are really interesting and an unusual formation in the first picture - all nicely captured.
I hope they do have something at Lossie.
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Re: A Few of the Last

Excellent stuff! These are the only kind of BIF for me.

On a minor point of order, MK356 is not actually a photo reconnaisance Spitfire. It is a LF.IX rather than a PR.IX, and was built as a low level fighter and apparently had the clipped wings (for better manoeuvrability at low level) when first built.
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Here's the RAF page for MK356

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/theaircra...tfiremk356.cfm
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Re: A Few of the Last

Hello Duncan,
Some great shots there, I like the first Typhoon one in particular and the VC-10. It's hard getting a good one of the static planes with all the crowds, your one is excellent as it shows the two main distinguishing features of the aircraft. From memory Rolls-Royce Conway engines (removes sad hat)! Have to agree with you that the Catalina stole the show although the Viggen was a close second with it's thrust reverser landing. I wondered about Prestwick as a venue but I don't know how it would fit in with the commercial side of the airfield.
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Re: A Few of the Last

Thanks all.

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I wondered about Prestwick as a venue but I don't know how it would fit in with the commercial side of the airfield.
I cant see Ryanair being too happy.

The Red Arrows get checked over after each flight.
If you look at the line you'll see the nearest plane has the technician's name as well as the pilot's. This time the techs travelled up in the back seat and I was shown a fine smart phone video of my first picture taken from Red 3. I wonder if they ask 'Are we there yet?'

The one we were looking into was Red 2. The tech for that (Thatch) is my partner's son's pal. Jamie got us out there after a wee text. The hatches are all open to check various things and to get their luggage out for the overnight stay in the hotel!
Jamie is on I Squadron and hopefully in the next couple of months I'll get a tour and perhaps a chance to sit in a Typhoon. When he was at Lossie I had a seat in a Tornado. Not for the fat!

Lossie makes some sense in 2015 as the Lightning II will be operational by then with 617 squadron who are currently there but will probably be in Marham by then.

A few years ago Lossie staged a 'Friends and Family' day to celebrate the 90th anniversaries of XII, XIV and XV squadrons. It worked very well.
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A Few of the Last

Love the pics. I always get nostalgic about the VC10, I did the transatlantic crossing in 1969 on my way to Ecuador and loved it ever since. It's end was already on the horizon with the Jumbo's maiden commercial flight six months later.
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