An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby rjlaker on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 7:06 pm

Hi all,

I was fortunate enough to get a ground viewing with the HAC Spitfire last weekend at a tiny farm airstrip. It was nice to meet Charlie too - a great guy. Here are a few shots:

The view that met us as we arrived could easily have been straight from 1940:
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Charlie then got the Spit ready for a departure
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...but he returned with a brilliant low level pass
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Cheers for looking! Higher resolution versions are on my website:
http://rjlakerphotography.weebly.com/aviation---2011-page-1.html

Rob :smile:
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby Gareth Horne on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 7:18 pm

Brilliant set of photos there Rob, love the details, its amazing how different these early spits are to the later ones when you look up close isn't it?
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby Stu on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 8:41 pm

Great set love that last shot of Charlie :clap:
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 8:50 pm

Some excellent shots. What a beautiful photo #3 is with that backdrop.

Did you know it was there, or get lucky? Would be awesome to see a Spitfire in a setting like that.

Gareth Horne wrote:Brilliant set of photos there Rob, love the details, its amazing how different these early spits are to the later ones when you look up close isn't it?

Early marks are far more beautiful IMO. I really like the BBMF's MkIIa in it's current scheme.
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby jimbob1194 on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 8:51 pm

Fantastic set! What a beautiful setting! :drool: :clap:

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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby Domvickery on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 8:57 pm

Stunning set of images! How lucky you were with A. the location & B. the weather
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby Jonesy on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 9:04 pm

Do you have any connection to Action Stations by any chance?
Why so serious?
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby Robin on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 10:31 pm

Hi Rob.

Very nice set of pictures, it certainly was a perfect location. I was working at the Battle of Britain Memorial over the weekend with the Action Stations crew, and on Friday evening we were invited over to the farm strip for a party, I was able to have a long chat with Charlie before he took off to give a short but very spirited display for those present. The weather was perfect for the flying and we had an excellent weekend. Our next flying session at the Memorial will be on 15/16 September for Battle of Britain Day, and there is also talk of having a Hurricane present to fly with the Spitfire.

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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby DeanW on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 10:42 pm

A really great set Rob, but the compositions of the 3rd and the 8th images make them stand out for me.
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby Bjorn on Wed 03 Aug 2011, 7:50 am

What the others said. Just brilliant!
Especially like the second take-off shot and the portraits.
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby FOTO4 on Wed 03 Aug 2011, 11:25 am

Great set of quite unique pictures Rob, the last shot of Charlie is particularly good.
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby F-86 on Wed 03 Aug 2011, 4:58 pm

Very nice set. :clap: :clap:
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby colper on Thu 04 Aug 2011, 5:26 pm

Quality set Rob in a lovely location,totally agree regards Charlie Brown,a true gentleman and always willing to chat.Hope you are both well.

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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby gra on Thu 04 Aug 2011, 9:05 pm

Great images and great weather too. Also whilst I'm typing 'great' a lot, I'll add you've got a great website too :clap:
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby Corsair on Sat 06 Aug 2011, 12:42 pm

Great set Colin, and what a lovely place, good shot of Charlie too :clap: :clap:
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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby colper on Sat 06 Aug 2011, 5:06 pm

Corsair wrote:Great set Colin, and what a lovely place, good shot of Charlie too :clap: :clap:
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I would gladly put my name to these Guy,but these excellent shots belong to Rob

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Re: An afternoon up close with the HAC Spit

Postby RRconway on Sat 06 Aug 2011, 5:59 pm

Very nice set, I especially like the b+w ones

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