Gnat Display Team at North Weald (Updated)

Gnat Display Team at North Weald (Updated)

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 6:01 pm

Spent a pleasant day in the spring sunshine at North Weald today to catch the Gnat Display Team's three-ship in action. Two sorties across the day provided the photo opportunities, the only other movement of note being the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance in and out on a couple of shouts. Sadly Hangar 11 was shut up for the day, so no photos of any of their toys, likewise the goodies at Kennet and Weald Aviation.

Thanks to the Gnat team for being so accommodating to those of us lurking with cameras - it's really nice to be allowed up close to collections like this at North Weald.

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MD902 Explorer G-HAAT - Hertfordshire Air Ambulance - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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MD902 Explorer G-HAAT - Hertfordshire Air Ambulance - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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MD902 Explorer G-HAAT - Hertfordshire Air Ambulance - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1s - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-TIMM / XP504 (XS111) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald April 2014 by DanGB, on Flickr
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby Flare Path on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 6:15 pm

Lovely sharp photos as usual, Dan. :up:

Was the Venom about - believe it was out yesterday?
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 6:57 pm

RJC1878 wrote:Lovely sharp photos as usual, Dan. :up:

Was the Venom about - believe it was out yesterday?

No, there were no other classic jets out besides the Gnats today. I believe the Venom left yesterday.
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby tankbuster81 on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 7:07 pm

Lovely set, of three wonderful schemes. The Yellowjacks scheme being my favourite.
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby TH1213 on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 9:47 pm

Lovely set! Just a quick question, is it easy to get shots of the Essex/Herts air ambulance? What's the access to it like? Really want to get some shots of it.

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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 10:08 pm

How quickly we forget. What an astonishingly beautiful aeroplane the Gnat was!

I remember being disappointed with its replacement and these pics have reminded me why. Especially since what I eventually decided were good looks on the Hawk T1 have been eroded as badly as the difference between the Spitfire Mark 1 and F24 - except that this time round its only from T1 to T2!

Thanks for posting and I look forward to catching up with the Gnats later this year.

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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 10:33 pm

TH1213 wrote:Just a quick question, is it easy to get shots of the Essex/Herts air ambulance? What's the access to it like? Really want to get some shots of it.

Thomas

Access, as with most things at North Weald, is excellent. The first shot was taken from the grass outside 'Wings Cafe' as it was departing, and the other shots are from the grass lawn outside the Air Ambulance HQ - focal length on shots 2 and 3 was just 100mm. That was probably a little too close to be honest, but I happened to be in the right spot, walking between two locations as it came into view, so I loitered to get some shots.

How quickly we forget. What an astonishingly beautiful aeroplane the Gnat was!

I remember being disappointed with its replacement and these pics have reminded me why.

Hawk is the prettier type for me - I find Gnats quite awkward to shoot at times, with such a huge pitot. Front 3/4 is the most flattering angle. The Hawk is a really very appealing shape - the black paint they wear these days does them no justice.
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby TH1213 on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 11:06 pm

LN Strike Eagle wrote:
TH1213 wrote:Just a quick question, is it easy to get shots of the Essex/Herts air ambulance? What's the access to it like? Really want to get some shots of it.

Thomas

Access, as with most things at North Weald, is excellent. The first shot was taken from the grass outside 'Wings Cafe' as it was departing, and the other shots are from the grass lawn outside the Air Ambulance HQ - focal length on shots 2 and 3 was just 100mm. That was probably a little too close to be honest, but I was happened to be in the right spot, walking between two locations as it came into view, so I loitered to get some shots.



Apologies for littering your thread with questions but I'm unfamiliar with the airfield having never visited before. Where exactly are these locations on the airfield, can't seem to find them having done some google research. Also where can you/can't you access on the airfield?

Thomas
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 11:28 pm

TH1213 wrote:Apologies for littering your thread with questions but I'm unfamiliar with the airfield having never visited before. Where exactly are these locations on the airfield, can't seem to find them having done some google research. Also where can you/can't you access on the airfield?

Thomas

I'll send you a PM with details tomorrow/later today.
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby TH1213 on Sun 13 Apr 2014, 11:36 pm

LN Strike Eagle wrote:
TH1213 wrote:Apologies for littering your thread with questions but I'm unfamiliar with the airfield having never visited before. Where exactly are these locations on the airfield, can't seem to find them having done some google research. Also where can you/can't you access on the airfield?

Thomas

I'll send you a PM with details tomorrow/later today.


Appreciate that, thanks

Thomas
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby TJJ on Mon 14 Apr 2014, 7:41 am

Lovely set of shots from a great day, yesterday.

Wings Café is the best place to see the Air Ambulance. We never know how much it will be in and out, so there may be a bit of a wait sometimes!
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby Agg on Mon 14 Apr 2014, 8:32 am

Great set Dan, I quite like the Gnat, there's just something about small and cute jets :P
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby Tommy on Mon 14 Apr 2014, 8:51 am

Great shots, Dan.

DanO is right, such variety here for a thread containing just four aircraft!
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby Macc on Mon 14 Apr 2014, 3:27 pm

11 & 12 have very nice colour processing! Lovely set Dan.
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby ALAN L on Mon 14 Apr 2014, 5:06 pm

Great pictures, thanks for posting!
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby Tilney.G on Tue 15 Apr 2014, 8:52 am

Love some of the different angles, Great selection! :smile:
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald (Updated)

Postby Weather Watcher on Thu 24 Apr 2014, 7:54 am

Shots like these are never boring :clap:

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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald (Updated)

Postby Ledhead27 on Thu 24 Apr 2014, 10:58 am

Great set of shots, plenty of depth and colour!
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Re: Gnat Display Team at North Weald

Postby Ben H on Thu 24 Apr 2014, 11:09 am




That's the one, Dan.

Though they're all really beautifully processed; I love what you're doing with those slight colour casts.
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