Fluffy Blackbird

Fluffy Blackbird

Postby bigcrow on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 1:10 pm

Looking through some of my Kodachrome slides at the weekend, I came across this shot. Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird caught at RAF Mildenhall back in May 1986 creating an incredible amount of vapor... :rock:

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Postby Russ on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 1:17 pm

Wow! Brilliant Stu. :drool: :cool:
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Postby Downes0106 on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 1:27 pm

Was that the time when they overstressed the airframe?
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Postby capercaillie on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 1:31 pm

Great stuff Stu, what an awesome sight it was. :rock:

Links nicely to the video
http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=54317

Surprisingly it was not 1986 but 1987 when they overstressed the aircraft.
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Postby DerekF on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 1:39 pm

Fine photo indeed and well done in getting it on the photographer's choice list on Airliners.net. Did you get it added as a priority upload?
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Postby bigcrow on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 1:44 pm

DerekF wrote:Fine photo indeed and well done in getting it on the photographer's choice list on Airliners.net. Did you get it added as a priority upload?


Thanks Derek, no priority upload, shots pre-nineties get on a lot quicker.
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Postby bigcrow on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 2:06 pm

As shown by the video, this was the famous 86 'Air Fete' display in which the pilot starved the right engine of fuel & when the afterburner kicked in creating a huge ball of flames out of the exhaust.
Now you can imagine to my dismay that when the little yellow box dropped through my letter box there was a note in there stating that due to a chemical issue in the lab that the film had all been over-exposed... :mad: I was gutted... But thanks to a lot of work in photo-shop I've managed to recover it. I've a shot with the flames but that will need a lot more work...
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Postby Maisie on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 2:06 pm

I think that has to be the best SR-71 photo, I've ever seen. :drool:
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Postby st24 on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 3:17 pm

Brilliant Stu. To be honest I thought it was only John Dunnell that managed this fabulous image and he certainly got his name on all sorts of posters and postcards etc. Where were you for this- the mound?? You really should have marketed this one!! :clap:
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Postby bigcrow on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 3:57 pm

Thanks Geoff.. As stated the slides were washed out & there was no photo editing software around at the time so didn't doing anything with them, in hind-sight probably could have sent them of to some publishers but then there was the risk that you didn't get the slides back.
As for where it was taken, shot from the press enclosure over the far side of the airfield.
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Postby tankbuster81 on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 5:31 pm

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rock:
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Postby Cookyboy on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 7:43 pm

Pretty special,
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Postby raiford on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 9:00 am

that was a pretty spectacular display by the Blackbird, and I understood that was the one that was overstressed as the pilot was pulling her hard round in front of the crowd, hence the fuel supply and flames spectacle! I managed to get a couple of shots from the crowdline of the underside view of course, got the vapour and burners but not the big flames, there are photos about with the whole lot taken fro the southside, that was the best side at Mildenhall as the crowd was looking south into the sun, awesome stuff and brings back some great memories of days gone by!
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Postby Blackbird on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 6:16 pm

Superb :drool: :clap: :biggrin:

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Postby MarkL on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 6:22 pm

wow !
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Postby TheDuck on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 11:05 am

What a sensational aeroplane! An amazing picture. :clap:
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Postby Tommy on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 9:52 am

Phwoar!! :rock: :rock: :clap:
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