MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby TLM on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 7:41 pm

Evening all, yesterday I returned from an incredible 6 day visit to MAKS. The gamble to go for all the trade days paid off, as this had the best of the weather and almost a third of the display items only flew on Tuesday and/or Wednesday!

My favourite aircraft of the event was this Su-30MKM. Its appearance, size, colour, power and agility in the air was STUNNING! When it climbed above my head to do the famous tail slide it sent a ground trembling shudder beneath my feet and a chill down the spine. Worth the trip alone.

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As mentioned before some of the highlights only flew on the Tuesday, such as the pair of menacing Mil-28s and a Yak-130 trainer (Su-34 also). More aircraft on display from Sukhoi was this very impressive Su-35 and new on the civilian market was the SuperJet 100.

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In the late afternoon of the Tuesday, heavy rain showers passed by. I must have taken some the UK weather with me....but it didnt last too long and suddenly the sun came out and the luck of a rainbow meant only one thing....'Cold Gold'.

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As expected, the latest version of the MiG-29SMT, MiG-29OVT and MiG-35 were in the flying display. There was also an Indian Navy MiG-29K in the static aswell.

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Although it was MiG and Sukhoi aircraft I went purposely to see, there was a good variety of other aircraft to be seen.

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Apart from a few hours of sun on the Saturday afternoon, there was complete overcast from Thursday-Sunday. Sunday was dreadful, low cloud, bitter NE winds, five layers of clothing and extremely challenging conditions for photography. There was plenty of vapour in the air!

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Lastly, as a tribute to their recently lost Commander, Igor Tkachenko, who died in an accident 2 days before the event began, the Russian Knights closed the show with a formation fly past late on Sunday evening. As the four aircraft pulled away from the crowd into the distance with a gentle climb, they released a plethoria of flares that stretched for almost a mile long and beautifully lit up the dull evening sky. An emotional sight and sound that I shall never forget.

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Cheers
Tim

The Russian Knights - Keeping their armourers busy since 1991.
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby TheDuck on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 7:47 pm

Was their myself, fantastic it was too. You really have great shots of the event every one is rather nice.
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby Epic Formacion on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 7:49 pm

Stunning images of some immense jets.
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby smacken on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 7:50 pm

That is an exceptional set of shots, some of the best I have seen for ages :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby TonyO on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 7:53 pm

These are some of the best images I have ever seen from a MAKS show, considering the layout of the event, you've used the light very well, great work!!!
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby Russ on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 7:58 pm

Where to begin?! Cor! :drool: :drool: :clap: :cool:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby BFA on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:00 pm

Stunning !
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby JohnH on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:11 pm

Some great shots there.
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby 138EAW on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:12 pm

Just fantastic :drool: :topbombing: :clap:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:16 pm

Utterly amazing! Far too many belters to be picking highlights - suffice to say that this is one of the best sets of photos of the year IMO! :drool:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby Anson on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:20 pm

Sukoitastic and Migredible :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby Flyingmonster on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:27 pm

:clap: :clap:
Everyone of them is stunning!! :yahoo:
Amazing set of shots!!

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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby MikeH on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:32 pm

Great collection of images - probably the best I've ever seen from MAKS. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby lostprophet on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:42 pm

I'm very disappointed Tim, where are the underside passes? Where are the ugly grey coloured planes?
Nah, think I'll stick to UK shows
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby umea4 on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 9:16 pm

Stunning. Beautiful use of the light to make wonderful images of great aircraft. Many congratulations.
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby Lomcevak26 on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 7:51 am

Brilliant and creative photography throughout and, as has been said, the subjects are about as tasty as they get! :topbombing: :topbombing:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby IanOlder on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 11:44 am

Looks like you've got pic of the week sewn up (plenty to chose from), great work :clap:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby CH2 on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 11:58 am

:topbombing: A great set, really miss seeing the Flanker in the UK, what a plane.

Surprised the RAF were not there with their Harrier and Tonka GR4 solo display!!! :handbag:
Cheers,

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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby Ben Montgomery on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 12:06 pm

I'm not jealous, much. :drool: :drool: :clap: :clap:

None stand out to me, they are all top notch! :clap:

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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby jaguarfarewellday on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 12:18 pm

:drool: :drool: :drool: paul
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby NeilH68 on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 12:24 pm

Wonderful set of shots...all great
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby rdchawk on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 12:32 pm

Superb shots :rock: :rock: :rock:
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby doogie on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 12:42 pm

Impressive pics! :topbombing:
Certainly a show that's on my wish-list!
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Re: MAKS 2009 - 6 Day Report

Postby Chris Procter on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 5:02 pm

Some really outstanding shots of great looking aircraft
well done
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