2014 Retrospective- Better late than never? (Image heavy)

2014 Retrospective- Better late than never? (Image heavy)

Postby Seamus on Mon 09 Mar 2015, 10:25 pm

Evening all,

Appreciate it's rather late, but thought I'd share a review of a busy 2014 for me, packed full of highlights.

My season began with a visit to Abingdon. An enjoyable show in fine weather that offered the first of many chances throughout the year to see the beautiful Canberra back in the air.

ImageAbingdon2014_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageAbingdon2014_008 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageAbingdon2014_037 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageAbingdon2014_038 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageAbingdon2014_019 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Rounding May off was the D-Day show at Duxford, where the quartet of C-47s especially provided a fitting tribute to the events 70 years prior.

ImageDX_D-Day70_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_D-Day70_002 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_D-Day70_086 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_D-Day70_003 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_D-Day70_097 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_D-Day70_035 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Cosford was my next show. Another decent, varied show, although a little too similar to previous years, and frustrating from a photography point of view. That said, thought the Vulcan and Midair pair were terrific.

ImageCosford_2014_020 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCosford_2014_041 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCosford_2014_010 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCosford_2014_040 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Cosford was sandwiched between two trips to Fairford to catch the USAF bomber detachment. Disappointingly, neither day I visited yielded any B-52 movements, but the U-2s and B-2 were great to see.

ImageCotswolds_050614_01 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCotswolds_050614_13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCotswolds_050614_09 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageFFD_130614_100 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageFFD_130614_25 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageFFD_130614_27 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

The following weekend, I made the short journey up the road for a couple of days at the Weston Air Festival. More good weather and a surprisingly good lineup made for an enjoyable show.

ImageWeston2014_Sat_018 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWeston2014_Sat_045 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWeston2014_Sun_016 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWeston2014_Sun_027 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWeston2014_Sun_019 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

A few days later, I made the even shorter journey to Merryfield for the annual open evening. Third time lucky with the sunset shots!

ImageMerryfield_2014_100 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageMerryfield_2014_050 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageMerryfield_2014_045 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageMerryfield_2014_056 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageMerryfield_2014_025 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Into July, and things really started to get tasty, kicking off with two days at Waddington. Never thought I'd get to see a Draken fly again, what a beast it is, as is the Viggen of course. Thoroughly enjoyable couple of days.

ImageWaddo2014_Fri_070 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Fri_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Fri_008 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Fri_049 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Fri_004 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Sat_074 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Sat_053 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Sat_013 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Sat_026 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWaddo2014_Sat_057 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Waddo was swiftly followed by RIAT of course. This year, I took in every day except for the Friday, including my first experience of Rhymes Farm on the Sunday. One day in, one day out is the way forward :cool: Too many highlights from the show, but the number of images of the Fitters that will follow might indicate I rather enjoyed them!

ImageRIAT2014_WED_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_WED_014 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_WED_010 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_WED_015 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_THU_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_THU_006 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_THU_018 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_THU_108 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SAT_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SAT_031 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SAT_047 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SAT_092 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SAT_069 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SAT_006 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SAT_041 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SAT_077 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SUN_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SUN_002 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SUN_089 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SUN_019 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SUN_022 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_SUN_075 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_MON_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_MON_004 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageRIAT2014_MON_006 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

After reluctantly giving Farnborough, and the in particular the Spanish Harrier, a miss, my local show at Yeovilton was next, taking in four days from arrivals through the last epic departure of the German P-3.

ImageVL2014_Arrivals_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Arrivals_009 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Arrivals_038 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Arrivals_046 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Arrivals_048 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Arrivals_061 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Arrivals_068 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Showday_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Showday_039 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Showday_070 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Departures_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Departures_012 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Departures_035 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Departures_041 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageVL2014_Departures_025 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Rounding off July was an excellent show at Culdrose, one of the finest venues in the UK on the rare occasions when the sun shines. Undoubted highlight for me was the chance to see living, breathing Sea Harriers again. Only negative of the show was the unfortunate incident involving the Sea Fury...

ImageCuldrose_2014_023 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCuldrose_2014_024 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCuldrose_2014_039 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCuldrose_2014_065 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCuldrose_2014_155 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCuldrose_2014_149 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCuldrose_2014_110 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

After a well earned break, a busy August bank holiday saw me take in Dawlish and Bruntingthorpe and gave me my first sight of the two Lancs- cue goosebumps! Both events were up to their usual high standards.

ImageDawlish_2014_101 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDawlish_2014_059 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDawlish_2014_051 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDawlish_2014_013 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDawlish_2014_022 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDawlish_2014_027 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDawlish_2014_047 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCWJOD_AUG14_071A by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCWJOD_AUG14_040 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCWJOD_AUG14_047 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCWJOD_AUG14_079 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCWJOD_AUG14_037 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageCWJOD_AUG14_011 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

The following week, it was off to Shoreham for the first time. Probably the most fun show I've ever been too, great variety, relaxed atmosphere and a picturesque setting.

ImageShoreham_2014_057 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageShoreham_2014_101 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageShoreham_2014_051 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageShoreham_2014_003 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageShoreham_2014_013 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageShoreham_2014_023 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Two weeks later, it was back to Duxford for the September show. Perhaps not a classic, and tricky conditions for photography, but a good days flying nonetheless. I was particularly pleased to have had a proper chance to shoot TFCs Hellcat before she left.

ImageDX_2014_100 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_2014_047 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_2014_021 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_2014_033 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_2014_049 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDX_2014_008 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Rounding off the year was the simply superb Race Day at Old Warden. Pretty much the perfect airshow.

ImageOW-Race-Day_2014_100 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageOW-Race-Day_2014_101 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageOW-Race-Day_2014_008 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageOW-Race-Day_2014_029 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageOW-Race-Day_2014_047 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageOW-Race-Day_2014_021 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageOW-Race-Day_2014_039 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageOW-Race-Day_2014_017 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Thanks for looking, I appreciate there are an awful lot of images, but it was a busy year, and a very good one at that. 2015 has a lot to live up to.

Comments welcomed,

Shaun
My shots on Flickr and Airliners
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Seamus

Re: 2014 Retrospective- Better late than never? (Image heavy

Postby itfcscott on Mon 09 Mar 2015, 10:56 pm

Top stuff Shaun, really enjoyed looking through those :clap:
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Re: 2014 Retrospective- Better late than never? (Image heavy

Postby Pablo on Tue 10 Mar 2015, 1:04 pm

Superb throughout, mate - top bombing!
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Re: 2014 Retrospective- Better late than never? (Image heavy

Postby Chrisse on Tue 10 Mar 2015, 1:10 pm

That is a superb and varied set! Can only echo the positive comment about Shoreham!
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Re: 2014 Retrospective- Better late than never? (Image heavy

Postby Seamus on Wed 11 Mar 2015, 6:08 pm

Thank you for taking the time to comment gents, much appreciated :clap:
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Re: 2014 Retrospective- Better late than never? (Image heavy

Postby richyrara on Wed 11 Mar 2015, 7:01 pm

Great work :clap: ... looks as though we were stood in the same spot at Weston, RIAT and Dawlish!
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Re: 2014 Retrospective- Better late than never? (Image heavy

Postby Tommy on Thu 12 Mar 2015, 9:12 pm

Very, very good stuff indeed. Not a bad year at all! :clap:
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