Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby Macc on Mon 27 Jul 2015, 10:17 pm

After a few last minute arrangements, me and my Dad came down for the Fairford weekend ahead of Indradhanush at Coningsby. Somehow the weather, despite forecasts changing between aircraft maneuvers, managed to come up trumps over the weekend. Looking at BBC weather on the drive down and seeing rain for all of sunday and instead managed to be sunburnt was a nice change. With tickets already sold out, we headed to Rhymes Farm and it spent two great days there with also great company.

It was one of the best RIAT flying displays I've enjoyed, up there with 2012 and 2007 which were both fantastic also.

1. Patrulla Aguila opened both days like in 2011, although this time they managed to fly..
ImagePatrulla Aguila by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImagePatrulla Águila by Chris Milne, on Flickr

3. The Apache demo was also excellent, nice with two aircraft!
ImageAHDT by Chris Milne, on Flickr

4.
ImageAHDT by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageAHDT by Chris Milne, on Flickr

6. The Kawasaki P1 was definitely the highlight for many, great albeit short demo. It sure has performance!
ImageJapanese P-1 of VX-1 displaying at Air Tattoo 2015. by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageKawasaki P-1 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

8.
ImageRamex by Chris Milne, on Flickr

9. The Osprey was a superb little demonstration, the fast pass in the beginning caught me out!
ImageDSC_5375 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

10.
ImageSwiss Formation by Chris Milne, on Flickr

11.
ImageUntitled by Chris Milne, on Flickr

12.
ImageUntitled by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageUntitled by Chris Milne, on Flickr

14. The Vulcan on Saturday was unbelievable.
ImageVulcan XH558 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageVulcan XH558 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageVulcan XH558 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageVulcan XH558 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageVulcan XH558 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

19. Great to see a Hind back in the flying too, especially after missing its demo in Switzerland.
ImageMil Mi-35 'Hind' by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageMil Mi-35 'Hind' by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageMil Mi-35 'Hind' by Chris Milne, on Flickr

22. Red Arrows flypast with the Vulcan was a nice touch.
ImageRed Arrows with Vulcan XH558 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

The weather on Saturday then deteriorated and we left shortly after the synchro pair, we returned on sunday and the clag rolled in shortly after the flying. After checking BBC weather multiple times and the closer it got to twelve still disbelieving that it would break by then - and suddenly it did and it was a glorious day. Especially compared to how it had been forecast!

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ImagePatrulla Aguila by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageDSC_6129 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageA400M by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageA400M by Chris Milne, on Flickr

27. Shame about the birdstrike but carrying on with one aircraft was much better than cancelling the whole demo, so kudos!
ImageDeux Mille by Chris Milne, on Flickr

28. Swiss team were polished, both the aircraft and their routine!
ImageSwiss Pilatus team by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageSwiss Pilatus team by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageSwiss Pilatus team by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageSwiss Pilatus team by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageSwiss Pilatus team by Chris Milne, on Flickr

33. If only the sun favoured the naughty field.. :ninja:
ImageKawasaki P-1 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

34. Not as vigorous as Saturday but another great take off!
ImageVulcan XH558 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

35.
ImageHind! by Chris Milne, on Flickr

36. Yeah..
ImageDSC_6546 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

37. Yeahhh!
ImageMil Mi-35 'Hind' by Chris Milne, on Flickr

38.
ImageRed Arrows with XH558 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

39. Red Arrows against a dark blue sky was fantastic!
ImageRed Arrows by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageRed Arrows by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageRed Arrows by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageRed Arrows by Chris Milne, on Flickr

43.
ImageBelgian F-16 Solo by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageFulcrum by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageAHDT by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageAHDT by Chris Milne, on Flickr

47.
ImageUntitled by Chris Milne, on Flickr

48. Finnish F-18C was one of the best fast jet displays I've seen in a long time.
ImageFinnish F/A-18C by Chris Milne, on Flickr

49. Spotted this Britannia at Kemble on the way back to the hotel.
ImageBritannia at Kemble by Chris Milne, on Flickr

50. This probably won't happen again for a while..
ImageDSC_7111 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

51.
ImageDSC_7167 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

52.
ImageRed Arrows by Chris Milne, on Flickr

53.
ImageScorpion by Chris Milne, on Flickr

54.
ImageSee. Sense. Sting. by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageSF-5BM by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageDSC_7505-2 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

57.
ImageSpinners by Chris Milne, on Flickr

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ImageGerman Navy P-3C by Chris Milne, on Flickr

59.
ImageBreitling Dakota by Chris Milne, on Flickr

60.
ImageKawasaki P-1 by Chris Milne, on Flickr

And that was that, another year done. Had a belter - hopefully back next year!

Chris
Last edited by Macc on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 5:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Mon 27 Jul 2015, 10:41 pm

Some really brilliant shots in amongst this lot Chris, and above all else, terrific variety.

Vulcan/Reds silhouette is probably the best shot I've seen of that formation. Class.
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby MarkL on Mon 27 Jul 2015, 10:58 pm

Totally amazingly brilliant.
HTAFC
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby Agg on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 8:36 am

Very interesting set, sometimes it's nice to see something more from a show than just the aircraft :clap:
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby ChrisShaw on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 11:26 am

Very good set nice to see something different :smile:
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby Airwolfhound on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 11:31 am

Loving the Reds/Vulcan formation over water, lovely composition :clap:
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby Macc on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 4:53 pm

Thanks everyone, appreciate the comments. :smile:

Agg wrote:Very interesting set, sometimes it's nice to see something more from a show than just the aircraft :clap:

That is one of the reasons I would have liked to have been inside too, I'd love to photograph the people side of it too. Also, I was shooting 200mm on an FX body so I didn't have the reach to shoot much of the displays - most jet photos are 50% crops.
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby Richmate on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 8:11 pm

Excellent selection of images :clap:
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby umea4 on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 10:21 pm

Amazing selection of images! And such variety. Wonderful set.

Anthony.
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby DanBeeden on Wed 29 Jul 2015, 12:39 pm

I really like the variety of angles and perspectives here - tonnes of atmosphere. It's hard to pick a favourite however the close-up of the RAF Atlas with all those blades spinning really stands out for me. Fantastic work.
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Re: Sun 'n' fun at Fairford

Postby FarnboroJohn on Wed 29 Jul 2015, 6:55 pm

Stunning, and the Vulcan overhead with the Reds is something else!

Thanks for posting

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