21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Lloyd H on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 10:20 am

As some will know I was lucky enough to spend a week with 751 Squadron of the PoAF during the second half of Hot Blade 14, now in its third and final year at Ovar. Again 751 Squadron were fantastic, nothing was too much for them and allowed me a lot of time to get the images. Being a civilian on a military ex had its restrictions, I was confined to flying only with 751 - not that I'm complaining! As with a lot of things not everything went to plan, after we had conducting ground contact training on Tuesday at Sao Jacinto we were sat on the runway when the LH windscreen cracked with a second crack slowly forming as well. The decision was made to route back to Ovar straight and level, after landing safely at Ovar the resulting damage to the screen meant the cab was essentially U/S and ended up being flown straight to Montijo on the Friday. This had a knock on effect sadly, a two ship AW101 Merlin mission on the Wednesday that we would be using to shoot some air to airs was changed to a single cab mission, hey ho! Hopefully the article and photos will be live in mid September, my first written article for a magazine so I'm excited to see it in the print.
During my week there I was lucky enough to fly five 2+ hour missions including an 1v1 evasion sortie against a PoAF F-16AM, something I won't be forgetting anytime soon!

Anyway on with the shots, I hope you've upgraded your internet providings. :whistle:


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ImageRNLAF Chinook CH-47D by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Chinook by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageBelgian Air Force A109BA by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW101 Merlin Cockpit by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Chinook by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Chinook by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageBelgian Air Force A109BA by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Chinook by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image201 Squadron Falcões F-16AM by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron 'Pumas' EH101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageBelgian Air Force A109BAs by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImagePoAF 201 Squadron 'Falcões' F-16AM by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageEsquadra 751 EH101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageBelgian Air Force A109BA by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRide Of Your Life by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageWalk Around by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageTeamwork by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageUPF Medevac by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW/EH101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron 'Pumas' EH101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron EH101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW/EH101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image201 Squadron Falcões PoAF F-16BM by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Engine by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageWash Down by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRAF Puma HC2s & RNLAF CH-47D by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron EH101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Chinook by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageFocus by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageJTACS by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageUPF Soldier by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageQRF Force by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageBundesheer AB212s by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageTension by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageFocused by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageEsquadra 751 EH101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image230 Squadron Puma HC2 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageHEER UH-1Ds by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageNight Vision by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Chinook Refuel by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW101 Merlins by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Chinook by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF CH-47D Chinook by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image751 Squadron AW101 Merlin by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageNight Mission by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image230 Squadron Puma HC2 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageBelgian Air Force A109BA by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageHEER UH-1D Huey by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageBelgian Air Force A109BA by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageHEER UH-1D Hueys by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRAF Puma HC2 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageLookout by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageHEER UH-1D Huey by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageRNLAF Maintenance Crew by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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ImageLHP_5101 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr


If you got this far then well done :biggrin:

Thanks for looking, C+C welcome.
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Harry_Imp on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 10:34 am

Oh my :shock: :shock: 15 and 44 stand out, but what a great set - one of the best I have seen

Harry
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Talldan76 on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 10:57 am

Wow...

sums up my thoughts on this set, some VERY good photos in there. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Dan
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby blackcat on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 11:12 am

Amazing set Fella.

Night shots are stunning.

Mark.
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Ewart on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 4:23 pm

I have been watching these appear in my Fickr thread for the past week.

A fantastic set of photos. Some lovely angles and low light work.
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Ledhead27 on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 6:50 pm

These are epic, particularly like 41 and 44
"FuelMan, SpamCan, NoPlan, CivviMan, DroneMan Dan"

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4 out of 5 baguettes
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby JohnF on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 7:35 pm

Huey shots are fantastic along with the in cockpit ones. Still can't get over how good the Merlin looks in that camo scheme.
Also nice to see the human side represented with some superb close ups of the crew. Quality set :clap:
JohnF

Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby urkles on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 9:33 pm

One of the best posts I have ever seen, extremely well done
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Maisie on Thu 14 Aug 2014, 9:57 pm

#46 & #50 for me :clap: :clap:
6D | 7D | 60D
11-16 f/2.8 | 24-105 IS L | 70-300 IS USM | 50 f/1.4 | 100 f/2.8 | 400 f/5.6
Maisie


Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Vixen1 on Fri 15 Aug 2014, 6:03 pm

I don't often comment but simply had to log in and say what a stonkingly great set this is. 44 takes it for me too but some of the crew close-ups are brilliant. Fantastic!!!! :clap: :rock: :yahoo:
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Westy on Fri 15 Aug 2014, 8:12 pm

Some great images there - top job :clap:
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby GME-AirFoto on Sat 16 Aug 2014, 11:35 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: brilliant
Really like the editing
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Skyflash on Sat 16 Aug 2014, 12:27 pm

One of the most interesting and varied photo threads I've seen on here this year, well done. :clap:
Posting comments on an aviation-related chatroom, are ya? Looks like it an' all...
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby reheat module on Sat 16 Aug 2014, 3:28 pm

Well, you certainly maximised the opportunity afforded to you, these are simply sublime.
Fantastic skill in observing and capturing these.
Excellent pp too, in getting the best from all areas of the images.
Thread shots of the year for me so far.
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Lloyd H on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 6:30 pm

Thanks everyone for taking the time to leave comments and feedback, as always it's much appreciated :-)
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Airwolfhound on Thu 21 Aug 2014, 11:53 am

I seem to remember having a sex-wee when I saw these on Flickr, absolutely stunning Lloyd, congrats :-) :clap: :rock:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24874528@N04/

Agile, mobile and hostile ;-)
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Rumwolf on Thu 21 Aug 2014, 6:09 pm

The words "stunning" "brilliant" "imaginative" don't really do these justice. Really, really good photos. Thanks for sharing.
Rumwolf


Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby red_snow on Fri 22 Aug 2014, 11:52 am

Stunning images, not only in content but really sets the mood.

Love the aircraft shots of course but #19 is a cracker.

Thank you for posting.
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Hellfire on Fri 22 Aug 2014, 5:04 pm

Solid set Lloyd. Really enjoyed seeing your updates over the last few weeks. Love the crew and PAX photos.
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Bartek on Tue 02 Sep 2014, 6:36 pm

Dude, you are fantastic photographer. I love your approach to aircraft and to crews...Nice postprocessing as well. Well done!
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby Hoseman-ade on Fri 05 Sep 2014, 4:12 pm

Brilliant set of images !!!! I do like the post processing on the shots 34, 37 and 38. They look very much like HDR ???
any tips or pointers to get that lovely dark and moody look ??

Ade :worship: :worship:
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Re: 21ST JUL-25TH JUL: Hot Blade 14

Postby umea4 on Fri 05 Sep 2014, 6:02 pm

These are brilliant. Not just the aircraft, but, as Bartek said, your approach to documenting the people. Really well done.

Anthony.
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