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by MC hammer
Tue 19 Nov 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Best Lens advise
Replies: 2
Views: 1389

Re: Best Lens advise

If you opt for the Canon 100-400, make sure it's the mark 2 version, ie twist to zoom, not the mark 1 push/pull version, as it's a much more modern lens. It might not have enough reach for flying shots but will be fine for take off and landings.
by MC hammer
Thu 31 Oct 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: 'Golden Oldies' Photos
Topic: Pic 'n' Mix 1995 part too
Replies: 7
Views: 3949

Re: Pic 'n' Mix 1995 part too

I reckon your Gazelle at Helitech, Redhill is ZB 673. Logged it there on 20/09/95, which was the day (or at least one of the days, if there was more than one) when all the foreign Lynx flew in. I photographed it at the Middle Wallop show the following year when it was coded "P" and the cam...
by MC hammer
Tue 27 Aug 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: Eastbourne Airshow 17 and 18-08-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 2318

Re: Eastbourne Airshow 17 and 18-08-2019

Normally I would say that it's Beachy Head or nothing for me but you have still got some nice shots there. I nearly went to BH on Sunday with my main target being the Chinook but I'm glad I didn't now having read your comments. Also I expect that it was very windy up there this year, it was bad enou...
by MC hammer
Thu 22 Aug 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: Gdynia Aerobaltic 19 (Sukhoi fest!!)
Replies: 6
Views: 2355

Re: Gdynia Aerobaltic 19 (Sukhoi fest!!)

Some fantastic stuff there and I like your scene setting opening words as well.
by MC hammer
Thu 22 Aug 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: Lets get loud - Swiss delight at Zigermeet 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 2033

Re: Lets get loud - Swiss delight at Zigermeet 2019

That shot of the German Typhoon in the static really shows what an amazing place Switzerland is.
by MC hammer
Tue 20 Aug 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Did anyone go on the wheel?
Replies: 15
Views: 4970

Re: Did anyone go on the wheel?

[quote="harkins"] But the list of issues this year was pretty long. Ok, the social media stuff was rubbish but it didn't really have any impact on the event in the end. But surrounding Mig-21s with a dozen Range Rovers, positioning wheels, ice cream vans and all sort of other stuff around ...
by MC hammer
Thu 15 Aug 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Seaside Shows
Topic: Eastbourne Airborne 2019
Replies: 31
Views: 10718

Re: Eastbourne Airborne 2019

Freq 130.675 was in use today.

Re Beachy Head. I was not there today but was listening on the box a few miles away. I certainly heard Beachy mentioned a few times, the Mustang, the Blades post display spring to mind but whether they were close enough for photos I don't know.
by MC hammer
Wed 14 Aug 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Lakenheath/Mildenhall photography advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1629

Re: Lakenheath/Mildenhall photography advice

Though true that Lakenheath's viewing area is backlit until mid/late afternoon, if it's a cloudy day, it can still be good for runway 24 departures if you walk down the lane a bit, as the background is trees, which provides some contrast in dull conditions. Also the aircraft are stationary for a sho...
by MC hammer
Wed 14 Aug 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Seaside Shows
Topic: Eastbourne Airborne 2019
Replies: 31
Views: 10718

Re: Eastbourne Airborne 2019

Chinook removed from Friday's flying display line up on the Airborne web site.
by MC hammer
Tue 30 Jul 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: BBC Planespotting live....
Replies: 189
Views: 24556

Re: BBC Planespotting live....

To be fair to the Beeb, this series has to be seen within a wider context of a society and culture that has dumbed down hugely over the last 30/40 years or so. As others have pointed out , the likes of Raymond Baxter or James Burke have been replaced by more general, light weight celebs who have no...
by MC hammer
Wed 24 Jul 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: BBC Planespotting live....
Replies: 189
Views: 24556

Re: BBC Planespotting live....

Not sure about the whole Planespotting Live thing, just a vehicle for some cobbled together bits of aviation related stuff. Seeing the Queens Building at Heathrow took me back to my youth. I wonder how much it would cost to spend a day there if it were still going now? Lots I expect. It would have b...
by MC hammer
Wed 23 Jan 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Airline & Commercial Aviation Photos
Topic: Day Two of Davos
Replies: 2
Views: 1956

Re: Day Two of Davos

Some nice jets there, always liked a mil/gov aircraft, probably because they tend not to be grey.

Look forward to seeing what else you get.
by MC hammer
Tue 25 Dec 2018, 9:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Gatwick Airport Closed Due to Something, possibly
Replies: 199
Views: 19511

Re: Gatwick Airport Closed Due to Drones

Ken Shabby wrote:
FarnboroJohn wrote:
Ken Shabby wrote:
McG wrote:Gatwitck : The Phantom Drone

https://twitter.com/tompugh212/status/1 ... 40260?s=21


[b
]You should worry. Researchers have discovered that reindeer are red/green colour-blind and can't easily perceive orange
. [/b]


As some wag on one of the comedy panel shows said - many cyclists also suffer from this condition!
by MC hammer
Tue 09 Oct 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Scanned slides.
Replies: 9
Views: 2707

Re: Scanned slides.

This might be obvious to many but once you have got rid of your flecks and blotches, especially if it does take forever, remember to save a full size of the cleaned up slide before you go any further. That way, if you then adjust anything else and save it, then decide later that you could have done ...
by MC hammer
Fri 17 Aug 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Seaside Shows
Topic: Eastbourne 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 10158

Re: Eastbourne 2018

I did go to Beachy Head. The Belgian A-109 was good from there on it's way back only and the RAs gave a nice singleton pass followed by pair soon after. And that was about it. I left after the Arrows but I saw the Typhoon arrive from the east and I expect it departed that way also. I didn't see wher...
by MC hammer
Thu 16 Aug 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: Seaside Shows
Topic: Eastbourne 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 10158

Re: Eastbourne 2018

I used to make an annual pilgrimage to Beachy Head for eastbourne but post Shoreham its pointless as evertything is so distant now Yes, obviously flying over the sea below the secondary crowd is so dangerous but we've had that debate for the last two years so I won't start again. I'm tempted to giv...
by MC hammer
Thu 16 Aug 2018, 8:00 pm
Forum: Seaside Shows
Topic: Eastbourne 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 10158

Re: Eastbourne 2018

Frequency 132.9 in use today as per the last couple of years.
by MC hammer
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 9:18 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Places of aviation interest in Brittany
Replies: 6
Views: 984

Re: Places of aviation interest in Brittany

Landivisiau - there is a driveable track just north of Bodilis that takes you to the fence at the eastern end where good views of the ramp area can be had. At the western end you would need to park off the main road and walk across the field but not much can be seen from here as the Rafales park at ...
by MC hammer
Mon 11 Jun 2018, 9:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAF100
Replies: 155
Views: 32524

Re: RAF100

We are running a pole over, apparently, and then moving on.

Sounds like failing to stop after an accident to me.
by MC hammer
Mon 11 Jun 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: A golden year/he who hesitates..
Replies: 34
Views: 6129

Re: A golden year/he who hesitates..

Pure comedy. Decide not to buy tickets in advance then complain one cannot go. Strange how nobody would gamble turning up at an airport and asking for a 2 week Caribbean holiday. Or a Guns and Roses gig at the ticket office as though they will be available. Or a Premiership match. But waiting until...
by MC hammer
Sat 09 Jun 2018, 10:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: A golden year/he who hesitates..
Replies: 34
Views: 6129

Re: A golden year/he who hesitates..

I never understand people who really wanted to attend something such as an airshow or a departures day and then the tickets sell out and they are flailing about and having a tantrum like a two year old in a supermarket. Not sure who you think is doing this? With regards to departures day, I’ve alwa...
by MC hammer
Thu 07 Jun 2018, 11:33 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2018 discussion
Replies: 6194
Views: 695273

Re: RIAT 2018 discussion

The P&V situation is getting silly now. If you want to go on Monday deps but don't have a ticket, there is no guarantee you will get in. So what do you do, get there at 03-00 and sit in your car on the road outside the parking gates? Or camp overnight on the grass verge by the airfield entrance?...
by MC hammer
Tue 01 May 2018, 10:11 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2018 discussion
Replies: 6194
Views: 695273

Re: RIAT 2018 discussion

It seems fairly simple to me; ladders should be allowed along most of the line but must be set further back by a few meters with some gaps between blocks. They could also be restricted to 4 or 5 step max as there's no need to be in orbit. Just enough for an average height person on steps to be able...
by MC hammer
Wed 03 Jan 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Any guidance regarding Spitfire formation flights
Replies: 11
Views: 4260

Re: Any guidance regarding Spitfire formation flights

When you first get on the Dove, put your face close to as many windows as you can and then slowly move your face up and down whilst looking at the aircraft's wing, that way, if there are any slight distortions in the glass, the straight lines of the wing or maybe ground line marks will ripple slight...
by MC hammer
Thu 23 Nov 2017, 11:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Airseekers leaving Waddington?
Replies: 46
Views: 6704

Re: Airseekers leaving Waddington?

The question still stands though as to whether any research was done before hand to assess the suitability of the airframes to use Waddington. If the research said that operating from Waddington would require the aircraft to be significantly under it's maximum take off weight and then be tanked onc...