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by strangelookingalien
Thu 27 Jul 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)
Replies: 5050
Views: 768774

Re: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)

This is not me just be sycophantic but I thought the static layout this year was excellent. It was surely the best RIAT static display since 2012, or maybe even longer. I only hope some day we can get the loop back - the bit where the fighters were often parked in front of the trees.
by strangelookingalien
Sun 23 Jul 2017, 7:33 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2018 wishlist
Replies: 389
Views: 79839

Re: RIAT 2018 wishlist

It's a theme that immediately sounds thrilling but when considered could turn out to be fairly pedestrian. My hope is that air forces that have been particularly involved with the RAF make an appearance so we could maybe hope for Polish Migs/Sukhois, Czech Hinds/Hips, Slovakian Migs, Indian Sukhois,...
by strangelookingalien
Sat 22 Jul 2017, 7:51 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2018 discussion
Replies: 6194
Views: 693739

Re: RIAT 2018 discussion

Yeah I believe the plan is for three full show days next year.

I hope there's some variety over the three days like there used to be (and like there was this year!) How i'm going to get round the static and ground displays I have no idea...
by strangelookingalien
Sat 22 Jul 2017, 6:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Cardiff Hospital Parking Case
Replies: 6
Views: 1357

Re: Cardiff Hospital Parking Case

Fair point Dan. Maybe a more appropriate topic would be "Is anybody else finding things just absolutely fine at the moment? Me too." Personally I think hospital car parking is yet another situation where we are so overpopulated/underresourced something needs to be done. Fining people like ...
by strangelookingalien
Fri 21 Jul 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: Other UK Airshows and Events
Topic: RAF Scampton Air Show 2017
Replies: 991
Views: 235138

Re: RAF Scampton Air Show 2017

I have only recently begun to get sceptical about Scampton - I bought tickets immediately they went on sale; basically in order to support a new and potentially exciting airshow. I still accept it may get very good at the last minute - but I am really starting to doubt this. As for commentators; I a...
by strangelookingalien
Thu 20 Jul 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: Other UK Airshows and Events
Topic: RAF Scampton Air Show 2017
Replies: 991
Views: 235138

Re: RAF Scampton Air Show 2017

Perhaps linking it to Shoreham was a bit tenuous, but it's pretty common knowledge that the F-104 had a high accident rate - that's probably what prompted the response. Yes but it's high accident rate had more to do with the type's inappropriate role designation than the aircraft itself. 'The Starf...
by strangelookingalien
Thu 20 Jul 2017, 10:05 am
Forum: Other UK Airshows and Events
Topic: RAF Scampton Air Show 2017
Replies: 991
Views: 235138

Re: RAF Scampton Air Show 2017

I spoke to some guys at RIAT about Scampton and mentioned to them that I was enthusiastic about the show despite some of the bad press they'd had. They seemed pretty exhausted and, frankly, a bit uninterested in Scampton. When I mentioned to them how much i'd love to see the Norwegian Starfighter th...
by strangelookingalien
Wed 19 Jul 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Sitting centre of the crowd line
Replies: 87
Views: 14240

Re: Sitting centre of the crowd line

I am a FRIAT member every year and very often will go to the far western end to watch on the Sunday. There is always space at the front. If I wanted a view nearer the centre I have - on days when walking around the static - found spots reasonable close to the front slightly west or east of the FRIAT...
by strangelookingalien
Thu 06 Jul 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Airshow first timer tips
Replies: 20
Views: 5567

Re: Airshow first timer tips

Don't be disheartened by the busy crowdline - if you walk to the far western end (the left hand side of the crowd line) there is almost always space on the crowdline to watch and also plenty of space for your daughter to run around if she gets restless. It's a little bit more relaxed than the hectic...
by strangelookingalien
Wed 05 Jul 2017, 10:18 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)
Replies: 5050
Views: 768774

Re: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)

I am massively excited about RIAT, but I won't hold my breath about the Ukrainians. Remember how excited we all got when the Romanians self confirmed?
by strangelookingalien
Fri 30 Jun 2017, 12:02 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Sea Vixen XP924 Thread
Replies: 484
Views: 124873

Re: Sea Vixen XP924 Thread

Personally I think the excitement over terrorism is just as stupid, but I take your point.
by strangelookingalien
Thu 29 Jun 2017, 11:31 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)
Replies: 5050
Views: 768774

Re: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)

This weeks update is out of this world and if anyone else thinks otherwise needs to go and lock themselves in a dark room and hit themselves over the head with something hard. Erm, alright Ed but I don't fancy that I completely understand why others are extremely excited to see the A4 added, and co...
by strangelookingalien
Thu 29 Jun 2017, 11:28 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Sea Vixen XP924 Thread
Replies: 484
Views: 124873

Re: Sea Vixen XP924 Thread

The danger that aircraft pose is so alarmingly small it is ridiculous. The only reason anyone makes a fuss about air accidents is because they are spectacular, in the true sense of the word. There are plenty of other horrendously dangerous things that go on every day with little regulation and no pu...
by strangelookingalien
Thu 29 Jun 2017, 8:16 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)
Replies: 5050
Views: 768774

Re: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)

I don't know where all this stuff about a really special aircraft being added has come from... but surely isn't it the U-2? I mean, I haven't missed an IAT in about two decades and I can't remember when I last saw a U-2.
by strangelookingalien
Thu 29 Jun 2017, 7:58 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)
Replies: 5050
Views: 768774

Re: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)

if you've come to the last few years, factually it's very unlikely that you'll see anything this year that you haven't seen before (of course further additions can be made). Canadian C-17 Canadian Chinook UAE Global 6000/Sentinel Couteau Delta Juno Jupiter U-2 M-346 solo Thunderbirds All either deb...
by strangelookingalien
Thu 15 Jun 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)
Replies: 5050
Views: 768774

Re: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)

Brevet Cable wrote:
strangelookingalien wrote:It's great to see the static display nice and full this year and it's unquestionably a brilliant airshow - but I must admit I am yearning for at least one ex-soviet aircraft.

MiG-15 it is, then. :biggrin:


It would be a fine addition!
by strangelookingalien
Thu 15 Jun 2017, 6:00 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)
Replies: 5050
Views: 768774

Re: RIAT 2017 (Discussion & Participation Thread)

It's great to see the static display nice and full this year and it's unquestionably a brilliant airshow - but I must admit I am yearning for at least one ex-soviet aircraft. I know they are getting harder and harder to find, but my hope remains for a Mig-29, Mi-24 or - maybe - my dream participant ...
by strangelookingalien
Tue 13 Jun 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: RNAS Yeovilton & Culdrose Air Days
Topic: Arrivals and departures
Replies: 20
Views: 7546

Re: Arrivals and departures

Just resurrecting this thread from last year: what is the best spot to watch departures on the Sunday?
by strangelookingalien
Mon 05 Jun 2017, 9:29 pm
Forum: IWM Duxford Events
Topic: Flying Legends 2017
Replies: 500
Views: 134123

Re: Flying Legends 2017

What's the point of the internet if you can't needlessly berate people?
by strangelookingalien
Tue 30 May 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Sea Vixen XP924 Thread
Replies: 484
Views: 124873

Re: Sea Vixen XP924 Thread

Ouch... Microlight Driver can now drop the mic.
by strangelookingalien
Mon 29 May 2017, 8:34 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Pentax K30 + Sigma 50-500 metering issues
Replies: 9
Views: 2466

Re: Pentax K30 + Sigma 50-500 metering issues

This sounds a little like my problem. Did you send off to the manufacturer or just take it to your dealer? Can I ask what lens you are using and, could I also see some of your results just to compare? (Perhaps I am hoping for too much!)
by strangelookingalien
Mon 29 May 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Pentax K30 + Sigma 50-500 metering issues
Replies: 9
Views: 2466

Re: Pentax K30 + Sigma 50-500 metering issues

p.s. What lenses are you using for aviation photography?
by strangelookingalien
Mon 29 May 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Pentax K30 + Sigma 50-500 metering issues
Replies: 9
Views: 2466

Re: Pentax K30 + Sigma 50-500 metering issues

That's really interesting; thanks Ikarus.

I am in half a mind to give up on this combination because I found Canon so much easier to use - but there are a few photos that have been exceptionally good and I am wondering if I will find better results with practice.

Have you ever used a K30?
by strangelookingalien
Sun 28 May 2017, 10:27 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Pentax K30 + Sigma 50-500 metering issues
Replies: 9
Views: 2466

Pentax K30 + Sigma 50-500 metering issues

Hi everyone, I traded in an old 40D and cheap Sigma 75-300 lens last year for the combination in the title and have found my results extraordinarily mixed. While some of my shots are extremely good, the vast majority are poor and - most annoyingly inconsistently exposed. I can be using an identical ...
by strangelookingalien
Sun 28 May 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: IWM Duxford Events
Topic: May Airshow
Replies: 269
Views: 78617

Re: May Airshow

Was it just me..............or were the aircraft displaying further away this year ? I went to Dux for the May Airshow last year on the Tank Bank, and felt the new distance was a little further away....... but not too bad I then went to the September show where they closed the Tank Bank...............