Sarah's 2020 - Heavy (sorry)

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shorsley
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Sarah's 2020 - Heavy (sorry)

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So 2020 hasn't been the best of years but I'm actually surprised at the amount of opportunities there were to get out and about with the camera, with some things happening on the doorstep, or practically on it. I've put the thread in here as the majority of the photos are Airliners (even if some of them are now museum pieces). I make no apologies for the amount of 747s in this thread.

January started Ok, and after a late night at work for a very interesting talk about BOAC and the golden age of travel, the next morning I drove up to RAF Scampton for an afternoon photographing the Red Arrows which had been my Christmas present to myself in 2019:
ImageReds_42 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageReds_73 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageReds_74 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

March saw two nightshoots. The first at East Midlands Aeropark to see the new arrivals and changes since my last visit in 2015:
ImageEMAP2020_36 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageEMAP2020_52 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageEMAP2020_90 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageEMAP2020_122 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

The second at Gatwick Aviation Museum, which involved a mad dash over from work in time for the Shackleton run:
ImageGatwickAMNightshoot_8 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageGatwickAMNightshoot_26 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageGatwickAMNightshoot_48 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

Still in March due to Northolt's cancellation and having booked the day off work I went to Heathrow to catch the BOAC 747 arriving in from LA. I nearly didn't bother due to the weather being awful, but I'm glad I did as it was my only chance to catch her:
ImageLHRMarch2020_7 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

Added bonus was the LATAM Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Storm Trooper 777:
ImageLHRMarch2020_10 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

The end of May saw the lifting of the lockdown restrictions so a trip to Heathrow to try to scratch the itch of not having shot anything for several months. First time shooting from Way Avenue Park. Alitalia heavy on a short-haul route:
ImageLHRMay2020_16 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageLHRMay2020_18 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageLHRMay2020_27 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

This arrived in the middle of a sudden downpour, accompanied by hail and thunder (we didn't see the lightning but there was some):
ImageLHRMay2020_35 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

June and a trip to London to see the joint Reds and Patrouille de France flypast:
ImageReds&PdF_3 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageReds&PdF_5 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageReds&PdF_8 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

And then on to Heathrow to catch some late afternoon arrivals:
ImageLHRJune2020_11 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

The only 747s going into Heathrow were cargo flights:
ImageLHRJune2020_22 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

And back up to Heathrow a few days later to catch the early morning arrivals:
ImageLHRJune20202_7 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

Another heavy on a short-haul route:
ImageLHRJune20202_26 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

Good to see a rare 737 amongst the babybuses:
ImageLHRJune20202_43 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

August and the 'NHS Spitfire' flew over the local hospital:
ImageNHSSpitfire_13 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageNHSSpitfire_15 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageNHSSpitfire_17 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

At the end of August Boultbee flew two of their Spitfires from Goodwood to Exeter (via Inverness) so I popped up to the Trundle to view them departing Goodwood:
ImageGoodwoodSpitfires_8 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

The reason for going, the chance to catch the elusive G-IRTY:
ImageGoodwoodSpitfires_11 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

And on the Bank Holiday Monday another trip to LHR:
ImageLHRAug2020_6 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

This trip unintentionally coincided with the departure of G-CIVH:
ImageLHRAug2020_53 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageLHRAug2020_56 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

Quite happy about catching the Gulf Air 70th Anniversary jet too:
ImageLHRAug2020_72 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

And then onto Way Avenue Park (via the Heathrow shop) for some arrivals and finally managed to get the CargoJet 767:
ImageLHRAug2020_118 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

September and Battle of Britain Day and a drive across to Tangmere to catch the Blades flypast. Unfortunately they weren't accompanied (they had met up with the Boultbee two-seater Spitfire en-route but dropped her by the time they got to Tangmere) and any chances of shots of them over the former airfield were scuppered by the Covid testing site there:
ImageBladesBoBFlypast_1 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageBladesBoBFlypast_3 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

The Goodwood Texan was in the circuit as I waited for the Blades:
ImageTexan_1 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

October turned out to be a busy month. First was up to Heathrow again to catch the final British Airways 747 departures. Had I known Kemble was open for G-CIVB's arrival I would have gone there as the main aim was to get some decent shots of the Negus jet:
ImageLHROct2020_4 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageLHROct2020_7 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

The final BA 747 take-off from Heathrow:
ImageLHROct2020_12 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageLHROct2020_14 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

They took off in the worst of the weather, even five minutes later the visibility was so much better:
ImageLHROct2020_24 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

The nightshoot with XL426 at Southend was able to go ahead after being postponed from March:
ImageXL426_5 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageXL426_73 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageXL426_94 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

Then the surprise news that BA 747 G-CIVW was to be 'preserved' at Dunsfold as a film prop. The crowds were out for her arrival, resulting in some interesting parking on the A281:
ImageGCIVW_10 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

VFR meant a missed approach/go around:
ImageGCIVW_20 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

Coming in for her final landing and what I thought would be my last sight of a BA 747 in the air:
ImageGCIVW_40 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

Then a trip down to the West Country to the Historic Helicopters nightshoot. I've never been so wet at a nightshoot before, but it was worth it:
ImageHistoricHelicopters_10 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageHistoricHelicopters_18 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageHistoricHelicopters_22 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageHistoricHelicopters_31 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

And finally in December G-BNLY was retired to Dunsfold following a campaign to save the Landor painted retro-jet. Having caught the BOAC, and Negus I thought this was the one that was going to get away, as I didn't think I'd make it to Cardiff/St Athan for her final flight. However the news that she was joining Victor Whiskey at Dunsfold meant an opportunity to catch one last airborne BA 747. The weather was awful and she went in on runway 07, which meant viewing was difficult, but at least I saw her:
ImageGBNLY_3 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageGBNLY_4 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

ImageGBNLY_12 by Sarah Horsley, on Flickr

As others have said, I've missed airshows massively this year, and can't see them returning in any great number next year, although I'll need to get a job before I can afford to attend any. Thankfully the shots of the events/opportunities above have kept the hobby alive for me this year and I just wish personal circumstances had allowed for a bit of travel to a few bases for a bit of Modern Military spotting.

Hope they were of interest and there's (a lot) more on my Flickr for those that want to take a look.

Thanks for looking and C&C welcome.

Let's hope 2021 is better than 2020.

Sarah
"I have a good pilot and a safe pilot."


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Ant.H
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Re: Sarah's 2020 - Heavy (sorry)

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Plenty of great pics there Sarah, you manage to make it look like a normal year of activity!

Some great airliner shots, don't often say that as they can be a bit samey but the 747's and special paint jobs are great catches.

Roll on 2021!

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Some great photos there.

You some to be a bit of a ‘jinx’ with the rotten weather, ha ha!

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A great selection from a crappy year. You have been busy!

Here's looking forward (more in hope than expectation) to 2021.

Andy

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Too many 747s are never enough! Nice set, particularly -CIVW turning final and on short final. Best wishes to you for 2021.
Cheers,

George

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