Today was pretty busy, with many different aircraft flying. Notably, the disabled display team were training again, with two Piper Warriors, G-BMFP and G-BSYY, and a De Havilland Chipmunk, G-BARS. They did three sorties throughout the day, although, unfortunately, I had the wrong lens on my camera to capture any of their formation flying.
I also got to witness my first RRRs (Rotors Running Refuel), which are excellent opportunities for photos, and some helicopters are so powerful on the downdraft, there may be free flying opportunities for the unaware! I have flown in a Westland Puma helicopter before, which involved getting in when the helicopter was on, however, as it was on idle, the downdraft was nothing compared to the power of the Agusta Westland A109, G-TXTV on takeoff and landing. G-BXRY also had an RRR, and I was mightily impressed with the photos that came out! It does help that I only use the small lens, which is sharper and also better for hand holding the camera with slow shutter speeds. BXRY is also a very interesting airframe, as it was built in 1968, making it 50 this year, its condition really would not suggest this, particularly when compared to some of the fixed wing fleet.
Today also marks a milestone, as according to my database, I have seen my 1000th civil aircraft, which means that I am doing pretty well on the registration front, particularly as I have only been at the aviation photography thing for slightly less than two years!
These were the aircraft I saw:
|G-AKUJ||1947||Luscombe||8E Silvaire Deluxe|
|G-ARMC||1950||De Havilland Canada||DHC-1 Chipmunk 22A|
|G-BAEM||1972||Robin||DR400/120 Petit Prince|
|G-BARS||1952||De Havilland Canada||DHC-1 Chipmunk 22|
|G-BMFP||1979||Piper||PA-28-161 Warrior II||Blackbushe|
|G-BSYY||1986||Piper||PA-28-161 Warrior II|
|G-BXRY||1968||Bell||206B Jetranger II|
|G-CILY||2014||Ikarus||C42 FB80 Bravo||Turweston|
|G-ETLX||1976||Piper||PA-28R-200 Arrow II||Turweston|
|G-JANT||1983||Piper||PA-28-181 Archer III|
|G-KYTE||1982||Piper||PA-28-161 Warrior II|
|G-ZACE||2001||Cessna||172S Skyhawk SP||Sywell|