Pictures Of The Week

Week 28, July 2017

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Clockwise from top left:

  1. Possibly the most dramatic airshow photograph that we'll see in 2017? An issue with 'Miss Velma' during the finale of the meant that a forced landing was necessary and the outstanding airmanship the pilot displayed was captured superbly by Pete 'tink_norfolk'. Right place & right time but hats off to him for maintaining his composure as the incident unfolded to record the sequence of events.

    Image © 'tink_norfolk'

  2. Mustangs again for our second photo this week. This time P-51B 'Berlin Express' captured by Jakub Zurek on the Saturday of the Duxford Legends Show. Unfortunately., after an epic journey across the Atlantic to get to sunny Cambridgeshire they had issues of their own and had to return to the airfield shortly after taking off to display as part of the canopy detached during a fast pass and struck the tail. Hopefully, damage is minimal and we'll see them back in the air soon

    Image © Jakub Zurek
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II + Canon EF 100-400mm L IS lens

  3. A hat-trick of Mustang photos is completed this week with this great shot from Dan Butcher, capturing 'The Shark', 'Frenesi' and 'Berlin Express' of the Horsemen lined-up on the ORP during their pre-flight checks. An image that does give you a feel for the noise and power being pushed through the throttles at that exact moment.

    Image © Dan Butcher
    Canon EOS 50D + Canon EF 70-300mm L IS lens

  4. A key attraction for many over the Legends weekend was the chance to see no less than five Hawker Hurricanes flying together as 'Hurricane Force', the late confirmation of debutant P2902/G-ROBT the icing on the cake. A technical issue first thing Saturday meant initially on four aircraft flew together but that was soon resolved to give the spectacle of five legendary Hawker aircraft flying together than many had come to see.

    Image © 'Alpha Delta 210'

  5. Our final 'Flying Legend' of this week is represented in the recently repainted Buchon, as captured by Steven Harrison-Green during the pre-show build-up on Wednesday. The aircraft has recently been repainted to represent Messerschmitt Bf109 E-7 "Black 8" of Luftwaffe Jagdgeschwader JG-27 as flown by Leutnant Werner Schroer. On the whole, a welcome addition to the circuit but the level of 'weathering effect' on the paint job still has the jury out at present. Photos like this certainly won't harm the argument for a good job well done.

    Image © Steven Harrison-Green
    Canon EOS 700D + Sigma 150-500mm lens

  6. I must confess to a personal bias here. As a teen growing up in North Essex in the 80s and 90s, I recall watching the RAF QRA Phantoms roar down the Wattisham runway many times, so I'm a sucker for an F-4 photo and this one is a corker from Jonathan Haylock, who captured this Hellenic Air Force F-4E Phantom II at the Tactical Weapons Meet in Belgium recently. It looks mean, broody and captured with this great light I can almost smell the exhaust fumes.

    Image © Jonathan Haylock

  7. Captured at the French Pyrenean base of Sainte-Léocadie army base our final photograph leaves you with some rotary action in the shape of a Czech Republic Mil Mi-24. This aircraft always has a brooding sense of power and threat through its design and photographer Julien Gernez has managed to capture a real sense of movement within this image thanks in part to the to the 'jelly air' effect from the engines along with the stunning forest backdrop.

    Image © Julien Gernez

Pictures Of The Week

Week 27, July 2017

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Clockwise from top left:

  1. Cardington's world-famous sheds will forever be synonymous with Britain's rather chequered history of lighter-than-air flight. The hope is that the future will be rather more successful for Airlander than the past proved with the ill-fated R101 airship in 1930. Captured here, air-to-air, by local photographer Alisdair Anderson, what Airlander might lack in looks, she more than makes up for in presence. Hopefully one day soon she might hove into view just down the road at an airshow at Old Warden.

    Image © Alisdair Anderson

  2. The Hellenic Air Force inventory is among the most diverse and interesting of any western European nation, and Mark Rourke made the most of his recent trip to Tanagra to capture this glorious down-low study of the mighty Dassault Mirage 2000. We see plenty of night-time ramp shots on our forums, but it takes skill with the camera to make one stand out from the crowd quite like this one.

    Image © Mark Rourke

  3. The Shuttleworth Collection's last two airshows have been among the best anywhere this summer, and both have benefitted from conditions benign enough to enable the venerable Edwardians to take to the hallowed Bedfordshire skies. July's Military Pageant saw some trademark Collection airmanship from Chief Pilot Dodge Bailey in the Bristol Boxkite and Frank Chapman at the wheel (yes, not stick!) of the Avro Triplane, formating for some memorable passes on a late afternoon where the photographers were able to fill their boots, or rather memory cards, as clearly Shaun Schofield did here.

    Image © Shaun Schofield

  4. Next, Picture Of The Week is off to Finland, not a country we feature often. A most eclectic roster of aircraft, both rotary and fixed-wing, were assembled for the watching crowd, among them this float-equipped Cessna T206H, captured in perfect light. It takes a lot for a Cessna to impress the POTW panel, but clearly this image from Simon Schibli is made of the "right stuff"!

    Image © Simon Schibli

  5. Much has been made of the paucity of classic jet aircraft on the UK airshow scene at present. On the Continent it seems the variety is far richer, as proven by Nick Thompson at Geilenkirchen's Open Day when he was lucky enough to catch this privately-owned Hispano HA-200D Saeta. Now there's a type we'd love to see at a British airshow this summer. Organisers take note.

    Image © Nick Thompson

  6. The weather wasn't kind for Saint-Dizier's Meeting L'Air, though the line-up was of an exceptional standard. The French Couteau Delta pair of Mirage 2000s are show-stoppers wherever they appear, and Ewald Reinders picture captures this epic airshow act at their stunning best. Proof that even when the conditions aren't perfect, a talented photographer can produce the goods.

    Image © Ewald Reinders

  7. North Weald in Essex is home to the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance which has recently acquired a new helicopter. The paintwork on the shiny new AW169 is certainly eye-catching. As with all air ambulances, you tend to hope that the only time you see them is not when you require their services. A fine record shot by James rounds off a strong POTW collection for the week.

    Image © 'Badger96'