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Monday
Jan142013

05/12/12 "Hookers" on the SPTA

A trip out with some friends back down to the SPTA to make the most of the good weather before the bases shut for Christmas and New Year. Pleasantly suprised to see another Puma working the Lindens area in some great winter light. It was also good to see a Bell 212 working with "hookers" doing under-slung loads. It'll soon be rarer see some of these aircraft as the Bell 212 and crews are heading out to Kenya with only a couple staying at Middle Wallop.

 

 

 

Then right at the very end of the day a Chinook called up looking to work Sidbury Hill, a sight I've not witnessed before. This is the area they land on just the rear wheels with the rear ramp down. Unfortunately the sun was too low in the sky for any decent light so I opted for a very slow shutter speed of 1/30th to capture as much rotor blur as possible and catch what light was left on the aircraft which gave it this golden glow.

 

Monday
Jan142013

04/12/12 Southerndown

Realising aircraft were taking over my photography I headed out in search of some landscapes and I've wanted to go back to this place as I've never had much time to photograph it when I have been here. The sun has either disappeared or the heavens have opened. Upon arrival the sun was out, there were some low clouds in the sky which gave it a great the images great detail and interest. The cliffs that run either side of the beach are built up like brickwork at a quick glance.

 

 

Unfortunately, as fast as the sun was setting, the clouds were coming in. You can actually see the North coast of Devon from Southerndown and you could see how hard it was raining over there. Was I going to get a full evenings photography in here? Sadly it wasn't to be and I made a dash for the car as the light went completely flat and horizontal rain arrived. Before that though there was just time to capture the suns last appearance between the parted clouds.

 

Monday
Jan142013

29/11/12 Big Cats on the Prowl

A short trip down the SPTA produced a good haul in some great light. A Chinook HC.3, Lynx and a Puma all working the Eastern end of the Plain. Pumas are quite rare and infrequent visitors to the Plain so it was good to see only my second one in this neck of the woods.

 

 

Tuesday
Dec112012

14/11/12 Junglie On The Plain

The weather looked fantastic for a day out but as we neared closer and closer to the Salisbury Plain the low cloud was still holding back the sunlight, nonetheless we walked down the strip at Deptford Down and as this junglie Sea King from RNAS Yeovilton came into view, so did the sun. This very rarely happens in the hobby of aviaiton!

 

 

 

The other highlihgt came late into the day with a Boscombe Down A109 putting in quite a show before dipping down below the ridge and popping back up again with its wheels up and coming straight for the camera with the low sun lighting up the inside of the cockpit. A truly brilliant bit of flying!

 

Tuesday
Dec112012

15/10/12 The Hunter Becomes The Hunted

A public heads-up by the pilot, Jonathan Whaley, that he was brining the brightly coloured Hawker Hunter low level through Wales en-route back to it's home base of St Athan from Duxford. The colour scheme has divided opinion from many enthusiasts and maybe doesn't suit the aircraft down low in the Welsh landscape but in a clear blue sky at an airshow it looks superb. Watching a Hunter flown down low made a change from the usual Tornados and Typhoons and hopefully it won't be long before Miss Demeanour seen down in the weeds again! Many thanks to Jonathan for the heads-up and for the spectacular flying.