IWM Duxford and the 75th Battle of Britain Air Show

2015_09_20_IMG_0024584Most of your that know me, will know that I have two key interests, one is photography and exploring all that it has to offer.  More recently this has included landscapes and I’m about to get into some more closeup photography for another project.

The other is just about everything to do with aviation and simply the sound of a radial engine powering a prop or the distinctive chop of a helicopter’s blades will have me looking skywards. For a time, I was even learning to fly and have a few hours on Cessna’s and something I hope to possible take up again at sometime in the future.

2015_09_19_IMG_0021978Anyway, this weekend was Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and they were putting on an unusual display of aircraft over the two days.  Not knowing what the weather would be like, I bought tickets for both days to hedge my bets and I got to use both to full advantage.

Having not visited an airshow in years and being my first time at Duxford, I was on a learning curve from the outset.  Day one was therefore given over to milling around, checking out vantage points along the sight line and taking the opportunity to get up close on the flight line walk.  Day two would be more of a static day for me, where I’d pick a spot and try to capture a few decent images.

2015_09_20_IMG_0024280The weather was pretty good on both days.  Day one started out very misty, with patchy fog on the M11 and the mist hung around until mid morning.  As the airshow got off the ground at 14.00, the sky was pretty heavy with cloud giving many of the images a grey backdrop.  thankfully the loud stayed high and it did not effect the show.  Later in the afternoon, the skies began to clear.  Sunday started misty again but this quickly burned off and we had a great sky for the show.

For me, the highlight and reason that I was not going to miss this weekend, was the lineup of aircraft.  There would be German and British fighters, including a flypast and show including 17 Spitfires and Hurricanes, a B-17 Flying Fortress, Bristol Blenheim Mk1 and many more period aircraft filling a display lasting more than three and a half hours.  Saturdays display included a flyby of a Spitfire and Typhoon showing the old and the new, and Sunday’s display would also include the Red Arrows last appearance for the 2015 season.

2015_09_20_IMG_0022828The show was simply stunning and one of my all time highlights.  I’m not sure whether my photography will be good enough and there was some amazing (and very expensive) camera kit along the line, but I plan to upload a gallery to M4Photo when I have sorted through the 2000 images that I took over the weekend.

I know that photographs of airplanes don’t do things for a lot of people, but I plan to create an album on Flickr and 500px, so please follow one of those channels to see the results of my labour – and please comment to let me know what you think.

This is something that I might do more of next season.



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