Wednesday, 19 August 2009

InMotion: Blackpool Air Show 2009

In the post

InMotion: The Nocturne Series I mentioned that cycling is the hardest thing i have photographed, but also that this statement may change after i have photographed the Blackpool Air Show 2009. Well that statement still stands. Though shooting the planes was rather difficult, thanks to my rather small 200mm lens, it meant the planes were always in the frame, making life that little bit easier.

The event itself was great, and another fine example of how great Blackpool is if your in the right place at the right time. In previous years we have been treated to performances by the Tornado F16, the Harrier Jump Jet, a fly-by by the latest RAF plane, the Eurofighter Typhoon. This year however was a slightly more sedate pace, with far more propellor planes on show.

The first display, though rather sedate, was probably the highlight of the show for many people. It featured planes from World War II. The Lancaster Bomber, a Hurricane, and a Spitfire. It was great to these old planes flying again, in the formation they would have used during the war, with the two fighter planes flanking the bomber to act as protection from an aerial attack. What made the display even more special was knowing the the Lancaster Bomber is only one of two flight worthy Lancaster's left, with the other one based in Canada. So to see this plane in flight was a privilege.

Next up was a more daredevil display by a wing walker, with the pilot performing many sharp turns and loops, whilst the wing walker also performed various spins and flips on top of the plane. Normally there are two planes that fly in tandem, but unfortunately there was a problem with the second plane that kept it grounded.

Another great sight, and meteoric sound, was the arrival of the Vulcan Bomber. The plane that as the name suggests is as large as a bomber, but can perform turns as sharp as a fighter aircraft, as the pilot so kindly demonstrated scaring several children in the process. I thought it was excellent though.

Another display was by a team called "The Blades" which consisted of ex-Red Arrows pilots in powerful propellor powered planes that capable defying gravity by simply turning the plane vertically and powering into the sky, before spiraling seemingly out of control back towards the sea, before pulling up. They put on a great display.

Obviously the highlight for many people was the annual performance by the Red Arrows. Once again putting on a great display of formation flying as well as aggressive combat style flight, including barrel rolls, loops and corkscrews.

Concord may not fly any more, but the red arrows do their best to imitate it's famous silhouette.
I don't normally brag about my own pictures, but i love this one, so much so i have done a zoom and crop to show the reason why. I was so happy with the detail i was able to capture. Not only the smoke, but the lights and the vortices streaming off the wings too.

I hope you enjoyed the images, and i'll be bring you more images of great events from Blackpool in the next few weeks. Who says Blackpool's boring?

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