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Bennygman

Duxford October show

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Bennygman    71

Had a trip to Duxford on Sunday to give the airshow season it's traditional send-off. It was a pretty good show really and we got weather that I'd have killed for on at least two or three occasions this year. It also gave me a chance to try the 1.4x extender that my girlfriend got me for my birthday.

The Red Bull Matadors - for my money the most entertaining team in the country - bar none! This is the only team who do things that make me gasp even after 30 odd years of airshow attendance...

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Finally got a Wildcat shot I'm happy with...

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Obligatory Spit shot...

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A new type for me - Pilatus PC-2 (I think)

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And the first time seeing this in the air...

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DH Rapide putting on a sprightly display...

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Harvard...

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DC-3 performing in between passenger charters...

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Classic jet formation...

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Black Cats - definitely not a gasp-inducing team IMHO...

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A bit of Winter overhaul...

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My favorite shot of the day - you always get some nice light at the end of the October show, and this Dak is a real beauty (KLM colours the other side too)...

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And finally, Mr Legends himself wringing out the Bearcat as usual...

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Here's to better weather for the 2008 season - only six months or so 'til Biggin!

Steve.

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Bobs_Buckles    38

Steve,

Bloody marvellous shots, mate.

I love the cropping on the Wildcat & Bearcat.

What setup you got?

I would of loved to of made the air show, but building a computer for a client came first... DOH! Needs are must.

Cheers for sharing.

Bob

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Smiffy    307

Wow........some really nice pics there, thanks for posting. :speak_cool:

I was planning to go, but the intercooler hose on me Impreza decided to leak last week so I couldn't make it.

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J35 Draken    0

I'd be happy with that Wildcat shot too, very nice. Agree with you on the Matadors but I have to disagree with you on the Black Cats comment - I think they're brilliant!

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Gary West    799
but I have to disagree with you on the Black Cats comment - I think they're brilliant!

Nuts you got there first - hey Steve, the Cats are pretty cool - chill!

Spit best for me - gorgeous prop blur

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Bennygman    71

Thanks guys and gals, it was a good way to round off the season.

Bob: it's a 20D with 300mm f4 and a 1.4x extender now, so 420mm in total. I'd like to have had a 2x but I'm told it will degrade the image quality, which doesn't seem to be the case with the 1.4.

Re the Black Cats; In general, I don't like to criticize a military display item at a time when they're becoming rarer and rarer, but I find this one a bit low key to be honest. Granted, I've since found out that they had a bird-strike at the start of yesterday's display which explains the unusual beginning. The distance to Duxford's runway didn't help as the 'ground handling ballet' section was a bit distant (not the team's fault). What I find ironic is that the term 'Black Catting' apparently refers to oneupmanship or doing things better than others, but I find that they don't display the Lynx as well as the Army's Blue Eagles - I'd swap endless distant peddle turns for one of those back-flips any day. I don't know if this is due to a difference in aircraft specs or rotor construction ( I think Jen tried to explain this to me at Fairford) Having tried and failed to fly simulator helicopters I can only guess at the skill involved in the head to head pirouettes, I just think it's lacking the 'wow' factor - imagine two Lynx doing synchronized flips to get peoples attention.

Nice colour scheme these days though

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Consider me chilled :chillpill::kissing2:

Steve.

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J35 Draken    0
two Lynx doing synchronized flips to get peoples attention.

Well wait 'till next year, with the retirement of the Gazelle's you never know what the Blue Eagle's display might involve!

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dswoofie    12

Some great shots again Steve. Have to agree that the shot of the AF Dak at the end is fantastic. Good work!

Thanks for sharing.

Karl.

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Gundylunch    293

Very nice pic's !! - the Pilatus is a P2 and interestingly has the same u/c gear as the Bf 109 !! :analintruder:

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