XH558

by Helen Hooker July. 03, 2011 7495 views

Kevin and I were determined to see the last remaining flying Vulcan bomber when it gave its display at Goodwood today. Unlike the Red Arrows, split second timing can??t always be relied upon with the Vulcan so I kept an eye on the Twitter feed for XH558 during the morning for updates. As soon as it was announced that the crew were aboard and had started their engines we did our own RAF type scramble into the car and headed for Goodwood! When we got there it was evident that a lot of folks had been doing the same thing and we only just managed to find a prime viewing spot on the edge of the hill among all the other plane spotters. Sadly the Vulcan??s flightpath took it around the hill rather than over the top of us (unlike the Red Arrows yesterday) so I struggled to get close enough with only 280mm of lens. However, I made the best of a bad job (with a bit of judicious cropping on the computer) and it was still well worth the effort to see it in flight again. More information about the Vulcan and the efforts to keep air airworthy can be found here [vulcantothesky.org].

The hazy conditions didn't make life easy but there's something about the angle of the light on the plane that makes this shot work for me.

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Pumacat 6 years, 3 months ago

perfect for me!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Lukesmom 6 years, 3 months ago

Way cool! Nice shot!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 6 years, 3 months ago

Nice Capture !!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Pandka 6 years, 3 months ago

Fantastic!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes, love the shot....it's got a certain feel to it....maybe the haze does it. All comes together for a great image!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
David Swatton 6 years, 3 months ago

Good effort - looks like you bagged a great spot

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Pete 6 years, 3 months ago

must have been great to be there

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Ann Garratty 6 years, 3 months ago

Amazing aircraft, we spotted it out of the blue when we were travelling on the A1 to St Neots and it flew really low right over out car... they must have been moving it as there were no airshows on at the time, I guess we were just lucky. Sadly we had no time to photograph it. You were lucky to see it in action, and that is a great photograph... well done!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jarvo Laysell 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm so glad you got to see it. It's magnificent isn't it.

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Paul 6 years, 3 months ago

Nicely done...fabulous shot!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Tom 6 years, 3 months ago

Cool capture well done looks like its just hanging in the skies

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 3 months ago

Cool, that was one of my favourite models when I was a kid :)

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 3 months ago

Mist certainly, but you must be blessed by the gods Helen to have managed to hang on the light haloing the cabin

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 3 months ago

looks good to me

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 3 months ago

Works for me too and going into my favourites must be the only one of this type in my favs usually flowers , landscapes etc.

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 6 years, 3 months ago

you did a great job, works for me too:)

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Dean Singleton 6 years, 3 months ago

Works for me, too. Nice shot.

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