Roaring across the skies

by Helen Hooker September. 15, 2012 4102 views

Kevin and I weren't able to go to the second day of the Goodwood Revival today but we were lucky enough to be able to see a couple of air displays. After lunch we headed for the car park at our local Homebase DIY store (we discovered some years ago that it's the perfect spot for viewing the Goodwood displays for free!) and waited for two Hawker Hunters to appear over the horizon. These Cold War planes are somewhat quicker than the aircraft we shot yesterday although, slightly counter-intuitively, I found them easier to photograph. When I'm shooting planes with a propeller I use a slightly slower shutter speed to show some movement in the prop, even though this often creates problems with camera shake. With a jet aircraft you don't have to worry about this so I could happily use a much faster shutter speed and fire away with impunity!

We then headed home for an hour or two and I took an initial look through my shots. As I did so I heard Kevin yell my name from the garden so I dashed outside, barefoot, to see what he was getting so excited about, only to find three Spitfires and a Lancaster bomber flying directly over our garden! Sadly I didn't have my camera to hand so I??ll have to wait until tomorrow to capture them when they return to Goodwood. However, it was an honour to receive our own personal display! Around 4pm we headed back to Homebase to see a P47 Thunderbolt and a pair of P51 Mustangs. What a contrast to yesterday - blue skies had replaced the grey drizzle and it was almost impossible to take a bad photo!

Two Hawker Hunters - the right way up…..

…. and flying upside down!

A P47 Thunderbolt and two P51 Mustangs

The Thunderbolt did a solo display too

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Pandka 8 years, 1 month ago


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Paul 8 years, 1 month ago

These are magical shots!!!!! Love the hunters...they look unreal?

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Josy 8 years, 1 month ago

I adore these planes with yellow nose: they look like an essain of wasps :))

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Ann Garratty 8 years, 1 month ago

3 Spitfires and a Lancaster... Oh what a pity you didn't have your camera, but as you say what an honour for you...

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Dan Ravasio 8 years, 1 month ago

Never, ever run out of the kitchen barefoot and without a camera...... never - ever... Great shots Helen.

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Mary Brown 8 years, 1 month ago

great shots!

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