The absence of one crucial element....

by Helen Hooker August. 25, 2016 1876 views

Kevin and I headed to Clacton-on-Sea today, hoping to repeat our successful visit to the town's airshow last August.  The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the seafront was buzzing with excited visitors.  We found a good spot just above the beach, set up our chairs and ate our lunch while we waited for the action to start.  First up was the Tiger Parachute Display Team, who were dropped high above the sea.  They carefully navigated their parachutes towards a smoke signal placed on the beach and came in to land on the shoreline.  Once they'd finished an RAF Typhoon came roaring into view and put on a spectacular display..... which was all but invisible thanks to a thin but intrusive layer of low cloud!  The cloud wasn't really visible from the ground but it rapidly became obvious that aircraft photos were going to be impossible.  A couple of the other promised aeroplanes did a perfunctory flypast before flying off into the distance, presumably because the visibility just wasn't good enough to allow a safe display.  After an hour and a half of watching the comings and goings on the beach and soaking up our dose of vitamin D from the sunshine we decided to cut our losses and head home without a single photo of the promised aircraft!

25 August 2016


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Jarvo J 4 years, 7 months ago

What a shame. You still got some great shots though.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jarvo J 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Jon - hopefully we'll be luckier with the weather at Duxford in a couple of weeks!

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Moira 4 years, 7 months ago

You captured lovely parachute ones though.

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Moira 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Moira

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 7 months ago

Sorry you missed the aircraft, but these images are top notch!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Jay!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 7 months ago

You never disappoint & always delight!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 7 months ago

You got some beautiful photos out of this.
Hard to believe they are real lol. It reminds me of those logo army figures kids use!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 7 months ago

Lol, thanks Ram - they are rather reminiscent of Action Man!

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