Stormy skies

by Helen Hooker September. 09, 2016 1847 views

Our only real display of the afternoon was from a pair of Chipmunks, who gave a beautiful demonstration of synchronised flying

The weather forecast for this weekend is looking decidedly changeable so it's anyone's guess whether the day we've picked to attend the Duxford autumn airshow will actually be sunny.  With this in mind I headed up to Duxford after work this afternoon to see what was flying in and out in preparation for the show.  As I arrived the sun was shining, but it rapidly hid behind a thick bank of stormy looking clouds, making any meaningful photography somewhat challenging.  However, a few aircraft flew in, with the lighter ones taking a rather unorthodox path to the landing strip because of the direction of the strong winds.  Later in the afternoon I got chatting to some fellow photographers and we were just considering abandoning things when a pair of Spitfires appeared on the horizon.  They were kind enough to give us a speedy fly-by before landing - a very welcome reward for sticking it out until the rain finally arrived!

9 September 2016

This Harvard is often at Duxford, but the unusual line it took to come in to land meant I could almost photograph it from below

I was surprised how many World War I aircraft, like this BE-2, came in to land this afternoon, considering the wind.

A pair of Spitfires - definitely worth waiting for, even if the clouds were about to drop their contents on us!


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Tomie Poodle 3 years, 3 months ago

fantastic serie !

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Helen Hooker Replied to Tomie Poodle 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Max!

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Kenny H 3 years, 3 months ago

Incredible captures!
Great vintage aircrafts too.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Kenny H 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Ken - we are lucky to be able to see these aircraft in action so close to home.

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 3 months ago

Amazing work once again Helen. No one take airplane pictures as you. That Harvard has the colours of the Portuguese Air Force

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 3 months ago

You're so kind - thank you!

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 3 months ago

Fabulous series, as always, Helen, even under sketchy conditions! You never disappoint! Bravo!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Jay. We're going back today for the Airshow and its gloriously sunny! 😊

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Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 3 months ago

Yippee!!!! Glad to hear that bit of good news!

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