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Erik X

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Jul 26, 2013
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Former Swiss De Havilland DH 112 Venom now in RNZAF markings
Clearly a successor to DH-100 Vampire.. :p
I read somewhere about the development of the Learjet; it was found that the wingtip tanks should be hanging slightly below the wingtips for optimum aerodynamic performance but they were centered later because it looked more appealing.. So some range was actually thrown away for cosmetic reasons! It was probably unknown when DH-112 was designed :)

Before you invite a Vampire or Venom to your airshow, consider this
 
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Roo

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Clearly a successor to DH-100 Vampire.. :p
I read somewhere about the development of the Learjet; it was found that the wingtip tanks should be hanging slightly below the wingtips for optimum aerodynamic performance but they were centered later because it looked more appealing.. So some range was actually thrown away for cosmetic reasons! It was probably unknown when DH-112 was designed :)

Before you invite a Vampire or Venom to your airshow, consider this
:LOL: Sheesh - the Goblin and Ghost jets aren't even that powerful!
 
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Roo

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Last day at Omaka last Easter and it was cold and wet but humid - perfect for prop tip vortices. I hadn't realised it yet, but the mounts of the camera and lens had been damaged causing some over exposure - CPS and insurance covered it luckily :)


RNZAF NH-90
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Yak-3 Full Noise (they have since added a radial engined Yak-3, SteadFast, to their collection
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Yak-52
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Spitfire XIVe (Griffon powered) stirring up the birds.
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Valvebounce

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Hi Roo.
Some really nice shots but loving the Yak 3 in particular.
You must have been pretty annoyed about tweaking the lens and body, any idea how you did it? A warning for the rest of us what not to do?

Cheers, Graham.
 
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Roo

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Thanks Click and Graham! Much appreciated.

It was as stupid error Graham - I'd carried it in over my shoulder attached to the collapsed monopod but had to put it down to put a shoulder strap on and attach the second camera. It had been raining and, instead of just resting it on the ground as normal, I stood it up against a bin...seemed stable but big mistake. While I was adjusting the second camera, it the did the slow slide down and landed back corner of camera first. It didn't look like much of an impact with the soft ground but obviously most of the impact went through the lens mount, pulling the top part out slightly. Luckily, I had the raincover on it most of the day. The repair would have been just under $2k but CPS gives 30% off and insurance covered it anyway.

Yak-52s seemed to be having a competition to see who could get their gear up closest to ground
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de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
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Another shot of the Griffon Spitfire
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Nat_WA

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Another shot of the Griffon Spitfire [...]
Another set of great shots! Nice panning on the Yak's and on the Spitfire; perfect balance of shutter speed vs. plane & prop speeds - you can just see the Griffon engined Spitfire must have had the 5 bladed propeller (y)
Sorry to hear about the damage, hope it is all repaired to your satisfaction; lucky you had the insurance coverage...!
W.
 
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Valvebounce

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Hi Roo.
My guess is you are not the first person to lean a camera on a monopod against something and have it slide, I don’t suppose you will be the last, I guess you were just unlucky with the impact angle.
Another nice series, got to love a Spitfire, any Spitfire.
Although the Griffon engined variants were necessary the Merlin engined versions are definitely better proportioned, that long Griffon nose just slightly spoils the look in my opinion.

Cheers, Graham.
 
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Roo

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Thanks Click, Wiebe and Graham

The camera and lens are good as new but I did have my only CFast fail on the Thursday before the show. Being Easter weekend and a small country town, there was no where to get a CFast or even a CF replacement. Switched all my CF cards to the 1D and picked up a SD for the 5D on the Saturday morning - that caused me to get stuck in traffic to the show and I missed getting shots of the 3 Spitfire formation (MkIX, Tr9 and MkXIV)... looked good from the road though!

Spitfire MkIX
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Mustang P-51D
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How many Yaks/Nanchangs can you fit in one image?
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Valvebounce

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Hi Roo.
Excellent series, but the b&w treatment on the Spitfire, very evocative. (y)(y)

Cheers, Graham.

Thanks Click, Wiebe and Graham

The camera and lens are good as new but I did have my only CFast fail on the Thursday before the show. Being Easter weekend and a small country town, there was no where to get a CFast or even a CF replacement. Switched all my CF cards to the 1D and picked up a SD for the 5D on the Saturday morning - that caused me to get stuck in traffic to the show and I missed getting shots of the 3 Spitfire formation (MkIX, Tr9 and MkXIV)... looked good from the road though!

Spitfire MkIX
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