Military Aircraft: airshows, operational, whatever, lets see what you have!

Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
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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!
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How many Yaks/Nanchangs can you fit in one image?
Diagonally one more then if they were horizontal :ROFLMAO:;)

Excellent pictures, I'm not going to repeat the praise for the Spitfire...
W.
 
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Roo

EOS 6D MK II
Sep 12, 2013
941
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Melbourne
Thanks very much click!

He turns 82 later this year but 13 time Australian aerobatic champion, Chris Sperou, can still throw his magnificently presented Pitts Super Stinker around as well as anyone. I doubt I'll still be wielding a camera around as well as he can his aircraft at that age.
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Roo

EOS 6D MK II
Sep 12, 2013
941
170
Melbourne
Hi Roo.
Very nice series.
I’ll play, Allison top, Rolls Royce bottom, (I believe they are both technically Merlin engines?)
Edit, oops, the Packard would be the ”other Merlin”!

Cheers, Graham.
Thanks Graham!

Good call - the Allison is a little longer in the nose and has an additional scoop at the top.

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dcm

Good or bad - it's not the gear.
Apr 18, 2013
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Spotted a fast moving, high altitude. 3-plane trailing formation, typical of bombers, on an abnormal flight path. And look what we have. My dad flew B-36s and B-52s during his USAF career so holds some special meaning for me.

Not the greatest image, but thought I'd share anyway. 1DXII/100-400II/1.4xIII (100% crop).

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Roo

EOS 6D MK II
Sep 12, 2013
941
170
Melbourne
Spotted a fast moving, high altitude. 3-plane trailing formation, typical of bombers, on an abnormal flight path. And look what we have. My dad flew B-36s and B-52s during his USAF career so holds some special meaning for me.

Not the greatest image, but thought I'd share anyway. 1DXII/100-400II/1.4xIII (100% crop).

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Don't often see B2s in the wild. Well done! After having Speedweek here and my Easter visit to Warbirds over Wanaka cancelled, I'll take any fix I can get at the moment :ROFLMAO:
 

dcm

Good or bad - it's not the gear.
Apr 18, 2013
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Don't often see B2s in the wild. Well done! After having Speedweek here and my Easter visit to Warbirds over Wanaka cancelled, I'll take any fix I can get at the moment :ROFLMAO:
Expected a B1 northbound out of Dyess AFB in Texas to Powder River River Training Complex or Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota. Figure they were cruising at FL400 (40K feet - I was standing about 8700 feet) and shooting at about a 45 degree angle, so around 8.5 miles to target.

Not a lot of contrails out there right now with the airline cutbacks. Better chance of catching a military aircraft.
 
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Roo

EOS 6D MK II
Sep 12, 2013
941
170
Melbourne
It's never an airshow without a Spitfire - Temora Aviation Museum's MkIX
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Or another Mustang :D Judy Pay's Australian built CAC CA-17
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Paul Bennet's massive TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber
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With bomb bay open. One of the landing gear is slightly down - apparently there are no gear locks, just hydraulics holding it in place. He was able to fix it in flight.
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Roo

EOS 6D MK II
Sep 12, 2013
941
170
Melbourne
Hi Roo.
They got that show in just in time then, or was it the end of the season for you guys?
Beautiful series of shots.

Cheers, Graham.
Thanks very much Graham

It was just in time as it was the week before the Grand Prix. I got 1 day of shots there before they closed the show down. I had planned on going to 2 big airshows and there were a couple of smaller ones through until early May but all are cancelled. The biggest one was Warbirds over Wanaka at Easter in NZ. Not a lot of fun to be had at the moment - my MkIII turned up last week but I haven't even fired the shutter yet :ROFLMAO:
 

Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
4,359
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Isle of Wight
Hi Roo.
Wow, cancelled halfway through the show! I‘m still trying to have fun although there will be no shots from the Goodwood Members Meet this year which we should have got home from yesterday! :( We still have tickets for the Goodwood Revival later in the year but I’m betting there will be no large gatherings for at least the rest of this year! :cry::cry:
I have been working on a much smaller scale, :unsure: think a full stack of rings and a reverse mount! Expect to see some shots in the macro thread at some point, just as soon as I can get some worth sharing! :ROFLMAO:
Best get that Mk III tested with a few shots, just in case you got the dud! I call it me please, if there is a dud in the stack I can pick it! I once pulled the second flat packed garden bench from the stack saying “ha ha, I’ll leave the broken one for someone else,“ got home and guess what, one of the castings was cracked! Yep I’d definitely get the dud camera! :LOL:

Everybody please stay safe, follow the rules and we can make it through this. (y)(y)

Cheers, Graham.

Thanks very much Graham

It was just in time as it was the week before the Grand Prix. I got 1 day of shots there before they closed the show down. I had planned on going to 2 big airshows and there were a couple of smaller ones through until early May but all are cancelled. The biggest one was Warbirds over Wanaka at Easter in NZ. Not a lot of fun to be had at the moment - my MkIII turned up last week but I haven't even fired the shutter yet :ROFLMAO:
 
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