Sunderland International Air Show 2014

As I mentioned in yesterday’s report, I managed to get it together to get to the air show. The fun started at 12:20 with the RAF Falcons parachute team doing their precision landing on the beach, having jumped from 12,000 feet. Here they are in their usual stack formation:

The stack

The stack

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/900s
Focal length: 86mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

Next came a display by two Dakotas – like the commentator, I’d never seen two of these flying together before:

Dakotas

Dakotas

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/22
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 115.9mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

Eardrums were endangered by the next item, an RAF Typhoon doing its usual incredibly fast climb and generally being thrown around like a plane a fraction of its size.

Bird Scarer

Bird Scarer

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/800s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

Then came the Blades, all former Red Arrows pilots, whose signature move is called Crazy:

Blades: Crazy!

Blades: Crazy!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/20
Shutter speed: 1/250s
Focal length: 134.5mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

More followed, including two displays by Lynx helicopters (I have to say that the Black Cats display was much better before they were cut to a single machine), the RAF’s training aircraft Tutor and Torcano, acrobatics by the Twister Duo and the RV8TORS, a Vampire, and much more[1].

One of the highlights for me is always the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, once again appearing with the classic line-up of Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane. There’s something about the sound of six Merlin engines, not to mention the sight of these planes…

BBMF

BBMF

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/18
Shutter speed: 1/250s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

And there was more! More aerobatics! Wing walkers! A Sea Fury! The RLNI doing a rescue demonstration[2], and this nifty autogyro:

Autogyro

Autogyro

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/22
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 148.5mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

The show ended with the usual incredible display by the Red Arrows[3], which included moments like these:

Coming down

Coming down

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

And

Over the top

Over the top

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

In this bit of nicely mirrored manoeuvring, you can see the new tail fin design released for the team’s 50th anniversary season

Mirror!

Mirror!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

Some of their routines happen so fast that if you blink, you’ll miss them:

And they're off

And they’re off

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 121.8mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 55.9098′ 0″ N 1° 21.997′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 July, 2014

And that was that. More photos will be appearing over the coming days, as I gradually work through the huge number I took[4]

[1] More photos will be appearing later…
[2] The planned appearance by a Sea King helicopter was cancelled for “operational reasons”, but the guys in the water put on a good show
[3] They’re opening today’s show
[4] I made a lot of use of the X-T1’s high speed continuous shooting mode

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