Holiday Report – 17 June 2016

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After a good breakfast at our hotel, we headed off for today’s primary destination: the Fleet Air Arm Museum, where we saw some impressive exhibits, like this dual personality Sea King:

Choppy McTwoface?

Choppy McTwoface?

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/105s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 6400
Taken 10:57, 17 June, 2016

One side is in Royal Navy colours, the other in Royal Air Force yellow.

And there was this rather nice Seafire (that’s the naval version of the Spitfire, as the name suggests):

Seafire

Seafire

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/18s
Focal length 27.4mm
ISO 6400
Taken 11:09, 17 June, 2016

But for me, the highlight was this not particularly sea-going aircraft:

I know that registration

I know that registration

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/80s
Focal length 45.5mm
ISO 6400
Taken 12:08, 17 June, 2016

That registration is a bit of clue to its identity if the shape doesn’t give it away. Perhaps an interior view might help?

Geoff inside G-BSST

Geoff inside G-BSST

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/55s
Focal length 33.2mm
ISO 6400
Taken 12:09, 17 June, 2016

Or maybe this:

Concorde 002

Concorde 002

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/80s
Focal length 40.1mm
ISO 6400
Taken 12:14, 17 June, 2016

Yes, it’s Concorde 002, the British-made prototype. Its interior is stuffed with test equipment rather than the seating found in production models. I recall seeing flypasts from this plane at airshows a few[1] years[2] ago, when I was young and Concordes hadn’t entered into service yet.

After that, we stopped for a bit of lunch and decided to return to Pencoed rather than going on to somewhere else.

And here we are.

[1] Possible understatement
[2] OK, OK, decades

 

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