Airshows allow me to indulge in two interests: Planes and Photography.
Shots from the Omaka (Blenheim) Classic Fighters Airshow last weekend. Click on a shot to biggify.
Mustang at sunset
Proving its not just the punters who like to take the pictures, the pilot of the Corsair stopped to take pictures of the crowd as he taxied in after his display (the Corsair is the bent wing one a few pics down).
The Spitfire gets three pictures because its a Spitfire. If you equated classic aircraft status to celebrity, a Spitfire would be like David Beckham and Barack Obama combined. A Spitfire will gather crowds and gather attention wherever it goes, simply because its a Spitfire. Concorde had the same effect. This particular one has only been flying after restoration for a month or so, and made its debut displays at this airshow. Out of around 22,000 built, about 200 remain, with about 60 of those flyable worldwide. Ish.
If you have ever heard the term 'Flying Tigers', this is where it came from. This P-40 is in Nationalist Chinese markings, representing those flown by American volunteers against the Japanese in China before the US entered World War Two. In addition to the giant teeth on the nose, there is a tiger painted under the cockpit. You learn something every day!
Omaka's crowdline has a sharp corner, which means if you find the right spot you can get nice near head on shots. Quite pleased with this shot, given the aircraft was travelling quite quickly. Just because it's not a jet it doesn't mean it's slow.
As close as they look...
Not as close as they look. Telephoto lenses are good for compressing relative distance
And that's the airshow season for another year. 'Twas a good one.