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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12894 posts, RR: 46
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3282 times:
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I shall be visiting RIAT this coming weekend (hopefully the crappy weather will improve!)

Can any experienced RIATers offer a noob any advice about best locations for shooting the flying display? I have a pass that gets me a seat in the grandstand - is this a good spot or is the "hill location" better?

Any recommendations on car parking? I could only get a hotel room in Swindon, so will be driving from there each day.

My pass also gets me access on Friday and Monday. Any extra advice on shooting on those non-public days?

Many thanks in advance!


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User currently offlineDerekF From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 914 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

It depends what you want to shoot and the length of the lens. The sun (whatever that is) is behind you most of the day. The display line is so long that if you are at either end you don't see much of the display, only take-offs or landings. My 75-300 struggled last year but we were in the BAE enclosure which is close to the eastern end of the runway.
Are you in the FRIAT enclosure or the public grandstand?. The FRIAT grandstand has prime location near the middle. I think the public grandstand is close by. I've done FRIAT or FIAT a few times in the past.

Derek



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User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3244 times:

The public grandstand seems quite well placed - I'm not sure, I haven't been seated there. Generally as close to the middle of the runway as you can get is good.

400mm is ideal, but you can get by with 200 - 300 with some thought. I looked at some exif data for some numbers, these are taken from the crowdline, normal fighter-sized target, about side-on (F-16 / F-18 / Tiffie)

On the runway: Approx 160-200mm

Southern taxiway (far side): Approx 200-280mm

Low-speed pass / high speed pass (these are usually right between the runway and far taxiway): Approx 250-300mm


Anything else, you're knackered, unless you've got a longer lens. The last two years, the Dutch F-16 has stood out as coming closest and slowest. The B-1 and B-52 will seem absolutely gargantuan after you've been looking at little fighters all day.


You'll enjoy it!


James



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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

I'll be there also FRI and SAT, the only thing I hope for is a tad of sunshine though  
Have fun everyone, sure it'll be a good show with the T-Birds!

Florian

[Edited 2007-07-11 10:59:50]


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User currently offlineDerekF From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 914 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

As far as parking I don't you have much choice if coming from Swindon, you'll end up following the blue route into the car park.

http://www.airtattoo.com/airtattoo/VisitorInformation/travel


There is a showground map here as well

http://www.airtattoo.com/airtattoo/VisitorInformation/map

I'm planning on the park and view on Friday and the BAE enclosure on Saturday. Let's hope it doesn't rain all day.


Derek



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User currently offlineMrk25 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 225 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3196 times:

Quoting INNflight (Reply 3):

Hi Florian,

I'm going Sat, I doubt with the numbers going we will bump into each other but you never know.

Regards
Mark


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2186 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Quoting Mrk25 (Reply 5):
I'm going Sat, I doubt with the numbers going we will bump into each other but you never know.

I'm heading there for saturday too.

I'll just look out for someone wearing an orange Hi-Vis yes?  Wink

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineBmiBaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1835 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3139 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 6):

I'm heading there for saturday too.

I'll just look out for someone wearing an orange Hi-Vis yes?

Tom

There should be some kind of mini Airliners.net meet? I'm off on the Saturday!  Smile  Smile


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12894 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3106 times:
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Thanks for the info guys!

Weather forecast doesn't look great.  Angry



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User currently offlineManc From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3090 times:

weather looks naff, I'll be there!

does RIAT get priority upload?



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User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Quoting Manc (Reply 9):
does RIAT get priority upload?

No.

Weather has changed loads - I think it could go either way. Looking forward to it!


James



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User currently offlineDerekF From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 914 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

I'm taking waterproofs, wellies, walking boots, suncream (although I probably won't need that) and an umbrella. If it is wetter than Fairford 1987, or Farnborough 1996 was it? or Leuchars 2005 or Woodford any year I'll be amazed - see I've said it now. Remember as they say in Russia - no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing.

Derek



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