LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 5 months 6 days ago) and read 2235 times:
Another year, another London Airshow thread...
It's on this weekend, and it sounds like a few a.net members are going to be there, so go ahead and share your London Airshow-related plans in this thread. Looks like it's going to be a great show with awesome aerial displays including an F-16CJ from Shaw AFB (USAF F-16 East Coast Demo team), B-1B, C-17, RCAF CF-18, Snowbirds, CC-144, CH-146, USN F-14(B?), USMC EA-6B, ANG C-130, KC-135, civilian wingwalking, a P-51D and more. The static display looks promissing as well, with plenty of F-16s and other "exhibits".
Unfortunately I'll miss the B-1B's aerial display as it is only scheduled for Friday night ("Hour of Power") and Saturday, while I plan to attend on Sunday.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
All right if anyone wants to say hi tomorrow at the show (Dripstick?), I'm the 18 year old, 5'7 140lb white guy with dark eyes and a VFA-136 ("Knighthawks") cap on. Once the flying starts I'll be hanging around the front of the fence shooting with my wimpy silver Canon EOS3000 SLR and Tamron 70-300mm lens (and possibly a tripod).
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
I've heard that this will be the last year for F-14 demo's in the States too. I saw the 14 demo at the Ft.Lauderdales Air and Sea show last month, and hopefully will see another one at the Jax NAS show this October. Sadly, that will be the last time I will get to see my baby do its thing at an airshow.
Copper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1774 times:
AWspicious.... Hamilton has not had a show since 2001, they went out of business owing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This year's show was great in London. The F-14 display was amazing, the C-17 was unbelievable but my favourite was the Heritage flight, F-16/P-51 with Ed Shipley at the controls of the Mustang.
As usual, the B-1B went belly up for Friday arrival and participation in the Hour of Power. It arrived on Saturday, too late to be parked in static area so was only available for viewing on the Sunday. No Super Hornet or Cobra Ball, both of which were "confirmed" for appearances. This is two years in a row that no Super Hornet has shown up.
A couple of beefs. One... where do they find these morons who work security. They stand between the crowd line and the show line and get in the way of the low passes which ticks off photographers. Give some people a little bit of authority and it goes right to their heads. On the other end of the scale some of these " security" folks could barely walk they were so old or out of shape.
Two. Both KC-135's that flew in the show had nose art but they were parked in areas not accessible to the general public and they were parked with their nose art facing away from the public so that no-one who pays the freight at these airshows had a chance to get any decent shots.
Three. Both the F-14 and the P-51 made low passes along the runway but aircraft were parked so that these passes were barely viewable let alone photographable(is this even a word?) The C-17 short take off and landing was hidden behind parked aircraft.
Overall I give London a 7.5 out of 10. What flew was superb but the A/M concerns knock things down.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1705 times:
The guys from Selfridge did a surprisingly good job with their F-16's, IMHO. They didn't get to do any fancy aerobatics, mostly making a bunch of passes along the flight line, but it was still cool. Their simulated A/R with the two KC-135s was awesome too, providing a great photo opportunity.
"No Super Hornet or Cobra Ball, both of which were "confirmed" for appearances. This is two years in a row that no Super Hornet has shown up."
Super Bug must have broken down on the way.
"Both KC-135's that flew in the show had nose art but they were parked in areas not accessible to the general public and they were parked with their nose art facing away from the public so that no-one who pays the freight at these airshows had a chance to get any decent shots."
I'm sure the folks who paid the ~$200 fee for the Photo Tour got good shots though. It did seem like they were running out of ramp space because of the large number of heavies taking part, I don't see where else they could have put them, except the eastern half of 09/27, where they would be too far, but at least they wouldn't obstruct the view of the runway.
"The C-17 short take off and landing was hidden behind parked aircraft."
I was shooting from the rope at 09/27, you must have been farther south. I believe I got to see most of the T/O roll, except bits that were obstructed by the CC-144 and this one speaker that was parked right in the middle of the cross wind runway (09/27)! It was very annoying b/c it was obstructing the view of aircraft taxiing by (ruined all my attempts to get a good full frame of the P-51D). I really think they could have put the speaker elsewhere.
All in all a great show! Definitely one of the best of recent years, only an appearance by the Blue Angels and/or the TBirds (and the B-1B!) would have made it better IMO.
Fly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1681 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1671 times:
I went on the saturday. I thought it was a great show. i do share the same beefs as Copper1. The it was nice to be able to see and hear the performing aircraft spool up but it did block some good views. I was a little disappointed that the B-1B only did 2 passes with its wings swept forawards it didn't do anything with its Afterburners lit which was a little disappointing. Seeing it fly was still nice though. I though the F-16s from Selfridge did do a great job screaming down the flightline several times without doing much else because we all kow we really just love to see them scream by with full afterburner going 600mph. C-17 i had seen before but was still nice. the AR Demo was interesting. I hope i don't offend anyone but I was gald that on saturday the wingwaling and the handglider were cancelled its too boring. I would have given this show a 9/10.
Dripstick. Looking forward to seeing your shots. i got a few decent once of the fighters lots of good once of the larger aircraft.
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