Tuesday 11 September 2012

Duxford Air Show 2012 - Pt 2

I've managed to edit, trim and tweek all the remaining pictures I shot at the Duxford Air Show on Saturday. I was a lot more focused with my photos this time, limiting my pictures to key aircraft that I either didn't have pictures of already or were particularly iconic (I'll never tire of photographing Spitfires for example). The weather was hot and sunny which made conditions a little tricky for picture taking. I shot most of these from the Friends of Duxford members enclosure which was excellently placed to catch all the action. 

The show opened with a flypast from four F-15C Eagles of the USAF 493rd Fighter Squadron
The beautiful lines of the Avro Vulcan B2
The Avro Vulcan B2 with its Bomb Bay doors open
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is an impressive plane and still incredibly agile for its age
Douglas C-47 Skytrain "Drag-em-oot" is a veteran of D-Day and Arnhem and still bears the scars from these missions
A Fokker Dr1 Triplane chases a Nieuport 17 in a mock dogfight. Both planes are excellent replicas.
Another view of the Fokker Dr1 Triplane
The B-17 Flying Fortress "Sally B" is always a crowd pleaser.
Three Supermarine Spitfires - Mk 1A, Mk IXT & Mk XVI
Hispano HA-1112 Buchon
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1A. The oldest surviving airworthy Spitfire. 
This was a fantastic air show and as I already said the weather was hot and sunny with some stunning skies as a backdrop. The heat was a bit hard on visitors, especially if like me you were standing in the sun for several hours with a camera. Suitable headgear and a plentiful supply of water is just as important as a good camera and lens.

The next Air Show at Duxford is in October but I'll be giving that one a miss as it clashes with SELWG at Crystal Palace, and I wouldn't want to miss that. I hope you've enjoyed the pictures and if you want to see the whole set (a mere 140 pictures!) just follow this link - Duxford Air Show 2012

Duxford Air Show 2012


  1. Wow, nice one! I haven't been since I was a young nipper (i.e. about 5 years ago), but these are some great pics. On a related note, I saw Spitfires overflying our Nottinghamshire home on Saturday, and another - wingless - on the back of a flatbed truck, heading north on Monday on the A1. So I feel I did get to see a bit of the airshow.... thanks for the link, and the heads up about October! May be able to make that one!

  2. They are some awesome pictures. Love the Dr1 and Nieuport.

    1. All four of the WWI planes were replicas of course but none the less impressive. The accuracy and detail that has gone into these planes is astounding and they look beautiful in the sky.

  3. Some airplanes are beautiful!
    (even WWI and WWII are not my favourite periods, I love the planes from this time: always remind me my childhood when I built some with card and school glue ! Very dangerous for the poor AIRFIX guys on the ground when a bombardier threw some Legos on them!)

    1. Airfix had a stall at the show where you could build and paint your own spitfire model. Great fun for the kids.

  4. I went to Southport Airshow last weekend. I should have gone to Duxford :-( And gone with a better camera. I have a few pictures of dots :-(

  5. Thanks for sharing. Great photos. Looks like it was awesome to be there.

  6. Absolutely brilliant photos! You've captured these fast-moving planes so clearly and crisply!

  7. What wonderful pictures, I'm sure it looked even better in the flesh!

  8. These photos are wonderfully curated, love the variety in the planes!


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