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Wingwalking just isn't exciting enough... by Daniel-Wales-Images
Wingwalking just isn't exciting enough...
Sywell Airshow 2014.

Well obviously not considering those intrepid girls of the Breitling Wingwalkers like to make it that little bit more exciting.
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On a wing and a prayer by Daniel-Wales-Images
On a wing and a prayer
One of the intrepid girls of the Breitling Wingwalkers Team taxies past at the Swyell Airshow 2014
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In just over a week, on the 8th May, I will be attending my fist airshow of the 2016 season. This will of course be nowhere else other than the hallowed turf of Old Warden for their season premier air display. Oddly, October of last year when the 2015 season came to a close seems to me like a lifetime ago, but also seems to have shot by in an instant. It's has been a very strange time to be an aviation/airshow enthusiast in the UK over the last six months.

There has of course been a lot of scrutiny over safety in the wake of the Shoreham tragedy and changes to the rules and costs involved are going to take effect this year. Though nobody with any sense would argue that a shake up of the rules was not needed after what was of course the worse airshow disaster in over sixty years to hit the UK. However many including myself whole heartedly believe that much of the changes that will take effect are not only unnecessary but are in fact detrimental to their own cause. The new rules now state that civil organised airshows must now in essence abide by military rules in terms of distances that aircraft fly away from the crowd, pushing aircraft further away. Now if the incident last August had injured anybody within the crowd then I'd completely understand this ruling, but this is not the case. In fact it was those that were not within the airfield boundaries that were killed and injured. By pushing back display lines they are actively going to encourage those wishing to get a closer view to watch from outside and not pay for a ticket to the show, putting them in harms way. On top of these new rules airshows now have to deal with a massive price hike in mandatory consultation fees for the CAA. This will definitely be detrimental to smaller shows as it's clear that many of these shows will find themselves less profitable and therefore possibly infeasible to hold in future. Considering that these shows are often held in aid of a local or national charity, it will be the charities that will be the ultimate losers along with enthusiasts finding less and less variety as years go on. Logically I don't really see how any of these changes are going to ultimately keep people any safer than they were already at airshows, which of course was the point of the review was it not? 

Well with that little rant over, considering the circumstances of last August I guess we are pretty fortunate that airshows are by and large still going ahead this year at all, and I suspect that the public at large will not notice much of a difference when all is said and done. Of course us photographers will need to work a little harder to get results if that little bit more focal length will be needed. But I will of course make all the effort in the world to bring you the action to the best of my abilities. Besides I am increasingly finding ground shots more appealing than aircraft in the air anyway and nothing will have changed for the ground displays.

We're already starting to see a number of big shows revealing their line-ups for the year and already Duxford and Old Warden have some real crackers to look forward too. The American themed show at Duxford coming up soon looks to be a great way to kick of Duxford's year, and of course Flying Legends already has some great items too such as the Lockheed Electra Junior and the Red Bull fleet returning in force. Shuttleworth have also got some treats in store too with a big naval themed show, a Great War themed show too with an impressive line-up of originals and reproductions joining in the fun. Also a nice gathering of three Hurricanes and four Spitfires for their Military Pageant. So hey things are not all bad. :D

My first display as I've already stated will be at Old Warden on May 8th. The Current line up is as follows.

Red Arrows
Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk
Bristol Blenheim
Global Stars aerobatic team
Rotorsports UK Calidus
Lunak glider
Dakota (BBMF) – flypast

Polikarpov PO2
Fauvel AV.36 Glider
de Havilland DH.88 Comet
Percival Mew Gull

Fiesler Fi-156A-1 Storch (Possibly last show in UK before departing for new home in Norway)
Westland Lysander

Ryan STA
Miles Magister
Blackburn B2

Hawker Sea Hurricane
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Hawker Demon

Sopwith Pup
Bristol M1C
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a
Bristol F2.b Fighter
Avro 504k

Avro Anson

Edwardians*: Avro Triplane, Bristol Boxkite, Blackburn Monoplane, and Deperdussin
  • Listening to: Puscifer
  • Watching: Archer Series 7
  • Playing: Quantum Break
Silver Wings by Daniel-Wales-Images
Silver Wings
The Shuttleworth Collection 2015.

Hawker Demon
Hawker Hind
Gloster Gladiator
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Curtiss P-36C Hawk by Daniel-Wales-Images
Curtiss P-36C Hawk
This is the Fighter Collection's beautifully restored Curtiss P-36C Hawk at Flying Legends 2015. 

She is one of just two examples of the Curtiss Model 75 in the world today that are currently capable of flight. Both flyable examples belong to the Fighter Collection and are based at Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire, England.

The Curtiss P-36 Hawk above is an example of the American variant of the Model 75. They did not have a particularly distinguished career in American hands as they were very quickly superseded, however they did see combat during the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, in which they were responsible for the downing of two Mitsubishi A6M2 Zeros for the loss of one P-36.

The second flyable example of the Model 75 differs from the P-36 in that it is a Curtiss Hawk 75, a variant built for the French Armée de l'air. It differs in a few minor details, for example the French Hawks had a radio mast and I believe there was a difference in their riveting too. The French Hawk 75s saw much more combat than American examples as they were put to good use fighting the Luftwaffe during the Battle of France. French Hawk 75 pilots claimed 230 air-to-air kills, roughly a quarter of French air victories during the 1939-1940 period.

There is a shot of the pair flying together at the same show below.

Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 by Daniel-Wales-Images Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 by Daniel-Wales-Images Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 by Daniel-Wales-Images Curtiss Hawk Duo by Daniel-Wales-Images
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The Flying Bulls by Daniel-Wales-Images
The Flying Bulls
The Flying Bulls' Lockheed P-38L Lightning and North American B-25J Mitchell at Flying Legends 2015.


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Sincere thanks again, Daniel !
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Thanks for the watch. :D
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Thanks for faving 'North of Bulawayo' :)
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Thank you for taking the time to appreciate my photos, it is very kind of you!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016   Photographer
It is nothing that is not deserved. Your photography is wonderfully evocative and appreciating it is time well spent.
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taliesin86001 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for watching!  You have an excellent aviation gallery!
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You're welcome!

Thank you very much, that's very kind!
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thanks for the fav
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thanks for the faves
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Thank you for the fav! :)
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Cheers Daniel....great shots yourself!
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please, excuse the late reply... I was travelling again a bit...
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Daniel, thank you, thank you for the :+favlove: AND adding me to your watch list!!  :)  :hug:  your generous support is most appreciated!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016   Photographer
You're very welcome, I enjoyed my quick look through your varied and interesting gallery and I'll be back soon to take a better look through. :)

I also return the sentiment, thank you for adding me to your watch list too, much appreciated. 
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Many thanks for the Blenheim (Bolingbroke) fave!! ^_^
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Thank you for the fave! :D
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Thanks for the favs of my naval acft pics!
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Beautiful gallery:)
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