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Flying Legends Balbo by Daniel-Wales-Images
Flying Legends Balbo
Each and every Flying Legends airshow culminates with the traditional finale. All or as many of the fighters that can, take off for a second time to be part of the "Balbo". Usually you can expect around 20-25 aircraft taking part, but in the past I have known the formation to be as big as 36 aircraft. This is always a busy time for photographers as first all the aircraft taking part taxi out onto the grass at one time. Then they all roar off one by one into the skies. While the formation assembles, there is the "Joker" slot. This is a solo routine that once was flown by the legend himself, Steven Grey. He is the founder and owner of the Fighter Collection who run the show. This routine was traditionally flown in the Grumman F8F Bearcat but Steven retired from display flying in 2013 and the slot was taken over by his son Nick Grey, who chose the Gloster Gladiator as his mount. After the formation has come through once it is then time to break down the formation into smaller sections, after which the aircraft proceed to perform formation run and breaks to land. 

This particular balbo comes from the 2008 edition of the show and is just under half of the assembled formation. The aircraft in this shot are the following-

North American TF-51D Mustang "Miss Velma"
North American P-51D Mustang "Old Crow"
North American P-51D Mustang "Miss Helen"
North American P-51D Mustang "Nooky Booky IV"
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat
Hispano HA-1112 M1L Buchon
Yakovlev Yak-3UA
Curtiss Hawk 75A-1
Bell P-39Q Airacobra
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Oh wow, another exciting addition. This really is looking like a spectacular show now. The EADS Messerschmitt BF-109G-4 has now confirmed. www.flyinglegends.com/aircraft…
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Flying Legends Pariticipation List

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia "P9374"
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia "N3200" 
Supermarine Spitfire LF.Vb "EP120"
Supermarine Spitfire LF.Vb "BM597" 
Supermarine Spitfire HF.VIIIc "MT928" 
Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXb "MH434" 
Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXe "N633VS" (To be shipped over from Paine Field, WA to the UK to Make her Flying Legends debut)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXT "ML407"
Supermarine Spitfire FR.XIVe "MV268" 
Supermarine Spitfire FR.XVIIIe "SM845" 
Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX "PS853" 
Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX "F-AZJS" 
Supermarine Seafire LF.III "PP972

Hawker Hurricane Mk.II "P3717" (Making her Flying Legends debut)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIa "P3351"
Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIa "Z5140"

Gloster Gladiator
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I (Making her Flying Legends debut as a Mk.I after recent restoration)

Hawker Nimrod I "S1581"
Hawker Nimrod II "K3661"
Hawker Fury I "K5674" (Making her Flying Legends debut)

Morane Saulnier D-3801

North American P-51D Mustang "Moonbeam McSwine"
North American P-51D Mustang "G-SHWN"
North American TF-51D Mustang "Miss Velma"
North American TF-51D Mustang "D-FTSI"

Curtiss P-36C Hawk (Making her Flying Legends debut)
Curtiss Hawk-75A-1
Curtiss P-40C Warhawk
Curtiss P-40F Warhawk

Lockheed P-38L/F-5G Lightning
North American B-25J Mitchell
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Piper L-4 Grasshopper

Grumman FM-2 Wildcat
Grumman F8F-2p Bearcat
Grumman TBM Avenger

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair 
Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair 
Chance Vought F4U-5 Corsair

Hawker Sea Fury FB.1

Messerschmitt BF-109G-4
Hispano HA-1112 M1L Buchon
Hispano HA-1112 M1L Buchon
Junkers Ju-52/3M
CASA 1.131E Jungmann 


Douglas C-53 Skytrooper "Dakota Norway"
Douglas DC-3 Dakota "Breitling" (Making her Flying Legends debut)

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e (Making her Flying Legends debut)
Sopwith Snipe (Making her Flying Legends debut)
Albatros D.Va (Making her Flying Legends debut)







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Panavia Tornado F.3 and Hawker Hunter T.7 by Daniel-Wales-Images
Panavia Tornado F.3 and Hawker Hunter T.7
Another older shot from the archives, this one shot at the Kemble Airshow 2008.

This shot is somewhat steeped in irony. The Hawker Hunter, an aircraft first flown in the 1950s, is still airworthy and actively flying in civilian hands. Where as the Panavia Tornado F.3, first flown in 1979, retired in 2010, replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon. Seeing as the most modern jets of high complexity are likely never to be able to fly in civilian hands, these Tornados are likely to never fly again. In fact the example at bottom of the frame is already a museum exhibit, now housed in the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon. 

Panavia Tornado F.3 by Daniel-Wales-Images
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Gwitha-Kathes Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I have really enjoyed wandering around your gallery Daniel. Dave (davincipoppalag) said I would. ;)
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Photographer
Thank you, and of course the watch. It's very kind of you. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in my gallery. :)
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Gwitha-Kathes Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Most enjoyable. You're very welcome. :hug:
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Thank you for the :+fav:!! :glomp:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for collecting!
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MissIodemphia Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Hey! Not sure if you'd heard, there's an airshow going on in Llandudno next Saturday if you're anywhere close! I can't link seeing as my phone is acting up, but I'm reckoning it ought to be something decent! ^.^
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Photographer
I didn't know if I'm honest, but I will be at Old Warden on Saturday for one the Shuttleworth Collection's air displays so will not be able to attend. Looking at the show's website though, it looks like you are right and it will be a fairly good show. Speaking as more of a vintage enthusiast than modern, the participation list is right up my street, as it seems it's all vintage and classic jets, with exception to the Red Arrows. Looks like a nice venue too. Maybe next year there won't be a clash and I will be able to attend.
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MissIodemphia Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Ah! Of course- I never thought about the clashing! Sorry, aha! Luckily it falls within then college break, so ought to be something to go and nose at! ^.^ Nonetheless, the best of luck at Old Warden! I hope you have the best of times! 
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Photographer
You too, if you attend the show. Hope the weather is good and it's a fun show. Also thanks for the heads up anyway. I might not be able to attend but it's one to look out for in the future.
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Legate47 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You always take such awesome plane photos. What kind of camera do you use?
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Photographer
Thanks for the kind words! I shoot mostly with a Canon EOS 60D with a Sigma 120-400mm  attached. :)
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Thanks for the faves!
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Razgar Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Have to ask how you get such a good position for taking photos of planes in flight. Are you in another aircraft. or a tower or what?
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner May 12, 2015   Photographer
No, not at all, all of my photographs are taken from the ground with no special access. Everything I shoot is achievable by anyone with experience of airshows and where best to stand on an airfield, and of course the right equipment. (A DSLR/SLR camera and a lens of at least 300mm). I've been attending airshows for over 20 years and know most of the UKs airshow venues very well. It's just a case of positioning yourself in the right place for each venue to maximise your ability to get up close to the aircraft.
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Thanks for the fav!
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Thanks for the recent favs!
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Thanks for the recent favs!
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Thanks for the :+fav:'s and watch!  :)
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Thank you for the :+fav:'s, much appreciated! :)
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:cake: feliz cumpleaños! x3
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Happy B-Day!
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Happy Birthday!
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AnthonyC12 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday Daniel! Best wishes from the other way across the pond!
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A very Happy Birthday to you!! :hug:
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Happy birthday! :D
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