Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 24, 2010 18:56:39 GMT 12
Well, part of me is really pleased to hear that the guys at TVAL finally got some good weather for a show, which is great news. But part of me is also sad that we missed out on the planned flying display when Kerry and I went all the way down in November. Hopefully we might get down there again someday and strike some good weather.
I'm looking forward to lots of photos from you guys, please.
Post by Gavin Conroy on Apr 24, 2010 19:12:22 GMT 12
yeah I hear ya Dave but the weather just didnt play the game but this time everything went smoothly and as the last two displays in Masterton have been affected by pretty bad weather today was a treat.
Hear hear! I've had a blast this season, yesterday was ideal, I was like Gav constantly pinching myself to check it wasn't a dream. The Fee and Be2c were jaw-dropping, and it was wonderful to see the D.Va and Tripehound fly at long last. Well done TVAL and thankyou!
Kudos to Jan White on her ribbon-cutting skills, too!
Some shots of the display from me. Sadly due to a spectacular miscalculation worthy of a complete noob I ran out of camera battery just as the FE.2 took off.
This was my first time attending the event and I thoroughly enjoyed it (the only quibbles being the display axis pointing straight into the sun making photography tricky, and what sounded like a commentator constantly referring to 'Sopworth' aircraft). I'll definitely be back. The massed flypast of SE.5's and DR.1's was a sight to behold.
Absolutely fabulous day , the one disappointing thing which was a bonus for all those who did attend , was the fact that the audience was relatively small . I have been to many airshows both here and in the UK , there have been very few which have been as good as this one . The ambience was relaxed , the weather great , there were aircraft in the air which as little as five years ago were just wishes to enthusiasts . The aircaft were parked about an arms length from the crowd line . I was just amazed at the BE2s , how quite they were and how they seemed to claw at the air to stay aloft . Three SE5As and the FE2 , Albatross and Fokker DVII . The paper streamer cutting Tigers and Stampe . I saw a lovely scene , one of the aircraft landed and taxied back to it's place on the crowd line . A small boy standing against his father's legs asked a question of the pilot as he was getting down from the cockpit , the pilot immediately responded and walked straight over to this child to talk and answer all the questions , I imagine this kid will remember this for the rest of his life . To all those who missed this show , you missed a magic day for anyone who loves old aeroplanes . To all those who helped in putting on the airshow , many, many thanks it was brilliant .
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Apr 25, 2010 22:31:12 GMT 12
I've got to agree 100% with all the comments already posted....the day was simply magic. I was at the very first TVAL airshow in November 2008 and that was an absolutely magic day too. Since then, I've attended two more, but yesterday was really special (like the first airshow).
I took a few photographs, but my brother (who was visiting from Queensland) too more than 1200 photographs (he was trying out a new and very expensive camera) and his photos are simply amazing. I've got copies of the whole lot of them on an external hard-drive and he said he is happy for me to upload and post as many of them as I wish to this and other groups. There are so many photos, it is going to take me a while to work my way through them all and to pick a selection to downsize and post, but I should start drip-feeding some of them into this thread within 2-3 days as I get time.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Bloody marvellous day, only complaint was the sun position and not much can be done about that! Caught up with Zac and Bruce, as well as a couple of other on-line contacts. Thanks to a lift from forum member Brett, I was able to chat to people after flying had finished, a nice round-off.
I'll add more to Flicker over the next week, including a couple of basic vids.