Great show, one of the best I have ever been to. One name that hasn't been mentioned is Peter Fayhey (Isaacs Fury), He took on the task of organizing the airshow and dinner because he didn't have anything else to do! As mentioned only spoiled by the Air Force starting their helicopter, very inconsiderate.
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 1, 2012 12:42:42 GMT 12
Agreed, a huge thanks and congratulations to Peter Fahey who took all this on at the beginning, created the Mosquito First Flight group with Warren Denholm of Avspecs, Niqui Taylor and Trevor Willcox from Ardmore Airport Limited, and myself in that group, and with the great input of New Zealand Warbirds, the Air Training Corps, Peter Macquarters and Peter Anderson as our commentators, and many other groups and individuals, pilots and owners and endless behind the scenes folks, what has to be for me one of the most outstanding airshows ever was put together.
The icing on the cake was the very well organised and very enjoyable Honour Dinner, which was like nothing I'd ever been to before. Well done especially to Peter Fahey and Niqui Taylor for organising that event. Well done to Peter Mac and Ando for the great MC duties they performed there too. The Mosquito looked simply amazing as the centrepiece in the hangar and with the special lighting and the many tables. Incredible. Sadly my little camera didn't like the lighting so photos I took are not much chop. It was interesting to see an almost constant stream of folk in suits, tuxedoes, mess kit and evening frocks clambering up the little ladder to sit in the Mossie.
Here is Avspecs team member and forumite Paul Levitt who started working on the Mossie from the beginning when the woodwork arrived from Glyn's place right through till the end. Showing what a great craftsman he is, he knocked up the fancy bow tie out of brass! Well done Paul on the tie and the Mossie!
Well there are certainly some great photos here. I ended up taken 554 photos, some good some chuck out. With the advice of my friend I finally go the camera set up right and have posted these few shots. Firstly a couple of forumites on the wrong side of the safety barrier, lucky buggers. ;D In the first one I spied a cap that was rather nice. Hint to any one in the know.
The next two are part of a sequence or should I say continuous shooting.
They're giving me food for thought so I will send them to work to see what the embroidery guys say. Grey Cap? Although not a great photo I still like it. Only Spitfire can pose like this.
An escort for the Mossie.
And lastly what I would like on top of my Christmas tree. A 24th scale Airfix kit.
My comments on the whole weekend is we have all been in Heaven for two days and came back down to Earth with a thud this morning. To those who might be offended another way to explain it is a triple scoop ice cream: 2 scoops for the Mossie 1 scoop for the Anson & chocolate dip for Subritzky's
Last Edit: Oct 1, 2012 19:31:49 GMT 12 by corsairarm
Here's my meager contribution as all of my photo's were either out of focus or out of range to be any good. I captured the second takeoff from the threshold of 21. 633 Squadron soundtrack courtesy of Hardyakka standing next to me, Merlin soundtrack courtesy of Rolls Royce. Enjoy.
"The thing about quotes from the internet is that it's very hard to verify their authenticity." - Winston Churchill
Post by Gavin Conroy on Oct 2, 2012 7:53:05 GMT 12
Mike, I linked your video to my Classic Aircraft Photography facebook page last night and got up this morning to find several comments about the video so you may wish to have another look. Once again well done, I will watch this several more times over the coming weeks, months and years, love your work!!!
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 2, 2012 20:02:39 GMT 12
Superb photos of the veterans there Peter!!
Just a note, you may want to modify a few names - correct spellings are: Jerry Yagen Glyn Powell Jerry's wife is Elaine The MC with the microphone in Glyn's shot is of course our own Peter Mac (aeromedia)
In the shot with Reg Mitchell talking with Keith Skilling, I think from memory (met too many people at once!!) the man in the red shirt is No. 75 Squadron Navigator/Radio Operaor Sonny Gaspard.
Have you got more shots of the veterans or the Honour Dinner please?