An Aeroplane up in the Sky…

There is something about an aircraft flying overhead that instinctively makes me reach for my camera. They are not always easy to photograph at the best of times and photographing aircraft overhead is often a pot luck thing. I have been doing it for many years, and even today amongst my many images there are strange pics of aircraft from underneath. Most I can’t ID, some I can. The one limitation however is image resolution, many images are zoomed in at their max and then cropped, so quality may be iffy. Here are some of my favourites.

A Robinson with floats!

The aircraft is an Embraer 195, operated by Flybe.

Embraer 195

Bombadier Dash 8 Q400

Bombadier Dash 8 Q400

These twin engined turbo props seem to use Southampton as a base as they are forever hauling their rear ends over the harbour.  I hadn’t seen too many business jets here though, so this was a first for me

This chopper I spotted in Portsmouth, and I was hoping that it would do a few more passes overhead, and maybe even call a friend or two, but alas it did not. Instead a Chinook came over and I was really happy. I had first seen, or rather I had first heard a Chinook in London but could not pinpoint it to try get a pic. Since then I have had my ears open for their very distinctive sound. This was however, not the last Chinook I would see. Keep reading this blog!

Chinook jackpot time arrived when we were near Salisbury and I heard that familiar egg beater on steroids sound…. 

And he had two friends as well.

I have also seen this strange bird on a number of occasions, and it does appear to be a Britten Norman BN2A MkIII Trislander.

However, everything really was overshadowed by the best flypass of all. On 5 and 6 May Southampton held a Maritime Festival, and we had a visitor on both days.


And after seeing that, everything else seemed mundane.
However, even when I was in London I would score the occasional great shot, and my pride of place is this one.

He was flying so low I doubt whether I even used the maximum zoom of my lens to take the pic. I also saw much larger aircraft en route to or from their destinations.

I was quite surprised to find out that this is an BAe 146,  similar to the one I had flown in while I was in the USA, and one of my favourite passenger jet aircraft too. And having seen one, I was hoping to see another.
And the inevitable business jet, or maybe some celeb?
Or on their way to Southampton perhaps? 
And my old friend the Avro-Liner. It is hard to believe that the 4 pics above were all taken on the same evening within an hour of each other. 
At at very long range, the contrails of a 4 engined aircraft heading somewhere.
And disturbing the peace in the cemetery.
Or photobombing an arriving cruise ship, or just flying overhead.
I also spotted this air ambulance coming in to land at Southampton General Hospital, she was low enough to get semi decent pics of without using a zoom.

On a steam trip to Boskburg, I was also able to catch an SAA and Mango aircraft on the approach to ORT,

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And at Rand Airport I grabbed this Cessna:
And while grave hunting up at Kromvlei I was fortunate enough to catch a Tiger Moth in flight, as well as a yellow thing.
kromvlei 179  And finally, the first time I saw one of those new fangled airbus A380’s was back in South Africa; flying over Boksburg. I have since flown in one and frankly they are still like sardine cans, but with more sardines.
In late August I was in South Stoneham Cemetery, which is where RJ Mitchell is buried, and it is on the flight path of Southampton Airport. I was photographing his grave when an aircraft took off. Unfortunately it was hidden by the trees, and I only spotted it when it was quite far away; it was the first time I have ever seen a stringbag! These dated biplanes were involved in so many battles and the records of bravery amongst their crew is outstanding, and it is a testament to the aircraft and their design that they outlived their replacement.
and I managed to get another shot of the Trislander
and I have no idea what this is.
I guess the point I am trying to make is that the skies are rarely empty, there are always aircraft around us, it just happens that now and then we must cross paths.

Some new additions since this post..
This morning a B52 from the 2nd Bomb Wing-Barksdale AFB Louisiana was circling overhead for quite some time (and still is by the sounds of it) 
At the Medieval Festival in 2017 this large transport was circling too. Not sure what it is though. 

In 2014, while in South Africa a DC4 Skymaster, ZS-AUB “Outeniqua”, overflew us and she is one of the few airworthy Skymasters in the world. It is amazing to see and hear oldies like this, they are becoming increasingly more rare as time passes.

The Midlands Air Ambulance usually sends a chopper to the Vintage Car Festival in town and I have managed to spot them in the air too.  So far I have seen 3 in their livery 




In January 2018 we had one land on the playing field where I stay and I managed many closeups of the choppers.

DRW ©  2013-2019. Images recreated 07/04/2016, more images added 28/08/2019

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