Kemble – Hordes of Hunters

The annual Cotswold airshow at Kemble in Gloucestershire is always a Hunter-fest. This year was no exception. Here is my photo report from the show.

Before the flying display proper there was the, by now traditional, display of large RC Models. And spectacular they are too. Its hard to tell them from the real thing.New for this year was a pair of Breitling Wing Walkers, complete with Wingwalkers.

The team before flying

Full size now and Miss Demeanour display with a fuel venting issue. While this may not have presented an issue to the pilot, it quite literally left a nasty taste (of Jet Fuel) in the mouth. That said the display was up to its usual standard. The venting fuel added a new dimension to the images.

Next up, The Red Arrows. Sadly in poor lighting conditions, so I have tried something different with both shots and editing.

A quick trip round the static gives us something old, something new and something borrowed (not much blue!). And the team assembling the Hercules.

Back on with the flying, and its the Turn of the RAF Trainers with the Tucano and Hawk. The Tucano scheme is growing on me while I cant help but wonder if it was worth it with the Hawk. The displays however are as expected. I really hope I can shoot both of them in good weather before the season is out. Finally a Black Hunter evoking memories of an older and some may say better time.

Then it was Piston time! Sea Fury and Spitfire.

Then it was the turn of Axial Flow with the Air Atlantique Heritage Flight Venom and Meteor. The Venom producing an exciting wet start and associated flame.

Team Viper, five Hunters. Nuff said!

Short finals

Back to the Pan

This shot could almost have been taken back in the 70s

Its hard work winding up the spring!

Neil McCarthy’s wonderful JP in its new colours

A spot of Barnstorming courtesy of Brendan O’Brien (any idea why he rolled up his trouser leg?) The BBMF C-47 and Spitfire and the departure of a visitor. Then the last UK performance of this C-47 N1944 before it returns to the USA. Finally the Black Cats Lynx duo from the Royal Navy.

And then, the grand finale. 7 Hunters in formation (the Gnat was taking Photos). Simply magical.

The flypast

…and the return

It was an excellent show, it’s just a shame that the weather didnt play ball until the end of the day. A very big thanks to Ronan Harvey, Glen Moreman and the team.



11 responses

  1. neil mccarthy

    Stunning Nick really like the 3 hunters on finals

    June 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    • Thanks Neil, I couldnt believe the shot when I saw it. Its a classic.

      June 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm

  2. Like the photos – and some nice ones of our Baby Wingwalkers.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    • Thanks Sharon, I really liked them. Looking forward to the 4 ship!

      June 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

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  4. JDK

    Very nice, Nick, excellent report and I like the way your blog’s developing.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

    • James, thanks very much mate. I am enjoying the freedom of having my own space.

      June 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

  5. Alan

    Great pictures Nick, especially the last one,oh and a couple of others!

    June 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    • Some bloke with a giant pipe cleaner eh 😉

      June 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  6. Mark Jones

    My Meteor ( Part Share as Founder Member of Meteor Flight back in 91-92 ) is looking good and YEAH its flown too Woo Hoo.

    Mark Jones

    June 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    • Mark, its wonderful mate. I cant wait to see her fly.

      June 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

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