About Me

I was 6 when I attended my first airshow, it was Farnborough in 1974. We lived in Burnham, Bucks under the approach to Heathrow and I can remember the excitement of seeing the aircraft taking off over Colnbrook where my dad worked. My dad, after a lot of pestering took me to the 1974 Farnborough International Airshow and that was here my life times passion for aviation began. Farnborough and the SR71 Blackbird that had just arrived after flying the Atlantic in less than 2 hours. I was hooked.

Step forward some 36 years and I find myself a hobby photographer attending airshows around the country and sometimes abroad.  The advent of digital photography enabled me to learn more about the art of photography in a few days of experimenting than I had in the preceding years. It has enabled me to change from someone who looks at, to someone who records and creates.

The love of history I inherited from my dad manifests itself in many ways. I tend to prefer historic aviation, but there are times when only Jets will do. Besides if its got wings then I am interested. I also volunteer at the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire. Its the finest airshow location in the world.

But it all comes back to that day in 1974 when I first set eyes on the SR71.

Manonthefence? Well thats what I was called by an RAF Copper when I got a little over enthusiastic on the fence at RAF Coningsby once. It stuck.

All content in in this blog is copyright of Nick Blacow unless noted otherwise. Applications for use of any images by the UK Tabloid Press will usually be refused, unauthorised usage will be actioned against. You are despicable organisations and I hold you in the deepest contempt.


2 responses

  1. Ken Bernsohn

    Nick, your photos are excellent and show a devotion to capturing why people thought flying was exciting, rather than the horizontal elevator ride most travel is today. You’ve made me, and my friends, put the Shuttleworth Collection into our travel plans.
    Thank you for sharing your vision with us.

    July 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

  2. Tony Walsh

    Absolutely me-if I got off my arse-paid 760 euros for a digital Nikon and the best shot to date was a squirrel in a park in London-thanks for the inspiration I need.I was about ten when my older bother brought me to the Munster Aero Club at Cork Airport,Ireland.He took several lessons but was very interested in the older stuff-like me now.I’m now 44 and I listen to Shortwave Radio,VHF Scanner and track flights over Cork and southern Ireland on my SBS flight tracker.I was at Biggin Hill a few years ago-it was brilliant.I also love visiting Hendon in London—great museum-great old aircraft.Currently I am building an 1-72 scale airfield in my radio room (box room) about 8 foot by 4 foot -with all Cold War jets and runway and taxi way lights—-Victor,Hunter,Lightning……………I really love old British aircraft—I remember Aer Turas cargo Brittanias flying cattle out of Cork in the 80s………………………..one I have to see is the Vulcan——————hopefully a Victor flying some day!!!!

    Cheers Nick

    Tony Walsh
    County Cork

    January 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm

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