Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 29th June 2018

July 2, 2018
Written by: Rob Slusar

Because I had an early finish at work and weather being stunning. Last Friday I went to Duxford.

It seemed like there had been a number of planes flying round in the days before, mainly getting ready for their Flying Legends show in 2 weeks time. Hoping the field may be busy, I packed up my camera and headed down.

As it was just a week day, Honestly I wasn’t expecting a lot. But as it turned out, it was a surprisingly good turn out for test flights so I managed to get some nice photos.


With the above in mind, I set out to use it as a test of some different settings for flying aircraft. This time didn’t take my 150-600 because it was a lot to carry if nothing flew, but my 70-300 did me well.

I have never had chance to sit back and photograph planes outside of air shows, so as such I have always winged it (pardon the pun). With time on my hands, I played around with settings, went manual, shutter priority all over the shop trying out different things. Some of this things I will look to use at RIAT in two weeks.

There wasn’t a lot of display type flying, but I still was happy with what I got.

B-17 “Sally B” waiting in the sun. Sadly not in there air on the day, but she did fly over my office earlier today.

Hawker Nimrod being prepared for next week’s display.

The new arrival fully assembled. Tornado GR4.

She was until recently on active duty until being transferred here from RAF Marham in April.

With the Tornado fleet to be decommissioned in the next year, it’s good to see this one will have a place to live.

Such an impressive machine which has served its country well as a multi-role aircraft.


Not totally sure what this private plane is, but I do believe it is a Cessna.

De Havilland Tiger Moth. You can’t go to Duxford without seeing one.

A closeup of “Sally B”.

Her artwork.

Historic Aircraft Collection Ltd’s Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb.

Hawker Hurricane XII owned by Historic Aircraft Collection Ltd being towed out to the line.

The local police popped in. I like this picture because they are kicking up all the grass.

Heading off to fight crime!

Supermarine Spitfire T9 owned by Classic Wings. I would love to fly in one of these, but don’t have enough money spare.

Supermarine Spitfire T9 owned by Classic Wings.

P-51D Mustang.

Another shot of the Tiger Moth.

HAC Hurricane taking off for a test flight.

Off she goes.

Another of the local Tiger Moths. We do have a number around here.

Spitfire T9 operated by the Aircraft Restoration Company.

Spitfire T9 operated by the Aircraft Restoration Company.

T-6 Havard.

Hispano AviaciĆ³n HA-1109, a version of the Messerschmitt ME-109 licensed for production in Spain. Probably the closest we can get to the real ME-109.

Hispano AviaciĆ³n HA-1109.

As close to authentic as you can get. Still looks amazing.

Spitfire Mk Vb with a de Havilland Chipmunk.

Spitfire T9 operated by the Aircraft Restoration Company.

Supermarine Spitfire T9 owned by Classic Wings.

Another angle of the Chipmunk.

The P-51 Mustang back from it’s flight.

Supermarine Spitfire T9 owned by Classic Wings taking off with a lucky customer.

And off they go.

For a day that I wasn’t expect a lot, I am happy with what I got.

It’s amazing how restricted I felt with the 70-300, but it goes to show that it still has a place in my arsenal and that you don’t need a massive lens to do flying displays.

So it was a great day for the weather, and a great day for the planes. Thanks for looking


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