After a painfully early start for a meeting in Leeds, I was able to take a relaxed journey back home. I worked out I could travel through Lincolnshire without extending my journey too much and with that in mind, I headed to RAF Coningsby.
RAF Coningsby opened in November 1940 is the main base for the RAF in the UK. It is the home to 2 frontline Typhoon Squadrons, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and is one of 2 QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) in the country.
Whilst there are no official viewing areas, there are a number of areas around the site which allow you to pull in and watch the jets as they take off and land.
I wasn’t the only photographer there and it turned out to be a busy afternoon. We didn’t get anything from the BBMF as they were all tucked up for their winter servicing, but there were a lot of jets practicing missed landings, performance takeoffs and fast flybys.
It was a chilly and crisp day but the lighting was good for photography. I was able to find a couple of good spots around the site and get some different angles of the planes coming in, including a risky spot underneath the landing path (yes it was loud).
With no pressure and predictable flight lines it was a different vibe from the airshows of the summer, but none the less, I got some pleasing shots. Here they are.
I didn’t think I would end up shooting more aircraft this year after show season ended, but the opportunity arose so I felt it was worth it. I know I said it before, but this will probably be my last aviation report this year.
With Christmas approaching it’s not likely I will get out all that much, but I have squeezed in a couple of days in Cromer purely for photography so keep an eye out for that one.
As always, thanks for looking.