250 feet at 500 knots – a pure adrenalin rush! I’ve been going to “the loop” for almost 20 years now and have seen so many amazing and iconic aircraft fly through. Even though I don’t get to go as often as I’d like nowadays, I’m still drawn back time after time. You can’t beat the excitement of hearing that first radio call on the scanner, the distinctive sound of a jet engine echoing through the valleys, the eager anticipation of spotting something rounding a corner in the distance and then watching it carve its way around the hillside.
Each season brings its own wonder. Braving the harsh and bitter winds of winter provides some spectacular snowy backdrops. However, pick a crisp, sunny day in October and the vibrant autumnal colours make any aircraft stand out. It’s on some of these days that the most stunning images can be taken, with wingtip vortices and condensation prevalent for those hard turns.
Through the advent of social media, it’s become a bit of a free-for-all of late and the cuts in armed forces of recent times have certainly taken their toll. But for me, each time is delving in to the unknown.
The first digital images I took were around 2006, however I have many more on film and slide media – I guess I really must scan those in one day!