Bournemouth Air Festival

Royal Navy Merlin HM-1

The Royal Navy Merlin is an advanced naval helicopter capable of hitting almost 200mph, carrying heavy weaponry, or casualties.

Exposure 1/40sec, f/29, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33

The Merlin is also equipped with a winch, in order to dunk unruly seamen into the drink.

Exposure 1/40sec, f/32, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33

The RFA Mounts Bay acted as quite an impressive backdrop to many of the pictures taken over the bay. It does sometimes make it look like I was shooting in a war zone.

Exposure 1/50sec, f/22, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33

A pleasure-boat strewn war zone, I grant you. But you get the point.

On the subject of helicopters, we did have an unscheduled drop-in from a coastguard helicopter that landed on the beach, kicking sand all the way up to us at the top of the East Cliff.

Exposure 1/100sec, f/16, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33
Exposure 1/100sec, f/14, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33
Exposure 1/100sec, f/16, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33

We’re going to take a break from military aircraft for a while, and move on to some formation aerobatic displays.

The RV8tors & the Matadors >>

4 thoughts on “Bournemouth Air Festival

  1. The Breitling Wingwalkers flew over Knaphill today (29th August) around 3.15, probably on the way from Dunsfold to Cardiff, but I didn’t have my camera at the ready 😦


    1. I now have this image of the planes flying over with the girls still on top, reading newspapers…


  2. Nice photos, thanks for sharing!


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