Up, up and away
A quiet Saturday afternoon in the country watching cricket, the sound of leather against willow echoing around the nearby buildings to our lofty position up another church tower; out with Michael again this time at Chilton Cantello school.Yes a nice peaceful interlude – NOT!
Michael’s connection with the church gave us access to the tower, which, fortunately overlooked part of the local navel air station runway; and today was time for the Yeovilton Air show. Soon after we had climbed the hundred odd steps to the top, a deep throated jet engine could be heard slowly approaching from the west of the tower. Coming our way was a Russian ANTONOV 240, one of the biggest transport planes in the world that can carry over 130 tons of payload. Quite impressive as can be seen here.
It was a pity that due to Michael’s having to create a union that no one could put assunder we missed a large part of the show, but still managed to see things worth climbing the tower for. Next up to give a lengthy display were two early jets from the fifties: a Sea Venom, with the twin boom; and a Gloster Meteor, a sequal and similar design to the Gloster Whittle, the first ever jet plane created at the end of WW2.
The first picture below shows a flight of six trainers belonging to Saudi Arabia warming up on the runway; their job was to entertain us with a aerobatic display almost equal to the famous Red Arrows, who had performed before we arrived.
The finale of the show is always a re-enactment of some major ground assault, helicopters bringing in troops and equipment with low flying jets doing bombing runs to coincide with synchronised explosions and heavy smoke. Our position only allowed for a limited view of the proceedings.
It was a pity the weather had not been too kind, the light not really bright enough to be able to attain sharp pictures; but this is why we work in all conditions, to try and get the best from our cameras.
The last image below is an aerial view our road home to Yeovil, which is just over the hill at the top right of the picture.
For those who would like to see more the link here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7hr5wzvw3M is of an earlier part of a show taken in 2010, I will add a post with some of that show soon.