Hi I'm Karl I live in Workington and have been steadily getting more and more into aviation thanks to my eldest son who at the age of 2 could recite the names of all 20 odd of my military Jets top trumps! At 4 he knows more aircraft than me and he likes to take me along to airshows . We can't wait until the maritime and the line up looks fab. Thanks to Gary i'm also an aspiring photographer of mil jets. Hoping my canon 400d and 90-300 usm will do the trick for me! Cheers!
Hi Karl, welcome to the forum, Gary mentioned a friend of his had joined the other day. I use a similar set-up to yourself (400D + 75-300 usm lens) so you should get some good stuff. Always nice to have another photographer on the forum.
My name is Rob, or the full name Robin, I live in North Shields/ Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear, The closest air field is Newcastle Airport, although occasionally I make trips to RAF Leeming and Spade. I have just got into aviation photography in the last 12 months, and I have got to say …..its taking over my life!!!!!!.....I love it ,,..just going for the best shot……and as you all know …getting that 1 photo ..out of the 100 makes all the difference.
I currently have a Canon 350D, with 75 -300mm lens & Sigma 50 – 500 Lens.
Also I collect flight helmets, mainly USA Navy flight helmets, because they apply helmet art work, and it is generally of a high standard, But currently, I am finding it easy to obtain RAF flight helmets or parts than their USA counter parts.
I also fly Tomahawks for fun about once a month to keep up my PPL but it keeps getting more pricey .
I also like to visit many of the wartime crash sites in the lakes and regularly visit the one on Scafell where two Huricanes cashed. I was invovled with erecting the new memorial last year and it is due another visit soon if anybody is into that. There is still lots of wreckage up there.
Great site Chris, it is so good to be hooked up with fellow Cumbrian aviation nuts!
Hello Niall, I was one of the lads that you were speaking to along with Chris today.... my only simulator is "Il-2 Sturmovik 1946"!
Guess I'd better introduce myself too - my name's Graeme, I'm the Assistant Editor for the "Air North" magazine across here in Newcastle - for those who aren't familiar with this organisation, we're the North-East Branch of Air-Britain (Historians) and have been active since 1955, making us the second-oldest amateur aviation society in the UK behind Air-Britain.
I know Chris from Spadeadam - I used to be one of the Thursday "Irregulars" there but seem to have let my membership lapse!
Definitely into the photography side of things, particularly low-level stuff - mainly in the Lakes and the Borders although I've been known to head off into the Highlands and North Wales before. Other aviation interests lie within the historic side of things - I have on occasion written articles about local aviation history on both sides of the Pennines for the "Air North" magazine - and I used to like to travel a lot - managed to visit Siberia in search of interesting aircraft to photograph some years ago. Nowadays I'm quite content to stay in the UK!
I've already managed to meet some of you lot already, will no doubt do the same at the likes of the Kirkbride Fly-In next month and maybe even the Windemere Show - although I'll be on the opposite side of the Lake to the crowds!
Hi Guys, my name is John and I live in Wigton,Cumbria (someone has to !) I have the Dubious honour of running the air/ground radio at Kirkbride a/f.While you gents take the piccies I get to talk to the jet jockeys.I have had the good fortune to have some dashed good "Fly-ins" of Which i know some of you attended.I have finally been granted some sponsorship for next year and I have applied for a BBMF Spitfire or Hurricane to display,(fingers crossed). Please if you do get to visit ask someone to point you in my direction and introduce yourself. Good Hunting, John