On a wing and a prayer

The Hood Aerodrome in Masterton is home to a fairly decent collection of replica World War one aircraft and yesterday they hosted an airshow to commemorate the end of WW1 on 11 November.

It was only the second time that I had attempted to shoot an airshow, and this time I had two advantages over the last one. The first was these planes fly a lot slower than their WW2 counterparts, and secondly I had borrowed a 600mm F4 lens. This lens was massive and best worked from a tripod.

Being a fixed length introduced a challenge when you were trying to get all of the plane in the shot. I have selected a sample of images below. I am not a plane enthusiast so couldn’t tell you exactly what plane was what, but at least you can work out which side their were on.

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There were six German plane in this formation, three Fauker Triplanes make famous by the Red Baron.
There were six German plane in this formation, three Fokker Triplanes make famous by the Red Baron.

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The 600mm did let me get in close to the pilots
The 600mm did let me get in close to the pilots
A pilot of a German plane did say that he was never allowed to win a dogfight and was alway shot down.
A pilot of a German plane did say that he was never allowed to win a dogfight and was alway shot down.
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The smudge is someone head getting in the road, but I liked the shot too much to not include it
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The angle of the planes makes it look like a little wing walking was happening

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I was suprised to learn that this British Triplane actually inspired the Germans to create the Red Barons famous aircraft
I was suprised to learn that this British Triplane actually inspired the Germans to create the Red Barons famous aircraft

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The front gunner of this bomber has a great view but it must be really cold
The front gunner of this bomber has a great view but it must be really cold
The one French aircraft
The one French aircraft

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