What better activity could you do on a sunny summers day with the kids, than to go watch some airplane action. At Kjeller airport, a small airport just outside Oslo, there’s an annual airshow. The entrance is free, and there’s a bunch of vintage airplanes both in air and on the ground. The pilots perform some nerve-wracking maneuvers, definitely going to send chills down your spine. Several times i was sure that the stunt was going to end straight into the ground, just to se that everything was under total control. There is a lot of plain enthusiasts in Norway, and a lot of extremely high polished vintage airplanes. Like for instance this Supermarine Spitfire MK XVI.
The airshow started of with some model airplanes.
And probably not the in the size that you had as a kid…..these things are humongous!
This Douglas DC-3 Dakota is one of my favorites. Look at those curves and the impeccable shine. Check out their website over at www.dakotanorway.no. If you become a member, you can get rides for a fair price! (Yes please, anyone… my birthday is coming up soon 🙂 )
A good thing to have in mind when shooting airplanes (with a camera) is to get some prop-blur. Here I’m going crazy with 1/25 second, to really get those norwegian colors to stand out. But off corse, the faster the prop turns, the faster you can have your shutter speed. 1/200-1/250 second is normally ok when they are flying, just to get some movement in the props. If the props are all frozen up because of a to fast shutter speed, the plain will look like its soon to fall down from the sky. The next time I’m to shoot airplanes i will try some crazy slow shutters like i do when shooting motorsports.
Jet engines are always fascinating.
A Fairchild Cornell named “Spirit of Little Norway”.
“Little Norway” was a Royal Norwegian Air Force training camp in Canada during the second World War.
The Choppers was running all day long, giving people a ride (For a small fee 🙂 )
There was one airplane “surprise” not announced in the pre-show flyers. But at 12.05 a Lockheed P-3 Orion from the Norwegian Air Force had 2 flyovers. It’s an Norwegian surveillance airplane, and can easily be recognized with it’s long tail.
The first flyover was with the landing gear out, but the next was with the landing gear tucked in, giving a much better look. This a definitely my favorite shot from this day, with clouds “under” the airplane, and landing gear folded in. Gives a great feel of being high up over the sky when taking the shot (But was actually standing on safe ground with my kids 🙂
Pilots having a chat by one of the De Havilland Tiger Moth’s.
De Havilland Tiger Moth (189 & 127)
North-American AT-6 Harvard.
The well-known for many “P51D Mustang”.
What a beauty!
Noorduyn Norseman R-AF
Dont forget to join the airshow next year folks! Read more about it here: www.flydagen.no
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