Cotswold Airshow 2011 – aka Kemble

Father’s Day was happily spent with my dad at the Kemble airshow. A spectacle of roaring engines and sultry acrobatics. One day I will be up there with them taking the photos, but for now I had my feet firmly planted on the ground with the lens pointed up. I wanted to keep away from the classic shots of the plane filling the frame against the sky. This way you can great details of the plane but I wanted to put things into perspective. The planes were flying low and the crowds were in awe. We had the last ever UK public display by the DC3 and the 60th anniversary of the Hawker Hunter. So I hope you enjoy them!

Model Breitling Biplane with fully functioning model wing walkers

Red 6 pushing to rejoin the group leader

Model Breitling Biplanes being 'taxied' to the runway

Plethora of lenses at the ready!

An air cadet gets the best seat in the house as the Red Arrows return to front of crowd

Smoke on!

The Red Arrows rolling over Kemble ATC

The last ever UK public display from the DC3. A member of the public hangs his head as he says goodbye!

Another onlooker says goodbye to the DC3

Hawker Hunter on take off!

3 Hawker Hunters fly into the huge cloud formations.

They all gave me quizzical looks!

An Enthusiast

90 responses

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  2. Very cool shots. I love the line of cameras. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    June 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    • Thanks – First time Freshly Pressed – Its made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    • I love the “They all gave me quizzical looks” one.

      June 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      • It was a bit unnerving at one point when I was shooting down the fence line. I really thought one was going to come up and tell me off for photographing them. I would have thought they would have understood why I was changing the ‘focus’ away from the planes because when the planes were not flying past the people were my subject matter! Thanks for looking.

        June 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

  3. Such SPECTACULAR pix…thank you for sharing!

    My fave is the final pic. Love the expression.


    June 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    • Thanks – That gentleman is Spitfire restorer. I hope to do a documentary on him soon so watch this space.

      June 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  4. These photos are incredible! The first one is my favourite…I love the contrast between the yellow airplane and the dark clouds. Beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  5. Great storytelling.

    June 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

  6. ian egx

    “Another onlooker says goodbye to the DC3”

    Such a nice pictures! love it dude ๐Ÿ˜‰

    June 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    • Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    • Bob

      I agree with Ian, the shot with the man’s head in it – cap and sunglasses – was very creative and added so much more to the shot. Great work! Keep them coming!

      June 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

  7. Great shots! I love that you pulled out and showed off those dramatic clouds, and that you included enough of the crowd to let us feel like we were there. Really, really cool.

    June 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm

  8. Great shooting. Sad about the DC3. So much history so much achieved because of this flying bus. Thanks for posting .

    June 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

  9. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  10. very good shots ๐Ÿ™‚ looks like someone had a great time there!

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    June 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

  11. Great pictures! When my husband was in college he was in an aerobatic team that flew super decathalons. Air shows are quite amazing! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

    June 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm

  12. great photos!!!

    June 25, 2011 at 1:35 am

  13. good picture, thanks

    June 25, 2011 at 2:46 am

  14. The photos remind me of when I used to go to Oshkosh: always something in the air begging to be photographed. Thanks for posting a great set of images and a very good story. If I can ask, why is this the last time a DC-3 will fly in the UK? Those old birds were built rugged, the engines can still be rebuilt, so what gives? If it is the last flight, it’s a sad thing indeed, and I can understand the guy hanging his head.

    June 25, 2011 at 4:14 am

    • The last DC3 that was owned in the UK has now been sold to private buyer in the USA so we now have no more in the UK. Sad I know. It was it’s last public display. I’m not fully clued up about the whole story with the DC3, but I think they are now mostly in the USA so it will be a while till the UK get another display. Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      • In that case, I’d like to apologize for whatever American it was who bought this plane and took it out of England. Enough brave young English men both flew and jumped out of those planes that it’s as much a part of your heritage as ours. Hopefully someday another one will come to England so children can both know the story and see the reality of them.

        June 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm

  15. I like the picture of the three planes flying into the clouds. It’s a really nice shot! I can truly feel it! Almost can hear the rumble of the jets. Cool Photos!

    June 25, 2011 at 5:01 am

    • Thanks – Everything came into play – the light, the composition and the clouds. Its one of my fav shots. Thanks for looking. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

  16. genksukasuka

    wow beatifull brother

    June 25, 2011 at 7:03 am

  17. Ready, aim, shoot! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love plane painting smoke against the sky which is the 1st picture!

    June 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

  18. Wow…I’m 16 and in love with photography already. You’re another inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful..especially the “3 Hawker Hunters fly into the huge cloud formations.” picture..
    Thanks a bunch for sharing!

    June 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

  19. I spent many hours sitting in DC3s waiting to jump into combat. One was at Arnhem and had a plaque to prove it! This was in 1979. It has got to be one of the most successful aircraft ever built. Sad to see it go… they had character!

    June 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

    • Wow – Great to have a post from someone who has served with the DC3 – My hat goes off to you sir. Thanks for looking.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

  20. That’s one amazing way to celebrate Father’s Day. My son would have loved seeing something like that. congrats.

    June 25, 2011 at 8:03 am

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  22. These photos are incredible,I love that you pulled out and showed off those dramatic clouds.
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    June 25, 2011 at 9:00 am

  23. TL

    This is a really great post! I love the way that you take photos. You have a very good eye. Looks likeyou also had a lot of fun on Father’s day!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great!

    June 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

  24. Great job on the photos! I love the colored smoke picture. Nice, congrats on being Freshly Pressed! ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

    • Thanks, I chose the coloured smoke photo because it was unusual to be able to capture the scale of the Red Arrows against the sky and their symbolic smoke patterns. Thanks for looking.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

  25. Finger Lakes Travel Maven

    Wonderful photography! The line up of photographers. I love the line up of photographer and the shots of the planes in formation streaming colored smoke. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

    June 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  26. ryoko861

    I would have loved to have seen that! I love air shows, I have no idea what the hell I’m looking at as far as what plane is up there, but it’s just amazing to watch! Awesome shots!! Thanks for sharing!

    June 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

  27. SOOO GREAT ~~

    June 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm

  28. infoternak

    i like all picture ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm

  29. Kathlene Audette

    This is great! I love how you noticed the other photographers and people at the event, not just the planes – i.e. the “focus” of the event. The last shot in this post is really exquisite photojournalism.

    June 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    • Hi – Thanks for your comment. Thanks for noticing that my real aim of this photo-documentary was the people involved at the airshow. I’ve had a look at your site and I like it. I will have a proper browse later and will comment. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

  30. You’ve got some GREAT shots here! Thanks for sharing!

    June 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  31. carol

    lovely pictures, piers.

    June 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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  33. I love air shows, Great Pictures .

    June 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  34. fantastic photo story…!! keep it up..

    June 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

  35. Beautiful pictures! I love your compositions. Viewers can feel a bit of history, too!

    June 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  36. and loved your compositions a lot..!!

    June 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  37. Very photo journalistic.

    June 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm

  38. Cool Photo’s

    June 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  39. Congrats on being freshly pressed! I’ve always liked the photography blogs. Impressive photos, thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  40. Looks like a great air show. ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  41. I love the airshows!

    June 26, 2011 at 2:36 am

  42. Not a huge fan of airplane photo’s but I really like you compositions and creativeness ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

  43. Flights of fancy… very nice photography. I liked all snaps. great work.

    June 26, 2011 at 6:49 am

  44. Consuelo

    great shots!:)

    June 26, 2011 at 7:05 am

  45. Fantastic photos. The smoke pictures were my favorites. They’re amazing!

    June 26, 2011 at 7:37 am

  46. Wow! Some of those snaps are absolutely magical, particularly the one with the cameramen in a line!
    Keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

  47. Irfan Handi

    Greetings . . .
    I love It!!!

    June 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  48. Congratulations on being freshly pressed, great photos.

    I love the photo of the guy hanging his head. I felt like that when Concord was retired and there was so much difficulty in finding the funds to get the Avro Vulcan back into flying order. Someday, these beautiful old machines won’t work any more. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    June 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    • ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i know right, if i ever win the lottery.. I WILL PUT ON THE BEST SHOW EVER

      June 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      • Now that I would love to see and photograph ๐Ÿ˜€

        June 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

  49. Nice Photo!

    June 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

  50. I like the Hawker Hunters flying into the cloud formations–mostly because of the amazing clouds! I love clouds. They’re awesome. But the picture wouldn’t be so interesting without the planes.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm

  51. Love the DC3 shot!

    June 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm

  52. Nice,fantastic photo.Thanks

    June 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  53. This is just great!

    June 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

  54. cool pics man love the one “The last ever UK public display from the DC3. A member of the public hangs his head as he says goodbye!”

    June 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

  55. Awesome photos! You have a great eye.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:10 am

  56. I am so impressed with your photography! Those photos are amazing, not only was the subject fantastic, but you have a wonderful gift with composition. I think my fiance would have killed to be there, he’s an aeroplane fanatic.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:24 am

  57. flydaniel

    wow! did they put food coloring on the gasoline?

    June 27, 2011 at 4:14 am

    • No – They have a dedicated smoke generator which can dispense one of the three colours when required. Thanks for looking.

      June 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

  58. Nice photos! I to liked the smoke shots and the others lined up.
    Congrats on being FP!

    June 27, 2011 at 4:43 am

  59. I really like the flying feeling of the first two pictures. Also, the fifith one is great!

    June 27, 2011 at 5:33 am

  60. amazing!!

    June 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

  61. great shot…………..

    June 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

  62. Hi, love the photos and funny enough I am prettty sure I saw the DC3 on route to the air show, I live in Warwickshire and was enjoying a bbq outdoors when I saw it.

    June 27, 2011 at 11:08 am

    • Ha ha good good – It’s a captivating sight!

      June 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

  63. Colin L Beadon

    Great photography, but I’m very upset about the last DC3. Those aircraft deserve just as much hornage as the hurricanes and spits, I can remember them limping home all shot up. Later I worked on them in Trinidad, and flew in them in the oil industry. They were the most famous aircraft in the world, and the safest, probably too. and the last one in England should have been highly cherished. Oh their Pratt and Whitney Engines, what a roar of 14 cylinder sound.

    June 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm

  64. photo 1 is exquisite

    June 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

  65. Thanks so much for your write up and images; sadly I missed the show but after reading your account I feel a tad more included! Much appreciated.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  66. There is just one word to describe ur blog: AWESOME ๐Ÿ˜€

    June 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

  67. Excellent images. Do you have a full gallery online anywhere? I work in the aviation profession as well as photography. I’d love to see more pictures if you have them.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm

  68. great photos!

    June 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm

  69. These photos are incredible! The last one is my favourite, this is my desktop background pic. thanks

    July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  70. so beautiful, but too danger

    July 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

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