Sun 30-Sep-12 01:27 AM | edited Sun 30-Sep-12 06:14 AM by nzyme
Hi: Went to an airshow yesterday where the world's only airworthy Mosquito fighter/bomber was having its first flight. This was my first time shooting fast moving aircraft. Please forgive the static propellers as I thought it maybe better to get the photo than miss out. I will work on my technique. I was using my Sigma 150-500 OS hand held for most shots.
Nice photo, and taken at a good angle. I always thought that the Mosquito is one of the three most attractive twin engined aircraft of WII, the other two being the P-38 Lightning and the B-26 Marauder.
What an absolute beauty, aviation really doesn't get much more gorgeous than this. Really glad this is flying - I remember a fatal crash with a Mossie some years ago.
Thanks for posting and for showing it with one of the next generation as well. Something of the sense of handing over the baton when you see the last of the props with one of the first of the jets (even if the Meteor was arguably the spiritual successor to the Mosquito).
By the way, someone on here will be able to tell you the name of your Not Sure photo. There is literally no Aviation query that can't be answered on here
Hi Paul, If you shot this at the Ardmore air show it was probably its third flight post-restoration. On the Thursday (I think) before the show it was flown from Ardmore to Auckland International and suffered an air speed indicator failure. However a chase plane was able to call air speeds. This problem was fixed at AI and then it flew back to Ardmore. So I guess this is its third, and probably last, flight in NZ before being shipped to the US. Robert Sydney Nikonian
Hi Robert: You are correct. The plane had to go through several flight checks before it was allowed to wow the crowd. So the 'first flight' was more like the first public flight. However all of the marketing referred to show day being the first flight. Who said marketing blurb had to be accurate? Still the Mosquito had less than 3 hours on the clock after the show - according to the commentator (unless they can't be believed either).