Farewell to Vulcan XH558. The end of the 2015 display season marked the end of the iconic Vulcan’s display life, and Southport Airshow marked another milestone in this aircrafts active life – it was the final ever time it flew in close formation with the RAF Display Team, The Red Arrows.
I’ve always considered the Vulcan to be a beautiful aircraft, and it played a hugely important role in the Falklands (when I was not yet 1 year old) but it wasn’t until two years before the end of it’s flying life that I managed to see it airborne. Two years later, at one of the last displays of the season, the Vulcan stole the show. The Red Arrows with their amazing close formation flying were spectacular, paying homage to the Spitfire to commemorate the 75th anniversary of The Battle Of Britain. The Eurofighter Typhoon put on a phenomenal display, power-sliding through the sky, cranking up the reheat and creating it’s own clouds. In fact, every aircraft that took to the skies commanded the attention of the huge crowd lining the front, but I have never heard an applause like that which erupted from the seafront as XH558 banked for one final time and flew off into the distance.
I have always enjoyed photographing birds, and on Mothers Day my family and I took a trip up to Martin Mere. My wife used to visit the reserve as a child and going back there with our own children is something we both really enjoy.
In some enclosures the birds roam freely, crossing the paths. In a lot of others the birds can be as close as an arm’s length away. This proximity provides opportunities to get some great close up shots.
So this year I thought I’d keep a blog to accompany my travels around the country with Powerboat GP and of course any other places I might get to.
I have been working with Powerboat GP for three years now and this year promises to be as thrilling as ever. During the off-season we have heard about some established drivers who will not be racing this year, and heard about some new faces who will be joining the action and fighting for the crown of Powerboat GP National Champion in one of six classes.
So, this year promises to be a good one. In addition to Powerboat GP, I intend to get out to some car racing again and will also be turning my hand to offshore racing in the Channel Islands. The aim of my blog is to give you a glimpse into what goes into a race weekend for both the competitors and myself, and hopefully I will provide you with an unusual perspective into the adrenaline-fuelled world of circuit powerboat racing.