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  1. The alarming thing was what seemed a brief struggle for the Airbus to climb away in the go-around. The freakish thing was the wind direction kept flipping between a straight headwind and a crosswind with tail component! Another first: the only time the wind has ever blown my camera and tripod over!SOURCE
  2. You won't see this at your local airport! How to reverse direction "on the spot" - with the slight drawback of plummeting towards the ground as a result. F-18 of the Swiss Air Force (RIAT, Fairford 2018) and Pitts S-1 Special (Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall 2018). The Pitts move is a tail slide.SOURCE
  3. Eye candy! Close flying by modern jet fighters and piston props from the 1930/40s at Cosford and RIAT (Fairford). The first group (USAF Heritage Flight) comprises a USAF F-35 with Mustang and Spitfire of the Comanche Fighters. The second pair is a Polish Air Force MiG-29 with Hurricane of Anglia Aircraft Restorations. The final group has the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster with F-35 and Tornado of the RAF.SOURCE
  4. All-action display by the Swedish Air Force Mach 2 SAAB at Fairford. See the canards (small 'wings' near the nose) tilt during manoeuvres.SOURCE
  5. Plenty of high-quality formation flying on display, and a particular mention here for Frecce Tricolori, but a well-deserved flugsnug award for fast, faultless and amazingly precise flying to the pair of Mirage 2000D deltawings. I think I saw the pilots in the different aircraft reach across and shake hands at one point ;)SOURCE
  6. The flugsnug award for best zoom climb with tight vortex/condensation-generating loop at the top goes to the Swiss AF F/A-18C Hornet, with the Belgian AF F-16A a close runner-up. Did you see a better one? All the vapour seen at the top of the climbs is not from smoke generators, but purely water condensation due to the fierceness of the manoeuvres.SOURCE
  7. Hugely impressive performance by this big Atlas - a military transporter with max weight of 140 tonnes propelled by a total engine power of 44000 hp (33000 kW).SOURCE
  8. High-speed aerial ballet by the Ukrainian Air Force. Some very tight turns with reheat here.SOURCE
  9. Escorted by twin F-15s, the Spirit made a "surprise" appearance at the Fairford airshow. Looks to me like a cross between a ufo and a first attempt at building a plane in a backyard shed!SOURCE
  10. Flight D86241/IBK6241 Reykjavik to Madrid diverts to Birmingham with wheel and possibly hydraulic problems, on 16 June 2018. The BHX emergency services deal with the incident in their usual fast and efficient manner. I was alerted to the arrival of the Boeing 737 by the knowledgeable young son and lovely wife of Paul Evans, just as I was setting my kit up. Thanks to you to both!SOURCE
  11. WARNING: the health of your hearing is entirely your own responsibility when watching this video! A selection of some of the better moves by these three Mach 2 fighters at the RAF Centenary display in June 2018. Plenty of reheat/afterburner, wing condensation, vertical climbs, and of course noise! Aircraft provided by the Belgian, French and Polish Air Forces.SOURCE
  12. ...ridiculous Starring Flybe, Ryanair, KLM, Stobart; 737, Embraer, ATR72, Dash-8SOURCE
  13. The famous howl with Merlin growl performed to perfection by sharkmouth P-51 KH774 at Ragley Hall in May 2018. The aircraft is operated by Norwegian Spitfire Foundation.SOURCE
  14. Could anyone ask for more? A superb high-speed performance by one of the world's most iconic planes, accompanied by the awesome growl of the 12-cylinder Merlin. Spitfire T.IX PV202 owned by Aircraft Restoration Co. over Ragley Hall, May 2018. No sheep were harmed in making this video.SOURCE
  15. A beautiful sight and sound on a gorgeous day in May 2018. This Consolidated PBY-5A 'flying boat' (built by Canadian Vickers) is owned by Catalina Aircraft Limited. The website for info on her is www.catalina.org.uk Filmed over Ragley Hall during the Midlands Air Festival.SOURCE
  16. Following the deep winter weather of March 2018 came the rain and fog of April, causing impressive reverse-thrust effects on the soaking runway and wing wake displays in the saturated air. Here, some heavies - A380, 787, 777, also 757 - do their mind-boggling stuff.SOURCE
  17. Well, wouldn't you? Stobart ATR-72 + Emirates A380SOURCE
  18. From the same day as the awesome A380 departure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSNVRlm56Xs this Boeing 787 took off just after snow plows had cleared the runway during the "mini-Beast from the East" of mid March 2018. As if the bitter east-northeast crosswind wasn't enough, the people standing behind this barrage would have had their very own blizzard/avalanche.SOURCE
  19. The "mini Beast From The East" weather arrived in the UK in mid-March 2018, with bitter temperatures and biting east-northeasterly winds not that much less severe than its full-blown cousin at the beginning of the month. Here, Emirates EK40 creates its own snow and slush storm as it 'blasts off', angling into the wind and tipping.SOURCE
  20. A couple of awkward moments in the difficult conditions of 2 March 2018. I'm sure it's just coincidence they involve the same airline and aircraft.SOURCE
  21. Seeing the pilots thrown around whilst trying to control the plane in a vicious crosswind should make you spare a thought for the folks at the business end next time your flight experiences turbulence. This is Flybe flight BE403 from Belfast landing just before the Emirates A380 in my previous "Storm Emma" video taken on 1st March 2018 .SOURCE
  22. UR-CGW on flight UKL4031 from Kaunas to BHX on 5 March 2018. Just where and when the engine was stopped and its propellers feathered to reduce drag, I don't know. I should mention that this plane is 54 years old, so I guess it may need a bit of nursing now and again. Still a lovely plane - one of my favourites still flying. Apologies for the lack of sound.SOURCE
  23. The 1st and 2nd of March 2018 brought the most hostile weather for years in the UK. At BHX, daytime temperatures well below zero and persistent snow combined with powerful, gusty (and uncommon) east-northeasterlies causing testing times at the airport. This video shows how the two Emirates EK39 flights coped, on the 1st and 2nd March. In addition to the rocking and rolling, the slush on the runway is fodder for quite spectacular engine reverse thrust spray.SOURCE
  24. Quick update for people who watched the tailstrike video for this plane. 23 days after its unfortunate landing it finally returned home, apparently with a replacement tail skid (the yellow projection shown here). It had been hangared and processed by manufacturers BAe over the 3-week stay.SOURCE
  25. I was so amazed at the landing bounce that I didn't notice the most important aspect of the event - the impact of the tail with the runway. Fortunately, several eagle-eyed Youtubers did - notably megathumper777, and Maganpilota - Private Pilot N. Zoltan who gave a great description of the action in the comments section of the original video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw-EJUB4CKs It seemed only fair to upload a new video highlighting the tail scrape and the reason for it - a 10 knot loss of indicated air speed due to negative windshear at a critical moment of the approach. Also, many people thought the vapour puffs from the wingtip areas were just wake condensation, so I've included a section showing the surge tank vents on this aircraft - ejection of fuel through these vents is not uncommon in turbulent conditions when the wings flex. There is an independent photo of the plane after it had taxied to the hangar area at BHX, showing the damaged tailskid, at https://www.bhxspotter.com/c-gjcb-gl5t-departs-to-toronto-raf-hs146-ze707-arrives/SOURCE