Royal International Air Tattoo 2006, Fairford, UK

RIAT 2006 was probably one of the best I have attended so far. The variety of aircraft displaying was amazing. From the unconventional Osprey to the MIG 29 OVT (which is vectored thrust in Russian), this airshow had it all. The weather was good, almost clear skies, warm weather - which is not usual at Fairford. I remember standing with the late Frans Dely and him saying he wished we had some clouds in the sky! We enjoyed the different aircraft, taking thousands of photographs between us. The most stunning display for me was the MIG 29. From an impressive take off, to the Cobra maneuver and then flipping right over and carrying on as if nothing had happened to the flat spin from a few hundred feet - I remember Frans just shaking his head in amazement. Neither of us had seen anything quite like that before - or since in fact! These photographs were taken with a Canon 30D and Canon 500mm F4,5 lens - which was an "old" techonlogy lens. Unfortunately, the 500mm was getting old and was a mission to carry so it had to go, but I miss it......

RIAT2006_001 - One of the most agile jet fighters flying today, the Eurofighter Typhoon RIAT2006_002 - a Spuer Hornet F18 flown by an expert - Boeing Test Pilot Ricardo Traven RIAT2006_003 - An F-15 with full afterburner RIAT2006_004 - The amazing MV-22B Osprey hovering at RIAT RIAT2006_005 - F15 is full cry RIAT2006_006 - the Osprey in normal forward flight mode RIAT2006_007 - McDonnell Douglas DC10-40 taking off RIAT2006_008 - The 40 year anniversary flight of this VC-10 RIAT2006_009 - an F15 belting along at RIAT RIAT2006_010 - when shooting with a 500mm lense, you sometimes miss good opportunities. However, this shot works for me RIAT2006_011 - the wonderful B-52 bomber just after take off and tucking it's wheels in - this aircraft first flew in 1952 and is going to still be flying in 2025 RIAT2006_012 - The Ospery lands with slight forward biased on the props to give some forward momentum RIAT2006_013 - a great view of the F15 and also of the pilot RIAT2006_014 - the Patroullie Suisse with their signature tight flyby RIAT2006_015 - McDonnell Douglas DC10-40 flyby with drouges extended RIAT2006_016 - The Osprey hoving again RIAT2006_017 - this shot was cropped to get in tight to the action RIAT2006_018 - the F15 on another flyby RIAT2006_019 - The Super Hornet at speed RIAT2006_020 - The F15 climbing away from it's display RIAT2006_021 - The Typhoon in a tight turn RIAT2006_022 - another view of the F18 Super Hornet showing it's top to the photographers RIAT2006_023 - The B1B at speed with wings swept back RIAT2006_024 - The beautiful and brutal F15 approaches for a top view flyby RIAT2006_025 - The B1B taking off - and shaking the ground RIAT2006_026 - A slow flyby of the B1B with wings swept forward RIAT2006_027 - another shot of the Osprey RIAT2006_028 - a Dutch F16 landing with pretty Dutch colours parachute RIAT2006_029 - the very pretty Mirage 2000C after take off, wheels tucking in RIAT2006_030 - a Swiss F18 taking off RIAT2006_031 - another view of the Mirage 2000C RIAT2006_032 - The Utterly Butterly team of wingwalkers RIAT2006_033 - the superb MIG-29M OVT fighter - what a display RIAT2006_034 - a BAe Hawk taking to the skies RIAT2006_035 - the Dutch F16 doing a high alpha pull-up RIAT2006_036 - A top view of the MIrage 2000C RIAT2006_037 - a Swiss F18 pulls hard into a climb RIAT2006_038 -  the superb MIG-29M OVT fighter - what a display RIAT2006_039 - the Merlin HC3 helicopter is awesome RIAT2006_040 - One of only two surviving (flying) Lancasters in the world today RIAT2006_041 - Flam-Gat - a Typhoon pulling G's RIAT2006_042 - another view of the Typhoon RIAT2006_043 - one of the Utterly Butterly Boeing Stearman RIAT2006_044 - the Patrulla Aquila - the Spanish team in tight formation in their Casa C-101EB Aviojet RIAT2006_045 - the Red Arrows - in my opinion, the best aerobatic team in the world RIAT2006_046 - a Tornado GR4 pulling g's in a climb RIAT2006_047 - no, you aren't seeing things, the MIG is in the middle of a maneuver called the Cobra - pulling many G's and almost standing still for a short time RIAT2006_048 - the Eurofight Typhoon on take off RIAT2006_049 - two of the Spanish team (Patrulla Aquila) roll over each other RIAT2006_050 - a good view of the Typhoon showing the bottom of the huge expanse of wing RIAT2006_051 - a top view of the Typhoon RIAT2006_052 - anything the big boys can do, the Dutch F16 can do - this time a slow, high Alpha pass RIAT2006_053 - an RAF C130J taking off RIAT2006_054 - the Mirage 2000C RIAT2006_055 - and no, you also aren't still seeing things. The MIG in a flat spin seemingly on it's way to dig a big hole - but didn't RIAT2006_057 - an F16 taking off tucking it's wheels in RIAT2006_058 - the front view of the meanest helicopter around, the Mi-24V Hind RIAT2006_059 - the top view of the MIG 29 RIAT2006_060 - another Cobra maneuver - note the direction of the smoke... RIAT2006_061 - this shot of the MIG29 was a cover shot on African Pilot in 2006 RIAT2006_065 - one of the most difficult aircraft to photograph - the Osprey's props turn so slowly and to get prop blur is not easy RIAT2006_066 - a close-up of the Osprey RIAT2006_067 - a bottom view of the F15 RIAT2006_068 - and the back view with afterburner going full tilt RIAT2006_070 - yet another view of the F15 climbing away from a flyby RIAT2006_071 - a nice rear view of the F15 - afterburner full on RIAT2006_072 - the F18 Super Hornet pulling some serious G's RIAT2006_074 - an inverted view of the Dutch F16 RIAT2006_075 - one of the Swiss aerobatic team showing the bottom artwork and Swiss cross RIAT2006_077 - another bottom view of the Dutch F16 RIAT2006_078 - the Patrouille Suisse rolling around the skies RIAT2006_079 - one of the Red Arrows nips past in an inverted flyby RIAT2006_080 - the menacing  Mi-24V Hind RIAT2006_081 - the Red Arrows in their signature split RIAT2006_082 - top view of the Typhoon RIAT2006_084 - the menacing  Mi-24V Hind RIAT2006_085 - a Swiss F18 with everything hanging out RIAT2006_086 - the same F18 in a tight high G pull with the pilot watching the crowd