Air Show

Back in the mid-90s I went to a local air show – so local I walked to it. Frugal days that they were, I ran off one roll of Kodak Gold 400 in my EOS 500, a plasticky camera released by Canon in 1993.

Judging by the frames I can tell I had two zoom lenses with me: the very basic EF 35-80mm and the better quality EF 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 USM. I really liked the 70-210mm and used it often. It was first produced in 1990. I still have it.

The highlight of the day was most definitely the Harrier Jump Jet, the plane that could take off vertically. It made a sound like the end of the world. Parents were advised to cover their children’s ears, which gave me the chance to squat down low and run off a few shots of the man and child who were directly in front of me.

I had a go at shooting (no pun intended) a passing plane, and got very lucky with my timing, composition and focus.

The Fairey Swordfish Mk 1 W5856

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