Airshow

Sean D. Tucker powers Team Oracle’s Extra 300L through a loop over Minnesota in tandem with Chuck Coleman’s Extra 300L.

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There were no clouds in the sky, it was overcast and extremely hazy which muted all the colors. Shot at 1/6400 F8 ISO 640 with a formal length of 335mm (536mm equivalent on full frame) Quick personal critique on settings would have been that I didn’t need to be at 640 iso as the 7D Mark II really doesn’t look to great there for whatever reason. I was still futzing with my settings between the hazy sky and attempting to follow only the histogram due to how bright it was out. #f22raptor #atlanticcity #atlanticcityairshow #airshow (at Atlantic City Airshow “Thunder Over The Boardwalk”)

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Lookout! The weekend is coming in hot! Happy Friday, Avgeeks!

Enjoy this superb close up of the F-16C belonging to the Royal Netherlands Demo Team. Always liked the paint scheme on that bird. Photo by Daniel Rychcik. Used with permission. Check out more of his great aviation shots on his website: http://www.danielrychcik.com.

Roskilde Twilight Airshow by Susanne Nilsson

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   For the first time ever, the Tico Warbird Airshow hosted a night performance at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida.

      In these photos, we see the AeroShell Aerobatic Team flying the North American AT-6 Texan in precise formation, with aircraft strobelights constantly blinding each other’s vision. Matt Younkin flies his Beechcraft Model 18 (built in 1943, never designed for a loop or a roll) through graceful maneuvers in the inky darkness. Mig driver, Randy Ball, lights up the surroundings with the afterburner of his Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F. At the time of this writing, Ball is the only pilot in North America certified to fly unlimited jet fighter aerobatics at night.

     As if photographing an airshow isn’t hard enough, why not try it without the help of sunlight? This proved to be extremely challenging, but the product is rewarding. The same could be said for the performers, as night flying (let alone night low-level aerobatics) is considerably more harrowing. These aviators made it look easy.