Aircraft have fascinated me from an early age. I remember once a year, every summer, all the kids in our street used to be able to watch a free air display as the jets circled around the nearby RAF Church Fenton near York.
When we moved away my Dad and I were annual visitors to the nearby airshow at Humberside Airport which in the mid-eighties was a huge event and which was able to attract the most exciting aircraft from the Red Arrows, to the Catalina flying boat, to Harrier jump-jets, and even on one occasion to Concorde.
We also lived under what must have been one of the military’s training flight paths as the house was shook almost daily by Tornados screaming past and, my personal favourite, A10 Thunderbolts (or Warthogs as they are better known) whining overhead.
Nowadays I rarely get to see military aircraft but my head is still regularly turned while out in the garden by passenger jets taking off from the nearby Leeds-Bradford airport and we like to occasionally park up for 10 minutes at the end of the runway.
These pictures were taken at the National Museum of Flight (www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight) not too far from Edinburgh. We have visited this fantastic museum on a couple of occasions and it is highly recommended. Their star attraction (not pictured here!) is a Concorde which you can walk around, walk under, and even go inside where you will realise it is much more cramped than you would expect!
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Beautiful shots! I also loved the blog post itself – you really shared a youthful enthusiasm for aircraft that took me back to my own childhood. Thanks mate!
Thanks General! I’ve had these shots for a while but only just got around to processing them. My enthusiasm for aircraft has returned in recent years, the most boring thing about them is when you have to sit in one for a few hours while they try and flog you lottery tickets.
We see the planes fly over to the uShaka airport and I love the sight but am petrified to be in them!
Great post and nice pics. did You know that we have in Finland gorgeous aviation museum?
Aviation Museum of Central Finland
Have a good day!
Thanks, I will check it out!