< September 2012 >

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Saturday, 1st September Ships
Yakovlevs display team
Sunday, 2nd September RFA Fort Austin
Ships and boats
Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta
Yakovlevs display team
Regatta redux
Monday, 3rd September RFA Fort Austin
Ships
Tuesday, 4th September Toisa Warrior
Wednesday, 5th September Ships
Thursday, 6th September Lara 1
Saturday, 8th September Another Place, Crosby
Aircraft
Sunday, 9th September Southport Air Show
The Red Arrows
Gloster Meteor T.7
Black Cats Helicopter Display Team
Trig Aerobatics Team
Hawker Sea Fury T20
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4
The Blades Aerobatic Display Team
Shorts Tucano T1
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse
North American P-51 Mustang
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI
Westland Lynx AH7
AeroSuperBatics wingwalker
The RV8tors
Bell UH-1H Iroquois
Avro Vulcan Mk2.B
Tornado GR4 role demonstration
Miscellaneous
Monday, 10th September Ships
Tuesday, 11th September Ships and a rainbow
Thursday, 13th September Albatros
Dried rose
Friday, 14th September Ocean Countess
Pilot boat Dunlin
Other ships
Saturday, 15th September Ships
Monday, 17th September Ships
Wednesday, 19th September Sentinel
Thursday, 20th September Birkenhead Docks
Friday, 21st September NS Arctic
Saturday, 22nd September Ships at sunrise
Liverpool Docks
Sunday, 23rd September Ocean Countess
Tuesday, 25th September Toisa Warrior
Wednesday, 26th September Union Boxer and Union Emerald
Thursday, 27th September Ships
RFA Orangeleaf
Saturday, 29th September Ships
Sunday, 30th September Ships

Saturday, 1st September

Ships

Some of the ships involved in the construction of the Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm.

Penrhyn Bay Kinmel Bay Penrhyn Bay and Kinmel Bay Friedrich Ernestine
Friedrich Ernestine and Smit Sandon Friedrich Ernestine and Smit Sandon Union Boxer (bow) and Smit Donau (stern) towing Viking Barge 3, with Smit Collingwood Iantha

Yakovlevs Display Team

The Yakovlevs are back in town for the festivities around the tall ships. Alas, the picture quality is pretty poor, as the planes weren't very close and I was shooting too close to the sun.

Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team

Sunday, 2nd September

RFA Fort Austin

RFA Fort Austin finally left Cammell Laird after an eleven-month refit.

RFA Fort Austin (A386) assisted by Smit Barbados (stern) and Smit Sandon and Smit Collingwood (bow) RFA Fort Austin (A386) RFA Fort Austin (A386) RFA Fort Austin (A386)

Ships and boats

Corina II (NN57) Mar Patricia Progress PV Kittiwake
Tremadoc Bay

Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta

The tall ships all sailed off into the distance.

Prolific Maybe Tomidi Tomidi and Maybe Challenge Wales
Johanna Lucretia and Royal Iris Kapitan Borchardt Gallant Hoylake lifeboat
Challenge Wales Kapitan Borchardt Johanna Lucretia and Tomidi Prolific and Tecla
Gallant and Johanna Lucretia Prolific Tecla and Prolific Gallant and Johanna Lucretia
TS Pelican of London Johanna Lucretia Tecla Challenge Wales
Tomidi and Johanna Lucretia Kapitan Borchardt TS Pelican of London Gallant
TS Pelican of London

Yakovlevs Display Team

The Yaks are back.

Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team
Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team Yakovlevs Display Team
Helicopter

Regatta redux

And then some of the tall ships came back.

Maybe Gallant Gallant Prolific Gallant and Prolific

Monday, 3rd September

RFA Fort Austin

RFA Fort Austin's back, after what I assume was a day of sea trials.

RFA Fort Austin (A386) assisted by Smit Barbados RFA Fort Austin (A386) assisted by Smit Barbados RFA Fort Austin (A386) assisted by Smit Barbados
RFA Fort Austin (A386) assisted by Smit Barbados RFA Fort Austin (A386) assisted by Smit Barbados

Ships

PV Kittiwake PV Kittiwake Arklow Rebel
North Prince assisted by Smit Donau (bow) and Smit Sandon (stern) Nicole C

Tuesday, 4th September

Toisa Warrior Toisa Warrior Toisa Warrior

Wednesday, 5th September

You may remember the crane ship Mersey Mammoth, formerly owned by the Port of Liverpool. She spent a long time in Antwerp and has been renamed Lara 1, re-registered in Panama and repainted. She's been back in Liverpool for a couple of months but this is the first time I've seen her on the river since her return.

Lara 1 Eider Toisa Warrior Toisa Warrior

Thursday, 6th September

Lara 1

Saturday, 8th September

Another Place, Crosby

'Another Place' Tyre track Mar Elena 'Another Place'
Crosby beach 'Another Place' 'Another Place' Jellyfish
'Another Place' 'Another Place' Norbank 'Another Place'

Aircraft

Various aircraft on their way to and from Southport Air Show.

Robinson R44 Astro/Raven helicopter Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain Cessna 152 Tornado GR4

Sunday, 9th September

Southport Air Show.

The Red Arrows

Because of the two accidents last year, the Red Arrows are flying a seven-ship formation this year. Also, Red 1 was flying in the spare plane, which didn't have a smoke generator fitted.

Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows
Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows
Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows
Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows
Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows
Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows
Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows
Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows Red Arrows

Gloster Meteor T.7

The two-seat trainer version of Britain's first jet fighter.

Gloster Meteor T.7 Gloster Meteor T.7 Gloster Meteor T.7 Gloster Meteor T.7 Gloster Meteor T.7
Gloster Meteor T.7 Gloster Meteor T.7 Gloster Meteor T.7 Gloster Meteor T.7

Black Cats Helicopter Display Team

Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9
Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9
Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9 Black Cats Westland Lynx AH9

Trig Aerobatics Team

Flying a pair of Pitts S-1D Specials with the matched registration numbers G-IIIP and G-PIII.

Trig Aerobatics Team Trig Aerobatics Team Trig Aerobatics Team Trig Aerobatics Team
Trig Aerobatics Team Trig Aerobatics Team Trig Aerobatics Team Trig Aerobatics Team

Hawker Sea Fury T20

Part of the Royal Navy Historic Flight.

Hawker Sea Fury T20 Hawker Sea Fury T20 Hawker Sea Fury T20
Hawker Sea Fury T20 Hawker Sea Fury T20 Hawker Sea Fury T20

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4

From 6 Squadron, RAF, based at Leuchars.

Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317 Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317 Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317
Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317 Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317 Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317 Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317
Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317 Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317 Eurofigher Typhoon FGR4, ZK317

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team

The Blades: four Extra EA-300Ls, piloted by former Red Arrows most of whom had twenty-plus years' service in the RAF. Between them, they have well over 20,000 hours of flying time: that's more than two years. This year, they're supporting the RAF Association Wings Appeal.

The Blades The Blades The Blades The Blades
The Blades The Blades The Blades The Blades
The Blades The Blades The Blades The Blades The Blades
The Blades The Blades The Blades The Blades

Shorts Tucano T1

Painted to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Shorts Tucano T1 ZF269 Shorts Tucano T1 ZF269 Shorts Tucano T1 ZF269 Shorts Tucano T1 ZF269
Shorts Tucano T1 ZF269 Shorts Tucano T1 ZF269 Shorts Tucano T1 ZF269

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The three planes are a Spitfire Mk PRXIX, a Hurricane Mk IIc and, of course, the Lancaster. The Spitfire is a reconnaisance model, built a couple of months after the war ended; the Lancaster also just missed World War II; the Hurricane is thought to have been the last commissioned into the RAF, in early 1944.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF363 Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF363
Avro Lancaster B I PA474, Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 and Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF363 Avro Lancaster B I PA474, Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 and Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF363 Avro Lancaster B I PA474 Avro Lancaster B I PA474
Avro Lancaster B I PA474 Avro Lancaster B I PA474 Avro Lancaster B I PA474 Avro Lancaster B I PA474

Hughes OH-6 Cayuse

Also known as the Loach.

Hughes OH-6 Cayuse Hughes OH-6 Cayuse

North American P-51 Mustang

Named “Ferocious Frankie”. She was built in February 1945 and served briefly in World War II.

North American P-51 Mustang 413704 North American P-51 Mustang 413704 North American P-51 Mustang 413704

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI

Used for reconnaisance at the end of WWII and then sold to the Dutch government for £25. She was used for instruction and then placed in a museum. The only Mk11 that's still flying, she even has the original engine fitted. There are more details on the owner's website and Flying Machines has some video of her flying, a few years ago, in a different paint job.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI

Westland Lynx AH7

Flown by the Army Air Corps. No camera tricks. They can do loops in them. Starting from a hover. I'm sorry, were you using those laws of physics?

Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7
Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7 Westland Lynx AH7

AeroSuperBatics wingwalker

Wingwalker Sarah Tanner and pilot Steve Hicks, who flies Airbus A320s out of Heathrow for a living. The plane is a Boeing–Stearman 75, which has been re-engined from 220hp to 450hp to be able to perform aerobatics with the extra drag of a woman standing on top. Lots more information on the AeroSuperBatics website.

Boeing–Stearman 75 and wingwalker Boeing–Stearman 75 and wingwalker Boeing–Stearman 75 and wingwalker Boeing–Stearman 75 and wingwalker
Boeing–Stearman 75 and wingwalker Boeing–Stearman 75 and wingwalker Boeing–Stearman 75 and wingwalker Boeing–Stearman 75 and wingwalker

The RV8tors

The RV8 is an aircraft you buy as a kit for under $100,000 and build yourself. And, you know, fly aerobatics in.

The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors
The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors

Bell UH-1H Iroquois

Also known as the Huey. This one served with the US Army Air Corps 129th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam and the names of the 39 people who died on missions after travelling in her are written on the door.

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Bell UH-1H Iroquois Bell UH-1H Iroquois
Bell UH-1H Iroquois Bell UH-1H Iroquois

Avro Vulcan Mk 2.B

Avro Vulcan Mk 2.B Avro Vulcan Mk 2.B Avro Vulcan Mk 2.B Avro Vulcan Mk 2.B
Avro Vulcan Mk 2.B Avro Vulcan Mk 2.B Avro Vulcan Mk 2.B

Tornado GR4 role demonstration

Rather than fly acrobatics, the RAF demonstrated a typical mission in Afghanistan, in support of soldiers pinned down by militants.

Tornado GR4 Tornado GR4 Tornado GR4 Tornado GR4
Tornado GR4 Tornado GR4 Tornado GR4 Tornado GR4
Tornado GR4s Tornado GR4 Tornado GR4 Tornado GR4
Tornado GR4

Miscellaneous

Model Supermarine Attacker FB2 Eurocopter AS.350BB Squirrel HT1 Eurocopter AS.350BB Squirrel HT1 Tigers Freefall Team

Monday, 10th September

Lara 1 Smit Sandon Union Emerald

Tuesday, 11th September

Svitzer Nari NS Concept Rainbow

Thursday, 13th September

Albatros

I forgot last night that Albatros was coming in so I didn't get up early enough to photograph her arrival from Londonderry.

Albatros Albatros Albatros Albatros
Albatros Albatros Smit Sandon Albatros
Albatros

Dried rose

My buttonhole from Louise and Pete's wedding, photographed on cardboard and a piece of black velvet.

Rose Rose

Friday, 14th September

Ocean Countess

Svitzer Sussex assisting Ocean Countess Ocean Countess assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) Svitzer Sussex leading Ocean Countess Ocean Countess assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Ashgarth (stern)
Ocean Countess assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) Ocean Countess assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) Ocean Countess assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) Ocean Countess and Snowdrop
Ocean Countess assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) Svitzer Sussex

Dunlin

The pilot boats were taking a bit of a battering from the wind.

PV Dunlin PV Dunlin PV Dunlin
PV Dunlin PV Dunlin

Ships

Stena Lagan and Svitzer Sussex Stena Lagan Svitzer Sussex Svitzer Sussex
Navigo Frisian Lady Svitzer Sussex Princess Naomi
RIB

Saturday, 15th September

Flinterbay Flinterbay Voge Paul assisted by Smit Donau (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) Svitzer Nari
Svitzer Nari Arrow Maybe

Monday, 17th September

There are seven fire engines and two ambulances in the background of the first photo. I'm not sure what's going on — there's no mention of an incident at the ferry terminal on the fire brigade or ambulance service websites.

Ternvag Ternvag Bravo assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow), Svitzer Nari (amidships) and Svizter Stanlow (stern), passing Stena Lagan

Wednesday, 19th September

Sentinel

Wednesday, 20th September

Birkenhead Docks

I was working from home and saw that two tugs had gone into Birkenhead Docks. I assumed that meant Voge Paul was leaving and, since ships of that size only come into Birkenhead a couple of times a year, I went over there to get some awesome close-up shots as she came through the Tower Road bascule bridge and then again as she came out of Alfred Lock into the Mersey. No such luck. It turns out that the tugs all parked up in Vittoria Dock so they could take Voge Paul out on the next tide, in the middle of the night.

Anna-Maria Sibum Anna-Maria Sibum Forklift Smit Waterloo
Smit Waterloo Smit Waterloo Smit Waterloo
Voge Paul Voge Paul Arrow Clipper Ranger
Alina Alina, Voge Paul and Arrow

Friday, 21st September

NS Arctic, Ashgarth and Svitzer Stanlow NS Arctic

Saturday, 22nd September

Ships at sunrise

I happened to wake at sunrise so I took a few photos before going back to sleep.

Norient Saturn and Ashgarth (l); Stena Natalita and Svitzer Stanlow (r)

Liverpool Docks

I took a walk up the dock road because the Navy's type-23 frigate HMS St Albans arrived yesterday. I knew, from the local paper, that she's in Huskisson Dock; unfortunately, she turned out to be in the part that's practically invisible. I came home on the train and stopped off at Sandhills station, from where that part of the dock is visible. That's where I took the photo of Dyckburg but the end-on view of HMS St Albans wasn't worth photographing.

RFA Black Rover (A273) RFA Black Rover (A273) Dyckburg

Sunday, 23rd September

Another visit by Ocean Countess and the tanker RFA Orangeleaf is the latest naval auxiliary to enter Cammell Laird for refit.

Ocean Countess Ocean Countess Ocean Countess RFA Orangeleaf (A110) assisted by Smit Barbados (stern), Smit Collingwood (starboard bow) and Smit Sandon (bow)

Monday, 25th September

Toisa Warrior Toisa Warrior

Tuesday, 26th September

Union Boxer (bow) and Union Emerald (stern) towing Viking Barge 3

Thursday, 27th September

Ships

Union Emerald Union Boxer Chemtrans Weser
Sallie Knutsen assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow), Ashgarth (alongside) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern) Gas Arctic passing Stena Lagan Ocean Countess

RFA Orangeleaf

Leaving Cammell Laird after dry-docking.

RFA Orangeleaf (A110) assisted by Smit Donau (stern), Smit Collingwood (starboard) and Smit Barbados (bow) RFA Orangeleaf (A110) assisted by Smit Barbados (bow) and Smit Donau (stern), with Smit Collingwood RFA Orangeleaf (A110) assisted by Smit Barbados (bow) and Smit Donau (stern), with Smit Collingwood RFA Orangeleaf (A110)

Saturday, 29th September

Ashgarth Stolt Cormorant Mar Virginia
Stena Lagan Rock assisted by Svitzer Nari (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern) Karen Knutsen assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern)

Sunday, 30th September

Atlantis Torrent Arklow Forest Sylvia


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