All content copyright © David Richerby, 2012–13
|Saturday, 1st September||Ships
Yakovlevs display team
|Sunday, 2nd September||RFA Fort Austin
Ships and boats
Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta
Yakovlevs display team
|Monday, 3rd September||RFA Fort Austin
|Tuesday, 4th September||Toisa Warrior|
|Wednesday, 5th September||Ships|
|Thursday, 6th September||Lara 1|
|Saturday, 8th September||Another Place, Crosby
|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
Bell UH-1H Iroquois
Avro Vulcan Mk2.B
Tornado GR4 role demonstration
|Monday, 10th September||Ships|
|Tuesday, 11th September||Ships and a rainbow|
|Thursday, 13th September||Albatros
|Friday, 14th September||Ocean Countess
Pilot boat Dunlin
|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
|Sunday, 23rd September||Ocean Countess|
|Tuesday, 25th September||Toisa Warrior|
|Wednesday, 26th September||Union Boxer and Union Emerald|
|Thursday, 27th September||Ships
|Saturday, 29th September||Ships|
|Sunday, 30th September||Ships|
Some of the ships involved in the construction of the Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm.
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.
RFA Fort Austin finally left Cammell Laird after an eleven-month refit.
The tall ships all sailed off into the distance.
The Yaks are back.
And then some of the tall ships came back.
RFA Fort Austin's back, after what I assume was a day of sea trials.
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.
Various aircraft on their way to and from Southport Air Show.
Southport Air Show.
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.
The two-seat trainer version of Britain's first jet fighter.
Flying a pair of Pitts S-1D Specials with the matched registration numbers G-IIIP and G-PIII.
Part of the Royal Navy Historic Flight.
From 6 Squadron, RAF, based at Leuchars.
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.
Painted to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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.
Also known as the Loach.
Named “Ferocious Frankie”. She was built in February 1945 and served briefly in World War II.
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.
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?
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.
The RV8 is an aircraft you buy as a kit for under $100,000 and build yourself. And, you know, fly aerobatics in.
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.
Rather than fly acrobatics, the RAF demonstrated a typical mission in Afghanistan, in support of soldiers pinned down by militants.
I forgot last night that Albatros was coming in so I didn't get up early enough to photograph her arrival from Londonderry.
My buttonhole from Louise and Pete's wedding, photographed on cardboard and a piece of black velvet.
The pilot boats were taking a bit of a battering from the wind.
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.
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.
I happened to wake at sunrise so I took a few photos before going back to sleep.
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.
Another visit by Ocean Countess and the tanker RFA Orangeleaf is the latest naval auxiliary to enter Cammell Laird for refit.
Leaving Cammell Laird after dry-docking.