Thursday, 5 September 2013

wings over Bristol


pru-ning, originally uploaded by Dru Marland.

Beats there a heart that does not quicken at the sound of an unusual piston-engined aeroplane?

Loads, actually, because it's a funny old world.

But not at Schloss Marland.

On Saturday I heard an aircraft droning overhead and dashed to the window in time to see it recede into the distance. But it was back again a few minutes later. By the fourth time it passed over, I was ready with the big lens. And, when I got it up on the screen, I learned that it is the Ordnance Survey's Cessna 404, flying along at 6000 ft, taking pictures of Bristol.

Here are some other recent passers-by: a Fairey Swordfish, rumbling sedately towards Yeovilton...


..a tantalisingly distant shot of a Lockheed 12 Electra Junior, or possibly Beechcraft H18...


 ...the Battle of Britain Flight...


the Airbus A400M military transport...


the Airbus A380...






...and a Spitfire showing off over Filton, the day they closed the airfield