You never know when you will shoot Warbirds!

Usually I shoot warbirds at airshows, particularly the TICO Warbird Airshow in Titusville each March (yes I will be there next month).

But as Louise and I are now living full-time in “Tigger” our Motor Home, we decided as part of our Big Adventure to spend some of the winter in Key West.  So there we are nicely camped in Boyd’s RV Resort, on a waterfront site and all I can hear are military jets!

Yes there is an Naval Air Station at Key West.  NAS Key West is specifically for combat training. Within 5 minutes of take-off the sortie can begin as the aircraft are over water!  So I set up my Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII with w Nikkor TC-17EII on my Nikon D4S, because the aircraft were still quite a distance away, mounted the set up on my Really Right Stuff tripod and gimbal head and had great fun.

The wind was blowing in the right direction so the aircraft would circle round on their landing approach.

Here are some of the images – I tend to think that the Northrop F-5s and the Hawker Hunter probably played the roles of the “bogeys” and the F-18 Hornets the Good-guys!

What do you think?

F/A-18 Hornets circling round to land at NAS Key West

F/A-18 Hornets circling round to land at NAS Key West

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Head On

 

F/A-18 Hornet on final approach

F/A-18 Hornet on final approach

F/A-18 Hornet coming home

F/A-18 Hornet coming home

"Bogey 1" Hawker Hunter

“Bogey 1” Hawker Hunter

"Bogey 2" Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter

“Bogey 2” Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter

"Bogey" or "Good-Guy"? Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter

“Bogey” or “Good-Guy”? Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter

 

Gear: Nikon D4S, Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII, Nikkor TC-17 EII, RRS Tripod, RRS Gimbal Head, Lexar Digital Film

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