RIAT 2011

This past weekend, RAF Fairford once again played host to the 40th Royal International Air Tattoo.  It’s become something of an annual (more or less) trip for me and my old man, I’m not much of a plane nerd by any stretch of the imagination but I do love the noise and the excuse to shoot a few photos and sit around outside drinking beer.

Speaking of photography, each successive year sees me trying to upgrade my equipment in some way in order to get closer to the action.  I first shot wih a D70 and a 70-200, then a D200, then a D700 + 1.7x Teleconverter (which got me back to square one…) and then this year I borrowed a friend’s D300s which, in conjunction with the TC and the 70-200, had me as close as I’ve gotten so far.  Still need that 200-400 though really…

Annoyingly, the weather and the selection of planes was far worse than it’s been on previous occasions but I still managed to bag quite a few keepers (~80 or so out of about 400), half of which I’ve stuck up online.  Here’s a few of my favourites below, otherwise check out the set on Flickr.