The Red Bull Air Race Finals are being held in Perth this weekend. I can hear them zooming about in the distance as I'm typing this. I spent a few hours watching the pilots practicing yesterday afternoon and thought I'd share some with you.
Same aircraft over the city heading down to the course.
The day before, a Brazilian pilot had a high speed dive into the Swan River. He was rescued within a minute and taken to hospital. Initially they said he was critically injured, but it turned out he had a minor whiplash injury and was released the following day, walking out of the hospital into the throng of waiting media. It was his first tour with the RBAR. He's reportedly enjoying (I'll bet he isn't enjoying it) the race from his city hotel.
Those are all terrific shots, Margaret. That must be such fun to watch. Thanks for starting Part 2 of this fun thread. I came across this while clearing pics and thought I would repost it again, even though I believe it is in the 1st thread. Taken while the Sheriffs' helicopter searched the neighborhood.
It was wonderful, GP. I didn't manage to get to the first part of the race today, but may go for a while tomorrow afternoon. I took, wait for it, 900 photos yesterday. I do love planes. I just wish I could have used my big lens.
I recall you posting that shot. If I remember correctly, the sheriff didn't locate you. Your beautiful garden hid you well. LOL.
Beautiful shots, Margaret. It's been a long time since I went to an airshow, with my "Brownie" camera. You did quite well with the lens that you were using. I actually like some of the photos that are the more distant shots because it puts a totally different perspective on the photograph. Sometimes, I like to see the big picture. You certainly had a good vantage point. Take plenty of batteries and media cards. Looking forward to more photos ...
Kim, who knows, that may well be a possibility. What fun that would be.
Thanks Linth. I was up at King's Park, a natural bushland reserve and botanic garden overlooking the city. It's arguably the place most frequented by tourists, but is equally as popular with the locals. The zoom lens does come in handy and it's so much lighter than the 300 and the 400 so doesn't play havoc with my shoulders, but it's no good for bird watching.
Thank you, WC. You should treat yourself to a trip to Osh Kosh one year. It is really amazing watching these pilots go through the course. They flip from what seems to be a 90 degree angle of bank one way to a 90 degree angle of bank the other within a split second. Today should be perfect for the final. The weather is absolutely glorious.
Ooh Margaret, you make it sound so inviting! The closest I came to you guys was Figi, (I had my choice between Figi & New Guinea as a scuba destination and I picked Figi, took me 31 hrs to get there from NY. Australia sounds so inviting now... Lucky you to be able to enjoy the races, the weather and the exotic, unique wildlife of Australia well! ☺
WC, that should be absolutely spectacular. Take lots of photos when you go.
I obviously got it wrong when I said the final was in Perth, as there's more to come in New York in June. You're going to spoiled rotten, WC. (Shades of green here).
Mrs Ed, how fabulous to have the DC3's flying in enroute to Oshkosh. Will you go and see and hear them? There's a DC3 that does pleasure flights around Perth and I just LOVE the sound of the deep rumble of those engines.
Looks like trouble but this is just a model airplane performing some acrobats. On occasion while I am out birding I stop by a local park where hobbyists are showing off their models (planes) and skills. Some of these planes cost several thousand dollars. They have nice facilities including a paved runway. The planes can travel upwards to 200 mph.
Oh it was great! They had a camera mounted on the tail section and in the cockpit of all the planes, they also had the GPS reading from the planes so they could make a superimposed comparison of the pilots track as they ran the course, it was really cool! lol!
Cool, I was looking for the Red Baron on his tail, he must be coming in from the sun! (lol)
- Very nice to see those vintage bi-planes in flight and in such pristine condition, great for teaching the basics of energy conservation in air/air combat also.
I was at Kew Gardens the other week, its almost like being at an airshow with all the Heathrow bound jets flying overhead, about one every 4 or 5 minutes it seemed like, so low they had the landing gear extended. 2nd picture you can see the top of the big palm greenhouse.
I was watching it online. There will be one more in September. I forget which one. It will be flown from Florida to California, so a lot of people will be seeing it. Atlantis will remain here at the Cape on exhibition.