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Red Arrows with red and blue smoke
The smoke trails left by the team are made by releasing diesel into the exhaust; this oxidises straight away, leaving a white smoke trail. Dyes can be added to produce the red and blue colour. The diesel is stored in the pod on the underside of the plane; it houses three tanks: one 50-imperial-gallon (230 L) tank of pure diesel and two 10-imperial-gallon (45 L) tanks of blue- and red-dyed diesel. The smoke system uses 10-imperial-gallon (45 L) per minute; therefore each plane can trail smoke for a total of seven minutes – 5 minutes of white smoke, 1-minute of blue and 1-minute of red.

Tags: Photo journalism General Transport Raf cosford Red arrows planes air show

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Comments


gwynn56 4 87 England
23 Jun 2013 5:00PM
brilliant timing , well captured SmileSmile

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23 Jun 2013 5:15PM
Nice timing

I learnt a lot from the text. Thanks
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 5:23PM
Excellent, the timing could not be better.Smile

ivor
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
23 Jun 2013 5:38PM
Great timing for good impact !!
23 Jun 2013 5:44PM
Great timing & good narrative
Regards Brian
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
23 Jun 2013 7:57PM
Wow...you really did get some awesome shots at the airshow. Another stunning capture with great narrative
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 8:04PM
great capture, did I miss the showSad
johnlw 9 1 10 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 8:33PM
Super capture and very good info enjoyed reading it.
Regards John.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 9:51PM
Interesting reading and another great image Dave.
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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
24 Jun 2013 8:33AM
These pilots have nerves of steel, hurtling towards each other as they do: how they even see each other beats me.
And what an interesting write up about the smoke trials, all knew stuff for me, Dave.
And your shot captures that by pass with perfect precision.
Ronnie.
jdinne 13 16 England
24 Jun 2013 10:27AM
Great narrative Dave, and brilliant capture.

John
philhomer 6 69 32 England
28 Jun 2013 6:02PM
surprised by the write up but even moreso by the exif - 1/400s seems an odd choice for something this fast and perhaps is the reason for the one plane to be unfocused?

otherwise, excellently timed - how did you know they were going to cross?
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2013 7:34AM

Quote:Surprised by the write up but even moreso by the exif - 1/400s seems an odd choice for something this fast and perhaps is the reason for the one plane to be unfocused?

otherwise, excellently timed - how did you know they were going to cross?



They called out the moves first kept camera on one aircraft panning. Some one shouted there close then hit button for rapid images.
So it was team work from family.

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