Saturday, 25 July 2015

East Fortune Airshow 2015

Having been washed out of East Fortune the last time I visited, I had been hoping for better weather for a return trip to their annual airshow.

As can bee seen from my pictures, the weather started off sunny and grew cloudier as the day progressed with the rain coming on around 4pm. Fortunately this was a light enough shower which didn't cause many problems.

We had a wide range of aircraft displaying, from biplanes to the RAF's current Typhoon fighter jet.

More pictures will be added to my Picasa gallery as I edit them.

RAF Grob Tutor
Bucker Jungmann in Spanish Air Force colours
RAF Red Arrows
Spitfire configuration
Fairey Swordfish
Trig aerobatic team
Trig aerobatic team
Trig pilot waves to the crowd
Lockheed Orion with bomb bay opened
Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spifire, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
RAF Hawk T2 trainer jets in formation
Bristol Blenheim
Royal Navy Sea King from HMS Gannet search and rescue
Sea King displaying a rescue manoeuvre
Supermarine Seafire and Curtis Kittyhawk
"Huey" helicopter, widely used by the US military in Vietnam
Eurofighter Typhoon, not usually seen on camouflage markings

Monday, 20 July 2015

Boabarge 34

With the second of the new aircraft carriers coming together like a giant lego set, Boabarge 34 came up the Clyde to collect another section and transport it to Rosyth where it will be fitted into its location  on the Prince of Wales.

The barge was towed from Norway by Boa Udin, recognisable to some as ex-Svitzer tug Svitzer Pembroke.

On arrival at Greenock the barge was then handed over to local Svitzer tugs, Anglegarth and Ayton Cross for her journey upriver to Glasgow.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Fife Circle steam tour

Tornado has spent a lot of time in Scotland recently and I have been more than happy to go along to add to my collection of photographs of her.

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society tour today covered the Fife Circle with the morning tour running clockwise and then going the opposite direction in the afternoon.

This presented plenty of opportunities at a variety of locations throughout the day.

60163 Tornado approaching Kinghorn station
60163 Tornado passing through Kinghorn station
60163 Tornado at Cowdenbeath station
60163 Tornado at Jamestown
60163 Tornado crossing Jamestown Viaduct
60163 Tornado exits from one of the arches on the Forth Bridge
60163 Tornado high above South Queensferry

A tale of two boats

I have been slipping slightly with updating my blog recently. That doesn't mean that I have not been taking any photographs recently.

PS Waverley has recently started her summer season on the Clyde. I took some photos of her a couple of weeks ago passing Port Glasgow lighthouse. She is the world's last seagoing passenger carrying paddle steamer and is well loved wherever she goes.


A world apart from the varnished timbers of the paddle steamer is the luxury superyacht Eclipse. Delivered to Roman Abramovich in 2010, she is the worlds second largest private yacht.

She anchored off Greenock on Tuesday morning and remained there overnight before sailing to Rothesay Bay the next day.

I took these pictures from the Esplanade shortly before midnight.


Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Royal Scotsman

A regular visitor in Inverclyde this year, I decided to add to my gallery of of Royal Scotsman pictures.

57316 came down light to haul the luxury train to her overnight destination.

Fort Matilda Station is a good location to catch her on a long curve of track.