F-111 Dump-n-Burn

Amberley Air Force Base.

1 Sqdrn F-111 AB-147 performing a Dump-n-Burn to signify the opening of the military air display at the 2008 Defence Force Air Show.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 5th October 2008, This photo: 12:05pm

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  • accesser said:
    Ohh Nice, What day did you go ? I went Saturday good exposure considering the flame out the back lighting things up I missed out on that around the same time I filled up my 8GB CF card.
  • -Bennie- said:
    great shot mate! As you know i'm a lover of military jets! The F-111 is simply fantastic to watch.. and it's a lot bigger than you think. When you get next to one you go! whooaa! :-)
    well done dave!
  • David de Groot said:
    I went today, we left early as the heat was just unbearable - but even so I still shot 5Gb of raw photos. :)
    The F-111 is special to me as I grew up around them (Dad worked on them in the RAAF). As such I've sat in one before, crawled inside one of the engines, etc.
    It's been a long time since I was last at an Airshow (well before dSLR days), so I'm glad I managed to get this shot (and many others). :)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Top shot Dave! and only at 285mm, love it! did you use the 100-400mm much? we got some nice shots from the limited focal length.
    The broken stream of the burn is neat.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kane - I'm soooo stuffed, burnt and generally sore, but it was worth it. :)
    I used the 100-400 extensively (even using it with a 1.4x extender and manually focussing later in the day - took me back to the last airshow I shot which was on film with the T-50).
    We bailed early (1:45-2pm-ish) as the heat did us in. Johnno was a lobster and I missed parts of me with the sunscreen and thus had some fairly tender bits.
  • teejaybee said:
    Wow cool shot :)
  • Wes Cooper said:
    Great shot. It's awesome seeing this in real life.
  • Tim Bellette said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) I particularly like the air compression above the wings.
    Indeed it is - can't get enough of it really.
  • P de G 1952 said:
    Great shot. It is even bigger when you sit in one and extremely awesome having full control of the engines. The sheer power........ it's a mind blowing experience.
  • P de G 1952 said:
    A8-128 - I seem to recall having worked on and carried out engine runs on this very aircraft.
  • David de Groot said:
    A8-147 actually, but yeah, it was a 1 Squadron one :)
  • MichelleLegg.com said:
    Nice work - glad you guys had a great time. Shame about getting burnt :(
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah, Slip, Slop, Slap doesn't work so well if you don't slop everywhere.
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Nice work Dave - you definitely nailed it.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    nicely captured - very crisp
  • looby88 said:
    dont know much about planes, do know about that lens though, I've had some very good photos from it as has the "significant other", well it is his lens. I cant carry it for long, mores the pity !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Matthew, I've got quite a few from this fly-past. :)
    Pretty neat eh ? Australia is the last country in the world to still have F-111's in active service, so this is something you'll only see here.
    It's not a bad lens, bit more prone to flaring than the 70-200/2.8L, but the reach is very nice. I might do some birding with it tomorrow before I have to give it back - it also takes the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters quite well (and both together), but you lose auto-focus with either.
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Nice work Dave :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Tim :)
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Beautiful shot, thought you would have needed a faster shutter speed than that, but obviously not.
  • David de Groot said:
    Nah, pan ftw :)
    But really, I rarely shot over 1/800th today and did just fine.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    I went on the Saturday and really enjoyed it (other than the traffic :-)
    In a strange twist of fate - didnt take my cameras. It was all about the aircraft on the day for me (mad aviation buff) so happy to live vicariously (photographically) through your images Dave :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    You didn't take a camera!!! ???
    I would have enjoyed myself a LOT more without the heat and blazing sun, but it was still fun anyway :)