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Tuesday September 18 2007

I wonder what the exact story is here:

Aerobatics team the Red Arrows has moved to scotch rumours that it has been banned from performing at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

A national newspaper and numerous websites have reported that event organisers believe the Lincolnshire-based team’s military background “might offend other nations”.

It is alleged that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport ruled last week that the RAF Scampton squad is “unsuitable” and “not in keeping with the event as they were too militaristically British”.

But team spokesman Rachel Huxford said: “We have had no discussions about the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics whatsoever.

Probably kite flying by someone, maybe at the Dept of Blah Blah to find out if they could make the decisions quietly stick, or maybe by some “political correctness gone mad” obsessive.  Or maybe the DBB really had decided this, but the Red Arrows are playing it clever by publicising the decision while simultaneously saying they know nothing about it.  Maybe there were indeed “no discussions”, and they were just told, either face-to-face or by a secret sympathiser.  The sad truth being that if this was only a made-up rumour, it was believable.

My reason for being interested in flying displays is that I would like to photo them.  I especially like that thing when you follow the plane with your camera, and get the plane reasonably in focus but nearby buildings all blurry.  I live in London where plenty of flypasts happen, but I usually only realise that they are happening when they roar past my kitchen window with me still in my pyjamas, and then I see them on the TV news.

So, is there any way of learning about flypasts and flying displays over London beforehand, so I can scrub up, dress, go out, and snap them?  The roof of my block of flats would be as good a spot as any.

Speaking of flypasts, here is another horizontalised picture, from here:

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And Mark didn’t just see a flypast.  He saw a crash.  Sort of, any way.  He didn’t actually see it hit the ground, but he saw it going downwards and he saw the plume of smoke afterwards.  I know, very sad, tragic loss, terrific guy, great father, family devastated but slowly coming to terms with it.  Like he says: Bummer.  But also, and given that it happened anyway: [verysmallletters]cool[/verysmallletters].  I remember when a DH110 crashed at Farnborough when I was four, and I think me and my family had actually been there either the day before it happened or the day after.  That was cool too, and it would have been even cooler if we’d been there the right day and seen it, or just heard a bang and seen smoke.  And not been killed of course.  Because let’s face it, part of the appeal of fly-pasts, aerial displays etc., as with concertos heard live, is: Will anything go wrong?  And now: And if it does, will I get any of it on my camera?

Passenger airplane crashes are not cool in any way at all, even slightly, because they are transport, like buses.  There is no element of sport or risk or showing off involved in a airliner disaster, or there shouldn’t be, so it’s pure badness when things go wrong.  (But it is still cool if you manage to photo any of it.)