Spitfires at Goodwood

The Goodwood estate not only hosts amazing events such as the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival but also caters for corporate and VIP events at the motor circuit and race course as well as golf course and aerodrome.

A recent little job involved shooting at the aerodrome where corporate VIPs were being taken for flights in a pair of two seater Spitfires - now that's a treat anyone would love.

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Being so close to these aircraft was a great treat - the noise and smell of the engines are enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and get the pulse racing.

Whilst shooting these pictures I realised I recognised one of the aircraft as being a Spitfire that my Uncle (Wing Commander Tim Elkington) had flown in a couple of years previously.  As one of the remaining 'few' - the pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain - Tim was taken up for a flight by the RAF at the age of 90.  I have a suspicion the emotions he felt during the flight were very different from those of the corporate guests.

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