Glider Wing (30 Apr 2015)

Glider Wing
Glider Wing

When I visited Lasham Gliding Club I asked for a tour round the Gliding Heritage Centre, which has a stunning collection of historical and older gliders, many of which have been beautifully restore to flying condition.  This glider wing was stored upright rather than rigged on the glider.

  • Aperture :ƒ/4.5
  • Camera :PENTAX K-5 II
  • Taken :30 April, 2015
  • Focal length :42.5mm
  • ISO :1600
  • Shutter speed :1/1000s

Slingsby T31 at Portmoak (1st Jan 2010)

Slingsby T31 at Portmoak
Slingsby T31 at Portmoak

The Slingsby T31 is an old training glider, build (mostly) of wood and canvas.  This example is part of the Portmoak collection, and this particular image was used in the 2011 Kadet Calendar which we produced to raise funds for cadet flying – that’s 14-18 year olds.As you can see, snow persisted at Portmoak – a few days later the airfield was shut because of too much snow!  (it’s a hazard to landing gliders as they stop too quickly in it)  If you think it looks cold in this picture, you are right.

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  • Aperture :ƒ/11
  • Camera :E-510
  • Taken :1 January, 2010
  • Focal length :40mm
  • ISO :100
  • Shutter speed :1/100s

Snow at Portmoak (20th Dec 2009)

The first snow fell before Christmas, and I arrived at the airfield to discover a wonderful light – everything glowed very slightly.  The weak links are used to protect a glider from being overstressed when we are winch-launching them, and they come in different strengths each denoted by a particular colour.

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