Last weekend saw the close-knit community at Luskintyre, a small grass airfield west of Newcastle NSW mark the Winter Solstice with a good, old-fashioned bonfire night.
After a few weeks of dodgy weather, we were finally treated to a spectacular, clear winter’s afternoon which was all the encouragement many needed to commit aviation, with a steady stream of aircraft taking advantage of the beautiful weather throughout the afternoon.
Naturally, Tigermoths were well represented.
Paul Bennet and the team stopped by with their Wolf Pitts, Rebel 300 and Wirraway and treated us to some brilliant flying and the beautiful afternoon provided some great light.
Balloons Aloft also brought along a couple of their craft to provide rides for kids (both young and old) as the light faded and temperatures dropped. This also made for quite a spectacular light show if, like me, you haven’t had the chance to see a balloon flown at night.
And, after my first real attempts at night photography at Illawarra recently (and thanks to the lessons from Mark Jessop and Leigh Atkinson) I took the chance to try some night shots as well.
Thanks to everyone involved for another great afternoon and evening at this wonderful little rural airfield.
Brilliant night photography. Oh, and the aircraft were not too bad either!!
Thank you very much Clive. Glad you enjoyed them 🙂
Some cracking images there, Motty. The night time sky images must have required a stable tripod and decent exposure time. Thanks again for sharing.
Thanks very much Alfred. Yes, a tripod and about 20 sec exposures for the star shots. The others are hand-held.
Fantastic light and atmosphere.
Brilliant. Beautiful colour and fine definition of each aircraft shot.
Thanks very much Chris.
Fantastic photos and thanks for posting them
Thanks Doug. Glad you liked them.
Dear Aviation Spotters online!
Once again a memorable display of aviation ‘par excellence’.
The subject matter is absolutely wonderful; including the fellowship around the bonfire.
Thanks for sharing with aviation buffs of all ages.
Thank you very much for your kind words Bevan. We’re glad you enjoyed the article.
Ahhhh…very nice….I will take a grass airfield fly-in anytime over a major airshow.
Sure enjoyed our fifth visit in OZ and NZ this past winter (your summer). Too cold in Canada!
Thanks very much Garth. Glad you liked the article and enjoy your time down-under with us. 🙂 Cheers.