The last event of the year found Bronco Demo
Team invited to RAF Northolt for a night photoshoot organized by Phil
Dawe and his team. This charitable event raises money for the restoration
of the 11 Group Operations Room at the wartime base.
Following departure from Wevelgem, the first leg was via Duxford where
Bronco 99+26 is currently under restoration. After a quick lunch at the
Duxford museum, we headed to RAF Northolt just outside London.
Participating aircraft to the nightshoot were
Apache, Puma, A.109 and MD902 helicopters completed by an RAF Tucano,
Hawk and a Qinetiq Alpha Jet. RAF Northolt is home to the Royal Flight,
operating Bae 125 and Bae 146 and, of course, these aircraft featured
for the photographers too.
As the light faded all photographers were treated to some great photographic
opportunities. The Apache ran it’s rotors, our Bronco was started
and taxied around for photos from different angels with the smoke system
switched on on occasions. The cherry on the pie however was the fact that
this night photoshoot coincided with the Diwali/Deepavali Indian Festival
of Lights. Fireworks lighted the sky all around RAF Northolt, providing
some really stunning photographic opportunities.