29 Nov Pic(k) of the week 44: TAILDRAGGERS OVER BRUSSELS – Air to Air photography
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Source: Bjorn Moerman
Earlier this month I organized a “fly-out” event in Belgium, called Taildraggers over Brussels. Let’s clarify a bit of the pilot banter first.
A Fly-out is an event where a group of like minded pilots get together and fly to a certain place; possibly in formation but not necessarily.
Taildraggers, is a nickname for aircraft that have the third smaller wheel at the back versus the front which is more common in newer aircraft. They are often also referred to as Tailwheel or conventional gear aircraft and are known to need a more solid pilot technique for both take-off and landing. Once in flight, they fly exactly the same.
Some of you might know, that I regularly fly a 1954 vintage Piper Super Cub in Belgium, in short the “Cub” and with the appropriate registration OO-CUB. All Belgian aircraft registrations start with “OO” by the way.
Back to photography now. I piloted the OO-CUB as the lead aircraft for the Taildraggers over Brussels fly-out, taking turns with the other pilot on board. As usual when not flying, my camera is always on my side. Either to do some aerial photography or Air to Air photography like in the image below.
Air to Air photography is a genre of photography where one shoots (with cameras only!) other aircraft from the air. Especially since we often work from a small space, it can be tricky and is best done with a normal range
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