Mosquito beat-up at Greenham Common by Colin Smedley

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Mosquito beat-up at Greenham Common by 

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Small 12.0" x 7.3"
Medium 18.0" x 10.9"
Large 24.0" x 14.6"
X large 30.0" x 18.2"


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A low beat-up down the runway at Greenham Common during the 1976 Air Tattoo International by the WW2 Mosquito trainer operated by the Hawker Siddeley (later British Aerospace) Flying Club. At the time it was the last airworthy Mosquito in the world. Alas it was destroyed later in a fatal crash. There are some pirated copies of this picture on the internet but this is the real McCoy and I’ve got the original negative.

1962 views as at 26/2/2015.

My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 3 years ago

    Welldone Colin for presenting this. Nice one. – Ted

  • Glad you like it Ted. – Colin.

    – Colin Smedley

  • muz2142
    muz2142almost 3 years ago

    That is a very nice shot.

  • Glad you like it Muz.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettalmost 3 years ago

    Just picked my jaw up of the floor!! What an image!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Glad you liked it Spencer!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Cliff Williams
    Cliff Williamsalmost 3 years ago

    WOW Colin, very impressive image, I would love to have seen one of these.

    Fantastic panning

  • You may get a chance to see one before long Cliff!

    – Colin Smedley

  • marc melander
    marc melanderalmost 3 years ago

    My sainted aunt !

  • Did she fly Mosquitos Marc?

    – Colin Smedley

  • Allen Gray
    Allen Grayalmost 3 years ago

    This has to be without a doubt one of the greatest images of the Mozzie I’ve seen! I could have sworn this was taken mid-war!! The RAAF Museum is currently restoring a Mozzie with a view of making it flight worthy.

  • Thanks for the praise Allen! The RAAFM mossie will not be allowed to fly unfortunately, but there is an outfit in NZ rbuilding two, possibly three Mossies with new built wings and fuselages, all intended to fly. One of them might go to UK.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Paul Moore
    Paul Moorealmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks for your word of praise (?) Paul.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Paul Moore
    Paul Moorealmost 3 years ago

    Definitely praise Colin, this is a very impressive and unique shot!

  • That’s a relief! Thanks for your comment. It was interesting shot to take. I had a hint the pilot was going to do this so I set the shutter speed to a thirtieth as an experiment. Conditions were ideal and the Mossy dived and accelerated to virtually flat out speed. Over the threshhold the pilot levelled out at about 30’ and chopped the thriottles. By the time I took the shot the aircraft was doing about 300 kts with the Merlins just ticking over so the scenery is blurred but the props less so.

    – Colin Smedley

  • marc melander
    marc melanderalmost 3 years ago

    As you know my ‘sainted aunt’ comment was in jest but rather spookily my aunt’s husband was killed just after WW2 flying an RAF Mosquito. James ‘Jimmy’ Reid’. I recall my Dad saying that he was only in his early 20’s when he died.

  • Now that is Spooky!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 2 years ago

    Superb, I love a bit of history.

  • Thank you Nigel! I feel a bit historic myself, sometimes!

    – Colin Smedley

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