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It could be 1940 again as Sqn Ldr Paul Day flies BBMF Hurricane LF363 over the East Anglian fens on a beautiful May afternoon. Photographed from the astrodome of Lancaster PA474 while on a transit flight from Biggin Hill to Coningsby. Note that the aircraft has a 4-blade propeller temporarily fitted while its normal 3-blader was being reconditioned by Dowty Rotol.

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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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  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettover 2 years ago

    Great shot Colin – ive alwats had asoft spot for the Hurri! Were/are you in the BBMF then?

  • Thanks again Spencer! For several years I worked in the same hangar as the BBMF and I often was able to help them out. In return they gave me a lot of photo opportunities and they often used my pictures in their annual brochure.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    Excellent Colin. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted. It’s hard for me to get used to the idea that I first photographed this great old girl over 50 years ago!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 2 years ago

    Excellent shot. Great photograph.

  • Thanks very much Walter!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Gary Eason + Flight Artworks
    Gary Eason + F...over 2 years ago

    What a splendid shot.

  • Thanks Gary! This image was on an Ektachrome slide that was damaged in processing back in 1979. I’ve only recently rediscovered it and restored it in good ol’ Photoshop.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Shane Ransom
    Shane Ransomover 2 years ago

    Beautiful image Colin.

  • Thanks a lot Shane!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 1 month ago

  • Very many thanks Marie!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minorabout 1 month ago

    Great image, Colin!! And how wonderful to photograph this plane while flying in the Lancaster!!!

  • Thanks a lot Laurie, for the fave too! I found the Lanc to be a great camera ship – very stable and almost vibration free. I was able to get away with really slow shutter speeds.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minorabout 1 month ago

    Colin – you must have braced yourself really well inside that old Lancaster to get such a tack-sharp image at a very slow shutter speed!! I was so surprised when you mentioned the Lancaster was almost vibration free – when I hear that plane flying overhead the sound is instantly recognizable :) You even have eye contact with the pilot of the other plane!! It’s such a great shot!

  • Well Laurie, I was standing on the wireless operator’s seat with my knees bent, there wasn’t enough room to straighten them even if I wanted to. My head, shoulders and camera were in the astrodome – an almost distortion-free Perspex blister for taking star-shots with a bubble sextant.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minorabout 1 month ago

    Oh gosh!! LOL!! That description is worthy of a photo itself!! :)))

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