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RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Saturday 16th March 2019
Lockheed Hercules C.3 - Cody Froggatt.
Lockheed Hercules C.3 at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt

RAF Cosford Night Shoot:

Royal Air Force Cosford played host to the first ever external aircraft night shoot by Threshold.aero, which took place on Saturday 16th March 2019. Tickets to this event were £25, paid in advance, and with a limited number of places available. The night shoot started at 5pm until about 9pm.

Lockheed SP-2H Neptune at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Lockheed SP-2H Neptune at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Handley Page Jetstream T.1 at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Handley Page Jetstream T.1 at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt

It was an interesting but challenging night, the event was the first of what we hope will be many posted at Royal Air Force Cosford. This was meant to test the waters of how many participants there would be, as well looking at the behaviour of said participants, of which I was one.

When I first saw this event publicised on social media, I instantly booked it, knowing the Cosford Museum like the back of my hand as well as the main public areas of the base from both my cadet days and air show days on the base, it was a no-brainer for me. This was a chance for me to do my first night shoot, at my own pace, photographing certain aircraft that i've adored for many years.

Handley Page Jetstream T.1 at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Hawker Hunter F.6A at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Vickers VC-10 C.1K at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Vickers VC-10 C.1K at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt

The aircraft types are listed below, and for me there were three that I really wanted to shoot:- The Hunter, VC10 and the Nimrod, three aircraft that I've adored from a very young age. From the days of watching Jonathan Whaley's Hunter 'Miss Demeanour' hurtling around the skies of Southport and Bournemouth, to hearing the pure power and roar of the Rolls-Royce Conway engines of the VC10 and being extremely disheartened and somewhat depressed watching the demise of the great Nimrod. I had a duty within myself to photograph these great aircraft and to keep them immortalized within their own fame, that has been brought to them for their years of service.

Royal Air Force Museum Aircraft:

Serial Type c/n
G-AOVF XM497 Bristol 175 Britannia 312F 13237
XG225 Hawker Hunter F.6A 41H-680037
XR808/R Vickers VC-10 C.1K 828
XS709/M Hawker-Siddeley Dominie T.1 25011
XV202/202 Lockheed Hercules C.3 4226
XV249 Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod R.1 8024
XX496/D Handley Page Jetstream T.1 276
204 Lockheed SP-2H Neptune 726-7251

Now being honest, the weather was horrific to begin with as there were strong winds and rain which was making things in a photographic term extremely interesting, and if you're a photographer you understand what I mean when I say that. However, later in the night, towards the latter end of the shoot, when people were starting to leave, and the weather was picking up, it was a joy to photograph these aircraft. The aircraft were lit with LED lights which worked perfectly on a 30 second plus exposure, which i was very pleased with.

Bristol 175 Britannia 312F at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Bristol 175 Britannia 312F at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt Lockheed Hercules C.3 at RAF Cosford Night Shoot - Cody Froggatt

Overall, I found the night really enjoyable and fascinating and I would recommend Threshold.aero to anyone, as well as Royal Air Force Cosford museum. I hope in the future that more events will take place at Cosford with more internal shots within the museum itself and hopefully the use of more effects for example like re-enactors and the use of smoke machines. That all said, it was an overall smashing night and i couldn't recommend it enough to anyone that's got an inkling of interest in both photography and aviation.

Review and photographs by Cody Froggatt.