Despite a couple of cancellations there was a good turn out of aircraft and photographers at the XIX RAF Northolt Night Shoot. As part of the 100th Anniversary of the opening of RAF Northolt in March 1915, great effort was made to secure the appearance of No.18 Squadron display Chinook as they are celebrating their 100th Anniversary also having been formed at RAF Northolt in May 1915. As usual we heard it before it appeared as it stopped off for an hour on a 'gas and go' as part of its night training flight. The raspberry ripple Hawk from Boscombe Down, which doesn't make many personal appearances, was a replacement for the ETPS Agusta 109 and again the French and Belgian military supported the event this time with an Embraer 135 and a Falcon 2000. It was nice to see a Gazelle HT.3 in red and white markings again as I was living at RAF Tern Hill in Shropshire in the late 60's when 2FTS were flying them. For me the star item was the Helio H-295 Super Courier(G-BAGT) and although it was not built as a military model it was painted up in South East Asia USAF markings. First time I've seen one and for a small aeroplane the engine had a very deep, noisy growl.
Equipment Used: Sony ILCE-A7rII + Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens