Derek Beattie Images: Blog https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog en-us (C) Derek Beattie Images derekbeattie@btinternet.com (Derek Beattie Images) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/img/s/v-12/u712693464-o311543285-50.jpg Derek Beattie Images: Blog https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog 120 90 Daks Over Normandy https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2019/6/daks-over-normandy " We can have our day at the beach because of their day at the beach " a tagline I saw attached to a graphic relating to rememberance of D-Day at Normandy in 1944.

Today 5th June 2019, somewhere in the region of thirty C47 / Dakota aircraft will take part in the 75th anniversary commemoration event of the D-Day landings. This will be the largest accumulation of these aircraft over the skies of Normandy since D-Day itself, an amazing feat considering most of the aircraft are 75 years old and many of them were there flying missions which started in the early hours of June 6th 1944.

 

Many of these aircraft participating have flown across the Atlantic following an original World War Two ferry route, the " Blue Spruce Route " from North America, stopping in Greenland, Iceland and then Prestwick Airport in Scotland.

I was fortunate to see a good many of the aircraft landing and departing at Prestwick Airport in Scotland

 

I have attached links below some of the pictures of the aircraft which gives a little about their history.

 

A few pictures of other movements at the airport added on at the end of this post.

 

DC-3 Clipper Tabitha MayDC-3 Clipper Tabitha MayA Douglas DC-3 in the post war markings of Pan American World Airways lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 20th 2019. The first of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy.
Clipper Tabitha May

 

WW2 C-47 Placid LassieWW2 C-47 Placid LassieThe C-47 aircraft named " Placid Lassie " lands at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. An aircraft of historical significance, built in 1943 and flew several missions during the D Day landings and operation Market Garden during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. A monochrome filter has been applied to the original colour photograph. Placid Lassie

C-47A Sytrain That's All BrotherC-47A Sytrain That's All BrotherThe C-47 aircraft named " That's All Brother " just about to land at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. An aircraft of immense historical significance as this very aircraft was the lead aircraft of the main airborne invasion on the eve of D-Day. Led over 800 aircraft dropping over 13,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines in Normandy. 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. C-47A Sytrain That's All BrotherC-47A Sytrain That's All BrotherThe C-47 aircraft named " That's All Brother " just about to touch down at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. An aircraft of immense historical significance as this very aircraft was the lead aircraft of the main airborne invasion on the eve of D-Day. Led over 800 aircraft dropping over 13,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines in Normandy. 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. A monochrome filter has been added to the original colour photograph. That's All Brother

Legend Airways “Liberty” DC-3CLegend Airways “Liberty” DC-3CThe Douglas DC-3 " Liberty" of Legend Airways lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 22nd 2019. One of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. An aircraft of historical importance having served as a troop carrier during the D Day invasion of Normandy. Legend Airways “Liberty” DC-3CLegend Airways “Liberty” DC-3CThe Douglas DC-3 " Liberty" of Legend Airways lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 22nd 2019. One of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. An aircraft of historical importance having served as a troop carrier during the D Day invasion of Normandy. A black and white conversion of the original colour photograph. Legend Airways " Liberty "

Pan Am Douglas DC-3CPan Am Douglas DC-3CDouglas C-47B s/n 20806 (c/n 4193) was built in Long Beach, CA in 1944 for the U.S. Army. It has been restored in the colour scheme that Pan American Airlines had in use at that time. Seen here landing at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. One of 15 DC-3/C-47/DaKkota aircraft to have made the journey across the Atlantic to take part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. Pan Am Douglas DC-3CPan Am Douglas DC-3CDouglas C-47B s/n 20806 (c/n 4193) was built in Long Beach, CA in 1944 for the U.S. Army. Seen here landing at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. One of 15 DC-3/C-47/DaKkota aircraft to have made the journey across the Atlantic to take part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. A black and white conversion of the original colour photograph. Douglas DC-3C N877MG

C-53 Skytrooper D-Day DollC-53 Skytrooper D-Day DollThe Douglas C-53 Skytrooper " D Day Doll " lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 24th 2019. One of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. An aircraft of historical importance having flown three D Day missions towing Waco gliders and also taking part in operation " Market Garden ". A black and white conversion of the original colour photograph. C-53 Skytrooper D-Day DollC-53 Skytrooper D-Day DollThe Douglas C-53 Skytrooper " D Day Doll " lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 24th 2019. One of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. An aircraft of historical importance having flown three D Day missions towing Waco gliders and also taking part in operation " Market Garden ". D Day Doll

Douglas DC-3C N47E  Miss VirginiaDouglas DC-3C N47E Miss VirginiaThe C-47A ( DC-3C) aircraft named " Miss Virginia " Seen in world war two markings of the United States Air Force, taxiing for take off at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. Built in 1943 and had two years service training airborne troops during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. Douglas DC-3C N47E  Miss VirginiaDouglas DC-3C N47E Miss VirginiaThe C-47A ( DC-3C) aircraft named " Miss Virginia " Seen in world war two markings of the United States Air Force, taxiing for take off at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. Built in 1943 and had two years service training airborne troops during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. Douglas DC-3C N47E  Miss VirginiaDouglas DC-3C N47E Miss VirginiaThe C-47A ( DC-3C) aircraft named " Miss Virginia " pictured here taking off at Prestwick Airport, Scotland, for Duxford England. Built in 1943 and had two years service training airborne troops during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. Douglas DC-3C N47E  Miss VirginiaDouglas DC-3C N47E Miss VirginiaThe C-47A ( DC-3C) aircraft named " Miss Virginia " pictured here taking off at Prestwick Airport, Scotland, for Duxford, England. Built in 1943 and had two years service training airborne troops during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. Miss Virginia

Legend Airways " Liberty " Miss Virginia Betsys Biscuit Bomber Betsys Biscuit Bomber

Miss Montana Miss Montana

N62CC " Virginia Ann " waits on KC-135 landing before departing to Duxford from Prestwick 27/05The Virginia Ann was built at Douglas Aircraft’s factory in Long Beach, California, and was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force on September 21st, 1943. She was initially assigned to the 12th Air Force in January, 1944, but transferred to 59th Squadron of the 61st Troop Carrier Group in the 9th Air Force shortly thereafter. On D-Day, based at RAF Barkston Heath in England, Colonel Willis Mitchell chose Virginia Ann to lead the 61st TCG with her four squadrons, the 14th, 15th, 53rd and 59th, 72 C-47s, on Serial 24. They were carrying elements of the 2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne. Colonel Mitchell received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained that early morning. Virginia Ann was involved in resupply and injured evacuation operations in the days following the June 6th invasion. The aircraft went on to participate in Operations Market Garden and Varsity. Following WWII, Virginia Ann went on to a life in the civilian sector as a transport. Mission Boston D-Day LLC, of Newport Beach, California have owned the historic aircraft since 2016, and she is presently painted in the same livery she wore back in June, 1944. KC-135KC-135 prepares to taxy for take off back home to Arizona. C130H of Kentucky ANG landing at Prestwick Airport KC-135R of the Arizona Air National Guard arrives at Prestwick Airport " Placid Lassie " " Placid Lassie " shortly after take off from Prestwick Airport and heading for Duxford 27/05, backdrop is the Isle of Arran, off the West coast of Scotland.

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Stac Pollaidh at Sunrise https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2018/12/stac-pollaidh-at-sunrise Stac Pollaidh at SunriseStac Pollaidh at SunriseThe unmistakable shape of Stac Pollaidh ( Stac Polly ) in the Assynt region of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. Pictured just as the sun was beginning to rise behind it and the neighbouring peak of Cul Beag. The clouds at differing heights catching varying amounts of colour from the suns rays.

 

The unmistakable shape of Stac Pollaidh ( Stac Polly ) in the Assynt region of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. Pictured just as the sun was beginning to rise behind it and the neighbouring peak of Cul Beag. The clouds at differing heights catching varying amounts of colour from the suns rays.

Pretty much straight out of the camera without the use of any filters. As usual this lovely light and colour was only there for a short period of time as the sun quickly began to make its way up in to the sky.

 

I have isolated two peaks in this shot but from the location it was taken from at Achnahaird bay you can see several of the Assynt and Coigach peaks.

 

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Holiday Scottish Highlands and Islands https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2018/2/holiday-scottish-highlands-and-islands I was recently asked to get involved in a question and answer style blog post for a Scotland holiday and accommodation website.

The site provides ideas, inspiration, accommodation listings plus much, much more for those looking to plan a holiday in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

The site is easy to use, provides a newsletter subscription service and is packed full of all the things you would ever need if planning a Scottish holiday of any description.

Here is the link to the piece published on the website blog, you can navigate the rest of the website from there also.

Holiday Scottish Highlands and Islands

I hope you enjoy reading what my contribution was and of course looking at the images I provided also, don't forget to have a look round the website and sign up for the newsletter whilst you are visiting the website.

 

My next blog post will be featuring a recent trip to the Northwest Highlands, the image below from a wonderful day spent wandering in Assynt, Sutherland.

Cul Mor and Cam LochCul Mor and Cam LochA snow topped Cul Mor mountains viewed across Cam Loch in Assynt Sutherland.

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Suilven a Mountain of Assynt https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2017/12/mountains-of-assynt I just love the mountains that are to be found in the Assynt region of Sutherland in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.

Suilven at SunriseSuilven at SunriseSuilven photographed not long after the sun had appeared in the sky on an Autumnal morning with its reflection showing among the reeds in the waters of Loch Druim Suardalain in Sutherland, Northwest Highlands of Scotland. Suilven as pictured above and below is my favourite, no matter the time of year or from where it is photographed, it always pleases me when I catch my first glimpse of it either by foot or by car on my travels.

Suilven in WinterSuilven in WinterSuilven seen from a distance across a frozen Loch Borralan in the county of Sutherland, Northwest Scotland, it might look higher but Suilven reaches only 2400 feet or thereabouts. I especially like to see it with its winter coat on as pictured above but again it also looks appealing in the height of summer. Rolling clouds behind the scottish mountain of Suilven in summer.SuilvenOne of Scotland's most iconic mountains in the county of Sutherland in the far North West There is nothing quite as enjoyable as watching a glorious Sutherland sunset with the silhouette of Suilven in the frame.

Although the sunset image above has some lovely hues in it, Suilven is such an interesting feature it can look equally as stunning when photographed in black and white.

Canisp and Suilven from Loch Druim SuardalainCanisp and Suilven from Loch Druim SuardalainThe mountains of Canisp and Suilven seen from the shore of Loch Druim Suardalain, Sutherland, North West Scotland. A long exposure photograph begins to catch the reflections of Suilven and the pines on the islet on to the loch.

I'll finish this short post with my latest Suilven image, this could also be the location for my next, hopefully looking across a frozen Fionn Loch to a snow covered mountain. Suilven Reflections on Fionn LochSuilven Reflections on Fionn LochThe superbly shaped mountain of Suilven seen here in late autumn, with its refection upon the waters of Fionn Loch, Assynt, Sutherland in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.

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Boeing B-52H Stratofortress Flying Over Scotland https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2017/9/boeing-b-52h-stratofortress Tuesday the 19th of Sept and I had set off for my usual visit to Sandwood Bay as was in Sutherland, Northwest Scotland, at the start of a week long road trip.

I don't always carry a zoom lens due the weight of the Canon 100- 400 in my pack, you begin to feel it a bit with the four mile walk to get to Sandwood, more so on the way back !

How pleased I was to have had it to call upon when I looked up at an aircraft circling overhead Cape Wrath which is about twelve miles North of Sandwood, I knew that the M.O.D. Firing Range at Cape Wrath was active that day but the last thing I expected to see flying over it on excercise was a B-52 Stratofortress of the United States Air Force.

These majestic strategic bombers are based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, USA and this was one of a deployment which had arrived earlier in the month at RAF Fairford to take part in various excercises both there and in Europe.

This aircraft was using the callsign " BUFF02 " as three B-52's had taken off from RAF Fairford that morning, the BUFF callsign is given as the B-52 is rarely given its official name of Stratofortress and is more frequently informally referred to as the BUFF ( Big Ugly Fat F****r )

A rare sight to see one of these aircraft in the skies above Scotland.

Not the best of images which follow, but please bear in mind it was a reasonably fast moving object twelve miles away and I estimated flying at about 18000 feet.

 

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The Aurora Borealis and Dark Skies https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2017/9/the-aurora-borealis-and-dark-skies There was fair amount of media coverage in the press last week about the Aurora being visible in the night sky, this being caused by both a massive Solar Flare and a coronal mass ejection (CME). The peak level of activity was over the night of Thursday 7th September but unfortunately the near full moon in the night sky and the amount of cloud cover across the UK meant that not everyone that could have been able to view the Aurora was able to.

There are now several sites which issue Aurora alerts by text, email or through smartphone Apps. I tend to rely on the AuroraWatchUK app which will alert you as to when the Aurora may be visible.

In the UK the two major factors influencing your chances of seeing the Aurora are your geographical location and how dark the sky in your location is, so in a nutshell if you are in the far North with dark skies you are going to get the best views when the Aurora is visible, a great resource in finding out how dark your sky is can be found here.

I decided to venture out during the wee small hours of the 8th of September to see if I could catch a glimpse of the Aurora, living in rural Dumfries and Galloway the skies are quite dark but there was plenty of clouds around to spoil the view.

When the Auroral activity is as high as it was on this occasion the colours can be seen with the naked eye but the sensor on a modern digital camera is so much more sensitive to light it will always show much more than what the eye can see.

Things did not look that good when I arrived at my chosen location, Torhouse Stone Circle as the sky was nearly totally obscured by clouds.

 

But a little patience paid off as after hanging around for an hour or so there was a big enough gap in the clouds to get a sight of the Aurora which unfortunately had began to die down a little by then but always an amazing sight to see any sign of the Aurora in the night sky.

Aurora in Dumfries and Galloway from a previous occasion.

aurora borealis, scotlandAurora Over Port LoganAurora visible in the far south of Scotland in the early hours of February 28th 2014, beautiful colours in the sky seen over the harbour at Port Logan in Dumfries and Galloway

Until the next time.

 

 

 

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Prestwick Airport Revisited https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2015/6/prestwick-airport-revisited It has been a while since I last posted about the airport so thought I would update the blog with some new pics and news concerning the airport.

It has been a year and a half since the Scottish Government stepped in to buy the airport and still no sign of any increased activity in what is the prime driver for the economics of the airport that is passenger volumes, in fact these have dropped due to the only scheduled service operator, Ryanair, reducing the number of flights with now less than 1M passengers expected to use the airport for year 2015.

An all to regular scene at Prestwick Airport

There have been significant additions to the executive team at the airport and their primary focus must be on increasing passenger volumes, progress on this is not being reported due to the commercial sensitivity of the subject.

 

Expenditure from the government in the form of loans is currently at £9M with much of this being spent on repairs to the fabric of the facility which have been neglected during the previous years, estimates of total loan funding to the airport now stand at £39M nearly twice the original projectionto the year 2021/22, a small sum in comparison to the hundreds of millions being spent in the expansion of Edinburg and Glasgow airports.

 

Personally I like the old terminal and think it still looks good after being on the go for the past 50 years.

 

One recent piece of good news was the announcement by Donald Trump that he plans to attract hundreds of executive jets to the airport bringing guests to visit his luxury hotel and golf complex at Turnberry, itself to be the recipient of more than £100M of investment by his organisation.

 

Another widely criticised move by the airport in recent months was the termination of contracts of the private handling ( Fixed Based Operators ) companies on the airfield and for these activities to now be handled in-house by Prestwick Aviation Services, keeping alive the Matthew Hudson philosophy for the operation of the airport, the prophets of doom all said that these operators would draw business away to other airports but this does not appear to be the case judging by the amount of executive, fuel stopping and military aircraft transiting the airport.

 

 

Canadian F-18's route through Prestwick on their way home

 

 

Cargo volumes at Prestwick have seen a 25% increase since the Government buy-out but the trend is for increased volumes of cargo to be carried in the holds of scheduled service flights which does not benefit Prestwick. What does is the infrastructure already in place for handling the largest cargo only aircraft and the resurgence of the economy and inevitable oil price rise leading to a revival in North Sea oil activity.

 

 

 

The Antonov AN-124 pictured above is the second largest freight carrying aircraft in service with a payload of 150 tonnes, a frequent Prestwick vistor for specialist freight operations.

 

Another update will follow in due course, please scroll down to enjoy a few more pictures of recent visitors at the airport

 

 

 

Royal Navy BAE Hawks during a recent Joint Warrior exercise.

Canadian F-18 Hornet departing for home after stopping off after NATO duties in Europe.

Could do with some other carriers tails showing at the airport at night !

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Corsewall Lighthouse https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2014/11/corsewall-lighthouse Corsewall LighthouseCorsewall LighthouseA Stevenson designed lighthouse on the Irish Sea coast of Dumfries and Galloway at Corsewall Point near Kirkcolm.

 

A Stevenson designed lighthouse on the Irish Sea coast of Dumfries and Galloway at Corsewall Point near Kirkcolm.

 

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Trying some aviation photography https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2014/5/trying-some-aviation-photography Having worked in and around airports for many years and having always kept an interest in aviation I decided to spend some time at my local airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, attempting to master the art of aviation photography, I soon discovered that it was going to take a bit of practice as aircraft are pretty fast moving as they hit the tarmac !

LX-ECV Cargolux Airlines International Boeing 747-4HQF(ER)

There was no shortage of subject matter as airports are a hive of activity even when there are no aircraft taking off or landing, I found it interesting to watch the airport fire service catching up on some training excercises on a redundant  Boeing 747 parked on a remote apron.

Airport Fire Service

There was a good variety of aircraft to be seen during my visit, showing the many different users of the airport, this small jet being operated by a company which develops aerospace and avionics systems.

Dassault Falcon 20DC at Glasgow Prestwick

Also some interesting types of aircraft on display that day, this Russian built jet developed for short take offs and landings, using the thrust from the overwing engines to obtain additional lift.

CavokAir Antonov AN74

A few military visitors to the airfield that day, these highly engineered propellors belonging to the work-horse of many an air force, the Lockheed Martin C130 Hercules, some further experimentation required with shutter speed to capture the movement of the propellors

RCAF C130J Props

This was a much newer piece of military hardware that visited that day a Multi Role Tanker Transport Airbus A330 of the RAF, if you look towards the end of the wing you will see the pod that carries the equipment for inflight refuelling.

Voyager RAF Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport

The mainstay of the airport is shorthaul flights to many European sun spots, the passengers on board this would be hoping not to land on a wet runway when they reached their destination.

Ryanair 771 PIK -DUB 10-05-14

The last arrival during my short stay was yet another large jet, a Boeing 777 Freighter stopping off in-between Chicago and Paris which was turned around pretty quickly with modular containers of goodness knows what taken off and replaced in the voluminous deck of the aircraft.

F-GUOC-B777F Arrives at Prestwick from Chicago

All in all an enjoyable days photography with plenty of action to photograph, think I'll need a bit more practice at it so don't be surprised to see another post from the airport.

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Prestwick Airport Turns Green https://www.derekbeattieimages.com/blog/2014/4/prestwick Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Took a trip to my local airport last month as they had arranged to bathe the terminal building in green light, joining a long list of landmarks that have done this in honour of St. Patrick's Day. I shared this image with Prestwick Airport on their facebook page and they contacted me asking if they could have the image to pass on to Tourism Ireland to be used in forthcoming publicity material.

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