This weekend Sweden is celebrating 100 years of aviation. I went down to Gärdet, a large field in Stockholm, were the swedish airforce and other aviation geeks held a historical aviation show. It did include some modern planes, but who cares about them. ;) The weather report promised rain but we got lucky. Well – as a photographer clouds isn´t perticulary easy to expose against, but what the heck. Convert to b/w and off you go :)
As you might have guessed from the first image the airspace wasn´t where the real action was taking place. At least not for me (thank god for audiences : ). Mainly men, by them self or with their kids, lurking around lots of vintage machines; aeroplanes, cars and other stuff.
The star of the show was a maiden flight by a Blériot XI from 1918 with pilot Mikael Carlson. Man, that guy is brave. Seeing the Blériot XI taking of with the stability of a piece of tissue really freaked me out. But it took off, made a pair of fly bys and landed with a couple of umpfs. (Apparently the pilot controls the speed by simply switching the motor on and off. Full speed or nothing – that´s it.).
That´s it, folks. Tonight it´s cruising down town. Time to get busy.