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Night shooting at Newark

Newark Air Museum’s fourth ‘Day Night Photo Shoot’ took place on October 17, 2009


The museum's newly-painted MiG-27 at night. All images Howard Heeley/Down to Earth Promotions

For Nottinghamshire-based Newark Air Museum’s fourth ‘shoot’, a variety of museum aircraft cockpits were open for inspection including the Meteor NF12, Buccaneer, Canberra B(I)8, Viggen, MiG-23, MiG-27 and Bulldog – the latter manoeuvred out of display hangar 2 for the day. Numbers for the special day and night photo-shoots are limited to 30 people so that the group can be safely marshalled around the extensive site - it also ensures there is some flexibility in the schedule to meet specific requests from photographers. Whilst visitors weren’t allowed to sit in all of these cockpits, several of the larger types were open for inspection, including the Vulcan, Hastings and Varsity.

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance under guard at Newark Air Museum!
Shortly after midday the distinctive sound of an MD Explorer (belonging to the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance) was heard overhead just before the helicopter landed in the field site to the south of the museum. This was a pre-arranged visit to help publicise this vital service with visitors able to look inside the aircraft and talk to the crew. It departed mid-afternoon on a call – you can help them out at

A new feature to the ‘shoot’ was the participation of the Crusader 80 BAOR Living History Group, which can be found at It was set up in January 2008 to promote the preservation of British Army on the Rhine (BAOR) vehicles, uniforms and equipment, from the ‘Cold War’ period of 1975 to 1985.

A member of the Crusader 80 BAOR Living History Group gets 'captured'.
Crusader 80 staged a display to represent a Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) field workshop unit ‘operating’ somewhere in Germany during 1986. As part of this, group members patrolled the museum site looking for suspected ‘terrorists’, but the only ‘arrest’ they made was the museum shop manager who was pretending to sabotage the Air Ambulance helicopter.

As dusk approached more of the night-time photo-shoot participants began to arrive and they were given the customary safety briefing after the museum closed to the general public at 1700 hours.

Recently restored de Havilland Dove G-AHRI now wears the markings of its original operator the Iraq Petroleum Transport Company.
The museum has recently invested in additional sets of lighting, allowing more photographic opportunities. As the light started to fade the group assembled by the recently restored de Havilland Dove G-AHRI, which now wears the markings of its original operator the Iraq Petroleum Transport Company. Freshly released from custody, the Dove shoot featured the museum shop manager making good her escape!

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 and MiG-27 Flogger provided the focus for several set pieces featuring Crusader 80 member, including the internment of a defecting MiG-27 pilot! While the general idea is to represent serious real-life situations the main point of this event is to have fun. At times the banter was priceless and how the ‘MiG pilot’ didn’t get ‘shot’ remains a mystery! The shoot moved on around the museum over the evening, finishing back at the Vulcan at around 2200 hours.

Not sure what's more menacing, the MiG or the Alsatian!
More events are planned for 2010 – dates and times will be posted on the museum website when they have been decided.

Thanks to everyone who participated – Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, Crusader 80, museum volunteers and staff, plus all the visiting photographers; you all helped to make it a great night!

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Gary Watson said on the 21-Jun-2010 at 18:39

If last octobers night-shoot' was anything to go by,
it should be a good nights 'shooting', made even better, by the fact that the Mig 27, has its wheel-covers on !! Oh, and thrown-in for good measure,
Dave Hibberts laughter-show !! while being 'time-exposed' !!

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