Feature – Northolt Nightshoot

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Thursday 14th March saw the fourteenth night shoot take place at RAF Northolt so I went along to see what it was all about.

I made the short drive up to RAF Northolt on Thursday afternoon to take part in my first night shoot there. Previously I have been unable to attend these events as I have either been at university or been busy elsewhere.

I turned up armed with a tripod and florescent vest and along with 300 other photographers, set foot on base to begin shooting a superb selection of aircraft under bright white flood lighting. The Northolt night shoots are now in their fifth year and have become extremely popular within the aviation community with photographers coming from all over the country to participate  It doesn’t stop with the photographers though, both the Armée De L’air and Swedish Air Force both sent aircraft over for the event.

As most of you know, I’ve been to several night shoots before but nothing that is on the same scale of the shoot at Northolt. The organisers managed to pull out all the stops and produce a fantastic lineup:

  • Armée De L’air Alpha Jet
  • Armée De L’air Super Puma
  • Swedish Air Force Sabreliner
  • Irish Air Corps AW139
  • RAF BAe 146
  • RAF BAe 125
  • RAF Aw109
  • HAC Hawker Hurricane
  • EC145 Metropolitan Police
  • MD-902 Explorer London Air Ambulance

Thankfully the weather held off and made for some fantastic sky – here is a selection of shots from my night:

HAC Hawker Hurricane


RAF BAe 146


Irish Air Corps AW139


French Air Force Alpha Jet


RAF BAe 125


French Air Force Super Puma


London Air Ambulance MD-902 Explorer




Swedish Air Force Sabreliner


Metropolitan Police EC145


The highlight of the night for me was shooting the new BAe 146 – I was sceptical about this aircraft at first but I have to admit they look fantastic!

As always the full set can be found on the Facebook page

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