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Red Checkers over Lake Rotorua

Kia Ora Fellow Gallopers,

The Red Checkers is the only aerobatic team of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Using Harvards, the RNZAF first flew display aerobatics in the immediate post-WWII years. In 1967, the Central Flying School (CFS) team was officially called the ‘Red Checkers’, the name being derived from the red and white checkered cowls on the five Harvards that made up this team. After being disbanded in 1973, the team reformed in 1980 but this time flying the CT-4B Airtrainer. The first Airtrainer team comprised four aircraft but this was soon increased to the current team size of five. In 1999, the team moved onto the aircraft that is currently used – the CT-4E Airtrainers. The aircrafts used by the team had a nose painted in a red and white checkered pattern but this has now been reduced to a small checkered stripe. Red Checker pilots are senior flying instructors from the RNZAF Central Flying School and the Pilot Training Squadron situated at RNZAF Base Ohakea.

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On 9th April, 2013, the Red Checkers performed a 15 minute flying display routine over Lake Rotorua as part of their tour of the North Island. The display comprised of the mirror maneuver (seen below) – a maneuver the team is well known for.

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You can see all the images from the 15 minute routine here. Enjoy!!!

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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2012 (Part 1)

Kia Ora Fellow Gallopers,

Another year’s come and gone – a year that was packed with events ranging from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the London Olympics to the US Presidential election. The aftershocks of the economic crisis continued to rock the world economies and the world was to have ended this year.

While being a silent spectator to the atrocities that one fellow human inflicts on another, this beautiful planet that we call Home sent out very clear signals to us, by way of storms and super storms,  that we will have to bear the consequences of our bad and reckless stewardship of her.

As the curtains come down on 2012, I thought I’d showcase some of our most highly rated* images from the past 12 months. Hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed making them:

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February 2012:

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April 2012:

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Look out for Part 2 tomorrow…

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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* – All the images in this post were showcased on our Facebook Page as part of our ‘Picture of the Day’ feature and were highly rated by the most important and valued viewer of all – You.

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The Year that was 2010 – Part 1

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Showcased below are a few images that I have selected from all the images I’ve taken during 2010. Hope you enjoy them.

January:

This image was taken during the Torchlight Procession in Edinburgh, Scotland.

All images in this set can be viewed here:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/Torchlight-Procession-Calton/10799561_6t7My#752977074_spZV8

 

February:

Took this image while climbing up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle can be seen in the distance.

All images in this set can be viewed here:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Nature/21st-February/11347618_uEgcX#796959395_PuZ9A

 

March:

Looking at one’s own reflection.

All images in this set can be viewed here:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Marine-Life/Marine-Life-Set1/11628378_g6e6i#819894471_GMVKB

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Marine-Life/Marine-Life-Set2/11629256_i9nZJ#819959309_5kJ7f

 

April:

A portrait shot of a Tiger.

 

May:

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh is well-known for its street performers and here’s a guy doing what he does best.

June:

Took this shot at around 35,000 ft as the sun was rising above the horizon and the day’s first light was bouncing off the tops of the clouds.

 

Gallop over to our blog tomorrow for the final part of The Year that was 2010.

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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