WWI Aircraft Rolled Out For Photography Night Shoot at RAF Museum London

Actually painted as a D.V aircraft from a batch of 400 ordered in May 1917, this flying replica was built by New Zealand Company The Vintage Aviator Ltd (TVAL) in 2011, and uses an original contemporary Mercedes D.III engine from RAF Museum stocks. It represents an aircraft flown on the Western Front by Jasta 61in 1918. Flown a number of times in New Zealand and the UK in 2012, it arrived at Hendon in October 2012.

In a similar event to the Nighttime Photo Shoot which we reported will take place at RAF Museum Cosford in Shropshire, England during late November 2021, the RAF Museum’s London campus will be featuring three of their extremely rare WWI aircraft in another outdoor photographic opportunity over the evening of October 6th. Teaming up with Threshold Aero to offer this exclusive evening shoot the museum will wheel two of their aircraft outside, an Albatros and R.E.8, alongside a related historic vehicle, a Crossley Tender. The three subjects will sit proudly beside the Hangar doors to the historic Grahame White Factory (which dates to 1912) for this unique photographic opportunity.

Each aircraft will be illuminated by professional-grade LED lighting with Automatic White Balance. This will give you the opportunity to capture images of the aircraft in their Museum setting, showcased like never before and without the public in your shots. The museum’s small team of Living History volunteers will be posing with these exhibits to make your photos come to life.

Other aircraft inside the Hangar will be lit with LED lighting and have the barriers removed (where possible) for shots in their Museum setting but without the visiting public hindering the view.

The Night Shoot will start at 5.30 pm, following a short safety briefing to ensure that participants will gain the most from the experience. The event is suitable for photographers of all abilities – participants will not need to be professional photographers to enjoy themselves. A team from Threshold Aero will be on hand throughout the evening to provide assistance and guidance if required. For more information visit www.rafmuseum.org.uk

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