Bruntingthorpe's resident Lightning Preservation Group maintains a pair of English Electric Lightning F.6 interceptors (XS904 and XR728), and on the 23rd February 2013 were kind enough to organise a night photography shoot, with some of their volunteers acting as reenactors to try and get photographs reminiscent of the times during the Cold War when Lightnings really did guard the skies of the United Kingdom.
Whilst not having run a dedicated night photography event before, the Lightning Preservation Group have conducted night Fast Taxi Run events - the last such run I attended was back in November 2009. There was a small opportunity to shoot the Lightning lit outside the Q-Sheds at the end of the evening, but as the event was not aimed at photography it was almost impossible to ensure a clear background.
These first three photographs are from that event, whilst the remainder are from 2013.
The atmosphere at this latest event was somewhat different, geared as it was entirely towards photographers. A brief was given at the start of the evening, detailing what the intended plan was to be - as well as some small items of etiquette to ensure that everyone came away with the photographs they wanted. For the most part, everyone was corteous and polite, which was greatly beneficial to the success of the event.
My only personal negative would be that for an effective flooding of the pan to get an aircraft reflection, a vast amount more water would be needed. However, as this was the first event, not everything can be expected to be perfect first time - and I'll definitely be back for the next one!