|I was on an assignment for Aviation News commissioned to write an article on the grand opening of the new Classic Air Museum at Newquay which had relocated from Coventry. Anticipating a double page spread for an exciting and meaningful image I requested a shoot with their de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide (G-AGTM) during one of its first Cornwall pleasure flights. For this air to air photo shoot I flew in DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 (G-APLO formally WD379). During the flight briefing it was decided to take off before the Dragon Rapide and circle around behind it and follow it down to Newquay while closing in fairly close over the town at 1,500 feet AGL. After following the coastline back to Newquay Cornwall Airport we performed a 360 degree orbit before breaking away (with a 2.5g turn) to land behind the Dragon Rapide and conclude the 20 minute flight.
I was shooting through a glass canopy with a Canon 24-105mm L zoom lens. I was discouraged from using a 70-200mm zoom due to the confined cockpit, on reflection I think I should have gone with that longer lens.