Two Sundays ago I launched into the skies in an Australian built 1930s Tiger Moth, piloted by Max (above). It was my Christmas present - I was able to choose any day in the year, and it turned out to be a good one - 29 degrees and still.
An incredible experience that I think you should try if you get the chance. Much like riding my old BSA Lightning, it is not exactly a smooth ride, but it is far better than that - you actually feel the vibrations, hear the thrum of the motor, have the air rushing by you and are very aware that you are immersed in a keenly visceral experience.
As far as photography went, I thought about it quite a lot and took my two Leicas - Marilyn with a 28mm lens and Tyrone with a 90mm. Both had Portra 400 film. I think I’d do it that way again in a similar situation, or not worry about cameras at all. There are only so many air to ground photos that you want and, to be honest, I found it best just sitting back and feeling the experience (and experiencing the feeling).
So thank you, Sue, James and Alex for a wonderful present that I’ll never forget!