Photography by Tom Lane

On Saturday evening the 24th October, 2020 the Imperial War Museum at Duxford (Cambridgeshire in the UK) organised a photographic night shoot covering the Battle of Britain. The intention was to have the aircraft on the grass runway and run the engines. However, the wind and rain was so bad that this had to be cancelled for safety reasons and possible damage to the aircraft. The staff tried to make the best of a terrible evening and I managed to get some half decent images. It’s a good thing that the Leica SL2 camera and its lenses are weatherproof otherwise it could have turned out to be a very expensive evening.

Because of the bad weather, the original program could not go ahead as scheduled and so we were given unrestricted access to the workshops and the American part of the museum. Although I would have preferred to see the Battle of Britain aircraft out on the runway, it was good to see behind the scenes.

These images were all taken with the Leica SL2 with the 16-35mm and 24-90mm Vario SL lenses, plus the 50mm f1.4 SL Summilux.

Spitfire being prepared for a re-paint.