At the recent Biggin Hill Festival of Flight the red arrows flew over Addington. How do you photograph aircraft flying at up to 600 mph with a basic camera with 5x optical zoom? The answer is not very easily as you can see from the photo below.
I positioned my camera in the lower part of the picture hoping to anticipate when the arrows would appear, all I got was the vapour trail!
The white vapour is produced by injecting diesel into the hot exhaust at 400 degrees centigrade. This gives five minutes of white vapour. The red and blue colours are made by mixing dye with the diesel to provide one minute of each colour.
Addington Park itself is across the road from the Gravel Hill tram stop. The park was acquired from the Addington Palace estate in 1930. The Palace was used as a summer-house by the Archbishops of Canterbury in the 1930 and the enclosed Palace is still standing today at the upper end of the Park, though it is not visible from the park. The Palace is not open to the public but its grounds contain a public golf course. I am sure the pilots got a good view!