Dunkirk, France with my DJI Mavic Air

So for a while now I've fancied purchasing a DJI drone, originally I had my eyes on the DJI Spark until I saw that the DJI Mavic Air was being released.  After watching a few videos on youtube I was sold but the problem was I just had to wait for the DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo - Flame Red stock to arrive.  I had our next World War adventure to France and Belgium coming up and I was desperate to take it with me, with only 2 days to go it arrived and all I had time to do was charge it up and complete the firmware updates.

The shipwrecks of Dunkirk were one of the locations we were visiting this time around and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take it out for my first flight as the beaches in Dunkirk are vast and pretty much empty at the time we were there to witness the wrecks magically appear from the sea.  I'D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN THE WAR YOU MUST VISIT THESE WRECKS.

My maiden flight was scary I'll be honest, especially as I was learning whilst flying, but after some initial problems not being able to see the screen due to the sunlight and the drone flying out to sea a couple of times I was loving every second of it.  

I produced a video of the footage I shot below which you can watch.  Since the first flight I've got to understand the Mavic Air a lot more and I'm just looking forward to many more flying hours with this awesome piece of kit. 

I'll be posting photographs of all my World War 1 and World War 2 adventures to this blog over the coming months so keep an eye out for them as I've been to some amazing places....

If you'd like to purchase one I have a link for you right here: DJI Mavic Air  

A first of its kind, the Mavic Air is DJI’s smallest drone in the Mavic Pro line-up to feature a 3-axis, gimbal-stabilised 4K camera. Aimed at outdoor photographers and adventure filmmakers, this foldable drone can record 4K/30p video at bit rates up to 100Mbps and Full HD video at 120fps for slow motion action shots. It can also create 32MP spherical panoramas and capture 12MP RAW stills.

Key Features: DJI Mavic Air Drone Fly More Combo - Flame Red 

DJI’s most portable camera drone ever to have a 3-axis, gimbal-stabilised 4K camera 
Foldable and extremely lightweight (430g - 41% lighter than the Mavic Pro) 
Powerful 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and 24mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens (35mm equivalent) 
4K/30p video at bit rates up to 100Mbps using the H.264 codec 
Full HD at 120fps for smooth slow motion video 
Horizontal, Vertical, and 180° panoramas and 32-megapixel sphere panoramas 
12-megapixel stills (JPEG & RAW) 
HDR Photos for more natural transitions between highlights and shadows 
SmartCapture - launch and control the drone with hand gestures 
6 QuickShot Modes - Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Helix, Asteroid, and Boomerang 
FlightAutonomy 2.0 with Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems for a smarter, safer flight 
8GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot and a USB-C port 
3-Directional Environment Sensing 
21-minute max flight time
— WEX Photo Video
Here's my first flight with my new DJI Mavic Air, exploring the shipwrecks from Operation Dynamo focussing mainly on the Crested Eagle and the Devonia shipwrecks on the Dunkirk beaches between Leffrinckoucke and Bray Dunes.