Brunei Darussalam

Civilians Experience Diamondback Airboat at the Royal Brunei Land Forces Open Day 2011

Today, the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) hosted the Royal Brunei Land Forces’ (RBLF) Open Day or “Sambutan Hari Terbuka” for the public. Among the attractions I was excited about is the Diamondback Airboat ride at the Seria wetlands, home of the white egrets common to the Seria oil town.

[ more photographs from the Royal Brunei Land Forces Open Day ]

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A young visitor sits high up on the Diamondback Airboat for a photo opportunity.
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The first component of the engine assembly that caught my eye are the huge carbon fibre blades.
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Strong winds blow out of the back of the airboat are strong enough to blow people down and throw rocks, dust, and other objects with enough speed to damage property or injure people.

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Passengers put on safety vests before allowed to board the Airboat.
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Though passengers are cautioned to keep all loose objects secure, I have my Canon G11 securely strapped to my wrist the whole time and seeing how this opportunity is probably very rare, I wasn't about to leave without an in-action wind blown picture. Lovely blue sky thanks to built-in ND filter.
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The four of us including the camera got splashed but I continued to take photos knowing well the water droplets on the lens add some realism of the moment.

[ All photographs taken with the Canon PowerShot G11 ]

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