Do you mean a gimbal head for a tripod? I guess you do, as you mention the weight, and, I don't think hand held-held gimbals add much for still photography? ??? --- I have no experience with either type. Oh... you're even talking about monopods. (I often don't read properly first time through <blush>) I'm sure you'd cut a fine figure swinging a big lens through great arcs as you chase the planes. I'm hearing music from British WW2 films in the background I have a doubt, though, that a monopod might turn the whole scenario a bit more Chaplain than War-hero?