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Vulcan XH558 moves into a storage hanger - 1st Febuary 2017
Image courtesy of Luke Webster.
Avro Vulcan XH558 was towed out from her current hanger home at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and placed into a storage hanger, dissapearing from public view until a new hanger can be built.
Panavia Tornado GR4 ZD741,XV(R) Squadron - 30th January 2017
Image courtesy of Niall Paterson.
XV(R) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth, Panavia Tornado GR4 ZD741/089 has been adorned in special McRoberts Reply markings to mark the disbandment of XV(R) Squadron on March 31st 2017. The GR4 was rolled out out the paint shop at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray on January 30th.
An RAF A330 Voyager paricitpating in the Red Flag excercise for the first time - 25th January 2017
Image courtesy of Crown Copyright.
A RAF based Voyager is particpating in the Red Flag excercise for the first time, providing a refueling capability for our airdraft as the excercise plays out over the huge Nevada test and training range.
A400, Atlas ZM411 makes the first visit for the type at the Mach Loop - 5th January 2017
Image courtesy of Keith Dorrell.
Atlas ZM411 made a short visit to the Mach Loop on the 5th January with two low level fly throughs.
Supermarine Swift F.4 WK 275 on loan to the Vulcan to the Sky Trust - 21st December 2016
Image courtesy of Luke Webster.
Supermarine Swift F.4 WK275 arrived at the former RAF Finningley airfield in November on loan from Jet Art Aviation and will be displayed alongside Vulcan XH558.
The Lightning Twilight Scramble -12th November 2016
Image courtesy of Jo Ayres.
As the 12th November 2016 drew to a close, Lightning fans from around the country descended on Bruntingthorpe airfield for the first Lightning Two Ship Q Shed twilight scramble, captured here is Lightning F6 XR728 backtracking down Bruntingthorpes runway.
Tornado Special Colour Sceme - 27th October 2016
Image courtesy of Roberto Resnigo.
Tornado 60th Anniversario 311 Grupo Volo.
The Centenary Special Scheme Chinooks at RAF Odiham - 14th September 2016
Image courtesy of Richard Hall.
On Wednesday 14th September 2016 all three centenary special scheme Chinooks, one each from 18, 27 and 28 squadron, were at RAF Odiham. After a photo shoot they departed for some air to air photograpy before making a stop off at Salisbury Plain.
For the full report click here.
Spitfire PS915 Arrives Back at RAF Coningsby - 18th August 2016
Images courtesy of Ady Shaw.
Spitfire MK19 PS915 arrived back at RAF Coningsby on Thursday 18th August 2016 after a major overhaul at Duxford in Cambridgeshire.
There was a small media event at Coningsby on Friday 19th for the benefit of the media and local TV.
The aircraft has been painted in a silver finish and represents a Spitfire of number 81 Squadron.
RAF Jaguars Make Their Last Live Runs - 31st July 2016.
Images courtesy of Steve Comber.
The last live running Jaguars at RAF Cosford were on display on the 31st July for a media/enthusiast event.
Jaguars have been used for a number of years training ground crews in the art of marshalling and refueling at Cosford.
Four aircraft were put through their paces for the cameras before a last taxi through a jet of water from one of Cosfords fire engines.
Colonol Robert Novotny Carried Out His Last Flight as the 48th Wing Commander at RAF Lakenheath - 14th July 2016
Image courtesy of Senior Airman Christine Halan
Colonol Novotny refuels from a KC135 tanker from the 100th refueling wing from RAF Mildenhall.
Image courtesy of Senior Airman Erin R. Babis
Colonol Robert Novotny seen here after landing back at RAF Lakenheath.
Fifty Years of Supporting the RAF’s C-130 Fleet - 6th July 2016
Image courtesy of Marshall Aerospace.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is celebrating fifty years of support of RAF C130 Hercules aircraft. Click here to read the article.
Canberra WK163 at Coventry Airport - 19th May 2016
Image courtesy of Luke Webster.
Thursday 19th May 2016 The Vulcan to the Sky trust took ownership of Canberra WK163.
Full story here.
The F22 Raptor at RAF Lakenheath - 3rd May 2016
Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle
F22 Raptor in Wales - 26th April 2016
Image courtesy of Cyril Williams
One of the F22 Raptors currently at RAF Lakenheath paid a visit low level through Wales.
28 Squadron celebrated their 100th anniversary - 7th April 2016
What is the connection between a Wiltshire chalk hill figure, the Gurkhas, a Royal Parade and Prince Michael of Kent? The answer is the 100th Centenary of No 28 Squadron.
Richard Hall travelled to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, an airfield itself with a long operational history, to watch the proceedings and soak up the atmosphere.
Read the full report here.
Desert Pink GR4 Tornado Airborne - 28th February 2016
Image courtesy of Niall Paterson.
Tornado ZG750 returns to RAF Lossiemouth after a flypast at the National Arboreum.
Desert Pink GR4 Tornado - 19th February 2016
Images courtesy Crown Copyright.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS since the Royal Air Force helped liberate Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s forces, an RAF Tornado GR4 has been painted in the iconic Gulf War ‘desert pink’ paint scheme to honour the aircraft type’s almost continuous operational service since then. On 28 February – the 25th anniversary of Saddam’s forces’ withdrawal from Kuwait – the aircraft is planned to stage a flypast at the National Arboretum at an event honouring the British forces involved in the Gulf War.
Treble Three sixty years from her first flight - 30th January 2016
Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan
On the 30th January 2016 sixty years from the date of her first flight Sqn Ldr Dennis Brooks took Treble Three for a fast taxi run up Bruntingthorpes long runway.
208 Squadrons 100th anniversary Hawk - 14th January 2016
208 Squadrons 100th anniversary Hawk was out and about low level on the 14th January 2016. Image courtesy of Rob Maclennan.
27 Squadron celebrated their 100th anniversary - 5th November 2015
The term “pigs might fly” usually denotes an event that is unlikely to happen. So if the statement “an elephant will fly” is used it could be expected to be even less likely to occur.
In the case of No 27 Squadron RAF an elephant certainly will fly. To find how this could be the case, Simply Planes were invited to RAF Odiham in Hampshire to report on a very special centenary event.
Richard Hall braved the high winds and rain to visit Odiham to observe the days event.
Read the full report here.
Vulcan XH558 makes her final flight - 28th October 2015
The Last Take Off
Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan.
A Condensation Laden Flypast
Image Courtesy of Steve Roper.
The Last Landing
Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan.
A Salute From the Fire Service
Image courtesy of Chris Cannon.
Farewell To RAF Search and Rescue - 13th October 2015
For over 74 years, the Royal Air Force has been an integral part of the UK’s Search and Rescue Service. On standby 365 days a year, at 15 minutes readiness by day and 45 minutes by night, the RAF’s helicopters have saved countless lives and assisted in thousands of rescues.
With an ageing fleet of helicopters and the need for efficiencies to be made, the role of RAF Search and Rescue finally passed into civilian hands on 4 October 2015.
A Flight No 22 Squadron based at RMB Chivenor were the final unit to stand down and to mark the occasion an event titled “Farewell To RAF Search and Rescue – A Look Back At 74 Years of Life-Saving” was staged. This was the last chance to see a role demo by an RAF Sea King HAR.3A helicopter before the type is retired from service.
Simply Planes was invited to the event and a full report can be found here.
Vulcan XH558 and the Gnat Display Team - 26th September 2015
Vulcan XH558 flew with a pair of Folland Gnats from the Gnat Display Team at the Great Yorkshire Air show on the 26th September 2015, this will the last time the Vulcan and Gnats will be seen together. Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan.
12 Squadrons 100th anniversary Tornado - 10th September 2015
12 Squadrons 100th anniversary Tornado was at RAF Coningsby on the 10th September 2015. Image courtesy of Yogi Johnson.
31 Squadron 100th anniversary Tornado - 3rd September 2015
31 Squadron (The Goldstars) 100th anniversary Tornado was in the Mach Loop on the 3rd September 2015. Image courtesy of Dave Sinnot.
41(R) Squadron 100th anniversary Typhoon - 2nd September 2015
41(R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby unveiled its 100th anniversary Typhoon on the 2nd September 2015. Image courtesy of Kevin Mape.
Vulcan XH558 at RAF Lakenheath - 27th August 2015
Vulcan XH558 made a short visit to RAF Lakenheath on the the 27th August 2015 and carried out several flypasts with resident F15 aircraft. Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.
Sea King at Southwold - 8th August 2015
A 22 Squadron B flight Sea King joined the lifeboats at southwold for a air sea rescue excercise (this is possibly the last time the Sea King will be in action in this area). Image courtesy of John Bradshaw.
A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft visit the UK - 15th July 2015
We were invited to attend the Media event at RAF Lakenheath for the two visiting A-10C Aircraft 78-0651 and 81-0956 from the 354th EFS 355th Fighter Wing "Bulldogs" Davis-Monthan AFB Arizona. They are here in Europe currently stationed at Lask Air Base in Poland for Operation Atlantic Resolve. While here in the UK both aircraft were on static display at the Yeovilton and RIAT airshows. Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.
8 sqn 100th Anniversary Sentry - 11th June 2015
No 8 squadron recently unveiled their new tail art celebrating their 100th anniversary, seen here on the evening of the 11th June after arriving back at RAF Coningsby. Image courtesy of Kevin Mape.
USSTRATCOM deployment to RAF Fairford - 5th June 2015
Three B-52H aircraft of the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, commanded by Lt Col Bradley Dyer, deployed to RAF Fairford on 5th June 2015. The deployment was in support of the multi-national exercises BALTOPS 15 and Sabre Strike 15. The exercises were also supported by two B-2 Spirits operating out of Whiteman AFB, Missouri which undertook hot-pit refuelling and crew changes at Fairford.
During the exercise sorties the crews practiced various mission profiles, including maritime mining and close air support working with Polish Joint Terminal Attack Controllers. Images courtesy of John Bradshaw.
Vulcan XH558 Southern Tour - 28th May 2015
The last airworthy Avro Vulcan XH558 paid a visit to RAF Waddington as she came to the end of her V Bomber tour on Sunday 28th June, with a Vulcan XM607 in the foreground. Image courtesy of Daniel Kennedy.
A Bristol Benheim MK 1 makes its debut at Duxford - 20th May 2015
After many years of restoration a Bristol Blenheim MK 1 displayed for the press and media at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. The only airworthy Blenheim in the world, was flown by John Romain of the Aircraft Restoration Company. Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.
18 (B) squadron celebrates its 100th anniversary - 15th May 2015
18(B) squadron unveiled one of there Chinook aircraft at RAF Odiham painted in a new colour scheme for there 100th anniversary. Images courtesy of Chris Cannon.
RAF Coningsby unveils its Battle of Britain 75th anniversary Typhoon - Wednesday 22nd April 2015
The Royal Air force’s Battle of Britain 75th anniversary Typhoon has taken to the air today for the first time at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Image courtesy of Gary Parsons.
Exercise Joint Warrior 2015 - Monday 20th April 2015
P3 Orian US Navy, at RAF Lossiemouth. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.
P8 Poseidon US Navy, at RAF Lossiemouth. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.
Atlantique Maritime Aircraft, French Navy at RAF Lossiemouth. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.
Tornado GR4 XV (R) Squadron 100th anniversary aircraft, at RAF Lossiemouth. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.
1X (B) squadron from RAF Marham 100th anniversary tail art - Thursday 16th April 2015
1X (B) squadrons recently painted 100th anniversary GR1 Tornado on one of its first trips out from RAF Marham in Norfolk. Image courtesy of Les Brown.
11 Squadrons recently marked up 100th anniversary Typhoon - Thursday 26th March 2015
11 Squadrons 100th anniversary Typhoon from RAF Coningsby. Image courtesy of Paul Heasman.
First UK A400M Atlas unveiled at RAF Brize Norton - Thursday 27th November 2014
The first of the UK’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft has today been officially unveiled by the MOD at its new home at RAF Brize Norton. The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of C-130 Hercules which have been the tried and trusted workhorse of the RAF’s Air Transport Fleet for decades. Manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, A400M Atlas will represent major advances on its predecessor, capable of flying almost twice as fast, twice as far and carrying almost twice as much cargo. Image Crown Copyright
First Paveway IV release for RAF Typhoons at RAF Lossiemouth - Tuesday 25th November 2014
The oldest frontline Royal Air Force squadron in the world achieved another first recently (25th November 2014). No 1(Fighter) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth, successfully released 2 live Paveway IV weapons at Cape Wrath Training Area as part of the Squadron’s task to deliver the latest Typhoon capability upgrade, known as P1Eb. Image Crown Copyright
New A400 Atlas at Brize Norton - Monday 17th November 2014
RAF Brize Norton received its first A400 Atlas ZM400 this afternoon. Images courtesy of Jamie Ewan
Marham Tornados back from Afghanistan - Saturday 15th November 2014
RAF Marham welcomed home the last detachment of Tornados from Afghanistan, the aircraft from 31 squadron arrived back at Marham late in the afternoon after a stop over at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
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VMFA F/A-18A Hornets at RAF Lakenheath - Sunday 5th October 2014
Several F/A-18A Hornets from the VMFA were at RAF Lakenheath. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin
6 Squadron QRA interception
A Typhoon from No. 6 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth recently carried out the squadron's first QRA launch since arriving at RAF Lossiemouth. Image Crown Copyright
XH558 Cold War Tour - Thursday 25th September 2014
Avro Vulcan XH558 visited RAF Wyton as part of her Cold War Tour. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Great Britain says farewell to Vera - Tuesday 23rd September 2014
The Canadian Lancaster Vera left RAF Coningsby today after a six-week stay here in Great Britain and was escorted by a Lancaster, Hurricanes and Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Flight. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
No. 8 Squadron Sentrys arrive at Coningsby - Wednesday 10th September 2014
The first two E-3Ds Sentrys from No. 8 squadron arrived at RAF Coningsby today, which will be their new home while runway repairs are carried out at their home base, RAF Waddington. Image courtesy of Kevin Mape
No. 1(F) Squadron Typhoons arrive at Lossiemouth - Monday 8th September 2014
No. 1(F) Squadron arrived at RAF Lossiemouth with its Typhoons. Images Crown Copyright
Air Force One at RAF Fairford - Thursday 4th September 2014
United States Air Force Boeing VC-25A (747-2G4B) 92-9000 (89th Airlift Wing) Air Force One at RAF Fairford. Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan
The Canberra, Sea Vixen and Hunter three-ship at Bournemouth - Sunday 31st August 2014
Heritage flypast - Miss Demeanour, XH134 & GCVIX at Bournemouth Air Show (Sunday). Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan
Marham 40th Anniversary tail art - Thursday 21st August 2014
RAF Marham unveiled the 40th Anniversary tail art on one of their GR4 Tornados at RAF Marham Families Day 2014. Image Crown Copyright
Lancaster KB726 first flight from Coningsby - Tuesday 12th August 2014
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster X C-GVRA KB726 VR-A (Vera) makes her first flight from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan
Canberra PR9 and Vulcan flight - Saturday 9th August 2014
The world's only airworthy Canberra PR9 and Vulcan were flying in formation at the Newcastle Festival of Flight over Dundrum Bay in Northern Ireland. Image courtesy of Paul Higginson
Canadian Lancaster visits RAF Coningsby - Friday 8th August 2014
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster X C-GVRA KB726 VR-A (Vera) arrived at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan
57R Squadron Grob Tutors diamond nine - Tuesday 8th July 2014
57R Squadron flew a diamond nine of Grob Tutors for the passing out parade of the last full course before the squadron relocates to RAF Cranwell in August. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
RC-135W Rivet Joint Waddington Air Show debut - Saturday 5th July 2014
51 Squadron's RC-135W Rivet Joint based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire made its public debut at the Waddington Air Show. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
No. 6 Squadron move to Lossiemouth - Friday 20th June 2014
No. 6 Squadron moved to its new base at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. No. 6 Squadron will be followed by No.1(F) squadron in September. Images Crown Copyright
Chinook HC6 unveiled - Monday 16th June 2014
Chinook HC6. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
The RAF’s latest helicopter was unveiled on 16th June. On a visit to RAF Odiham the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Phillip Hammond MP, praised the enhanced performance of the new aircraft and the timely execution of the procurement.
The first 3 of an order for 14 Chinook HC6 have been delivered and the remainder will arrive over the next 18 months. Entry into service has been achieved on time and training has commenced.
The Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Andrew Pulford, himself a former Chinook pilot who commanded RAF Odiham, said “These aircraft have proved themselves time and again, most recently in Afghanistan, and the new Mk6 will ensure the Chinook fleet continues to play a key role”.
Fairford B-52 and B-2 - June 2014
RAF Fairford hosted B-52 and B-2 aircraft during the first half of June 2014. Images courtesy of Nigel A Jones
RAF Coningsby hosting Swedish Air Force Gripens - June 2014
During the early part of June 2014 RAF Coningsby was hosting Gripens from the Swedish Air Force. Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan
Vulcan XH558 made its 1st flight of 2014 - Monday 2nd June 2014
Image courtesy of Lee Evans
Typhoon and Spitfire in D-Day markings at RAF Coningsby - Wednesday 21st May 2014
The Typhoon and Spitfire in D-Day markings were on show at RAF Coningsby on the 21st May. Images courtesy of Bob Franklin
Typhoon ZK343/BX new tail art - Monday 31st March 2014
Typhoon ZK343/BX was unveiled today with its new tail art ready for this year's display season. Image courtesy of Kevin Mape
Farewell to No. 12 (B) and 617 Squadrons - Friday 28th March 2014
On Friday the 28th March 2014 RAF Lossiemouth said a sad farewell to No. 12 (B) Sqn and No. 617 Sqn as GR4 Tornado units. Both of the squadrons are well known for their past history. His Royal Highness the Duke of York and Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford with other senior officers attended the Disbandment Parade. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin
Brize Norton say farewell to TriStar - Tuesday 25th March 2014
216 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire said farewell to its TriStar aircraft. Image courtesy of Steven Comber
Brize Norton last operational TriStar flight - Monday 24th March 2014
216 Squadron from RAF Brize Norton flew their last operational flight in TriStar ZD948 refuelling a Tornado and several Typhoons. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Red Arrows first nine-ship with 50th anniversary tail art - Friday 28th February 2014
The Red Arrows flew their first nine-ship today with their 50th anniversary tail art. Image courtesy of Keith Campbell www.captureasecond.com
The Red Arrows unveil their 50th anniversary paint scheme - Tuesday 18th February 2014
The Red Arrows - 50 Display Seasons. Image courtesy of Anna Draper/Lincolnshire Echo
Kuwait C-17A lands at RAF Mildenhall on its delivery flight - Tuesday 18th February 2014
Kuwait Air Force C-17A KAF 342. Image courtesy of Ryan Dorling
The last MC-130P Combat Shadow leaves RAF Mildenhall - Monday 3rd February 2014
MC-130P Combat Shadow leaving RAF Mildenhall. Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle www.aircraftimage.zenfolio.com
The Flying Can Openers 100th anniversary - Friday 31st January 2014
No. 6 Squadron from RAF Leuchars in Scotland celebrated their 100th anniversary on 31st January and soon after rolled out one of their Typhoon aircraft in a new paint scheme. Photo Crown Copyright
Kuwait C-17 returns from its first test flight - Friday 31st January 2014
Kuwait C-17. Image courtesy of Kevin Joyce
Hercules MC-130P Shadow 67 last tactical flight - Friday 24th January 2014
Lockheed Hercules MC-130P Shadow 67 66-0215 on her last tactical flight overhead RAF Sculthorpe.
Hercules MC-130P Shadow 67 on her last tactical flight. Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle www.aircraftimage.zenfolio.com
Gnat XR992 flight testing - Monday 13th January 2014
Gnat XR992 ready for flight testing at North Weald.
Gnat XR992 at North Weald. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
Venom WR470 engine runs - Monday 13th January 2014
Venom WR470 was out of the hangar undergoing engine runs at North Weald.
Venom WR470 at North Weald. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
25th anniversary of the arrival of Lusty Lindy - Monday 25th November 2013
On the 25th November 2013 Elvington Air Museum celebrated the 25th anniversary of the arrival of Handley Page Victor XL231 Lusty Lindy with a fast taxi run down Elvington's runway.
Handley Page Victor XL231 Lusty Lindy. Image courtesy of Ian Finch
C-130K Hercules retirement - Friday 25th October 2013
On the 25th October 2013 the last two C-130K Hercules operated by the Royal Air Force retired. This version of Hercules has been in service with the RAF for over forty years based at RAF Lyneham and more recently RAF Brize Norton.
Lockheed C-130K Hercules. Image courtesy of Derek Bower
Bruntingthorpe's Aviation Extravaganza - Sunday 17th October 2013
This weekend Bruntingthorpe gave aviation enthusiasts and photographers the opportunity to capture many of their resident aircraft in what is possibly the only time when the aircraft would be parked along the runway. Also today was a final farewell to the venerable Vickers VC10, with three different Mks of the aircraft parked together for the last time.
VC10 trio. Image courtesy of Gerry Weatherhead
Bruntingthorpe line-up. Image courtesy of Gerry Weatherhead
The RAF received its first RC-135W Rivet Joint today - 12th November 2013
The aircraft ZZ664 arrived at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire this morning and is the first of three which will reequip No. 51 Squadron who are based at RAF Waddington
RC-135W Rivet Joint ZZ664. Image courtesy of Crown Copyright/2013
Canberra PR9 XH134 practice displays at Kemble
On Saturday 9th November 2013, Canberra PR9 XH134 carried out two practice displays at Kemble Airfield in the capable hands of Sqn Ldr Dave Piper and Flight Lieutenant Mike Leckey
Canberra PR9 XH134 at Kemble Airfield. Image courtesy of Philip Stevens - www.targeta.co.uk
XH134 new silver paint scheme
Canberra PR9 XH134 in her new silver paint scheme
Canberra PR9 XH134. Image courtesy of John Kyte
Nasa Canberra flying again
Nasa's lastest B-57F N927NA seen here in her new livery. Flown for the first time in over forty years in August 2013.
Canberra B-57F N927NA. Image courtesy of William (Bud) Meins
A new paint scheme for MK356
Supermarine Spitfire MK356 now repainted in the colours of 171013 WM as it arrives back at RAF Coningsby on the 17th October, flown by the BBMF boss Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason.
MK356 in its new colours. Image courtesy of Jamie Ewan
RAF Northolt Night Shoot Hercules visit
Hercules C130K XV295 at the RAF Northolt Night Shoot XV 17/10/13.
Hercules C130K XV295 at the RAF Northolt Night Shoot XV 17/10/13. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
Delivery of VC10 ZA147 to Bruntingthorpe
On Wednesday 25th September 2013 the final flight of a Vickers VC10 was made, ZA147 departed RAF Brize Norton which has been the home to the RAF VC10 fleet for over forty years and made its last landing at Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire.
Delivery of VC10 ZA147 to Bruntingthorpe. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
VC10 ZA150 delivery to Dunsfold Aerodrome
On Tuesday 24th September VC10 ZA150 was delivered to Dunsfold Aerodrome.
VC10 ZA150 delivery to Dunsfold Aerodrome. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin
VC10s last operational flight
VC10s ZA147 and ZA150 both K3 variants landed back at Brize Norton for the last time on 20th September 2013. They met up for a two-ship flypast after carrying out their last operational flights.
VC10s ZA147 and ZA150 last operational flights. Image courtesy of Adrian M Balch
The last operational flight of VC10 ZA147
VC10 ZA147 carried out an overshoot at RAF Marham during the aircraft's last operational flight on 20th September 2013.
The last operational flight of VC10 ZA147. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
RAF Coningsby Saudi exercise
A Typhoon and Tornado from the Saudi exercise at RAF Coningsby on 12th September.
Saudi Typhoon at RAF Coningsby. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin
Saudi Tornado at RAF Coningsby. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin
Bentwaters get a Jaguar
Jaguar GR-1A XX741/EJ of 6 Squadron was unveiled at Bentwaters Cold War Museum yesterday (Saturday 17th August 2013). The aircraft has been restored by Graham Haynes and members of the Bentwaters Cold War Museum (BCWM).
Jaguar GR-1A XX741/EJ unveiling at Bentwaters Cold War Museum. Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle www.aircraftimage.zenfolio.com
Final flight for VC10 C1K XR808
Monday 29th July 2013 marked a further milestone in the transformation of the RAF’s transport and tanker fleet. The event was the final flight, from RAF Brize Norton to Bruntingthorpe, of XR808, the final VC10 C1K in service. The 14 VC10 C1s were the only ones built originally for the RAF, the other 14 to see RAF service being converted from airline examples. They served with 10 Sqn for 39 years before being transferred, in 2005, to 101 Sqn for the remainder of their service life. XR808 itself was delivered on 7th July 1966 clocking up a little over 47 years in service. On retirement it carried the special tail art commemorating the 95th anniversary of 101 Sqn and 50 years of VC10 flying.
VC10 C1K XR808. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Canberra PR9 XH134 flying again on the air show circuit
Canberra PR9 XH134. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
Canberra PR9 XH134 took to the skies today (Friday 19th July) in the capable hands of Sqn Ldr Dave Piper and Flt Lt Mike Leckey. The first flight was carried out by Mike Leckey followed by the second flight carried out by Dave Piper. The aircraft performed well on both flights and it was decided late in the afternoon to make the short flight over to Fairford which was carried out by Mike Leckey. The aircraft was positioned in the static park for the weekend. On Monday the aircraft was flown back to Kemble by Dave Piper. Both Dave and Mike are experienced Canberra pilots both having been with 39 Squadron at RAF Marham flying the PR9. Both pilots have had extensive experience flying Canberras with other squadrons over the last twenty years.
Canberra PR9 XH134. Image courtesy of Chris Cannon
XH134 last flew on the 31st of July 2006 along with XH131 and XH135 on their delivery flight from RAF Marham in Norfolk to Kemble Airfield in Gloucestershire. XH134 has undergone an extensive overhaul to bring her back into flying condition, which should set her in good stead for the next few years flying on the air show circuit.
Waddington Air Show 2013 highlights
One of the highlights of the weekend was the Swedish Historic Flight's Saab Viggen. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
A special flypast by the Red Arrows with a 5 Squadron Sentinel aircraft with special tail art, celebrating 100 years. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
A special flypast by the Battle of Britain Lancaster in formation with a 617 Squadron GR4 Tornado celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
Latest aircraft for RAF Mildenhall - The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey arrives in the UK
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. Image courtesy of Senior Airman Laura Yahemiak
German Phantom retirement at Wittmund, Germany
The last German Phantoms were retired on the weekend of the 28th & 29th June 2013. Image courtesy of Bob Franklin
B-25 Mitchell visits North Weald for the weekend fly-in on Sunday 23rd June 2013
North American B-25 Mitchell 232511/N5-149 Sarinah. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
German World War II Dornier Do 17 bomber salvaged from Goodwin Sands
The Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce the successful lift of the only known example of the Dornier Do 17, from the Goodwin Sands. This incredibly complex and delicate operation was made possible by a dedicated team of museum staff and a wider group of partners and associates who gave their time, money or knowledge to help us achieve this goal.
We would like to thank all those involved as we embark on the second stage of the project and deliver the aircraft to our conservation centre at Cosford. Members of the public wishing to see the Dornier while it is being conserved are invited to do from this weekend onwards.
The recovery and conservation of the Dornier, together with next year’s exciting new exhibition ‘The Great War in the Air’, are the first steps in transforming the Royal Air Force Museum as part of the national and international programme marking the Centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018.
Dornier Do 17. Image Crown Copyright
Another Phantom comes home to Suffolk
Phantom FGR2 XV497 is now resident at the former RAF Bentwaters base in Suffolk, which was itself a USAF Phantom base. The aircraft is still painted in 23 Squadron colours but will soon be marked up in 74 Tiger Squadron markings that it used to wear when based at RAF Wattisham.
Phantom FGR2 XV497 at RAF Bentwaters. Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle www.aircraftimage.zenfolio.com
Surprise appearance at Cosford Air Show 2013
The huge crowd at the Cosford Air Show on 9th June 2013 were surprised to discover the identity of one of the crew of a participating aircraft. Apache AH1 ZJ171 of 662 Sqn 3 Regt AAC was flown by SSgt Jamie Boakes with Capt Henry Wales (aka Prince Harry) as Co-Pilot Gunner. This was almost certainly the first time that a member of the Royal Family had flown as a crew member in a military aircraft displaying at an air show.
Capt Henry Wales (aka Prince Harry) and SSgt Jamie Boakes. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Capt Henry Wales (aka Prince Harry) and SSgt Jamie Boakes in Apache AH1 ZJ171. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Hangar 11 Collection's Curtiss P-40M new paint scheme
Sunday 2nd June 2013, The Hangar 11 Collection's Curtiss P-40M was unveiled in her new paint scheme as Curtiss P-40N-1 Warhawk 44-2104590 Lulu Belle. “Lulu Belle” was the mount of Second Lieutenant Phillip R. Adair, a Canadian air ace during the Second World War.
Curtiss P-40N-1 Warhawk 44-2104590 Lulu Belle. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
Hurricane PZ865 is back in the air
Hurricane PZ865 is back in the air after over two years of maintenance. Repainted as Hurricane Mk IIC HW840 coded EG-S as flown by Flt Lt Jimmy Whalen DFC of the South East Asia Command during the Second World War.
Hurricane Mk IIC HW840 EG-S. Image courtesy of Colin Smedley/Oscarpix Imaging
Duxford Spring Air Show 2013 - Sunday 26th May 2013
Bud Anderson and Dan Friedkin after opening the Spring Air Show in Mustang P-51 Miss Velma. Image courtesy of Chris Cannon
The Eagle Squadron pilots, left to right - Dan Friedkin, Paul Bonhomme, Steve Hinton and Ed Shipley. Image courtesy of Chris Cannon
The Eagle Squadron and the Red Arrows. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets
Sunday 26th May 2013 is the 1st taxi day at Bruntingthorpe this year. A chance to enjoy the sight and sounds of some of our classic jets from yesteryear while they carry out spectacular fast runs up Bruntingthorpe's long runway. See the Buccaneers, Lightnings, Canberra, Comet and Nimrod to name a few.
Hawker Hunter starting up at Bruntingthorpe Airfield. Image courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
The Eagle Squadron has landed
Sunday 26th May 2013 is Duxford's Spring Air Show and opening the show will be four aircraft, Hawker Hurricane AE977 G-CGTK, Supermarine Spitfire MkIa AR213 G-AIST, Republic P-47G Thunderbolt G-CDVX and P-51C Mustang Princess Elizabeth N487FS. This year IWM Duxford is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the American Air Force arriving at RAF Duxford during the Second World War.
Paul Bonhomme. Image courtesy of Imperial War Museum Duxford
No. 617 Squadron "the Dambusters" 70th anniversary
On 20th March 2013, 617 Squadron taxied out their special painted jet (Tornado ZA412) for the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid in 1943. ZA412 departed to RAF Coningsby flown by Squadron Leader Mark Jackson (pilot) and Squadron Leader Mark Still in the back seat, for the unveiling to be held at RAF Coningsby the following day.
Images courtesy of Bob Franklin
On 21st March 2013 the aircraft was unveiled by TV presenter and historian Dan Snow. The Tornado was parked adjacent to the Battle of Britain Flight's Lancaster for a photo shoot. Later in the afternoon, Dan Snow was taken for a flight in the Tornado and after landing the aircraft was refuelled before returning to RAF Lossiemouth to take part in further celebrations. During the next few weeks 617 Squadron will take part in several other events and flypasts.
Pictured above - Dan Snow. Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
LF363 is 69 years old
Image courtesy of Philip Stevens - www.targeta.co.uk
On 1st January 2013 Hawker Hurricane LF363 was 69 years old. The aircraft first flew on 1st January 1944. LF363 was a founder of The Historic Aircraft Flight, the forerunner of the BBMF when it was formed in 1957.
Spitfires in Myanmar (Burma)
After many years of research and thousands of miles travelled, Lincolnshire farmer David Cundell has almost reached the end of a long 16 year journey. The last few years have seen David flying out to Burma to look for (buried treasure) namely WWII Spitfire aircraft. After spending thousands of pounds and interviewing people over the years the end is in sight. With the help of Prime Minister David Cameron, David has now the necessary permission to excavate some of the buried aircraft. The Spitfires are reputed to be Mk XIV aircraft with the Griffon engines. It has been suggested that the aircraft were shipped out to Burma in kit form with each part greased and wrapped in waterproof material and packed in tar-sealed boxes. Once excavated it is hoped that the parts will be in good condition enabling the aircraft to be brought back in a flyable condition.
Vulcan XH558 last flight of the season
Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Vulcan XH558 made her last flight of the season on Saturday 29th September 2012 and overflew airfields with Vulcan connections including Coventry and Birmingham Airports, Cosford Air Museum, Bitteswell, Filton, St Athan, RAF Waddington and Scampton.
Nimrod XV249 unveiling at Cosford Air Museum
Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Nimrod R1 XV249 was unveiled at Cosford Air Museum on 28th September 2012. The event was attended by Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge (Ret), Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson and RAF Museum Director General, Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye and past and present 51 Sqn members who flew Nimrod R1s and other invited guests.
Lancaster PA474 new nose art
Lancaster PA474 has taken on a new identity. It is now marked up as Lancaster DV385 of 617 Squadron. The nose art features the (Thumper) cartoon which is a rabbit holding a pint of beer, and painted by Clive Denney of Vintage Fabrics ltd. Lancaster DV385 had a great operational record flying fifty operations.
Images courtesy of Bob Franklin
VC10 three-ship flypast
Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
On 28th August 2012 three VC10s OF 101 Squadron took off from RAF Brize Norton on refueling duties. On the way back to Brize Norton the aircraft carried out flypasts at several RAF bases including Lossiemouth, Leuchars, Cranwell, Coningsby and Marham.
Olympic tail art for Tornado ZA614
Image courtesy of John Bradshaw
Tornado GR4 ZA614 EB-Z 41R Sqn now sports new tail art celebrating the 2012 Olympics. A former Squadron Commander, Squadron Leader Don Finlay was a Olympic hurdler who won two medals.
Duxford Flying Legends Air Show Press Facility 2012 – Wednesday 27th June 2012
Three World War II Corsair pilots were on hand for photographs and interviews with the Fighter Collection's Corsair as a back drop. Also on show was the Sikorsky S-38 Flying Boat which was over from the USA for the Flying Legends Air Show, which put on some spirited flypasts for such an old aircraft. Other aircraft were also being made ready for this weekend's show.
Pictured left - Christopher Cartledge, Keith Quilter and Peter George standing in front of a Corsair
Images courtesy of John Bradshaw
No. 100 Squadron 95th anniversary celebrations - Saturday 9th June 2012
No. 100 Squadron 95th anniversary celebrations. Image courtesy of Geoffrey Lee - Planefocus Ltd via RAF Leeming
No. 100 Squadron from RAF Leeming in Yorkshire have just celebrated their 95th anniversary. Part of the celebrations included painting some of the squadron’s current aircraft in the paint scheme as worn by the squadron's Lancaster bombers during the Second World War.
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3 (Fighter) Squadron 100th Anniversary Commemorative Markings
No 3 (Fighter) Squadron has today (30th April 2012) released photographs of one of its Typhoon aircraft in a commemorative anniversary paint scheme.
The scheme has been applied to the aircraft to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the squadron at Larkhill on May 13th 1912.
The aircraft will be in day to day use undertaking normal operations, but it is planned for it to also attend several air shows during the summer months to allow aviation enthusiasts to see and photograph the aircraft at close quarters.
Wing Commander Dicky Patounas, Officer Commanding 3 (Fighter) Squadron said, “On behalf of the Squadron I would like to record my appreciation to SERCO at RAF Leuchars who painted the aircraft for us. I'd also like to thank our colleagues on 6 Squadron and all the other people who have helped to bring this project to fruition. It is a stunning piece of work. I hope many people get to see the aircraft in the months ahead, I’m sure they will be as impressed as I am”
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Tornado GR4 ZA398 new tail art
Image courtesy of Peter R Foster
Tornado GR4 ZA398 now sports new tail art to celebrate the Squadron's 100th anniversary.
BBMF Chipmunk WK518 repaint
Image courtesy of Bob Franklin
Chipmunk WK518 from The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has now been repainted in the paint scheme she wore when in service with the University of Hull. The aircraft was flown back to RAF Coningsby on 27th March 2012 by OC BBMF Sqn Ldr Ian Smith.
The Buccaneer Aviation Group unveils XW544
Saturday 24th March 2012 was a spectacular event at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire, namely the Buccaneer Day. The day started with the roll out of Buccaneer S2B XW544 painted in the colour scheme she wore when she served with 16 Squadron in 1979 at RAF Laarbruch in Germany. The Buccaneer Group’s members had worked for six months to bring the aircraft back into pristine condition, the culmination of this was when Flt Lt Ollie Suckling taxied the aircraft out of the mist down Bruntingthorpe’s long runway to the delight of the ever growing crowds. A well supported and organised event celebrating a much loved and popular aircraft.
Images courtesy of Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com
de Havilland Vampire WZ590 roll out at Duxford
Tuesday 13th March 2012 saw a four year restoration project come to fruition. de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ590 was unveiled after members of the IWM Restoration Team spent several years working on it. The Vampire was completely stripped down and repairs carried out where necessary. As the aircraft was towed from the hangar a large crowd were watching including Duxford’s conservation team, invited guests, the media and former pilots and ground crew members. The Vampire, now one of Duxford’s newest exhibits will grace one of the hangars, and is finished in the paint scheme it wore when at No 5 Flying Training School at RAF Oakington.
Images courtesy of Chris Cannon
Al Murray visits Duxford – Thursday 1st September 2011
To mark the forthcoming Duxford Air Show weekend on the 3rd and 4th September, British comedian Al Murray better known as The Pub Landlord and also a presenter of historical documentaries visited The Imperial War Museum at Duxford. This was a special day for Duxford, not only could you hear the sound of Merlin engines above this World War II airfield (in this the 75th anniversary year of the Supermarine Spitfire) but the F1 Lotus Renault GB team were using Duxford’s runway for one of their test days.
Image courtesy of Chris Cannon
Celebrity Al who has been a regular visitor to Duxford for many years, was about to realise a childhood dream when he was taken flying in a two-seat Spitfire by John Romain from The Aircraft Restoration Company. Later in the day Al watched a practice display by the United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, which will be joined by a host of other classic aircraft at the weekend.
VC10 XV105 Delivery at Bruntingthorpe – Tuesday 30th August 2011
On Tuesday 30th August 2011, VC10 XV105 made its final flight to Bruntingthorpe Airfield. This was the third VC10 to be withdrawn from service in the last few months. After carrying out an overshoot 105 carried out a visual circuit before touching down for the last time.
Images courtesy of John Bradshaw
Nimrod R1 XV249 last flight - Friday 29th July 2011
At precisely 11am on Friday 29th July, Nimrod R1 XV249 took off from its home base at RAF Waddington for the last time, after takeoff the aircraft turned and flew across Waddington’s runway before turning once again and carrying out one final flypast with loads of power with a final steep climb up through the clouds. This was the last ever Nimrod flight with XV249 being flown down to Kemble Airport to be dismantled and being moved by road to its new home at Cosford Air Museum.
Images courtesy of Ian Bracegirdle
Nimrod MR2 XV255 delivery at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum - Monday 24th May 2010
Nimrod MR2 XV255
Photo Denis J. Calvert Inter-Air Press
Norwich Museum took delivery of its latest exhibit, Nimrod MR2 XV255 on Monday 24th May 2010. The aircraft had flown down from its home base of Kinloss in Scotland. This aircraft has been allocated to Cosford Air Museum but due to the length of Cosford's runway, was reallocated to the city of Norwich Aviation Museum instead.
Nimrod XV232 delivery at Coventry - Tuesday 11th May 2010
Nimrod MR2 XV232 landed for the final time at Coventry Airport on 11th May 2010, touching down at 12:17 hours. The captain of the aircraft (Squadron Leader Roxborough) handed over the logbook to Mr Mike Collett, the Chairman of The Air Atlantique Classic Flight (www.classicflight.com). The Nimrod will be kept in taxiable condition by The Classic Flight and will be a major attraction at the newly opened 'Airbase' facility at Coventry West, along with a significant number of other historic aircraft, many of which are kept in flying condition. The Nimrod sits very well at Coventry, next to her predecessor, the Shackleton, the airframe of which is in the process of being brought back to taxiable condition.
These images were taken from a cherry picker on the apron at Coventry West; a cold and rather scary vantage point!
Nimrod XV226 delivery at Bruntingthorpe - Tuesday 27th April 2010
On Tuesday 27th April a small group of aviation enthusiasts and photographers eagerly awaited the arrival of Nimrod MR2 XV226. At 11:15 AM, the aircraft appeared from behind the trees in what was near perfect weather conditions. After carrying out a graceful run-and-break, 226 carried out a roller along Bruntingthorpe's runway, before touching down for the very last time. Having transited down from Scotland and saying a final farewell to Cottesmore on the way down, the Kinloss ground crew saw the aircraft in on one of Bruntingthorpe's dispersals. As her engines were shut down her new owner David Walton waited to greet the crew and receive the 700. XV226 will be kept in ground running condition and should be joining the Victor, Comet and Lightnings for fast taxi runs very soon.
Images courtesy of Denis J. Calvert Inter-Air Press
VC10 last flights at Bruntingthorpe - Tuesday 6th April 2010
History was made at Bruntingthorpe on 6th April 2010 when two 101 Sqn VC10s made their final flights. The aircraft XR807/Q and XV109/Z took off from RAF Brize Norton and did a final flypast before carrying out the short trip to Bruntingthorpe. The aircraft carried out a two-ship flypast, breaking left and right before making their final landings. Between them they have given over 80 years of service and over 80,000 hours. What a final example of British design and engineering in what is one of the most graceful of large aircraft ever built. Thirteen VC10 tanker aircraft continue to operate from RAF Brize Norton, with some of the aircraft expected to soldier on until 2014.
Images courtesy of Chris Cannon and Ian Bracegirdle
Victor XM715 Teasin Tina accidental take off – May 2009
Victor XM715 Teasin Tina accidental takeoff at Bruntingthorpe. Image courtesy of Wayne Willday
XM715, probably one of the most famous Victors now is kept in taxiable condition at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire, and in May 2009 made an unplanned short flight much to the delight of the aviation crowds watching.