It's 10.05h local time at Geilenkirchen when I hear 'NATO45 you are cleared for take off, runway 27' in my headset. The clearance was given just after an E-3A passed in front of us performing a missed approach. Before we start rolling the pilot lt. col. M. Glatt-Kallenberg and co-pilot lt. col. T. Regner execute the last checks together with flight engineer F. Lesch. It will be one of the last times they fly the Boeing 707 TCA.
During the third weekend of June, at the start of the summer, we were hoping that the decision to move the annual open days of the RNLAF three months forward would turn out to be positive as the original weekend the weather was extremly poor. In fact the entire summer turned out to be very wet, chances were slim, but it turned out very good during the week proceeding the show and the first show day!
Royal International Air Tattoo 2011
The Royal International Air Tattoo has come along way in it's forty years of existance, from it's humble beginnings at North Weald to the show that it is today at RAF Fairford. Few airshows can rival the sheer size and excitement of the Royal International Air Tattoo as aircraft and aircrew from around the world descend on RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire for an annual, global celebration of aviation.
Koksijde Air Show 2011
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40 Years mTHR 15
It's just before 5pm when we enter Rheine-Bentlage for a quick visit to photograph the dynamic demo, part of the celebrations of 40 Years mTHR 15. A large crowd has already settled down along the fences. The sun is out but looking over our shoulder we can see dark clouds approaching fast. When the demonstration starts at 17.45hr heaven opens and it's raining like cats and dogs. German Pünktlichkeit doesn't suit up this time.
Dutch Blaze 2011
After the successful 1st edition last year, RNLAF exercise Dutch Blaze was held again from June 20th – July 1st 2011. Although the name remained the same, the exercise had shrunken in size and participants and had a different character than last years edition. A couple of things remained the same as there was Chinook action during the evening hours in the sands AND air!
Throckmorton Air Show
Help for Heroes is a british charity created to help provide better facilities for British serviceman & woman wounded since September 11th 2001. The Help for Heroes airshow is in it's fourth year, all proceeds from the show go to a number of charities. This is the third year the shown has taken place at Throckmorton Airfield (formally RRE Pershore) in Worcestershire.
NATO Tiger Meet 2011
From May 9th - 20th, only 7 months after the NTM2010, the Tigers roarrr could be heard again in the skies of North-West Europe during the 50th celebration of the NATO Tiger Meet. Escadron de Chasse 01.012 at Base aérienne 103 Cambrai was host to this large scale exercise for the very last time as it will close next year.
Abingdon Air and Country Show 2011
With torrential over-night rain and a gloomy daytime weather forecast, it looked as though, once again, the weather gods were not going to look favourably on the Abingdon Air & Country Show. However, the brisk wind blew most of the storm clouds away to produce some very pleasant bright sunny weather. Even a Red Kite bird of prey was noted soaring high over the airfield, much to the annoyance of some of the local crow population.
Ba 103 Cambrai - EC 01/012
In the north west of France, near the city of Cambrai, Base aérienne 103 "Commandant René Mouchotte" is situated in an area with a rich aviation history. In 2012 Ba103 will be history as well as the airbase will close due to defense cuts and a repositioning of the French air forces. For this occasion we were guest once more to watch the operational activities of Escadron de Chasse (EC) 01.012 on March 31st 2011.
“Ugly 51”, you are now cleared to land at the FARP”. This was the radio command instructing an incoming Apache helicopter approaching the Forward Arming & Refuelling Point set up on Salisbury Plain during the exercise ‘Pashtun Jaguar’. On a bitterly cold day, ground crews hurried to meet the incoming helicopter. Temporary landing pads had been established supported by a number of refuelling vehicles and in no time the Apache had been hot refuelled and re-armed with rotors still running.
RAF Northolt Night Photoshoot VIII
The eighth Northolt night photoshoot was held on Thursday 20th January in very cold conditions, This particular photoshoot was again very well attended with over one hundred photographers, which will help greatly for funding for the restoration of the Battle of Britain Sector Operations Room at RAF Northolt.