Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Gulf War Sea King - daily Ebay photo find #51

Loading operations at Southampton docks in December 1990 prior to transport to the Gulf. Currently on offer on John's auction here

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Best of RIAT 2016 static (5)

Taken on the Friday show, some from the upper deck of the open-top double-decker buses shuttling between the airfield and the car parks! Click the link at the bottom of this page to go to more RIAT 2016 posts on this blog including Greek Phantoms, F-35s and the Ramex Delta Mirage display team

RIAT 2016 posts on this blog

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

More interesting 'British' Phantoms

USMC F-4B '207 AA' with 892 Sqn tail colours stranded on Ark Royal. RN personnel repainted the tail to match their FG1's, as the ship was to dock at Malta and US personnel were not welcome at the time

Buccaneers from 12 Squadron with 43 Squadron Phantoms at the end of Exercise LIME JUG. Crown Copyright 1970.

'Colonial Navy' was a well known zapping of XV590. XT864 was another interesting one as it wore 'FLY NAVY' instead of ROYAL NAVY' titles.

Also on this blog;

F-4 Phantom Squadrons in the RAF in 80 photos

Phantom Pharewell - German Air Force JG 71 Richthofen F-4F's retiring this weekend

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Admiral Kuznetzov and Su 33s in the English Channel

Last Friday Russia's only aircraft carrier passed through the Straits of Dover in the English Channel on its way to Syria to support Assad, passing barely six miles off the coast - the ship would have been visible from the first floor of my house had I been awake! This picture appeared on the Folkestone Herald newspaper FB page.

The best images by far were taken by Nige at and were free to be republished non-commercially..

and just one comment

".. the Kuznetzov is 80's tech Soviet-era steam turbines driven by 8 boilers's an analogue ship in a digital age it's been past us in 2011 and 2014 shadowed by the York a type 42 in 2011 and the Type 45 Dragon in 2014 ... our new QE class carriers will be bigger and have 21st century tech ... this Russian carrier is like taking a bat to a fight when everyone else has guns..."