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Combat Warplanes / Spitfire PRXIX
« on: September 14, 2006, 09:01:36 PM »
The images below are PRXIX no. PS915, she is part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, however, she is paint up in the colour of PS888, a PRXIX of 81 Squadron based at Seletar in Singapore during the Malaya Campaign.
This aircraft conducted the last ever operational sortie by an RAF Spitfire when, on 1 April 1954, it flew a photographic mission over an area of jungle in Johore thought to contain hideouts for Communist guerrillas.

These images were sent to me by fellow photographers working with the BBMF, all the images are Crown Copyright, more information about the BBMF can be found at BBMF

Warplane Art / Aircraft Drawings and Colour Charts
« on: September 10, 2006, 10:34:03 AM »
If you are after plans of aircraft visit this site. Aircraft Drawings

Click on 'Pianos' link in the main menu to get the plans page and then just click on the one of the aircraft in the centre of the screen to get the period you are after, then you will be presented with a list.

From the main menu click on 'Camuflages' to get colour plates of the aircraft.

I hope this is of use to members

Combat Warplanes / Lost of RAF Nimrod MR2
« on: September 04, 2006, 04:27:36 PM »
14 British serviceman lost during operations after the crash of a RAF Nimrod MR2, a very sad day for the families and the RAF.
They served their Country to the fullest. May they rest in piece.

Forums Works / I better say hello
« on: August 28, 2006, 05:21:38 PM »
Well I better say hello after being on the site for a number of weeks. It was rude of me not to do so at the start.  :msn_cry:

Well hello, I'm in my late 40's, I just completed over 30 years in the Royal Air Force, (just over 6 years to go) as a photographer, mainly my background is linked to the reconnaissance side of things, the processing and printing of the recce imagery. Married with two grown up daughters, who as of yet have not left home.

I love military history, mainly looking at photographic reconnaissance in WW2. I was lucky to spend a number of years working within the main RAF film archive. At this present time I have just completed a deployment to the gulf with 39(1PRU) Squadrons, with the PR9 Canberras.

Well thats me, if you have any questions about RAF equipment or the service, please do not hesitate in asking me. I will try and answer all questions where I can.


(I must lean to spell)

Combat Warplanes / RAF Jaguars
« on: August 22, 2006, 09:27:57 AM »
Some imagery of RAF Jaguars, two taken over Norway, the other is a line up of 54 Sqn, 6 Sqn and 41 Sqn aircraft

Aircraft Modeling / Canberra PR9
« on: August 18, 2006, 03:26:57 PM »
Has anyone heard when Airfix are going to bring out the 1/48 scale model of the Canberra, on their website I can only see late 2006.
I see that you will be able to make the PR9, B2 and even the RB-57.

If any member is going to purchase it (I being one) and they are going to make the PR9, I'm very willing to send them a CD with over 650Mb worth of imagery of that great aircraft. It should be a modellers dream, showing the aircraft from all angles and in their true colours, pre-deployment and post deployments colours.

Just drop me a PM with your address and I will try and sort something out closer to the date.  :msn_thumbup:

Combat Warplanes / PR9 Canberra on Ops
« on: August 17, 2006, 11:50:52 AM »
These images below were taken of the PR9 Canberra during operations in 2003.

Combat Warplanes / Mi-24 HIND
« on: August 16, 2006, 01:42:59 PM »
These images were taken in May of the year at Kabul airfield. Whats left of a Mi-24 HIND

Combat Warplanes / F-111 Belly Landing at RAAF Amberley
« on: August 16, 2006, 01:38:35 PM »
Some more images of the F-111 Belly Landing at RAAF Amberley

I first posted this on

Combat Warplanes / The VC10 is Big 40
« on: August 12, 2006, 03:07:09 PM »
The Vickers VC10 entered service in 1966 and has seen active service in almost every major conflict since that date. A highly versatile and durable platform, it operates in air refuelling, passenger transport, freight and aero-medical roles and is a key asset in the RAF logistic capability.

the VC10 is used in two versions:

VC10 C1K

The VC10 C1K is a dual role transport and air-to-air tanker aircraft.
In the transportation role, the aircraft has accommodation for 150 passengers and a crew of 9. The aircraft can be converted easily by use of a large cabin freight door on the forward left side of the aircraft into a passenger/freight or full freight fit. The cabin is capable of holding up to 45,000lb (20,500kg) of freight on its permanently strengthened floor, including NATO standard pallets, ground equipment or vehicles. The aircraft also have an aero-medical evacuation capability, where up to 76 stretchers may be fitted.
In 1993 the aircraft were converted to the tanker/transport role with the addition of a refuelling pod under the outboard section of each wing. The aircraft can carry up to 154,000lb (70,000kg) of fuel utilizing their original 8 fuel tanks. The fuel can either be used to feed the aircraft itself or be dispensed to smaller type fast-jet type receivers. It is capable of refuelling 2 aircraft at a time from the wing pods. The VC10 C1K can also be refuelled from VC10K or Tristar tanker aircraft by use of its air to air refuelling probe, which is permanently attached to the aircraft nose.
The VC10 C1K is equipped with a modern flight management navigation system and all avionics to allow worldwide operations. The crew comprises two pilots, flight engineer, navigator and an air load master. Up to 3 air stewards are carried, depending on the number of passengers on board.
The VC10 C1K, although now old and suffering from both limiting airframe restrictions as well as air traffic restrictions, such as noise and the new avionics requirements for modern civil airspace, still remains a very capable aircraft. The ability to rapidly deploy fast-jets and carry ground personnel or support equipment worldwide keeps it at the heart of the flexibility of the RAF. Although hardly ever in the spotlight, the aircraft is a true workhorse of the RAF and has been involved in the majority of conflicts in the last 35 years or so.

VC10 K3 and K4

The bulk of the RAF's air-to-air refuelling fleet comprises VC10 K3 and K4 aircraft flown by No 101 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton.
Each aircraft is a 3-point tanker, fuel being dispensed from either the 2 wing hoses or from the single fuselage-mounted refuelling point. The wing hoses can transfer fuel at up to 1,000 kg per minute and are used to refuel smaller aircraft (such as Tornados or Harriers). The fuselage position can transfer fuel at up to 2,000 kg per minute and is usually used to refuel 'heavy' aircraft, although it can also be used by other aircraft.
Each tanker variant of VC10 carries a different fuel load. The K3 is equipped with fuselage fuel tanks, mounted in what was the passenger compartment, and can carry up to 78 tonnes; these internal tanks are missing from the K4, which has a maximum fuel load of 68 tonnes. All the fuel is available to give away to receivers. The aircraft also have a very limited passenger carrying capability. This is used almost exclusively to carry ground crew and other operational support personnel.
A replacement for both versions of the VC10 and the Tristar is being sought under the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme. It was announced in January 2004 that the AirTanker consortium, which was offering Airbus A330 aircraft, had been chosen as the preferred partner for the FSTA contract.

Combat Warplanes / RAF Marham Tornado Wing
« on: August 12, 2006, 02:56:13 PM »
Here a a few of the images I have of the RAF GR4 Tornados based at RAF Marham

First image is a shot of an aircraft from each of the Squadrons, II(AC), 9,13 & 31 Sqn.
The second one is a line up of the aircraft on the flight line.
Number three is a 13 Sqn aircaft on take-off at dust.
and last is a 31 Sqn Tornado again on take-off.

If anyone wishes to see anymore, please let me know and I will post them.

Combat Warplanes / 39 (1 PRU) SQUADRON CANBERRAS
« on: August 05, 2006, 11:05:18 AM »
The last three Canberra PR9s still in operational service flew their final RAF sortie today, Monday 31 July 2006, when they left RAF Marham in Norfolk for the last time destined for Kemble airfield in Gloucestershire.

The final flight of these famous aircraft signalled the end of a long career in which they served with distinction. The remaining three aircraft - serial numbers XH134, XH135 and XH131 have now been sold to private buyers and are expected to continue flying, albeit in less hazardous conditions than they have been previously used to.

Their flight into retirement follows a series of events to mark the Canberra's contribution to military aviation. On Friday 28 July 2006 a parade and flypast marked the disbandment of the last Canberra Squadron - No. 39 (1 PRU) Sqn. The parade and flypast, which also took place at RAF Marham, officially marked the end of operational service of this venerable aircraft, which first flew in 1949. Friday's events were followed yesterday, Sunday 30 July 2006, by the laying up of the Squadron Standard at St Clement Danes Church on the Strand in London.

The Canberra first entered operational service in 1951 with 101 Squadron at RAF Binbrook in the high-level bomber role. The PR9, flown by No 39 (1 PRU) Squadron, was introduced into service between 1958-61 to conduct photographic reconnaissance.

The Canberra PR9 was built under licence by Short Brothers, Belfast, and, in total, 23 standard PR9s were built between 1958 and 1962. The first operational sortie by a PR9 was flown by an aircraft from No 58 Squadron in April 1960.

Number 39 (1 PRU) Squadron was formed at Hounslow on 15 April 1916, in the midst of public outcry about German Zeppelin raids on London. After little initial success, Lt W Leefe Robinson succeeded in downing an airship during the night of 3 September, and was awarded the VC - the Royal Flying Corp's first such award.

The PR9's role has mainly been to conduct photographic reconnaissance. Over the last 12 years the aircraft has been active in support of operations all over the world, including Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and the Horn of Africa. Additionally the aircraft has been used in a survey role over Kenya, Zimbabwe, Germany, Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom.

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