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Northolt Nightshoot XXI

With the number of nightshoots at RAF Northolt now sitting in the twenties, there really is no introduction needed for the nocturnal activities that take place on the West London base’s flightline. AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan and Ben Montgomery joined around 200 photographers ‘under the lights’ for the latest instalment and second of 2016 - Northolt Nightshoot XXI. Organised under the knowledgeable leadership of Phil Dawe and his small but dedicated team, Northolt Nightshoot events have set ‘the standard’ for nocturnal aviation photoshoots since their inception in January 2009 – an event that saw just 60 photographers and six airframes taking part. Now, [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

Ostrava NATO Days 2016

Found in the north-eastern corner of the Czech Republic near the border with Poland, the small city of Ostrava is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region and, since its inception in 2001, been the setting for the annual NATO days show. Duncan Monk reports from Ostrava NATO days 2016. This show has grown from a small ‘after work hours’ capability demonstration of various army and police units at the Ostrava exhibition ground in Černá louka to a fully blown two day security event showcasing both NATO and Czech forces at the Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport. With the motto of the [...]

By | November 4th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

Old Buckenham Airshow 2016

Set on the grounds of a former Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 made a welcome return in late July with two days of flying action. Whilst the 2016 show may not have had Hollywood royalty attending like the previous year, there was a promise of more horsepower on show than ever before. One of just two official airshows to be held within Norfolk, Old Buckenham airfield is normally used to a steady stream of General Aviation visitors and onlookers however, for one weekend a year the airfield aims to bring some of the best aircraft [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

RAF Cosford Jaguars final prowl

After the withdrawal of the SEPECAT Jaguar from Royal Air Force frontline service on April 30, 2007, a number of airframes were destined for a new role within the service as part of 238 Squadron, No1 School of Technical Training (No1 SoTT). However, with technology and methods evolving, some of the elements within the training given are no longer required. This lead to the announcement from RAF Cosford that the final ever taxi run of an RAF Jaguar would take place on August 31, 2016. Not wishing their second retirement to slip away quietly, 238 Squadron were on hand to [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Operational Reports|

Bucharest International Air Show 2016

The air arms of Eastern European states have long attracted Western enthusiasts. However, as more and more of these ex-communist nations become integrated with Europe and NATO, their military equipment tends to follow suit leading to interesting, and often colourful, Soviet types being replaced with grey fighters from the USA. Whilst Romania has indeed ordered F-16s that are due to start deliveries this year, it is still one of the last bastions of the MiG-21 LanceR in Europe. The best place to see these charismatic jets, along with the other aircraft of the Romanian Armed Forces, is the annual Bucharest International Air [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

KC-135 60th Anniversary

On August 31, 1956 at just after 1pm local time, a new Boeing jet took to the skies for its first flight. That jet, Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 55-3118 named ‘City of Renton’, started a story that is now 60 years old – and continuing! In 2016, the KC-135 is still the backbone of the United States Air Forces aerial refuelling capability and one of the longest serving military aircraft in the world. A brief history of US Air Refuelling Ever since that historic moment when man lifted from the ground in the first powered flight in 1903, aviators have been [...]

By | August 31st, 2016|News|

The Air to Air Photography Experience

  Look at the front cover of most aviation magazines, and the majority of the time the cover photograph will be an air-to-air image of some sort. Whilst photographing aircraft from the air is still [...]

Win Cosford Air Show 2016 Tickets!

We are offering a lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show 2016! The Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show is back and bigger than ever! [...]

HMX-1 Presidential Helicopters at RAF Mildenhall

It’s all but impossible to miss news of a United States Presidential visit to the United Kingdom, or indeed to any country – the event is always marked with significant pomp and circumstance, as befits [...]

Northolt Nightshoot XX

On March 17, the ever popular Northolt Nightshoot event reached a milestone number with the 20th such gathering taking place at the west London base. Adam Duffield, along with many others, made the pilgrimage for [...]

Irish Air Corps – Easter Rising Centenary

The Easter Rising of 1916 was the most significant uprising in Ireland against Britain since the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798, and is generally regarded as the first time that an Irish Republic was declared. [...]

Hawker Siddeley Harrier T4A XW271

From its initial conception and drawings made in 1957 by Ralph Hooper, the P.1127/P.1154/Kestrel went on to become the well-known and much loved icon of British aviation - the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. The first production [...]

Westland Sea King HC4 Commando Retirement

The 31st of March 2016 heralded another sad day in the history of UK military aviation as the iconic dark green Westland Sea King HC4 Commando helicopters, affectionately known as 'Junglies', were retired from active [...]

Whiteman Air Force Base

Known the world over as home to the United States Air Force’s Northrop B-2 Spirit fleet, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, also has a number of other units and aircraft assigned to its command. For [...]

American Air Museum reopening

In March 2015, the American Air Museum at the Imperial War Museum Duxford closed its doors for a year as it underwent a major refurbishment of both the building and the displays. A little over [...]

Bruntingthorpe Treble Tanker Nightshoot

Being a fan of transport and tanker aircraft, attending a nightshoot at Bruntingthorpe with three of the resident ex-Royal Air Force examples was certainly not a hard decision to make. Ben Montgomery travelled up to [...]

Bourne Park Nightshoot 2

Over the last year or so, the Gazelle Squadron have become one of the most enthusiast friendly display teams on the circuit. Following on from their first event, Saturday 5th March saw Bourne Park Nightshoot [...]

NAS Fallon

Located in the High Desert of North Nevada and a little over an hour’s drive from Reno, Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon is host to VFC-13 ‘Fighting Saints’, the Naval Strike and Warfare Center (NSAWC) [...]

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