Located at the former RAF Wattisham in Suffolk is the Wattisham Station Heritage Airfield Museum, home of McDonnell Douglas F-4M Phantom FGR2, XT914, and Hawker Hunter XG194. With this former RAF base now being home to the Army Air Corps, access to the museum is restricted to bookings only.
Located at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is home to Avro Lancaster, NX611 ‘Just Jane’, a living memorial to the 55,000 men lost during Bomber Command operations during WW2.
Currently in taxi condition, her owners’ dream is restore her back to flight and work to that effect is now underway. Throughout the year it is possible to witness the roar of her four Merlin engines and even experience a taxi ride. This event was a night shoot with two engine runs, period re-enactors and a unique lighting method.
RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire hosted the Air Combat Power Visit for branches of the UK Military and Cadet forces. The event provides an opportunity to view at close quarters the different capabilities of the Royal Air Force and its coalition partners. Thanks to COAP and RAF Coningsby we were allowed exclusive access to the ramp on the evening before the event. All proceeds raised during the evening went to RAF Charities.
One of those pinch me moments, a flight with Supermarine Spitfire HF IXE, TD314 / FX-P / G-CGYJ (msn CBAF.10492), over the Kent countryside, piloted by Charlie Brown. Our flight departed from Lashenden Airfield near Headcorn, and headed down south east, to emerge on the coast at Folkestone. Unfortunately cloud cover obscured the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne, but breaks in the clouds meant that Dover Harbour and the white cliffs were briefly visible.
A photo shoot at Bruntingthorpe Airfield with the Buccaneer Preservation Groups Buccaneers, plus a VC-10, Hunter, and a Jet Provost. A pity the weather did not play ball with rain setting in soon after proceedings beginning. However, both the VC-10 and Buccaneer S2B were still able to complete their taxi runs, and mighty impressive they were.
Duxford’s annual Battle of Britain Display is renowned for its mass Spitfire formations and premier warbird displays.
Day four at RIAT 2017. Although continuing the theme of grey low clouds, all display acts were able to perform on this day. One of the key highlights was the surprise flypast of a B-2 Spirit escorted by a pair of F-15’s to mark the 70th anniversary of the USAF. Other notable displays included the Ukrainian Su-27 Flanker, USAF Heritage Flight (F-22 and P-51), and Italian Tornado.
Day three at RIAT 2017. Unfortunately there were to be no blue skies, with low cloud & rain forcing early display acts to a taxi along the runway and the Midnight Hawks to disappear into the murk. However the cloud lifted sufficiently for later acts including the Thunderbirds and Ukranian Su-27 Flanker.
Day two: The main theme for RIAT 2017 was the 70th anniversary of the formation of the United States Air Force. Therefore there was a stronger USAF presence than in previous years with a welcome return after 10 years of the The Thunderbirds, the F-22A Raptor, and Osprey displays and flypasts from F-15’s, F-16’s and C-130. The Friday display included a unique flypast of the Red Arrows with the Thunderbirds.