Day 2 of my visit to 27 Squadron at RAF Odiham saw a trip out to the training areas across Salisbury Plain. This was an opportunity to view Chinook operations in confined operating areas up close & very personal. It quite an experience to have stones & foliage flung towards you!!!
An informative and very enjoyable day spent with 27 Squadron at RAF Odiham, home of the RAF’s Chinook fleet. A great opportunity to view life on an operational RAF base but also to see the professionalism, dedication and teamwork across the RAF’s aircrews and ground crews. My thanks to 27 Squadron and COAP for the opportunity.
Having only watched the 1943 film “First of the Few” featuring Leslie Howard and David Niven, I was staggered when I stumbled across the track “Spitfire” by Public Service Broadcasting. The track features samples taken from the dialogue of the film, whose plot is based around the development of the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire,
An evening with 238 Squadron at RAF Cosford to shoot their collection of Sepecat Jaguars and Panavia Tornado at night. The use of staged lighting, a smoke machine and re-enactors resulted in some very atmospheric shots. My thanks to RAF Cosford and TLE Photos.
An evening with Avro Shackleton AEW2, WR963, operated by the Shackleton Preservation Trust at Coventry Airport. Also in attendance were a number of re-enactors to help create the illusion of stepping back in time. This was previously home to the Classic Air Force / Airbase, and a number of their aircraft still remain on site albeit in a deteriorating condition.
Whilst holidaying in East Anglia, I decided to detour to this small museum in Norfolk. Located on the former RAF Bungay airfield although only a few Nissan huts give any sort of indication that there was previously an airfield here. Most off the aircraft are positioned in the grounds of the museum, with a further collection in a very tightly packed hangar, making photography very difficult.
In the week leading up to a planned visit to the Shuttleworth Collection, there was plenty of speculation that the claimed world’s latest largest aircraft would be outside of its hangar for the first time in preparation for its maiden flight. Therefore, I re-routed past the old airship hangars at Cardington in the hope I might be lucky.
Despite the clear blue skies, unfortunately strong winds resulted in a number of planned displays cancelling. However a number of the larger & heavier aircraft from the collection were able to display including:
- Avro 19 (Anson)
- Hawker Sea Hurricane
- De Havilland DH-88 Comet