An evening with Avro Lancaster B Mk VII, NX611 “Just Jane” at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, along with some re-enactors to help create the illusion of stepping back in time. The centre was initially established by the Panton brothers as a memorial to their brother lost on a mission over Germany during WW2.
Valley Aviation Society (VAS) and RAF Valley surpass previous photo calls with an excellently organised day. Although more regimented in terms of access to the hard stand this actually improved photo opportunities in my opinion.
Visiting aircraft included Tornados, Typhoon, Squirrel, Agusta AB-139 (Irish Air Corps), VC-10, C-17, C-130, Tucano and PC-9 (Irish Air Corps).
A poignant visit to 6 Squadron at RAF Coningsby following the announcement of the premature retirement of the RAF’s Sepecat Jaguar fleet. Rolled out during the visit was the colour scheme for one of the Squadron’s jets in a stunning Jaguar scheme, forever to be known as “the spotty jet”.
Quick visits were also made to the BBMF hangar, and also 29(R) Squadron, the OCU for the Eurofighter Typhoon.
RAF Valley in Anglesey is reported to be the busiest RAF base in the UK. It is the hub for fast jet training and helicopter training for mountainous and maritime operations. Courtesy of the Valley Aviation Society and base command, a photo day was held with plenty of opportunity to get up close with both on local and visiting aircraft and crews.
Highlights included Alpha Jet (Belgian), Canberra, Jaguar, F-16 (Danish), Tucano, VC-10 and Tristar.