Wokka Formation: The RAF’s Centenary Chinooks

The Royal Air Force Chinook Force yesterday came together at RAF Odiham to launch a unique formation photo-sortie featuring all three of the superb specially-painted centenary-schemed aircraft. As part of a wider tour, Wokka Formation also put in an appearance on the Salisbury Plain Training Area, and I was fortunate enough to be present when they did so.

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RAF Mildenhall – 13/07/2016 – Exercise Steppe Eagle 2016

Back in July, the jungle drums were beating about the possible arrival of a number of Kazakhstan Air Defence Force transport planes at RAF Mildenhall. What at first seemed absurd did indeed come to fruition with the arrival of a pair of EADS CASA C-295s and a beautiful Antonov An-72 Coaler.

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Three visits to RAF Marham

I’ve been really slack with updates in recent months, for which I apologise. I’ll begin my efforts to catch up with an amalgamated post combining pictures from three different visits to RAF Marham – 05/05/2016, 23/05/2016 & 14/07/2016.

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RAF Lakenheath – Raptor Town UK – 04/05/2016

Ever since the twelve F-22A Raptors of the 325th FW’s 95th FS arrived at RAF Lakenheath for an unexpected deployment I had been on the look-out for a free, good weather day where Runway 24 would be in use to hopefully catch them recovering late in the afternoon against the trees on the southside of the runway. Finally, with just a few flying days of their visit left, the stars aligned for Wednesday, 4th May.

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RAF Marham 27/04/2016 – Belgian AF F-16s

With only one day clear in this week’s diary, my plans were restricted to a day out on Wednesday, come what may. The plan was to spend a morning at RAF Marham, hopefully catching the Belgian Air Force F-16s that are present for the week, before moving on for an afternoon of Runway 24 Raptor action at RAF Lakenheath.

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RAF Lakenheath 19-20/04/2016 – F-22A Raptor Town

No visit to Suffolk last week would have been complete without spending some time at RAF Lakenheath, where the resident 48th Fighter Wing continues to play host to a dozen F-22A Raptors from the 325th Fighter Wing based at Tyndall AFB, Florida.

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RAF Mildenhall 19-20/04/2016 – HMX-1 / POTUS visit

With superb weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday in Suffolk and 325th FW F-22A Raptors at RAF Lakenheath and multiple assets supporting US President Barack Obama’s visit to London at RAF Mildenhall, it was absolutely essential to take advantage of the situation and get out with the camera this week.

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Birmingham Airport (BHX) 05/04/2016

Having developed something of a taste for it just five days earlier, I found myself back at Birmingham Airport (BHX) on the afternoon of Tuesday, 5th April 2016, this time armed not only with my camera but also with my steps!

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Birmingham Airport (BHX) 31/03/2016

Birmingham Airport (BHX) is not somewhere I normally frequent with my camera, however, the last couple of weeks have seen interest levels rise somewhat, prompting not just one but two separate visits! This is the story and pictures from Thursday, 31st March 2016.

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RAF Marham 30/03/2016 – ZG750 Arrival

After a stonking two and a bit hours at RAF Lakenheath, we headed to RAF Marham, which we understood would be the destination of the desert pink Op GRANBY 25th anniversary schemed Tornado GR4, ZG750, which we’d heard was on the line at RAF Lossiemouth.

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