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Photographic Logs for 2014

(For all these shots I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with the following lenses;
Canon EF 400mm f2.8 L IS Mk II, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 L with and without a x1.4 extender Mk III and a Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS)


Tornado GR.4 (ZA543 '036') late in the day at 18:30
Wednesday July 9, 2014 Chasing the light and rumours caused me to spend time on three hills today. The first switch was pointless however and I missed a high Tucano and Hawk during the swap-over to the west side and 15:00. The second switch was 16:30 was for the rumoured CV-22 Osprey but I was 'carparked' by it. However a dash up the north side paid off with a late Tornado at 18:30. Leaving at 19:00 meant that I missed the second Osprey at 20:45. A regular flow of Tucanos and two Tornados was a fair reward for the effort put in to the day.
Left to right: Tucano T.1 (ZF293) of 207(R) Squadron and Tucano T.1 (ZF338 'MP-W') named 'Whizzo' of 76(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZG779 '136').
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK037 'AB' and ZK011 'B') of 4(R) Squadron, two passes from each of them.
Left to right: Tucano T.1 (ZF378)
Left to right: Tucano T.1 (ZF485)
Left to right: Tucano T.1 (ZF378) second pass after six minutes.
Left to right: Tucano T.1 (ZF210)
Left to right: Tucano T.1 (ZF293) of 207(R) Squadron on its second sortie of the day over three hours after the first.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK034 'Y') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA543 '036').
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA543 '036').

Tornado GR.4 (ZA453 '022') with a AN/AAQ-28 Litening III Targeting pod.
Wednesday July 2, 2014 At the start of the day the light on the east side was bright for the Tornado but after moving to the west side of the valley it clouded over. On the switch over I only just caught the first of three Typhoon passes.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA453 '022')
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA453 '022')
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK034 'Y') of 4(R) Squadron. Typhoon T.3 (ZJ803 'BA') of 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ927 'BO') of 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ927 'BO') of 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK022 'M') of 4(R) Squadron.

F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN') using callsign 'Panther 11'
Wednesday June 24, 2014 One of the better days out with a double pass of Eagles followed later by a Typhoon. Then as I was about to make the change over to the other side of the valley two more Eagles passed by twice. Up the valley on the west side and it was time for the Tornado GR.4 to show off its power.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN') with blue fin tips it is inscribed '492 FS' and using callsign 'Panther 11 and 12'.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN').
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2002 'LN') with red fin tips it is with 494 FS, 48 FW at RAF Lakenheath.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2002 'LN').
Left to right: Typhoon T.3 (ZJ805 'BD') with callsign 'Typhoon 17' of 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-222 'LN') with blue fin tips it is with 48 FW, 492 FS at RAF Lakenheath.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (00-3000 'LN') with red fin tips it is with 494 FS, 48 FW at RAF Lakenheath.
Left to right: Two passes from Tornado GR.4 (ZA453 '022') pilot's callsign was 'Marham 57'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA453 '022').

Tornado GR.4 (ZA395) in 12(B) Squadron colours
Wednesday April 16, 2014 On the lower slopes of Bluebell which proved to be a poor choice when the French Air Force Mirage F.1s missed the turning and only descended for the Bwlch. The remaining days passes almost made up for my F1 blunders, the highlight being the 12(B) Squadron special tail Tornado GR.4 which came down from Lossiemouth on it's final flight to Leeming for scrapping or return to produce (RTP).
Left to right: Mirage F.1CR (654 '118-NC') on it's farewell flight passed the many photog's on the Bwlch. The Mirage F.1 retires from French AF service on July 14.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK032 'W') with 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA395) with 12(B) Squadron special tail applied for their disbandment on March 31, 2014. It is inscribed 'Leads the Field, 1915 - 2014' and was flying down from Lossiemouth as 'Lossie 09' on it's final flight to Leeming where it will be 'reduced to produce' (RTP). Note it was also flying clean with no drop tanks or other stores.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA395) in 12(B) Squadron colours.
Hawk T.2 (ZK032 'W')
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK032 'W') with 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK011 'B') with 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK028 'S' and ZK035 'Z') with 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK028 'S').
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZD849 '110') still in the former 617 Squadron markings but flying with 9 Squadron using callsign 'Fang 1'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZD849 '110').
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA606 '69') with 9 Squadron calling 'Fang 2'.

F-15E Strike Eagle (98-0131 'LN') of 492 FS, 48 FW callsign 'Corvette 51'
Wednesday March 12, 2014 At Bluebell and a very welcome 20+ passes from F-15Es (Corvette and Shark Flights) and MC-130 on its way to Stuttgart, a Typhoon and numerous Hawks T.2s and a single Hawk T.1.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-0131 'LN') of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (98-133 'LN') of 492 FS, 48 FW callsign 'Corvette 52'
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-133 'LN') of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') of 492 FS, 48 FW, probably callsign 'Corvette 53'.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-316 'LN') of 492 FS, 48 FW presumed to be callsign 'Shark 13' the second F-15E of 'Shark Flight' came through high followed by one of the earlier jets from 'Corvette Flight'.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') of 492 FS, 48 FW, probably callsign 'Corvette 53'.
Left to right: Lockheed MC-130H Hercules Combat Talon II (88-0195) using callsign 'Jingo 31', 7th Special Operations Squadron, 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK036 'AA') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK300 'DG') of 11 Squadron using callsign 'Typhoon 20'.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK018 'I') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK030 'U') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK030 'U').
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK030 'U') and Hawk T.1 (XX250) of 208(R) Squadron.