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Photographic Logs for 2018

(For all these shots I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and EOS 5D Mk IV 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)


Monday July 9, 2018 A pair of F-15Es and a pair of Tornado GR.4s both Looping twice in great light was a great test for my recently re-calibrated 5D and x1.4 extender with 400mm lens.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-218 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 2' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (97-218 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 2' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 1' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Col. Evan Pettus, 48th Fighter Wing Commander using callsign 'Eagle 1' was flying 91-605 on his final flight with 48FW. Col. Pettus took command of 48FW on July 19, 2016.
Col. Pettus received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1994. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and has more than 2,500 hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38 and F-15E. He has flown combat missions in operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 1' piloted by Col. Petus on his final flight as commander of 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-218 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 2' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 1' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA585 '054') callsign 'Monster 1'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA585 '054') callsign 'Monster 1'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA597 '063') callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA597 '063') callsign 'Monster 2'.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA597 '063') callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA585 '054') callsign 'Monster 1'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA585 '054') callsign 'Monster 1'.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA597 '063') callsign 'Monster 2'.

Friday July 6, 2018 Unusual day with just an Apache and a pair of C-130J Hercules.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ228).
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.4 (ZH867) of Brize Norton Transport Wing.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.4 (ZH868) of Brize Norton Transport Wing.

Wednesday June 27, 2018 Two passes from a very old Typhoon T.3, a Grob which seem to be Looping quite often these days and a handful of Hawks for today.
Left to right: Typhoon T.3 (ZJ802 '802') using callsign 'Chaos 11' unmarked but with 3(F) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon T.3 (ZJ802) unmarked but believed to be with 3(F) Squadron.
Left to right: Grob Tutor T.1 (G-BYUY) based at RF Linton on Ouse. Hawk T.2s (ZK022 'M', ZK032 'W' and ZK010 'A') of 4 Squadron.

Wednesday June 27, 2018
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK026 'Q' and ZK010 'A') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) callsign 'Comet 463' with 70 (LXX) Squadron. Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0065) using callsign 'Knife 71' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0065) using callsign 'Knife 71' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK020 'K', ZK025 'P' and ZK036 'AA') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-16C Eagles (84-010, 86-176, 86-159 '48OG' and 86-174 'LN') of 493 FS, 48FW.

Thursday June 21, 2018 A really nice Tornado GR.4 pass and a handful of Hawks today.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK026 'Q' and ZK028 'S') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK013 'D' and ZK011 'B') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076').

Monday June 11, 2018 Quite a day with many passes. A French Air Force Rafale had requested to go low level after departing Shawbury but had been refused by ATC for an undetermined reason.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH888) using callsign 'Ascot 124' of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH868) using callsign 'Ascot 125' of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) using callsign 'Comet 456' with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II (13-5786) using callsign 'Strix 28' of the 67th SOS/352nd SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
MC-130J Commando II (13-5786) of the 67th SOS/352nd SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: MC-130J Commando II (13-5786) of the 67th SOS/352nd SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: MC-130J Commando II (13-5786) of the 67th SOS/352nd SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: F-15C Eagle (86-174) of 493rd FS.
Left to right: F-15C Eagle (86-174) of 493rd FS.
Left to right: Jet Provost T.5 (XW325 registered G-BWGF).
Left to right: Jet Provost T.5 (XW325 registered G-BWGF).
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH868) of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: Hawk T.1 (XX324) using callsign 'Strachan 46' Royal Navy, Hawk T.2 (ZK018 'I') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-316 'LN') using callsign 'Strong 31' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-317 'LN') using callsign 'Strong 32' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-317 'LN') with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-220 'LN') using callsign 'Strong 33' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2004 'LN') using callsign 'Strong 34' without fin tip stripes.
F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2004 'LN') 48 FW the WSO has the Florida State University flag displayed on his dashboard.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-316 'LN') with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-317 'LN') with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-220 'LN' and 01-2004) with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-318 'LN') using callsign 'Dirty 11' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') using callsign 'Dirty 12' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-318 'LN') with 492 FS, 48 FW.

Wednesday May 30, 2018 A gloomy day with only this C-130J Hercules to speak of.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH888) of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons) using callsign 'Ascot 335'.

Tuesday May 29, 2018 A slow morning followed by three Tornado GR.4s and a pair of Typhoons. The pink rhododendrons are looking good at this time of the year.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') with callsign 'Marham 29'. Hawk T.2 (ZK026 'Q') with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') with callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') with callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') with callsign 'Monster 2', second pass..
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Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') with callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK330 '330') callsign 'Chaos'.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK309 '309') callsign 'Chaos' flying very close behind.
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Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') with callsign 'Marham 42' returns after hot-pitting at RAF Marham.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') with callsign 'Marham 42'.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') with callsign 'Marham 42' flying low over blooming rhododendrons.

Thursday May 24, 2018Just a pair of Hawk T.2s during this dull day.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK010 'A' and ZK011 'B') with 4 Squadron.

Wednesday May 23, 2018 With the 492 FS, 48 FW still 'surging' this week there were nearly 20 Strike Eagles low passes, there were others about. They were followed by an Osprey with two passes and a Tornado GR.4.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2001 'LN' and 01-2002 'LN') using callsigns 'Dude 51' and 'Dude 52''.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2002 'LN') using callsign 'Dude 52' in the colours (red fin tip) of 494 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK031 'V') with RAF100 'sticker' on the tail with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-308 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 31' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-308 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 31'.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 32' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 32'.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-308 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 31' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW, second pass.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 32' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW, second pass.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK014 'E' and ZK026 'Q') with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2002 'LN') using callsign 'Dude 52' in the colours (red fin tip) of 494 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2001 'LN') using callsign 'Dude 51' without fin tip colours.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2002 'LN') using callsign 'Dude 52', second pass of the afternoon sortie.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-134 'LN') using callsign 'Best 72' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71'
(400mm F2.8 f.9 1/250 -1 stop exposure compensation ISO 100).
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagles (91-332 'LN' and 98-134 'LN') using callsigns 'Best 71' and 'Best 72'.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK020 'K' and ZK023 'N') with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71'
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-134 'LN') using callsign 'Best 72' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71'
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71'
F-15E Strike Eagle (98-134 'LN') using callsign 'Best 72'.
The WSO has dislayed a flag from his university, Virginia Tech' in the USA. He was a student there during the shooting in 2007 and lost his friend. The flag has the university logo over a ribbon in remembrance of that event. He takes it everywhere, he says.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-134 'LN') using callsign 'Best 72'.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (07-0033) using callsign 'Knife 72' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (07-0033) using callsign 'Knife 72'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076') using callsign 'Tirpitz 01' it is with IX Squadron although devoid of squadron markings.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK021 'L') with 4 Squadron.

Tuesday May 22, 2018 As the 492 FS, 48 FW were 'surging' this week it produced a spectacular day with nine Strike Eagles with a variety of 'fits' making 13 low passes, there were others that passed high. They were followed by an Osprey and a Tornado GR.4.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW. It is carrying three Mk.82 500 Lbs practice bombs on the starboard pylons I believe.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-331 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW. It is also carrying three Mk.82 500 Lbs practice bombs on the starboard pylons I believe.
F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW. It is carrying three Mk.82 500 Lbs practice bombs on the starboard pylons I believe.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') second pass this time with after-burners.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-135 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (98-135 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (unknown 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW. F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2004 'LN') with no fin tip colours it is completely clean underneath.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-308 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-306 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (98-133 'LN') in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-303 'LN') callsign 'Sticky 21' without fin tip colours. F-15E Strike Eagle (98-133 'LN') callsign 'Sticky 22' in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-303 'LN') using callsign 'Sticky 21' it does not have fin tip colours.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-303 'LN' and 98-133 'LN') in the colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-133 'LN') in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW. Hawk T.2 (ZK028 'S') with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (12-0064) using callsign 'Knife 72' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (12-0064) using callsign 'Knife 72' on its second pass.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076') using callsign 'Tirpitz 01' it is with IX Squadron.

Thursday May 17, 2018 An MC-130J and F-15C Eagles flew the Loop but not in front of my camera. Instead I had RAF transports which worked well with having my 70-200mm lens with me.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK037 'AB' and ZK017 'H') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK031 'H' with RAF100 'sticker' on the tail and ZK029 'T') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK013 'D') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: C-130J-30 Hercules C.4 (ZH871) with 24/47 Squadron, Brize Norton Transport Wing.
Left to right: C-130J-30 Hercules C.4 (ZH871) with 24/47 Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.