US Bombers back in the UK

March 2019 has seen the largest deployment of US B52 strategic bombers in the European theatre since Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Whats the message the US Air Force is projecting. Fiveby5 went along to find out from inside RAF Fairford.

 

Phantoms of Japan 2018

A whistlestop trip to catch the flying operations of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in the twilight of their career in Hyakuri, Japan.

 

 

British Army FARP training

Up close with the AAC Apache gunship at an undisclosed FARP location.

 

 

 

Kemble Cotswold Airport nightshoot

On a cold, clear and crisp September evening a rare collection of aircraft were gathered togetherband presented under lights.

 

 

 

NAS Fallon 'TOP GUN'

“Train the way you fight; fight the way you train" is the motto for NAS Fallon home to the US Navy's premier tactical air warfare training centre.

 

 

27 Sqn Chinook Force

A night on the pan at RAF Odiham with 27 Sqn. Six Chinooks, rotors running and a special scheme included.

 

 

 

493rd Fighter Squadron 'Grim Reapers'

What is the role of the 493 fighter squadron based at RAF Lakenheath, I had the opportunity to see first hand the key facilities and function of the USAF fighter wing here in the UK.

 

 

2017 Highlights

With 2018 just around the corner, here is a selection of images captured giving a flavour of the assignments and airshows attended.

 

 

RAF Cosford Air Show 2017

The first major air show of the year and the RAF premier event held at RAF Cosford on Sunday 11th June

 

 

 

Red Flag 17-1 2017

The first Red Flag exercise of 2017 took place at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada with the F-35a taking part for the very first time. International participants joined from the UK and Australia.

 

 

RAF Brize Norton night shoot 2016

Another RAF station provides an excellent opportunity to photograph the based aircraft at night.

 

 

 

Jaguar night shoot 2016

A further opportunity to photograph the remaining RAF SEPECAT Jaguars under the lights at RAF Cosford.

 

 

 

RAF Northolt night shoot XXI

Its October and the Northolt Night shoot to all end all Northolt Night shoots.

 

 

 

Cold War Jets

In August the bi-annual Cold War jet event was held at Bruntingthorpe. The English Electric Lightning and Blackburn Buccaneer runs were the highlight of the show.

 

 

RAF Brize Norton photoshoot

During June RAF Brize Norton organised a photo shoot to display the aircraft based there and showcase a number of specially painted airframes to celebrate a number of upcoming anniversaries.

 

 

NX611 Just Jane photoshoot

September and a visit to Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby. A great opportunity to capture Avro Lancaster 'Just Jane' under the lights.

 

 

Jaguars at RAF Cosford

On August 31st the RAF Jaguars ran their engines for the very last time. This was an organised event hosted by 238 Squadron and RAF Cosford.

 

 

Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

Another great show, this year saw the christening of the Lockheed Martin F35 Lightning on the European airshow circuit. Ramex Delta performed their final ever display and the Greek Air Force brought two F4 Phantoms.

 

Saber Strike/Baltops 2016

In June three United States Air Force B52's from Minot Air Force base in Dakota arrived in RAF Fairford for a three week deployment in support of Exercise Saber Strike 2016 and Baltops 2016.

 

RAF Marham photoshoot 2016

In May personnel from RAF Marham organsied an evening photo shoot. An opportunity for them to raise funds for the base charities. It is clear there is a demand for such opportunities following the success of the recent sunset shoot at RAF Coningsby and the star of the event was the Tornado GR4.

Bulgarian Air Force 2015

In October the destination was Bulgaria. The objective was to carry out a photographic assignment documenting the Bulgarian Fighter force with a special focus on the venerable Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 21 flying in the twilight of its career. Its planned retirement is scheduled for December 2015.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2015

RIAT featured a number of firsts and a last. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force flew its first UK display with the Kawasaki P-1, also on its first ever visit and the Vulcan flew at Fairford for the very last time.

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