On the evening of the 6th October 2016 the 21st night shoot was held at RAF Northolt. Funds from the evening continue to support the restoration of the Battle of Britain Ops Building on the base. Now these events are at the mercy of operational life, retasking of airframes or technical issues have in the past resulted in cancellation of aircraft. That said this event will go down in history as the night every thing turned up and more! Richard Clarke attended for Fiveby5 photography.
The international element was provided by the French Army, Polish Air Force and elements of their Team Orlik display team and the Irish Air Corp. There were no less than 5 airframes with special markings applied including the home team 32 squadron BAe 146 and in total fourteen aircraft were present. A real challenge to capture all the aircraft given the confined space of the ramp.
Aircraft also attending for a fuel stop were the Puma and Chinook. The Band of the RAF Regiment also took advantage of the event to fall in and obtain photos for their history books.
Many thanks to the Station Commander Group Captain Dave Manning for agreeing to the event and Phil Dawe and his group of volunteers who helped to facilitate and make this a successful event.
Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZG750 (RAF 31 squadron) "Pinky" in its Operation Granby special livery
BAe 146 CC.2 - ZE700 (RAF 32 squadron) and BAe Hawk T.1 - XX189 (RAF 100 squadron)
Boeing CH-47 Chinook HC.4 - ZA683 (RAF 28 squadron) wearing its "Nellie" 100th Anniversary markings
PZL-130 Orlik - 049 (Polish AF Team Orlik)
French Army Pilatus PC-6 Porter - No 888 (Escadrille de Transport et de Convoyage de Material)
French Army Aerospatiale SA-341 Gazelle - 3862 (in a fetching tiger livery) & 4069 (3 RHC 3 Regiment d'Helicopteres de Combat)
Beech King Air B200GT - ZK459 (RAF 45 Reserve squadron)
Aerospatiale Puma HC2 - ZJ957 (RAF 33 squadron)
Hercules C130-J C.5 - ZH880 (RAF 47 Squadron)
CASA CN235-100MP - cn 252 (101 Squadron Irish Air Corp)
Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment (Based at RAF Northolt)