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Old Tuesday 28th July 2020, 18:57   #1001
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And, of course, some more:

De Havilland 88 Comet (winner of the 1934 London to Melbourne race) and Percival Mew Gull (which broke the London to Capetown record) - in each case, yes, this actual aircraft
The DH 88 is one of those few aircraft whose elegance of line is just perfect.

Oh, and its designer's cousin died just a few days ago aged 104...
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Old Tuesday 28th July 2020, 19:35   #1003
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Great images, FJ.
Thank you very much! The light was highly variable - and often challenging - but perhaps it really challenged me to go beyond the "field guide" picture and try to take a photograph.....

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All right, any excuse: a couple of shots of G-BYGC in the BOAC retro scheme coming out of Heathrow, photographed from Stanwell Moor: literally the last week before work sent me home and told me to stay there.

(Incidentally, talking of the Comet, have you noticed the line of the 787's nose? A belated admission from Boeing that de Havilland got it exactly right, if you ask me.)

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John, your photos are just stunning.

It seems many many years ago when I used to love watching BOAC 707s, VC10s, and then 747s dropping into Manchester Airport when I lived near there as a kid. And also things like British Caledonian 707s, TWA and Pan Am 707s, Spantax CV990s, Air Spain DC-8s, Laker DC-10s, Wardair 747s, Trans Europa Caravelle's, BEA Viscounts plus so much more. Happy days!!

I used to have a Canon AE1 (I think?) and loved going to airports and airshows. Got albums full of 6 x 4's, but I envy the clarity obtained by John in his exceptional photos. Favourite places were Hotel Emmantina at Athens with its rooftop area and pool, Miami International, and Frankfurt. But I also loved Fairford Air Show to see the fast jets.

Nowadays I collect diecast 1/400 model airliners and 1/72 WW2 planes as a reminder of those great days- just love the Spitfire and Hurricane, and those German Heinkel's, Stuka's and ME109's. Just recently I obtained a Defiant, built a mile from where I live now on the outskirts of Wolverhampton by Bolton-Paul.
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I was up at Lakenheath Fen today, lots of flying activity. Can anyone confirm if this is, specifically, an F15C?

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Cockpit canopy looks more akin to a 2 seater variant ( D or E ). Any more images ie showing full number on tail fin? Not sure whether it reads AF 84, 94 or 04.
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Cockpit canopy looks more akin to a 2 seater variant ( D or E ). Any more images ie showing full number on tail fin? Not sure whether it reads AF 84, 94 or 04.
It reads AF84 001.
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Cockpit canopy looks more akin to a 2 seater variant ( D or E ). Any more images ie showing full number on tail fin? Not sure whether it reads AF 84, 94 or 04.
Using a magnifying glass Pat, I think it's 04, def not a 9 anyway.
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I was up at Lakenheath Fen today, lots of flying activity. Can anyone confirm if this is, specifically, an F15C?

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The camouflage pattern and the yellow-bordered black tail band, with the long shallow cockpit canopy, confirm that this is an F15C from the 493rd Fighter Squadron: the pure air superiority squadron of the 48th (Liberty) Wing USAF based at RAF Lakenheath.

F15Es are all uniform very dark gray (concession to US sensibilities) - don't know what the official name of the colour is, sorry. F15Cs and the couple of two-seat Ds with the 493rd are pale gray ground colour with large blotches of a mid-gray on fins, wings and upper decking.

And I agree the serial is 84001.

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John, your photos are just stunning.

It seems many many years ago when I used to love watching BOAC 707s, VC10s, and then 747s dropping into Manchester Airport when I lived near there as a kid. And also things like British Caledonian 707s, TWA and Pan Am 707s, Spantax CV990s, Air Spain DC-8s, Laker DC-10s, Wardair 747s, Trans Europa Caravelle's, BEA Viscounts plus so much more. Happy days!!

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Nowadays I collect diecast 1/400 model airliners and 1/72 WW2 planes as a reminder of those great days- just love the Spitfire and Hurricane, and those German Heinkel's, Stuka's and ME109's. Just recently I obtained a Defiant, built a mile from where I live now on the outskirts of Wolverhampton by Bolton-Paul.
I've been photographing aircraft since I was a kid and my Mum got me a Kodak Retinette fixed lens camera, so I never went the Instamatic route but straight into f-stops and shutter speeds. My first SLR was a frighteningly clunky Russian Zenith EM, then I used Mum's old Pentax when she upgraded, and finally went to Canon and moved into DSLRs with them. I often look at old pictures and lament not having the gear then that I've got now, with not-quite-sharp or badly lit pictures of types gone for ever.

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The camouflage pattern and the yellow-bordered black tail band, with the long shallow cockpit canopy, confirm that this is an F15C from the 493rd Fighter Squadron: the pure air superiority squadron of the 48th (Liberty) Wing USAF based at RAF Lakenheath.

F15Es are all uniform very dark gray (concession to US sensibilities) - don't know what the official name of the colour is, sorry. F15Cs and the couple of two-seat Ds with the 493rd are pale gray ground colour with large blotches of a mid-gray on fins, wings and upper decking.

And I agree the serial is 84001.

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Thank you for your help. Especially to John for the extra detail.
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I love F15s but am surprised that in this day and age there is a perceived role for them still. I thought they were being retired?

I presume they have had avionics upgraded? Much prefer them to the horrible looking thing the RAF have now bought from the US.
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I believe they are still upgrading them and looking to be flying variants for another 20 years eg Super Eagles and EX.

Lakenheath is preparing the infrastructure to receive some F35s in 2025?

I'm getting quite fond of the overhead silhouette of the F35s when they cruise low and directly overhead rather than side on - I was lucky to see two returning pairs join up to a four ship formation a few weeks back. .... giving me my little private airshow display for the year. " Flying Brick " is a tad unfair - if its fast, loud and pulling high Gs it is fine by me.
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I believe they are still upgrading them and looking to be flying variants for another 20 years eg Super Eagles and EX.

Lakenheath is preparing the infrastructure to receive some F35s in 2025?

I'm getting quite fond of the overhead silhouette of the F35s when they cruise low and directly overhead rather than side on - I was lucky to see two returning pairs join up to a four ship formation a few weeks back. .... giving me my little private airshow display for the year. " Flying Brick " is a tad unfair - if its fast, loud and pulling high Gs it is fine by me.
In another place I frequent they call it "Dave" because they think it's boring, but I'm with you Pat.

The USAF approach appears to be two-track, recognising that the full-on stealth weaponry is very expensive and for most purposes overkill, they have enough of that to kick the door in and once that is done the Eagles will swarm in.

We're going much the same way: our Typhoons are unstealthy but hot ships in every other respect and can be all over anything the Lightnings (I hate calling it that, there's only one kind of RAF Lightning) aren't needed to handle.

I think I remember reading that Lakenheath will get 2 squadrons of F-35As to replace F-15Es but retain one squadron of Eagles in the wing (possibly those will be F-15Es rather than Cs).

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Absolutely, only ever one Lightning.

Wonder why the USA didn't follow up Falcon, Eagle, Raptor - --- Hawk, Goshawk, Merlin, Harrier, Buzzard and Kestrel already taken I guess.
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Absolutely, only ever one Lightning.

Wonder why the USA didn't follow up Falcon, Eagle, Raptor - --- Hawk, Goshawk, Merlin, Harrier, Buzzard and Kestrel already taken I guess.
The first (?) RAF Lightning may be this one here: https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/att...mentid=2028523

Note the early engines with which it was underpowered...
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Fantastic photography Farnboro John!
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The first (?) RAF Lightning may be this one here: https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/att...mentid=2028523

Note the early engines with which it was underpowered...
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I don't think it was ever accepted for service though? Didn't make it through Boscombe Down trials AFAIK. Give me a Mosquito any day of the week!

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I don't think it was ever accepted for service though? Didn't make it through Boscombe Down trials AFAIK. Give me a Mosquito any day of the week!

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Had a pair of Spitfires pass through Dundee airport today on their way north to Inverness, one being the Silver Spitfire that flew around the world, the other a two-seater, so popped down for a look and to grab a few photos.

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Lovely shots, would be wonderful to have a Mosquito to liven up the mix.
Are there still any airworthy examples operational?
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The first (?) RAF Lightning may be this one here: https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/att...mentid=2028523

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The 'castrated' Lightning, no intercooled superchargers, so anemic at any altitude. Much more impressive once adequately powered.
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That's a P38 isn't it?

This is my irreplaceable, boyhood Lightning of course, nothing under powered here!

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Had a pair of Spitfires pass through Dundee airport today on their way north to Inverness, one being the Silver Spitfire that flew around the world, the other a two-seater, so popped down for a look and to grab a few photos.

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Have never ever seen (nor heard of) a silver spit before. .....









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Had a pair of Spitfires pass through Dundee airport today on their way north to Inverness, one being the Silver Spitfire that flew around the world, the other a two-seater, so popped down for a look and to grab a few photos.

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Bit of a crosswind judging from pic 3! Very nice. I followed the round-the-world trip at the time, I thought it a strange thing to do (all that over-water stuff on a single eighty-year-old engine!) but fascinating to see the progress.

CJ: There were one or two silver Spits even during WWII, one in Italy is the best known I think.

[/quote]Lovely shots, would be wonderful to have a Mosquito to liven up the mix.

Are there still any airworthy examples operational?[/quote]


Etudiant: there are four on the wrong side of the pond:

In Canada a B35 restored as BIX LR503 (whose mission score was an astonishing 215 but whose end was tragic);

TV959, the TIII that used to hang up in the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth, now flown in intruder colours as NS838, an FBVI of 418 (Canadian) Squadron;

KA114, a Canadian-built FB26 now flown in the colours of a 487 Squadron FBVI as used in the Amiens prison raid;

PZ474, a real FBVI restored as a Banff Strike Wing 143 Squadron coastal strike aircraft.

A "carrier bag of bits" is being used as the basis for a "dataplate restoration" to airworthy status of a Mosquito using the identity of an NF30 RL346, in Britain. This will take several years yet. They are basically setting up a Mosquito airframe production facility just as the New Zealanders who did KA114 and TV959 did.

There are repeated noises about restoring Kermit Weeks's B/TT35 RS712 (ex 3 CAACU and 633 Squadron) to flying status but it needs some serious airframe work. (Which thanks to the NZ and UK teams is not out of the question but will require the lubrication of cash.)

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