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As of two minutes ago, fout fighter jets have just roared over our house, presumably out of Akrotiri. I got outside, just in time to see them pass over the hill towards Pafos and wasn't able to ID them, is there a way you find out who /what they were?

Also at the weekend, got my next door but one neighbour so drunk, that for the first time in two years, he's finally admitted to us that he works on the US section at Akrotiri, maintaining the U2's.
I dont think sites like FR 24 pick these up if they are on a mission. Info such as types and serial numbers can be found sometimes on FighterControl where proper enthusiasts and spotters record and publish this info. A safe bet would be RAF Typhoons Andy, not sure how often the Greeks send fast jets to or over Cyprus, but can safely rule out anything Turkish.
 
Cheers Pat,
bumped in to a RAF lad tonight and asked him. He said that it could be some kind of 'fly by' practice for upcoming Battle of Britain commemorations but he did also say that that flight track, towards Pafos, is very unusual.
 
As of two minutes ago, fout fighter jets have just roared over our house, presumably out of Akrotiri. I got outside, just in time to see them pass over the hill towards Pafos and wasn't able to ID them, is there a way you find out who /what they were?

Also at the weekend, got my next door but one neighbour so drunk, that for the first time in two years, he's finally admitted to us that he works on the US section at Akrotiri, maintaining the U2's.
Try adsb exchange. If they are going operational they will stop squawking soon after takeoff but you can get lucky.

John
 
Today (15 September) is Battle of Britain Day. Cynical historians may remark its principal claim to that title is that it was the day the RAF's claimed "score" was furthest from the truth (185 German aircraft destroyed) but the post-war corrected total of 54 still underlines that this was the date upon which Germany recognised it had lost the attempt to win air superiority over Southern England as a precursor to invasion.

Accordingly yesterday my pilot brother suggested a tour and I took my camera along. We routed from Farnborough past Kenley, once part of the RAF's defensive ring round London and now a gliding field, to the legendary Battle of Britain fighter station now known as London Biggin Hill Airport, where a cup of tea refreshed while the odd Spitfire from the Heritage Hangar landed outside.

Leaving Biggin-on-the-bump we headed East then South to Beachy Head where on this very fine afternoon we encountered a Biggin Spitfire giving some lucky and moneyed punter the experience of flying in that great piece of aviation history.

We headed back West along the coast past Shoreham - home to Lysanders during 1940; Ford (a Naval Air Station heavily Stukaed during the Battle) along to Tangmere, one of 11 Group's forward airfields (and its satellite Westhampnett, now better known as Goodwood airfield) eventually to Thorney Island, from which the disastrous Defiants took off to be massacred by 109s.

From Thorney it was home to Farnborough, the Royal Aircraft Establishment in 1940, responsible for scientific research and trials of captured Luftwaffe aircraft among many other things: no longer a government establishment today.

Photos follow:

RAF Kenley (now glider airfield)
RAF Biggin Hill (now London Biggin Hill Airport)
Piper Cherokee Challenger G-BBKX
Spitfire T9 MJ627 landing at Biggin Hill
Heritage Hangar with five Spitfires outside
Eastbourne Pier (this is the place I think of when I watch Dad's Army)
Beachy Head
Spitfire over Seven Sisters

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Spitfire over Severn Sisters - hard to see head on
Spitfire heading across the Downs X 2
Bomb craters near Brighton - these are still visible all across the fields in this corner of the country
RNAS Shoreham (still active civil airfield)
RAF Ford (now open prison, car boot venue etc)
RAF Tangmere (jet apron and Aviation museum: airfield mostly to agriculture)
RAF Westhampnett (Goodwood airfield and motor-race track)
RAF Thorney Island (now Royal Artillery barracks)
RAE Farnborough (Farnborough Airport) G-BBKX turning finals to land

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Lovely stuff! Here we are used to the occasional Mirages or Rafales flying low down the valley, yesterday though the two aircraft that flew through had what looked like the Romanian flag on the tail, no time to take a photo but they were not either of those …….
 
Lovely stuff! Here we are used to the occasional Mirages or Rafales flying low down the valley, yesterday though the two aircraft that flew through had what looked like the Romanian flag on the tail, no time to take a photo but they were not either of those …….
Couldn't have been a Belgian flag on an F-16 could it? Did you definitely see blue or could it have been black? Not every air force puts their flag on the tail as such but the Belgians certainly do.

John


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There’s a bunch of USAF F-16’s regularly going over the garden lately. I understand they are visiting from Germany on a training exercise for a few weeks.

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Fortunately the fairly local F-15 and F-35’s take a very different flight path.
The F-16s are working out of Mildenhall I think, not Lakenheath. It's part of Cobra Warrior II/23. There are Canadian Hornets in Waddington as well.

John
 
And a few of the Few from a fine day at the Shuttleworth Trust's Bedfordshire Vintage Airshow a couple of weekends ago.

John

Spitfire IX (BBMF)
Hurricane IIc (BBMF)
Spitfire Vc (Shuttleworth Trust) X 2
Sea Hurricane Ib (Shuttleworth Trust) X 2
Spitfire Vc (Shuttleworth Trust)

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Stunning photos.

Like everyone I just love the Spitfire.

Am I correct in thinking the Mark 9 was perceived as the ultimate model....the best of the best so to speak?
 
Stunning photos.

Like everyone I just love the Spitfire.

Am I correct in thinking the Mark 9 was perceived as the ultimate model....the best of the best so to speak?
I think so. Johnnie Johnson described the Griffon engined Mk XIV as " very good but not a Spitfire any more" and I imagine that was a typical view.

John
 
Like anyone with eyes, I LOVE the Spitfire. I was fortunate as a teenager in 1975, while visiting Greece, to sit in the cockpit of a Greek Spit. I was impressed how small the cockpit is!
 
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What’s in a name.
Nothing! if branding is anything to go by on this freight liner?
On a lighter note…looks like the Von Trapps finally made it.🤣
 

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Believe it’s the first time I’ve seen a freight liner without any branding/lettering.

Yes no.2. probably a bit obscure, bit of an age thing….relating Austrian Airlines to the famous (Austrian) Von Trapp singers that escaped Nazi occupation during WW2.
 
Frequently have fly overs from the red arrows while birding my local patch... extremely cool to see but it definitely freaks out all the birds.
 

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