Thursday, 6 June 2019

Visit to LFA7 in May 2019

With an RAF ban on Typhoons and non UK based aircraft in The Mach Loop, it was going to be difficult to get a huge amount of low fly images. On the plus side the USAF were still using the Mach Loop and other areas of LFA7. Even manged to get a pair of F-16 Falcon aircraft down the A5 pass. So a producitive visit considering the dwindling use of the LFA7 at present.

Full Image Gallery Here: LFA7 Gallery May 2019

F-15E Strike Eagle A5 Pass

F-16C Fighting Falcon A5 Pass


RAF Texan

RAF Hawk T2

USAF F-15E Strike Eagle, Corris Corner

USAF CV-22 Osprey

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Quick Visit to Tebay and Settle/Carlisle Line

A quick visit in Carlisle, took the opportunity to photograph a couple of Steam Locomotives at Tebay and on the Carlisle to Settle Line. Some more modern trains also photographed as they appeared in addition to the Steam trains.

Virgin Class 390 Pendolino at Tebay

70000 Brittania at Tebay

46590 Leander at Tebay

46590 Leander on the Settle to Carlisle at Armathwaite

46590 Leander on the Settle to Carlisle at Armathwaite

Class 47 Diesel near Penrith

Class 390 Pendolino near Penrith

The Beluga XL at Hawarden Airport

My first visit to Hawarden Airport to witness the Airbus Beluga/XL aircraft.  It is a very odd looking aircraft and yes it does really conjure up an image of a flying whale!!!! Manged to see two aircraft XL2 and number 5. From land on to launch there is a turn around time of about 60-90 minutes at Hawarden,  to be loaded with Airbus wings and other parts which are flown from Broughton to France. Here are some of the images (heat haze may affect a couple)

Full Image Gallery Here: Hawarden Beluga Gallery

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (at Newquay Airport)

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) is located at Newquay Airport. There is a good selection of retired/demobbed airframes and other exhibits. Some of which you can tour others you can sit in the cockpit, so the aircraft are not just for viewing. A good cafe/shop is also on the site. All the staff are friendly and welcoming with a good knowledge of their aircraft. Some of the sircraft on site are still used by the RAF for salvage/lifting/recovery/exercise practice. In the hangar in addition to the exhibits there is a superb display of model aircraft that have been built by a variety of people. Well I will get on to the pictures so you can see what it is all about.

Vickers VC-10 Cockpit

Vickers VC-10 Engines

English Electric Lightning

RAF Shackleton (not part of CAHC)

Spirit of Truro

Museum Exhibit

Museum Exhibit

Royal Navy Seahawk

Harrier GR3

RAF Tornado GR4 "Shiny Two"

Vickers Varsity

BAE 125

Westland Lynx

Hawker Hunter

English Electric Lightning


Hawker Hunter

BAC1-11 Qinetiq

Vickers VC 10 ZA148

RAF Tornado GR4

Vickers VC 10

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Great Western Railway, Long Rock Open Day April 13th 2019

Great Western Railway held an open day at their Long Rock Depot. A variety of engines were exhibited from Steam to Modern day diesel and even model train running undercover.  One of the new intercity Class 802 trains was renamed in honour of  the RNLI Lifeboat crew of the "Solomon Browne" who were all lost at sea in 1981 and Rick Rescorla who lost his life guiding others from the Twin Towers in 2011, so very well done to GWR on that one, great gesture.  A Network Rail support vehicle, some emergency service vehicles and a WW2 US jeep were also present.

As usual with these events unless you find a way of getting a preview without the public it is an uphill task getting images (without people). Although some with people do give an overall scene of the event. Overall it was a good event, good to see the engines up close but my preference would be to see the alive and moving!!!!

On the whole I think the event from GWR has to go down as a success, I wll certainly attend another should the opportunity arise.

Here is a selection of images from the day.

A full gallery of images can be viewed here: GWR Open Day 2019