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Unread August 6th, 2017, 08:22 AM
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It was a great show once again.
I'll start with a couple of Tornado's.
The Italians sent this specially painted Tornado to do a flying display.
RSV Tornado P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Tornado RSV 'burner P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

This one is less sharp, but it is a cropped long distance shot to show the topside.

Tornado RSV climb P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Tornado RSV underside P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The RAF did not perform a flying display with the Tornado. They are scheduled to be retired by 2020.
They sent this specially painted one for static display. I think the paint scheme was applied in 2016, but this was the first time I saw it.

Pink Tornado P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Here's the tail.
I think Operation Shader is still going on. Tornado's have been coming home from that with the airframe hours spent, flying straight into RAF Leeming to be scrapped.
Pink Tornado Tail P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Cheers, Stefan.

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Unread August 8th, 2017, 02:33 AM
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Hi,

The French Air Force had a great display team in the last couple of years: the Ramex Delta. They flew Mirage 2000N's and their demo was pretty much a series of simulated ground attacks.
2016 was the last display season for the Ramex Delta.

Luckily, there is now a new team doing a very similar display with Mirage 2000D's: the Couteau Delta.
The commentary said: "these 4 men have flown hundreds of combat missions between them in the past year and they will be back at it after the display season. For security reasons only their nicknames are released to the public: San, Axel, Pastif and Elvis".
They brought 3 Mirage 2000D's with them, so there always was a spare.
Every display included No 652 "3-XN". It has a special desert camo comemorating the Ouadi Doum raid of 1987.

CD 3-XN close-up P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

3--XN Full P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

3-XN topside P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr
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Unread August 8th, 2017, 03:14 AM
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Their other Mirages were No 602 "3-XJ" and No 618 "3-XC", each in a special 100th anniversary scheme.

CD 3-XC P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

CD 3-XJ P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

From the display:

CD heat P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

CD break P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Couteau Delta attack P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Unread August 8th, 2017, 03:34 AM
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One of the themes of the show was the 70th anniversary of the USAF.

I hadn't seen a flypast by a KC-135 with the boom extended in ages.

KC-135R boom extended P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

KC-135R boom extended profile P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Spangdahlem F-16's were at Lakenheath for an exercise and they sent 2 for static display and 2 for the flypast. This one from the flypast has a huge scoreboard, I gather from the pistols that 4 strafing runs were done in this aircraft.

SP scoreboard P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Lakentheath sent 2 of their double Mig-killers. I'm quite happy with the following shots: F-15, double Mig-Killer, sun on the subject, topside visible and shock diamonds visible.

F-15C 86-0156 TO P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

F-15C 84-0027 TO P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Unread August 8th, 2017, 04:25 PM
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Hi,

A surprise visit on the Sunday! The USAF were willing and able to celebrate properly.

93-1087 PF by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

93-1087 with F-15 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

If you click on the pictures, you go to my Flickr page and when you click on the picture there, you can see a larger version.
Especially useful if you want to see the pistols on the F-16, they're still hard to make out as it is a cropped long distance shot.

Cheers, Stefan.
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Unread August 15th, 2017, 06:00 AM
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Hi,

The Raptor was there also.

Raptor P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Raptor Missile Bay P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

I find it interesting to see these two shots together: just a bit further into the turn the colours and the metalic sheen look different.
Maybe difficult to model...or maybe you just can't go wrong.

Raptor topside-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Raptor topside P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Unread August 15th, 2017, 06:30 AM
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The USAF Thunderbirds.

Just a few shots of them: I figure you've all seen a lot of Thunderbird images and I never had good sunshine on the big formations.
Thunderbird 32, I think that's the commentator.
There's a "USAF 70" logo above the gun muzzle.

Thunderbird 32 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

This one had a bit of light on it.

Thunderbird TO P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

I'm really bad at catching those opposition passes, this is one of my best results at that ever.

Thunderbird opposition pass P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr
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Unread August 15th, 2017, 06:47 AM
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The French didn't just send the Couteau Delta.

There was also a Rafale.

Rafale P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

And a couple of Alpha jets. One of them had a tail commemorating WW I.


Alpha Jet P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Alpha Jet-1 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

This is what the other side of the tail looks like, one French and two American aces.

Alpha Jet tail-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Unread August 15th, 2017, 09:25 AM
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Hi,

While we're on the subject of WW I, here's a RAF King Air with poppies, a biplane below the windscreen and a Tommy on the rear fuselage.
I think the winged camel is a No 45 Sqn symbol.

RAF King AIr P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

This biplane is a DH9, a bomber from just after WWI. It has been restored using pieces of a number of DH9 wrecks discovered in the grounds of a palace in India. I believe BAE Systems, or at least their employees, were behind the restoration. It is beuatifully done, she has not yet made a flight, but she will.
Just for a few minutes, the team placed her in front of the B-52 to take some pictures. I had a couple of seconds of nobody between me and the subject.

DH9 & B-52 AST by StefanBuysse, on Flickr
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Unread August 15th, 2017, 09:31 AM
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Moving on with something more modern and quite exotic...an Australian 737 AWACS.

Australian AWACS P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Always good to see some Phantoms.

Greek F-4E-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Greek F-4E P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr
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Unread August 15th, 2017, 10:17 AM
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The Ukranians returned to RIAT!

They brought a single-seat Flanker, a twoseater and an Il 76.
The single-seat Flanker performed a flying display. Quite impressive, a large fighter...using afterburner most of the time.

Ukranian Flankers P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Flanker display-3P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Flanker Display-3P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Flanker display-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Flanker display-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr
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Unread August 15th, 2017, 10:23 AM
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I didn't make it to the Tiger Meet this year, so I was quite happy to see this one.
After all those skeleton schemes that the Tiger squadrons applied the last couple of years, it was interesting that the Germans went with this "nearly drowned cat".


Atlantic Tiger Typhoon-1 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Atlantic Tiger Typhoon by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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WOW... Really good pics!
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Unread August 15th, 2017, 03:32 PM
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Thanks, Mr Hornet.

Two Spanish Hornets were present. This one with the Tigermeet 2016 markings was in the static display.

Spanish Hornet P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Thanks, Mr Hornet.

Two Spanish Hornets were present. This one with the Tigermeet 2016 markings was in the static display.

Spanish Hornet P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Cheers, Stefan.

Thanks Stefan!
What for good pics from Spanish Hornet, great photographer.
For the Decal company a good idea for next decals the Spanish Hornet...

Cheers,
Christoph
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Hi,

This was the first time I saw a Canadian Chinook.

Canadian Chinook P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Very modern equipment for the crew...

Canadian Chinook crew P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The Soloturk display team (1 display aircraft, one spare) had a tanker to get
them back to Turkey.

Turkish Stratotanker P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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