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Old August 13th, 2018, 05:54 AM
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The theme of RIAT 2018 was of course the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
I was very happy to be able to be there.
This one was a pleasant surprise for me. My Air Force modified the scheme of the display F-16 to wish the RAF a "Happy 100" in the style of the markings that the RAF applied to several of its own aircraft for the occasion.
The "Happy 100" is on the port horizontal stabiliser.

RAF 100 F-16P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

RAF 100 F-16 FA-101P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

This is a RAF Typhoon with that style of marking.
I experimented a bit with a low Tv to get a sense of movement while the subject (hopefully) still sharp.

ZK318P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

It'll take a while before I have the full show report done.

Cheers, Stefan.
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Old August 14th, 2018, 04:21 PM
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Hi,

Here are two Hunters from "HHA".
They "play enemy" for the Royal Navy, performing simulated attacks on ships. That I knew, but from talking to one of the pilots I gather they do some air-to-air work as well. That's why the one Hunter has a splinter scheme. The pilots flying against could immediately see that it is a Hunter with the traditional scheme. Trials with the splinter scheme were satisfactory and they'll probably paint the others in such a scheme as well.
They have these very recent UK military serials ZZ190 and ZZ191. Since the terrible accident during the Shoreham air show in 2015, civil registered Hunters have not been allowed to fly in the UK. So, for the MoD work they have been given military serials.
The coolest bit of information that he gave me is that they have acquired an ex-Luftwaffe F-4F. It has not been easy: you don't just acquire a US warplane.
But they have been succesful. They reckon that it will be very useful for them with the performance and the pods it can carry.

Hunter ZZ190P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Hunter ZZ191P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

I wasn't even aware that there is a flying example of the Bristol Sycamore.
An amazing sight for me.
SycamoreP by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Sycamore-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Cheers, Stefan.
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Old August 16th, 2018, 05:22 PM
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Hi,

Here's something not too many visitors to the RIAT would have seen. The German Transall crew treated us to a Khe Sanh approach when they arrived for static display.
It was obviously photographed from a long distance and there was a lot of heat that made the shots more blurred. I figured it was worth showing here...I believe it is a full spec combat Transall with the pods under the wings, that tray on the forward fuselage and a cockpit roof painted to mitigate the effects of the sun.

Transall Khe Sanh-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Transall Khe Sanh-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Braking quite hard.
Transall Khe Sanh-3P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Here they are on departure day...a well worn Transall.

Transall-3P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Transall-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Old August 17th, 2018, 06:26 PM
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Hi,

This was a new type for me: an Embraer KC-390.

KC-390P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The Japanese C-2. I had seen one of the prototypes at Gifu. This is an operational one from Miho Air Base. Everyone who has seen one is surprised by the size of the C-2. Something like a C-17 with just 2 engines.

C-2-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

C-2-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The badges between the cockpit and the access door are for "60 years of Miho as a JASDF base" and the other one is for the Tokyo Olympics.

C-2-3P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

This is one where I was quite pleased with a low Tv shot.

XX203 Pirate 21P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

And he waved at us.

XX203 666P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

What a beautiful Hornet!

Norad CF-188-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Norad CF-188-3P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Norad CF-188-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Old August 18th, 2018, 08:38 AM
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Hi,

On the friday, it was intended to have a Royal Review and fly-past.
The Queen herself wasn't present, but other members of the family were there. The flying part suffered a set-back. It hadn't rained in England for weeks, it didn't rain for quite some time afterwards, but exactly as the fly-past by the RAF and the demo by the "Bremont" WW I display team was to take place, there was a rainshower and low cloud that prevented it.
The formations were airborne and circled over Wales, but it didn't go through.
The RAF part was to have been similar to what had been seen over London a few days earlier.
During the saturday and sunday, the Bremont team performed its demo and a couple of RAF aircraft flew past.
The Bremont team gave an impression of WW I and they were accompanied by impressive pyrotechnics to simulate FLAK.
In other years, the pyrotechnics budget went to modern demo's like Tornado or Apache but now the WW I demo got it.

WW1-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

WW1-9P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

WW1-6P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

WW1-8P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

WW1-5P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

WW1-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

WW1-3P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

WW1-4P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

WW1-7P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr
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Old August 18th, 2018, 08:45 AM
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The WW 2 part of RAF History was represented by the BoB Memorial Flight.
The Lancaster also took part in the special 617 Sqn formation of Lancaster, Tornado and F-35B.

617 Sqn formationP by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

After that fly-past, the F-35B came by for a hovering demo.

617 Sqn F-35BP by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Old August 26th, 2018, 09:48 AM
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Hi,

The Cold War years were represented in the flying display by the Vampires of the Norwegian Air Force Historical Flight.
They are a T55 and an FB6.
Good that they had RAF markings.


Norwegians TOP by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

NorwegiansP by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Norwegians divingP by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Norwegian Vampire FB6P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Norwegian VampireT55P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr
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Old August 26th, 2018, 10:15 AM
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Here's a round-up of RAF aircraft types that received that red "100" sticker. I think they were limited to one per type.

The Tutor. Not the noise of jets, but a fine display of flying ability.
RAF Tutor-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

RAF Tutor-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The Voyager.

ZZ330P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The Bae 146.

ZE700 RAF 100P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Old September 6th, 2018, 02:31 PM
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Hi,

Just a small update, but something I was quite glad to see.
An RAF Rivet Joint, or "Airseeker" as they call them. ZZ665 was USAF KC-135
64-14838.

RAF RC-135P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

RAF RC-135-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Old October 14th, 2018, 07:00 AM
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Thanks for the kind words, guys.

Here is another update (finally).
It took me a while to figure out that this is a very special KC-135 indeed.
61-0321 is an ex Combat Lightning KC-135. I believe that together with 63-8881 she is one of the last ex-Combat Lightning KC-135's still in service.
The others were converted to KC-135E's and have thus been withdrawn from use.
The Combat Lightning KC-135's were radio relay aircraft that relayed the information from EC-121's, ground stations in South Vietnam and Combat Apple RC-135M's in real time. Warnings about SAM launches, Mig activity and so on were relayed by these aircraft.
From mid-1967, there was continuously a Combat Apple KC-135 in orbit over the Gulf of Tonkin.
They could also provide an Emergency Airborne Refueling Tanker (EART) capability.
Due to the location of their orbit, they were fitted with the drogue on their boom so they could help Navy and probe-equiped USAF aircraft.
Combat Lightning KC-135's provided 91 of these EART refuelings during the war.

ex-combat lightning KC-135-1P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

With 91 EART saves performed by 7 Combat Lightning KC-135's, 61-0321must have been a great sight to at least a couple of tactical aviators.

ex-combat lightning KC-135-2P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Cheers, Stefan.

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