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Unread August 27th, 2017, 06:41 AM
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Thanks for the compliment, Grayhawk.

You're welcome. Putting together a thread like this helps me realise what great show it was.

Good to see our own "Belgian Air Force" F-16. Maybe it's a bit naughty to say "Belgian Air Force" instead of "Belgian Air Component", it still sounds better to me.

BAF F-16 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

More F-16's...

SoloTurk TO P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Klu J-362 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Klu F-16 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Unread August 28th, 2017, 05:34 PM
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Hi,

Now we're getting into some less known subjects.
The Midnight Hawks are the Finnish national display team.
Midnight Hawks P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The Textron Scorpion...
Scorpion P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The Provost T1, a RAF trainer from the 1950's. Sometimes called a "Piston Provost", I can see a bit of the later Jet Provost in it.
Provost T1 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

And some future RAF trainers...or more accurately "aircraft from the UK MFTS consortium that will be providing pilot training services".

A Grob G 120 TP, to be known as a Prefect T1 in UK MFTS service. They got an appropriate civil registration for this example: G-MFTS.

Grob MFTS P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

And finally the Phenom (an Embraer Phenom 100). This one was still wearing its Brazilian registration and is said to receive UK military serial ZM333.

Phenom T1 P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr
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Unread August 28th, 2017, 05:46 PM
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Hi,

To complete the MFTS new fixed wing aircraft, a RAF Texan II. These will replace the RAF Tucanos.
This one is still wearing its US civil registration, but the 323 is from its UK military serial ZM323.

RAF Texan II P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Unread August 29th, 2017, 04:57 PM
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Hi,

Having looked up the MFTS organisation, I realised that this may have been the last time I saw a RAF Tucano. The paint scheme is for a Spitfire flown by Des Sheen. Des Sheen was an Australian pilot in No 72 Sqn during the battle of Britain. Des and 72 Sqn were initially kept in the North, which was a nasty surprise for the German force that attacked from Norway on the 15th of August 1940.
His son, also named Des Sheen, flew with the Red Arrows in 1973-74-75.

Tucano Des Sheen P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

We had another pair of specially painted F-16's at Fairford.
Unfortunately, they took off as a pair and I only managed a good shot of this one.

Stingers Centennial P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

I got this long distance shot of the other one while it taxied, heatwaves affecting mainly the lower part.

349 Sqn 75th paint P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Unread August 30th, 2017, 05:13 PM
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Hi,

I have often seen the Royal Jordanian Falcons, but I was glad to get this topside shot.

Royal Jordanian Falcon P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

The Czechs had also sent an aircraft in a retro scheme: an Alca in the colours of the Spitfire flown by Czech pilot Frantisek Perina.
Note that the RAF roundel and finflash are not complete. They had full versions for the static display, I presume removable stickers. This is because it would be illegal to fly with British roundels.

ALCA Spitfire P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

Czech support Casa 295.

Czech CASA P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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Stefan:

Some great photog work! Sweet pics, thanks for sharing. Also I'm jealous!

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Unread October 22nd, 2017, 02:42 PM
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Thanks for the kind words, Stephen.

I have a few more shots that would complete the showreport. They are of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. I was a bit hesitant to include them in a "post war and modern" thread, but these aircraft are in RAF service and flown by RAF crews.
They flew a very nice formation this year which provided some cool topside views. The four fighters were each painted in the markings of an aircraft flown by a surviving Battle of Britain pilot. I think even the youngest one is 94 or 95 years old now. I hope they (and I) will be around to enjoy the 2018 show, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
I'll select and treat the pictures and post them within a couple of days.

Cheers, Stefan.
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Unread November 9th, 2017, 02:30 PM
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Hi,

Here is the picture of the formation that the BoB Memorial Flight flew commemorating their 60th anniversary. The formation was named after the first officer to command the BoB MF back in 1957.
I know this from the commentary at the show, but I can't find the name on the BoB MF website or on Facebook.
Anyway, I enjoyed the sight of this formation.

BoB formation P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

I must also have misunderstood the commentary about the fighter aircraft being painted with the codes of surviving BoB pilots.
It's just the Hurricane, painted as GN-F of Tom Neil of 249 squadron on the port side and as SD-A of Paul Farnes of 501 squadron on starboard.

Hurricane GN-F P by StefanBuysse, on Flickr

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