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LXX Squadron night shoot
RAF Brize Norton
October 29, 2016
70 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton joined the growing number of air bases and aircraft owners to hold a night photo-shoot to raise money for a good cause. 70 Squadrons objective was to raise 5,000 for the Jon Egging Trust, the 200 attending photographers ensured that their target was achieved.

As the RAFs transport hub the biggest aircraft in their inventory were on hand and positioned under lights including mobile units to ensure that these big beasts could be fully illuminated. The aircraft on display along the dispersal were; a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, Airbus A330 Voyager KC.2, Airbus A400M Atlas and a Lockheed C130J Hercules C.5. Out of place in the line-up were a de Havilland DHC.1 Chipmunk and a Shorts Skyvan. As a bonus for those with telephoto lenses were additional A330 Voyagers and A400M Atlas which were parked under the base lighting adjacent to the roped off area for the photographers.

Following a high level of security checks and a safety briefing we could walk along the display line, unfortunately low thick cloud spoiled any chance of sunset shots. The darkness soon enveloped the heavies and the lights began to play their part in the scene. Well into the night the Chipmunk, A400M and the C-130J performed engine runs.
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (ZZ176) with a specially marked tail of 99 Squadron.
Left to right: Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (ZZ176) with a specially marked tail of 99 Squadron, inscribed "99 Squadron/Years 2016-2017".
Left to right: Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (ZZ176) with a specially marked tail of 99 Squadron.

Airbus Voyager KC.2 (A330-243MRTT) (ZZ343) with 101 Squadron.
Left to right: Airbus Voyager KC.2 (A330-243MRTT) (ZZ343) with 101 Squadron.
Left to right: Airbus Voyager KC.2s (A330-243MRTT) (ZZ334, ZZ337 and ZZ336) with 101 Squadron on the main ramp.

Airbus Voyager KC.2 (ZZ337) and A400M Atlas away from the night shoot dispersal.

Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM400) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM400) with 70 (LXX) Squadron. The first to arrive in 2015, by 2019 there should be 22 in service.
Left to right: Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM400) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.

Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM409) with 70 (LXX) Squadron on the main ramp.

Lockheed C130J Hercules C.5 (ZH880) in a special 47 Squadron 100th anniversary scheme.
Left to right: Lockheed C130J Hercules C.5 (ZH880) in a special 47 Squadron scheme.
Left to right: Lockheed C130J Hercules C.5 (ZH880) in a special 47 Squadron scheme.

Left to right: de Havilland DHC.1 Chipmunk T.10 (WP903).