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Photographic Logs for 2017

(For all these shots I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and EOS 5D Mk IV with the following lenses;
Canon EF 400mm f2.8 L IS Mk II, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 L with and without a x1.4 extender Mk III and a Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS)


Wednesday June 21, 2017 It certainly was the longest day with very few movements and one or two rain showers and a thick haze on the Spur.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK311 'N') with just the 'N' to show its 2(AC) Squadron links, the pilot's callsign was 'Typhoon 78'.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK311 'N') with just the 'N' to show its 2(AC) Squadron links, the pilot's callsign was 'Typhoon 78'.
Left to right: C-130J-30 Hercules C.4 (ZH873) using callsign 'Comet 235' of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: C-130J-30 Hercules C.4 (ZH873) using callsign 'Comet 235' of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK036 'AA' and ZK012 'C') of 4(R) Squadron.

Wednesday June 14, 2017 Not a bad day at all with 22 passes including ten different Hawk T.2s, a Grob Tutor T.1 two King Air 200s and a Tornado GR.4 but more importantly a pass from a pair of French Alpha Jets currently deployed to RAF Leeming from Cazaux. It's great that the French Alphas love the Mach Loop but unfortunately this pair dropped in late so were a little distant and high.
Left to right: Hawk T.1A (XX280) operated by QinetiQ at Boscombe Down. Hawk T.2 (ZK028 'S') of 4(R) Squadron from RAF Valley.
Left to right: Super King Air B200 (ZK460 'U') of 45(R) Squadron based at RAF Cranwell for multi-engine pilot training.
Left to right: Super King Air B200 (ZK459 'X') of 45(R) Squadron based at RAF Cranwell for multi-engine pilot training.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK013 'D' and ZK035 'Z') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Grob Tutor T.1 (G-BYUL 'UL') with Liverpool/Manchester & Salford University Air Squadron based at RAF Woodvale.
Hawk T.2 (ZK023 'N') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK012 'C' and ZK023 'N') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK024 'O') of 4(R) Squadron which Looped twice.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK028 'S') of 4(R) Squadron which Looped twice.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK011 'B) of 4(R) Squadron which Looped twice.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076') using callsign 'Marham 64'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076') using callsign 'Marham 64'.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK036 'AA) of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: French Air Force Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet E (E81 '8-FO') light attack and advanced jet trainer from the Ecole de transition Opérationnelle (ETO 008) at Cazaux. It is inscribed 'SPA57 la Mouette 100' and was using callsign 'McFly 7'.
Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E135 '8-RX') it was using callsign 'McFly 8' from the Ecole de transition Opérationnelle (ETO 008) at Cazaux.
Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E135 '8-RX') it was using callsign 'McFly 8' from the Ecole de transition Opérationnelle (ETO 008) at Cazaux.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK032 'U' and ZK013 'D') using callsign 'Reptile Flight' of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK030 'U) using 'Ninja' callsign of 4(R) Squadron.

Thursday May 4, 2017 After yesterday's blank just a pair of Tornado GR.4s.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA553 '045') using callsign 'Wolf 21'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA553 '045') using callsign 'Wolf 21'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZD848 '109') using callsign 'Wolf 22'.

Tuesday May 2, 2017 An extrordinary day of three climbs (not good with my heart, but that is another story which was resolved with an operation two weeks later), which included four F-35A Lightning IIs which had been deployed to RAF Lakenheath and unusually an Osprey and numerous other jets and transports. I was to foid out later that I also had a faulty lens which was to be resolved by Canon months later.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH882) of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH882) of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK036 'AA') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II (12-5102 'HL') of 34th Fighter Squadron 'Rude Rams' based at Hill AFB, Utah using callsign 'Rude 61' operating from RAF Lakenheath on their first ever operational deployment of F-35As overseas.
Left to right: F-35A Lightning II (12-5097 'HL') of 34 FS using callsign 'Rude 62'.
F-35A Lightning II (12-5097 'HL') of 34 FS using callsign 'Rude 62'.
Left to right: F-35A Lightning II (12-5097 'HL') of 34 FS using callsign 'Rude 62'.
Left to right: F-35A Lightning II (12-5098 'HL') of 34 FS using callsign 'Rude 63'.
F-35A Lightning II (12-5081 'HL') of 34 FS using callsign 'Rude 64'.
Left to right: F-35A Lightning II (12-5081 'HL') of 34 FS using callsign 'Rude 64'.
Left to right: F-35A Lightning II (12-5102 'HL') of 34 FS using callsign 'Rude 61' on its second pass.
Left to right: F-35A Lightning II (12-5097, 12-5098 and 12-5081 'HL') of 34 FS using callsign 'Rude 62 to 64 ' on their second passes.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4s (ZK346 'ER' and ZJ912 'DR') the second jet with 11 Squadron markings.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK304 'FM') marked only with a 1 Squadron tailcode.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0058) from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0058) from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0058) from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4s (ZA554 '046' and ZA546 '027').
Left to right: Tucano T.1 (ZF485) and Hawk T.2 (ZK037 'AB') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.4 (ZH875) and Hercules C.5 (ZH888) of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons) using callsigns 'Oman 1 and 2'. ZH888 has recently returned from the Falkland Islands with 1312 Flight in the maritime reconaissance role.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.4 (ZH875) and Hercules C.5 (ZH888) of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).

Wednesday April 26, 2017 Another interesting day with ideal weather for the Spur with Eagles, Tornadoes and a Chinook to finish the day off.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK028 'S') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK021 'L') of 4(R) Squadron.
F-15E Strike Eagle (92-364 'LN') callsign 'Slam 21' in colours of 494 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (92-364 'LN') callsign 'Slam 21' in colours of 494 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-303 'LN') callsign 'Slam 22' in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA612 '074') using callsign 'Marham 50'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA612 '074') using callsign 'Marham 50' on second pass.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA612 '074') using callsign 'Marham 50' on second pass.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2004 'LN') callsign 'Shark Flight' in colours of 494 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-312 'LN') callsign 'Shark Flight' in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-312 'LN') callsign 'Shark Flight' in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s(ZK022 'M' and ZK036 'AA') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA612 '074') using callsign 'Marham 50' on second pass.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA622 '027') using callsign 'Monster 11'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA622 '027') using callsign 'Monster 11' after 'Monster 12' had a minor fault and had to RTB to Marham.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA453 '022') using callsign 'Jackal 21'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA612 '074') on its second sortie of the day this time using callsign 'Jackal 22'.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA622 '027') using callsign 'Jackal 22'.
Left to right: Chinook HC.4 (ZD575 'DC') of 18/27 Squadron based at RAF Odiham.

Tuesday April 4, 2017 An interesting day on the Spur with rumours of Eagles which never turned up along and a rumour of a Red Arrow which actually resulted in four passes from two of their jets. With no sign of any Hawk T.2s it was like the old days with five Hawk T.1 passes.
Left to right: Hawk T.1A (XX188) of the Red Arrows based at RAF Scampton.
Left to right: Hawk T.1 (XX159) unmarked but assigned to 736 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose.
Left to right: Hawk T.1 (XX245) of the Red Arrows based at RAF Scampton.
Left to right: Hawk T.1 (XX245) of the Red Arrows based at RAF Scampton.
Left to right: Hawk T.1 (XX245) using callsign 'Red 4' of the Red Arrows based at RAF Scampton.
Left to right: Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM409) using callsign 'Ascot 452' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron, it has a specially marked tail inscribed 'Airborne 16 - 75 years of the Airborne Brigade'.
Left to right: Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM409) using callsign 'Ascot 452' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton.
Left to right: Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM409) using callsign 'Ascot 452' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron.

Friday January 20, 2017 A cold and slow day on the 'Exit' with a 100 Squadron Hawk in the morning and a pair of Typhoons late in the day around twice.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK331 'BT') using callsign 'Triplex 51 Flight' of 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK331 'BT') using callsign 'Triplex 51 Flight' of 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ927) using callsign 'Triplex 51 Flight' of 29(R) Squadron stripped of its marking due to the Typhoon Force Commander.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ927) using callsign 'Triplex 51 Flight' of 29(R) Squadron stripped of its marking due to the Typhoon Force Commander.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK331 'BT') using callsign 'Triplex 51 Flight' of 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK331 'BT') using callsign 'Triplex 51 Flight' of 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ927) using callsign 'Triplex 51 Flight' of 29(R) Squadron and Hawk T.1 (XX284 'CN') using callsign 'Pirate 15' of 100 Squadron.