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Photographic Logs for 2018

(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 May 30, 2018 A gloomy day with only this C-130J Hercules to speak of.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH888) of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons) using callsign 'Ascot 335'.

Tuesday May 29, 2018 A slow morning followed by three Tornado GR.4s and a pair of Typhoons. The pink rhododendrons are looking good at this time of the year.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') with callsign 'Marham 29'. Hawk T.2 (ZK026 'Q') with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') with callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') with callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') with callsign 'Monster 2', second pass..
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Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') with callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK330 '330') callsign 'Chaos'.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZK309 '309') callsign 'Chaos' flying very close behind.
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Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') with callsign 'Marham 42' returns after hot-pitting at RAF Marham.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') with callsign 'Marham 42'.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') with callsign 'Marham 42' flying low over blooming rhododendrons.

Thursday May 24, 2018Just a pair of Hawk T.2s during this dull day.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK010 'A' and ZK011 'B') with 4 Squadron.

Wednesday May 23, 2018 With the 492 FS, 48 FW still 'surging' this week there were nearly 20 Strike Eagles low passes, there were others about. They were followed by an Osprey with two passes and a Tornado GR.4.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2001 'LN' and 01-2002 'LN') using callsigns 'Dude 51' and 'Dude 52''.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2002 'LN') using callsign 'Dude 52' in the colours (red fin tip) of 494 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK031 'V') with RAF100 'sticker' on the tail with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-308 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 31' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-308 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 31'.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 32' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 32'.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-308 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 31' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW, second pass.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') using callsign 'Rumble 32' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW, second pass.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK014 'E' and ZK026 'Q') with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2002 'LN') using callsign 'Dude 52' in the colours (red fin tip) of 494 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2001 'LN') using callsign 'Dude 51' without fin tip colours.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2002 'LN') using callsign 'Dude 52', second pass of the afternoon sortie.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-134 'LN') using callsign 'Best 72' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71'
(400mm F2.8 f.9 1/250 -1 stop exposure compensation ISO 100).
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagles (91-332 'LN' and 98-134 'LN') using callsigns 'Best 71' and 'Best 72'.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK020 'K' and ZK023 'N') with 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71'
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-134 'LN') using callsign 'Best 72' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71'
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-332 'LN' + 'AEW') using callsign 'Best 71'
F-15E Strike Eagle (98-134 'LN') using callsign 'Best 72'.
The WSO has dislayed a flag from his university, Virginia Tech' in the USA. He was a student there during the shooting in 2007 and lost his friend. The flag has the university logo over a ribbon in remembrance of that event. He takes it everywhere, he says.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-134 'LN') using callsign 'Best 72'.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (07-0033) using callsign 'Knife 72' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (07-0033) using callsign 'Knife 72'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076') using callsign 'Tirpitz 01' it is with IX Squadron although devoid of squadron markings.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK021 'L') with 4 Squadron.

Tuesday May 22, 2018 As the 492 FS, 48 FW were 'surging' this week it produced a spectacular day with nine Strike Eagles with a variety of 'fits' making 13 low passes, there were others that passed high. They were followed by an Osprey and a Tornado GR.4.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW. It is carrying three Mk.82 500 Lbs practice bombs on the starboard pylons I believe.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-331 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW. It is also carrying three Mk.82 500 Lbs practice bombs on the starboard pylons I believe.
F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW. It is carrying three Mk.82 500 Lbs practice bombs on the starboard pylons I believe.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') second pass this time with after-burners.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-135 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (98-135 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (unknown 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW. F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2004 'LN') with no fin tip colours it is completely clean underneath.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-308 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-306 'LN') in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (98-133 'LN') in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-303 'LN') callsign 'Sticky 21' without fin tip colours. F-15E Strike Eagle (98-133 'LN') callsign 'Sticky 22' in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-303 'LN') using callsign 'Sticky 21' it does not have fin tip colours.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-303 'LN' and 98-133 'LN') in the colours of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-133 'LN') in colours of 492 FS, 48 FW. Hawk T.2 (ZK028 'S') with 4 Squadron.
LLeft to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (12-0064) using callsign 'Knife 72' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
LLeft to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (12-0064) using callsign 'Knife 72' on its second pass.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076') using callsign 'Tirpitz 01' it is with IX Squadron.

Thursday May 17, 2018 An MC-130J and F-15C Eagles flew the Loop but not in front of my camera. Instead I had RAF transports which worked well with having my 70-200mm lens with me.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK037 'AB' and ZK017 'H') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK031 'H' with RAF100 'sticker' on the tail and ZK029 'T') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK013 'D') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: C-130J-30 Hercules C.4 (ZH871) with 24/47 Squadron, Brize Norton Transport Wing.
Left to right: C-130J-30 Hercules C.4 (ZH871) with 24/47 Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.

Monday April 30, 2018 Sheltering from a north easterly, 'Monster Formation' was picked up, consisting 'Monster 01' and '0'3 with 'Monster 02' running behind by 24 minutes probably due to technical problems at RAF Marham. Shortly after 'Stryx 23' flew the Loop twice. Running out to see and re-entering the Loop up the Dovey estuary their circuit took 12 minutes.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA588 '056') using callsign 'Monster 01'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076') using callsign 'Monster 03'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') using callsign 'Monster 02'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') using callsign 'Monster 02'.
Left to right: MC-130J Hercules (12-5760) using callsign 'Strix 23' with 67th SOS, 352 SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: MC-130J Hercules (12-5760) using callsign 'Strix 23' with 67th SOS, 352 SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: MC-130J Hercules (12-5760) using callsign 'Strix 23' with 67th SOS, 352 SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH889) using callsign 'Ascot 210' of 30 Squadron it came through at around 500 feet.

Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') in its former 41 Squadron markings using callsign 'Marham 41'.
Thursday April 26, 2018
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') in its former 41 Squadron markings using callsign 'Marham 41'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA607 'EB-X') in its former 41 Squadron markings using callsign 'Marham 41'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA543 '-') using callsign 'Marham 26'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA543 '-') using callsign 'Marham 26'.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK027 'R') of 4(R) Squadron.

Wednesday April 25, 2018 A short two hour visit to the Bwlch for just this C-130J Hercules.
Left to right: C-130J-30 Hercules C.4 (ZH865) of 30 Squadron.

A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM416) using callsign 'Comet 456' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Thursday April 19, 2018 Two days in the pass and this A400M was the only low flyer I was able to catch. I used a 400mm, then switched to a 70-200mm as it got too close and then reverted to the 400mm.....not the best of decisions I suspect.
Left to right: Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM416) using callsign 'Comet 456' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM416) using callsign 'Comet 456' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM416) using callsign 'Comet 456' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron.

A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) using callsign 'Comet 456' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Tuesday April 10, 2018 A miserable day with low cloud and drizzle that only clears by mid-afternoon when this A400M appears.
Left to right: Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) using callsign 'Comet 456' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) using callsign 'Comet 456' it is with 70 (LXX) Squadron.

Tuesday March 13, 2018 Some good light on the Exit and three Tornado passes, the long sought after Bae Systems Typhoon and two passes from the Osprey to make this one of the better days of the year so far.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK014 'E', ZK036 'AA' and ZK022 'M') of 4 Squadron having or about to lose its Reserve status.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') using callsign 'Monster 01' unusually utilising a wing sweep angle of 25 degrees.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA591 '058') using callsign 'Monster 01'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA542 '035') using callsign 'Monster 02' utilising a wing sweep angle of 45 degrees.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA542 '035') using callsign 'Monster 02'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA588 '056') using callsign 'Marham 74'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA588 '056') using callsign 'Marham 74'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA588 '056') on its second pass.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA588 '056').
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ938) IPA 6 BAE Systems test aircraft using callsign 'Warton 05'.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ938) IPA 6 BAE Systems test aircraft using callsign 'Warton 05'.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0061) using callsign 'Knife 72' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
LLeft to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0061) using callsign 'Knife 72' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
LLeft to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0061) using callsign 'Knife 72' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK027 'R') of 4 Squadron.

Thursday February 22, 2018 Cold, dull and windy on the Spur today. The pair of Strike Eagles with the same crews flew the same mission to Wales morning and afternoon. The Typhoon pair of two-seats were both flown solo.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK028 'S' and ZK030 'U') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-131 'LN and 91-327 'LN'') callsign 'Roar Flight' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-131 'LN') callsign 'Roar 11' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-131 'LN and 91-327 'LN'') callsign 'Roar Flight' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: Typhoon T.3 (ZJ814 '814') using callsign 'Triplex Flight' is with 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon T.3 (ZJ812 '812') using callsign 'Triplex Flight' is with 29(R) Squadron.
Typhoon T.3 (ZJ812 '812') using callsign 'Triplex Flight' is with 29(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK026 'Q' and ZK017 'H') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-131 'LN') callsign 'Roar 11' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-327 'LN') callsign 'Roar 12' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-327 'LN') callsign 'Roar 12' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW complete with United States flag on display in cockpit.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (98-131 'LN') callsign 'Roar 11' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-327 'LN') callsign 'Roar 12' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK028 'S') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.1 (XX339 'CL') of 100 Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK014 'E') of 4(R) Squadron.

Wednesday February 7, 2018 Even though it was around freezing point it was a beautiful day on the Exit until the high cloud closed in, with two Strike Eagles, two Hawks and eventually a Tornado.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') callsign 'Eagle 32' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-202 'LN') callsign 'Eagle 31' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-202 'LN') callsign 'Eagle 31' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (96-202 'LN') callsign 'Eagle 31' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') callsign 'Eagle 32' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') callsign 'Eagle 32' in the colours (blue fin tip) of 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK028 'S') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK032 'W') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA588 '056') callsign 'Primus 01'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA588 '056') callsign 'Primus 01'.

Monday January 8, 2018 Three Hawk passes through Cad East today. In the distance two USAFE C-130J Hercules flying direct from Ramstein, Germany to utilise the UKLFS. Unfortunately as the cloud descended they were forced to pull out of low-level before they could enter the Loop.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK011 'B') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK024 'O') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2 (ZK011 'B') of 4(R) Squadron.
Left to right: A pair of C-130J Hercules (15-5831 'RS' and 08-8601 'RS') callsign 'Herky 71' and 'Herky 72' with the 37th AS, 86th AW based at Ramstein, Germany.