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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)



Tuesday July 10, 2018 One of the most exciting days I have seen in the Loop for many a year. This was the day the Royal Canadian Air Force came in force with a CC-130 Hercules and two CF-18 Hornets. They were flying from RNAS Yeovilton where they attended the previous weekends airshow to their next show venue at RIAT/Fairford. A Czech Air Force Gripen was also a surprise bonus. The RAF and USAF were also not to be out done with a number of stunning passes.
Left to right: Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules (130614).
Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules (130614).
Left to right: Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules (130614).
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) using callsign 'Comet 454' with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN') callsign 'Rico 1' with 492FS and blue fin stripe.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (96-205 'LN' and 91-303 'LN') callsign 'Rico 1' with 492FS and blue fin stripe and 'Rico 2' without fin stripe.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-219 'LN') callsign 'Slam 1' with 492FS and blue fin stripe
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-219 'LN') callsign 'Slam 1' with 492FS with GBU-12 Paveway II a laser-guided bomb attached.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-219 'LN') callsign 'Slam 1' with 492FS.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-219 'LN') callsign 'Slam 1' with 492FS.
Left to right: Czech Air Force (Vzdušné síly armády Ceské republiky) Saab JAS-39C Gripen (39239) with 21 Wing, 211 Squadron (21.Základna Taktického Letectva - 21.zTL, 211.tl) based at Cáslav.
Left to right: Czech Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen (39239).
Czech Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen (39239) callsign 'Czech Air Force 322'
Left to right: Czech Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen (39239).
Left to right: Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet (188783) it has 433 badge on tail, inscribed Capt Andrew Eckhardt 'Slogr' 3 Wing, 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron 'Porcupine', CFB Bagotville, Quebec 433 Squadron, nicknamed the 'Ti-pics', was formally established on September 25, 1943 in Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire under the command of the Bomber Group.
Left to right: Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet (188783) using callsign 'Hornet 1'.
Left to right: Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet (188783).
Left to right: Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet (188776) is the special painted 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team jet, using callsign 'Hornet 2'.
Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet (188776) is the special painted 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team jet to commemorate NORAD’s 60th anniversary.
Left to right: Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet (188776) is the special painted 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team jet.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-219 and 01-2002 coded 'LN') callsign 'Duster Flight'.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 and 92-364 coded 'LN') callsign 'Corvette 31'.

Monday July 9, 2018 A pair of F-15Es and a pair of Tornado GR.4s both Looping twice in great light was a great test for my recently re-calibrated EOS 5D IV and x1.4 extender with 400mm lens.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-218 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 2' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (97-218 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 2' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 1' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Col. Evan Pettus, 48th Fighter Wing Commander using callsign 'Eagle 1' was flying 91-605 on his final flight with 48FW. Col. Pettus took command of 48FW on July 19, 2016.
Col. Pettus received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1994. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and has more than 2,500 hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38 and F-15E. He has flown combat missions in operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 1' piloted by Col. Petus on his final flight as commander of 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-218 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 2' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') using callsign 'Eagle 1' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA585 '054') callsign 'Monster 1'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA585 '054') callsign 'Monster 1'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA597 '063') callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA597 '063') callsign 'Monster 2'.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA597 '063') callsign 'Monster 2'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA585 '054') callsign 'Monster 1'.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA585 '054') callsign 'Monster 1'.
Tornado GR.4 (ZA597 '063') callsign 'Monster 2'.

Friday July 6, 2018 Unusual day with just an Apache and a pair of C-130J Hercules.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ228).
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.4 (ZH867) of Brize Norton Transport Wing.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.4 (ZH868) of Brize Norton Transport Wing.

Wednesday June 27, 2018 Two passes from a very old Typhoon T.3, a Grob which seem to be Looping quite often these days and a handful of Hawks for today.
Left to right: Typhoon T.3 (ZJ802 '802') using callsign 'Chaos 11' unmarked but with 3(F) Squadron.
Left to right: Typhoon T.3 (ZJ802) unmarked but believed to be with 3(F) Squadron.
Left to right: Grob Tutor T.1 (G-BYUY) based at RF Linton on Ouse. Hawk T.2s (ZK022 'M', ZK032 'W' and ZK010 'A') of 4 Squadron.

Wednesday June 27, 2018
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK026 'Q' and ZK010 'A') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) callsign 'Comet 463' with 70 (LXX) Squadron. Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0065) using callsign 'Knife 71' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Bell CV-22B Osprey (11-0065) using callsign 'Knife 71' from the 7th Special Operations Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK020 'K', ZK025 'P' and ZK036 'AA') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-16C Eagles (84-010, 86-176, 86-159 '48OG' and 86-174 'LN') of 493 FS, 48FW.

Thursday June 21, 2018 A really nice Tornado GR.4 pass and a handful of Hawks today.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK026 'Q' and ZK028 'S') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: Hawk T.2s (ZK013 'D' and ZK011 'B') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: Tornado GR.4 (ZA614 '076').

Monday June 11, 2018 With many passes it was quite a day. A French Air Force Rafale had requested to go low level after departing Shawbury but had been refused by ATC for an undetermined reason.
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH888) using callsign 'Ascot 124' of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH868) using callsign 'Ascot 125' of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) using callsign 'Comet 456' with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM417) with 70 (LXX) Squadron.
Left to right: Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II (13-5786) using callsign 'Strix 28' of the 67th SOS/352nd SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
MC-130J Commando II (13-5786) of the 67th SOS/352nd SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: MC-130J Commando II (13-5786) of the 67th SOS/352nd SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: MC-130J Commando II (13-5786) of the 67th SOS/352nd SOW based at RAF Mildenhall.
Left to right: F-15C Eagle (86-174) of 493rd FS.
Left to right: F-15C Eagle (86-174) of 493rd FS.
Left to right: Jet Provost T.5 (XW325 registered G-BWGF).
Left to right: Jet Provost T.5 (XW325 registered G-BWGF).
Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH868) of Brize Norton Transport Wing (24/30/47 Squadrons).
Left to right: Hawk T.1 (XX324) using callsign 'Strachan 46' Royal Navy, Hawk T.2 (ZK018 'I') of 4 Squadron.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-316 'LN') using callsign 'Strong 31' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-317 'LN') using callsign 'Strong 32' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
F-15E Strike Eagle (91-317 'LN') with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-220 'LN') using callsign 'Strong 33' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2004 'LN') using callsign 'Strong 34' without fin tip squadron markings.
F-15E Strike Eagle (01-2004 'LN') 48 FW the WSO has the Florida State University flag displayed on his dashboard.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-316 'LN') with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-317 'LN') with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (97-220 'LN' and 01-2004) with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-318 'LN') using callsign 'Dirty 11' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-605 'LN') using callsign 'Dirty 12' with 492 FS, 48 FW.
Left to right: F-15E Strike Eagle (91-318 'LN') with 492 FS, 48 FW.