March 27, 2014
|Phillip Dawe once again was raising funds for the restoration of Northolt's Battle of Britain Sector Operations Building (Building 27) has produced another very succesful night photo shoot for the second time in 2014 and the 16th since the first event held in January 2009.
The small collection of aircraft present included a CASA CN235 Persuader of the Irish Air Corps which is utilised in the Maritime Surveillance and Fishery Protection role. Invited for the photo shoot it's departure during the event expanded the variety of possible shots. A pair of Armée de l'Air Alpha Jets arrived late the pilots staying overnight before returning to their home base of Tours. The refuelling operations of the jet trainers again provided added interest for the photographers. A 45(R) Squadron Super King Air B200 was another interesting attendee the aircrew were absent and and engine run was not possible.
For the full story behind this event please see my article written for Aviation News published in 2012.
|CASA CN-235-100MP Persuader (252) of 101 (Maritime) Squadron, 1 Operations Wing Irish Air Corps based at Casement Aerodrome (Baldonnel) near Dublin.|
|Left to right: CASA CN-235-100MP Persuader (252) it first entered service in 1994.|
|Left to right: CASA CN-235-100MP Persuader (252)|
|Alpha Jet (E156 '705-TI')|
|Left to right: Armée de l'Air Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet (E156 '705-TI') of the Advanced Jet Training School (AJeTS) Ecole de l'Aviation de Chasse (EAC) 00.314 from Tours-St.Symphorien (BA 705), both aircraft were carrying the badge of Escadron d'instruction en vol (EIV) 03.013 'Auvergne' on the tail instead of usual the AJeTS emblem. Escadron de Chasse (EC) 3/13 was a former Mirage III unit based at BA132 at Colmar-Meyenheim decomissioned in 1995 it's traditions now being preserved at Advanced Jet Training School.|
|Alpha Jet (E170 '705-RY')|
|Left to right: Armée de l'Air Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet (E170 '705-RY') of the Advanced Jet Training School (AJeTS) EAC 00.314 from Tours-St.Symphorien (BA 705).|
|Left to right: BAE 125 CC.2 (ZD703) of 32(TR) Squadron based at RAF Northolt.|
|Super King Air B200 (ZK455 'O') of 45(Reserve) Squadron|
|Left to right: Super King Air B200 (ZK455 'O') inscribed 'Vagabond' of 45(Reserve) Squadron, 3 Flying Training School based at RAF Cranwell.|
|Left to right: Super King Air B200 (ZK455 'O') of 45(Reserve) Squadron.|
|Left to right: Eurocopter EC-145C-2 (G-MPSC) of the Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit and McDonnell Douglas Helicopters MD-902 (G-EHMS) operated by the London Air Ambulance (HEMS) arrived during the photo shoot and is seend here during refuelling operations.