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Royal Saudi Air Force - Tornado IDS

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December 2nd-4th saw my last visit to the hills of Wales for 2014. Over 3 days I managed to photograph USAF F-15E Strike Eagles in some great light and also got very lucky with one of the most rare of sights in the hills, The Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado IDS or Saudi Tonka as it is affectionately known. Its desert camouflage setting it apart from any of its RAF rivals and certainly one thats been at the top of my list. Check the 2014 gallery to see the shots

USAF F-15E Strike Eagles, Mach Loop

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Lots of new shots added to the 2014 Gallery including USAF F15E Strike Eagles from the Mach Loop

No.12 Squadron: Tornado Gr4 Special Tail

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No.12 Squadron Tornado Gr4 Special Tail - seen here flying without any external fuel tanks
This jet was on its final sortie as it made its way through the Mach Loop in Wales on its way to be scrapped for spares at RAF Leeming

Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya

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In September 2013 I travelled to the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya as part of a seven day photography expedition - See my Photo Gallery

Check the blog post for more information about the trip

Fast Jets - Winter Collection

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Fast Jets in the Snow - The Winter Collection
A collection of snow and winter shots featuring low flying jets in the Mach Loop and the Lake District

"Throughout the night we fly" - IX Squadron Motto

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Aircraft and Squadron:
IX Squadron Tornado Gr4 bomber thunders past whilst on a low level flying sortie in Wales.

Badge:
A bat - approved by King Edward VIII in November 1936 as an authorised version of a badge highlighting the Squadron's night-bombing duties.

Motto:
Per noctum volamus - Throughout the night we fly

More from the 2012 Gallery

Low Level in the Scottish Borders

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Above - Eurofighter Typhoon flying at low level in the Scottish Borders over St Marys Loch
The Selkirk to Moffat Valley lies in the Scottish Borders and runs East-West from Selkirk down towards Moffat. Although a fantastic location when photographing fast jets, it is used less often nowadays due to the lack of aircraft in current service so days out can be long and often disappointing. Through many trips there I have captured some shots of Tornado Gr4 and Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Check the 2012 Gallery to see some photos

"Backlit" - Tornado Gr4 Pulling Vapour

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The first of a two-ship flight of Tornado Gr4 jets pulls vapour as it banks towards Bwlch near Dolgellau, Wales
See more photos of fighter jets flying at low level in the Mach Loop (Low Flying Area 7 - LFA7) in my Photo Gallery


Tebay Tornados

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A No.12 Squadron Tornado Gr4 thunders through Lune Gorge near Tebay on the M6 pass. Mission markings from Operation Ellamy (Libya) can be seen below the canopy near the nose of the jet