Getting out in the hills is becoming more difficult these days, however I'm still chasing the shot. This year I have been using the Nikon D5 with the Nikon 500mm F4 VR FL. Here are some of my favourite shots from 2017
NATO Tiger Meet 2017
I thought I would share a few of my shots from the 2017 NATO Tiger Meet, Landivisiau, France and a few shots from the Tactical Weapons Meet, Florennes AB, Belgium.
Winter Jet Action from Sion
In January 2017 I travelled to Sion, Switzerland with the excellent Centre of Aviation Photography. The World Economic Forum (WEF), which was held at Davos in January saw the Swiss Air Force providing round-the-clock combat air patrols with their F/A-18 Hornets. This was to be the last time that Sion would be used for these duties so it was a good opportunity to capture some winter jet action amongst the stunning mountain scenery
USAF F-15E Strike Eagle in the Mach Loop
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Tornado celebrates 25 Years of Operational Deployment
It has been 25 years since the Royal Air Force helped liberate Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s forces. To commemorate this event an RAF Tornado GR4 has been painted in the iconic Gulf War ‘desert pink’ paint scheme to honour the aircraft type’s almost continuous operational service since then. The ‘desert pink’ Tornado, number ZG750, is based at RAF Lossiemouth with XV(R) Squadron, which saw active service during Operation Granby, the UK’s codename for the Gulf War. The aircraft carries 11 ‘battle honours’ on its tail, recalling the Tornado’s almost continuous service on operations worldwide since 1991. I was lucky enough to photograph this rare jet at low level when it flew its first low level sortie in its new colour scheme. Check the photos in my 2016 gallery
Source and More info on Op Granby
Rainbow Canyon - The Jedi Transition (New photos)
In the heat of the Californian desert lies what US Military Pilots refer to as "The Jedi Transition" - a steep and rocky canyon akin to the one the young Darth Vader raced through in his pod racing days. Its part of the Military Area of Operations used by US forces for training its military pilots and is more commonly known as being part of the "Sidewinder" low level flying route. In early October I visited the area to photograph some of the US military's finest aircrew and aircraft working hard to master the way of the Jedi.
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
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