Friday, 27 July 2018

Fighter Follies June - Sept 2018

The lure of a few required A-10s was too much to pass up, especially as Nay had a weekend off. So it was off for a drive up to Mildy and a meet up with Dazza and Pogo. The Warthogs were parked up with no signs of activity and not photogenic. They were due off to Latvia later today at some point. We didn't wait.

Mildenhall 02-06-18
TDY - 127WG / 107FS (stopover enroute Latvia)
78-0641/MI Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II
80-0184/MI Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II
80-0258/MI Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II
80-0262/MI Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II
81-0975/MI Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II
81-0994/MI Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II
81-0996/MI Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II
81-0998/MI Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II

Visitors - USAF
59-1472 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 940ARW / 314ARS "Beale"
64-14844/OF Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint 55WG "Offutt"
85-0028 Douglas KC-10A Extender 305 AMW "McGuire"
85-0030 Douglas KC-10A Extender 305 AMW "McGuire"
02-1463 Lockheed C-130J Hercules 146AW / 115AS
08-8198 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 437AW "Charleston"
10-0215 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 437AW "Charleston"

Based
57-2605 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
58-0094 Boeing KC-135T Stratotanker 351ARS
59-1511 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
60-0324 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
61-0299 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
61-0321 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
62-3559 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
63-8871 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
11-0058 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7SOS
12-0064 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7SOS
10-5714 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
12-5757 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
11-5737 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
12-5759 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS

We didn't bother checking the based F-15s at Lakenheath and there were no visitors in so it was burger time at Walkers as Pogo was hungry...

We then decided it was time to finally catch up with the Jag at the Norwich County Hall after a few civvy helis and stored liners at NWI

Norwich-County Hall 02-06-18
XW563 SEPECAT Jaguar S
XW563 Jaguar Norwich 2-6-18

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As a fourth B-1 had joined the grounded fleet LB and Nay headed off to nab them after a spell of liner monging at LHR

Fairford 09-06-18
Visitors - USAF
86-0098/DY Rockwell B-1B Lancer 7BW
86-0098 B-1 Fairford 09-06-18
86-0101/DY Rockwell B-1B Lancer 7BW
86-0101 B-1 Fairford 09-06-18
86-0119/DY Rockwell B-1B Lancer 7BW
86-0134/EL Rockwell B-1B Lancer 28BW '34BS'
86-0134 B-1 Fairford 09-06-18

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After doing the Yeovilton show we headed up to Northolt for the arrival of the POTUS helis. We'd already missed the C-17s that dropped off the VH-60s which were now hangared. Still the Ospreys will do nicely thank you.

Northolt 07-07-18
Visitors - USMC
164105/NY Lockheed KC-130J Hercules VMGR-452
164105/NY-105 KC-130T Northolt 7-7-18
168292/04 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey HMX-1
168292 04 MV-22B Northolt 07-07-18
168306/07 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey HMX-1
168306 07 MV-22B Northolt 07-07-18
168324/08 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey HMX-1
168324 08 MV-22B Northolt 07-07-18
168339/12 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey HMX-1
168339 12 MV-22B Northolt 07-07-18

Nay had to start a nightshift at 1800 so LB had a liner catch up at LHR and fluked the second Marines Herc low level into NHT.

From LHR 07-07-18
166472/BH Lockheed KC-130J Hercules VMGR-252

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Having failed to see any of the VH-60s flying during the week (it was easier when we lived in Northolt!) we decided to catch them being loaded up for the return home. It was a long, hot day but worth the wait as we saw all three get swallowed up by the C-17s. Plenty of regular faces to chat to and pass the time.

Northolt 14-07-18
Visitors - USAF
06-6156 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 60AMW "Travis"
06-6156 C-17A Northolt 14-07-18
06-6166 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 436AW "Dover"
06-6166 C-17A Northolt 14-7-18
08-8196 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 62AW "McChord"
08-8196 C-17A Northolt 14-07-18

Visitors - USMC
163260 Sikorsky VH-60N Seahawk HMX-1
08-8196 163260 Northolt 14-07-18
163261 Sikorsky VH-60N Seahawk HMX-1
06-6156 163261 Northolt 14-07-18
163265 Sikorsky VH-60N Seahawk HMX-1
06-6166 163265 Northolt 14-07-18
165810/BH Lockheed KC-130J Hercules VMGR-252
165810/BH-810 KC-130J Northolt 14-7-18
167112/BH Lockheed KC-130J Hercules VMGR-252
167112 BH KC-130J Northolt 14-07-18

Based
GZ100 AgustaWestland AW109 - 32 Sqn
GZ100 A109 Northolt 14-07-18

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We knew the Aviano F-16s had arrived at Lakenheath and were meant to be hangared in the 493FS HAS area. Again it was a weekend off so, with nothing better to do, we'd may as well give it a go especially as one of the USAF Globals was in.

Mildenhall 21-07-18
Visitors - USAF
57-1474 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker "AMC"
59-1472 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 940ARW / 314ARS "Beale"
63-8885 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 6AMW "MacDill"
64-14848/OF Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint 55WG "Offutt"
76-1605/OK Boeing E-3B Sentry 552ACW
11-9355 Bombardier E-11A 653ELSG

Based
58-0100 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
58-0100 KC-135R Mildenhall 21-07-18
60-0333 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
11-0058 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7SOS
11-0061 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7SOS
12-5759 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
12-5760 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
13-5786 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS

As expected no sign of any AVs but at least we caught up based Eagle 317 at long last. Nay also bagged 131, this just left 133 for both of us to complete the 48th.

Lakenheath 21-07-18
Based
91-0307/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0310/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0315/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0316/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0317/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0334/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
97-0220/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
97-0221/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle '492FS'
98-0131/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
98-0135/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
01-2001/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
01-2004/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

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A rare visitor meant another quick dash down to the old stomping ground.

Northolt 22-07-18
FAE-052 Dassault Falcon 7X Ecuador Air Force

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The next day it was bad news for Nay, as he was back on shifts the Saudi deliveries struck again. So it was mad dash up to the Heath for LB.

Arriving at the enclosure I had just about managed to find a parking space when the Saudi's overflew the base to start their approach. A nice catch to be sure, but a Brucie bonus was also to hand, LB's last based Eagle was flying! 133 finally hits the net :-) Unlucky Nay, next time maybe!

Lakenheath 23-07-18
48FW
86-0154/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
86-0163/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
91-0306/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0306/LN F-15E Lakenheath 23-7-18
91-0307/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0307/LN F-15E Lakenheath 23-7-18
91-0315/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0315/LN F-15E Lakenheath 23-7-18
91-0316/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0316/LN F-15E Lakenheath 23-7-18
91-0334/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0334/LN F-15E Lakenheath 23-7-18
92-0364/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
92-0364/LN F-15E Lakenheath 23-7-18
97-0221/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle '492FS'
97-0221/LN 492FS F-15E Lakenheath 23-7-18
98-0133/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
98-0133/LN F-15E Lakenheath 23-7-18

TDY - 31FW / 510FS
89-2049/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
89-2049/AV F-16C Lakenheath 23-7-18

Visitors
12-1018 Boeing F-15SA Eagle  FMS Saudi Arabia
12-1018 F-15SA Lakenheath 23-7-18
12-1024 Boeing F-15SA Eagle  FMS Saudi Arabia
12-1024 F-15SA Lakenheath 23-7-18
12-1025 Boeing F-15SA Eagle  FMS Saudi Arabia
12-1025 F-15SA Lakenheath 23-7-18
12-1026 Boeing F-15SA Eagle  FMS Saudi Arabia
12-1026 F-15SA Lakenheath 23-7-18
12-1068 Boeing F-15SA Eagle  FMS Saudi Arabia
12-1068 F-15SA Lakenheath 23-7-18

After the Eagle action had finished I took a walk across Maidcross hill with Tugger, who I found in the enclosure, just incase any Aviano's were still out. Only one was seen from a distance. Not to worry though, a plan was already formulating to catch them in the week.

With Tugger in tow we headed over to Mildenhall, not much to report here, the only visitors being the tanker for the Saudi Eagles and a few 135's.

Mildenhall 23-07-18
Visitors- USAF
58-0023 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 157ARW "New Hampshire"
58-0060 Boeing KC-135T Stratotanker 171ARW "Pennsylvania"
85-0029 McDonnell-Douglas KC-10A Extender 60AMW "Travis"

One based Herc was doing touch and goes!

Based
12-5757 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
12-5757 MC-130J Mildenhall. 23-7-18
62-3551 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS - still marked "AMC"

That was that! I was going to pop into Cambridge on the way back to see if any Global's were out, but an A14 closure put paid to that idea, home it was.

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So the Nay Saudi curse continues but could it change today? After getting home from a set of nights at 0800 it was off with LB to catch the AVs flying and hopefully the Saudis departure would be delayed. We were probably still 45 minutes away when they went but at least one went tech and his buddy waited with him. Two is better than none after all. Maybe now the spell has been broken the next lot will be delivered when I'm off.

Lakenheath 27-07-18
TDY - 31FW / 510FS
88-0491/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
88-0491 F-16C Lakenheath 27-07-18
88-0516/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
88-0516 AV F-16CG Lakenheath. 27-7-18
88-0525/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
88-0525 AV F-16C Lakenheath 27-07-18
89-2008/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
89-2008 AV F-16CG Lakenheath. 27-7-18
89-2011/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
89-2011 AV F-16CG Lakenheath 27-7-18
89-2018/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
89-2018a AV F-16C Lakenheath 27-07-18
89-2026/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
89-2026 AV F-16CG Lakenheath 27-7-18
89-2030/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon '510FS'
89-2030 AV F-16CG Lakenheath. 27-7-18
89-2046/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
89-2046 AV F-16CG Lakenheath 27-7-18
89-2049/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
89-2049 F-16C Lakenheath 27-07-18
89-2057/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
89-2057 AV F-16C Lakenheath 27-07-18
90-0709/AV General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
90-0709 AV F-16C Lakenheath 27-07-18

Visitors - USAF
08-8602/RS '86OG' Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules 86AW
08-8602 RS C-130J Lakenheath 27-07-18
12-1026 Boeing F-15SA Eagle  FMS Saudi Arabia
12-1068 Boeing F-15SA Eagle  FMS Saudi Arabia
12-1026 12-1068 F-15SA Lakenheath 27-07-18

Based
84-0019/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
84-0019 F-15C Lakenheath 27-07-18
84-0046/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15D Eagle
84-0046 LN F-15D Lakenheath. 27-7-18
86-0154/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
86-0159/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle '48OG'
86-0159 48OG F-15C Lakenheath 27-07-18
86-0164/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
86-0171/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle - in maint. hangar
86-0172/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle - in maint. hangar
86-0174/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
86-0174 F-15C Lakenheath 27-07-18
86-0176/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
86-0178/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
86-0178 F-15C Lakenheath 27-07-18
91-0306/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0307/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0310/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0315/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0317/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0318/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0331/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle - in maint. hangar
91-0605/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
92-0364/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
96-0202/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
97-0221/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle '492FS'
97-0222/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
98-0131/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
98-0133/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
98-0135/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
01-2004/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

It was worth the walk in the field as at last Nay got his last based F-15...didn't take long did it?

Whilst we were at Mildenhall the weather turned rather wet so we didn't bother checking the rest of the based aircraft this time.

Mildenhall 27-07-18
Visitors - USAF
57-1474 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker  "AMC"
60-0351 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker  22ARW "McConnell"
62-3542 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker  916ARW / 77 ARS "First in Flight"
65-0989/DM Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call 55ECG
76-1605/OK Boeing E-3B Sentry 552ACW
90-0166 Lockheed AC-130U Spooky 1SOW / 4SOS
11-5729 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 27SOW / 9SOS

Based
62-3551 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS - still marked "AMC"
12-0065 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7SOS
12-5760 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
12-5760 MC-130J Mildenhall 27-07-18

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After a quiet August it was back to business for Buster and Nay. Exercise Cobra Warrior/Volcanex was taking place about 7 miles from Ma and Pa's house. So, off to pick up Chas, do the rounds, then back for some family time. Happy days.

First off though a mil visitor in the local...rude not to have a look. Just a pity it was buried on S71 and no good for a photo.

Luton 01-09-18
0110 Boeing 737-800 Polish Air Force

Coningsby 01-09-18
German Air Force - TLG73
30+46 Eurofighter Typhoon
30+49 Eurofighter Typhoon
30+60 Eurofighter Typhoon
30+62 Eurofighter Typhoon
30+64 Eurofighter Typhoon
30+73 Eurofighter Typhoon
30+84 Eurofighter Typhoon
31+21 Eurofighter Typhoon

German Air Force - TLG51
Tornados Coningsby 01-09-18
43+25 BAe/Panavia Tornado
43+97 BAe/Panavia Tornado
45+39 BAe/Panavia Tornado
46+35 BAe/Panavia Tornado
46+36 BAe/Panavia Tornado
46+36 Tornado Coningsby 01-09-18
46+44 BAe/Panavia Tornado
46+44 Tornado Coningsby 01-09-18
46+56 BAe/Panavia Tornado
46+56 Tornado Coningsby 01-09-18

The Tiffers were in the HAS area and no good for photos. Oh well, at least they were all readable with a bit of work.

Off to Waddo next for the Italians and the damaged Phenoms (335 returned to Cranwell a couple of days later)

Waddington 01-09-18
Italian Air Force - 4 Stormo
MM7291/4-11 Eurofighter Typhoon
MM7291 4-11 Typhoon Waddington 01-09-18
MM7299/4-41 Eurofighter Typhoon
MM7299 4-41 MM7303 4-2 Typhoon Waddington 01-09-18
MM7303/4-2 Eurofighter Typhoon

Royal Air Force - 3FTS
ZM335 Embraer Phenom
ZM335 Phenom Waddington 01-09-18
ZM336 Embraer Phenom
ZM336 Phenom Waddington 01-09-18

We made a quick pass at Cranwell but no Prefects were flying, just some Tutors. For the record they were: G-BYUC, G-BYUN, G-BYUW, G-BYUX, G-BYUZ, G-BYWR, G-BYWY.

As there was a roast dinner on offer we then headed back to Wyberton with a few Tiffers in the bag.

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The F-15s that have been in Europe since Frisian Flag stopped off on their way home so LB and Nay took a trip up Saturday afternoon. A walk in the field and down the road was needed to eek them out. We read 11 but as we didn't need the missing one decided against trying Maidcross for a view.

Lakenheath 15-09-18
142FW / 123FS Oregon ANG
84-0002 McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
84-0003 McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
84-0005 McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
(84-0021 McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle) - not seen by us but should have been in
85-0094 McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
85-0106 McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle

104FW / 131FS Massachusetts ANG
83-0018/MA McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
84-0028/MA McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
85-0111/MA McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
85-0118/MA McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
85-0134/MA McDonnell-Douglas F-15D Eagle
86-0158/MA McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle
86-0158 MA F-15C Eagle Lakenheath 15-9-18

Based 48FW
91-0301/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0310/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0312/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0316/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
91-0321/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
97-0221/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle - marked 492FS
01-2004/LN McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

We'd seen the HC-130N was inbound MHZ on ADSB but it just beat us there. It landed as we approached the garage near Folly. Nays photo attempt through the windscreen only good enough for the bin.

Mildenhall 15-09-18
Visitors - USAF
60-0345  Boeing KC-135T Stratotanker 127WG/171ARS 'Michigan'
62-3582/OF  Boeing WC-135C Stratotanker 55WG
92-2104 Lockheed HC-130N King 920RQW/39RQS
13-5785/FT Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II 23WG/71RQS

Based
57-1440 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS - marked as AMC
57-1493/D Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
57-2605/D Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
58-0001/D Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
58-0094/D Boeing KC-135T Stratotanker 351ARS
60-0344/D Boeing KC-135T Stratotanker 351ARS
60-0344 KC-135T Mildenhall 15-09-18
60-0355 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS - marked as AMC
60-0355 KC-135R Mildenhall 15-09-18
61-0288/D Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
61-0288 KC-135R Mildenhall 15-09-18
61-0321/D Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
62-3551 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS - marked as AMC
63-7999/D Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351ARS
08-0050 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7SOS
08-0050 CV-22B Mildenhall 15-09-18
08-0051 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7SOS
10-5714 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
11-5737 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
12-5757 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
12-5759 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS
12-5760 Lockheed MC-130J Commando II 67SOS

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That's all for now. Hopefully the 48FW F-15Es deployed in the Middle East should be replaced late Sep/early Oct by maybe MO or SJ F-15Es.....with a bit of luck they'll transit through the UK before we head off to the USA ourselves.

Currently Fairford has a brace of B-52s for Ample Strike (the op runs 3-14 Sep).

Of course, if you hear of any other deployments please do let us know ;-)