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
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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.