B52 bomber with security detachment at RAF Fairford

Old Scanned Photos – Planes


I was cleaning the garage out a couple of weeks ago and came across a box of old photo albums.

They all seem to reference a period around 15-20 years ago.

There were some great images of the kids and a lot of relatives who are sadly no longer with us.

Among them was a good number of aircraft photos from various events that we went to. I thought I would share a few here.

The camera I used at this time was a Nikon F301 with a Tamron 70-300mm zoom lens.

I still have them somewhere – no doubt in the garage as well!

One thing I have learned is that scanning photos is a tortuous and long-winded process. Any way on with the photos.

The first one I have uploaded made me smile. It is from around 1998 or 1999 I think, back in the days when the RAF had a capability that amounted to slightly more than todays paperclips launched with elastic bands approach.

RAF Flypast including Canberra, Tornado, Harrier, Jaguar and Hawk aircraft

RAF Flypast including Canberra, Tornado, Harrier, Jaguar and Hawk aircraft

The Starlifter below was taken at RAF Mildenhall on a lovely summers day. I remember this day well as the storm behind brewed up from nothing and we got absolutely drenched by the downpour.

C141 aircraft lit by sun with heavy rainstorm in background

C141 aircraft lit by sun with heavy rainstorm in background

The B52 below was part of a small detachment based at RAF Fairford during a deployment. I made a couple of trips over there hoping to catch one flying but never had any success unfortunately. Nonetheless, the B52 is a pretty impressive aircraft.

B52 bomber with security detachment at RAF Fairford

B52 bomber with security detachment at RAF Fairford

It’s always nice to look back, especially when so many of the moments had been forgotten.

As time marches on most of these scenes cannot be recreated. The Canberra, Jaguar & Harrier are no longer in service from the first image.

The C141s are also no longer in service.

One thing that does remain constant though is the size and longevity of the B52 – still going strong and likely to be around for quite some time.

Cheers for now.

Gary

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2 thoughts on “Old Scanned Photos – Planes

  1. Nice pics! I remember C-141s being pretty regular at the Canadian Forces base near where I grew up.

    It should also be noted that the Tornado F.3 variant, that’s the one right after the Canberra in the first picture, is also gone from RAF inventory.

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