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by catkins
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Rising Panther 20th March
Replies: 16
Views: 2940

Re: Rising Panther 20th March

A delayed look at this excellent set and what a fabulous varied range of photo opportunities you had ... excellent light and backdrops too. Really nice to see such a good set out of OTA and, having been at Eshott for a second day of Ex. Rising Panther a couple of days later, pleased to see what was ...
by catkins
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Valhalla Formation from Valhalla 1
Replies: 33
Views: 4437

Re: Valhalla Formation from Valhalla 1

Wonderful set of quality images that help give a good overview of the Farewell Tour from one of the best seats in the house. Well captured and thanks very much for sharing. A sad day but life goes on in different ways. Hope to catch you up north in the not too distant future.
Cheers
Chris
by catkins
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Farewell Lynx Flight
Replies: 66
Views: 9423

Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

A Chinook (which was with them at Odiham, is I think meant to be joining again once they reach Lee Valley prior to routing along Thames.
by catkins
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Farewell Lynx Flight
Replies: 66
Views: 9423

Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Buccs2b wrote:Chinook, presumably the escort for the London section, heading NE over Croydon
I think Chinook will be the flying platform for video / photographers to record the final flight? I'm not watching any video coverage yet but presume by end of day that we'll get the view from the Chinook's ramp
Cheers
by catkins
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: 'Wild Osprey' STANTA range 27th November 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2786

Re: 'Wild Osprey' STANTA range 27th November 2017

Great set of photos, must have been so good to see them up close and also to have them give you such a fab variety of angles, of which the last one is probably my fav!
Cheers, Chris
by catkins
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: AAC Wildcats at Barton 19/09/2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1803

Re: AAC Wildcats at Barton 19/09/2017

Fab photos and great light today.
I believe that this pair (visual, but distant photos show them as Army Wildcats but can't read serials) ended up at RAF Spadeadam arriving from the SE at about 16:35 and leaving back SE at 17:25. They operated at medium level above the range. Cheers, Chris
by catkins
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

Thanks for the info. I remember sitting on a hill for mallet blow exercises a few years ago taking pics of aircraft well below us. Good days. Tony Cheers Tony ... the problem nowadays, as most of us appreciate, is a few and infrequently making for either very long waiting in rural isolation or good...
by catkins
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

Well done Chris Nice to see Apaches in the field Well worth the effort to get those results, the high ground makes a great perspective Thanks for sharing Regards, Paul Thanks for that Paul, yes the terrain at OTA does generally suit getting good backdrops ... when the red flags aren't flying! But I...
by catkins
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

BFM wrote:Great set of pictures.
Appreciated, was good to catch them out in the wilds of northern England
Chris
by catkins
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

Duane Hewitt wrote:Great set Chris. Unexpected surprise to see!
Cheers Duane, shame you weren't up north to catch them in our wonderful northern climes, but presume you've seen them often stateside?
All best, Chris
by catkins
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

Hi Chris :P Super shots, mate :thumbs: Well done you and thanks for posting :thumb: Best regards ;) Paddyboy :clap: Thanks as always for kind words, appreciated. Luck is always something that is a key part to my love of photography ... but without taking chances luck can never happen! But at least ...
by catkins
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

Great pictures Chris. Where is the FARP/harrier landing strip located. Many thanks, Tony Thanks. The strip is about 3.60km to the NE of the main entrance from the A68, and should be visible on Google Maps or OS maps. If red flags are up there will or may be restricted access. Red flags were not fly...
by catkins
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

PeteHemsley wrote:Brilliant, Chris.
Cheers just wish these opportunities happened more often
Chris
by catkins
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

otafox wrote:Well done Chris
Thanks, the usual northern bit of taking a punt and luck!
Cheers, Chris
by catkins
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

prefontaine72 wrote:Great selection of a rarity in the UK excellent shots Chris :)

Dougie :)
Cheers, it certainly gave me a good selection of angles ... very photogenic! Thank goodness the rain squalls held off.
Regards Chris
by catkins
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

Chris thanks for taking the time and effort to get the shots,a rare occurrence in the UK nowadays.The close ups are especially good. Cheers. Thanks, definitely a rare event and good to catch it flying. Pleased over the last few years to have got the American Little Bird, Pavehawk, Seahawk and now A...
by catkins
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

Re: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

slogen51 wrote:Interesting

Like the Apache top side - don't see that very often.
Cheers, and yes, Apache topside was a pleasing catch as it shows the one of the key differences from the AAC Apache Longbow.
Regards Chris
by catkins
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Ex Ample Strike - RAF Fairford 31st August
Replies: 10
Views: 2966

Re: Ex Ample Strike - RAF Fairford 31st August

What a wonderful selection of shots, and some great variety ... B-1B head on though is the one for me
Regards, Chris
by catkins
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: "Dolphin Section" Dundee Airport
Replies: 3
Views: 1356

Re: "Dolphin Section" Dundee Airport

Fab shots and wonderful light on the last couple of images.
Cheers, Chris
by catkins
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.
Replies: 24
Views: 3411

US Army Apache 419 on Ex at Otterburn - Fri 8th Sept.

A visit to Otterburn Training Area (OTA) mid-afternoon on Friday 8th seemed a bit of a gamble with uncertainties about whether anything would be there, let alone flying, in squally weather. But the chance to catch the rare sight of a US Army Apache operating in the north was too good an opportunity ...

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