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MAKS2011 – Dassault Rafale

Wednesday 17th August

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On my trip around England, I’ve stumbled upon this museum unexpectedly, recommended and guided to, by my editor Jay and one of the co-writers for the Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine, Brian. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck with weather as it was pouring outside, so we decided to visit the nearby pub and wait until the rain stops over a couple of pints… After an hour or so, weather remained soaky wet and since there was a long drive ahead of us,  we decided to get wet and see the exhibits anyway…

Google Maps pic of the museum


Sea Vixen FAW.1 once ruled the decks of Royal Navy carriers.


Another ’50s fighter – French Air Force Mystere IVA


It was the first time I saw the Javelin and oh my, what a big bird it is – reminded me of a fighter version of the Vulcan bomber.


Meteor was one of the first British jet fighters – and still looking good!


War Trophy from the Falklands war in 1982 – Argentinian Pucara


There are numbers of exhibits in hangar as well, but due to the lack of time, bad lightning and cramped exhibitis, I took only a few photos… but defintely worth visiting though…

Sea Harrier FA.2, upgraded from FRS.1 sporting the Argie Dagger kill from Falklands war


For full list of exhibits, visit the museum webpage:


Royal Jordanian  Falcons

type of aircraft – 4x Extra 300

French AF Patrouille de France

type of aircraft – 8x Alphajet

Royal AF Red Arrows

type of aircraft – 9x Hawk T.1

Belgian AF F-16AM Fighting Falcon

Royal Netherlands AF F-16AM Fighting Falcon

French AF Mirage 2000B

Swedish AF JAS-39 Gripen

Royal International Air Tattoo or RIAT is Europe’s and probably even world’s biggest military airshow based at RAF Fairford in England. My wish to visit it for more than a decade has finally been realised and together with Duxford Flying Legends airshow a week earlier and a whole week in between of exlporing the sights and wonders of Southern England with my girlfriend, set an amazing experience that will hardly be forgotten.

Since I’ve managed to take around 1000 photos, I’ll try to divide them in separate posts depending on the theme of aircraft participating

And since all pilots start their careers with trainer aircraft I’ll start as well.

RAF Tutor

Elementary training aircraft

RAF Tucano T1

Advanced training aircraft

wearing the special WW2 like paint scheme

RAF King Air

Multi engine and multi crew training aircraft

RAF Hawk T1

Advanced jet training aircraft

wearing a special Solo Display 2010 paint scheme

French AF Alpha Jet

Advanced jet aircraft