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There goes the siren that warns of the air raid,
Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak.
Out for the scramble we’ve got to get airborne,
Got to get up for the coming attack.

Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines,
Remove all the wheelblocks there’s no time to waste.
Gathering speed as we head down the runway,
Got to get airborne before it’s too late.

Running, scrambling, fire,
Rolling, turning, diving, going in again.
Running, scrambling, fire, Rolling, turning, diving,
Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die.
Won’t you run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high!

Move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers,
Let off a shell burst and then turn away.
Roll over, spin round to come in behind them,
Move to their blindsides and firing again.

Bandits at 8 O’clock move in behind us,
Ten ME-109’s out of the sun.
Ascending and turning our spitfires to face them,
Heading straight for them I press down my guns.

Rolling, turning, diving,
Rolling, turning, diving, going in again.
Rolling, turning, diving, Rolling, turning, diving,
Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die.
Won’t you run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high!!!

Iron Maiden 1984

 

 

Hurricane Mk.IIc

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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:

http://www.aviationmuseum.net/

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

USAF F-15C Eagle

US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet

USAF F-22A Raptor

USAF MC-130 Hercules

USAF KC-135R Stratotanker

Royal New Zealand AF Boeing 757

Airbus A400M – 2nd prototype

First public performance of the new Airbus transporter

Royal Netherlands AH-64D Apache

The only Apache demo team in the world

Royal AF CH-47 Chinook

Belgian AF F-16AM Fighting Falcon

Royal Netherlands AF F-16AM Fighting Falcon

French AF Mirage 2000B

Swedish AF JAS-39 Gripen

USAF  B-52H Stratofortress

Main US strategic bomber for more than 55 years.

Avro Vulcan

RAF Cold War strategic bomber, retired in 1993, but this example brought back to flying status a few years ago for display purposes.

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