Eurofighter Typhoon ZK349 GN-A Display

A collection of images showing Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 ZK349 adorned in special markings to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2015.

ZK349 has been painted in the colours of Flight Lieutenant Nicolson’s No.249 Squadron Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P3576/GN-A. On August 16th 1940, whilst attempting to bale out of the burning Hurricane after a battle with a number of Messerschmitts over Southampton, Nicolson saw a Bf 110 pass in front of his aircraft and immediately climbed back into his seat to fire on the German twin-engine fighter causing it to dive away and crash in to the ground. Only then did Nicolson bale out but not before sustaining significant injuries.

All photos kindly contributed to Defence of the Realm by Jim Knowles.


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Westland Lynx HMA.8 & Westland Sea King ASaC.7 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016

A selection of images of a Lynx HMA.8 and Sea King ASaC.7 in the static display during a misty RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016.

All photographs kindly contributed by Dave Taskis (please take time to visit his blog by clicking here).


Lynx HMA.8 ZF562/404 appears to be having something of an identity crisis. It is wearing Iron Duck nose art of HMS Iron Duke but has HMS Monmouth titles painted on the radar fairing.


Sea King ASaC.7 ZE422/192 of 849 NAS perfectly camouflaged against the misty backdrop in the static display at RNAS Cudrose. The Sea King ASaC.7 – known throughout the Navy as Baggers – are the ‘eyes in the sky’ of the Royal Navy, searching for aerial threats to the Fleet with its powerful radar or suspicious movements on the ground in support of land forces. They are the among the last examples of the ubiquitous Sea King in British service.

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Sea Harrier FA.2s and Harrier T.8 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016

A collection of images of British Aerospace Harriers conducting ground runs during the RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016

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Warbirds at the Quinte International Air Show 2016

The following photographs were donated to Defence of the Realm by Bob Willis and were taken yesterday at CFB Trenton, Canada during the first day of the Quinte International Air Show 2016.

FM213 Lady Orchid, Avro Lancaster KB895 WL-O VR-A Quinte Trenton P-51D Mustang B-25 Mitchell

An awe-inspiring sight; Lancaster, Mitchell and Mustang make a formation fly past of the crowd.


FM213 Lady Orchid, Avro Lancaster KB895 WL-O VR-A Quinte Trenton

“Vera” in disguise; Avro Lancaster FM213 VR-A, one of only two airowrthy Lancastasers in the world is being flown in the temporary markings of Lancaster KB895 WL-O Lady Orchid. Lady Orchid was an aircraft that flew with No.434 Squadron RCAF during the war and has 35 operations to her credit.


B-25 Mitchell Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF Quinte airshow 2016

B-25 Mitchell sporting D-Day invasion stripes.


 

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Red Arrows display at Whitehaven Air Show, July 2015

Images of the Royal Air Force (RAF) fast jet display team, the world famous Red Arrows, during their display over Whitehaven, Cumbria on July 17th 2015.

All photos were kindly contributed to Defence of the Realm by Adam Jones.

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British Aerospace EAP – Prelude to Typhoon

EAP 1

During the 1970’s, British Aerospace had undertaken studies into designing a combat aircraft that could replace several RAF aircraft such as the Phantom, Harrier and Jaguar. The new aircraft was to be tailored primarily toward the ground attack role but with a true self defence capability against enemy aircraft. Given the success of previous European collaborations such as the Panavia Tornado the new aircraft was intended to be a follow-up with the Panavia partners of Germany and Italy contributing funds and technology. However, very quickly the West Germans showed a lack of financial support and the Italians followed suit leaving the project entirely funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and the members of the British aviation industry who invested in the project.

EAP 10

The first and only EAP (Experimental Aircraft Program) was rolled-out of BAe’s Warton facility in April 1986. After a series of ground trials the EAP made its maiden flight in August of that year and during this initial sortie the aircraft reached Mach 1.1 – an impressive feat for an aircraft’s first flight. The aircraft was powered by a pair of RB.199-104D turbofan engines, the same engines powering the Panavia Tornado ADV and which were quite advanced for the 1980s being equipped with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) that controlled all aspects of the engine to gain the most out of it at all times. Within the following months the aircraft managed to comfortably attain a speed of Mach 2.0.

Other testing was aimed at investigating or proving some of the new technological developments the aircraft was intended to demonstrate. The aircraft researched the full fly-by-wire concept for an aerodynamically unstable aircraft with a canard/delta configuration. It also tested the efficiency of the new cockpit which incorporated three large screen Multi-Function Displays as opposed to the traditional cockpit with gauges and switches. Although weapons trials were not part of the test program the aircraft did fly with dummy Sky Flash missiles on the fuselage stations and two dummy short range missiles on the wing pylons.

The aircraft was extensively tested during its lifetime pushing it to the very limit of what it was capable of as well as thrilling air show crowds. By the time of its very last flight in May 1991 it had flown 259 sorties totalling 195.21 flying hours. During that time the aircraft displayed excellent agility that would rival even today’s modern combat aircraft. Its high-alpha performance was unequalled compared to any other aircraft of its class being able to achieve an angle of attack up to 36 degrees in controlled flight. Without the EAP program the Eurofighter Typhoon would not have been possible (or at least delayed by many years).

EAP 7

  • Crew: 1
  • Role: Technology Testbed
  • Powerplant: 2 × Turbo-Union RB199-104D turbofans, 9,000 lbs thrust (dry)/17,000 lbs (afterburner)
  • Max Speed: Mach 2
  • Service ceiling: 60,000 ft
  • Empty weight: 22,050 lb (10,002 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 32,000 lb (14,515 kg)
  • Length: 48 ft 2.75 in (14.7003 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 7 in (11.76 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 1.5 in (5.525 m)
  • Wing area: 560 sq ft (52 m2)