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  1. Can anyone ID this Tempest F.6?

    In the book "Cold War Shield" Volume 1, Roger Lindsay describes a few 249 Squadron Tempests including NX232/S - Aluminium finish, red/white vertically divided spinner, and a black elephant on a yellow disc on a red panel on the nose. Could this be the aircraft in the photo with the code "S" in an angular font just visible behind the roundel.
  2. Coastal Command Flying Boats mystery

    As Graham suggests the most likely place to see these type together would be at a test establishment such as the Maritime Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Felixstowe. The Singapore appears to be K4577. According to the Air Britain boook "The K File" K4577 spent time at MAEE from June to September 1935 after which time it left for the Middle East where it remained for the rest of its career before being SOC in 1940. The London looks like it might be K3560. Again, according to the Air Britain book, K3560 was at MAEE from July 1935 onwards. That would suggest the photos could have been taken some time in mid-1935 at Felixstowe.
  3. Falklands C130 Hercules what type ?

    Hercules C.1 had the short fuselage, the conversion to C.3 standard involves increasing the fuselage length by 15 feet.
  4. Falklands C130 Hercules what type ?

    Virtually all the Hercules fleet was involved in the campaign. At the time of the Falklands war the RAF was part way through the Hercules C.3 conversion program. The following had been converted to C.3 standard at the time of the Argentine invasion XV176, XV183, XV197, XV202, XV207, XV219, XV220, XV221, XV290, XV294, XV303 and XV305. XV188 and XV301 were under conversion and and returned to RAF service on 1st April and 19th May respectively. XV184, XV212 and XV217 remained under conversion throughout the war. A number of aircreft were fitted with additional additonal fuel tanks inside the fuselage to extend their range. The first extended-range aircraft to be deployed was XV196 which is known to have flown a mission to drop supplies to the ships "HMS Plymouth", "Irishman" and "Yorkshire" on 7th May. Similar missions were also flown by XV291. 16 Hecules C.1 were converted to C.1P standard with in-flight refuelling probes. 6 conversions were completed before the Argentine surrender - XV179, XV196, XV200, XV206, XV218 and XV291. 4 of these deployed to Wideawke before the end of the war. XV200, which performed the first mission on 16th May, XV200, XV196 and XV218. 4 aircraft were converted to C-1K tanker aircraft, XV192 XV201, XV204 and XV296 but none saw service until after the campaign was over.
  5. Revell 1/48 Tornado ADV

    The kit is scheduled for release in September.
  6. Hermes Air Group

    846 NAS had 9 Sea Kings on board HMS Hermes when the carrier left the UK on 5rd April. ZA298/VA, ZA291/VB, ZA290/VC, ZA299/VE, ZA292/VH, ZA293/VK, ZA295/VM, ZA311/VP and ZA294/VT. 4 were detached to Wideawake Airfield on 17th April, ZA291, ZA295, ZA298 and ZA299 with the other 5 remaining on board Hermes when she went South. A further 846 NAS 3 Sea Kings were embarked on HMS Fearless when she left the the UK, ZA296/VF, ZA297/VG and ZA310/VS. These aircraft also joined the 4 Wideawake Airfield detachment and were later joined by ZA312/VW which was flown out to Wideawake by a Heavylift Belfast and ZA313 which was transported to Wideawake on HMS Intrepid. ZA313 was allocated code VZ but this was never worn by the Sea King during the campaign. The 9 aircraft of the Wideawake detachment later went south on board 4 ships; Canberra - ZA299, Elk -ZA291, ZA295 and ZA312, HMS Fearless ZA296, ZA298 and ZA310 and HMS Intrepid ZA297 and ZA313. If you want to build ZA298 it looks like it never operated from Hermes during the campaign after it left Hermes at Widawake on 17th April. It remained at Wideawake until 8th May when it embarked on Fearless and remained with that ship until 27th May when it moved to a FOB near San Carlos. It re-embarked on Fearless on 16th June and left for the UK onboard Fearless on 24th June, arriving back at Portsmouth on 13th July.
  7. Hermes Air Group

    The Air Britain website has a photo of Lynx XZ240 on HMS Hermes when it returned to the UK on 21st July 1982 Lynx XZ240
  8. Hermes Air Group

    According to the book 4 Sea Kings from 826 NAS were detached to RFA Fort Austin on 17th May - XZ577, ZA130, ZA133 and ZA137. They deployed to Port San Carlos on 3rd June before rejoining Hermes on 6th June.
  9. Hermes Air Group

    You will find all the information you need in this book Falklands The Air War. For example it lists the Sea Kings of 826 NAS which left the UK on HMS Hermes as ZA130/H/132, ZA131/H/133, ZA132/H/134, ZA133/H/135, ZA136/H/140 XZ577/H/142, XZ571/H/143 plus ZA129/CU/582 and ZA137/CU/596 both ex-706NAS - these both later received 826NAS codes. There is a similar list for 846 NAS.
  10. You can always download the instrctions from the Airfix website https://admin.hornby.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/A05127-Instructions.pdf
  11. New Revell reboxing of the F-102

    The kit is probably this item which is a release by Revell/Monogram in the USA. http://www.revell.com/model-kits/aircraft/85-5869.html#.WRdl7ca1tPY
  12. Live B61 colours?

    I recall reading somewhere that US nuclear weapon training rounds were white while operational weapons were unpainted metal. There are photos of a variety of US weapons on this site http://www.angelfire.com/dc/jinxx1/Nukes/Nukes.html
  13. Looking for a photograph of ZE791 5 Squadron 1998

    Is this of any use? A quick scan of an old print of ZH555/CV at RIAT Fairford 2002
  14. Mike, These 2 images should show the physical differences between the IDS/GR.4 and the ADV/F.3 . Tornado GR.4 ZG756/BX 14 Squadron 15/07/2005 Tornado F.3 ZG753/HH 111 Squadron 15/07/2005 The F.3 has a longer rear fuselage - note the postions of the exhausts relative to the trailing edge of the fin & also the shape of the fillet at the base of the fin. As dolphin38 said there is a fuselage stretch on the F.3 behind the cockpit - note the position of the engine intake relative to the canopy and finally the radar nose of the F.3 is longer and a different shape to that of the GR.1/4 . Rod
  15. The F-14 and F/A-18a shown in Dolphins38's photos were all listed as being at the 1996 show.