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  1. Lovely selection. Such a shame they've been an increasingly rare sight in recent years.
  2. Thanks for looking and commenting. At the moment Newquay is excellent for photography with access to locations that could only have been dreamt about when it was RAF St Mawgan. Unfortunately this will change in the near future with the advent of Spaceport.
  3. It certainly felt like the USAF had taken over Newquay Airport for 2 and a half weeks in June. I decided to stay away from the Airport during the four days of the G7 conference, the road closures and other restrictions would have meant viewing from a considerable distance with the associated frustrations of either low cloud or heat haze to contend with. Instead I decided to concentrate on the week before and after the conference when there were no such restrictions. I lost count of the total number of C-17 movements but I think that I counted 12 different serials, some visited two or three times. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  4. Superb set! Almost tempted to risk sneaking in a new Airfix Vulcan pass the Mrs.
  5. That's very nice. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Many thanks for looking and taking the time to comment. Many thanks. We seem to be seeing more Pumas this year, a consequence of their Afghan tasking coming to an end I guess. The 84 Sqn Griffin was a lucky catch, just two days later it was bagged up and loaded on to a lorry. Thanks Mark. I'm sure the USMC visit will be the highlight of the year, something none of us thought we'd ever see so close to home. I spent 4 days up there - 2 blank days and two days watching these fascinating machines coming and going. Some folk spent the entire week there and it appears I missed a Venom and Viper on the Saturday.
  7. Just over halfway through the year and I seem to have photographed enough Helicopters to make up a varied thread which I hope are of interest. All (apart from the US Marines) were taken in Cornwall. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. In April I sneaked across the border into Devon for the epic US Marine visits, It was good to get out after months of lockdown and engage in some good old fashion banter with some familiar faces 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. I'll slip in a couple taken just before Xmas, This Griffin had received a comprehensive service with Cobham Helicopter Academy at Newquay and is seen returning on its final test flight before being transported by road / sea back to Akrotiri. 17. 18.
  8. That's a very nice anniversary scheme, tastefully done. I'm hoping it ventures a bit further SW than it has so far. Thanks for sharing.
  9. Excellent collection of images of one of my favourites. Many thanks for sharing.
  10. A quick update with some images taken since my original post. June 2020 - May 2021 Last Summer the trees in the background were still a feature. ZH850 ZH862 By March this year many of the trees had gone. These two images were taken from the same spot pointing in the same direction as the first three above. Elsewhere on the Airfield:
  11. Excellent work. I'm looking forward to seeing this progress.
  12. Very nice. Spent many hours taking photos of them around Cornwall when they were training at Newquay.
  13. I've no doubt that the AW149 will be superior to the Puma. I know it's old, space inside is limited (I have flown in one). I was basing my statement on what I have witnessed while out taking photos. We are seeing more Pumas locally in recent years, the ones I have seen out on the Moors usually appear suddenly, you very rarely hear or see them coming until the last moment. When they arrive they are nimble and good at getting in a tight spot. Of course much of this is down to the skill of the aircrew. I wouldn't like to comment on the Pumas reliability, I've noticed it's the same (very few) airframes that seem to fly. Can't be any worse than the Merlin, I was on the Moors yesterday and could hear a Junglie coming several minutes before it arrived. The chaps next to me let off smoke when we first heard it, the smoke ran out and I finished my sausage roll before it actually arrived (at least it arrived - had many wasted journeys waiting for cancelled Merlins).
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