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  1. Prompted by the discovery of a Revell B412 bag of sprues inside a 1/72 Merlin kit (no idea how it got there!) I thought I'd look through some of my photos. Sadly it would appear that the writing is on the wall for these beauties. I haven't seen all of them but have been lucky enough to catch 'Hearts', 'Spades' and 'Clubs'. During 2019 and 2020, both ZJ704 and ZJ705 passed through Cobham at Newquay for servicing. ZJ704 in various states of undress and test flight.
  2. That's very true, the same can be said for Pumas, Chinooks etc. You can just about get away with it when they are land-locked. Very nice images. They certainly look good in that light.
  3. Only 4 Avengers in total. You'd be lucky to see three on the flighline on any given day. Merlin movements - more than three up would be a busy day and that doesn't happen often. Culdrose is a lot quieter than it was just 3 or 4 years ago.
  4. I agree, they should be green (and look better in green). From a photography point of view green looks good in sunshine, but dull as dishwater on a typical British overcast day.
  5. There are a couple of good museums. Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre at Newquay Airport. Cornwall at War Museum at Davidstow (there is a smaller museum dedicated to RAF Davidstow Moor next door).
  6. Thanks for the comment Mark. I'm glad someone finds them interesting.
  7. It's been a very quiet start to the year for me with not much happening at the local airport (Newquay). I've also had to turn down the offer of a couple of what turned out to be productive trips to the loop due to finally attending concerts which have been rescheduled several times in the last two years. Anyway, I have been lucky catching a few helicopter movements on the local Moors. They appear to have been assisting DSTO with one of the least popular courses that all aircrew have to attend. You never know what may turn up but it seems to run in phases. The last 2 years have been mostly Pumas, before that Chinooks, this year seems to be the turn of the Junglie in January, March and April. The weather has been mixed but the Moorland colours and gorse in recent weeks have been a joy. ZJ121 'Echo' last week. Bravo on a wet day in March Delta descending into a dark valley just before sunset in January And finally this CP-140 paid a brief visit to Newquay in March. The first time I've seen one of the Block IV modified Arouras.
  8. There are some photos on Modeldecal set 25 and 26 showing 45 and 58 Sqn Hunters with asymmetric outer wing stores of SNEB under one wing and CBLS under the other. This was I believe quite common on these two Squadrons.
  9. Lovely set of images. A sad week all round with 736 NAS disbanding as well.
  10. I seem to remember the demarcation line between the cammo and black in the early days wasn't a straight line but wavy.
  11. I was going to delete it. Heavily cropped, taken just outside Bodmin. I reckon the B52 was just NE of Padstow so a distance of 8-10 miles away.
  12. I managed to grab a pic of it , It's gear was down as it flew slowly up the North Cornish Coast.
  13. Looks very clean compared to the ones I've seen recently.
  14. According to FlightGlobal, RAF Pumas will be replacing the AAC B212s in Brunei this year, and replacing 84 Squadron's B412s next year.
  15. Yes, shame they are so anonymous looking. They are fairly regular visitors to the UK, I saw one on VR tracking across England earlier this week, not sure where it went. This one paid a couple of visits to Newquay in Oct and Nov last year.
  16. Wonderful to see the Tracker, and the Neptune is sublime. Thanks for sharing. Pete
  17. Thanks Mark, it's a great place, it even featured on a Michael Portillo program a few weeks ago. Shame it isn't used very much. Pete Many thanks, I've seen a few pick ups at this location and was thinking the same thing. Pete
  18. Earlier this week I met a friend on Bodmin Moor where we spoke to a lone driver looking after a couple of Army trucks (very friendly but he didn't give much away). Putting 2 and 2 together, with some local knowledge and a bit of a trek we eventually found a group of Commandos about to stage an attack on an abandoned building. They told us where we'd be safe to watch so we did some climbing and found a suitable spot. The Wildcat provided some recce (from a long way away) and then some top cover during the attack. Interestingly one of the Aircrew has been in touch with my friend after seeing his photos and said he could see us and the dog on their camera, we weren't even aware the helicopter was there at that stage! As an aside, has anyone got their hands on the Airgraphics Wildcat conversion yet?
  19. 2021 has been a good year for seeing Pumas and I've been lucky enough to see a few on the local Cornish Moors. One evening earlier this week I was told that one had landed at Newquay Airport so I decided to dig out my tripod and give it a try. Not knowing what to expect after dark at Newquay I was encouraged to see that the horrible orange floodlights I'd seen there a few years ago had been replaced. Fortunately the young lady at the Airport had parked the Puma facing the fence almost under the lights. The rest was up to me, taking photographs on a tripod through a fence and on a soft muddy surface wasn't easy.
  20. Thanks Mark. They do see to break more often than more conventional Helicopters. Earlier this year a US Marine at Okehampton was overheard saying he'd managed 15 years in the service without flying in one, a record he was happy to proclaim. I think some of the local Hotels are accustomed to short notice extensions by aircrew Many thanks Andy, That was the first time I've seen a Spanish Navy Citation.
  21. Last Friday CV-22B 08-0047 (Knife 71) made a planned visit to Newquay Airport, a rare sight in Cornwall and something worth getting the wife to keep my dinner in the oven for. Things didn't quite go to plan for the crew who ended up staying in Cornwall for five nights. I popped by the airfield the next morning hoping to catch its departure but it soon became obvious that the Osprey was going nowhere. With rumours that another one was on the way down with parts I decided to hang around for an hour. While waiting this Spanish Navy Citation arrived for a quick stop, surprisingly either unnoticed or ignored by others waiting to see the second Osprey. The second Osprey, 11-0059 eventually arrived for a quick gas and go.
  22. Lovely selection. Such a shame they've been an increasingly rare sight in recent years.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Superb set! Almost tempted to risk sneaking in a new Airfix Vulcan pass the Mrs.
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