Tommy's 2017 - Mega Thread (Heavy sorry!)

Tommy's 2017 - Mega Thread (Heavy sorry!)

Postby Tommy on Wed 20 Dec 2017, 3:01 pm

Mods - hope this is ok. This includes modern military photos. Please delete if not.

Been flicking through the HDD today, and thought I'd post a couple of my faves from this year, chronologically. I didn't get out as much as I did in 2016, but personally 2017 has been a pretty great year for me. In January I purchased a D7200 after feeling like I had reached a limit with my old D5100 which had been my first and only body until then.

Other than a visit to RAFM Cosford in January to get a feel for the 7200, my first outing was to the Loop in February:

Which was a blank.

Followed a couple weeks later by a trip in March, which yielded a rare appearance of one of the Mildy-based Night Owls:

ImageRiver Strix ReS. by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageReS by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageReS2 by Tom Jones, on Flickr

I was invited to the RAF Cosford Airshow Press Launch at the start of April to write about the show and what they planned to do. Sadly the weather wasn't that great, but a couple of static machines were towed out

ImageTagged and Bagged by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageThe Jaaaaaaaag by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Followed very swiftly by Threshold's very smartly organised and cheap Gazelle birthday bash at Middle Wallop. Glad to have finally managed to catch an AAC Gazelle in decent light, to say nothing of the French machines.

ImageWestland rider by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageLong in the Tooth by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageTOWbars by Tom Jones, on Flickr

This followed by the RT&T Fly-In at Halfpenny Green. Loooot of interesting stuff about, and was a nice and relaxed afternoon

ImageTwilight Saga by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageDistrict Line by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Image'Checkermate by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Next up the Fly Navy airshow at Shuttleworth. Sadly not blessed with the excellent weather that last year's saw. Nonetheless, some delightful warbird flying. Dat Fury... :love:

ImageBaby In Waiting by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImagePro by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSwipe Left by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageNight Rider by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageOff Deck by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Next up (just a week later) was the RAF Cosford Airshow - I was there for three days which is the first time I've made such a commitment! Was amazing to see such a big beast as the A400M land at Cosford and taxi around the place. Beggar's belief, that was.

ImageAtlas Walking by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageCloud Jumper by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageTop Marks by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageOh ECk by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSally Marked by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBig Buff by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Shame this came through in the only (very short) cloudburst of the day.

ImageBone Drone by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageTitillating Tonk by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageJHC Watermelon by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageCharlie's Heavy by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBucking Bronk by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageMiniHerk by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageLitigator by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageTypical Teich by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageVAAC's Arc by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Next up was Yeovilton, some weeks later, and considering it was backlit, was a great event. Bloody hot, though.

Great to see these, sadly now retired.
ImageNavy Blue by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageGlobestand Seating by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageWild Runner by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBangSeat Wings by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageCatstretch by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBangSeat Wings by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageDipper by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageRedTop by Tom Jones, on Flickr

One of the season's highlights, this display was
ImageSuperBlue by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Bloody finally!
ImageArcade Fire by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageThe Sercher by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageT-Gs by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageStrup-on by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageDassault and Battery by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Then RIAT, which I think I covered mostly in my thread from arrivals until the end of the weekend, but I never did update with any departures, so most of the below focuses on the Monday

ImageMigrating East by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageMagic Magister by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSOC It To Me by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageGlobes Collection by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageCup-Bearer by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBulging Belge by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageCanForce by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageDance the Foxtrot by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageDecaf RCAF by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageAssault From Dassault by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBlue Thunder by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageRotating Rhino by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSummer Storm by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageUp and At 'Em by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageEagle Flap by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageAgile Anhedral by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Then after Cosby cancelling its flying display on the bloody day itself due to CAA illogicality, and bad luck at Fairford for the B-1 deployment, I popped to the loop to see if I could catch a Tornado or two before retirement in October

ImageNinja Robes by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageFlawless IV by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageTornado Warning by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageJack Of All Trades by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageDevil Horns by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSharknado by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Aaaaand then finally, with the greatest of thanks to Rich for the head's up, I popped to Westlands in Yeovil to catch their first Merlin on a delivery flight. Sadly it would only last a week, as it crashed the following Friday during ground runs.

ImageWinter Soldier by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageWestland Salute by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageDay Glo Magic by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageGo East by Tom Jones, on Flickr



Phew. There are a couple of other places I've been, but nothing of substantial interest to warrant including in this already mega thread :lol:

Very well done if you all have made it this far. As per, I would love some C&C.

May you all have a very happy Christmas, or at least a day or two off for you grinches, or indeed, a nicer commute into work for those who are working!

Onwards, Geeks - to 2018!

All the best,

Tom
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Re: Tommy's 2017 - Mega Thread (Heavy sorry!)

Postby jalfrezi on Wed 20 Dec 2017, 3:40 pm

Couple of your faves?! :whistle: :shock:

Nice shots though, might consider doing something along these lines as well.
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Re: Tommy's 2017 - Mega Thread (Heavy sorry!)

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Wed 20 Dec 2017, 4:29 pm

Tommy wrote:Mods - hope this is ok. This includes modern military photos. Please delete if not.

I'll check with Tommy and get back to you... :lol:
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Re: Tommy's 2017 - Mega Thread (Heavy sorry!)

Postby Skyflash on Wed 20 Dec 2017, 4:57 pm

LN Strike Eagle wrote:
Tommy wrote:Mods - hope this is ok. This includes modern military photos. Please delete if not.

I'll check with Tommy and get back to you... :lol:


:grin:

These are lovely - the head-on shot of the Cat in particular stands out. :clap:
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Re: Tommy's 2017 - Mega Thread (Heavy sorry!)

Postby Seamus on Thu 21 Dec 2017, 1:16 pm

A full and varied year for sure, some excellent stuff in there :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'll have to make it my mission to catch a Noggie Merlin next year, stunning machines :cool:
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Re: Tommy's 2017 - Mega Thread (Heavy sorry!)

Postby Ian G on Sun 24 Dec 2017, 11:03 am

Great stuff, makes me realise how little I got out this year! Let's hope the weather is a little kinder at Cosford next year eh, standing on that bridge was bloody freezing!!
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