Exercise Saudi Green Flag - 02Sep2013 - *UPDATED*

Exercise Saudi Green Flag - 02Sep2013 - *UPDATED*

Postby Thommo95 on Wed 04 Sep 2013, 8:08 pm

I arrived at Coningsby at 7AM ahead of the days action and it seemed that spotters from across Europe were gathering at the 25 end at Coningsby, Italians, Germans and Dutch all present. Even by 7 the parking was limited and it soon got busy on the fence line. So with the ladder in place it was time to wait and chat for the action to begin.

Then pretty much dead on 10 the first RAF Typhoon exited the HAS complex and was joined by a 2 seat RSAF Typhoon, exercise Green Flag had begun!

1. The pilot of the first RAF Eurofighter "Rampage 51" acknowledges the many photographers on the fence, with the power fist.
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Power! by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

Unfortunately all the RAF Aircraft taxied to the near side of the runway obscuring the view of the Saudi aircraft either by placing the aircraft directly in front of the Saudi or the jet wash causing too much haze on the aircraft for pictures. The only opportunity to photograph the Saudis as they departed on the first launch of the day was when they began rolling.

However, with such fantastic light shooting the RAF assets in the exercise was fine.

2. A XV Squadron marked aircraft despite the Marham squadrons being part of the exercise
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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZD842/ 105 - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

3. The 25 end at RAF Coningsby really is great for taxi shots, I particularly like this angle
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZJ912/ DR - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

4. Promise it's a different aircraft!
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK305/ DE - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

5. Despite their deployment to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus their were 2 11(F) Squadron marked airframes involved in the morning launch.
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZJ912/ DR - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

6.The RAF pilot of "Razor 81" checks a checklist prior to departure
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK309/ QO-P - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

The wave departed over the space of an hour and included all 4 Saudi Typhoons and their accompanying RAF aircraft and 3 of the 4 Tornadoes and their counterparts.

7. RSAF Tornado using all the power from it's two Rolls-Royce RB-199's
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Panavia Tornado IDS - 8306 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

8.
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Panavia Tornado IDS - 8312 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

9. RAF Typhoons leading the way for the RSAF aircraft
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK309/ QO-P - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

10.
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZJ912/ DR - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

The Saudi Typhoons departed on full afterburner but due to the light and the angle of the images this is kind of lost in the photos.

11.
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Eurofighter Typhoon F2 - 313 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

12.
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Eurofighter Typhoon F2 - 312 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

The pairs then carried out 1hr 15mins sorties and arrived back by carrying out an ILS approach then performed a few overshoots, touch and goes, missed approaches and ended with a full stop landing. The arrivals were spread over about 1hr meaning 2hrs 15mins of nearly wall to wall morning action.

13. First back was "Rampage 52" the two seat RSAF Typhoon
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Eurofighter Typhoon T - 322 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

14. Powering away following a missed approach
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Eurofighter Typhoon F2 - 313 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

15. Tucking the gear away following a high missed approach
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Eurofighter Typhoon F2 - 312 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

16. Back round for a full stop landing
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Eurofighter Typhoon F2 - 312 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

17.
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZJ912/ DR - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

Following the return of the Typhoons it was down to the Tornadoes to end the morning movements, the RAF aircraft performed straight full stop ILS approaches with the Saudis performing ILS approaches then entering the circuit for a few passes prior to landing.

18.
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Panavia Tornado IDS - 8312 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

18.
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Panavia Tornado IDS - 8306 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

19. Call 118 118 now! - Definitely worth a call in an operational sense, wearing plenty of Paveway IV and Brimstone mission marks on the front of the aircraft
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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZG705/ 118 - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

With the arrival of the last aircraft, the final Tornadoes it was decided a change of location was in order for the afternoon sortie, Reedham lane was selected with the hope that the Saudi Typhoons rotated as early as they did in the morning and with full burner ...

The pictures of the afternoon sorties will be added later as and when I have edited them but as I'm back to school editing time is quickly being depleted. unitl the next update comments and constructive criticism of course welcome :smile:

Update 16 September 2013

So two weeks have passed since these images were taken and Saudi-British Green Flag is over but still want to share them as it truly was a fantastic day!

Onto the afternoon action, first movement of the afternoon was a Puma 2 which stopped for about an hour.

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Westland SA-330E Puma HC2 - ZA940 - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

Then soon after the Puma arrived the second round of the first day of Green Flag begun! But hopes of getting rotation shots of the Saudi Typhoons in full reheat was dashed, I think someone in the RAF may have explained fuel isn't so cheap over here in comparison to Saudi Arabia!

21.
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Eurofighter Typhoon T - 322 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

22.
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK328/ BS - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

It wasn't just Green Flag assets going for an afternoon sortie 41TES launched 3 Typhoons and the two specially marked Tonkas! :rock:

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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK332/ EB-J - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

24.
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZJ947/ EB-L - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

25.
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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZA600/ EB-G - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

26.
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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZA614/ EB-Z - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

More Saudi traffic

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Panavia Tornado IDS - 7507 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

28.
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Eurofighter Typhoon F2 - 312 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

29.
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Panavia Tornado IDS - 8312 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

The RAF of course were flying alongside their Saudi counterparts

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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZG705/ 118 - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

And a few close ups of the RAF Typhoon crews as they taxied from the HAS complex.

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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZJ912/ DR - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

32.
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK305/ DE - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

33. The new style helmet
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK309/ QO-P - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

So with the afternoon launch complete I headed round to the threshold to get taxi off shots. All aircraft came down to the end apart from the 41TES Typhoons and the thing I'm still gutted about the Saudi Tornadoes, who left early to take a short cut to the end of the ASP line. However, the location and sun gave some fantastic image possibilities. The Saudi crews were very keen on having their photos taken stopping further along the taxi way specifically to have their pictures taken! The two special 41 Squadron Tornadoes also proceeded to do the same!

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Leading them Home by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK305/ DE - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

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Eurofighter Typhoon F2 - 313 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

37.
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Eurofighter Typhoon F2 - 310 - Royal Saudi Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 - ZK309/ QO-P - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

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Big Ears by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

40.
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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZG705/ 118 - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

41. Note the Paveway IV and Brimstone mission markings
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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZG705/ 118 - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

42. "God Bless You" adorns all RSAF aircraft and this Typhoon is no exception!
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"God Bless You" by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

And the 41 Squadron specials
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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZA600/ EB-G - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZA614/ EB-Z - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

45.
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Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZA614/ EB-Z - Royal Air Force - RAF Coningsby_QCY by Nick Thompson95, on Flickr

And that concludes my images from the first day of Saudi-British Green Flag.

Thanks for looking,

Nick
Last edited by Thommo95 on Mon 16 Sep 2013, 7:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Exercise Saudi Green Flag - 02Sep2013 - Manic Monday

Postby hedgerowops on Wed 04 Sep 2013, 8:41 pm

Well what can you say? Excellent, i think your shot's are superb and the note's to each picture just finish it off nicely. :worship:
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Re: Exercise Saudi Green Flag - 02Sep2013 - Manic Monday

Postby boff180 on Wed 04 Sep 2013, 9:53 pm

Of the Green Flag sets I've looked at on here so far, this is by far the best quality set.

Well done.

Andy
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Re: Exercise Saudi Green Flag - 02Sep2013 - Manic Monday

Postby Thommo95 on Thu 05 Sep 2013, 5:14 pm

Thanks very much for the comments should have an update to include the afternoon sortie in the upcoming days provided I don't get loaded with school work! :whistle:
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Re: Exercise Saudi Green Flag - 02Sep2013 - Manic Monday

Postby Harry_Imp on Sat 07 Sep 2013, 6:06 pm

Very nice shots indeed mate, a set to be proud of!! :yahoo:
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