25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby Lloyd H on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 9:53 am

Note to self, never listen to Neil on where to go :whistle:
After a lengthy discussion in the Bwlch car park about where to go, between the Snakepit/West switchover or Bwlch top all day we duly opted for the latter. Wrong decision it would seem, mainly due to a single paraglider operating in the vicinity of the loop meaning Monster 1 & 2 ended up skirting the western edge routing Welshpool-Bala and then diving in to Cad. Much to our dismay.

It could've been a lot worse though, I've finally got some F-15E shots from the Bwlch that I'm happy with. It only took me 6 years to get that iconic head on strike eagle shot with ribbons :ninja:

Sorry for the amount of shots... And yes, I have milked the two F-15E passes for all their worth!

1.
Image208 Squadron Hawk T1 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

2.
Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

3.
Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

5.
Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

6.
Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

8.
Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

10.
Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

11.
Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

12.
Image494th FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Raider21' by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

13.
ImageObjects May Appear Closer Than They Are by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

14.
Image29(R) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon T3 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image29(R) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon T3 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

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Image29(R) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon T3 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr

17.
Image29(R) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon T3 by lloydh.co.uk, on Flickr


Thanks for looking :smile:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby boff180 on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 12:50 pm

12 is nothing short of :worship:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby Russ on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 12:54 pm

The Strike Eagle shots are certainly worthy of said "milking." Brilliant. :clap: :cool:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby CH79 on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 1:54 pm

Wow, agreed 12 is stunning - full of detail! The head-on ribbon shots are also excellent!
Cheers,
Chris
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby n0143773 on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 3:19 pm

Before scrolling down to the replies, i'd already earmarked number 12 as the best of the bunch! Seems i'm not alone!
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby CJS on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 3:58 pm

Gotta agree with 12 :shock:

But I do like the last one too :clap:

Can I ask a(nother) stupid question?

....thanks...

The F15s appear to be carrying weapons, the Tiffies don't. I can't imagine a QRA bird would be allowed to go and play in the Mach Loop (and I don't even know if US F15s are ever used for QRA anyway?)

So are the Eagle's weapons dummies? If so, why?

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Chris
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby Richard E on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 9:46 pm

Chris Strawson wrote:Gotta agree with 12 :shock:

But I do like the last one too :clap:

Can I ask a(nother) stupid question?

....thanks...

The F15s appear to be carrying weapons, the Tiffies don't. I can't imagine a QRA bird would be allowed to go and play in the Mach Loop (and I don't even know if US F15s are ever used for QRA anyway?)

So are the Eagle's weapons dummies? If so, why?

Thanks
Chris


Chris

Yes, the F-15E is carrying single drill versions of the AIM9L and AIM120 missile and an ACMI (Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation) pod which seems to be the normal training fit for Lakenheath's Strike Eagles.

The Typhoon is in 29(R) Squadron's markings (the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit) so may well be on a conversion flight that does not necessitate any weapons other than the single drill AIM132 ASRAAM that Typhoons always seem to carry.

Lloyd - a top draw set of pictures.
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby Lloyd H on Sat 28 Mar 2015, 1:09 pm

Richard E wrote:
Chris Strawson wrote:Gotta agree with 12 :shock:

But I do like the last one too :clap:

Can I ask a(nother) stupid question?

....thanks...

The F15s appear to be carrying weapons, the Tiffies don't. I can't imagine a QRA bird would be allowed to go and play in the Mach Loop (and I don't even know if US F15s are ever used for QRA anyway?)

So are the Eagle's weapons dummies? If so, why?

Thanks
Chris



Chris

Yes, the F-15E is carrying single drill versions of the AIM9L and AIM120 missile and an ACMI (Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation) pod which seems to be the normal training fit for Lakenheath's Strike Eagles.

The Typhoon is in 29(R) Squadron's markings (the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit) so may well be on a conversion flight that does not necessitate any weapons other than the single drill AIM132 ASRAAM that Typhoons always seem to carry.

Lloyd - a top draw set of pictures.


Seems to be a fairly standard loadout for the F-15Es as well.

Thank you guys :smile:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby Tilney.G on Sat 28 Mar 2015, 1:51 pm

Just incredible, So detailed and sharp :clap:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby DanH on Sat 28 Mar 2015, 5:11 pm

A brilliant set all round but I have to agree with the rest that #12 is definitely the highlight. #3 is superb as well. :clap:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby smacken on Sat 28 Mar 2015, 6:05 pm

Carry on milking - awesome set :clap:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby stevebrodie on Sun 29 Mar 2015, 7:53 pm

12 is amazing and 17 is a superb shot, 13 - not sure i could stand that close to the edge when panning without falling off :lol:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby The Doctor on Mon 30 Mar 2015, 7:28 pm

Amazing shots, but I wouldn't really expect anything else to be honest. Have to agree, #12 is a stunner.

Just out of curiosity, what sort of focal length would people suggest for bwlch?
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby Lloyd H on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 8:20 pm

300mm on a crop body sensor is perfect, although you could probably get away with a 200mm.

Thanks both :smile:
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby Wissam24 on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 9:14 pm

Number 12 for sure!
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby tonka02 on Tue 07 Apr 2015, 6:28 am

Number 12 and I voted on that shot on Airliners.net yesterday.
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Re: 25TH MAR: Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Postby Chucky on Tue 07 Apr 2015, 8:52 am

#12 for me, great stuff :smile:
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