Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Russ on Sat 18 Apr 2015, 1:01 pm

Hugely privileged to have had this opportunity to do this. Big thanks to 10 Squadron for accommodating us and my own Squadron for organising it. Permission obtained to post these.

Photography onboard is harder than I expected, due to nature of the refuelling tracks over the North Sea you are often shooting into the sun and so getting a good angle, as well as a clean window, avoiding reflections make it pretty tricky.

However, a quite amazing experience and a big tick off the bucket list!

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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Adie1980 on Sat 18 Apr 2015, 2:03 pm

Wow, incredible photos! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing these, something most of us would never get to see or do :smile:
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Talldan76 on Sat 18 Apr 2015, 5:10 pm

Very nice.

Would love to be able to do that!

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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Tommy on Sat 18 Apr 2015, 5:47 pm

Winner! Great stuff, Russ. Must've been an opportunity and a half!
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Russ on Sat 18 Apr 2015, 7:40 pm

Thanks folks. It was incredible, still on cloud nine (pun intended). :smile:
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby RichPittman on Sat 18 Apr 2015, 7:46 pm

Nice set Russ.
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Ledhead27 on Sat 18 Apr 2015, 8:06 pm

Hats off to you, these are lovely shots. There's something really serene about three Typhoons holding ready for fuel...just seems very well framed
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Luke28 on Sat 18 Apr 2015, 9:10 pm

Fantastic mate, is the co-pilot asleep in shot 4? :lol:
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Blackbird on Sun 19 Apr 2015, 12:04 pm

An excellent set from a great opportunity :clap: :clap:

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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby MikeH on Sun 19 Apr 2015, 12:32 pm

Superb stuff Russ! I was on the ground at Lossie and managed to spot your tanker circling at altitude:

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(According to the exif it was taken at 12:02.)

The only downside was the 'planes returning later than they would normally, with the sun almost aligning with the runway.

BTW the 6 Squadron special was being flown by a female pilot...
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby flashman8 on Sun 19 Apr 2015, 2:30 pm

stunning stuff................. :yahoo:

never had a chance like this when I was serving................ :sad:
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Russ on Mon 20 Apr 2015, 2:47 pm

Thanks folks. :smile:

Mike, good spot. Unfortunately, looking at the time, I think that was TARTAN52 (ZZ335) that went out after us (ZZ332). I don't think we went as far north as Lossie, looking at the virtual map, the furthest we went was off the east coast not too far from Leuchars. Shame, would have been ace if it was us.
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby Ian G on Mon 20 Apr 2015, 3:13 pm

What an opportunity, again I'm sat here in my office in a fit of jealousy scrolling through and drooling! A great set, well done!
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby DanO1978 on Mon 20 Apr 2015, 3:59 pm

What an experience! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Onboard TARTAN51 - 17.04.2015

Postby MikeH on Tue 21 Apr 2015, 6:57 pm

Russ wrote: I think that was TARTAN52 (ZZ335) that went out after us (ZZ332).


That's the trouble nowadays, the RAF has so many aircraft :roll: . I recognised a few of the Typhoons from Lossie, put two and two together and came up with a number that wasn't four.
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