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    Military aircraft identification

    Had a nice walk this afternoon near Donna nook (NE Linc's) this area is used for RAF/NATO training. There's often planes around and we dropped on several circling today, I got a few shots. I wondered what they were and a quick Google of images makes me think they were F15's, is there anybody in the know that can identify them?
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    Looks like a Tornado to me. Is it single tail?

    EDIT: Scratch that. Deffo not a tornado
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    No Tornado's flying now. That looks to be USAF marking on right wing. At a guess F15 variant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    Looks like a Tornado to me. Is it single tail?
    Glad you are up to speed on the A/C recog course.... Its an F15E Strike Eagle from 48th fighter wing based at Lakenheath.

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    I'd say F15 Eagle as well
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inspector gadget View Post
    Glad you are up to speed on the A/C recog course.... Its an F15E Strike Eagle from 48th fighter wing based at Lakenheath.
    I have just given myself a dry slap.

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    Thanks for all your speedy replies fellas
    F15's then
    we caught them for around 10 mins which was impressive to see and hear

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    It is a USAF F15 (I think its an E version, - which is the combined strike and fighter version) F15Es of the 48th Strike Wing are based at Lakenheath
    edit Inspector Gadget beat me to it

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    F-15E for sure. Based at RAF Lakenheath.

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    We generally go to see the air display when it's armed forces day or the air show but I have limited knowledge of the planes. I could identify the Eurofighter or Vulcan but that's about it. My camera was at max 200mm zoom so they were the best shots I could capture

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    Surely that's a drone? There's no cockpit!

    I'm sure you lot know but there's a brilliant story of one of these that managed to return to base and land with one wing virtually blown off.

    https://theaviationist.com/2014/09/1...with-one-wing/

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    You should be seeing more of these around Donna Nook, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire airspace soon, another three F35B's arrived this week which is nice....


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    Quote Originally Posted by inspector gadget View Post
    You should be seeing more of these around Donna Nook, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire airspace soon, another three F35B's arrived this week which is nice....

    Nice one, will keep my eyes and ears peeled

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    I'm sure you lot know but there's a brilliant story of one of these that managed to return to base and land with one wing virtually blown off.
    Pah. The F-8 Crusader didn't even need one wing.

    https://www.flightjournal.com/f8-wings-folded/

    And another one. (Illustrated)

    http://www.mofak.com/Night_Infamy.htm

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    Getting warm out there tonight


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    Often see F-15s dogfighting over us near Peterborough. Very noisy!


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    Lots of good footage of the "Mach Loop" on Youtube, and also google images using the same search.

    Used to see Tornados running low up loch Tummel, Dunallister Water, Loch Rannoch and even though you saw them coming, and were prepared for it - the sheer intensity of the engines as they passed, caused you to involuntarily shiver/shake.

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    McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. 29 millions USD per unit. Nice pictures, thanks for sharing


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    That Lightning has flown over us a couple of times this evening around 14000 feet. Sounds great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puntsdog View Post
    That Lightning has flown over us a couple of times this evening around 14000 feet. Sounds great.
    Sounds like one to listen out for, was 'Movie' night for us so missed that,
    I guess you are close by to us? we're in New Waltham

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    Quote Originally Posted by inspector gadget View Post
    Getting warm out there tonight

    Is this kind of info. available to joe public? I've never looked into it before but looks like it could be useful/interesting for future reference

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    Very close then,we are in Healing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuna1138 View Post
    Is this kind of info. available to joe public? I've never looked into it before but looks like it could be useful/interesting for future reference
    Quite a few sources of info out there, this screenshot is 360Radar which is a payware site except I feed info so for me its free, ADSB is free but i'm not sure if all the military info is there see here https://globe.adsbexchange.com/ then you have radar24, freedar and planefinder type apps... good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puntsdog View Post
    Very close then,we are in Healing!


    Quote Originally Posted by inspector gadget View Post
    Quite a few sources of info out there, this screenshot is 360Radar which is a payware site except I feed info so for me its free, ADSB is free but i'm not sure if all the military info is there see here https://globe.adsbexchange.com/ then you have radar24, freedar and planefinder type apps... good luck
    Thanks for that, I'll try one of the apps out and see how it fares next time we are out and about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Lots of good footage of the "Mach Loop" on Youtube, and also google images using the same search.

    Used to see Tornados running low up loch Tummel, Dunallister Water, Loch Rannoch and even though you saw them coming, and were prepared for it - the sheer intensity of the engines as they passed, caused you to involuntarily shiver/shake.
    Just had a quick search and some of the footage/images are very impressive

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    Definitely an F15 - here's one I took (back at RIAT 2006)...



    (can people see this? I'm trying to share from Amazon Photos)

    Cheers,

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    Last edited by markc; 2nd December 2020 at 16:09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Definitely an F15 - here's one I took (back at RIAT 2006)...



    (can people see this? I'm trying to share from Amazon Photos)

    Cheers,

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    Great shot Mark, obviously I can could see the pic
    Last edited by Tuna1138; 2nd December 2020 at 12:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post



    (can people see this? I'm trying to share from Amazon Photos)

    FWIW, your image is no longer showing.

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    the old catalina came right over our house this morning. Lovely old thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo73 View Post
    FWIW, your image is no longer showing.
    Fixed - hopefully

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    Heck - here's another:




    Apologies for the other plane obscuring the view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Heck - here's another:




    Apologies for the other plane obscuring the view.

    MarkC
    That's just shoddy Mark

    If I ever see them again, there's now a good chance I'll be able to get a closer shot than my 18-200 managed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuna1138 View Post
    That's just shoddy Mark

    If I ever see them again, there's now a good chance I'll be able to get a closer shot than my 18-200 managed
    I was lucky - perfect light and had my "Bigma" with me (Sigma 50-500).

    At the time I had a Minolta Dynax 7D (6 mega pixel) which I've since swapped for a Sony Alpha 77 (24 mega pixel).

    I took about 1000 photos that day - some turned out OK :-)

    MarkC

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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    I was lucky - perfect light and had my "Bigma" with me (Sigma 50-500).

    At the time I had a Minolta Dynax 7D (6 mega pixel) which I've since swapped for a Sony Alpha 77 (24 mega pixel).

    I took about 1000 photos that day - some turned out OK :-)

    MarkC
    Good stuff,
    I've been toying with the idea of getting a longer lens for a long time now (previously including the Bigma) but never found justification
    I finally thought sod it today and ordered a 150-600 Sigma, I'll keep my 18-200 as my walkabout and try the Sigma for when we go on our 'regular' shorter walks

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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Heck - here's another:




    Apologies for the other plane obscuring the view.

    MarkC
    Nice prop blur.

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    not my picture but I thought you guy would like to see it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sprite1275 View Post
    the old catalina came right over our house this morning. Lovely old thing.

    I managed to get onboard her a few weeks ago.
    Incredible inside

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    Quote Originally Posted by inspector gadget View Post
    not my picture but I thought you guy would like to see it.


    I watched the Mach loop vid referenced a few posts ago, some quality footage and similar shots taken

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewcregan View Post
    I managed to get onboard her a few weeks ago.
    Incredible inside
    Was that when she had to land in the loch after encountering problems?

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    Am I the only one humming the Top Gun theme now?


    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Heck - here's another:


    Apologies for the other plane obscuring the view.

    MarkC
    Cracking photo, looks like the Mustang? pilot pulled out just in time.

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    Yes. They were F14.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Yes. They were F14.
    Oops. Thank you for the correction.

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    There was an American family who used to swim at the club my son went to in 2000's, the father of who flew F15's out of Lakenheath. Contrary to popular opinion of US military personnel, he was a very nice quiet and unassuming chap who was thoroughly interestingly to chat with. Sadly, during that time a couple of flight crew from his wing died during a training mission, a reminder of how dangerous fast jets are.
    At that time we were often treated to low flying (500 feet my a#%e) RAF Harriers sceaming over our house. I personally didn't mind but some local horsey people got their knickers in a twist about it (ours couldn't have cared less)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    Surely that's a drone? There's no cockpit!

    I'm sure you lot know but there's a brilliant story of one of these that managed to return to base and land with one wing virtually blown off.

    https://theaviationist.com/2014/09/1...with-one-wing/
    Great story! Thats whetted my interest - When they start again I'm really looking forward to seeing a few displays. I get lots of Chinooks and Apaches over my house (Thames) but nothing like fast jets! I've never been to IWM Duxford so that's a must for me as well.

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    Excellent, great shots

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    It's been a few years since my last visit but they used to have an F15 as a gate guardian outside the American air museum. It is well worth a visit and the exhibits are quite varied. I took my son there to an air show many years ago and the highlight for me was a Spitfire with it's V12 merlin at full chat, it's like nothing else.

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