Fighters fly their Battle of Britain colours: Flying over the green fields of England in World War Two camouflage, two fighter aircraft evoke the brave men who fought and died in the Battle of Britain. One of them, the Hurricane, was the mainstay of the RAF as it defended Britain from the might of the Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940. The other is the ultra-modern Typhoon. The jet was painted with the 249 Squadron number of the only Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross during the battle – Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson. Typhoon jet painted in SecondWorld War camouflage joins a WWII Hurricane in the skies above Lincolnshire in tribute to brave RAF pilots
Brylcreem boys. “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” Gawd bless em all… Yours Aye.
Pressure grows for a United States Air Force General to face court-martial – just for speaking publicly about his Christian faith. An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group has claimed.
Major General Craig Olson used a speech at the National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, to credit God for his accomplishments in the military, referring to himself as a ‘redeemed believer in Christ.’ The address prompted the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to launch a vitriolic attack of Maj Gen Olson, calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and ‘aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions’.
Civil liberties my arse! Words fail me (as I resort to banging my forehead on the desk several times!) Yours Aye.
‘It was the best job to have because it was exciting’: Female Spitfire pilot, 92, takes to the skies 70 years after last flying the iconic plane to aid WWII effort. A female war veteran rolled back the years to take to the skies in a Spitfire again today, decades after she last flew the iconic plane.
Joy Lofthouse, 92, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, was one of only 164 women who were allowed into the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War Two. The small group of female pilots dubbed the ‘Attagirls’ were based at White Waltham in Berkshire and were trained to fly 38 types of aircraft between factories and military airfields across the country.
For Joy, flying the Spitfire was the ultimate thrill, and she was delighted to be given the chance to fly the iconic plane again this morning.
I listened to Joy Lofthouse being interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning – what a wonderful woman. We owe an immense debt of gratitude to her – and every other woman who contributed to the war effort in a variety of ways. Gawd Bless em All…
The WWII American B-24 pilot who turned spy, saved 1,000 US POWs from certain death at Soviet hands and won medal after medal – but never said a word about his wartime heroism. An American bomber pilot has been unveiled as a secret hero of World War II after he saved more than 1,000 Allied POWs from certain death.
Captain Robert Trimble became a spy to smuggle soldiers and civilians out under the noses of the Soviet forces on the Eastern Front in Europe. He fooled guards, stashed $10,000 in his coat to bribe officials as he became a ‘magnet for the lost souls of foreign nations’ left behind in the war. Trimble’s most daring rescue was of 400 French women who he got to safety by arranging for an entire train to meet them at night in the woods.
Captain Robert Trimble became one of the greatest spies of World War II, saving American POWs from certain death in Soviet camps. Despite winning the highest US and French honors he never told anyone of his exploits, which are now detailed in a new book after his death written by his son.
What a great man, who truly deserves to be remembered for his compassion and heroism. I’ve ordered my copy, and I look forward to a good read. BZ Captain Robert Trimble. Yours Aye.
Sad news… ‘Buck’ Pennington who blogged as exileinportales has recently crossed the bar. Buck occasionally left comments on this blog that were often drier than sticks in a desert. Among other posts on his own blog, his tales of travel around the UK and Europe whilst serving in the USAF were always a pleasure to read.
My deepest, and most sincere condolences go out to his family. Yours Aye.
An RAF Special Forces pilot has been kicked out of the RAF for taking cocaine at a party in Hampshire where he boasted to a female colleague of his drug-fuelled sexual exploits. Squadron Leader Michael Hayes, 43- a Chinook pilot was a member of No. 7 Squadron, which is part of the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing that provides support to the SAS and SBS. 7 Squadron RAF ‘Per diem, per noctem’ (“By day and by night”)In the words of ‘Grandmaster Flash’ – White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It!) Which is far too late for ‘Mr. Michael Hayes’ – but not soon enough for those who sat in the back of his cab on clandestine jaunts through the wee early hours. The man is a pillock through and through. Yours Aye.
Military’s highest court to hear appeal of Kansas airman accused of exposing people to HIV at swinger parties. A Kansas airman accused of aggravated assault for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita will have his appeal heard this week before the nation’s highest military court. The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will take up on Tuesday in the case against David Gutierrez, an appeal the defense contends could upend similar prosecutions in the U.S. Military. ‘This case will have the potential of decriminalizing sexual contact with someone with HIV,’ defense attorney Kevin McDermott said. ‘In his appeal, Gutierrez has challenged whether the risk to his sexual partners was high enough to constitute aggravated assault, arguing that laws covering exposure to the disease are outdated since the statistical probability of heterosexual transmission is low and medical advances have made the disease treatable.’
What a despicable odious wretched man, it is hoped that his appeal fails miserably. On top of which, he should be given an additional ten years for bringing the service into disrepute over his miserable ‘five-a-side’ moustache! Yours Aye.
I have a mate who was a pilot for many, many, years (since retired) – who doffed his cap at the flying skills of this Pilot and crew. Magnificent
people men in their flying machines…DC-10 Firefighter getting down low, and mixing it large… Balls of steel! Yours Aye.
Images which lay bare the humanity and splendour of the Royal Air Force. Members of the public can for the first time vote for their favourite image representing Britain’s Royal Air Force. Air force chiefs are inviting people to decide which picture from the RAF Photographic Competition captures the essence of the service.‘Warming Up for D-Day': The photograph was taken as this newly painted BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) Spitfire was returning from its maiden flight in D-Day colours.
Each year stunning photographs of servicemen and women are published following the annual competition, which is judged by leading figures in the photographic industry. But this year, in a first for the Armed Forces, the public can have their say by voting in an online poll.
Judges have selected a shortlist of nine images from among the various categories of the competition, which admits entries from military and civilian photographers working in public relations for the RAF. ‘A breath of fresh air’‘Shark Attack': An RAF Typhoon appears like a shark… Images which lay bare the humanity and splendour of the RAF: Public to decide which best captures the essence of the service Voting is online at http://www.raf.mod.uk/photo-of-the-year-2014
Call me old-fashioned if you will; but, if I want a delicate tune knocked out I’ll call upon a Real Military Band, which follows that if I require ‘fast jet-close air support’ from a service that offers the same I would wish to see a Typhoon over my shoulder. Due to impending Government cut backs I will settle for a Spitfire. Sod the humanity and splendour, I’ll go for killing capability, and proven historic ability each and every time… Yours Aye.
N.B. RAF brylcreem boys are a sweet-scented delicate lot, so as not to hurt their feelings I have deliberately played down the tempo of this post, and not referred to them by their known military nickname 😉
A low level approach by the ‘Solo Türk’ F 16 from the aerobatics display team of the Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri) at RAF Waddington Air Show 2014.
Low level approach by an F-16 of the ‘Solo Türk,’ aerobatics display team…
Last pic below; the ‘Solo Türk’ F 16 from the aerobatics display team of the Turkish Air Force when he isn’t being naughty! Yours Aye.
Heartwarming moment hundreds of mourners turned out to funeral of RAF gunner who died aged 90 with no close family.
This is the moment hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects to a war hero after it was feared no one would attend his funeral when he died aged 90 with no close relatives.
Sidney Marshall, was an RAF Sgt ‘Air Gunner’ on a Lancaster bomber and flew 28 missions including a bombing raid on D-Day, died at his home in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire on June 16. However, as his wife Elizabeth died last year and no other relatives were living nearby, his undertaker feared no one would to attend his funeral prompting him to launch an emotional appeal. Heartwarming moment hundreds of mourners turned out to funeral of Sydney Marshall
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.’ Yours Aye.
On 30 April 1982, the RAF launched a secret mission: to fly a Vulcan bomber to the Falkland Islands and bomb Port Stanley’s runway, putting it out of action for Argentine fighter jets. The safety of the British Task Force depended on its success. However, the RAF could only get a single plane – a crumbling, Cold War-era Vulcan – 8000 miles south to the Falklands, because just one bomber needed an aerial fleet of 13 Victor tanker planes to refuel it throughout the 16-hour round-trip. At the time it was the longest-range bombing mission in history.
From start to finish, the seemingly impossible mission was a comedy of errors, held together by pluck and ingenuity. On the brink of being scrapped, only three of the ageing nuclear bombers could be fitted out for war, one to fly the mission and two in reserve. Crucial spare parts were scavenged from museums and scrap yards – one vital component had been serving as an ashtray in the Officers’ Mess. In just three weeks, the Vulcan crews had to learn air-to-air refuelling, which they hadn’t done for 20 years, and conventional bombing, which they hadn’t done for 10 years either.
The RAF scoured the country for Second World War iron bombs, and complex refuelling calculations were done the night before on a £5 pocket calculator. With a plan stretched to the limit and the RAF’s hopes riding on just one Vulcan, the mission was flown on a knife-edge: fraught with mechanical failures, unreliable navigation, electrical storms and lack of fuel. Astonishingly, this great feat has been downplayed into near obscurity by history, but this documentary brings it back to life, providing a thrilling and uncharacteristically upbeat account from the Falklands War: the Dambusters for the 1980s generation. On 30 April 1982, the RAF launched a secret mission: to fly a Vulcan bomber to the Falkland Islands and bomb Port Stanley’s runway, putting it out of action for Argentine fighter jets.
If you have 47 minutes to spare I would urge you to view this very accurate documentary, which has original film events covering the operation. OPERATION BLACK BUCK. ‘Bacon sandwiches, pipe tobacco and a stiff British upper lip.’ Yours Aye.
‘Please honour this hero': Appeal for mourners to attend funeral of RAF veteran, 90, who flew in one of the most daring raids of WW2 but has died alone. Sidney Marshall (left and right), who died aged 90 at his home in Lytham St Annes, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for shooting down German fighters over Bergan. He also piloted a Lancaster bomber and flew in the sortie that destroyed Nazi battleship Tirpitz (inset). But he is facing a funeral with no mourners, as he had no children and his wife died 18 months ago. ‘Please honour this hero': Appeal for mourners to attend funeral of RAF veteran A Service of Thanksgiving for Sydney Joseph Marshall ‘Ex-Royal Air Force.’ 4th July 2014 at 13:30 hrs. Lytham Park Crematorium, Regent Avenue, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 4AB.
The call has rang out far and wide, many have heard it and those that are able are rallying to the Colours. Sydney Joseph Marshall will be laid to rest with Colours flying, accompanied by those who remember and appreciate the sacrifice of the brave men and women who served through WWII. Yours Aye.
Royal Air Force Motto: “Per Ardua ad Astra” ~ “Through Adversity to the Stars”
The following 7 minute clip is well worth watching in my humble opinion. Those that voted for Obama (twice?) may well consider watching it, as it may well sway your mind from voting for him or his like ever again. Ex-Senior Airman Brian Kolfage created this powerful clip, and in doing so exposes Obama and his fraudulent socialist spinning lies…Forget Obama and his socialist doctrine; We Have The Winning Argument; Brian Kolfage
At the 5 minute mark my spirit was lifted by a great American speaking from the grave, I believe those of you watching the clip will feel the same way… Yours Aye.
WARRIOR INTEL: Brian Kolfage
With call-signs “Death 11″ and “Death 12″, we suspect the deployment by the US Air Force of 2 B-2 Stealth Bombers to the UK’s RAF base in Fairford is for anything but simple sight-seeing. As The Aviationist notes, B-2s don’t move from Whiteman AFB, in Missouri, too often as they are trained to conduct very long round-trip missions from their homebase; which is why the deployment of two Spirit bombers with the 509th Bomb Wing to the UK is, at least, noteworthy. The question is… what will Putin’s retaliatory sabre-rattle be? The Aviationist; B-2 Stealth Bombers deployed to the UKAn awesome sight to behold. They remind me of the WWII German HORTON HO-229 (life size model below) which was a late WWII prototype flying wing fighter bomber, powered by a turbojet. Perhaps the first jet powered aircraft to use stealth technology. (Estimated speed was 636 mph, with an estimated ceiling of 49,213 feet. First flight was march 1, 1944.) With German production underway, a simulated “dog fight” between a HO-229 and a ME 262 showed the HO-229 outperformed the ME-262. The only surviving HORTON HO-229 the V3, is being restored at the Smithsonian facility. Towards the end of WWII, five completed aircraft found by U.S. soldiers were destroyed to prevent their capture by the Russians. Mean while back to Gloucestershire in jolly old Blighty, and the following link showing B-2 Stealth Bombers ‘Death 11′ ~ ‘Death 12′ arriving at RAF Fairford on 8th June 2014 I can well imagine the security nightmare attached to such an event, especially when the Queens Highway runs within spitting distance of the ‘outer’ perimeter fence. For any pilot attempting their first landing at RAF Fairford I guarantee their bemusement is only matched by the ‘gooners’ enthusiasm who turn out in all weather to film and photograph the same.Not to worry, the outer fence carry’s a Health & Safety hazard sign as well as a Ministry Of Defence Security sign that prohibits every thing prohibit-able (click the pic to enlarge!) Move along there; nothing to see here chaps – spiffing jets, what… Yours Aye.