Posts tagged “Royal Air Force

Fightertown UK – Coningsby Typhoons

The United States Navy used to call NAS Miramar in California “Fightertown USA”. Here in Great Britain we have a similar base, instead of Southern California we have Lincolnshire, the delights of San Diego are replaced by Sleaford and Lincoln. I give you Fightertown UK, RAF Coningsby.

In all seriousness, it’s the HQ of the RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon force with the OCU (29Sqn) and OEU (17Sqn) based there, as well as 2 operational squadrons numbers 3 and 11 plus the Tornados of 41Sqn who provide a test role for the Tornado force. When I was there for the BBMF PDA displays it would have been rude not to capture some of the more modern hardware as well.



Dominie – the flying classroom retires

The word Dominie comes from Latin dominē, vocative case of dominus lord meaning a cleric or a schoolmaster (apparently depending on whether you are a Scot or not).

Anyway I digress. I would like, Dear Reader, to take you back to 1965. For it was then that the venerable Hawker Siddley Dominie, a variant of the HS 125 executive jet, came into service with the RAF. Some 46 years later, in January 2011, it goes out of service. So I thought I would trawl the archives and search out pictures of the beast (and a couple of long departed sister aircraft).

The last visit to RIAT