Category Archive: RAF & Aviation

A Lancaster in Flight

This weekend was very special for me, because it was the first time I saw an Avro Lancaster in flight. When I was a child I heard so much about the “Queen of the Sky”… Continue reading

Armed Forces Day

Candid photography at a hot and sunny Armed Forces Day in Nottingham. A great day out - hope you enjoy the photos!

Hopgood’s Courageous Run

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid in World War II, when Wing Commander Gibson led 617 Squadron into the heart of Germany to destroy the great dams of the… Continue reading

Murdoch Mysteries: Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders

On Monday evening the UK will be introduced to the new series of Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian period crime drama. Set in Toronto at the turn of the century, our hero of the… Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Amelia Earhart

Today is the 115th birthday of American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Earhart (“air-hart“, I made that mistake once and it was a tad embarrassing in polite conversation…) was one of the most celebrated… Continue reading

A Personal Post on the Bomber Command Memorial

Thursday was an important day for me and thousands of others who either served in, or have relatives who served in, the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command. When I was a child, my… Continue reading

RAF Bomber Command Memorial Portraits

This morning The Telegraph published a series of moving portraits of surviving veterans of Bomber Command, the RAF strike force that flew combat missions over Europe (and beyond) in the Second World War.… Continue reading

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It’s noisy. It’s cold. It’s pitched black. Outside the clouds whoosh past. Occasionally the moon and the stars shine through the higher cloud. You are flying in…

The Diamond Jubilee Flypast

At the weekend the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, reviewed thousands of her troops at Windsor Castle to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The highlight of the day was the flypast by… Continue reading

Lady of the Week: The Avro Lancaster

A very special lady is 70 years young this weekend, the inimitable Avro Lancaster. The elegant, four-engined heavy bomber was a modified design of the less successful Avro Manchester, which ran on the tempestuous Rolls-Royce Vulture… Continue reading