Saudi Typhoon coming in to land - "God Bless You" lettering
The last couple of weeks have seen "Exercise Green Flag 2013". This has been an exercise where the Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force sent over some Typhoons and Tornadoes to work with the RAF. As soon as I heard this, I could not resist, and booked time off work. In the end, I only spent two sessions at Coningsby (where both nations' aircraft were based), a morning and an afternoon. My friend Graham (Flickr: NaCl1) also booked time for it and he very kindly pointed me at the best places for viewing.
|Saudi Tornado 7507 afterburner takeoff|
It's the first time I've seem quite so many current aircraft launching at once -- multiple Typhoons and Tornadoes going off both morning and afternoon, and begin to return only an hour or so after takeoff. There was also a Falcon which, as I understand, it acts as an ECM aircraft.
|Saudi and RAF Tornadoes taxiing before takeoff|
|Afterburners for takeoff: : ZA600/EB-G 41 Sqn|
|Crew waving at spectators during taxi (Saudi Typhoon 7507)|
|Backseater in RAF Typhoon (ZK380/BG 29 Sqn) appearing to photograph the visitors down below. This is a >100% crop resized to show the backseater. The aircraft was on a performance takeoff on full afterburner.|
|RAF Typhoon taxiing in front of photographers|