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Join a RAF Typhoon jet as it forms up with a Spitfire during RIAT air display

The “synchro pair” as seen from the cockpit of the “Battle of Britain” Typhoon.

The following video was filmed with different GoPro cameras from aboard the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 from 29 Sqn based at RAF Coningsby that was given a retro WWII era paint job as part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The footage was shot as the “Battle of Britain” Typhoon was taking part as “synchro pair” with a BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) Spitfire in the Royal International Air Tattoo underway at RAF Fairford, airbase, UK.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is a cool shot taken by our contributor Tony Lovelock, of the Typhoon ZK349/GN-A landing at its homebase in May.

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Typhoon with D-Day invasion stripes among Duxford D-Day Anniversary Airshow highlights

Here are some of the highlights of Duxford D-Day Anniversary Air Show.

The first airshow of the season at Duxford celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

Among the highlights of the D-Day Anniversary Air Show there was a flypast made by a Eurofighter Typhoon of the 29 Sqn from RAF Coningsby, representing its namesake predecessor (the Hawker Typhoon), and a Spitfire of the BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight).

Both aircraft were painted with the characteristic “invasion stripes”, alternating black and white bands painted on the fuselages and wings of allied aircraft during WWII Normandy campaign to increase recognition by friendly forces and reduce friendly fire incidents.

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Other interesting aircraft attending the air show were five DC-3/C-47 Dakotas, including “Whiskey 7,” a veteran of the air drops over France in 1944, which crossed the Atlantic Ocean to attend the D-Day celebrations.

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A Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress.

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A North American P-51D Mustang flying with a Vickers Supermarine Spitfire.

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A Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon (a Spanish-built Bf-109 with Rolls-Royce engine).

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More images of the numerous interesting warbirds that attended the Air Show can be found here.

All images credit: Alessandro Fucito

 

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Unusual (and stunning) view of an Avro Vulcan from a Lancaster’s rear turret

The following image shows Avro Vulcan XH558 (carrrying civil registration G-VLCN), the only airworthy bomber of a fleet of 134 Vulcan V bombers operaageed by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984.

Vulcan XH558 is not a rare plane, since it has been the highlight of several airshows in the UK, but what makes this image unique is the fact that it was shot from another legendary plane: a Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster PA474.

In 1943 Lancaster bombers of the 617 Sqn conducted daring night attacks against the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams, pivotal to Hitler’s industrial heartland in the Ruhr Valley.

Image credit: BBMF Facebook page (thanks to Panos Angelopoulos for the heads-up)

 

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View from the gun turret of a WWII Lancaster bomber as it soars over London

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster PA474 once again took part in the Queens Birthday Celebration fly past over London 15th June 2013.

The UK Ministry of Defence shared two extremely interesting videos captured from aboard the WWII plane that was famous for its attacks on German dams.

Here’s the first one:

And, here’s the second:

It’s amazing how a 70-year old plane is kept airworthy and takes part to UK’s most important airshows and flypasts.

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Seen from the inside: stunning Lancaster’s on-board video shows aerial gunner’s view of Derwent Dam flypast

On May 16-17, UK’s Royal Air Force celebrates the 70th anniversary of one its most famous raid in RAF history: the Dams raid conducted by 617 Squadron.

The “Dambusters”, half of those never returned from the raids, were honoured with a dramatic tribute: on May 15, a Lancaster from RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight,  performed three runs over the Derwent Dam that, back in 1943 was used by the 617 Sqn pilots to train in preparing of the daring night missions against the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams, pivotal to Hitler’s industrial heartland in the Ruhr Valley.

Below, an AP image of the Lancaster taken from the ground.

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Image credit: AP

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