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[Video] Turkish F-16′s ultra low landing at Waddington Airshow

Solo Turk F-16 buzzes the heads of spotters and photographers outside the fence at UK airbase.

If you want to take nice, close up, footage or images of military aircraft on final approach, then RAF Waddington, in the UK (home of the British drone force) is the right airport for you.

Each time the local airshow attracts aircraft from all around the world, there is a good chance to take some interesting photographs or footage of warplanes coming low, very low, on final approach for landing.

The following video was filmed there, on Jul. 5, at the end of the display of the Turkish Air Force Solo Türk aerobatic display team’s F-16C Block 40.

By the way, it’s not only a matter of how low the pilot flew the final approach: there are airports in Europe where runway threshold is so close to the airfield perimeter that you can have your head buzzed by a plane’s landing gear.

 

Smoking Tires! F-16D Fighting Falcon (hard) touchdown at Konya

Turkish Air Force F-16D hard touchdown during Anatolian Eagle 2014-2

Top image shows a Turkish Air Force F-16D Block 40 of the 162 Filo landing on runway 01L at Konya the end of “Eagle 2″ wave of Anatolian Eagle 2014-2 exercise on Jun. 18.

The aircraft performed a hard landing, bounced a little and eventually landed back on the tarmac.

Here below, the same aircraft, nose up, shortly after the second touchdown on the runway.

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Below, a Eurofighter Typhoon of the Royal Air Force depicted at the touchdown (as smoking tire shows).

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NATO Tiger Meet 2014′s most fancy combat planes

NATO Tiger Meet is an annual exercise that gathers squadrons sporting Tiger (or feline) emblems. Planes that attend it, usually get painted in tiger outfits. As happened during 2014 edition in Germany.

NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) is a two-week multi-national mid-size exercise that includes all types of air-to-air and air-to-ground and a wide variety of support missions, comprising CSAR and large COMAOs (Composite Air Operations).

NTM2014 (with spotters days on Jun. 19 and 23) was held at Schleswig – Jagel, in northern Germany.

Along with the first Eurofighter Typhoon in tiger color scheme, several other aircraft attended the drills with brand new, flamboyant tiger color schemes: French Rafales, Polish F-16 Block 52+ jets, Turkish F-16Cs, and Czech JAS-39 Gripen sported cool tiger liveries.

Eurofighter Typhoon

The images in this post, showing some of the most fancy special colored combat planes, were taken by The Aviationist’s photographer Tony Lovelock during NTM2014.

Who wins?

211 Sqn CzAF

Czech AF JAS-39 Gripen 211 Sqn

 

211 Sqn JAS 39

Czech AF JAS-39 211 Sqn

 

313 Sqn

Royal Netherlands AF F-16 313 Sqn

 

F-16 31 Sqn

Belgian AF F-16 31 Sqn

 

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Polish AF F-16 Block 52+ 6 Sqn

 

JAS39 Gripen

Czech AF JAS-39 Gripen 211 Sqn

 

Mirage 2000

French AF Mirage 2000-5F ECE 05.330

 

Rafale

French AF Rafale EC 1/7

 

Typhoon taxi

German AF Eurofighter Typhoon Fighterwing 74.

 

[Photo] Anatolian Eagle 2014-2 exercise underway in Turkey

Several Turkish and foreign squadron are attending Exercise Anatolian Eagle underway at Konya airbase, in Turkey.

Inspired to the American Red Flag and Maple Flag, Exercise Anatolian Eagle, hosted by the Turkish Air Force at Konya airbase, has become one of the events spotters can’t miss.

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Several different air arms, with a wide variety of aircraft types are invited to attend the drills, which realize a realistic war environment, featuring numerous targets, threats and training support systems whose aim is to monitor the quality of the flying activity and test the knowledge and abilities of all participants.

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The exercise includes Combined Air Operation (COMAO) by “Blue” forces on the tactical and strategic targets in “Red” lands which are defended by aggressors and SAM systems.

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Along with Turkish F-16s, F-4s and Boeing 737 AEW&C Peace Eagle, Anatolian Eagle 2014-2, from Jun. 9 to 20, is attended by RAF Typhoons, Spanish Air Force Typhoons and F-18 Hornets, Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16s, and Qatar Air Force Mirage 2000s.

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In this post you can find the first images taken by this author on Jun. 18 at Konya airbase during the AE spotters day. More photographs, will be published soon.

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Incredible F-16 jet pilot’s selfie

What a selfie from the cockpit of Solo Türk, the Turkish Air Force’s F-16 solo aerobatics display team.

Here’s another interesting self-portrait shot by the Solo Türk of the Turkish Air Force with a GoPro camera (that you can clearly seen attached to the canopy thanks to the reflection in the pilot’s helmet visor) while “turning and burning” (diving towards the ground while releasing flares).

Once again, the shape of the F-16′s bubble canopy helped a lot achieving a cool picture.

H/T to Arda Mevlutoglu for the heads-up.

Image credit: Solo Türk

 

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