Category Archives: AVIATION

DOWNED PILOT EXTRACTION

As part of the airshow, the Israeli Air Force put on an impressive demonstration of a downed pilot rescue mission.  FIREWALL A firewall is placed between the downed pilot and the “unfriendlies”. ARRIVAL OF TWO AH-64 ATTACK HELICOPTERS   COVERING … Continue reading

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STATIC DISPLAY

Prior to the air show we availed ourselves of the opportunity to peruse the impressive static display featuring both operational and historic aircraft.  STATIC DISPLAY ATTACK HELICOPTER C-130 MILITARY TRANSPORT C-130 IMPROVED VERSION IRON DOME MISSILE POD SPITFIRE AND ALPHA … Continue reading

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ISRAELI AIR SHOW

As part of the Air Force Graduation ceremony, the IDF put on a spectacular airshow for the visitors. BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS Blackhawk helicopters start the show with a flypast of the flag of Israel and the flag of the Israel Defence … Continue reading

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ISRAEL AIR FORCE GRADUATION CEREMONY

One of the highlights of my trip was the visit to the Israel Air Force Centre for the graduation ceremony for new pilots of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) on the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Air Force. In a country … Continue reading

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JOHN GLENN

“February made me shiver, with every paper I’d deliver…. Bad news upon the doorstep, I couldn’t take one more step”. Long before I became a teenager, I was a foot soldier in Roy Thompson’s press empire (later Lord Thompson of … Continue reading

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PEARL HARBOR ANNIVERSARY

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. One of the signal events of World War II if not the last century. The following images were taken several years ago and are a token tribute to my cousin, … Continue reading

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ANNIVERSARY OF FLIGHT

MOCK-UP, KITTY HAWK, NORTH CAROLINA Today, Dec. 17 is the anniversary of powered flight inaugurated by the Wright Brothers in 1903.

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DOOLITTLE RAIDERS

Today the last two survivors of the original eighty participants in the famous Doolittle Raid, Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole (100 years young!!)  and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in a special ceremony at Emancipation Hall … Continue reading

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VIRGIN GALACTIC

SPACE IS VIRGIN TERRITORY In the heart of London’s “Clubland” on Pall Mall is the booking office for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, just a hundred yards down from the Reform Club (where Phineas Fogg made his famous bet to … Continue reading

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DORSET SQUARE, LONDON

DORSET HOUSE I lived in Dorset House for a couple of months back in the late 80’s. Dark and gloomy, I couldn’t get out of the place fast enough. Today flats go in excess of a million pounds. Go figure!! … Continue reading

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