Exercise 'Air Combat Power'
For those visiting RAF St. Mawgan during the last week of October for Exercise 'Air Combat Power', a rude shock awaited as it was switched to Brize Norton at the last moment...
Primarily a ground-based exercise, it was designed to demonstrate to trainee UK & overseas crews how the RAF operates from a Deployed Operating Base, not too sure how this sat with the two VC10s incorporated into the contingent. No foreign aircraft participated so pride of place went to olive green Hercules XV206 from Lyneham, but a log of what was there is shown below (click on the pictures to get a much bigger one):
Supporting cast included Tornado F3 ZE204/DD, 11 Sqn; Tucano T1 ZF160/160, 1 FTS; Tucano T1 ZF169/169, 1 FTS & Tucano T1 ZF487/487, 1 FTS.
Also on the airfield were the Argentine Boeing 757 belonging to President Menem and a Chilean Gulfstream, unfortunately the armed guards were too intimidating to get a close look. Still, who wouldn't rather photograph Tucanos when faced with an AK47?