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21 September 2006 - Mildenhall

Another view of RC-135S 'Cobra Ball II' which arrived on 9th, but this time showing the starboard wing and engine pods that are painted black to reduce unwanted reflections for the missile-tracking telescope systems. Picture courtesy Matthew Clements

17 September 2006 - Mildenhall

A fine study of AC-130U 87-0128 arriving at Mildenhall. It was a good weekend for rare Hercules-hunters in the UK with an Egyptian Air Force example transiting through Lyneham (although we've yet to be sent a pic...) Picture courtesy Wayne Button

11 September 2006 - Newark

de Havilland double at Newark Air Museum

It is good to report that some progress is being made with two of Newark Air Museumís de Havilland residents.

The de Havilland Heron Series 1B G-ANXB (c/n 14048) is now receiving attention from the museum volunteers and work is well underway on de-corroding and repainting this airframe, which is listed as 'Significant' on the National Aviation Heritage Register (NAHR). The aircraft will remain in the British European Airways markings it wore when named 'Sir James Young Simpson' from its days as an early air ambulance operating in the Western Isles of Scotland.

Tucked away in the back of Display Hangar 1 is the fuselage of de Havilland Chipmunk T10 WB624 (c/n C1/0065), which has just emerged from long-term restoration in one of the museumís work trailers at the Winthorpe Airfield Site. This aircraft is listed as Noteworthy on the NAHR and it is planned that the wings will be refitted, thereby allowing the rebuild work to progress at an increased pace during the coming months. Pictures & text courtesy Howard Heeley/Down to Earth Promotions


9 September 2006 - Mildenhall

Captured in the moonlight is RC-135S 'Cobra Ball II' 62-4128, sister ship of 61-2662 that transited through in July last year. 62-4128 first visited Mildenhall in December 2005. COBRA BALL is the Air Force airborne intelligence platform that carries infrared telescopes for tracking ballistic-missile tests at long range. Picture courtesy Matthew Clements

7 September 2006 - Wattisham

Transiting through were a Mil-24 Hind and Mil-17 Hip of the Czech Air Force for a night stop over before contiuning their journey on to RAF Leuchars for the weekend's airshow. Pictures courtesy Neil Evans

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