Well I've been a little side tracked with a few things over the last month so haven't had chance to update my blog so whilst I've got a little free time I thought it was best to write a quick update from the last month! 

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28TH FEBRUARY - SNAKEPIT

A day spent in glorious sunshine situated on the Snakepit, not my favourite of locations for a number of reasons, mainly due to the big drop! 

It was a slow start to the day before the first movement, a Hercules C-130J kicking things off with a fantastic low pass, watching the crew snaking through the pass is always a superb sight. 

Crew line up the RAF Hercules C-130J for Cadair Idris pass, you can also see wing tip vortices trailing from the tips.

Crew line up the RAF Hercules C-130J for Cadair Idris pass, you can also see wing tip vortices trailing from the tips.

30 minutes after seeing the C-130J disappear around Corris Corner out popped a Tornado GR4, a 617 Squadron GR4 to be precise which had been involved in the small ex 'Fast Mover'. Two fantastic passes from the pilot before RTB to RAF Lossiemouth.  

"Apollo 1 & 2 looking to descend and complete 1 1/2 circuits of the loop, will be entering via the estuary" Something along those lines anyway, no more than 30 seconds later out popped two 41(R) TES Squadron Tornado GR4s, the trailing jet wearing the Olympic special tail commemorating Don Finlay.

41(R) TES Squadron Tornado GR4s dive into Cad. 

41(R) TES Squadron Tornado GR4s dive into Cad. 

A closer look at the pilot and weapons system officer of the Olympic special tail jet. 

A closer look at the pilot and weapons system officer of the Olympic special tail jet. 

Perfect location to show the tail of in all its glory. 

Perfect location to show the tail of in all its glory. 

A pair of Hercule C-130Js then appeared from Barmouth Estuary, sadly too spaced out for a nice 'two ship' photo but the light was great as the crew lined them up for Cad. 

The crew line up the C-130J for cad in the fantastic evening light. 

The crew line up the C-130J for cad in the fantastic evening light. 

It was left to the same 617 Squadron Tornado as earlier in the morning to close the days action with a great pass, this time flown by a different crew and performing one pass.

The 'Dam Busters' pilot dives into Cadair Idris pass.

The 'Dam Busters' pilot dives into Cadair Idris pass.

 
 
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19TH APRIL - BLUEBELL

Once again the weather forecasters got it wrong, a day that should have been spent in full sun from 10am onwards was full of rain showers and cloud.

Thankfully at 1100 the clouds parted and the RSAF Tornado IDS came storming around Hill 15 bathed in fantastic sunshine. The Tornado had been at BAE Warton for the past few years and was part of the Tornado sustainment programme for the Royal Saudi Air Force. Only a few days later the jet departed Warton aerodrome for a fuel stop at Malta before continuing onto Saudi Arabia. 

The pilot starts to swing the wings back to 63 degrees, the wings can't go back fully swept due to the big 'hindenburger' fuel tanks.  

The pilot starts to swing the wings back to 63 degrees, the wings can't go back fully swept due to the big 'hindenburger' fuel tanks.  

With the wings swept back to 63 degrees the pilot passes Bluebell and prepares to flow right with the valley.

With the wings swept back to 63 degrees the pilot passes Bluebell and prepares to flow right with the valley.

After a few hours of waiting around and dodging the rain showers out pops the RSAF Eurofighter Typhoon T3, which was also based at BAE Warton before being delivered last week. Sadly the light was great for the pass.

RSAF Eurofighter Typhoon T3 taking a low line around Bluebell.

RSAF Eurofighter Typhoon T3 taking a low line around Bluebell.

As usual thank you for looking.

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