Airport firefighter tests out prototype mini tender

Thought I would share this picture of Ivan Rendall multitasking at KOI.  Thought the headline would grab you:)



And a couple of visitors this week

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Thanks for looking

All the best

Neil ;)


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And a few more

These were taken at Leuchars in 2010.  The Hurricane is a very understated hero of the Battle of Britain.

I have also added one of the BBMF and the RAF Tucano display aircraft in Battle of Britain colours.

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Thank you.

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Never in the field of human conflict…………………….

I thought I would add my bit to honour the few as I have collected many pictures of my own, however, they pale into insignificance compared to the images I am about to post. Some will have seen them before but they have never been posted on this blog.

These pictures are courtesy of French aviation photographer Jean Marie Urlacher who yo may have seen an article on in the Orcadian a few weeks ago, flying from Paris in an open top beetle powered kit aircraft.

He is a regular visitor to Orkney and an outstanding photographer, please enjoy them as much as I have.  This is the Spitfire we took to Orkney in 2010 to honour the few on the 70th anniversary,

First of all, let me introduce Jean Marie


And the star of the event

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An outstanding event and great memories.

Thanks for reading

All the best

Neil ;)

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Where are the Speys?

A few more pictures courtesy of Alan Fair, no prizes for guessing the type of aircraft

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Thanks for taking the time to pop by

All the best

Neil ;)

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For Simon Eardley and Kris Bain

It is a number of years since RAF Kinloss became Kinloss barracks.  I am lucky that I have a lot of photos from it’s busy period.

While on my travels I have bumped into lots of people and I have amassed a number of photographs, particularly of the MR2 which is one of my favourite aircraft of all time.

This particular set of photos was taken by a friend from Forres who is a self proclaimed Typhoon nut but has lots of photos from the Moray bases.  So thank you Alan Fair for sending them to me and giving me permission to share them.

The aircraft need no introduction:










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As always, thanks for taking the time to visit.  I am working on getting my own photos sorted so I can display them here.

All the best

Neil ;)

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Happy Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Easter

Doesn’t time fly when you are enjoying yourself.  It is unbelievable that I have not posted here since November last year.

No excuse but as I look back through the photos, I have not taken many since I last posted.  The odd one or two I have taken have been posted on Facebook on Orkney Aviation or work related posts on the Kirkwall Airport Facebook page.

Gladly today was a little different and thanks to Peter Henderson, I discovered that there was going to be a Canadian Air Force S61 dropping past for a refuel on its way to Sumburgh.

It landed bang on time and the weather was kind so I hope the pictures are OK.  Fingers crossed we have a busy GA summer.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures and thanks for taking the time to visit

All the best


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Sorry about the dirt on my sensor

It’s frightening how time passes and I never seem to have the time to update this blog.  I have put a few photos on Facebook but have so many to catch up on.

I will start with a few interesting aircraft in September first of all with a Cirrus 22 which passed through.


And a Netjets Citation


It’s a while since I posted one of these so here is the familiar Saab 340


And finally a King Air 350 operated by Gama


In October we had a few different aircraft in starting with this pretty Mooney 201 SE


And the inside :)


This is a Diamond Twinstar based at Wick


And another one


We also had a visit from Cartier, piloted by Senior Captain Morgan Beret and Senior First Officer Marco Pierotti.


My family and I had a lovely evening with them, and Morgan, on the left, went home with the recipe for Orkney Fudge cheesecake which I am sure will be a new delicacy in Paris soon.


Ixus Air stopped off with their Falcon 50


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We also had this Twin Otter in for a few days as the weather stopped them flying home due to poor conditions over the Atlantic.


We also had poor conditions here so the aircraft was tied down with the biggest weights available until the wind passed.


The first of 2 Pilatus PC12’s dropped passed


And the second, a slightly updated model


And finally a CL60, and by this time the dirt on the sensor was really getting to me :(


Then today arrived with a few visitors including the NLB helicopter and a short visit by our friends from the SFPA.  The Aircraft stars of the show were ZE700, a BAE 146 from the Royal flight on its way to the Faroes and a stunning Dakota on  its way to Iceland and on to Canada tomorrow.

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And a first for me.  Words cannot describe how beautiful this aircraft is/was.  Apparently it started off life in 1943 as a normal DC3 and was upgraded to turbines in 1990.  The crew were first class and allowed us access to their aircraft and I thank them sincerely for taking the time to stop off.  No words now, just photos.

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And the inside

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And finally a rare occurrence, here we have Blue Watch on parade :)  Gives you an idea of just how big this plane really is.


Thats it for now, hope you like the photos and sorry about the annoying blob :(

Thanks for taking the time to read and all the best

Neil ;)

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