Holidays are over (For me anyway)

Oh well, my break is over and life back to normal.  Kids back to school on Tuesday and County Show over so next we have winter which only finished in July from last year.  I never got the chance to visit any airports on my holidays but did get to see the Armstrong museum in Bamburgh Castle last week.

I hope you can read the information cards on each display item, but it was fascinating to see these items.  I normally photograph complete planes but felt these were worthy of sharing.

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The hardest one to photograph was the Tornado part which upset my laser autofocus but where there is a will there is a way.

Back to Kirkwall where there have been a number of interesting aircraft this week.  Starting of with this PA27 which left for Copenhagen today.


This beautiful Phenom 100 landed yesterday and is here for a few days.


This C560 landed this morning


And finally this lovely little Europa came in from just outside Elgin for a few hours.


An hour and a bit from Elgin is pretty impressive.  Anyway that’s all for now.  Thanks for taking the time to read.

Till next time

Neil ;)

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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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