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So far Ben Montgomery has created 33 blog entries.

Northolt Nightshoot XVIII

Northolt Nightshoot XVIII doesn't really need introduction from us, given the popularity of these events with the enthusiast community. Whilst this was the 18th in the long series of nightshoots, it also marked the 100th anniversary of RAF Northolt, which celebrated the occasion two days before the nightshoot – which was held on Thursday 5th [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|Event Reports, Nightshoots|1 Comment

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014-1

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014 Serial 1 was the latest in the long-running series of multinational exercises of the name that have run in the UK, and also the largest tactically focused military exercise held in Europe during 2014. Over 13,000 personnel, 33 ships, 3 submarines and multiple ground, troop and air assets from 9 separate [...]

By | April 19th, 2014|Operational Reports|2 Comments

CP-140 Aurora – Canadian MMA

Externally similar to the widely used and highly successful Lockheed P-3 Orion, the CP-140 Aurora is in fact a different machine entirely. Named after the Greek goddess who restored Orion’s eyesight, Canada took delivery of the first of its 18 strong fleet of CP-140 Auroras in May 1980 (with the last delivered in August 1981) [...]

By | April 14th, 2014|Operational Reports|3 Comments

352nd SOG welcome the CV-22B and MC-130J

On Monday 24th June 2013, the 352nd Special Operations Group took delivery of the first batch of CV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, marking the start of a large expansion and modernisation program at RAF Mildenhall. Ben Montgomery visited the 7th and 67th Special Operations Squadrons at Mildenhall to learn more about their new aircraft. 352nd Special [...]

By | July 27th, 2013|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Duxford Spring 2013: Honoring the Eagles

No one can accuse Duxford of failing to recognise it's own history and indeed the history of aviation in the United Kingdom. Spring 2013 represented a key anniversary, marking 70 years since the 78th Fighter Group arrived at RAF Duxford - which the Imperial War Museum rightly used as the centrepiece for their Spring Airshow. [...]

By | June 12th, 2013|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|0 Comments

617 Squadron – Dambusters 70th

No single achievement by Royal Air Force Bomber Command is collectively remembered as vividly as the raids on the Möhne, Edersee and Sorpe Dams on the night of 16th May 1943. The unit responsible - 617 Squadron - became known as "The Dambusters" and in May 2013 commemorated 70 years since the raid. Ben Montgomery [...]

By | May 21st, 2013|Event Reports|3 Comments

Joint Warrior 2013-1

Exercise Joint Warrior 13-1, running from 15-29th April 2013, once again drew participation from multiple nations in one of Europe's largest military exercises. The aviation contingent was based at RAF Leuchars and Lossiemouth, from where Ben Montgomery reports for AeroResource. Organised under the control of the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS), Joint Warrior aims [...]

By | April 29th, 2013|Exercise Reports|1 Comment

RAF Northolt Night Shoot XIV

RAF Northolt's Night Photoshoots need no introduction by now - having set the standard for nocturnal photography events in the UK since January 2009. This was the 14th event to be held, and set Northolt's already lofty bar yet higher with the appearance of several rare aircraft, as well as some old favourites. AeroResource's Ben [...]

By | March 16th, 2013|Event Reports, Nightshoots|2 Comments

Air to Air Refuelling with the 100thARW

"NKAWTG!" reads the sign upon entering the 351st Air Refuelling Squadron, 100th Air Refuelling Wing - and it's true: Nobody kicks ass without Tanker Gas. Michael Buckle and Ben Montgomery joined the crew of "Quid 42" to find out more. The 100th Air Refuelling Wing & the Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker is [...]

By | August 5th, 2012|Operational Reports|6 Comments