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Well, with each photo I find something I like even more than the previous one. Love the whole lot, but I am partial to the Saabs. The world watches and waits. Chemical weapons were used against civilians, more importantly, children. We must respond. Wondering what the Russian response will be or is it just posturing on their behalf?




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Well done these always captivate me and wonder where it is going next.
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Well done these always captivate me and wonder where it is going next.


With the overnight airstrikes, I would imagine that Evie participated in some way. [wave]

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More excellent pics! thanks for sharing. [thumb][thumb][thumb]
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With the overnight airstrikes, I would imagine that Evie participated in some way. [wave]


Well as the date and time for the actual missions were obviously classified it would have presented a serious breach of classified information had I posted the actual mission launches. But rest assured Evie were definitely engaged. [biggrin]

They should be on their way back shortly...
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Thanks for all the great comments guys. Greatly appreciated!

Following the weekend's co-ordinated military strike on Syria, Western governments grapple with all the political fallout and the huge media storm in their various countries. The 'whys and wherefores' of military action are being debated with strong arguments on both sides. As this all plays out, the silent Monday evening skies above Evie are broken with the deafening sound of returning fighters from their Middle Eastern forward posts.
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The French Rafale fighters buzz the base in single file formation. Their silhouettes distinct against the darkening evening skies
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They make a wide arc of the base before descending on final approach, touching down with a formation landing
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The mission was a success with over 100 missiles launched from both sea and and air against Syria's chemical weapon making facilities sending a resounding message to the Assad Regime
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Many questioned the legitimacy of the strike but these pilots know not to consider the political justifications, but to simply get the job done
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They taxi to the stand as the next wave of fighters touch down
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Led by a single F/A-18, the US detachment of F-16s also touch down safely having played a prominent mission role 
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As the US Jets taxied in, a sole F-15 was close behind touching down after them
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An hour later, the Saab JAS39s completed their returns and headed for the HAS structures
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The base instructions were for all fighters to be re-armed, refueled and made ready for any next sortie. It was unclear if and when a subsequent mission would be required, but Evie was ensuring she was ready and capable to respond if and when asked

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Love the lighting in the night shots
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Again, great work! I really like how you're tying in real-life events to the Evie storyline, I think it really adds to it. Also interesting seeing some jets at Evie that aren't USAF or RAF. I like the variety!
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The lighting, I love it! This is very well done.

Love this line. Sums things up quite well.

"Many questioned the legitimacy of the strike but these pilots know not to consider the political justifications, but to simply get the job done"

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Following their involvement in the successful air raids in response to Syria's chemical weapons attack, personnel at Evie Air Base were back to business as usual activities. The next few, short posts will provide you an insight to what these base activities look like

As nobody knew if or when the next orders could arrive a major operation to keep the base operationally prepared was underway. The airport road is cordoned off for safety and security reasons
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French ground crew load fresh ordinance on their planes.
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Teams carefully mount air to air weapons into place whilst ground vehicles are used for the heavy movements
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Special aerial munitions lift vehicles are brought in to assist with the activity.

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Racks of standard air to surface Anti-Radiation Missiles were offloaded

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Evie had two of these mechanical loaders each capable of carrying an arrary of loads including bombs, missiles, fuel tanks, pylons, special weapons weighing up to 10,000lbs at the same time on dual crane lift arms
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As this was ongoing, a pair of F/A 18s prepare to fly Combat Air Patrol (CAP) missions over coastal regions
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These CAP missions are necessary to deter the recent increase in Russian air incursions into European airspace following the joint air strikes
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Lovely batch of photos as usual. Great diverse fleet with full action!
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The attention to every detail is outstanding. I suspect there is more to come?



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Ron I agree. This is just keeps you in suspense.
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I suspect there is more to come?


Rest assured DB there is always definitely more...much more to follow at Evie. Things promise to get very interesting indeed [wink]

Thanks for the comments and the viewing guys.
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Sorry guys it has been, what seems like forever since my last update. Work and other life stuff is making it impossible at the moment and this will be a short one. However, you know how I love to cross-over real world events with this thread so I just could not resist the recent events of this week....

Breaking News of the RAF Tornados final return flight to the UK after 40 years of service in missions over Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Libya, Syria to mention just a few. The aircraft saw quite a lot of action and this week, what was reported as the final return flight from RAF Akotiri in Cyprus into RAF Marham in Norfolk, UK was all over the news and this was an opportunity I didn't want to miss.

http://www.forces.net/news/raf-tornados-return-home-operations-last-time

However, what you did not know was a small contingent of Tornado jets had just concluded what was, a final secret mission (Operation Overlord) over Northern Syria. So what you see today is the true final RAF Tornado return flight.[biggrin]

The group of three jets was now on its final leg back to the UK as they raced backed over the English Channel.

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They were soon over countryside hills 
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They lower their landing gear whilst maintaining a tight formation
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With their base in sight they line themselves up
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All touching down in quick succession
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And then the slow taxi back to their final stand
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Ground crews were on hand to welcome them home
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This truly was a momentous occasion as these formidable craft powered down from their very final sortie run
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The pilots were glad to be part of this historic moment knowing they had served their country with dignity, honour and pride flying a formidable aircraft and a true workhorse of the UK air campaign.

Evie says: Farewell RAF Tornado!!!
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An end of an era.


...Meanwhile, those Russians were still up to all sorts of mischief in and around the skies above NATO airspace...clearly things were soon to come to a head....

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