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31 July 2008 - Cambridge

Out on engine runs was Hercules W2 XV208, formerly known as 'Snoopy', but now minus all its weather sensors, fitted with the engine and propeller destined for the new Airbus A400M, a Europrop International TP400-D6 engine with Ratier-Figeac/ Hamilton Sundstrand eight-blade prop. With the A400M prototype destined to fly in the next few months, a 'first flight' for Snoopy can't be too far away. Courtesy Gavin Mills


24 July 2008 - Newark

The first 801 Royal Naval Air Squadron markings have now been applied to Blackburn Buccaneer S1 XN964, which is displayed at the Newark Air Museum in north eastern Nottinghamshire.

These markings reflect the time between January 1964 and June 1965 when XN964 operated with 801 Squadron on the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious that

Details of a formal unveiling ceremony are expected to be announced on the museum website at a later date. Courtesy Howard Heeley - Down To Earth Promotions

 

15 July 2008 - Farnborough

Amongst the visitors during Farnborough week was this highly-polished A319 from the Czech Air Force. One of two operated by the Czechs, the first was delivered in January 2007. Picture courtesy Garry Lakin

13 July 2008 - Mildenhall

Some consolation for spotters decamping from the cancelled RIAT was the arrival of a mini-Turkish invasion at Mildenhall consisting of the Turkish Stars support C-130, 141 Filo F-16s and 101 Filo KC-135s. Pictures courtesy Neil Evans

10 July 2008 - Duxford

Ahead of this weekend's Flying Legends, the Fighter Collection's recently restored Gladiator II N5903/G-GLAD is prepared for its first test flight. With B-17G 'Liberty Belle' already at Duxford, this year's show should be a belter - pity it clashes with RIAT...Picture courtesy Gavin Mills

2 July 2008 - Duxford

Four helicopters from the Swiss Air Force arrived at Duxford on 1 July, the culmination of a navigation exercise for student pilots.

They arrived in two flights, the first group in the morning consisting of AS332UL Super Puma T-332 acting as support with A-259 Alouette III V-259 carrying special markings. At around 16:00 another two Alouette IIIs arrived - all come from Alpnach-based LT Staffel 8 of LT Geschwader 2. They are expected to leave on 3 July. Courtesy Gavin Mills

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