Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Here are some photos from Cold Lake, Canada. Click on the photo to see it full size. Every year numerous NATO countries participate in Maple Flag exercises in Northern Alberta.
The Search and Rescue Griffin Helicopter in the photo above flew right overhead, on it's way out to the the exercise site. This is one of the most dramatic photos I've ever taken.
The DND is kind enough to keep an observation area open to the general public next to runway 13R. For mil aviation enthusiasts, this is way cool. Here's some more pics:
This CF-18 bears the Hawk emblem used by 409 Squadron, and goes back at least as far as when they flew the CF-101 Voodoo. (check out the DND photo half way down the page on that link).
Take a good look. The U.S. Navy's EA-6 Prowler is going to be retired from active duty soon, to be replaced by the Growler, based on the Super Hornet.
This was a great shot. All thanks to the pilot, Capt. "Commodore"T.A.Tack for being so obliging. I have to wonder if that's his real name and initials or just a joke on the rest of us.
You don't see the French Mirage F-1 in North America very often.
And lastly, I was very happy to catch the afterburner shockwaves behind this Belgian F-16.
Email me if you want to use any of these photos. No fee for use, I merely want credit and to know how they're used.