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Mud Movers

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Low flying is an essential part of the role our armed forces undertake in defending the United Kingdom and carrying out overseas operational duties. This includes fast jet, transport and rotary aircraft. Training prepares aircrews for hazards at low level such as bird strikes, mid air collision and even controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), a grim term coined by engineers at Boeing.  The UK is split up into 19 low flying areas with different terrain characteristics and bombing ranges. The Royal Air Force works hard with local communities to deal with complaints and the effects of low flying. The MOD...

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Is NATO obsolete?

Posted by Tom Sullivan on

Seeing-off the 'Sov's' A phrase coined in the dark days of the Cold War by aircrews tasked with a interdiction role. It refers to a service relevant today as it was back in the 1960s and 70s. A QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) jet is launched if an approaching aircraft enters NATO or our national airspace without prior approval or having not identified itself. This form of defence harks back to the Battle of Britain when fighters were scrambled to intercept German Bomber raids. In recent years there have been multiple NATO intercepts of Russian TU95 Bear H Bombers, SU27 Flanker,...

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RAF Boy Entrants at Cosford

Posted by Scott Sullivan on

As Flyingraphics are to attend RAF Cosford Airshow again this year on the 19th June and that it is on Father’s Day, it seemed appropriate for us to remember the RAF Boy Entrant scheme. Our Father who is now in his 75th year was a 32nd boy entrant in September 1957, going on to serve in the RAF for 16 years before transferring over to the British Army. Amusingly our Father’s rationale for becoming choosing the trade of radio and radar revolves around football and that he wanted to be close to Wolverhampton Wanderers so Cosford was the natural choice....

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It all started just 2 years ago...

Posted by Scott Sullivan on

As Flyingraphics.com make preparations for the quickly approaching Air Show season we reflect on shows gone by and how from humble beginnings we have expanded as a company and grown the Flyingraphics.com brand name. It all started two years ago when Tom asked me my opinion on some graphic aviation images he intended to produce as artwork to hang on the wall, I loved the images but suggested, “ Wouldn't they look great printed onto T shirts...” with those few words Flyingraphics.com was born. We remember our first show, which was at Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets day at the end of May 2014, with just 5 designs...

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Farnborough Air Sciences Trust ( FAST )

Posted by Scott Sullivan on

“ The English Electric Lightning from dawn to dusk” Village Hotel, Farnborough: 23/02/16 Flyingraphics were lucky to be able to attend a talk by Air Vice-Marshall ( Retired ) George Black CB, OBE, AFC and his son Ian Black, who both shared their experiences flying the English Electric Lightning to a, filled to capacity auditorium. The title of the talk was “dawn to dusk”, this relates to the fact that George Black was one of the first RAF Lightning pilots and his Son Ian Black was the last RAF pilot to be trained on the Lightning, a rather unique family...

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