I’m more of a cycling geek rather than an aviation geek but living so close to RAF Leeming means I can see quite a lot of activity at the base, especially when they hold exercises such as Jaded Thunder.
From my study as I worked away hard I managed to snap a few pictures of aircraft that in the UK you don’t see on a daily basis.
First up – the A10 Thunderbolt II – or as you may know it – The Warthog. I’ve loved these planes ever since I was a boy so to see them flying around your house on an exercise is amazing!
Next is a kind of helicopter / plane hybrid – the V-22 Osprey. This is particularly impressive as it can take off and land vertically but once it’s airborne it’s very fast and rapid.
One thing we do see quite a lot of around here is a Chinook helicopter and I spotted one land today. Not the greatest of photos but that plane it is landing behind might just be a C-32 which is a pretty big plane for Leeming. There is a few tweets about it heading over from the US today but I’m not 100% sure if it is. I will go and investigate later.
I’ve been reliably told that today is the last day of flying but it’s been great while it lasted.