The sound of aircraft engines has always captured my attention as a child enough to look up heavenwards and find any floating object in the sky with which to associate the origin of the sound. Growing up with advancing technology it is a great privilege to be able to replicate that same habit and with a digital camera to capture what is flying and compile the images if only to make a bit of difference from that childhood experience. This section is a collection of aircraft images from each sightings I have processed so far and I am glad to share it to everyone who have that instinct to look up at the sky at the slightest rumble of an aircraft engine spoiling the typical daily noise of life at ground level.
Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey
The V-22 Osprey rewrites the laws of aerodynamics in that it employs the qualities of a fixed wing aircraft and a rotary aircraft rolled into one. The above picture would make my point easily taken as the type demonstrates the capability of taking off like a helicopter (rotary wing) and cruising like an airplane (fixed wing) thereby leaving no need for a runway. . . read full story.
Bae Systems Hawk T1A
Bae Systems Hawk T1A maybe a less familiar aircraft type to people with not much inclination to aviation but if the Royal Air Force Red Arrows display team will be taken as a point of reference it is highly likely that many will be able to relate as to what aircraft is being taken into consideration knowing just what it feels like being thrilled by nine red jets flying in close formation. . . read full story.
Avro Vulcan’s role in aviation history maybe easily taken for granted but her inception as a British nuclear deterrent made her such an icon among Englishmen that nobody seemed too willing to forget by simply having her confined to memory and be put on storage at an enclosed hangar museum where weapons of war were being safe kept. . . read full story.
De Havilland DH 110 Sea Vixen
A living example of one of a few surviving post war fighters at the shift to the jet age, the De Havilland Sea Vixen will definitely be a pleasure to the average onlooker judging from her striking design with the twin-boom and unusual cockpit configuration. She was a record breaker during her prime days being the first British twin seat fighter to break the sound barrier, a feat which earned her a page in an issue of Popular Mechanics magazine back in the 50s. . .read full story.
Conceptualized in 1981 to provide air defence and offensive capability usually delegated to the McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II and the SEPECAT Jaguar, the project which saw the creation of the Eurofighter Typhoon took shape in December 1992 when a cooperation between four European nations made up of UK, Spain, Italy and Germany justified the development of the aircraft. . . read full story.
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum is a single seat multirole fighter which saw active service in the early 80s to counter threats posed by US fighters like the F-15 Eagle and the F-14 Tomcat. It is a few of the many fighter aircraft I have witnessed to perform in an airshow as early as when I was in college when the Russians became the main attraction back in the early 90s at an airshow in Manila held at what used to be Villamor Air Base (now Manila International Airport Terminal 3). . . read full story.
France’s decision to back out from the joint development program of a fighter aircraft as led by major European nations (Italy, Germany, Spain and UK) that saw the creation of the Eurofighter Typhoon gave birth to the Dassault Rafale. While similar to the Typhoon in physical design characteristics as having a canard delta wing and twin engines, the ‘Rafale’ which is French word for ‘gust’ is a wholly French fighter manufactured by a French aviation firm Dassault. . . read full story.
Dassault Mirage 2000N
‘Mirage’ had long been a catchword for Cold War jet fighter design of French origin which evolved to suit the defence requirements of post Cold War era. The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a single engine Mach 2 capable fighter and the last in the line of ‘Mirage family’ jet fighter design that Dassault Aviation was able to manufacture before introducing the Dassault Rafale. . .read full story.
The Panavia Tornado is one of a few remaining Cold War 'multirole' fighters employing the variable wing geometry profile still active up to this writing. The design of the aircraft was called for with the purpose of creating a fighter aircraft capable of carrying heavy loads of armaments that could combine the capabilities of a strike, reconnaissance and bomber aircraft into one. Back then you could very well assume that the term 'multirole' fighter has yet to be realized. . . read full story.
Saab JAS-39 Gripen
Swedish aviation technology had and always been in a class of its own if fighter design has to be taken into consideration with the Saab J-35 Draken (double delta wing design) and Saab AJ-37 Viggen (pioneered the early concept of a small wing forward of the main wing (canard)) in mind. In the spirit of that capability, Saab as the major Swedish aviation manufacturer brought out the JAS 39 Gripen, a single seat, single engine lightweight multirole fighter. The program that initiated the requirement for a multirole fighter to replace the Saab AJ-37 Viggen began in the 70s and the first prototype took the air in 1988. The type formally entered into active service with the Swedish Air Force in 1995 after design flaws relating to the fly by wire system had been revised. . .read full story.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
The F-35 Lightning II is a single engine fifth generation strike aircraft incorporating VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) and stealth capabilities. It was the result of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program spearheaded by the US and UK with the support of other countries who signified their interest on the project. Touted ‘the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter’ by its manufacturer, its first scheduled appearance in a UK airshow back in 2014 was ‘foiled’ by a reported engine fire (that waited nearly two years after the problem was sorted for its eventual reappearance in the Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 (08-10 July) and eventually at Farnborough International Airshow 2016 (11-17 July). . . read full story.
Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
The Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) was the program that gave birth to the F-22 Raptor. At the outset two competing teams were called for the development of a fighter aircraft design incorporating all weather capability, stealth technology and high survivability where Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics joined forces to deliver the YF-22 design against McDonnell-Douglas and Northrop which came up with the YF-23 (Black Widow) design. . . read full story.