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Old 06-23-2019, 11:23 PM   #46
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Re: Evie Air Base- Revisited

Hi guys, its been a bit too long since the last. I'm still away from home at work and so no real opportunities for doing this. Anyway as things are heating up globally I thought I best get one in here before it all starts getting out of hand. Hopefully not... As its been a while this one is a full on photo fest! Enjoy...


The official line out of the Trump Administration, following the very controversial shooting down of an American unmanned drone by Iran this week was that a retaliatory military strike was not to be proceeded with. Diplomatic and alternative channels were being initiated. However at NATO bases across the world, silent preparations were underway. Military assets were being redeployed and hardware originally destined for European assignments were being redirected.

At Evie Air Base a huge convoy of assets were enroute.


Articulated vehicles carrying heavy duty hardware rolled onto the base. Challenger 2, M1 Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks were among the contingent



The vehicles finally pulled into the stands and waited.

With the US Secretary of State doing the diplomatic rounds and the National Security Adviser doing media coverage warning not to mistake US discretion and prudence for weakness, no one was under any illusion that the situation was slowly building up to critical mass. At Evie the equipment was in position. Several hours passed...and then Military Personnel trucks showed up...



US Personnel disembarked



With their kit in tow and made ready.

Within an hour of their arrival the familiar sight and sound of an incoming C-17 Transport at Evie made a grand entrance



This one belonged to the U.S. Air Force (a new arrival at the Base!)


It was soon taxiing to its final stand

As it did a second came in

The scene was clearly one of determined preparations


Both human and mechanical assets were rolled onto the aircraft


Whilst White House officials seemingly suggested a preference for 'Jaw-Jaw'...the footing at Evie was clearly a discreet preparation for potential 'War-War'. We hope diplomacy and common sense prevails and such arrangements can be safely stood down. The coming days, weeks and months will tell...

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Wow, enjoyed a lot your photos and stories! Thanks very much for sharing!!
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Me too, simply beautiful.
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Not only the photos are beautiful, but the attention to detail is most impressive!
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I make no apologies for my unconventional style with this hobby. I really like to push the boundaries!


The next few updates are very challenging and painstaking to set up and shoot. Whilst not all shots are focussed on the Air Base the overall context is retained. Enjoy...the Russians are finally here...


Over at Evie, U.S.A.F. C-17s continue their round trip deployment cycles of heavy armour and personnel from various European NATO bases for onward reassignment to more strategic locations as tensions in the Middle East increase.
A Canadian Forces C-17 Globemaster from Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alberta departs its Reykjavik stopover en route to Evie Air Base to assist with the hardware transportation mission.




Several miles outside UK airspace the C-17 picks up two Russian MiG-29 Fulcrums closing in on its tail. The MiGs follow in silence but are visible on Radar. The C-17 pilots are certain they are flying over international waters. The MiGs close in.



As they flank either side, radio silence is broken with a declaration that the C-17 had illegally strayed into Russian airspace and an unusual instruction is given to follow the jets back into mainland Russia


The C-17 provides no response, maintains its course but calls in the interdiction to ATC on the Emergency frequency



Through the communications chain of command- the National Air Defence Operations Centre (NADOC) at RAF High Wycombe give the orders and the response at Evie is swift. Two Humvees with NATO pilots speed across the base to the Eastern stand



Pilots gear up on the tarmac





Within 3 minutes four F-15 Eagle fighters are scrambled and taxiing



One from the U.S.A.F.E 53rd Fighter Squadron of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem, Germany.



Another, with the rare, yet controversial Charcoal "Lizard" Camouflage which was an experimental camouflage tested in the late 70s using F-16s of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing and again in the early 90s with F-16s at Nellis AFB, where both tests completed with inconclusive results. Evie now has the only operational U.S.A.F. F-15 with the same unconventional Charcoal "Lizard" Scheme







A formation take-off was permitted to shave off valuable minutes



The MiGs have now resumed a 6 o'clock position with threats to bring down the C-17 aircraft if it failed to comply



The F-15s soon have all 3 aircraft on radar whilst scanning the horizon for visuals as they tear across open skies

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Those air-2-air photos are stunning, and must've taken quite some time to make. Well done on this batch of great photos!
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I think the one with MIGs escorting the C17 is the best so far
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Those air-2-air photos are stunning, and must've taken quite some time to make. Well done on this batch of great photos!
Thanks DutchCollector and as you rightly point out, they took significant effort and time to line up the angles and get the right shot. But I do love a challenge. Even more challenges to follow. Thanks again.
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I think the one with MIGs escorting the C17 is the best so far
Thanks Bitburg Kagle Keeper. More to follow. Sadly towards the end of this update one of those MiGs sustained a significant fall from about 7 feet up as it was being angled 'in flight'. Both tails snapped off and also damaged part of the nose with the fall . I've effected some repairs and hopefully the wide camera angles in the next update will make the damage less visible.


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Awesome!!! I have no words!!
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Thanks for all the comments guys and so here is the concluding second part...

So far, Four NATO F-15s are flying North to intercept Russian MiG-29s on the tail of a Canadian C-17, working closely with NATO AWACs E-3, also out of Evie, on CAP support and target validation. The MiGs soon pop up on a southwesterly vector putting them on a direct intercept with the strikers. NCTR cockpit indicators confirm the targets to be the MiG-29s. The F-15s flying North at low altitude soon establish visual and start their climb to FL028 as they close in on the MiG-29s





Comms are opened and Russian jets are advised of the NATO intercept with orders to immediatly disengage. But the Fulcrums remain on the C-17



They are reminded of being in international airspace and risk being fired upon...The situation is very tense...



AWACs clear them for non lethal engagement in a final attempt to prevent a potential shoot down. The F15s commence agressive and intimidating air combat manouveres as a final show of force to influence change. They break formation



Two remain on their six in attack positions



The other two flank wide to "headbutt" the MiGs with a fast incoming Pitchback manoeuvre



The F-15s, at very high speed, cut in front of the MiG's flight path putting themslves between the Russians and the C-17 aircraft generating considerable wake




The MiGs, now almost head on and sandwiched, take evasive action





They pull away at high speed




As the Russian's evade and climb, all four F-15s engage weapons systems locking onto the targets




The MiGs, realising they are outgunned and outnumbered have seen enough. They maintain the steep climb in retreat


As they level off at FL039 the F-15s remain right up there on their tail maintaining full target 'lock on'





Seeing them off back in the direction towards Russian airspace





With the threat averted, the F-15s double back to the inbound C-17 and provide full aerial escort into UK airspace





Evie in sight, landing gears come down on Finals



With full F-15 formation air cover just metres above the runway the C-17 safely touches down. The F-15s then head back out to maintain a deterring presence
This was one of the most significant aerial encounters between NATO and Russia since the Cold War. Things got very hairy out there. The West insisted on a full investigation demanding answers from the Kremlin and a full blown diplomatic dispute ensued. For the returning F-15s that had somehow managed to evade initiating World War III however, it was simply just another day on the job.

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Nice intercept glad no one got crazy and let a couple of missiles fly. a little background on your F-15s you might find interesting 2 of your 3 C models were actually stationed at Bitburg, 9025 (SP) was in the 525 TFS and 0010 (65AGRS) was in the 22TFS. 65AGRS is the 65th Aggressor squadron at Nellis. your green camo F-15 71-291 as actually a very old B model this aircraft was used to test most of the upgrades that would be incorporated in the F-15E.
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Nice intercept glad no one got crazy and let a couple of missiles fly. a little background on your F-15s you might find interesting 2 of your 3 C models were actually stationed at Bitburg, 9025 (SP) was in the 525 TFS and 0010 (65AGRS) was in the 22TFS. 65AGRS is the 65th Aggressor squadron at Nellis. your green camo F-15 71-291 as actually a very old B model this aircraft was used to test most of the upgrades that would be incorporated in the F-15E.
Thanks for the comment Bitburg Kagle Keeper. Haha yes I was tempted to go down the 'crazy' plot route. But decided to keep it real. Maybe one day I'll attempt missiles. As you can see I like to feature my collection in an innovative way to keep viewers interested...and the kid in me just refuses to grow up! Your facts were spot on for each aircraft and yes the 71-291 test prototype was featured in the UK back in the early 80s. I do love that 'Lizard' colour scheme. Here it is for real...just before it was reassigned to Evie


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Re: Evie Air Base- Revisited

Well such a situation would be more realistic again nowadays, sadly. Your depiction and storytelling is very impressive as usual.
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Thanks for commenting DutchCollector and yes I fully agree with you.


After all the recent Russian mid air action, at Evie things were pretty much back to normal and business as usual for the ground crews

Aerial munitions lift vehicles were back at work loading up an array of ordinances.


These heavy lift equipment were slow but methodical



With oil tanker seizures in the Straits of Hormuz, anti ship missions were anticipated



Whilst not the typical first choice ordinance for the F-15, the AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship guided missile is prepared



The vehicle's mechanical arm provides the lift as crews steady and line up the weapon








F-16 crews load an AIM-7 to wing points





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