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  1. The frontline defence of UK skies, Evie is one of 4 QRA stations in the country. The Typhoons roll out. Within seconds of an alert these Fighters are always combat ready to respond Armed and ready the Eurofighter Typhoons will be airborne in minutes As they taxi the Typhoons receive coordinates updates from ATC On this well rehearsed procedure, the pilots have one objective...get airborne and intercept...quickly The MiG-25 skirts alongside UK airspace, with no officially filed fight plan and no radio response, with the sole aim to test UK air response and intimidate Not far to the South East of its position the Eurofighters with permission to fly supersonic over land close the gap As they close in their response is a clear and decisive one...Leave or prepare to be shot down
  2. I've been away on business for a while now and this has meant no posts here of late. Its a shame as there have been some recent big real world events that I would have loved to replicate at Evie but time has not allowed me to. Anyway just to keep things ticking over here are the beginnings of another Russian incursion to keep the good folk at Evie (and myself or course) busy A few months of relative quiet had passed when somewhere over the North Sea, a Russian MiG-25 on a reconnaissance mission deliberately strays into UK Airspace The MiG travelling South-West Heading 032 at 31,000feet is picked at RAF Scampton on radar NADOC at RAF Air Command in High Wycombe are advised and direct an immediate aerial intercept. Evie Operations receive the call from the RAF Scampton Master Controller instructing for 2 Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Fighters to scramble Over at the Hardened Aircraft Shelters the Alert alarms are sounded as the HAS door control panels are operated Between the two large shelters stands a small inconspicuous building called "The Box" The heavy concrete doors slide aside as the sirens echo all around Suddenly the door of The Box swings open The Box is actually the entrance to a large underground living quarters and operational bunker for 24-hour shift QRA crew members The two pilots and their ground support spill out from underground and run towards their hangers They are met by the HAS ground crews and prepped to board The MiG continues on its heading unabated...for now... For those that are interested SUPERMODELNATION just secured its own Domain so I unashamedly invite you to visit the new site and enjoy the History of Evie and all the wonderful stories ever made in one place https://www.supermodelnation.com/
  3. This diorama has a lot going on- The landed soldiers on the beach; the exploded gun turret of the tank; the fast speed boat; the incoming overhead gunships with the "motion" rotors; the hovercraft jet spray just all add to the intensity and drama. Excellent arrangement. The waves look brilliant too. Thanks for sharing this effective piece.
  4. A KC-10 Extender, an aerial refueling tanker and military variant of the triple engine DC-10, sits on the tarmac at Evie. Part of the USAF Air Mobility Command, this is the first refueling tanker on long term assignment to Evie Air Base. The aircraft is being prepped and is now taking on fuel of its own With fuel carrying capacity of up to 356,000 lbs and cargo carrying capacity of up to 146,000 lbs this plane significantly improves Evie's operational capability. This one from the 514th Air Mobility Wing based out of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, which is an associate Air Force Reserve command that flies aircraft assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing. an active duty Wing also out of McGuire. The intention was to increase flight time of aircraft missions out of Evie and extend their operational perimeters The aircraft is cleared for Runway 28 The KC-10 has both a centreline refueling 'flying boom' as well as the 'drogue and hose' refueling system to the rear making it very versatile and able to service multiple aircraft types ...cleared for takeoff... ...V1...Rotate...
  5. Thanks for the comments SQL Modeller. The black and white was inspired by you. Thanks also for commenting phantom. Yes never too big to play : 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
  6. Sadly towards the end of the last 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 effected some repairs and hopefully the wide camera angles in this next update will make the damage less visible. Thanks for all the comments so far guys...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 [In Sepia especially for SQLModeller in tribute to the RKO references] 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.
  7. Those RKOs were groundbreaking and legendary sir so thank you. And for that comment the final shot in the next update will be in sepia...just for you!. 😉. The next one should be out in about a week from now. Yes the Lizard camo is truly awesome. Thanks for commenting.
  8. Well thank you for that southwestforests. 'Cool' from any viewpoint is good enough for me. Thanks for the encouragement. More to follow
  9. The Russians are coming! Enjoy... 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
  10. I always see something I didn't spot the first time when I revisit this thread
  11. Thanks for the kind comments Crazy Snap Captain and SQL Modeller. Your words are great encouragement. 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...
  12. This last week was indeed a special moment in history. On Thursday 4th April, NATO Foreign Ministers met in Washington D.C. to mark the Alliance's seventieth anniversary. It was truly a special occasion and right across the globe several NATO events were held to commemorate this historic milestone. At NATO HQ the Allies walked together... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI9uTpFq7zI At Evie Air Base, during the week, a number of meetings, speeches and ceremonies were held by top military officials to mark the event. This led up to a special weekend finale providing airmen, ground crew their family and friends a chance to unwind and enjoy themselves. Days before, heavy machinery had been brought in and construction staff worked round the clock on the base to make it a reality. The weekend event was ready in a few days. The Base Commander opened the event with a short speech. Local press captured the event and the rapturous crowd cheered in celebration The turnout was huge! The crowd went wild as the first act was introduced and rock music echoed from mighty speakers around the Base Various bands took to the stage performing hit after hit As evening fell the crowd sang along to memorable ballads performed by famous artists As the artists performance drew to a close, suddenly the loud speakers were drowned out by an even louder almighty roar... Twin engines of the Lancer B-1 Bomber flanked by a pair of F-18 Hornet jets made a very low pass over the crowd The jets screamed across the base climbed and turned As soon as they had arrived they were gone. A fitting tribute to end a perfect evening The Base Commander took to the stage to provide his closing remarks as the crowd cheered ecstatically having been thoroughly entertained on this remarkable occasion at the Base We too join the millions worldwide to wish the Alliance a very Happy 70th Birthday and many more to come as peace and security is ensured by its presence across the world.
  13. Thanks again SQL Modeller...wait no longer...here's the next!
  14. Sorry guys it has been, what seems like forever since my last update. Work and other life stuff is making it impossible at the moment and this will be a short one. However, you know how I love to cross-over real world events with this thread so I just could not resist the recent events of this week.... Breaking News of the RAF Tornados final return flight to the UK after 40 years of service in missions over Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Libya, Syria to mention just a few. The aircraft saw quite a lot of action and this week, what was reported as the final return flight from RAF Akotiri in Cyprus into RAF Marham in Norfolk, UK was all over the news and this was an opportunity I didn't want to miss. http://www.forces.net/news/raf-tornados-return-home-operations-last-time However, what you did not know was a small contingent of Tornado jets had just concluded what was, a final secret mission (Operation Overlord) over Northern Syria. So what you see today is the true final RAF Tornado return flight. The group of three jets was now on its final leg back to the UK as they raced backed over the English Channel. They were soon over countryside hills They lower their landing gear whilst maintaining a tight formation With their base in sight they line themselves up All touching down in quick succession And then the slow taxi back to their final stand Ground crews were on hand to welcome them home This truly was a momentous occasion as these formidable craft powered down from their very final sortie run The pilots were glad to be part of this historic moment knowing they had served their country with dignity, honour and pride flying a formidable aircraft and a true workhorse of the UK air campaign. Evie says: Farewell RAF Tornado!!! An end of an era. ...Meanwhile, those Russians were still up to all sorts of mischief in and around the skies above NATO airspace...clearly things were soon to come to a head....
  15. Maverick231 your comments are very encouraging and make me wanna get back on location and start setting up new scenes. Many dont realise how most of the shots take ages and great pains to set up so really appreciate the comments. There's so much more to come from Evie...hope to be back online real soon.
  16. I missed this comment as I've been away for a while. Thanks SQLModeller 'strangely addictive' That made me smile. Next series will be sometime in the new year I hope but still snowed under and away with work. Watch this space though!
  17. Following their involvement in the successful air raids in response to Syria's chemical weapons attack, personnel at Evie Air Base were back to business as usual activities. The next few, short posts will provide you an insight to what these base activities look like As nobody knew if or when the next orders could arrive a major operation to keep the base operationally prepared was underway. The airport road is cordoned off for safety and security reasons French ground crew load fresh ordinance on their planes. Teams carefully mount air to air weapons into place whilst ground vehicles are used for the heavy movements Special aerial munitions lift vehicles are brought in to assist with the activity. Racks of standard air to surface Anti-Radiation Missiles were offloaded Evie had two of these mechanical loaders each capable of carrying an arrary of loads including bombs, missiles, fuel tanks, pylons, special weapons weighing up to 10,000lbs at the same time on dual crane lift arms As this was ongoing, a pair of F/A 18s prepare to fly Combat Air Patrol (CAP) missions over coastal regions These CAP missions are necessary to deter the recent increase in Russian air incursions into European airspace following the joint air strikes
  18. Following the weekend's co-ordinated military strike on Syria, Western governments grapple with all the political fallout and the huge media storm in their various countries. The 'whys and wherefores' of military action are being debated with strong arguments on both sides. As this all plays out, the silent Monday evening skies above Evie are broken with the deafening sound of returning fighters from their Middle Eastern forward posts. The French Rafale fighters buzz the base in single file formation. Their silhouettes distinct against the darkening evening skies They make a wide arc of the base before descending on final approach, touching down with a formation landing The mission was a success with over 100 missiles launched from both sea and and air against Syria's chemical weapon making facilities, sending a resounding message to the Assad Regime Many questioned the legitimacy of the strike but these pilots know not to consider the political justifications, but to simply get the job done They taxi to the stand as the next wave of fighters touch down Led by a single F/A-18, the US detachment of F-16s also touch down safely, having played a prominent mission role As the US Jets taxied in a sole F-15 was close behind touching down after them An hour later, the Saab JAS39s completed their returns and headed for the HAS structures The base instructions were for all fighters to be re-armed, refueled and made ready for any next sortie. It was unclear if and when a subsequent mission would be required, but Evie was ensuring she was ready and capable to respond if and when asked
  19. Yes it has been a while...Apologies. But it's started getting warmer now and with some downtime at work, it means I can sneak in a quick episode...or two. As always I love to crossover my posts with real-life world events, so what can be bigger than the precarious situation currently being faced in Syria. We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to the innocents, most especially the children, that have paid a heavy price and still continue in their suffering today. As the world holds its breath in anticipation of the unfolding events in Syria and the impending danger of a Western response and a potential Russian counter to what is already a volotile and complex arena, activities at Evie Air Base are stepped up. NATO assets are being prepared as part of a concerted joint military effort. At present, plans are 'need to know' but assets are made ready. French Carrier based Rafale jets arrived at Evie overnight as ground and air crew prepare them for possible forthcoming action The Dassault Rafale M, a formidible multi-role fighter is the French Navy's primary air asset Military vehicles conduct round trips to Evie's weapons stores to pick up aircraft ordinances Armoured trucks bring in other suppliers Airmen check and prepare their fighters Out on the taxiway two Swedish Saab JAS39's Gripen jets have just touched down at Evie and are also here to be prepared for possible combat eventualities The Swedish Air Force's contribution was limited but the Gripen's fighter, attack reconnaissance capability made it an effective one At the other end of the base, US F/A-18 and F-16 assets are already armed and combat ready Heavy machinery and other NATO assets are also in transit. The base was very much in an active state. Sophisticated ground to air radar is spotted being brought onto the base It is unclear exactly what is to follow next but NATO forces are ensuring they are prepared for any political decisions to follow. Meanwhile the world cautiously waits...and watches...
  20. Thanks Andrew...appreciate the comment. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one on this forum! Been absent for a bit and expect to be for a while but managed to pull together this brief "end of season episode". Looks like there will be a bit of a break but promise more excitement from Evie for certain. With early airborne warning systems monitoring the skies the base prepped its existing assets as more were expected and already on their way to bolster Evie's defences. Ground crews worked hard to ready the Fighting Falcons on the apron. At this point further commentary hardly seems necessary as the actions convey the seriousness of their preparations (cue the action music in your heads...) To be continued...
  21. Apologies, I did say I would hit delays hence the long silence...Well on with the story At Evie a small specialised crew of technicians and pilots emerge from the Officers quarters They head towards the Western Stand At the stand a Boeing E-3 Sentry -Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) also referred to in the UK as Airborne Early Warning (AEW) awaits them This crew of specisalists, skilled in radar and tracking detection, airborne surveillance and communications board the plane. A Tow is brought in and push back is commenced Evie were wasting no time following the latest NATO memo for increased aerial capabilities to counter recent Russian hostile operations The E-3 Sentry, when at altitude, has a top down 360 degree view of the horizon to provide a detect, identify, track and intercept of air and sea targets simultaneously if required The large primary radar is housed in a huge 30 feet (9.1 metre) in diameter rotodome mounted above the aircraft which scans at 6 revolutions per minute, using powerful interleaving algorithms, with a detection range of more than 320km AWACS radar system improvements means upgraded capability to identify and track land, sea and air target threats with even smaller radar cross sections such as small jets and missiles including stealthy targets The E-3 plays a major role in NATO enforcement of air space control, no-fly zones and command and control capability. This one was the first deployment from Evie and is cleared for take off The Sentry was recently deployed to Evie to bolster the existing E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning already operating out of the base This E-2C provided by Ejército del Aire- the Spainish Air Force is a very recent addition to their service. The E-2C provides similar activities to the Sentry but can also be carrier launched with its smaller 24 foot rotating radome Both aircraft were soon above providing the valuable 'Eyes in the skies' capability...Evie was watching...
  22. Whilst I am enjoying this creation very much as I am sure most of you are, you may notice a slow down in posts a little though as work is consuming most of my down time. Whenever I can grab some spare time I will continue here. Following the initial notification calls, a formalised communication memo was sent through to Evie Air Base. Evie Commanders opened up the document to view its contents:
  23. This post ends this short mini-story. Several new shorts are in the planning stages so more to follow on this thread from Evie shortly. I enjoyed doing this one especially as it related to real life events that affected so many. The roar came from a group of incoming General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons These were Evie’s primary respondents recommencing their QRA operations They touched down in formation amidst the ongoing relief operation activities Meanwhile at the relief site, Forklifts tackle the larger cargo crates The Merlins make a return drop of the remaining two Power generators before finally taking off again Forklifts on the ground waste no time loading the four power generators onto trailers Ground vehicles manoeuvre these heavy machines with great care onto the second C-17 These are the last of the main loading activities. The site is almost cleared Once completed, the vehicles are parked and the huge transports push back The relief effort crew watch on with a sense of pride and achievement They are cleared for take off The two C-17s are very shortly over the Atlantic heading south to the Hurricane ravagged Caribbean islands and southern U.S.A with relief cargo that would make a major difference to people’s lives This post ends this mini story but I hope it helped maintain our focus and thoughts on the plight of many that suffered and are still suffering today and possibly for weeks, months and years to come. They remain in our thoughts and we wish them all the very best. Over the following weeks, a growing concern for NATO was Russia. A call came through to Evie Air Base to step up all relevant counter-measures...
  24. Over Evie a pair of Merlin helicopters slowly descend having sought ATC clearance and both with underslung cargo The Merlins, otherwise known as AugustaWestland 101s were well suited for this sort of lift operation With most of the Caribbean still without electricity after the hurricanes, power supply was essential for the recovery effort The choppers bring in the first set of four 1500kw Hyundai Power Generators These generators would help bring vital electricity to rural areas across the Virgin Islands Areas in Puerto Rico affected by the most recent Hurricane Maria would also benefit from these generator plants The hardware was charitably donated by Evie's main sub contractor electrical supplier SR Ltd. The Merlins' carefully approach the landing zone The lead chopper was provided by the Italian Navy The other in olive green livery of the Royal Air Force On the ground troops had already started to load cargo Cranes, Forklifts and other trailers were put to use Even good old fashion elbow power was being used as soldiers carried some of the smaller gear on board the C-17s It was a very busy scene of activities as the Relief Effort Supervisor coordinated events Propane tanks and Diesel drums were loaded together with other supplies As all of this is unfolding just then...an almighty roar...
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