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Robert Lester | Soaring SR71 Blackbird

Soaring SR71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Renowned American aerospace engineer Clarence Kelly Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes
Robert Lester | SR71 Blackbird in the Blue

SR71 Blackbird in the Blue

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Renowned American aerospace engineer Clarence Kelly Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it
Robert Lester | Spitfire pair

Spitfire pair

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during and after World War II. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts; about 54 remain airworthy, and many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world.
Robert Lester | Gemini Moon Shot

Gemini Moon Shot

Project Gemini was NASA's second human spaceflight program. It was a United States space program started in 1961 and concluded in 1966. Project Gemini was conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo. The Gemini spacecraft carried a two-astronaut crew. Ten crews flew low Earth orbit (LEO) missions between 1965 and 1966. It put the United States in the lead during the Cold War Space Race against the Soviet Union. composite image of my own work
Robert Lester | MIG 17s On Your Tail

MIG 17s On Your Tail

MiG-17 (NATO code name Fresco) 1952 The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 ; NATO reporting name: Fresco, is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants.
Robert Lester | Avro Lancaster_ Low water pass

Avro Lancaster_ Low water pass

Two Avro Lancaster heavy bombers make a low pass over a Scottish Loch
Robert Lester | Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is a retired orbiter from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the fifth and final operational shuttle built. It embarked on its first mission, STS-49, in May 1992 and its 25th and final mission, STS-134, in May 2011. STS-134 was expected to be the final mission of the Space Shuttle program, but with the authorization of STS-135, Atlantis became the last shuttle to fly. Composite of my own work
Robert Lester | KFIR C-2 fighters

KFIR C-2 fighters

The Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir (Hebrew: Lion Cub) is an Israeli-built all-weather, multirole combat aircraft based on a modified French Dassault Mirage 5 airframe, with Israeli avionics and an Israeli-built version of the General Electric J79 turbojet engine.
Robert Lester |  The Last Spitfire

The Last Spitfire

PS915 (MK PRXiX). With the 5 blade prop, Built at Southampton in 1945, Spitfire PR Mk XIX PS915 entered service just too late to see service in World War Two, joining 541 Squadron at Benson in June 1945 before oving to the PR Development Unit to take part in tests of new cameras. In April 1947 she was assigned to No 2 Squadron at Wunstorf in Germany, flying ‘Cold War’ strategic reconnaissance sorties in connection with the East/West divide of Europe and during the Berlin Airlift of 1948/49.
Robert Lester | Thousand bomber raid Hurricane

Thousand bomber raid Hurricane

A Hawker Hurricane flying as escort to a bomber force of Avro Lancasters
Robert Lester | The last spitfire roars

The last spitfire roars

The last spitfire roars
Robert Lester | Thousand bomber raid Hurricane-mono

Thousand bomber raid Hurricane-mono

A mass formation of Lancaster bombers , protected by Hawker Hurricanes, sets off on a raid to the European mainland
Robert Lester | BAE Hawk T1 XX 348

BAE Hawk T1 XX 348

U.K. BAE Hawk soars through the sky
Robert Lester | PBY Catalina soars

PBY Catalina soars

A PBY Catalina flying boat soars through the sky. Extensively used during and after wwii in long range reconnaissance, rescue ans anti submarine warfare roles
Robert Lester | Westland AW101 Merlin touchdown

Westland AW101 Merlin touchdown

The Agusta Merlin It was developed by a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the UK and Agusta in Italy in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter. Westland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil organisations
Robert Lester | Mig 17s On Patrol

Mig 17s On Patrol

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 (NATO code name Fresco) 1952
Robert Lester | PBY Catalina Sunset

PBY Catalina Sunset

A PBY Catalina taking a sunset flight
Robert Lester | Huey Attack

Huey Attack

A flight of U.S. Hueys coming in for an attack against the vietcong in the Vietnam war. Actually a composite as scenery is in france
Robert Lester | Avro Vulcan Sunset

Avro Vulcan Sunset

he Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan[2] from July 1963)[3] is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced,
Robert Lester | PBY Catalina Low Pass

PBY Catalina Low Pass

A PBY Catalina makes an ultra low pass across the water composite image .
Robert Lester |  Black Cat_Royal Navy

Black Cat_Royal Navy

The Black Cats are the Royal Navy's helicopter display team. The team is composed of two Westland Lynx anti-submarine and anti-shipping helicopters, with the aircraft and crews drawn from 702 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset.
Robert Lester | PBY Catalina sunset

PBY Catalina sunset

PBY Catalina, long range recconnaisance/anti submarine, , flying boat, starting its take off from the ocean with the sun setting in the background.
Robert Lester | PBY Catalina

PBY Catalina

A PBY Catalina taking an evening flight
Robert Lester | A Vulcan Guard. XH558

A Vulcan Guard. XH558

The red arrows escort the last remaining airworthy V-bomber, Vulcan in it`s last year of flight before grounding. The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan[2] from July 1963)[3] is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced,
Robert Lester | Agusta Merlin flies the Loop

Agusta Merlin flies the Loop

A Merlin flies the mach Loop. The AgustaWestland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil applications.
Robert Lester | Agusta Merlin_ Royal Navy

Agusta Merlin_ Royal Navy

Agusta Merlin_ Royal Navy The Agusta Westland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil applications
Robert Lester | Mig 15. Combat Air Patrol

Mig 15. Combat Air Patrol

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 ( NATO reporting name: Fagot) is a jet fighter aircraft developed by Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB for the Soviet Union. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful jet fighters to incorporate swept wings to achieve high transonic speeds. Introduced in combat over the skies of Korea, it outclassed straight-winged jet day fighters which were largely relegated to ground attack roles, and was quickly countered by the similar American swept-wing F-86 Sabre. The MiG-15 is often mentioned, along with the North American F-86 Sabre, as the best fighter aircraft of the Korean War, and among the best fighter aircraft of all time.
Robert Lester | Nighthawk _  CH-47 Chinook against the moon

Nighthawk _ CH-47 Chinook against the moon

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external ventral cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) the helicopter was faster than contemporary 1960s utility helicopters and attack helicopters, and is still one of the fastest helicopters in the US inventory.
Robert Lester | Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin In the Cuillins,Scotland

Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin In the Cuillins,Scotland

The Agusta Westland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil applications. It was developed by a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the UK and Agusta in Italy in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter.
Robert Lester | Jet Provost flight

Jet Provost flight

A flight of RAF jet provosts soars through the clouds.
Robert Lester | Vulcan_ Death comes by Starlight

Vulcan_ Death comes by Starlight

A vulcan rides under the radar on a night mission. The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan[2] from July 1963)[3] is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced, the Vulcan was considered the most technically advanced and hence the riskiest option.
Robert Lester | Vulcan crosses the Iron Coast

Vulcan crosses the Iron Coast

The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced, the Vulcan was considered the most technically advanced and hence the riskiest option.
Robert Lester |  Night Stalker . Blackbird SR-71

Night Stalker . Blackbird SR-71

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Renowned American aerospace engineer Clarence Kelly Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile. The SR-71 was designed to have basic stealth characteristics and served as a precursor to future stealth aircraft.
Robert Lester | Blackbird SR71 Eye in the Sky

Blackbird SR71 Eye in the Sky

The Lockheed SR-71 \Blackbird\ is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Renowned American aerospace engineer Clarence \Kelly\ Johnson was responsible for many of the design\'s innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it
Robert Lester | Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel

A B17 bomber being shepherded to safety by a P47 Thunderbolt fighter
Robert Lester | Death of a Hero

Death of a Hero

A Hawker Huricane takes it`s last flight, with the canopy shattered, pilot slumped forward,engine on fire and fuselage riddled with bullets during the battle of Britain
Robert Lester | The Mighty Concorde soars.

The Mighty Concorde soars.

Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner that was operated until 2003. It featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph or 2,180 km/h at cruise altitude), with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years. It is one of only two supersonic transports to have ever entered commercial service; the other was the Tupolev Tu-144, which ran for a much shorter period of time, before being grounded and retired due to safety and budget issues.
Robert Lester | Hawker hurricane

Hawker hurricane

A hawker hurricane rises trough the dusk sky to fight the german bombers in WWii
Robert Lester | KFIR C-2 fighters_Weapons hot

KFIR C-2 fighters_Weapons hot

The Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir (Hebrew: Lion Cub) is an Israeli-built all-weather, multirole combat aircraft based on a modified French Dassault Mirage 5 airframe, with Israeli avionics and an Israeli-built version of the General Electric J79 turbojet engine.
Robert Lester | Avro Lancaster_ Bombers Moon

Avro Lancaster_ Bombers Moon

An Avro Lancaster returning after a night bombing mission over Europe with one engine damaged, hence coming home on 3
Robert Lester | Sally B_ B17 Flying Fortress

Sally B_ B17 Flying Fortress

Flying Fortress formation off on a bombing mission into Europe
Robert Lester | Eye in the Sky. Blackbird SR 71

Eye in the Sky. Blackbird SR 71

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Renowned American aerospace engineer Clarence Kelly Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile. The SR-71 was designed to have basic stealth characteristics and served as a precursor to future stealth aircraft.
Robert Lester | Gemini-Coming in Hot

Gemini-Coming in Hot

Project Gemini was NASA's second human spaceflight program. It was a United States space program started in 1961 and concluded in 1966. Project Gemini was conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo. The Gemini spacecraft carried a two-astronaut crew. Ten crews flew low Earth orbit (LEO) missions between 1965 and 1966. It put the United States in the lead during the Cold War Space Race against the Soviet Union.
Robert Lester | Spitfire breaks

Spitfire breaks

A spitfire shoots skywards
Robert Lester | Mig-21. Combat Air Patrol

Mig-21. Combat Air Patrol

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 PFM (NATO code name Fishbed F)1959 Top Speed:................1,385 mph (2,228 kph) Ceiling:....................50,030 ft (15,248 m) Armament: Centerline single or twin-barrel 23 mm cannon, up to 4,400 lb (2,000 kg) of weapons on the fuselage centerline or 4x under-wing hardpoints This MiG-21 is painted in a high-visibility paint scheme to represent its use by the Polish Air Force in NATO Tiger Meet competitions.
Robert Lester | Spitfire-Morning Sortie

Spitfire-Morning Sortie

Spitfire climbing against the backdrop of an early sun setting
Robert Lester | The Last Spitfire Climbs in the sun

The Last Spitfire Climbs in the sun

Spitfire climbing against the backdrop of an early sun setting
Robert Lester | Lancaster Bomb run

Lancaster Bomb run

A Lancaster bomber rising to join the formations for a mass bombing raid in wwii
Robert Lester | Avro Vulcan  rules the sky

Avro Vulcan rules the sky

The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced, the Vulcan was considered the most technically advanced and hence the riskiest option.
Robert Lester | MIG 17s On the Hunt

MIG 17s On the Hunt

MiG-17 (NATO code name Fresco) 1952 The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 ; NATO reporting name: Fresco, is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants.
Robert Lester | Avro Vulcan Under the Radar

Avro Vulcan Under the Radar

The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced, the Vulcan was considered the most technically advanced and hence the riskiest option.
Robert Lester | MIG 17s on the Hunt

MIG 17s on the Hunt

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 (NATO code name Fresco) 1952 soaring through the clouds
Robert Lester |  Sea King Rescue

Sea King Rescue

Royal Navy Sea King comes to the rescue of victim in the sea. Composite of 2 of my own images
Robert Lester | Avro Vulcan Holocaust

Avro Vulcan Holocaust

An Avro Vulcan makes it way back home after delivering a nuclear strike. The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced, the Vulcan was considered the most technically advanced and hence the riskiest option.
Robert Lester | SR71 Blackbird soars

SR71 Blackbird soars

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Renowned American aerospace engineer Clarence Kelly Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes
Robert Lester | Bandits. Break Break Break

Bandits. Break Break Break

Spifires break go into action against the enemy, while protecting a lancaster Bomber force
Robert Lester | The Mighty Avro Vulcan  XH558

The Mighty Avro Vulcan XH558

The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced, the Vulcan was considered the most technically advanced and hence the riskiest option.
Robert Lester | B17s, Flying fortresses. Sky Warriors

B17s, Flying fortresses. Sky Warriors

A group of B17, Flying fortresses sets out on another mission to Europe
Robert Lester | Vulcan Sunrise

Vulcan Sunrise

The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced,
Robert Lester | Boeing AH-64 Apache flies the mach loop

Boeing AH-64 Apache flies the mach loop

Boeing AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter flying through the Mach Loop circuit in North Wales, U.K. The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew
Robert Lester | Lancaster moon

Lancaster moon

An Avro Lancaster returning after a night bombing mission over Europe
Robert Lester | Mig 15, Mountain patrol

Mig 15, Mountain patrol

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 ( NATO reporting name: Fagot) is a jet fighter aircraft developed by Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB for the Soviet Union. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful jet fighters to incorporate swept wings to achieve high transonic speeds. Introduced in combat over the skies of Korea, it outclassed straight-winged jet day fighters which were largely relegated to ground attack roles, and was quickly countered by the similar American swept-wing F-86 Sabre.
Robert Lester | Agusta Merlin AW 101, Dusty Touchdown

Agusta Merlin AW 101, Dusty Touchdown

The Agusta Westland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil applications. It was developed by a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the UK and Agusta in Italy in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter.
Robert Lester | CH 47 Chinook Daymoon

CH 47 Chinook Daymoon

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external ventral cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) the helicopter was faster than contemporary 1960s utility helicopters and attack helicopters, and is still one of the fastest helicopters in the US inventory.
Robert Lester | CH 47 Chinook Moonrise

CH 47 Chinook Moonrise

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external ventral cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) the helicopter was faster than contemporary 1960s utility helicopters and attack helicopters, and is still one of the fastest helicopters in the US inventory.
Robert Lester | Hurricane and Spitfire_ Brothers in arms

Hurricane and Spitfire_ Brothers in arms

A Hawker Hurricane and supermarine spitfire soar together across the Scottish highlands
Robert Lester | Chinooks Mountain Sortie

Chinooks Mountain Sortie

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external ventral cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) the helicopter was faster than contemporary 1960s utility helicopters and attack helicopters, and is still one of the fastest helicopters in the US inventory.
Robert Lester |  PBY Catalina Lake Landing

PBY Catalina Lake Landing

A PBY Catalina coming in for a lake landing
Robert Lester | Avro Vulcan Power climb

Avro Vulcan Power climb

The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984
Robert Lester | Mosquito Assault

Mosquito Assault

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is a British twin-engine, multi-role combat aircraft, introduced during the Second World War
Robert Lester | Vulcan_spirit of Great Britain

Vulcan_spirit of Great Britain

Vulcan_spirit of Great Britain.The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan
Robert Lester | Mig 15 Flight

Mig 15 Flight

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 ( NATO reporting name: Fagot) is a jet fighter aircraft developed by Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB for the Soviet Union. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful jet fighters to incorporate swept wings to achieve high transonic speeds. Introduced in combat over the skies of Korea, it outclassed straight-winged jet day fighters which were largely relegated to ground attack roles, and was quickly countered by the similar American swept-wing F-86 Sabre.
Robert Lester | Valkyrie Hueys

Valkyrie Hueys

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed Huey) is a utility military helicopter widely used in the Vietnam war.
Robert Lester |  Harrier AV-8c

Harrier AV-8c

A development of the British invented Harrier which saw sterling service in the Falklands war. Disconinued by the UK military, it has been taken over and further improved for use by the U.S. marine corp.
Robert Lester | Huey Valley Sortie  ( Correction)

Huey Valley Sortie ( Correction)

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed Huey) is a utility military helicopter widely used in the Vietnam war.
Robert Lester | Avro Lancasters_The heros fall

Avro Lancasters_The heros fall

A humble tribute to the brave Bomber Command crews suffered an extremely high casualty rate: 55,573 killed out of a total of 125,000 aircrew (a 44.4 percent death rate), a further 8,403 were wounded in action and 9,838 became prisoners of war.
Robert Lester | Lancaster bomber KCA City of Lincoln

Lancaster bomber KCA City of Lincoln

The four-engined Avro Lancaster heavy bomber was designed and built by Avro for the RAF during the Second World War. Entering service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942, it soon became their main heavy bomber.
Robert Lester | Tornado snow pair

Tornado snow pair

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing multirole combat aircraft, which was jointly developed and manufactured by Italy, the United Kingdom, and West Germany. Credit for Landscape background to eberhard grossgasteiger.
Robert Lester | Avro Vulcans_ Mountain strike

Avro Vulcans_ Mountain strike

The Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984.
Robert Lester | Gemini sunrise

Gemini sunrise

Project Gemini was NASA's second human spaceflight program. It was a United States space program started in 1961 and concluded in 1966. Project Gemini was conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo. The Gemini spacecraft carried a two-astronaut crew. Ten crews flew low Earth orbit (LEO) missions between 1965 and 1966.
Robert Lester | England... tallyho !

England... tallyho !

A vintage monoplane setting off from Etretat , Normandy, to cross the English Channel. Composite image using the magnificent cliffs of Etretat.
Robert Lester | Avro Vulcan XH588 _Vulcan Moon.

Avro Vulcan XH588 _Vulcan Moon.

The Avro Vulcan is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber Flown by the RAF during the cold war.
Robert Lester | F16 Fighting Falcons

F16 Fighting Falcons

A pair of United States Air Force F16 Fighting Falcons Soar into the clouds
Robert Lester | Avro Vulcan XH588_loaded bomb bay

Avro Vulcan XH588_loaded bomb bay

The Avro Vulcan is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber Flown by the RAF during the cold war. Note the loaded bomb bay
Robert Lester | Tornado GR4 Power climb

Tornado GR4 Power climb

Tornado GR4 roaring up into the sky
Robert Lester | Bae systems Hawk T1 XX348

Bae systems Hawk T1 XX348

A hawk soars through the Mach loop in he Welsh valleys
Robert Lester | Bae systems Hawk T1 XX348 _Double thumbs up

Bae systems Hawk T1 XX348 _Double thumbs up

A hawk ZK033 soars through the Mach loop in the Welsh valleys as the instructor in back gives a double thumbs up to the camera
Robert Lester | Spitfire_Low level Loch Pass

Spitfire_Low level Loch Pass

A lone spitfire Makes a low level pass across a Scottish highland Loch. A composite image of 2 of my own images