Both Andrew Pearse and Tim Ainsworth apparently enjoying themselves packing the first parachute of the day. 6th August 2011.
XS458 backtracking up Cranfields runway 03 in preperation for the first run of the day.
The T5 Lightning only carried air to air missiles as its armament. Redtop and the earlier Firestreak, as seen on XS458 in this photo.
Turning XS458 into wind, Dennis Brooks lines up on Cranfields runway 21.
Hunched right down on its nose leg, the Avons are steadily brought up to full throttle! Then....
.....She's away! Captured, the moment that the afterburner is lit. The flame seen from No 2 engine is the hot streak, the afterburner's ignition.
Leaving the Western holding area. XS458 starts on its second run of the day. A lovely shot with the heat haze very much in evidence.
Showing off the 111Sqn colours, XS458 approaches the runway for another thunder run.
With only a mile of runway to play with Dennis Brooks has to act fast to go from full afterburner to brake chute and apply airbrakes and flaps.
With a delightful backdrop, XS458 is posed wonderfully as Dennis Brooks turns off the runway.
An unusual head on shot as XS458 turns off the runway. The brake parachute, air-brakes and flaps adds drama at the end of a successful run.
The moment the brake parachute is no longer needed. Seen moments after jettisoning the 'chute.
The Lightning is posed after the second run is over. A photographer is shown the cockpit and its instruments by Dennis.
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