Many of you will probably have already seen these pics, but, just in case you haven't, if you like hi-speed hi-jinks the following photos are worth a look. These photos come via the Daily Mail's website (I know, I know, why was I reading the Daily Wail?) and photographer Andy Chittock.
Imagine the scene: you're an aviation spotter sitting on the side of a hill in Wales, hoping, breath-baited, to catch a glimpse of those heroic young men and women of the RAF as they roar past in sleek grey machines, streaking through the quiet, mist-wreathed valleys of winter, proud descendants of those noble few of the summer of 1940. Your heart thumping in your chest, you hear a distant rumble: Round the bend in the valley zips a Tornado GR4, the RAF's premier, top-of-the-line strike aircraft (don't laugh, you bloody yanks!). Gleefully, you snap what pictures you can as this thoroughbred of the air flits past, two steely-nerved heroes (or heroines) in the cockpit. It's only when you get home and take a closer look at the photos that you see:
Sadly, there are rumours that, as the RAF's fast-jet crews are now showboating a little too much, the low level routes will be continuosly changed so as to keep keen-eyed plane spotters guessing, removing the audience for the jet jocks. Bloody civil servants.