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"Interception: Capturing Moments in the Skies" In the midst of chaos and conflict, interception becomes a pivotal moment that shapes history

Background imageInterception Collection: Dassault Mirage G8-01 Two-Seat Twin-Engined Variable-Geo?

Dassault Mirage G8-01 Two-Seat Twin-Engined Variable-Geo?
Dassault Mirage G8-01 Two-Seat Twin-Engined Variable-Geometry Prototype Multi-Role Jet Fighter Capable of Both Interception and Nuclear Strike Missions Flying Date: 1971

Background imageInterception Collection: Royal Air Force Captured Messerschmitt Me 410A-3 TF209

Royal Air Force Captured Messerschmitt Me 410A-3 TF209 (Werk Nr. 10259) (Luftwaffe F6-OK formerly of 2(F)/122). Captured intact at Monte Corvino in Italy F6-OK arrived at the Royal Aircraft

Background imageInterception Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, Interception

WW2 Christmas Card, Interception
A comical WW2 Christmas greetings card, the illustration portrays three Royal Air Force men enjoying a game of darts, one of them foolishly enacts an itnerception by stepping in the way

Background imageInterception Collection: The Intercepted Kiss (colour litho)

The Intercepted Kiss (colour litho)
3642806 The Intercepted Kiss (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Intercepted Kiss. Postcard, early 20th century)

Background imageInterception Collection: An Italian ammunition convoy on a supply route near Udine taken under German artillery

An Italian ammunition convoy on a supply route near Udine taken under German artillery
STC406156 An Italian ammunition convoy on a supply route near Udine taken under German artillery fire (b/w photo) by German Photographer (20th Century)

Background imageInterception Collection: The Battle of the Herrings (the Battle of Rouvray), in Northern France

The Battle of the Herrings (the Battle of Rouvray), in Northern France, during the Siege of Orleans, fought between France and Scotland against England, 12 February 1429

Background imageInterception Collection: USAF - Northrop F-89D-5-NO Scorpion 51-0415

USAF - Northrop F-89D-5-NO Scorpion 51-0415
United States Air Force - Northrop F-89D-5-NO Scorpion 51-0415, an early production F-89D (number 16), with rocket only armament

Background imageInterception Collection: Royal Air Force - Messerschmitt Me 410A-3 Hornisse TF209

Royal Air Force - Messerschmitt Me 410A-3 Hornisse TF209 (Werknummer 10259). This Me 410 was captured at Monte Corvino in Italy and arrived at the RAE on 14 April 1944

Background imageInterception Collection: United States Air Force - Northrop F-89B Scorpion 49-2453

United States Air Force - Northrop F-89B Scorpion 49-2453, of the 84th Fighter Interception Squadron / 78th Fighter Interception Group. Date: circa 1951

Background imageInterception Collection: Royal Air Force Bristol Beaufighter Mk. IF V8341

Royal Air Force Bristol Beaufighter Mk. IF V8341
Royal Air Force Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF V8341, on take-off with the undercarriage retracting. Visible on the leading edges outboard of the engines are the receive antennae of the AI Mk.IV airborne

Background imageInterception Collection: Young woman with magnifying glass in front of her eye

Young woman with magnifying glass in front of her eye

Background imageInterception Collection: Royal Air Force Typhoons Intercept 10 Russian Aircraft in One Mission

Royal Air Force Typhoons Intercept 10 Russian Aircraft in One Mission
An air-to-air image taken over Baltic airspace by Typhoon air crew, intercepting a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft. As part of NATOs ongoing mission to police Baltic airspace

Background imageInterception Collection: Hms Montrose Tracks Russian Warship in International Waters

Hms Montrose Tracks Russian Warship in International Waters
Image of a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 Coot aircraft. The Russian military have been monitoring BALTOPS 14 from a distance using their Coot aircraft as eyes-in-the-sky

Background imageInterception Collection: Royal Air Force Typhoons Intercept Multiple Russian Aircraft

Royal Air Force Typhoons Intercept Multiple Russian Aircraft
Image of an Antonov An26 Curl transport aircraft, taken from a RAF Typhoon aircraft during a QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) intercept

Background imageInterception Collection: Defence against the deadly long-range missiles 1958

Defence against the deadly long-range missiles 1958
Illustration by George Horace Davis, showing some ideas for missile interception, based on radar, computers, satellite and missile rockets in the future, and the continuing need for manned aircraft

Background imageInterception Collection: Postal censorship during World War I

Postal censorship during World War I
Photograph showing condemned goods taken from the mail and stored to await the decision of the Prize Court. Date: 1917

Background imageInterception Collection: Postal censorship during World War 1

Postal censorship during World War 1
Photograph taken in the Censors Museum which shows attempts which used to be made to smuggle food into Germany through the newspaper post

Background imageInterception Collection: The campaign against Evil Communications

The campaign against Evil Communications
Page showing a series of photographs depicting the elaborate work of the postal censorship during WW1 in Britain: the laboratory where suspicius matter is chemically examined

Background imageInterception Collection: The postal censorship: deciphering languages

The postal censorship: deciphering languages
Page showing a series of photos depicting some medals intercepted from Germany, as well as letters marked as photographs which contained rubber and leather instead

Background imageInterception Collection: Arado Ar 234B-Germanys and the Worlds first operation

Arado Ar 234B-Germanys and the Worlds first operational jet bomber Used from August 1944, it was fast enough to evade any attempt at interception

Background imageInterception Collection: The Sacrifice of Isaac from the High Altar of St. Peters in Hamburg, the Grabower Altar

The Sacrifice of Isaac from the High Altar of St. Peters in Hamburg, the Grabower Altar
XKH145279 The Sacrifice of Isaac from the High Altar of St. Peters in Hamburg, the Grabower Altar, 1383 (tempera on panel) by Master Bertram of Minden (c.1345-c.1415); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Background imageInterception Collection: Menwith Hill spy base, aerial image

Menwith Hill spy base, aerial image
Menwith Hill monitoring station, UK, aerial photograph. This base, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, is operated by the US National Security Agency

Background imageInterception Collection: Intercepted communications, artwork

Intercepted communications, artwork
Intercepted communications, conceptual computer artwork

Background imageInterception Collection: Crimean war John Bythsea & William Johnstone

Crimean war John Bythsea & William Johnstone
During the Crimean War, Commander John Bythsea (or Bythesea) and Stoker William Johnstone seize the Russian mail and despatches from five Russian soldiers in order to intercept important messages


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"Interception: Capturing Moments in the Skies" In the midst of chaos and conflict, interception becomes a pivotal moment that shapes history. From a heartwarming WW2 Christmas card exchanged between soldiers to the intense aerial battles fought by brave pilots, interception takes on various forms. One such remarkable event was when the Royal Air Force intercepted and captured a Messerschmitt Me 410A-3 TF209 aircraft. The triumph of this interception showcased their skill and determination in defending their skies. Meanwhile, the Dassault Mirage G8-01 Two-Seat Twin-Engined Variable-Geo soared through the clouds, ready to intercept any threat that dared to challenge its might. Its sleek design epitomized power and precision. Not all interceptions were about warfare though; some depicted tender moments amidst turmoil. "The Intercepted Kiss, " portrayed in vibrant colors on a lithograph, immortalized an embrace shared during uncertain times – reminding us that love can flourish even in adversity. On land, interception took another form as German artillery targeted an Italian ammunition convoy near Udine. This strategic move aimed to disrupt supply routes but ultimately fell victim to an unexpected counter-interception by Allied forces. The Battle of Rouvray, known as "The Battle of the Herrings, " witnessed fierce clashes as opposing sides intercepted each other's plans with relentless determination. Victory hinged upon successful interceptions and tactical maneuvers. Across continents, modern aircraft continued this legacy of interception. The USAF's Northrop F-89D Scorpion 51-0415 patrolled American skies while its British counterpart - Royal Air Force's Messerschmitt Me 410A Hornisse TF209 - guarded European airspace with equal vigilance. New York Air National Guard proudly deployed Lockheed F-94B Starfire jets for swift interceptions over American soil while United States Air Force relied on Northrop F-89B Scorpion 49-2453 for their aerial defense.