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Reconnaissance Collection

"Exploring the Skies: A Glimpse into the World of Reconnaissance" From the iconic Two Nimrod R1s of 51 Squadron to the legendary Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Four Royal Australian Air Force F-111 aircraft

Four Royal Australian Air Force F-111 aircraft
February 14, 2006 - Four Royal Australian Air Force F-111 aircraft head out to the ranges on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Red Flag 06-1

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Two Nimrod R1s of 51 Squadron

Two Nimrod R1s of 51 Squadron, based at RAF Waddington, pictured flying in formation

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941

Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941
Painting showing a Fleet Air Arm Fairey Swordfish torpedo-bomber-reconnaissance airplane flying over a British destroyer (bottom centre) and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (back right), 1941

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: RAF Bristol Blenheim Fighter-Bombers; Second World War, 19

RAF Bristol Blenheim Fighter-Bombers; Second World War, 19
Illustration showing three Royal Air Force Bristol Blenheim mark IV fighter-bomber-reconnaissance airplanes over enemy territory in 1941

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Royal Australian Air Force F-111 in flight

Royal Australian Air Force F-111 in flight
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, February 14, 2006 - A Royal Australian Air Force F-111 flies to the ranges during Red Flag 06-1

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: The Westland Lysander, 1941. Creator: Unknown

The Westland Lysander, 1941. Creator: Unknown
The Westland Lysander, 1941. British army liaison aircraft made by Westland Aircraft, used before and during the Second World War

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Dinah -Used between mid-19441-194

Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Dinah -Used between mid-19441-1945 by the Japanese Army for long range reconnaissance

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: A SR-71B Blackbird flying across the Sierra Nevada Mountains

A SR-71B Blackbird flying across the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California during a 1994 flight

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 of the Royal Air Force

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 of the Royal Air Force taken on its base at RAF Kinloss, Scotland

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: A Supermarine Spitfire Mk-18 in flight

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk-18 in flight near West Chester County, Pennsylvania

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: PBY Catalina vintage flying boat

PBY Catalina vintage flying boat
Consolidated PBY Catalina vintage flying boat in U.S. Army Air Force naval rescue colors

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Dropping from a Kite Balloon 1917

Dropping from a Kite Balloon 1917
A British observer drops from the car of a kite balloon, attached to the parachute which is hanging over the side of the basket. His colleague has already jumped and is on his way to the ground

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. Creator: NASA

U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. Creator: NASA
U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. After Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union during a CIA spy flight on May 1, 1960

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Tornado GR4 with Raptor Reconnaissance Pod

Tornado GR4 with Raptor Reconnaissance Pod
A Tornado GR4 aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force, takes off from RAF Marham in Norfolk. A Raptor Airborne Reconnaissance Pod can be seen fitted beneath the fuselage

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Republic XF-12 Rainbow RC-2

Republic XF-12 Rainbow RC-2
Republic Rc-2 Rainbow Airliner Cutaway Drawing Date: 1940s

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Supermarine Walrus

Supermarine Walrus
A Search & Rescue Supermarine Walrus Picking Up a Downed and Stranded Pilot in a Rubber Life-Raft Dinghy in the Sea Date: 1940s

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Fairey Campania two-seat seaplane

Fairey Campania two-seat seaplane
Fairey Campania two-seat carrier-borne reconnaissance or coastal patroller seaplane, which entered production in early 1917. It was mounted on a wheeled trolley for takeoff from a ships flight deck

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: PBY Catalina vintage flying boat

PBY Catalina vintage flying boat
Consolidated PBY Catalina vintage flying boat in U.S. Army Air Force naval rescue colors

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Aerial view, Clairmarais aerodrome, Northern France, WW1

Aerial view, Clairmarais aerodrome, Northern France, WW1
Aerial view of part of Clairmarais aerodrome, Pas de Calais, Northern France, with handwritten annotations, showing buildings and aeroplanes. Date: 1918

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Henschel Hs 126 -the Luftwaffes standard tactical reco

Henschel Hs 126 -the Luftwaffes standard tactical reconnaissance airtcraft

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: British RE8 biplane and pilot, WW1

British RE8 biplane and pilot, WW1
A British Royal Aircraft Factory RE8 two-seater biplane with the pilot in the cockpit, used by the Royal Flying Corps for reconnaissance and bombing during the First World War

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Short seaplane Type 184 in flight, WW1

Short seaplane Type 184 in flight, WW1
A British Short seaplane Type 184 in flight during the First World War. It was a two-seater reconnaissance, bombing and torpedo-carrying folder seaplane designed by Short Brothers. 1915-1918

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Aerial photograph of ruined suburbs, Arras, France, WW1

Aerial photograph of ruined suburbs, Arras, France, WW1
Aerial photograph (Canadian) of the ruined suburbs of Arras in northern France, taken from a kite balloon during the First World War. Date: November 1917

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Zeppelin shed at Nordholz, aerial photograph during WW1

Zeppelin shed at Nordholz, aerial photograph during WW1
Aerial photograph of a Zeppelin shed on a turntable, after its reconstruction and extension to a length of 200 metres, at the Nordholz Zeppelin Base in northern Germany during the First World War

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: United States Air Force - Martin NRB-57D Canberra 53-3973

United States Air Force - Martin NRB-57D Canberra 53-3973 31 May 1956 accepted by the 4080 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1959-61: AFSC. Converted to WB-57D

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Canberra PR9

Canberra PR9
Pictured during a routine sortie, aircraft WJ874 was painted to represent the first prototype Canberra, VN799, when it flew for the first time on 13 May 1949 at Warton airfield

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Aircraft mark The Queens 90th Birthday with a fly-past over Buckingham palace

Aircraft mark The Queens 90th Birthday with a fly-past over Buckingham palace
Pictured are an RAF Sentinel an Airseeker and two Tornado GR4 s. Her Majestys official 90th Birthday celebrations ended with an impressive display of 15 different types of aircraft

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Aerial view of trenches, West Flanders, Belgium, WW1

Aerial view of trenches, West Flanders, Belgium, WW1
Aerial view of front line trenches near Kemmel and Wulvergem, West Flanders, Belgium, on 8 May 1918. Date: 1918

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Dinah -constant improvements ensu

Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Dinah -constant improvements ensured that this Jabpanese Army reconnaissance type remained faster than most Allied fighters

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: RA-5C Vigilante in flight, circa 1966

RA-5C Vigilante in flight, circa 1966

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: British airship Beta at Firminy, France, WW1

British airship Beta at Firminy, France, WW1
The British airship Beta (HMA No. 17) on the landing ground at Firminy near Dunkirk, northern France, during the First World War

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: East African Reconnaissance Regiment in Burma

East African Reconnaissance Regiment in Burma
Photograph of a soldier from the East African Reconnaissance Regiment, checking a machine-gun, Burma, 1945. The East African Reconnaissance Regiment, part of 11th East African Division

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Focke Wulf FW 189A -this twin engined tactical reconnai

Focke Wulf FW 189A -this twin engined tactical reconnaissance type was used extensively on the Eastern Front

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Airco DH 4 two-seater light bomber

Airco DH 4 two-seater light bomber, first flown in mid-August 1916, and used by the RFC and the RNAS. Seen here is serial no. A 7845, a reconnaissance fighter version. Date: circa 1916-1918

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: A U. S. Air Force E-3A Sentry taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

A U. S. Air Force E-3A Sentry taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
A U.S. Air Force E-3A Sentry AWACS from 552nd Air Control Wing, taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Red Flag 2016-2

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: A Royal Air Force Harrier GR9 flying low over North Wales

A Royal Air Force Harrier GR9 flying low over North Wales. The Harrier GR9 is a single seat, multi-role combat aircraft that is capable of operating in extreme environments

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-AETY Clio

Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-AETY Clio
Short S23 Empire Flying Boat, G-AETY, Clio, on arrival at Belfast for conversion to a military role for coastal reconnaissance

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Aerial photograph of Bayernschloss, Germany, WW1

Aerial photograph of Bayernschloss, Germany, WW1
Aerial photograph (German) of an area described as Bayernschloss, Germany, during the First World War. Date: 12 July 1917

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: MQ-9 Reaper spyplane

MQ-9 Reaper spyplane. This unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), formerly called RQ-9 Predator B, is piloted remotely and powered by the propeller at the rear (left)

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Reconnaissance by the 12th Lancers in the Neighbourhood of Eupatoria (engraving)

Reconnaissance by the 12th Lancers in the Neighbourhood of Eupatoria (engraving)
2785610 Reconnaissance by the 12th Lancers in the Neighbourhood of Eupatoria (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Aerial photography by G. H. Davis

Aerial photography by G. H. Davis
Aerial photography by the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit of the RAF: details of cameras and methods in use during the Second World War. Date: 1944

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: German Air Force Tornado aircraft

German Air Force Tornado aircraft of Germanys reconnaissance wing 51 in Tiger Meet markings, Neuburg, Germany

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: A U. S. Army RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle

A U. S. Army RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle
March 7, 2011 - A U.S. Army RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle sits on the flight line before takeoff at Hurlburt Field, Florida, during Emerald Warrior 2011

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off from Osan Air Base, South Korea

A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off from Osan Air Base, South Korea
October 21, 2009 - A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off from Osan Air Base, South Korea, during the base Air Power Day air show

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: King George V with RAF officers, Western Front, WW1

King George V with RAF officers, Western Front, WW1
King George V inspecting RAF officers on the Western Front in France during World War One, August 1918. The men belonged to the 11th and 2nd Balloon Wings (air reconnaissance). 1918

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: BRITISH BABY AIRSHIP 2

BRITISH BABY AIRSHIP 2
The British Armys Baby intended for observation and reconnaissance, depicted flying low over London

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Entrance to the dockyard, Portsmouth

Entrance to the dockyard, Portsmouth
Entrance to the dockyard at Portsmouth, where Lieutenant Commander Lionel Kenneth Phillip Buster Crabb (1909-1956) disappeared on 19 April 1956

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: 41 Sqaudron Tornado GR4, preparing to test fire four Storm Shadow missiles

41 Sqaudron Tornado GR4, preparing to test fire four Storm Shadow missiles
Image of a 41 Sqaudron (the RAFs test and evaluation Sqn) Tornado GR4, preparing to test fire four Storm Shadow missiles over the Atlantic Ocean



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"Exploring the Skies: A Glimpse into the World of Reconnaissance" From the iconic Two Nimrod R1s of 51 Squadron to the legendary Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, it has always been at the forefront of aviation. This captivating field takes us back in time to witness history unfold through aerial lenses. In 1941, amidst the chaos of World War II, Four Royal Australian Air Force F-111 aircraft soared across enemy lines with unwavering determination. Meanwhile, the Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber showcased its versatility as it braved treacherous waters during critical missions. The Westland Lysander, shrouded in mystery and created by an unknown genius in 1941, proved instrumental in covert operations. Similarly, Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Dinah played a pivotal role between mid-1944 and 1945 as it gathered vital intelligence for strategic planning. Witnessing a Royal Australian Air Force F-111 gracefully glide through the sky is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Its presence reminds us that reconnaissance remains essential even in modern times. Equally impressive is the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 of the Royal Air Force - a symbol of technological advancement and precision. As we delve deeper into history's archives, we encounter breathtaking sights such as an SR-71B Blackbird majestically soaring above Sierra Nevada Mountains or a U-2 spy plane masquerading under fictitious NASA markings during Cold War tensions - reminding us that truth can often be disguised behind illusions. Amidst these remarkable machines lies beauty too; behold a Supermarine Spitfire Mk-18 gracefully cutting through clouds with unparalleled elegance. And who could forget about PBY Catalina vintage flying boat? It served not only as an invaluable asset but also captured hearts with its nostalgic charm. Reconnaissance encompasses more than just technology; it embodies courage and dedication.