23 Squadron Phantom FGR.2 XV466/E making a practice QRA take- off from the MA2 matting temporary runway at RAF Stanley, Falkland Islands in 1983, vapourising the surface cover of slush and water from the thawing snow. The aircraft carries a full combat warload of overload tanks, 4 sidewinder and 4 Skyflash missiles as well as the awesome SUU-23A 20mm gatling gun which starts firing at 100 rounds per second.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is http://www.oscarpix.co.uk

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  • Woodie
    Woodieover 2 years ago

    Brilliant action shot, into faves Cheers Neil

  • Thank you very much Neil! I remember that when I took this shot my fingers were so numb that I wasn’t really sure I’d pressed the button!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 2 years ago

    Brilliant, love it.

  • Thanks a lot, too Nigel.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    Great Image Colin. – Ted

  • Thanks for that Ted!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...over 2 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Many thanks Colin!

    – Colin Smedley

  • fototaker
    fototakerabout 2 years ago

    awesome capture and hoping you were wearing ear plugs! can imagine your ears were soundly blasted! i wouldn’t mind the cold meself – i’ve been in worst! ;)

  • Thanks again! Noise I can live with (I have to with Coningsby airbase only half a mile away) but these days I really appreciate a temperate climate! I have done my time in extreme climates.

    – Colin Smedley

  • fototaker
    fototakerabout 2 years ago

    yes, i know exactly what you mean about extreme climates – think the “coolest” i’ve been to was about 130f. i suffer from tinnitus from my decades aboard aircraft carriers. it’s not fun, especially at night.

  • With me it was the opposite. I lost all the high frequencies in my left ear due to my involvement in Vulcan operational scrambles – sometimes you just diddn’t get a chance to put on ear defenders. I was lucky – about six years later they all came back (almost). I know how noisy it gets on a carrier – I once went for a trip on HMS Ark Royal for three days. They were flying Scimitars and Sea Vixens then. I landed on and left on a COD Gannet.

    – Colin Smedley

  • fototaker
    fototakerabout 2 years ago

    I don’t envy your hearing damage BUT am amazed your hearing returned! there is always time for prevention!!

  • JEZ22
    JEZ22almost 2 years ago

    wow, fantastic shot

  • Thanks a lot Jez!

    – Colin Smedley

  • muz2142
    muz21426 months ago

    Good shot.
    We briefly had Phantoms in the RAAF while waiting for the first F111s to arrive.

  • Hah! We cancelled the F-111s and ordered more Phantoms – and I worked on them for 17 years! Thanks Muzz!

    – Colin Smedley

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