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Reconnaissance Collection

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
USAF Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Date: 1960s

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Lockheed YF-12A Blackbird

Lockheed YF-12A Blackbird
USAF Lockheed YF-12A Blackbird Date: 1960s

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Grumman US-2C Tracker 133360

Grumman US-2C Tracker 133360
United States Navy - Grumman US-2C Tracker 133360 (msn N-32), of VU-7. The sixty S2F-2 (S-2C) Trackers were built to carry the MK-90 nuclear depth charge in an enlarged weapon bay

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01559

Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01559
United States Air Force - Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01559 (msn ) of the 527th TFTAS, 10th TRW, at RAF Alconbury on 27 April 1977. Date: 1977

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01552

Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01552
United States Air Force - Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01552, of the 527th TFTAS, 10th TRW, at RAF Alconbury on 9 August 1977. Date: 1977

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01551

Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01551
United States Air Force - Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01551, of the 527th TFTAS, 10th TRW, at RAF Alconbury on 9 August 1977. Date: 1977

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01560

Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01560
United States Air Force - Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-01560 (msn ) of the 527th TFTAS, 10th TRW, at RAF Alconbury on 27 April 1977 Date: 1977

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom 68-0580

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom 68-0580
United States Air Force - McDonnell Douglas RF-4C-39-MC Phantom 68-0580 (MSN 3532), of the 33rd Tactical Reconnaissance Training Squadron, based at Shaw AFB, SC. Date: 1971

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Northrop T-38A Talon 64-13301

Northrop T-38A Talon 64-13301
United States Air Force - Northrop T-38A-55-NO Talon 64-13301 (MSN N.5730), of the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB. Date: circa 2000

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: SOP. 1E.2

SOP. 1E.2
Aviation Militaire - SOP. 1E.2 two-seat trainer, with student pilots. One of many hundreds licence-built in France, in reconnaissance (Sop. 1A.2), bomber (Sop. 1B.2), single-seat bomber (Sop)

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Alfa Romeo 1900 M 'Matta'

Alfa Romeo 1900 M 'Matta', given the designation AR 51 ( AR - Autovettura da Ricognizione - Reconnaissance Car). A civilian version was also produced in limites numbers as the AR52. Date: circa 1990

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: United States Navy - North American RA-5C Vigilante 156608

United States Navy - North American RA-5C Vigilante 156608 NK601 RVAH-13 (RVAH - heavy aircraft reconnaissance squadron) in the early 1970s Date: 1972

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Arado AR-234

Arado AR-234
A Captured Luftwaffe Arado Ar-234 in Royal Air Force RAF Marking Parked, As Flown by Test-Pilot Captain Eric Melrose Winkle Brown, Cbe, Dsc, Afc, Fraes

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 71-0291

McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 71-0291 (msn 0012/B002), at the 1980 SBAC Farnborough Airshow on 6 September 1980. Built as the second TF-15A

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 57-2589

Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 57-2589
United States Air Force - Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker 57-2589 (MSN 17725) 13 December 1958: First flight. 21 January 1959: 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Offutt AFB, NE

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: United States Air Force - Boeing WB-29 Superfortress

United States Air Force - Boeing WB-29 Superfortress
United States Air Force - Boeing WB-29-90-BW Superfortress 44-87744 (msn12547), force landed at Moses Point Airport, Elim, Alaska due to two in-flight engine failures

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Alabama Air National Guard - Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Alabama Air National Guard - Republic RF-84F Thunderflash
Alabama Air National Guard - Republic RF-84F-35-RE Thunderflash 53-7529, of the 160th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, with 53-7526, 53-7542, 53-7547, 53-7611 (-40) and 53-7595 (-40)

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Nakajima C6N Saiun

Nakajima C6N Saiun (Iridescent Cloud) (Allied codename Jill), carrier-based reconnaissance aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service in World War II At Freeman Field Arizona

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Royal Air Force Supermarine Swift FR. 5 WK281

Royal Air Force Supermarine Swift FR. 5 WK281
Royal Air Force Supermarine Swift FR.5 WK281. Built by Vickers Armstrong and delivered on 5 November 1956, WK281 joined No 79 Squadron at RAF Gutersloh

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Short S. 38 - SA. 1 Sturgeon S. 1 RK797

Short S. 38 - SA. 1 Sturgeon S. 1 RK797
Short S.38/SA.1 Sturgeon S.1 RK797, the first prototype of a new carrier-borne strike and reconnaissance aircraft for the Royal Navy

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Republic XF-12 Rainbow

Republic XF-12 Rainbow
Republic Xf-12 / Xr-12 Rainbow Flying Date: 1940s

Background imageReconnaissance Collection: Supermarine Walrus Mark 1 / I

Supermarine Walrus Mark 1 / I
A Royal-Navy 277 Squadron Supermarine Walrus Mark 1 Flying over Fields Date: 1941



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