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                  I have always been a keen aviation enthusiast, however my interest was in the main with civil aviation. I lived close to Barton airfield and from around 1963 on I made regular trips to all the major airports and numerous airfields in this country and abroad. It was after a trip to Ringway airport (Manchester to you young ones) which spurred me into becoming an anorak. In the years that followed. I would occasionally write articles and along with photographs send them to various aviation publications, where to my surprise most of them were published. A change of job meant a change of address and I moved to the Lake District. Soon after moving to the area from Salford I had a day out at Fell Foot park, at the southern end of Lake Windermere (a very popular picnic and swimming area). It was here that my interest in trying to capture on film the activities of military low flying began. Whilst there, that afternoon numerous aircraft types treated us to some low passes. I was converted to chasing military jets.                I made a short trek up a road almost opposite the park, which lead to Gummers How, from the summit of which all the southern end of the Lake District and Morcambe Bay can be observed in good weather. I would then watch from here on a regular basis and study the routes that the aircraft took after they entered low level, at the south end of Walney Island, by Barrow-in-Furness, then follow the coast to their entry point. From Gummers How I picked out the passes and the valleys through which the jets used the most. This had to be done as the RAF don't publish a timetable for fast jet movements and I wanted to optimize my chances of being in a good photographic position with a chance of seeing something when I picked a hill to sit on. I have spent days waiting for something to use the valley that I'm watching, only to see jets flitting around the hills I'd passed to get to this one. Then one day without warning bingo they all seem to know that you are there, and you have the best seat in the house, that's when its all been worth the wait.
Wee Al of Fortune
Alan Worsley
I could murder a bag of CHIPS!
Alan (Manno) Manson
                Manno got interested in military activity from watching aircraft transiting the area, and making visits to shows and airfields. Alan uses his camcorder extensively and has found quite a bit of success with some of his results being used in promotional videos. 
             Terry like the rest of us got interested after watching aircraft from his back garden in Ulverston where he can watch aircraft enter the Lake District and also target the viaduct over the estuary there.
Is it left or right?
Terry Quinn
Please remember that should you venture up onto the fells check the weather forecast, take the right kind of clothing I have seen the weather change so fast, from sunshine to being enveloped in fog, or a howling gale, be careful, tell someone where you are going. Also be polite, courteous and considerate it may be a National Park, but it isn't your backyard. As you will probably already know good reliable information is the key to the detective work required in finding out where and when things may happen. With that in mind I try to collate as much information and rumors to build a picture of what may be. So if you intend to venture up here contact me. If I can I will bring you up to speed. Likewise if you have anything to say please pass it on via the net or if you see any of us about we enjoy nothing more than to talk about what's happening.