The Sounds of Earth Record Cover
This gold aluminum cover was designed to protect the Voyager 1 and 2 "Sounds of Earth" gold-plated records from micrometeorite bombardment, but also serves a double purpose in providing the finder a key to playing the record. The explanatory diagram appears on both the inner and outer surfaces of the cover, as the outer diagram will be eroded in time. Flying aboard Voyagers 1 and 2 are identical "golden" records, carrying the story of Earth far into deep space. The 12 inch gold-plated copper discs contain greetings in 60 languages, samples of music from different cultures and eras, and natural and man-made sounds from Earth. They also contain electronic information that an advanced technological civilization could convert into diagrams and photographs. Currently, both Voyager probes are sailing adrift in the black sea of interplanetary space, having left our solar system years ago
RAF at Exercise Red Flag
Pictured is a Typhoon of 6 Sqn taking on fuel from an RAF Voyager during Exercise Red Flag.
RAF personnel took part in the world's largest and most complex air combat exercise at Nellis Air Force Base in the United States.
Exercise Red Flag is a three-week, 5th Generation exercise that sees friendly Blue Forces compete against hostile Red Force aggressors in live and synthetic training environments, simulating air-to-air, air-to-ground and space and cyber warfare.
The training mirrors the threats and complex air defences posed by real-life adversaries, and helps participating nations better understand each other's capabilities.
The Typhoon FGR4 provides the RAF with a highly capable and extremely agile multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict.
Initially deployed in the air-to-air role as the Typhoon F2, the aircraft now has a potent and precise multirole capability.
The pilot can carry out many functions by voice command or through a hands-on stick and throttle system. Combined with an advanced cockpit and the HEA (Helmet equipment assembly) the pilot is superbly equipped for all aspects of air operations
RAF Aircraft Flypast Over Buckingham Palace
A Royal Air Force KC-30 Voyager Air Tanker aircraft (centre) is flanked by two Tornado GR4 and two Typhoon FGR4 jets (bottom) during a flypast over Buckingham Palace, London for Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Parade.
More than a thousand soldiers and horses from the Household Division paraded in front of their Colonel in chief, Her Majestythe Queen, today (15th june 2013), with the immaculate precision, colour and pageantry that marks them as truly World Class.
Later as the last shot of the 41 gun Royal Salute was fired from The Green Park to mark the Queen's official Birthday, the skies roared with an impressive fly past from the RAF featuring 32 aircraft of 13 different types
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