Thursday, 13 October 2016

EE Lightning QRA 1970 11 Squadron

posted by Steve Gyles on FB

 ".. I flew with 11 Sqn 1968 to 1971, then 19 Sqn 1972 to 1974. I thought you might like this picture I took during QRA activity in April 1970. I was scrambled at about 0400 hours against 80 tracks coming round North Cape. I was subsequently joined by other Lightnings, F4s and a few tankers. I intercepted 10 aircraft; Graham Clarke in the Lightning in the photo got 7; and the tanker intercepted 3. AOC 1 Group was not at all happy with his tanker getting so close and from then on they were banned from going within 10 miles. Just for the record, the Russians were celebrating Lenin's centenary...this shot was taken towards the end of a 3.5 hour sortie. I had intercepted that one earlier, but all 3 of us ganged up on him as he was taking us straight home to Leuchars. We sat with him for about 15 minutes, then he slowly rocked his wings and turned away. I guess they got some good pictures as well because we tried various formation positions on him..."

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

..the end for RAF Manston

A view from the RAF Manston history museum across the airfield, now idle for some two years..

Lead item on the local TV news channel just yesterday - an independent report has concluded that Manston has no future as an airport or aviation hub following its 'closure' some two years ago. Manston's 2752 meter long runway (the longest and widest in the country) is currently standing idle while arguments for an additional runway in the south-east of the UK continue! 'Developers' have 2,500 houses and business outlets planned. Meanwhile the RAF Manston history Museum - just off the airfield - takes delivery of another 'new' aircraft ...

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

78th FG P-51 1945 -LT COL ATLEE G MANTHOS archive

P-51D-20-NA (s/n 44-63246) named "Little Rebel" of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group at Duxford, 1945. It was the mount of John C. CHILDS who served in the unit from August 1944 to July 1945


U2-C deployment RAF Wethersfield 1975

via Steve Hill on FB Anglia Military Aviation Group

 ".. Anybody remember the U-2C deployment to RAF Wethersfield from May until June 1975? It consisted of five U-2Cs from the 349thSRS/100thSRW(SAC) Davis-Monthan AFB, Az flying high altitude sampling missions, hence the grey camo c/s. One jet (56-6700) was lost near Bonn, West Germany on May 29th and was later replaced by 56-6716. The other four aircraft involved were 56-6680, 6701, 6707 and 6714. As can be seen here they operated very close to the base fence, making photography very easy. This amused the Yanks hence the sign " Spys parking only " they placed on the fence ...! "

Monday, 19 September 2016

rare WW I photo album Kampf-Einsitzer-Staffel 3 (KEST) Mörchingen - daily Ebay photo find #48

Extrem seltenes Fotoalbum der deutschen Fliegertruppe der Kampf-Einsitzer-Staffel 3 (KEST) an der Westfront 1916-1917 in Mörchingen.  Die Staffel war dort auf dem Flugplatz stationiert, u.a.super Aufnahmen mit Ehrenbecher des Fw.Schumann, Immelmanns letzten Flugzeug uvm. Alle Fotos beschrieben, extrem selten ..

Friday, 16 September 2016

Meteor RA 490, Boulton Paul 111 Prone Pilot Meteor WK 935 -50th Anniversary of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough 7/8 July 1955

via Colin Dodds;

 "..Help wanted. I very recently acquired a small collection of original old 9cm square prints which include the formation photo that I believe may be unique. Almost certainly taken at Farnborough, these three aircraft never appeared together at a Farnborough show. Left to right are Meteor RA 490, the aircraft developed by Westland with two RR Nenes used for jet deflection experiments. Then the Boulton Paul 111 and then right the Prone Pilot Meteor WK 935. Has anyone else seen or got any photos of this flypast? Can anyone help with any more details. I imagine it was sometime between 1952 and 1954. Any further information or thoughts appreciated..."

and via Ian Powell;

 "..this may just be coincidence but the Cosford history sheet for the Prone meteor says "Flown, and statically displayed, at the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough 7/8 July 1955". Also of interest is this quote "The Flight Division of Aerodynamics Department of RAE was colloquially known as ‘Aero Flight’. The Division’s personnel moved to Bedford from Farnborough from Spring 1955 onwards, with Danny Lean (future Division Head) being one of the last to move in Jan 1956. The main group of research aircraft moved to Bedford in November 1955. One of the first research aircraft flying at Bedford, in April 1955, was the jet-deflection Meteor RA490, re-locating from Farnborough each day..."