A note on sources and credits

As far as possible photographs that are not mine are posted here with permission; thank you to all contributors to 'Jet & Prop', especially photographers Tad Dippel, Neil Cotten and Nico Charpentier, the editor of the magnificent 'Avions' magazine Michel Ledet and Jean-Yves Lorant, author, researcher and archivist at the Service Historique de la Défense, Paris. Images from the IWM and Roger Freeman collections are published here under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Licence. Occasionally some images on this site have been 'reposted' from facebook or ebay. They are used non-commercially in an educational context to depict historical events. If such is deemed necessary they can be removed on simple request. Contact me at falkeeins at aol.com. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

" RAF Wattisham - the Twilight Years" by Gary Parsons - RAF 74 Sqn Tigers (1)



First post in a series devoted to RAF 74 Sqn Tigers
Just released, super self-published tome via blurb.co.uk. 128 all-colour pages packed with lots of phabulous Phantom images and other memories from RAF Wattisham in the early 1990s.




A 'from the fence' photographic record of the last three years of F-4 Phantom operations from RAF Wattisham in Suffolk. This is a personal record during times of dramatic change in world politics - the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 heralded a shift change in the military posture between West and East and air forces throughout Europe began to contract, none more so than the Royal Air Force. In 1991 it was announced that the RAF's Phantom force would be retired ten years earlier than planned and RAF Wattisham would close as a fighter station. Those last two years of operations were memorable for several reasons and this book is an attempt to capture the spirit of those times, which, looking back, were special indeed. Available here

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