A Tribute to Thunder City - More Pics Added!

A Tribute to Thunder City - More Pics Added!

Postby bushman on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 10:12 am

Some pics I thought I'd share in celebration of the people who made it their business to keep these aircraft flying.

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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby chrisward123 on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 10:36 am

Wow wow wow!!
I really wish I was born 10 years younger to see these in action :tumbleweed:
Really hope at least the Hunters keep flying, that first picture, love to get a pic like that at RIAT next year :biggrin:

thanks for posting

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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Lomcevak26 on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 10:39 am

Excellent stuff and a worthy tribute. Shot 6 - the descending Lightning - is absolutely superb.
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Stu on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 11:20 am

Fantastic set thanks for posting them up agree on shot 6 to :clap:
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby SKYRAIDER on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 6:41 pm

Waw just awesome photos of some fantastic aircraft, big well done on these,
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Brummiekid on Wed 20 Oct 2010, 11:01 pm

WoW! Simply jawdroppingly good photo's

Now sad with nostalgia pangs!

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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Astro1998 on Thu 21 Oct 2010, 1:21 pm

Great pics

The lightning was such a beast
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Chas2 on Thu 21 Oct 2010, 3:17 pm

The lightning boys loved loved their finned missile - but it amazed me how it ever flew !!
By the way, the photography is superb, Chas2
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Abingdonman on Thu 21 Oct 2010, 4:58 pm

Some great pics of my fave aircraft in my airshow days,the Lightning F6 just looked (and sounded!) the business for me,that kinked wing was fabulous!
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Dapper Dan on Thu 21 Oct 2010, 6:54 pm

Just wonderful :clap: ...
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby bushman on Thu 21 Oct 2010, 8:00 pm

Thanks for the great comments, guys :smile: It is by far my favourite aircraft
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby flygirl on Thu 21 Oct 2010, 9:35 pm

Great shots .
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Dustyman73 on Sat 23 Oct 2010, 6:17 pm

Great shots!! The sixth one down is a jaw dropper! Awesome!!! :rock:
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Rob666 on Sat 23 Oct 2010, 7:15 pm

Thank you for posting brings back some nice memories, they are all great but the best is number 3. Some of the best pictures have seen on this site, surprised not more replies. Thanks Again :rock:
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby XL391 on Mon 25 Oct 2010, 9:21 pm

Magnificent shots! They'll be missed... :sad:
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby jag636 on Tue 26 Oct 2010, 10:05 pm

We are truely going to miss the greatness of the Mike Beachey Head operations down on Thunder City, I think I say it on the behalf of all forumites, Thank you for the last few years of hope and giving the world the chance to see these truley wonderful aircraft where they belong :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby F-22 Raptor A on Wed 27 Oct 2010, 11:17 am

Lovely photos!

Such a shame about Thunder City!

Out of interest, what was the point in them flying the 2 single seat Lightnings, as they couldnt do the pleasure flights...
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby bushman on Wed 27 Oct 2010, 1:27 pm

The F.6s were only bought for (a) Mike's pleasure :lol: And (b) For the express purpose of displaying them at airshows so the South African public could see them flying.

Having said that, although XR773 was brought to airworthy state at the start, XP693 was only brought to airworthy status in 2006, when all four Lightnings were displayed in formation. That was awesome to see :clap:

XP693 has been seen in only two airshows in it's flying life at Thunder City. I have been fortunate enough to be at both events
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby The Baron on Wed 27 Oct 2010, 7:14 pm

Fantasic shots of a pair of gorgeous aircraft. Does anyone have any idea what will happen to the airframes?
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby badlands99 on Wed 27 Oct 2010, 8:06 pm

Okay .............

I don't post on here very often, but sometime a series of images just 'hit the spot'!

This set is probably one of the most evocative sets I have seen for many, many years!

There are a million photogs who would have 'killed' to have been there! Me for one!

Absolutely, brilliant and totally THE best set I have seen on here for a very long time!

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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby Thumper on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 2:48 pm

Only just seen these, absolutely stunning photo's :worship:
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Re: A Tribute to the Lightnings and Buccaneers from Thunder City

Postby aceyone on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 3:40 pm

Fantastic shots :yahoo: :clap:
Don't know about those jets ,they spoil a very nice place
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Re: A Tribute to Thunder City - More Pics Added!

Postby bushman on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 8:01 pm

Thanks, Guys :smile: The response has been great. So here is some more. Also added the four-ship as seen in 2006


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Re: A Tribute to Thunder City - More Pics Added!

Postby chrisward123 on Fri 19 Nov 2010, 12:49 pm

that last photo!!!

WOW!

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