RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Wed 18 May 2016, 11:25 am

Hi folks

I have previously shared these photos before on the old board, but in realising it has been ten years since I scanned them I think there may be a new audience that might like to see them now.

The recent stalled attempt to bring Church Fenton back onto the airshow calendar brought the old SSAFA events back to mind, and hence drove me to root out these scans.

Being a County Durham lad by birth, Church Fenton was one of our closest shows - and a very good little show it was too. Being in support of SSAFA it had equal pull to all three armed services, was well supported by our allies and always had a choice selection of civil/historic acts too.

1983 was my first visit. I remember the Jordanian F-5E display like it was yesterday.
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1984 skipped, due to its early June slot being right in the middle of my o-levels (remember them?) so 1985 is next
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1986
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1987. A rare bad weather year, but memorable for an appearance by the first Blenheim restoration which managed a very small number of displays before coming to grief on Denham golf course
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probably the last year of the VC-10 display
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a Harrier in the rain is always good, no matter how dodgy the pic
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1988, and back to sunshine

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shine on you crazy diamond..
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the Pussers Pair were effectively half of the Sharks, and their short lived successors
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1989
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and finally, the present and future for RAF Church Fenton as they were in 1989
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I moved away from the North East in 89, and never returned to Church Fenton, although the show carried on into the 90s. Looking at these pics, its all pretty standard 80's fayre, but if nothing else these shots illustrate that it wasn't the just the big events and bases that pulled a good military show together.

Good luck to the folks trying to pull an event back together there, all the best for 2017.
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby jonny7 on Wed 18 May 2016, 4:06 pm

You took some nice stuff in that set, well scanned also. BTW what did you use to scan the shots?. I used to travel across from the Guisborough area to the show and it always
had a few surprises. Happy days... :smile:
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Wed 18 May 2016, 4:59 pm

Thanks Jonny, happy days indeed. As I recall, the show was sponsored by the Yorkshire Evening News, and didn't get much general publicity outside of that, otherwise I'm sure I'd have a history going back to the 70's to share. It was only when I started buying aircraft magazines and finding there was listings of air shows in there that I realised it existed, and that in fact there were so many in general.

The slides were scanned with a flatbed Epson scanner-printer combo, that I no longer possess, about ten years ago. I think I was on Photoshop Elements 2 at the time :smile: They could be so much better with a film scanner, a job I've intended to tackle for the last ten years, I'll get round to it one day. I clearly didn't know how to correct a colour cast when I scanned some of these :grin:
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby farnboroughrob on Wed 18 May 2016, 7:24 pm

Nice photos. Shows what some of the lesser known shows were like back in the 80's. Nowadays you only get that sort of line up at a couple of shows, sad really
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby jonny7 on Wed 18 May 2016, 8:52 pm

Hi Wrexham Mackem,

Many thanks mate for your return reply, with some interesting answers. The Epsom scanner seems to have done the slides/negatives with a better than average job for a flatbed type
scanner that is a non dedicated film machine. Was it a 500 or600?Either way I hope you do find a proper machine, the results will be eagerly awaited for viewing. Good luck...JB :smile:
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Wed 18 May 2016, 9:07 pm

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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby flashman8 on Sat 21 May 2016, 10:48 am

great scans there, I had some medium format slides done recently by https://piciscan.co.uk// and they turned out great......... :biggrin:

check these from Valley in 1985 on my flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/35699306@ ... 4283422625



may be worth you having a look and see ........ :wink:
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby Spiny Norman on Sat 21 May 2016, 12:12 pm

Very nice, thanks for posting. Was lucky enough to be around to see some of those types at shows.

That Harrier take-off is terrific. Happy days indeed.
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby Smudges 1 on Thu 26 May 2016, 4:13 pm

Nice set of pictures. I remember my first encounter with the Royal Jordanian Falcons on the day they arrived

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Perhaps, not the best arrival at an airshow :dizzy:

Lots of lovely memories of SSAFA day at Fenton


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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Fri 27 May 2016, 7:29 am

Crikey!! :shock:

That's not the way to make your debut for sure. That was '83?

Great post Smudges, I didn't see that one coming :smile:
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby st24 on Fri 27 May 2016, 2:23 pm

Halcyon days very nicely caught Nige... :clap:
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Re: RAF Church Fenton: SSAFA shows of the 80's

Postby Tommy on Sat 28 May 2016, 10:55 am

Should have been born earlier :sad:

Great stuff!
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