Seamus wrote:Did the GR5 replace the GR3 on one of the days, or was it a late addition not included in the program? And did the Blackbird only fly on the Sunday?!
Russ wrote:Got a funny feeling this might have been my first IAT (or possibly '88), but have no obvious recognition of it.
What did the Canberra do to get red carded?
Spiny Norman wrote:That Blackbird shot with the parachute is a belter.
Wrexham Mackem wrote:Thanks lads.
Thanks Norman. 500mm mirror lens I think, which was a swine to focus and I never really got on with it. The Kodachrome slide is better than this scan.
Wrexham Mackem wrote:The very same Norman. They were all the rage at the time, and did well in lab tests - the mags loved them. But in the real world a nightmare. The fixed f8 aperture made the viewfinder like the black hole of calcutta, blacking out the split screen, and worst of all there was no infinity stop so focussing was a pain.
Canberra - flown by the same display pilot (and much the same routine) as in '99 (T4) and '06 with the PR9s retirement. I still don't know what he did but I do recall him departing on the Saturday afternoon and immediately banking hard right and rapidly disappearing from view! I can only imagine Wyton was closed so I have no idea where he went?! A real mystery that one and such a rare event for a RAF driver to get a ticking off (or "interview without coffee"!) especially such an experienced one.
Are you sure the GR5 is from this show Nige as the only record I have is a static 1Sqn example? Certainly both GR3 and 5 were on the circuit that year but never at the same show??
I can almost hear the squeals of anguish from people all these years since, if they went on the Saturday and then later found out the SR-71 only displayed on the Sunday
Wrexham Mackem wrote:You have the choice of 87, 89, or 91 Russ, so 89 is probably the one. At least you can claim to have been there!
Wrexham Mackem wrote:I can almost hear the squeals of anguish from people all these years since, if they went on the Saturday and then later found out the SR-71 only displayed on the Sunday
heheh! can you imagine the 'outrage' if that was to happen now?
Wrexham Mackem wrote:
That Buffalo was ace. Hard lines Caper.. I feel for you but 24 hours away from the hallowed ground on an IAT weekend? I hope you had a note containing a valid excuse
I was on the base in FIAT on Friday (note to modern FRIATers - there was only one level of membership then and it was Friday to Monday), but thinking back I can't quite remember when park and view was introduced. Basically to clear the approaches during arrivals. Obviously later than 89.
Caper made the show but I seem to recall he missed the Buffalo for some reason - I'm sure he'll regale us with the finer details - I'm sure he's let it go by now...
As for long winded tales, many have claimed to have had a part to play in setting up P&V, all I will say is on the Wednesday of IAT'93 an "official" asked me why we were all standing out on the road risking life and limb and what IAT could do about it. I pointed out the "spare" ground that ran from the threshold to the perimeter fence and said if that could be used (at a fair price!) you would pretty much clear the road of photographers. (cheapskates, freeloaders and general ne'er-do -wells of course still remain to this day!) Lo and behold the very next morning (I'm sure it happened that quickly!) the area was fenced off and we were allowed to park in the campsite and walk the tortuous journey via the drainage pits into the hallowed ground that is now part of airshow folklore. So yes, I will claim it was me that gave you all P&V and I haven't received a single award, knighthood, IAT trophy or one iota of a plaudit for it. But I'm not bitter. Much.
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