Fairford 1985- Smoking BUFFs

Fairford 1985- Smoking BUFFs

Postby docman on Tue 02 Feb 2010, 6:56 pm

Late Spring 1985 saw a deployment of B-52s in Gloucestershire. My initial visit was marred by my telephoto lens falling apart. For my second visit a few days later the sun appeared and the grass had been cut! If one timed the take-off and landing cycles well a quick pint in the Red Lion at Lechlade was possible. Was it nearly 25 years ago?

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Re: Fairford 1985- Smoking BUFFs

Postby AdamN on Tue 02 Feb 2010, 7:10 pm

Lovely stuff - never tire of seeing B-52s in the '80s.

Wouldn't it be nice if KC-135s were still like that, too!
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Re: Fairford 1985- Smoking BUFFs

Postby SKYRAIDER on Tue 02 Feb 2010, 7:28 pm

Looks like may 85 to me, I went down there four times to see them, I love the old colour scheme they were in, as for the smoking tankers, ah those were the days !!! Wish I had got digi camera kit back then,
many thanks for posting these,
Rob
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Postby lowlevel on Tue 02 Feb 2010, 8:13 pm

Those were the day's!!,brilliant shots,you can almost smell the kerosene.
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Postby raiford on Tue 02 Feb 2010, 10:02 pm

oh yes were'nt the 80's just heavenly! a digi SLR would certainly have been wonderful back then, nice to see the old G's ! :drool:
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Re: Fairford 1985- Smoking BUFFs

Postby TS010 on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 9:40 am

I have a faint recolection of going down to have a look at these. Seem to remember there was a detachment of USAF or ANG Herc's at Benson at the same time.
WIWOL
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Re: Fairford 1985- Smoking BUFFs

Postby bigcrow on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 11:04 am

Great shots, I remember this deployment well. Happy Days.... :smile:
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Postby capercaillie on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 4:15 pm

Used to remember them over the school in Leominster looking like that, wish I had gone to see this deployment in that scheme. Fabulous :drool:

Unfortunately all the USAF Buffs I've seen close up were either in that very dark lizard scheme or in the current greys. :sad:

Great post thanks.
"The surrogate voice of st24"
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Re: Fairford 1985- Smoking BUFFs

Postby SamP on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 4:24 pm

Fantastic set :clap: 2nd shots a stonker!
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Postby F-86 on Thu 04 Feb 2010, 5:24 pm

Great shots, thanks for sharing. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Fairford 1985- Smoking BUFFs

Postby graham luxton on Sat 06 Feb 2010, 11:48 am

Great to see these pic's from the wonderful 80's, thanks for posting. I cine filmed/video'd every B-52 deployment to Fairford which started off with 3 7BW B-52D's in June'80 - the D model made a fantastic sound during take off!The 2BW deployment was the 5th B-52 deployment to Fairford and comprised of the following 7 G's : 76469,506,512,519, 80210, 92586 and 599.
To give some of the younger readers an idea of how good it used to be and commencing in 1967,this was the 33rd B-52 deployment to England which includes those taking part in the RAF Bombing Competition at RAF Marham - what great days they were! :drool:
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