Paid a nostalgic visit to Culdrose last week (thanks to Rick Ingham for organising it!)
Found a few "old friends"!
XV707 Prestwick 1981,
..... and at Culdrose in June 2011.
XV647 at Gatwick in September '84 (as also shown in earlier posts),
.. and still going strong (ish!) at Culdrose June 2011.
ZA167 on the deck of Illustrious in Bergen, spring 1984,
........ Culdrose June 2011.
Also topical this week! - Canadian Sea Kings! This one visited Culdrose in 1985,
....... and here is the USN's SH-3G Sea King "waterbird" at NAS Jacksonville in Spring 1983.
814 NAS had disembarked for two weeks and all the Squadrons pilots had a go in this machine whilst they were there. AFAIK only the US and Canada had aircraft specially modified to land on water, the RN practiced it in the simulator instead.
Here's a couple more I found that I thought might be of interest.
A pair of 705 NAS Gazelles, with the nearer one having been zapped by the AAC during a landaway!. 824 NAS now operate from here.
Another low level Hunter, taken from Illustrious!!