Bassingbourn 1978

Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Wingnutt on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 4:41 pm

Bassingbourn Barracks put on an air display in 1978, organised by the International Air Tattoo team. The main theme was a Harvard meet. I can't remember how many they managed to gather together, but it was certainly an impressive number. Here are some of my photographs, plus a scan of the programme cover.

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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Wingnutt on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 4:49 pm

And here are some further photos that my dad took, plus a scan of the flying programme. Some of these are a bit grainy, but you wouldn't want to miss a Starfighter, Buccaneer or Canberra in flight, would you?

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I think the Invader must have been the "surprise" item.

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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby MartinNeedham on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 5:23 pm

DanO1978 wrote:Which B-17 is that, operated by "Euroworld"? Did that become Sally B, or Pink Lady?


Sally B, Dan.

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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Wingnutt on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 5:26 pm

That is indeed Sally B, "the Euroworld B-17", in her first air show scheme.
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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Westy on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 8:46 pm

Some great memories here - I remember this show as if it were yesterday and still have many of the attendees listed in my book. I was at Odiham at the time and as 72 Sqn had 3 Wessex there, I was able to get the family a close inspection
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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Finningley Boy on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 9:06 pm

I wanted to go but was on re-muster at Innsworth at the time, I'd also just missed the airshow there at Staverton Airport 3 weeks previous. :sad:

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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Abingdonman on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 9:34 pm

I was in the crowd somewhere :wink: ....must admit I was thinking it was 1976 because I remember the heat was pretty uncomfortable!
I was a bit put out when I realised the Lightning wasnt displaying on the day I went,but then again its substitute WAS an F15 :grin:
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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Haskey on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 10:28 am

I was at Bassingbourn that day but didn't have a camera at the time. Thanks for posting those. Brings back some memories.
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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Haskey on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 10:29 am

I was at Bassingbourn that day but didn't have a camera at the time. Thanks for posting those. Brings back some memories.
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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby nigelblake on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 11:35 am

I remember going to that show too! Great shots of it!
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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby AlexC on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 12:21 pm

I was also there. Went up from Tonbridge (where I was living at the time) with my friend in his Land Rover. Good trip! I have the programme in my collection as well.
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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby Blackbird on Sat 11 Dec 2010, 6:11 pm

I was there too :grin: I have got a few photos but not sure where to find them now :sad:

Many thanks for posting Wingnutt :smile:

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Re: Bassingbourn 1978

Postby MikeH on Sat 11 Dec 2010, 6:27 pm

I remember being disappointed at the time as Greenham and the IAT took a "gap year." I went on the Saturday and missed the Lightning. Looking back though it was a great show apart from the relative lack of heavy metal. Great shots. :clap:
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