The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos added 20/12/16)

The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos added 20/12/16)

Postby bigcrow on Fri 16 May 2014, 11:28 am

It would have been my Dad’s 71st birthday tomorrow, so it seems appropriate to show you some of his vast slide collection. He started taking his first slides in the summer of 1971. He also attended every single IAT/RIAT apart from last year when he was too ill to attend. Here is a selection of shots showing the large variety of types & Air Forces which could be seen in the U.K in the seventies… I will be regularly updating this post when I get the chance to fire up the scanner.

First up a shot of a very youthful looking Mr Freer Snr at Portland, prior to an air to air with 829 Sqdn Wasps

#1

ImageXT423 Wasp HAS.1 829 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Portland by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#2

Image54-1640 C-130A 105th TAS, Tennessee ANG, Nashville Airport. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#3

Image56-0617 B-52D 22nd Bomb Wing, March AFB, California by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#4

Image147562 SP-2H French Navy, 25 Flotille, Lann Bihoue AB. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#5

Image156/12-YK Super Mystere B2 FAF, Escadron de Chase 01.012, Cambrai AB by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#6

ImageXX947 Tornadp GR1 BAE\A&AEE MOD(PE) Boscombe Down. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#7

ImageXP737 Lightning F3 226 Operational Conversion Unit, RAF Coltishall. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#8

Image158802/AB-612 EA-6B VAQ-133 'Wizzards', NAS Whidbey Island by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#9

ImageXW626 Comet C4 Royal Aircraft Establishment, MOD(PE) Bedford. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#10

ImageXZ286 Nimrod AEW3 BAE/A&AEE, MOD(PE) Boscombe Down. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#11

Image155880/NH-107 F-4J VF-213 "Black Lions" NAS Miramar, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#12

Image156640/603 RA-5C Vigilante RVAH-1 "Cool Tigers", NAS Key West, Fl. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#13

Image155684/AJ-502 A-6E VA-35 "Black Panthers', NAS Oceana, VA by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#14

Image64-14847 RC-135U 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#15

Image144852 / 18 EA-3B VQ-2 'Batmen', NAS Rota, Spain. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#16

Image159449/AE-212 F-14A VF-142 'The Ghostriders' NAS Oceana, USS America. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#17

ImageTG503 Hastings T5, Strike Command Bombing School (1066 Squadron), RAF Lindholme by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby Russ on Fri 16 May 2014, 1:14 pm

Absolutely brilliant Stu. :clap: :cool:

This thread is a fitting tribute to your Dad. I look forward to seeing the additions in the future.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby strangelookingalien on Fri 16 May 2014, 2:07 pm

Wonderful photographs.

It's lovely to think of your dad taking a picture all those years ago without a thought, not knowing they'd still be bringing pleasure to plenty of other people in years to come!

Love the BUFF most of all.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby Arthur Tee on Fri 16 May 2014, 2:42 pm

Stumped for words really...

I can only echo both comments above! :clap:

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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby MikeH on Fri 16 May 2014, 2:51 pm

Wonderful stuff, Stu. It appears your Father's and my paths must have crossed many times. These photos are a great reminder of a bygone age. :clap:
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Postby Mad Dan on Fri 16 May 2014, 2:51 pm

There's a few there that look mighty familiar... Reckon I must have been standing next to your Pa for several of these...Nos.2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 16 are all Greenham Common. No.3 is Brize Norton, Nos.6 and 10 are Farnborough, as is No.9 I think. Nos.11 and 12 were aboard a carrier in the Solent - not the Kitty Hawk but the name escapes me at the moment. Possibly USS America... No.13 is on the Nimitz in the Solent, but I'm not sure about 12, 15 and 17...though I am fairly confident No.14 is Mildenhall round near the pig farm that used to be there.

Great days indeed - and great pics... We were so fortunate then... I really ought to dig some of my stuff out and get scanning.
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Postby hunterxf382 on Fri 16 May 2014, 3:01 pm

What a lovely collection of a bygone age - thank you for sharing them, and I'll keep an eye on your Flickr uploads!
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby AndyXH558 on Fri 16 May 2014, 4:37 pm

Stu, your Dad's pictures have given me a lot of pleasure over the years. It will be great to see more of them, some I do remember, the comrod and aew3 especially

Have you thought of doing a book with some of them in. Perhaps for charity? I for one would buy it.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby JJC on Fri 16 May 2014, 5:14 pm

A stunning selection of photographs!
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Postby POD on Fri 16 May 2014, 6:40 pm

Stu,

Top shots from a top man :rock: :rock:

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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby Timc on Fri 16 May 2014, 6:59 pm

Hi Stu,

What a brilliant tribute to your Dad!

The quality of the photographs are such that they look like they could have been taken yesterday!

Thank you so much for sharing.

Cheers
Tim
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby jonny7 on Fri 16 May 2014, 7:57 pm

Sometimes its just more than the aircraft that make you feel the impact of a set of photos. Your words about your Dad and his passion, brought life to the photos. :smile:
Thank-you for posting up... :up:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby farnboroughrob on Fri 16 May 2014, 8:00 pm

Beautiful shots, digital quality in an era of crap cameras, especially love the Tornado, or was it still the MRCA then? More please. :rock:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby Niallxg on Fri 16 May 2014, 8:07 pm

Superb set of shots. :clap:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby Westy on Fri 16 May 2014, 8:40 pm

The least we can do is bother to comment as you have bothered to upload these. Your Dad clearly had a very special talent, and in the days too when (unlike today) creating a good picture was a human calculation. I've often stumbled across a real belter on Airlines.net and more or less without exception, M Freer is the photographer!

Great tribute :clap:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby King Cobra on Fri 16 May 2014, 8:48 pm

Wonderful stuff. Thanks for sharing. The Hastings T5 is a nice catch - a good friend of mine worked on them.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby Maisie on Fri 16 May 2014, 9:03 pm

Lovely, thanks for sharing and I look forward to more :)
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Fri 16 May 2014, 9:31 pm

Fantastic stuff.

How good does that Tornado look?!! :shock:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby Red Dragon on Fri 16 May 2014, 9:39 pm

Unfortunately I never knew or met your father, but he certainly had the eye for framing a shot. As everyone else has said, it would be fitting for you to post more and it seems that all of us on UKAR can enjoy these gorgeous photos from a unfortunately long gone era of aviation variety.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby foxfour on Fri 16 May 2014, 10:20 pm

Wonderful stuff, top quality scans.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby MarkL on Sat 17 May 2014, 5:40 am

Fantastic tribute !

You must, of course, post many more ! :smile:


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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby Dollar99 on Sat 17 May 2014, 3:03 pm

Stu

Excellent selection, very well scanned too.

You've no idea how long I've waited to see a good shot of that SP-2H at Greenham or the OCU Hastings :biggrin:

Mick's photos are a great memorial to a great "aviation enthusiast". He is missed.

Sadly I have part of Phil Duckett's collection to go through at the minute, another one who has left us too soon.

Look forward to the next instalment.

Regards

Ian
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby IanH on Sat 17 May 2014, 4:43 pm

Legendary all round Stu. Glorious reminder of wonderful days all taken by a true gent and one of the nicest people I`ve had the pleasure to meet. Miss pa a lot.

Big hug to all your gang. Great to see you last Sunday. Best wishes, Ian
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby silver fox on Sat 17 May 2014, 7:18 pm

Thank's for posting, superb collection and tribute to a talented guy.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby tankbuster81 on Sun 18 May 2014, 10:10 am

A joy to look at!
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