The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos added 07/12/17)

Re: The Mick Freer Archives

Postby bigcrow on Wed 21 May 2014, 12:53 pm

Thanks for the kind comments guys, they are a joy to scan as well, finding some real gems... Here's a few more.

#18

Image72-1570 YF-17A Cobra, Northrop by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#19

Image63-7847\LM C-130E 316th TAW, Langley AFB, VA by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#20

Image155863/AC-204 F-4J VF-103 'Sluggers', NAS Miramar. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#21

Image60-0049 B-52H 28th BW, Ellsworth AFB. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#22

Image52-0905 KC-97L 126th Air Refuelling Squadron/Wisconsin Air National Guard, Mitchell Field. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#23

Image58-0043 KC-135A 133rd ARS, New Hamspshire ANG, Pease AFB. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#24

Image61-2662/OF RC-135S 'Cobra Ball' 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#25

ImageXS897/S Lightning F6 56 Squadron 'Firebirds', RAF Wattisham. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#26

Image17 F-8E(FN) French Navy, 14 Flottille, Landivisiau. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#27

Image136753 C-1A Trader Naval Air Facility Mildenhall. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#28

Image141023 C-131F Naval Air Facility Mildenhall by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#29

Image140997 C-131F Naval Air Facility Mildenhall by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#30

Image160413/AJ-203 F-14A VF-84 "Jolly Rogers", NAS Oceana, Va by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#31

Image157449/AJ-302 A-7E VA-82 "Marauders', NAS Cecil Field, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#32

Image154126/AE-502 A-6E VA-176 "Thunderbolts", NAS Oceana, VA by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#34

Image157573/AJ-406 A-7E VA-86 'Sidewinders', NAS Cecil Feild, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Mad Dan on Wed 21 May 2014, 1:59 pm

Another fine selection and yet again another familiar-looking one too...with shots from Farnborough (YF-17), Mildenhall (C-130E, KC-135, RC-135S and C-131F), Lakenheath (Lightning and possibly C-1A), Greenham Common (KC-97L, A-6E and possibly the French Crusader) and Marham (B-52s). One small point - the F-4J would have been from Oceana, not Miramar, as VF-103 was an Atlantic Fleet outfit, then paired with VF-31 I believe...

And that KC-135 from New Hampshire really brings back memories - with a classic smoky departure visible in the background...
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby bigcrow on Wed 21 May 2014, 2:21 pm

Cheers Lindsey, your right on most of them, the C-130E was shot at Abingdon, Sept 73 & the French F-8 at Yeovilton also in 73. School boy error on the F-4J... :smile:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Mad Dan on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:20 pm

Never thought of Yeovilton, but am pretty sure I was there for that show and probably Abingdon too, as it was the closest BoB Open Day to where I then lived. Keep them coming - I'm quite enjoying flexing my memory!!! And didn't the US Navy stuff look wonderful then?
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Russ on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:15 pm

Tremendous. :clap: :cool:

Your Dad's collection makes the Picture of the Week selection too easy for the UKAR team Stu. :cool:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Macc on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:38 pm

These are incredible, although I have to admit the YF-17 just does not look like a real aircraft. :grin:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby rdchawk on Wed 21 May 2014, 5:06 pm

Lovely stuff! :clap: :clap:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Johnp94 on Wed 21 May 2014, 7:14 pm

By far some of the best photographs on these forums
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby AMB on Wed 21 May 2014, 11:31 pm

Well done Stu! Your Dad would have been very proud of you for continuing his great enthusiasm for quality aviation photography and sharing these.
I am honoured to have known him for more years than I care to recall!
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Downes0106 on Thu 22 May 2014, 6:39 pm

Stu - Its clear where your skill with the camera and love of aviation came from. Some wonderful photographs, great subjects and superb scanning - they look like they are straight from a digital SLR. They are a great tribute to your dad. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Daz on Thu 22 May 2014, 9:25 pm

Excellent shots. I love the USN stuff!
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby st24 on Fri 23 May 2014, 10:47 am

Great stuff as ever Stu- that's some legacy Mick has left and so good of you to share it with us. Thanks, and more please! :clap:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby tankbuster81 on Sat 24 May 2014, 12:57 pm

wonderful photos which purely enhance the memories,thanks for posting them. Did your father take many photos of my beloved A10? When you get a moment ,i'd love to see them. :smile:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby warferry on Sat 24 May 2014, 1:22 pm

Many thanks Stu for taking the time to scan/load all the above. Being old enough to remember KC97's drone over regularly, the shot of same my favourite.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Ledhead27 on Sat 24 May 2014, 1:46 pm

What a magnificent set of images, your father has done a splendid job of capturing such a diverse number of aircraft types and all in good quality!
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Aerodynamik on Mon 26 May 2014, 6:13 pm

Magnifique! Nice to see 141023 as well. One of the first aircraft I ever saw at Northolt.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby ciaranchef on Thu 29 May 2014, 8:39 am

What a stunning set of historical pics, fantastic, Ciaran
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby silver fox on Mon 02 Jun 2014, 7:50 pm

Once again thanks for the share, the quality required to produce the slides and to then put them up on here looking as fresh as if they were taken yesterday is astounding.

You are giving new life to your fathers work and keeping some enthusiasts very happy, thanks again.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Pat Murphy on Wed 25 Jun 2014, 8:35 am

Fantastic stuff, they look like they were taken yesterday. :clap: :clap: Not a duffer amongst them but that YF17 with the smoky wheel is a catch and a half. Wasn't that the one that ended up a smoking hole in the ground after Farnborough? :question:

More please, much more :clap:
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby chek on Wed 25 Jun 2014, 3:06 pm

Both the YF-17s are still alive and well - 72-1569 in the Western Museum of Flight in Torrance http://www.wmof.com/display.htm , and 72-1570 in the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama http://www.ussalabama.com/aircraft.php .
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Binbrook 01 on Fri 27 Jun 2014, 6:50 pm

Pat

It was an early F-18B Hornet that crashed inside/just outside the perimeter of Middle Wallop, either a prototype or pre production airframe, I forget which.

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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby AlexC on Sat 28 Jun 2014, 10:21 am

Binbrook 01 wrote:It was an early F-18B Hornet that crashed inside/just outside the perimeter of Middle Wallop, either a prototype or pre production airframe, I forget which.Tim S


Middle Wallop? I've no memory of that occuring at all?

Quick update. Apparently it was F-18B 160784 (photos on A.net, including one by Mike Freer) that was departing Farnborough on 8th Sept. 1980, and which came down near Middle Wallop (some sort of engine failure) while attempting a diversion to Boscombe Down. Both crew (Jack Krings and Gary Post) ejected safely.
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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby Elwood on Sat 28 Jun 2014, 1:57 pm

Thought I was back in The Brandy Cask at Pershore on a Thursday evening. How we looked forward to those evenings with good company, excellent photos, my spluttering projector and friendly banter. How I and the rest of the Gang miss him. Photo No.1 is a real tear maker.
Thank you Stu for posting these and reminding me of some happy days. Look forward to further posts.

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Re: The Mick Freer Archives (Updated more photos)

Postby AlexC on Sat 28 Jun 2014, 4:31 pm

That Lightning F6 XS897 was taken on 2nd August at Lakenheath during their 1975 Open House. I took a shot of it on the same day, but from a different angle. Mick's shot is a little low in the frame which I tended to do back then for some reason.
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