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Golden Years of Fairford

Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10:18 pm

I am a lapsed airshow goer. I must admit that a lot of the aircraft that I used to get excited about have, as we know, now disappeared from the skies.....and those sights that used to set the pulse racing seem to be fewer and far between. I present here a selection of images photographed ( I don't scan ) from slides, mostly Kodachrome and Velvia. I include the Vulcan from Old Warden in 2015, because this seemed to me to be the last link between how things used to be and how they are now. The anticipation and significance of the Vulcan's last few appearances was tangible, and between the two shows in July and October, those terrible events at Shoreham threatened to shake everything up still further. I was thrilled to see the Norwegian Starfighter take to the skies recently , but the reply I received from the team was really depressing. "We can't come to the UK without back-up from the original manufacturers, which obviously we don't have". I travelled to several airshows in 1985 to see "The Vikings" F104 team, a most thrilling sight, reminding me of when I first saw the Starfighters of "The Slivers" at Biggin Hill in 1972. The Vikings even displayed at Leicester with its short runway and managed a touch and go (which I will post in due course), and signed a photo for me at St Mawgan. I'm sure everyone's got their favourite airshow moments; Stefan Karwowski in the Bearcat pulling round in a tight low turn over the crowd at West Malling, the Flanker arriving with the TU.134 at Boscombe Down in 1992, Ray Hanna in MH434 diving down into the valley at Biggin Hill, the TU.95 AND IL76 arrival at Fairford, the Starfighters at Greenham Common 77, the 747 in formation with 10 WWII fighters at North Weald, Don Bullock in the B17........the list is endless. I wonder how many memorable moments they'll be this year ?
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Re: GOLDEN YEARS OF FAIRFORD

Wed 13 Jun 2018, 5:41 am

Doesn't seem to be a working link. :dunno:

Anyways, maybe post some direct to UKAR would be good :up:

Re: GOLDEN YEARS OF FAIRFORD

Wed 13 Jun 2018, 6:02 am

CJS - there seems to be a general problem with flickr links at the moment. Any I click on send a message that the page can't be found.

So the takeover by the new people at flickr seems to be going seamlessly!

Re: Golden Years of Fairford

Wed 13 Jun 2018, 11:32 am

Hello if anyone is using a Mac , can they tell me how to upload to this site. When I go into my Flickr page, the "BBcode" code button that allows me to link : the images to site doesn't exist. I have lots of lovely shots to share.....so hoping someone can help. I understand there are issues with flickr...cheers
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Re: Golden Years of Fairford

Wed 13 Jun 2018, 11:43 am

Image2018-06-06_13-35_0003 by John Chase, on Flickr

Re: Golden Years of Fairford

Wed 13 Jun 2018, 11:46 am

OK looks like i've cracked it:

Image2018-06-06_13-36_0004 by John Chase, on Flickr
Image2018-06-06_13-35_0003 by John Chase, on Flickr
Image2018-06-06_13-35_0002 by John Chase, on Flickr
Image2018-06-06_13-29_0001 by John Chase, on Flickr
Image2018-06-06_13-36_0005 by John Chase, on Flickr

Re: Golden Years of Fairford

Wed 13 Jun 2018, 3:48 pm

dreamworker wrote:OK looks like i've cracked it


You certainly have, and boy what a collection! :rock: :rock:

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Wed 13 Jun 2018, 4:17 pm

ImageVulcan XL426 Mildenhall Air Fete by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageVulcan at West Malling 1988 by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageVulcan at West Malling 1988_2 by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageVintage Pair 1998 Mildenhall Air Fete by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageVimy Farnborough 88 by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageVictor K2 Fairford 1989 by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageGalaxy Bournemouth 1984 by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageCF104G Greenham Common 1981 by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageCasa 352 West Malling 1993 by John Chase, on Flickr

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Wed 13 Jun 2018, 4:27 pm

ImageVulcan_July 2015_1M by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageSpifire_July 2015_2M by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageBlenheim_July 2015_2M by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageVulcan_July 2015_2M by John Chase, on Flickr

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Thu 14 Jun 2018, 4:31 pm

ImageIl frecce Tricolori Greenham Common 1981 by John Chase, on Flickr
ImageRay Hanna Biggin Hill 1981 Spitfire XIV by John Chase, on Flickr
Ray Hanna making one of his characteristic (and highly naughty) departures in Spencer Flack's Mk XIV Spitfire G-SPIT at Biggin Hill Air Fair 1981. This was the only time I ever saw Frecce Tricolori in their G91s, although I was at Farnborough '72, dunno how I missed them !

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Fri 15 Jun 2018, 1:48 pm

Fantastic set John, thanks for posting some excellent shots bringing back many memories. BTW, Spencer Flack's red Spitfire was G-FIRE, not 'G-SPIT'!

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Fri 15 Jun 2018, 2:05 pm

Thanks Adrian, so how about some photos of Frecce Tricolori at Farnborough 72, i know you have some because i saw a tantalising glimpse of a G91 landing in your book about display teams !!!!

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Thu 15 Nov 2018, 3:03 pm

Great set !

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Fri 16 Nov 2018, 12:37 pm

The Frecce on G.91s! :rock: :cool:

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Fri 16 Nov 2018, 2:39 pm

These somehow passed me by at the time they were posted - there are some great sights here.

There have indeed been some great moments and performers that have been and gone, and I'd argue there are still some great spectacles to be seen at airshows. For me, it is the lack of venues rather than participants as such that feels most different about the scene today.

Minor pedantry alert: the Vintage Pair's last season was 1986. That's an ace shot of them. The most taken-for-granted-until-they-were-gone act ever.

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Sat 17 Nov 2018, 8:06 am

Absolutely stunning! :drool:

Spitfire shot is immense.

Re: Golden Years of Fairford

Fri 07 Dec 2018, 11:51 am

dreamworker wrote:Thanks Adrian, so how about some photos of Frecce Tricolori at Farnborough 72, i know you have some because i saw a tantalising glimpse of a G91 landing in your book about display teams !!!!


Apologies for the delay in responding, but I have only just seen this request. Okay, well I just loved the Frecce when they had G.91s and first saw them at the wonderful Biggin Hill Air Fairs in the '60s, where I was given wonderful runway access press facilities - a thing of the past killed off by H&S & the CAA. Managed to obtain shots such as this taken in May 1969.
Imagefrecce by Adrian Balch, on Flickr

Then of course they came to Farnborough in September 1972.
Imagefrecce-6 by Adrian Balch, on Flickr

Re: Golden Years of Fairford

Fri 07 Dec 2018, 1:07 pm

Amazing shots, lets see some more please :-)

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Fri 07 Dec 2018, 4:04 pm

Beautiful Adrian, lovely images......why you don't publish a book with this lot in I don't know. Even if it was a Blurb Book. I'll see your Frecce and raise you all I have ....
ImagePatrouile de France Biggin Hill september 1980 by John Chase, on Flickr

Re: Golden Years of Fairford

Fri 07 Dec 2018, 4:06 pm

Thats the same (admittedly lovely) shot you used in your book........lets see some more. Have you got Patrouille de France at Farnborough 72 too ????......How about Les Diables Rouge at Biggin 77 ?

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Fri 07 Dec 2018, 4:12 pm

ImagePatrouille de France Biggin Hill September 1980 by John Chase, on Flickr
Poor quality , but taken on bloody awful Orwochrome film and a bit overexposed too on the Fuji ST605n

Re: Golden Years of Fairford

Fri 07 Dec 2018, 8:06 pm

dreamworker wrote:Thats the same (admittedly lovely) shot you used in your book........lets see some more. Have you got Patrouille de France at Farnborough 72 too ????......How about Les Diables Rouge at Biggin 77 ?


Well this would be deviating from the title of this thread as IAT didn't move to Fairford until 1985 long after both teams retired their Fouga Magisters.

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Tue 11 Dec 2018, 9:10 am

Memories flooding back in my head. And the name of a Canadian F104 team now in my head, The Tiger Romeo's, saw them at Biggin. Does anyone remember those guys? Believe they were based at Baden Soellingen?

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Tue 11 Dec 2018, 11:30 am

tankbuster81 wrote:Memories flooding back in my head. And the name of a Canadian F104 team now in my head, The Tiger Romeo's, saw them at Biggin. Does anyone remember those guys? Believe they were based at Baden Soellingen?


They were yes. By the 80's when the above shot was taken they were 'The Starfighters' - still from Baden-Soellingen, just a different squadron I think. A four ship - or maybe four ship plus solo? The first time I saw them (at Mildenhall) they came screaming in from crowd rear. Made me jump!

This is thread drift Adrian, but a aerobatic team history thread would be a great one. Perhaps you could kick it off with more of those classic images of yours?

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Tue 11 Dec 2018, 4:21 pm

Wrexham Mackem wrote:
tankbuster81 wrote:Memories flooding back in my head. And the name of a Canadian F104 team now in my head, The Tiger Romeo's, saw them at Biggin. Does anyone remember those guys? Believe they were based at Baden Soellingen?


They were yes. By the 80's when the above shot was taken they were 'The Starfighters' - still from Baden-Soellingen, just a different squadron I think. A four ship - or maybe four ship plus solo? The first time I saw them (at Mildenhall) they came screaming in from crowd rear. Made me jump!


'79 was the last outing for the Tigers but a second Team was formed as The Starfighters drawn from the 3 Sqns of the 1CAG. They remained as a 5ship until their demise in' 83. Other 4/5 ship teams included Red Indians and Check Whiskey.
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