Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Postby Ian G on Sat 27 Jan 2018, 11:34 pm

Well, it's only taken me 18 months to finally get round to editing these images from August 2016! I was lucky enough to spend a morning at RAF Cosford to view Jaguars running under their own power for the very last time. The airframes continue to be used as instructional platforms but will no longer run, thus ending another chapter in the life of the Jaguar in RAF service.

We started off photographing a few static airframes before three GR3s taxied out onto the apron and completed several circuits, allowing the small crowd to get shots from every achievable angle. While they parked up adjacent to the static aircraft, some T4s repeated the same procedure before parking up. The crowd were then invited to get up close and personal and I managed to take a seat in the desert pink painted GR3 - I felt like I was 9 again but more like 59 trying to get out! We were then treated to another ground display with all aircraft on the apron before the aircraft were given a water salute upon returning to their hangars.

The crew at Cosford must be applauded for providing a perfect event with access as close as you would want it with plenty of time and so many photographic opportunities. The only issue I had was deciding where to go and in YouTube footage you can see many spectators - including me - dashing from one side to the other, there was so much to photograph! It was great of the station and RAF to celebrate the Jaguar and as it's one of my favourite aircraft, I make no apologies for the number of images! There are plenty more on Flickr too here.

Thanks for looking!

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XZ117 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Taxi by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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The dirty end by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Big cats prowling by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Spotty by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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The crews by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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The office by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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The business end by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Big cats on the prowl by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr
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I should probably be working. Will work for doughnuts.
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Ian G
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Re: Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Postby wv383 on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 12:03 am

What a great - and extensive - set! Thanks for posting.
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Re: Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Postby reheat module on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 9:07 am

Worth the wait!
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Re: Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Postby tankbuster81 on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 9:21 am

Awesome post! :clap:
Don't bother running, you'll only die tired!!
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Re: Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Postby Tommy on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 11:24 pm

Only 18 months late! :grin:

Great set, pal. I have very fond memories of that day. :up:
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Re: Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Postby Ian G on Mon 29 Jan 2018, 12:08 pm

Thanks chaps! I can only apologise about the lateness, I blame my wife. As we're renovating our house, plastering meant that I had to move my computer out of the spare room and downstairs in to the living room. Trouble now is that if I use the computer in the evening, she's now complaining that I don't spend time with her!!!
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Re: Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Postby Airwolfhound on Mon 29 Jan 2018, 12:41 pm

Very nice, love number 30 :clap: . Thanks for (eventually) sharing :grin: :smile:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24874528@N04/

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Re: Big cats on the prowl - pic heavy!

Postby BDL on Mon 29 Jan 2018, 8:27 pm

Well worth the wait, thanks for posting.
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