Came across a box of photos today, thought I'd scan a few to share the delights of Mid Devon in the mid to late 80's. We lived beneath the run in and exit to the Dartmoor low level area. Sorry about the size of the post and the terrible quality but hopefully they will be of interest to someone, somewhere ...
Hawks Chivenor was a few miles to the North and we had non stop Hawk action
Harriers Yeovilton supplied the Sea Harriers and we had a few RAF versions too
This one is interesting as it shows a Herc and a Harrier in the same shot, the Harrier had to pull up quickly to avoid him
Choppers Always busy with choppers, the Lynx would be active until stupid o'clock in the mornings
Tonkas These operated in all weathers, sometimes in terrible conditions and always low & fast
Hercules The sky always seemed full of Hercs, mostly in threes and always very low
Buccaneer The only one I ever caught
VC10 We were directly below the refuelling area too
Phantom Never saw many but they did occasionally show, the first were 2 Wild Weasels that played for a while at sunset
F-111 Loved these, regularly came over in pairs
So there you go. Sorry once again for the amount and the poor quality but hopefully the content is good enough.
Thanx for sharing, reminds me of my own hometown back in Holland.....same conditions,never photographed the scenes unfortunately, but followed them with my brand new binoculors Please share some more....
Thanks for the replies chaps. Scanning these brought back some great memories and also a bit of sadness knowing that we will never see days like that again
Poopsie, yes the area is technically still designated a low fly area but these days you could wait many weeks for even a single fast jet to fly by. You still get a few choppers but again a fraction of what it used to be.
Thanks for putting them up. We were nowhere near a LFA but there always seemed to be a steady stream of low flying Tornados screaming over, as well as the constant drone of Jet Provosts from nearby Church Fenton.
Brought back many happy childhood memories of being chastised by teachers for running to the window on hearing a low flying jet! or being miles away dreaming of one day it being me.
Sadly the dreams never did come true and all we get over nowdays is the occasional Lynx
This is how i remember seeing some of these aircraft as a little 'un, hearing the sudden jet noise and managing to get a quick glance as it vanished behind the house across the road. Brought back some good memories this thread has. Thanks for posting.