Mildenhall Air Fete 1977


Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby warferry on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 8:39 am

Thanks for taking time to load these Ian ,great event.
My pal and I had to get going at 4am from down south to get near the front of the queue.
Dig those flares, on the trousers,see Bronco shot, you should have seen my bright yellow very long collared shirt !
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Sundowner on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 9:03 am

Outstanding , they look as though they were only taken last week. :clap:
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 8:48 pm

gasp!! what a mother of golden oldies posts! brilliant! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby st24 on Sun 12 Feb 2017, 10:58 am

Absolutely superb, great post- such times. I can't help being drawn to that huge 'baby" in the pram in front of the C-131 though, he must be a good Samaritan :wink:
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Leeflyer on Sun 12 Feb 2017, 10:59 am

Most excellent post and superb scans, I was at the show, well I was living at Lakenheath at that point!
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Finningley Boy on Sun 12 Feb 2017, 11:22 am

A rich line up of aircraft from across NATO, what particularly strikes me is how easily one can date the period by the propensity for flared jeans on most of the punters together with the popular designer t-shirts and long hair. I wasn't at Mildenhall, but I was at Finningley for the Silver Jubilee, a month later and I had my attestation at Leeds CIO, 30th August, next day, off to Swinderby!

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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Sun 12 Feb 2017, 11:33 am

st24 wrote:I can't help being drawn to that huge 'baby" in the pram in front of the C-131


:lol: He's about ten! I had noticed previously, but seeing as you've pointed him out..!

The people are more dated than the aircraft. Your flares had to cover your entire shoe length and notice there are no shorts. Not even on kids. :grin:
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby iainpeden on Sun 12 Feb 2017, 11:56 am

Wonderful memories and thanks for taking time to post.
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Skyflash on Tue 14 Feb 2017, 1:17 pm

Never even heard of the YC-14 or 15!? :dizzy:

One of them kinda looks like two C-17s have got together and produced a very ugly baby. :grin:
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Spiny Norman on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 9:24 am

Very nice to see these. That F-16 was an attractive machine, even with its wee nose!
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby The Flying Barrel on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 9:58 am

One of my first 'Halls, hard to believe the quantity and quality of the types on show, probably cast a cursory glance at airframes that now you would give your Granny away to see again!
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Vodka on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 10:32 am

I had no idea the test beds YC14 & 15 were ever flown over here. Assume it was a Farnborough year?
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby docman on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 11:42 am

Paris Air Show I believe.
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Airwolfhound on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 12:53 pm

Fabulous quality in terms of content and pictures.

I was definitely there for that show, pity I was only 7 and didn't have a camera :grin:
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby st24 on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 1:03 pm

Vodka wrote:I had no idea the test beds YC14 & 15 were ever flown over here. Assume it was a Farnborough year?


As said they were at Mildenhall prior to Paris, as were the F-16 and A-10 (fatally lost on June 3 at the show) The YC-14 & 15 had both been at Farnboro' the year before...
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby Blackbird on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 6:08 am

Superb post - many thanks for taking the time to scan and post :clap: :clap:

Andy :smile:
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby The Flying Barrel on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 10:09 am

Thanks for sharing! The C-17 morphed out of the YC15?
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby st24 on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 12:26 pm

The Flying Barrel wrote: The C-17 morphed out of the YC15?

Effectively, though the original role concepts differed - the '14 & 15 were competitors in a USAF STOL transport project to replace the irreplaceable Herc! The C-17 came about as a long range ass and trash hauler to replace the C-141 but with better STOL/unpaved performance. Which it has done and admirably so.
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby XR219 on Wed 22 Feb 2017, 6:54 am

These are superb, thanks for taking the time to post! That Buccaneer looks very ex-RN, they haven't got around to modding it yet!
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby st24 on Wed 22 Feb 2017, 9:10 am

XR219 wrote:That Buccaneer looks very ex-RN, they haven't got around to modding it yet!


How can you tell?? :question: RAF & RN were pretty much identical...
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby XR219 on Wed 22 Feb 2017, 10:00 am

It was early in the morning, I could be completely wrong!

XT- serial, no bomb bay door tank, looked like RN style large underwing tanks.
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Re: Mildenhall Air Fete 1977

Postby st24 on Wed 22 Feb 2017, 11:36 am

XR219 wrote:It was early in the morning, I could be completely wrong!

XT- serial, no bomb bay door tank, looked like RN style large underwing tanks.


Original RAF Buccs didn't have a bomb bay tank either - they were retrofitted to S2Bs from the mid '70s (RAFG jets first) and slipper tanks were standard. XT286 was originally a RN bird but entered RAF service in 1974 and became a "B" in 1978 and delivered to RAFG.
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