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You sit here reading this and snippets of memory that you long forgot bounce back and i'll add these to the wonderful recollections if i may?

South of Banbury with my 3 year old son at a place called Kings Sutton we were watching trains when a drone started overhead, and kept going, and going, and going. I wasn't into aircraft greatly at the time, so never bothered until the drone had been going on for many minutes. so i looked up to see the sky full of C-130's heading from north to south. (when i say full, they were line astern and probably around 30 or more), and i heard later that these were practicing for the D day anniversary para drop a few days later.
Took some poor video, and will publish it if i can find it.

As a boy scout in the mid 70's we attended scout camp at 'Green Park' that adjoins RAF Halton. It was a long weekend camp and i seem to remember activity at the base, with large twin boomed aircraft taking off from there (were these Beverleys? Help if possible please), which made me just stand and stare as a 10-12 year old lad.
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Your "large twin boomed aircraft" were more than likely Argosy's, Beverely was retired in 1967. :up:

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FlankerPhoto wrote:Your "large twin boomed aircraft" were more than likely Argosy's, Beverely was retired in 1967. :up:


Excellent , thanks.... should have researched the OOS date for the 'Big Bev'.

And another from me.
I was a truck driver based in Witney in the 90's. early mornings and all that.
Anyway one misty morning i'm hooking up the unit to the trailer, and attaching the electrics, when a loud drone coming from Brize gets my attention as the only Shorts Belfast i ever saw fly, climbed out and turned overhead. Such a distinctive noise and so much prettier than the C-130 i thought.
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Few that spring to mind, as a kid I lived almost on the approach path to RAF Manston, albeit 13 miles out, but surrounded by farmland meant we often got buzzed by mil aircraft.
Probably about age 8 at the time, I remember hearing the distinct wokka wokka of a Chinook approaching, I was amazed and slightly terrified to see it approaching the house at about 30ft and due to the terrain was actually lower than the house. It was being followed by a puma at very high speed and the pair went scything through the woodland past the house. Absolutely exhilarating at the time.
In my teens I was out in the garage, probably messing with something with an internal combustion engine when I heard a jet aircraft that I'd never heard before, ran outside to see my favourite aircraft of all time, u/c down and nose drooped, yep concorde.
But probably the one most in keeping with the subject of this thread was sometime around 2004 sat in the car at the top of the cliffs at Westgate on Sea when I heard a thundering jet aircraft. Whilst trying to work out where the aircraft was I glimpsed at the wing mirror and my jaw dropped as I caught site of an Oasis 747 following the edge of the cliff not much higher than the cliff itself so more or less eye level to me. It probably remains to this day the closest I have been to an aircraft in flight.

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verreli wrote:A couple of weeks ago I was in the Lake District photographing Blea tarn in Langdale. I heard jet noise and cursed my luck for not being over at Thirlmere, Then from below up popped a Hawk T2 in a turn overhead which then dived back down into the valley in a Langdale loop. Really dynamic flying and nice to watch.

I remember camping at Angle Tarn (just below Bowfell), probably 20 years ago. Heard jet engines, and looked up to see a formation of 9 red Hawks, fairly well banked-over, coming over Esk Hause, presumably having flown up Wasdale. They flew straight past where I was sitting, probably only a few hundred feet AGL, and disappeared down Langdale.

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1967 and I was a member of a group of engineering apprentices visiting the factory of a supplier, a rubber extrusion specialist. As we walked from the production area to the canteen for lunch we were treated to a flypast by English Electric Lightnings in diamond nine formation.

Monday 16th July 1996 07:30. Heard the sound of something interesting approaching and dashed to the back door. Mosquito RR299 (G-ASKH) flew overhead at less than 1000 feet heading due north. I'd seen it display at Flying Legends just two days before, sadly it was destroyed 5 days later.

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Excellent thread indeed.

I can offer:

1. On holiday at Swanage, Dorset, back in the late ‘70s. You got a lot of RAF military over there at that time, but a very pleasant memory is walking on the seafront one bright, sunny morning and hearing the roar of a jet overhead. A glance upwards was greeted with the sight of a German F-104 Starfighter, 1,000 feet up, storming north at a fair rate of knots.

2. Out walking on the Isle of Sheppey in the early ‘80s on a winter weekday afternoon - a tight formation of three F-111s shot across over the Thames estuary, presumably on their way back home to Lakenheath.

3. Swanage again, sometime in the ‘80s - two Mirages very low over the water, high speed, pulled up sharp as they reached the coast at Bournemouth.

4. I’ve always wondered about this one - Ramsgate, Kent, 1966 or ‘67, weekday morning. On the seafront and a silver delta-winged aircraft curves round from over the Channel, passing over the town, looking very much like it’s on finals to Manston. Too big for an F-4, not an F-101 - definitely not a Vulcan. B-58? Surely not, but what else could it be? I put it down as a B-58 in my I-Spy Aircraft book, but I’ve never been able to confirm if there were any deployed in Europe at that time; it would have been very late in their service life. Were any kept flying into the later ‘60s?
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HeyfordDave111 wrote:
FlankerPhoto wrote:Your "large twin boomed aircraft" were more than likely Argosy's, Beverely was retired in 1967. :up:


Excellent , thanks.... should have researched the OOS date for the 'Big Bev'.

And another from me.
I was a truck driver based in Witney in the 90's. early mornings and all that.
Anyway one misty morning i'm hooking up the unit to the trailer, and attaching the electrics, when a loud drone coming from Brize gets my attention as the only Shorts Belfast i ever saw fly, climbed out and turned overhead. Such a distinctive noise and so much prettier than the C-130 i thought.


Was anyone at the Duxford air show, can’t think when, when the last Belfast flew over, 3-4,000 feet up, on approach to Stansted. I don’t think the commentator noticed it, but a fair number in the crowd did.
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Back in the 80s shopping in stockport where its on the approach to Manchester Airport, so it's usual to see low aircraft over you.

A C5a galaxy screamed overhead. It stopped everyone as this leviathan flew over. Rushed to the airport to find that it was just a flypast.

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Another one from me, sorry.....

As a child living in High Wycombe, my school had large playing fields behind it which we played in during school breaks.
Around 1977 i'm playing football on the field with mates and over the hill to the immediate south roars 2 German startfighters not more that 1000ft up, and you could clearly make up the german 'cross' on the wing undersides, we all stopped and watched them go across and over the hill to the North. We wondered if it had anything to do withStrike Command being close.

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I'd completely forgotten:
"Plane on fire" seen from the school playing fields - subsequently identified by a tame adult as an F-111 doing its thing.
And not quite seen, but:
Woken at a very antisocial hour by a number of VERY loud fast jets passing overhead at what sounded like quite low level. And then again, several hours later. News the following day was reporting the US bombing of Libya. Always wondered why they were so low - maybe avoiding class A airspace so they wouldn't have to involve civilian ATC.

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Occam wrote:I'd completely forgotten:

And not quite seen, but:
Woken at a very antisocial hour by a number of VERY loud fast jets passing overhead at what sounded like quite low level. And then again, several hours later. News the following day was reporting the US bombing of Libya. Always wondered why they were so low - maybe avoiding class A airspace so they wouldn't have to involve civilian ATC.


Ah yes, I was a victim of something like this but I must admit I thought my experience was more like early 1991? Possibly B-1's? I remember it being about 3am in the morning and the whole house shook... :dizzy: .Asked a friend a while later who was in ATC way back then and he said they were a couple of fairly low level B1's routing round Heathrow on their way back to Fairford... Wish it had been daylight.....
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Ken Shabby wrote:Excellent thread indeed.

I can offer:

4. I’ve always wondered about this one - Ramsgate, Kent, 1966 or ‘67, weekday morning. On the seafront and a silver delta-winged aircraft curves round from over the Channel, passing over the town, looking very much like it’s on finals to Manston. Too big for an F-4, not an F-101 - definitely not a Vulcan. B-58? Surely not, but what else could it be? I put it down as a B-58 in my I-Spy Aircraft book, but I’ve never been able to confirm if there were any deployed in Europe at that time; it would have been very late in their service life. Were any kept flying into the later ‘60s?


How about a Mirage IV? Entered French Air Force service 1964.

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Finally a great thread.

Once of the most surpising things was sitting in the office in shannon in 1997 and whoooooooosh. It aint an Airliner and was not a IAC Magister!

A quick dash to the window revleaded my first glimpse of a Mirage IV. I never found out the serial though!! any one assist closing off over a 20 year mystery!

Well thats that sorted: serial 62!!
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Corr the memoires are flooding in!

I took a day off in Nov 89 with another 2 spotters where I worked in Heathrow and was picked up on a misty November Thursday. We were off to Upper Heyford in a boxy VW Polo. This was my first Taste in Serious Mil Spotting, Taking a day off in all Fairness for looking at Jets!! Being just over from Ireland Upper Heyford could have been in Lancashire for all I knew but off I went my trust in my new English friends with no clue where this was in England.!

The weather was the same when we got there, Gloomly and we settled in reading some mags and listening to the Scanner and being gently warmed by the idling Engine. A couple of movements and a Raven came in. Wow I thought to myself. Never seen a Swinger before..........Suddenly out of the Gloom and Amercian accent over a loud speaker could be heard and the Wonderful words - SCRAMBLE SRAMBLE SRCAMBLE and then the whole base erupted into Engines Starting up and 1-11 coming for right and Left... about an hour later past and we managed to see a Scramble of about 40 Odd 1-11s. The runway was bone dry after the Launch! What a wonderful start to base spotting!! Serials below.....

63-0023 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
66-0050 EF-111A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
66-0057 EF-111A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
67-0035 EF-111A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
66-0047 EF-111A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
66-0037 EF-111A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
66-0031 EF-111A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
66-0039 EF-111A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0022 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0052 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0083 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0037 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0059 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0015 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0071 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0021 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0036 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0063 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0017 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0038 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0010 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0014 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0075 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0076 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0007 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0013 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0001 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0056 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0053 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0011 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0074 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0041 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0073 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0072 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0077 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
67-0120 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0055 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0066 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0061 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0006 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0054 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0079 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0062 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0004 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0051 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0020 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
67-0122 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0048 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0082 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD
68-0039 F-111E UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 02.11.89 UPPER HEYFORD

Another one would be of Diamond 9 of Phantoms flying over Mildenhall in the 1990's
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More at home than my original post drove from Bristol to do a walk from an AA guide around Stonehenge. Needed the break from the city and never been before. Towards the end I could hear a helicopter but just couldn't see it. Suddenly from behind an Apache flew straight overhead so low. Looked just like how you would see it as the enemy for the first time.

Told my non aviation mate about this thread who always gives me a little stick for my love of aviation. Fair enough. He then said actually last summer I was in a field in the middle of nowhere. Then heard a huge noise and the Red Arrows flew over in formation. I asked how it made him feel. His response, amazing.

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FarnboroJohn wrote:
Steve Bond wrote:Interesting thread; another one from me. Sitting at home, hearing the sound of multiple big pistons approaching, dashing out into the garden to see, passing directly overhead at about 1,000 feet, a B-25 with five Mosquitoes strung out behind it in loose formation. They were on their way back into Bovingdon during the filming of '633 Squadron'. The downside? No camera with me!


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I seem to have more luck at seeing random military assets when I'm out with the wife than when I go for a days spotting.

For our honeymoon in April 2017 we flew from Manchester to Newquay, upon landing we were greeted by two RAF A-400's circuit bashing. And on leaving three days later to catch a flight to Gatwick I think there was three in the circuit. Then daily we would see the AEW Sea King flying over St. Ives, possibly the only time I've seen it flying.

Then there was the time that we were driving south down the M6, near to Cannock and another A-400 went past at low level. Not what you expect half an hour into a drive to the Welsh valleys.

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I went to college at high peak college for 2 years, the site was the old raf harpur hill, it still had the old raf buildings there.

Wednesday was our food service theory class. So we're all bored. When I heard a distinct whine from outside, suddenly its getting louder. Luckily I was next to a window as 2 A10s from bentwaters were using the college as target practice. The dived at the college and pulled up and continued to do this for around half an hour.

Nope don't remember how to use a garidon but I remember that.

Talked to the tutor after and he said in this this carribean accent. They do this every Wednesday.

We often got jags, harriers. tonkas, hawks and a few times f111s.

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Until recently well known warbird collector Robs Lamplough owned a business nearby which is based on a former World War Two airfield. On occasion we'd be treated to flybys by him, either in his Spitfire VIII - sold in 2010 to MeierMotors but now back at Duxford - or his P-51D Mustang Miss Helen. As they were low and fast, invariably I'd be too slow in getting to the nearest window in time! Nonetheless, I have enjoyed a few gentle rolling displays by Miss Helen, watching through the kitchen window.

Nowadays this open space is frequented by low flying Chinooks (there's one out there now) and Pumas from RAF Benson. At RIAT a few years back I enquired of a Puma aircrew member what the rules were and was told 'We are authorised to 10 foot separation'.

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In 2014 I'd been to Lincoln hospital,coming out to get the bus to the railway station I heard multiple jets first,then was pleasantly surprised to see the Red Arrows transiting over the City,and with the welcome addition of their red white and blue smoke on!It was summertime so presumably they were returning to Scampton after displaying somewhere.

Also,back in the late 1970s I'd just got off a bus in my home county of Leicestershire to visit a friend,and heard and then saw a V Bomber going over at quite a height,possibly a Vulcan judging by the wing shape.Made my day!

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I'll add in my few:

A US Army Skycrane out and back to Leuchars at low level circa 1972, the Strathallan Lancaster (KB676) making what would sadly turn out to be it's last flight from Glasgow to Strathallan in '75. Lots of low level B-52's in the summer of 76 (Giant Voice?)
and formation of 6-8 C-141's being refuelled by a similar number of KC-135's on the Flamborough Track over Dundee in September 1981 - they'd done a round trip from the US dropping paratroopers into West Germany as part of Reforger 81. Finally a Mirage IV very low level over Futurascope in Potiers - a real show stopper.

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Went to Cruzex last year. Flew home via Rio, it was a drizzly day, we were exhausted, as we were walking round outside the terminal completely lost we saw a Brazilian P-3 taking off. It was too far away to photograph, but god what a way to end the trip that was (well, feet up in a business lounge watch the sun set over Christo Redentor wasn't too shabby either)

Not seen, but hearing MiG-29s flying around over Minsk was pretty cool!

I was in Kiev Aviation Museum and ran through knee high snow to get to a gate in order to photograph a Ukrainian Air Force An-26, that was a real highlight.

On holiday in Riga and walking around the city at night I saw two or three F-15s fly over the city.
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Back in September 1987 shortly after the Leuchars Airshow I think it was I was up in Cupar staying at a relatives as we were going to a family Wedding in Dundee and could see the local Phantoms either departing or on approach when I suddenly caught sight of a large Aircraft, on closer inspection turned out to be a B-52 which I only caught a quick sight of and it disappeared never to be seen again, now it wasn't that high and was heading east towards Leuchars and the North Sea.

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Growing up under the flight path to RAF Benson, I saw a few unusual visitors. The most impressive was a Concorde in 1986, which was on the approach with gear down, but I judged it too high to land. It then came over again, but even higher. Never have found out why.

I was used to the sound of Rolls-Royce Darts on Andovers, but one morning in the early-mid '80s, it sounded slightly different. I rushed out of bed, went to the window to see an Argosy approaching the house on climb-out. (Only time I ever saw one). I've since worked out this was the last one in service at Boscombe Down and was probably part of a Benson Argosy crew reunion.

Also around that time, whilst at school in the playground, another strange looking plane was randomly flying around. I described it to my dad who said it sounded like a Bristol Freighter. (Indeed it was.) Although this didn't appear to be connected with Benson, but maybe 'showing off' to Martin-Baker at chalgrove?

Two VC10s and a TriStar flew several wide circuits in a 'vic' formation around Benson in about 1986. Maybe a photo sortie?

September 1998, the MATS Constellation flew a few circuits over the house, whilst holding for Farnborough.

In Oxford in (I think) 1990, overhead flew what looked like a Nimrod (complete with fin pod) but with no rear boom, so I was left thinking: 'was that a Nimrod or a Comet?'...since realised it must have been the 'Comrod' Comet XV814.

Also viewed from Oxford, but in the distance was the other Comet XS235 with a Herc and a small plane. I later found out the small one was the Comet racer and the Herc was the camera ship for a formation photo, this being in July 1992.

Oh, and whilst at secondary school a few miles away, in 1987, I also saw a Belfast, presumably heading back to Stansted.