Fly Navy! - early 1980s (updated again 7th July!)

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At last I've had a chance to sort out a few more! :smile:

Another Wessex HU5 for TonyO!

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HMS Diomede's Wasp on deck.

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HMS Naiad's Wasp at Prestwick

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705 NAS Gazelle (and vintage tractor!)

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Another Gazelle, being put through it's paces at a Wings parade.

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An early Lynx, from HMS Avenger, visiting Culdrose.

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A pair of 846 NAS Sea King HC4s on Hermes off the coast of Norway.

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Britannia Flight Chipmunk at Roborough on a very wintery day!

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771 NAS Sea Devon at Culdrose on a sunny day!

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Another unusual Culdrose visitor, visiting with the C-1A on page 1.

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Excellent collection! Like the Gazelle flypast :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Excellent pics Chris.

Reckon you snapped Gazelle flypast from the balcony of the 705 building?

The Chipmunk studes doing the running change seem to be "hot changing" their parachutes - blimey didn't think we had budgetary problems in those days! :lol:

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Think there have always been budgetry problems!

"Parachute? Eee, you were lucky, when I were a lad there were sixteen of us int' Chipmunk with one hankie between us etc, etc"! (with apologies to Messrs Chapman, Cleese, Idle, Jones, Palin etc) :grin:

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Happy New Year! A few more Sea Harriers for you (and a few straighter horizons!)

899NAS Harrier T4 at Culdrose

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800 NAS FRS1 being shunted around the deck of Hermes

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Another one airborne from Illustrious, somewhere in the Atlantic!

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At rest on deck, with three 814 NAS Sea Kings in the background about to run in to practice a display routine!

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899 NAS SHAR on the deck of Illustrious, ready to starrt

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800 NAS SHAR low and fast

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FRADU Hunter GA11 low (very low!) and fast

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..... and a few others! Heads!

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Tails!

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(Illustrious alongside in New York, 1984.)
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747woody wrote:Happy New Year! A few more Sea Harriers for you

FRADU Hunter GA11 low (very low!) and fast

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Knew that a Hunter would feature sooner than later! Any more.... :) :whistle:
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Bit short of Hunter shots :oops: , sadly. However here's a few more of other things, hope they will suffice!

Training.

Chippie at Roborough

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RNEFTS Bulldog at Topcliffe

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705 NAS Gazelle. Not sure why it's got "Royal Navvy" on the side - but there was an Irish guy on the course! :lol: Culdrose is visible in the background

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Gazelle Balbo!

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RFA Engadine in the Clyde with a 706 NAS Sea King HAS5 over the deck.

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Jetstream formation over Goonhilly, with the Helford River in the background. Rare sight of a T1, T2 and a T3 together! Taken from the back of another Jetstream - not a good camera ship!

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Another unusual visitor to Culdrose, a Portugese Air Force Puma sitting on the 706 NAS ramp

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Front Liners.

819 NAS Sea King HAS2 flying past Ailsa Craig, in the Clyde Estuary.

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Rare sight, 819 NAS at sea!

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A pair of 772 NAS Wessex HU5s from Portland, visiting Prestwick

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845 NAS Wessex HU5 all tucked up on the deck of Hermes

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Antrim Flight Wessex HAS3 on the back of HMS Antrim

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814 NAS Sea King HAS2 visiting Prestwick

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826 NAS Sea King HAS5 visiting Prestwick, on a cold winter's morn!

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846 NAS Sea King HC4 on the back of RFA Olmeda, June '81

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A stack of Junglies coming back to the deck of Hermes off Norway, Spring '83

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3 CBAS Gazelle operating off Hermes off Norway in Spring '83, being watched by the "other side"!

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What a fabulous set of photos, I'd forgot what the old tower at Culdrose looked like. Thanks for sharing them :clap: .

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Marvellous images Chris. :clap:
Thanks for posting them.

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Superb. Love the Wessex and Wasp photos. :clap:

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Always great to see the old Fleet Air Arm hardware!
Brings back great memories of VLN in the 80s when I was growing up! Sea Kings, Wessex, Gazelles, Sea Herons, Sea Devons, SHARs, Hunters, Canberras, Chipmunks, Sea Furies.... :drool:
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Excellent selection, I really enjoyed viewing they brought back a lot of happy memories!

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Wow :shock: fascinating pictures! Will be keeping an eye on this thread! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Fly Navy! - early 1980s (updated again 6th Jan)

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Thanks for all the comments, Chaps!

Here's a couple more that might be of interest:

HMS Ark Royal on sea trials in the North Sea, late 1984.

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It's predecessor, ending it's days at Cairn Ryan near Stranraer, seen in 1981

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Watching them, watching us. Lots of clues that this "trawler" isn't fishing!

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Re: Fly Navy! - early 1980s (updated again 6th Jan)

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Good to see you found some more time to update this very interesting topic Chris! And fortunately your photographic skills beat your skills at the pool table. :grin:

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Koen L wrote:............... fortunately your photographic skills beat your skills at the pool table. :grin:


Miaow!!! :lmao:

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Harsh, but fair! :grin:

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Great photo's, thankyou for sharing them.

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Nice one Chris! Brings back memories from when the Navy had other coulours other than grey! Don't remember the black tails on the 705 Gazelles though! Was it short lived?
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Hi Chris,

Very interesting stuff, especially like the Jetstream trio.
Sad to see the carrier being decommisioned....hope the Ark does not suffer the same fate :sad:

Nice to chat to you tonight, by the way what scanner do you use for your negs, is it a dedicated negative scanner?
Your images have put me in mind of scanning some of my old ones :smile:

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Total pleasure to see so much and a Leander class fregate is not big enough for a sea king, they were only just big enough for wasps.

Nice set of pictures and yes keep em comin.

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Absolutely brilliant stuff Chris, if only we had the same levels of kit these days, great photos too. A thread well worth coming back to. :clap:

Just as an aside, your US Navy visitor is a C-2A. :ninja:
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Fantastic thread, love those Wessex especially :rock:
Superb set of pics marred only by my first ever sight of the old Ark being broken up :sad:

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Reminds me of the Rosyth Navy Days I attended, Years escape me at the moment but needless to say I was right chuffed getting to go on Illustrious one Year and Ark Royal the Next. Ah thems were the days, it was Sea Harrier FRS.1s on Lusty and the Ark with Sea Kings HAS and AEW. :cool: Brilliant :biggrin: .