Lightning Missile Practice Camps, RAF Valley

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STCAAMEkid
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Lightning Missile Practice Camps, RAF Valley

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Here are some recently scanned images from print film pictures I took at RAF Valley, North Wales, in 1984 and 1985.
They show 11 Squadron on their annual missile practice camp - always a highlight for local enthusiasts :yahoo:
Each lasted 1 to 2 weeks, subject to weather over Cardigan Bay ranges and X-winds at Valley. Aircraft rotated between Valley and Binbrook, according to serviceability, and launch success rate for the pilots scheduled to do them.
Happy days, :smile: , this is how I got my kicks as a 15 year old in '84.
First 4 and final images from '84 - the rest are '85.

I hope these are of interest, Phil.

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Lovely stuff Phil from The STCAAME ramp? How did you manage that? I have been going to Valley under my own steam since '85. Only ever saw Lightnings on Ops twice at Valley. Only once with a camera :sad:
Used to get to the Rock early in the morning and look across for the tell tale sign of "Tails on the STCAAME ramp". Happy days :smile:

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Loving these Lightning posts :clap:

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Lovely stuff :cool:
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Very nice shots. I was at Valley at the same time, and may well have been standing next to you when you took these! Happy days indeed.

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Great stuff, thanks for posting.. Can never get bored of Lightning stuff!
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Brilliant set!

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