Various RAF Chivenor (Updated 25.05.15)

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Various RAF Chivenor (Updated 25.05.15)

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Hi,
Some pics from RAF Butlins taken in the mid 80's-mid 90's. I used to get dropped into Barnstaple by my dad with my bike, and i used to spend the day on the bench over-looking the apron along the Tarka Trail, or at the runway end at Braunton Burrows, Happy days :D . Wouldn't let my kids out all day without any way of contact now though!!!
A few visitors first:(if anyone can help with dates, especially the Alpha Jets,think it was 94??, it would be appreciated.Notekeeping was not my strong point....!!)

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Hunter T.8 XE665 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1A XX258 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1A XX350 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Tucano ZF289 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Alpha Jet E95 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Alpha Jet E34 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1 XX188 RAF Chivenor 1986 by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1A XX281 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Wessex HC2 XR497 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1A XX329 RAF Chivenor 1991 by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1A XX299 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1A XX337 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T1 XX325 RAF Chivenor 1989 by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1A XX282 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

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Hawk T.1A XX326 RAF Chivenor by jonf45, on Flickr

Hope they're of interest, loads more to scan(including the Airshows :cool: ).
More in my Flickr site, and if anyone has any EGDC shots please feel free to add them to the RAF Chivenor Group on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/rafchivenor

Cheers Jon
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Love the Hawk, such a beauty. :love: Shame I never got to see aircraft schemed like these though!

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DanO1978 wrote:Even the Hawks had some character back then!


I think they still do! T2 is a beautiful aircraft.

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Flew out from there once in a Seaking, fond memories, however I never saw much else when there! Love the camo Hawks! :clap:
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Always loved the Hawks in that camo, great set, Ciaran
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Many thanks for the kind comments :smile:

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Heaven in Devon. Only went once but it still amazes me that back in the 80's- early 90's we had 2 Tactical Weapon Units at Chiv and Brawdy each flying at least 40 or so Hawks churning out F/J pilots and backseaters at a massive rate, let alone all the other FTS's/CFS/RAFC etc. What days they were.....
Nice post showing also how much variety we had to enjoy back then before the stupid black plague. :clap:
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Great to see the FRADU jet (it is XF310 not XE665) :worship:
That image would have been taken at some point between August 1981 and November 1983!
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Re: Various RAF Chivenor (updated 03.02.14)

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A few from airshows over the years:
Phantom FGR2 XV393
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Jaguar GR1 XZ355
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Harrier GR3 XV759
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Sea Harrier FRS1 ZD613
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F-4J(UK) ZE351
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C-130K XV298
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Hawk T.1A XX159
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A-10A 82-0655
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Buccaneer S2B XV867
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Lightning F.3 XR718
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Hunter F6a XF516
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Tornado F3 ZE204
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And a few programme covers ;)
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Hope these bring back some fond memories

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No memories for me but as I live just down the road, fascinating to see what used to go on there. Many thanks for posting up - great stuff!! :clap:

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Thanks Pablo :biggrin:

just thought i'd add a few Hawks, including some visiting Brawdy and Valley ones:
Brawdy based 1 TWU/234 Squadron:
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79 Squadron:
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Valley based 4FTS
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Chivenor based 63 Squadron:
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and 151 Squadron:
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loads more in Flickr site, and if you've got some from Chivenor, please feel free to join my Flickr group and add your pics (thanks to those that have done already :D )

http://www.flickr.com/groups/rafchivenor

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Perhaps my favourite airfield.
Excellent set of images :up:

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The shots of the Hawks at Chivenor bring back very fond memories of my time as a QWI at the TWU.

Thanks for posting them.

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Pretty cool how the tail codes on the Air '85' Day covershot spell out 'Chivenor'.
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Re: Various RAF Chivenor (Updated 29.05.15)

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Hi all,

Have done a bit more scanning so heres some more from Chivenor in the 80s/90s, hope you enjoy:
ImageHawk T.1 XX300 RAF Chivenor 1981 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr

ImageHawk T.1 XX313 RAF Chivenor by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr

ImageHawk T.1A XX321 RAF Chivenor 1992 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr

XX282 in experimental grey
ImageHawk T.1A XX282 RAF Chivenor 1987 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr

ImageHawk T.1 XX288 RAF Chivenor 1985 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr

ImageHawk T.1A XX256 RAF Chivenor 1991 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr

ImageHawk 200 ZH200 RAF Chivenor 24.07.91 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr

ImageHawk T.1A XX324 RAF Chivenor 1992 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr

Thanks for looking, more in my Flickr stream, or in the Chivenor group page:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/rafchivenor/

Cheers
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Re: Various RAF Chivenor (Updated 25.05.15)

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Spent many happy days there.

Have some somewhere myself. Can always remember there was pretty much always a 2 seat Danish Draken at the airdays, can remember it very low over the house one day so sticks in my mind. Can remember being allowed in early one day at one airshow and my son being allowed in a Canadian Hornet. Happy days.

Went back there last weekend funnily enough.. thanks for sharing

Memories now! I can remember one year (maybe over 2) getting a flypast from a C5 a C141 a KC135 that wernt in the program as they were passing and asked to fly by. No one else can remember it that i speak to, but have the photos so didn't dream it..

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expat1 wrote:Pretty cool how the tail codes on the Air '85' Day covershot spell out 'Chivenor'.

Very clever and well executed (in the days when we had sufficient numbers of airframes to do it).
Reminds me of a time in the late 80s (or early 90s), when we depleted the fleet of JP Mk3/3a at CFS Scampton and we used to park some of the last airframes on the line to spell out N F I
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sopwithflyer wrote:Spent many happy days there.

Have some somewhere myself. Can always remember there was pretty much always a 2 seat Danish Draken at the airdays, can remember it very low over the house one day so sticks in my mind. Can remember being allowed in early one day at one airshow and my son being allowed in a Canadian Hornet. Happy days.

Went back there last weekend funnily enough.. thanks for sharing

Memories now! I can remember one year (maybe over 2) getting a flypast from a C5 a C141 a KC135 that wernt in the program as they were passing and asked to fly by. No one else can remember it that i speak to, but have the photos so didn't dream it..


Definitely not a dream ! There was also an appearance from the Weather Herc, also in 84. I've got the C141 somewhere as well.

Apologies for the hijack Jon, but heres a couple from 1984, and further apologies for the quality of these scanned prints. Especially the Draken, I dont know where that blue line has come from, but then the neg is over 30 years old :smile:

Imageimg560 by Phil Roberts, on Flickr

Imageimg527 (2) by Phil Roberts, on Flickr

Imageimg457 by Phil Roberts, on Flickr

Imageimg455 by Phil Roberts, on Flickr
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