Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - Updated 21 Aug 15

Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - Updated 21 Aug 15

Postby Ruislip Rustler on Sat 25 Apr 2015, 11:53 am

So the tables have been turned. Phil's now the one pestering to get his images up after the US Trip ones acted as some form of Total Recall for his month out there!

So, before we start with French dayglo, USMC and USN carrier visits, Bahraini Hunters with Sidewinders and his time as a movie star (yes, honestly!), I thought we'd start at Phil's spiritual home at Northolt. The following are from a small selection added to his Flickr photostream, and there'll be more to add as I come across them - Shackleton anyone?

Starting off with a base visit on 18 May 76:

Andover C.1, XS597 of 32 Squadron
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Varity T.1, WJ915/W, ready for the fire dump
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Gazelle HCC.4, XW855, of 32 Squadron - always did like the look of these
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On the same day, a German Transall (5094) and this French Noratlas, 90/62-QW, were also around
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And finally, I know this isn't technically the best image you'll ever see on here, but this Dutch Navy Neptune, 214, was one of a pair that visited on 19 May 1976, the day after his base visit, typically! Also logged was Norwegian Twin Otter, 184 and US Army C-12A, 73-22261.
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Whilst on the subject of visiting aircraft, Phil's log book has the following entries at around the same time:

141002 - US Navy C-131F from Rota on 6 May 76
914 - French Navy PA.31 on 10 May 76
9T-TCB - Zaire Air Force C-130H on 12 May 76
A pair of US Army U-21A Utes on 17 May 76 along with a West German Army CH-53G plus a US Navy CT-39G and US-2B
KY2/OT-CDB - Belgian Air Force DC-6B on 20 May 76 along with N586, a Danish Air Force C-54 and C-4 a Dutch F-27M
1103 - a West German Air Force Jetstar was present on 25 May 76

As ever, there's more on Flickr, just click on any of the above images to see the remainder.

Cheers,

Lee
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - UPDATED!

Postby Ruislip Rustler on Thu 14 May 2015, 8:19 pm

A few more...

WL747 rattling a few windows, 28 July 78
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US Navy T-39s were frequent visitors - 159363/JM visited on 25 May 1977
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Yugoslav Air Force Yak 40, September 1974
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Another Yugoslav visitor - Learjet 70401, 6 July 1979
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Postby Comet102 on Thu 14 May 2015, 9:02 pm

Lovely pictures, nice to see the Andover, Whirlwinds and Gazelle outside of an museum. The Varsity looks quite bloated....
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - UPDATED!

Postby IanH on Sat 16 May 2015, 5:13 pm

What can I say, wonderful images Lee and Phil. Absolute belters and you have made my day seeing these. Bring them on. Sadly I remember all the visitors you note at this time. I would catch the bus after school to go and see them. I once walked from Feltham to Northolt believe it or not to see an Indian Constellation and a C-118. Got home a silly o`clock.... parents weren`t happy! Please keep these coming. Neptunes and Noratles, what can I say. :clap: :clap:

Best wishes, Ian
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - UPDATED!

Postby chilts on Sat 16 May 2015, 5:48 pm

I agree with Ian - keep them coming Phil. They bring back great memories of a fantastic period in Northolt's history.

Particularly remember walking towards the compound as 9T-TCB landed!
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - UPDATED!

Postby Aerodynamik on Sun 17 May 2015, 8:19 am

Wow, they bring back some memories! Stunning as usual.
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - UPDATED!

Postby Mister G on Sun 17 May 2015, 12:56 pm

The Varsity brings back all sorts of memories

6th April 1971 and a spotty Air Cadet about to make his first ever flight whilst on Easter Camp at 6 FTS, RAF Finningley, the aircraft?

Varsity T1 WJ915 coded W on a four and a half hour nav-ex over the Highlands of Scotland at 10,000 feet

We went on to do a succession of camps at Varsity bases (Manby, Topcliffe, Oakington and back to Finningley) such that during my CCF RAF career I logged about 40 Hours in them

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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - UPDATED!

Postby dimmusam on Wed 27 May 2015, 12:41 pm

these images are great thanks for sharing!
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Postby lambo17841 on Sat 27 Jun 2015, 6:01 pm

Those were the days,I used to live in north London plus being a postman from 1969 to 2003 I made many a mis delivery watching a prop job drone over on the way to 26.
Always something special would turn up for Farnborough week.

John in Seaford
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - Upadated AGAIN!

Postby Ruislip Rustler on Fri 21 Aug 2015, 9:51 pm

Some more golden oldies...

West German Air Force VFW-614 1703, 8 May 79
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Staying with the Germans, here's a lovely CV-440 taken on 20 March 72
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The only grey/green Andover C.1, XS644, seen on 18 July 75
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Oncew a very VERY common sight, a USAF HC-131 landing on an aeromed flight in April 1972. (In fact, they were so common Phil stopped noting the tail numbers!!) And for those that weren't aware (and know the area), therer was a USAF hospital in South Ruislip (now the Victoria Rd Retail Park). HQ 3rd AF was also there...
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As ever, more on Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/130782777@N06/
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - Updated 21 Aug 15

Postby Graf Zeppelin on Fri 21 Aug 2015, 10:29 pm

Actually Lee, the old Aerovac Convairs were designated C-131A(M) and came in most weekdays. The 3rd AF Hospital closed in 1971/72 when the new Lakenheath hospital opened. The Convairs operated alongside a small fleet of C-118A(M) and were all replaced by the C-9A (which also carried the red cross tail marking in the early days :smile:
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - Updated 21 Aug 15

Postby Ruislip Rustler on Fri 21 Aug 2015, 10:33 pm

Ok - the Convair went to the USCG next and I suppose that'll be where it became an HC-131 then!
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - Updated 21 Aug 15

Postby MKR on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 12:28 pm

Nice update , didn't know that the Germans used CV 44O's .
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - Updated 21 Aug 15

Postby Blackbird on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 8:59 pm

A superb thread, especially for those of us a certain (ahem) age.

My thanks to you both :clap: :clap:

Andy :smile:
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Re: Graf Zeppelin Does... Northolt - Updated 21 Aug 15

Postby Wissam24 on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 9:15 am

Blackbird wrote:A superb thread, especially for those of us a certain (ahem) age.

My thanks to you both :clap: :clap:

Andy :smile:


Just as good for those younger of us - makes us very jealous of the beauties we missed.
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