Pic 'n' Mix 1985-1988 Early Days

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planenuts
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Pic 'n' Mix 1985-1988 Early Days

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Hi chaps,

We all had to start somewhere, and this is my place (a flavour of). It's completely random subject-wise, but all chronological.
Being photos of photos, they are still fuzzier-looking than a factory of felt, but you'll get the idea.

Considering I was still at school during this time, and had to sweet-talk my old man to take me places, I didn't do too badly with a pants camera......

Flambards Aero Park, Helston 1985 (when it was aircraft, not rides). Had no camera then, permission to take 2 pictures.
Whirlwind XN258, now at Sunderland museum. Could've snapped the Scimitar, Buccaneer, Gannet, but no......a Whirlwind.
ImageIMG_5427 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Hendon, Beverley XH124, 1986. Scrapped there in 1990.
ImageIMG_5428 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Biggin Hill airshow 1986

B-17 'Sally-B'
ImageIMG_5429 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Privately-owned T-33, can't even remember who operated it
ImageIMG_5430 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Canberra WK127 of 100 squadron, nose now at Wings Museum, Balcombe
ImageIMG_5431 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Middle Wallop airshow 1986

Italian Army A-109
ImageIMG_5432 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Italian Army CH-47 Chinook :clap: how many have been seen since ? 0
ImageIMG_5433 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Swedish Army AB204 Huey
ImageIMG_5434 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Harrier GR3 XV741, currently being converted back to GR1 at Thorpe Wood for sale. Just need to win the lottery......
ImageIMG_5435 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Wessex XS679 of 2FTS, currently stored in Uruguay (apparently)
ImageIMG_5436 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Spitfire MH434, is this one based at Duxford ? I remember it was the type's 50th birthday, with a line-up
ImageIMG_5437 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Farnborough airshow 1986

Tornado F3 ZE164, now I believe gone to the big pots and pans in the sky....... :sad:
ImageIMG_5464 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

World speed record Lynx G-LYNX (ZB500), now at Weston-super-mare museum
ImageIMG_5465 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Pre-delivery RN Jetstream 'G-31-667' (ZE441), now stored at Dunsfold Park
ImageIMG_5466 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Lynx 3 ZE477, now at Weston-super-mare museum
ImageIMG_5467 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Mildenhall Air Fete 1987

USAF A-7 Corsair II, I'm guessing from Michigan
ImageIMG_5438 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Belgian AF Mirage 5BA
ImageIMG_5439 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Curtis Kittyhawk 'FR870' (G-KITT) from Duxford, now with Hangar 11 Collection, North Weald
ImageIMG_5440 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Do I need to tell you ? OK.....USAF SR-71A Blackbird
ImageIMG_5441 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Tiger Club airshow, Redhill 1987

Stumped. It's a Tiger Moth, N6846. Can't find a thing about it anywhere.........help :dunno:
ImageIMG_5442 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Piper Super Cub I-BTRE (MM53-7739), based in Treviso, Italy
ImageIMG_5443 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

NA T-6G Texan 115042, based at Headcorn
ImageIMG_5444 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Swordfish LS326 with the RNHF, Yeovilton
ImageIMG_5445 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

'Balboa' formation x 23.......not my usual 'bag' but still interesting
ImageIMG_5446 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Helitech airshow, Redhill 1987

Modern/historic Army mass take-off....from the left : Auster, Scout, Lynx, Skeeter, Sioux, Gazelle....not an every-day sight
ImageIMG_5447 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

AAC Scout XT646, now stored at a place called Dairy Flat, New Zealand (not making this up.....)
ImageIMG_5468 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Mildenhall Air Fete 1988......very, very wet

Gannet XL502, now at Elvington museum
ImageIMG_5448 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Grumman Avenger.......no idea whatsoever, but was it based with OFMC at Duxford ?
ImageIMG_5449 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RAF Hunter XL614, now more pots and pans in someone's kitchen
ImageIMG_5450 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RAF Lightning XR754, nose now privately owned at Upwood
ImageIMG_5451 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RAF Lightning XS458, now still being taxied at Cranfield (amazing). These were the only in-service Lightnings I saw
ImageIMG_5452 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Biggin Hill airshow 1988

RAF chapel gate guard Spitfire SL674, now in store at RAF Stafford
ImageIMG_5455 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RN Harrier T4 ZB605, now no longer with us
ImageIMG_5458 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Harvard SE-FUZ (FE792), I believe currently with the Swedish AF Historical Flight
ImageIMG_5459 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Texan SE-CHP, privately owned in Sweden...........by Charlie Brown.
ImageIMG_5460 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Texan G-BHTH, crashed 13/3/95 killing the pilot. Now rebuilt as G-TEXN, based at Shoreham
ImageIMG_5461 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Pilatus P-2 G-BJAX, is it still based at Duxford ?
ImageIMG_5462 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Single flypast by Nimrod AEW3 XZ285, now scrapped
ImageIMG_5463 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RAF Locking 1988

Gnat XM708, now at Lytham St Anne's
ImageIMG_5469 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Canberra WH840, now at Flixton museum
ImageIMG_5470 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Meteor WL360, now (mostly) at Malta museum
ImageIMG_5471 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Weston-Super-Mare museum 1988. Back then it was only some helicopters lying outside in the corner of the airport

Belvedere XG452, always got a soft spot for these
ImageIMG_5472 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Wessex Mk.60 G-AZBY
ImageIMG_5473 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Sycamore XG547.......mmm, faded dayglo
ImageIMG_5474 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Dragonfly VZ962, now in storage at Malta museum (followed the Meteor, it seems)
ImageIMG_5475 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Yeovilton airshow arrivals day 1988. Was dropped off for an hour ('thanks'), but thankfully saw a few beauties

RN Hunter XF985.......gone
ImageIMG_5476 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RAF 27 sqn Tornado ZA553.....also gone
ImageIMG_5477 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

CCF AT-16 Harvard IV 20385, I believe was with Harvard Formation Team, North Weald
ImageIMG_5478 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RNHF Firefly WB271........fatally crashed at Duxford 12/7/2003.......respect
ImageIMG_5479 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RAF Jet Provost T5 XW374, now privately flying in Australia
ImageIMG_5480 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Mmmm.....RN Sea Heron XR442 Yeovilton Station Flight, now privately owned at Renton Airport, Washington, USA
ImageIMG_5481 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Newark Air Museum 1988. Took tonnes of photos, but here's just 2

Buccaneer XN964........still there
ImageIMG_5482 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Gannet XP226.....also still there
ImageIMG_5483 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Exeter Airport air display 1988

Tornado F3 ZE252, now an ex-Tornado. Anyone notice the orange PBY Canso tail in the distance.....?
ImageIMG_5484 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

RN Jetstream XX481, now preserved at Baarlo in The Netherlands
ImageIMG_5485 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Farnborough airshow 1988

Russian AF Mig-29UB
ImageIMG_5486 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Dassault Rafale prototype
ImageIMG_5487 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

CASA Aviojet prototype
ImageIMG_5488 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

AMX prototype
ImageIMG_5489 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

M-S Epsilon prototype
ImageIMG_5490 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Fairchild Sweringen Tp88 Metro III (that's a mouthful), Swedish Air Force
ImageIMG_5491 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Super Lynx prototype ? ZD249, now in store (without tail) at Everett Aero, Sproughton
ImageIMG_5493 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

USAF F-16C demonstrator
ImageIMG_5494 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Russian Air Force Mig-29A
ImageIMG_5495 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Wessex XV720 and Sea King ZB507....now at a paintball park, Culham, and last seen stripped out (but gone from) Eastleigh......respectively
ImageIMG_5496 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

East Surrey College, Redhill, end of 1988

Lastly, and rather strangely, DH Devon G-KOOL (VP967), now at Elvington museum
ImageIMG_5497 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr


That's all folks.......there'll be more like this to come.....don't say you haven't been warned. Love the nostalgia,hope you enjoyed.

Happy snapping chaps,

Rupe :smile:
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A wonderful mixed bag there Rupe, can't wait to see some more

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Impressive selection of aircraft there - very interesting.

Regarding your photo of the Tiger Moth this site seemes to think that it was 'lost' in France in June 1940. Given they were made out of paper and string I'm guessing there wasn't much that could be salvaged so presumably the aircraft you saw is another airframe carrying an 'incorrect' registration.

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I was one of the Engineers on the T-33, it was owned by Aces High.
This looks like Biggin Hill the year we displayed and one of the main gear got stuck after one the doors went up before the gear so it was stuck out.
Brilliant aircraft to work on and to fly in as well.

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Some absolute crackers in there, complete with interesting notes.

Many thanks for taking the time to share.
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Brilliant nimrod picture.Never seen one like that before.Great and interesting set.

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The Pilatus P2 was damaged by vandals after it had made a forced landing, not sure where it is now.
Hunter T7 XL614 was exported and put on the US register so may still be about.
The TBM Avenger was owned by OFMC, but now resides in Australia or New Zealand.
The P40 Kittyhawk, has been exported back to the USA, was owned by The Fighter Collection in your photo, but Hangar 11 at North Weald owned it for several years before its recent sale.

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That was an excellent read. Thanks for taking time to post and give updated details.

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Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to scan and post :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to more together with the summary histories.

Andy :smile:

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Hi chaps,

Many thanks for comments. Whoever we are, early efforts will be notoriously awful.......see above.

Mr Blackbird, you do not need to look forward......my next one '1989 still early' is already on board, with 1990 ready to come imminently.

All efforts are distinctly out of focus, but hey, it's good to share if what you share is good.

Happy snapping chaps,

Rupe :smile:

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It was a different P2 which was damaged by vandals after the forced landing, G-BJAX was withdrawn from use in the mid 90s and following a few ownership changes was last seen in Germany with Meier Motors as a source of spares.

The RCAF Harvard was damaged at Little Gransden and subsequently rebuilt by ARCO as Taz.

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Sadly my old man didn't really want to take me to airshows, they had no attraction for him whatsoever, and when we did eventually get to Biggin Hill for our local Battle of Britain show it was all over and everyone was leaving. It wasn't until I got a bit older and could take the shuttle bus from Bromley North Station that I got there when the airshow was actually still under way.
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