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RidgeRunner

Reaching for Stars! ... few added ... I think there is interest?

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Oh dear... you've really got a downer on them! Have you compared those figures with the Harrier rate of attrition, for example. As they say, "bad press", but not bad aircraft!

 

"the Starfighter accident rate peaked at 139 per 100,000 flying hours"

 

"The (Marines) Harrier's attrition rate of 1.5 planes for every 1,000 sorties flown" - for  example. Consider how few were built then read ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Harrier_Jump_Jet_family_losses

 

Martin 

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a few more ...

 

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Davis-Monthan AFB - May 1979

 

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Davis-Monthan - May 1979

 

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Luke AFB - May 1979

 

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Greenham Common - date unknown

 

Martin (IFS Member ;) )

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Martin, these are all fantastic pictures, thanks for sharing !

The Italian aircrafts are all from either 28 or 132 Gruppo of 3 Stormo, in those days Italian Air Force's recce unit. The 102 Gruppo badge though is from an aircraft part of 5 Stormo at Rimini in the strike role. Seems to be wingless, wonder if it had been retired. Again there are both RF and F-104G, the latter with the Orpheus pod

The Marineflieger aircraft in the foreground is also an RF

Love those USAF two-seaters, a D and a German owned TF (can't identify the one with no radome. Beautiful stuff

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Yes, Giorgio, it was a line of retired airframes at Villafranca. The other is from 6 Stormo at Ghedi. The USAF machines were both AFFTC assigned and were D's. The Luftwaffe TF was the only one I saw in the grey scheme.

 

Martin 

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Giorgio, You mentioned the build group ..... I've never done that (and may not) but what will I choose?

 

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Nice! 

 

I've got an Eduard boxing (1/48) awaiting the build if I have the time.  Should be a nice upgrade from the ancient Academy (1/72) I just finished building. :D

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Martin

 

Thanks for sharing the excellent photos. And the video,WOW, I never realised what a screech the J79 made, and the black trail. Brilliant!

 

James

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Excellent images and a great video , love the F-104 with it's distinctive sound  . Great memories of watching the Vikings with my father at Fairford and the Canadians at Greenham Common oh to have a time machine great days indeed.

 

Thanks for posting your great images Martin  :thumbsup: must try and get all the aftermarket together for my Hasegawa 1/32 F-104 so I can make a start.

 

Guy

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Whats that thing in 533s tailpipe? Looks to be a drag chute?---John

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Beautiful photos Martin, thank you so much for sharing them! 

 

One of my favourite F-104 photos ever is your fantastic shot of '26+72', one of the Viking jets, imho the best looking F-104s were operated by the Marineflieger. Hopefully I'll find a way of seeing the Norwegian CF-104D that has flown recently, having never seen one before, it would be an aviation dream come true!

 

cheers

 

David

 

 

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Hi David,

 

Thanks for your comments.

 

i'm hoping to get to Stavanger for the show too. 637 used to be a show regular but nevertheless it would be great to see her again. You have to admire the work to get her flying again :).

 

Martin

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3 hours ago, Johnv said:

Whats that thing in 533s tailpipe? Looks to be a drag chute?---John

 

Do you mean in that ugly fat boy beside the sleek Dane? Not sure what you mean.

 

Martin

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On 3rd picture down , first page theres something stuck in XW533s tailpipe.

It looks like a drag chute assembly but why in the burner can????

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Hi Johnv,

 

i think ink you need to get up on the Buccaneer, mate. That's the air brake. You can't see the jet pipe  in the image. 

 

Martin

 

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8 hours ago, RidgeRunner said:

Hi Johnv,

 

i think ink you need to get up on the Buccaneer, mate. That's the air brake. You can't see the jet pipe  in the image. 

 

Martin

 

Sorry, I don't do Buccaneer. My interests are solely U.S. Naval carrier aviation, is that a British

carrier type? I rarely go outside of my comfort zone, WWII is my area of interest and some

FAA WWII subjects.Thanks---John

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No problem, John.

 

Yes, the Bucc' was a carrier/land attack machine, originally intended for nuclear delivery. She went on and on and even served in the 1991 Gulf War. She was a low level queen.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackburn_Buccaneer

http://www.spyflight.co.uk/buccaneer.htm

 

Martin

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh sorta like the old USAF Thud. Nice subject. I think I will

stick to my quest for an FAA Corsair II, more my interests. Thanks---John

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On 8/3/2017 at 5:25 PM, RidgeRunner said:

Giorgio, You mentioned the build group ..... I've never done that (and may not) but what will I choose?

 

 

 

Nice choice of decals there ! Personally I'd probably go for the Taiwanese option, Taiwan used so many Starfighters from all different sources and yet there aren't many models of Taiwan 104s around.

Mind, a grey Turkish aircraft is also quite interesting...

My choice for the upcoming GB will likely be a Norwegian F-104G, but a '60s Dutch aircraft in grey is another interesting choice. Thinking about it, the ADC grey USAF TF in your pictures is also interesting

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Nice thoughts, Giorgio. Mine will be a grey Turk ;)

 

Martin

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14 hours ago, Giorgio N said:

 

My choice for the upcoming GB will likely be a Norwegian F-104G, but a '60s Dutch aircraft in grey is another interesting choice. Thinking about it, the ADC grey USAF TF in your pictures is also interesting

 

Uou have a TF? I've been looking for a Hasegawa TF in 1/72 but they are rare and then expensive :(.

 

 

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On 2/6/2017 at 10:26 PM, RidgeRunner said:

And, of course, from the photos you don't get the best bit..... The sound! .... 

 

Crank up the volume, especially from 2 mins 50 secs!

 

:):):) Martin

Superb Martin - my dog started howling with it!

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Now that's a show! ;). There's a great bit at 1min 30secs..... ;)

 

Martin

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What a fantastic noise the F-104 makes,.....like a jet F1 car on steroids!

Cheers

           Tony

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