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Rick Brown

Canberras in Worcestershire in the 70's

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Chaps.

Having lived most of my life near RSRE Defford (insert other names here for ex RAF defford...) I was always fascinated with what aircraft were buzzing/zooming at very low level around my house.

The Canberra was always interesting. They used to creep up on you, seemingly just to give you a fright!

Now the question, what marks and which squadrons would they have been in the 70's/early 80's?

They were obviously used to help/hinder whatever was going on in that highly secretive place (along with the Malvern sites).

I'd love to build one (Airfix 1/48th comes to mind).

 

Rick.

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Can't help but I do remember working on the roof in Malvern, when an A-10 dropped over the hill and flew Very low over us, let's say we didn't stand up for long 

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If you give me enough time I can work it out, but of the top of my head you would have had the B.6/8 hybrids and B.2's and 6's.

 

John  

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2 hours ago, canberra kid said:

If you give me enough time I can work it out, but of the top of my head you would have had the B.6/8 hybrids and B.2's and 6's.

 

John  

That'd be brilliant if you could John, much appreciated.

 

8 hours ago, goose said:

Can't help but I do remember working on the roof in Malvern, when an A-10 dropped over the hill and flew Very low over us, let's say we didn't stand up for long 

Ah, I remember those days well!

I went to Fairford as a kid and met one of the Pilots of the A10's that regularly flew over my house. Really nice bloke, gave me stickers and stuff.

The best we get now is the odd Herc, Voyager and Chinook.

Sigh, the good old days of the Cold War......

Rick.

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8 hours ago, goose said:

Can't help but I do remember working on the roof in Malvern, when an A-10 dropped over the hill and flew Very low over us, let's say we didn't stand up for long 

 

Was out walking on Bredon Hill once when a Harrier flew by so low that I clearly saw the pilot give us a wave.  He was flying around the hill, natch.

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I have so many stories of being on the Malverns and looking down at various aircraft.

I did miss the Jaguar that came down at Blackmore, I was in a Biology class at the time, my mate saw it though. He watched as the pilot punched out and drifted to earth.

(This was 17th July, 1981. GR1 XX113).

Trouble is, we don't have anything that flies that low anymore round here.

Rick.

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Hi Rick

This is a list of the Canberra's flown from Defford and Pershore between 1970 and 1977

B.2    WJ646  1954-1970

B.6    WH953 1955-1976

B.2    WK128 1957- 1977

B.2    WH660  1957-1970

B.2    WG789  1958-1976

B.2    WK163  1959-1976

PR.7  WH774 1960-1976

B.6    XH567  1961-1976

T.4    WJ992   1962-1977

B(I)8 WT327  1966-1976

B.6    XH568   1967-1976

SC.9 XH132   1972-1976

B(I)8 WT333  1972-1977

The Mk numbers are the ones at the time of manufacture, many such as WT333 and WK163 were modified to RAE B.6 Hybrid standard. The colours would have been a mix of Camouflage, High Speed Silver, and laterly Raspberry Ripple.

SG106457_zpscprppbhx.jpg 

 

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Fantastic John!

Just what I needed.

I only really remember the High Speed Silver ones, must have missed the rest!

Now, better start saving for an Airfix B2....

Rick.

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