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Irish 251

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  1. This is a link to the original of that SAA SP. http://www.airliners.net/photo/South-African-Airways/Boeing-747SP-44/1846827/L
  2. Irish 251

    Phantom FG1

    This image shows XT864 as it now is at Long Kesh after restoration to its original Royal Navy colours. As can be seen, it retained the double-extending nose-leg and catapult points while in RAF service. XT864 | Royal Navy | McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 | 16-02-2019 by Brian Griffin, on Flickr
  3. A319 being painted at Shannon into BEA Red Square livery.
  4. The BAF ones were series 800s, of a number of sub-variants. These were longer than the 700s and also had the bulged engine nacelles to accommodate the later RR Dart variants.
  5. Pan Am and South African DC-7Bs had the nacelle "saddle tanks" like the DC-7C. Douglas DC-7B ZS-DKE c/n 44911 South African AW 'Reiger' by Batman_60, on Flickr
  6. I'm struggling to see a difference in the nose shape. If you peruse other T.7 images I don't think there is really a flatter than normal shape. It may just be an optical illusion. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/model/Gloster Meteor T7/30/?
  7. Note that the F.6 depicted seems to have had no guns fitted, hence no gunsight and no Sabrinas.
  8. Yes, returning from Baldonnel, where they were based for the Bray Air Display over the weekend.
  9. IIRC the kit nosegear doors are inaccurate - much too long compared to photos. This is easily fixed and worth doing.
  10. I've never seen a photo of an Irish Vampire in service with underwing tanks. However the preserved serial 185 does carry them now.
  11. The Maxwell/Brinzan book states that for longer flights the larger ferry tanks with a capacity of 230 litres could be fitted. These were made of a composite material whereas the smaller tanks (125 litres) were metal. The unpainted tanks were the composite ones and the absence of paint was to make it easier to inspect them for cracks, as the French had encountered problems in this regard. The inference in the book is that the small tanks were what was normally fitted.
  12. Isn't it a PR/recruitment tool, not unlike the UK's own display team? This "ZH" serials list shows four Hercules C.5s (short-body variant) withdrawn so far, with two destined for the Bahrain AF (another well-off nation, I think). http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=ZH
  13. Great photos. I'm inclined to think those images are from 1980 or later, given the bold style of BCAL titles on almost all of the machines, and also the final Dan-Air livery. The BCAL VC10s had all been disposed of by 1974. http://www.vc10.net/History/other_operators.html#British Caledonian
  14. The RAF operated the FG.1 (Nos. 43 and 111 Squadrons).
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