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  1. Meindert: That is an absolutely superb conversion of the Jet Provost T Mk.1 - brilliant! I have no wish to rain your parade, however, but your write-up on the background to the Jet Provost team is not entirely accurate. The 'Sparrows' was an earlier team from CFS (Basic) at South Cerney, flying four Piston Provost T Mk.1s in 1957. The Jet Provost T Mk.1 team was formed at Little Rissington in early 1958, led by Flt Lt Norman Giffin. Problems with an appropriate name for the team eventually resulted in the rather uninspiring "The CFS Jet Aerobatic Team"! Don't rely too heavily on that aerobatic team forum featured on the excellent IPMS site as it has quite a few errors when it comes to RAF teams. David
  2. I though that I had put this up before, but Hey Ho! 1961: Four Jet Provost T.3s of the CFS, Little Rissington, "The Central Flying School Aerobatic Team". Flt Lts F R Brambley and D T McCann, Plt Off B A D McK McDonald and Flt Lt I K McKee. Reserves: Flt Lts T H Whittingham and W W Elsegood. XN511:R-W, XN512:R-X, XN549:R-W, XN550:S-A, XN554:S-E, XN557:S-F, XN573:S-G 1962: Five Jet Provost T4s of CFS, Little Rissington, “The Red Pelicans”. Flt Lts I K McKee, K F Beck, I Bashall, J E S Rolfe and R G Fox. Reserve: Flt Lt A J R Doyle. XP550:41, XP551:42, XP552:43, XP553:44, XP554:45, XP572:48, XP573:49 Ray, Don't get too stressed about not posting images - it doesn't work for me either!
  3. Ray is quite correct with the team's aircraft serials as the list was 'corrupted' by the printers. BTW: XM698 was not a team aircraft
  4. As we were both at CFS at roughly the same time, I have just spoken to Ray Deacon to confirm markings on the Vampire: "Vampire XK624 had red Scotchal tape stripes. The true VP T.11 XH304 had deep yellow training bands which were definitely not day-glo red or orange."
  5. Interestingly, I have two photographs of the two TT Flight Meteors in question at Brawdy (I was a Chivenor man!), given to me by Rod Dean. Looking at the Mk.8, I spotted a White inscription on the port side, in white. I tried to enhance it to read it, without success. The Mk.7 is camouflaged, with what looks like the Squadron bars of 111 Squadron flanking the fuselage roundel, ie, Black with Yellow borders. I can't see any inscription.
  6. In 1974, Meteor F Mk.8 VZ467 of RAF Chivenor's Towing Flight was repainted with the colours of No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron RAuxAF as part of a proposed flypast at the centenary birth celebrations of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill had been the Honorary Commodore of 615 Squadron and it was considered appropriate to repaint the Meteor in their colours. Although the flypast was eventually cancelled, the Meteor remained in the squadron colours for some time, and was affectionately dubbed 'Winston'. The TT Flight's Meteor T Mk.7 was the 'personal'aircraft of the CO, Gp Capt Ian Pedder following his ejection from a Hunter in July 1973 and allegedly dubbed 'Clementine' - although I can never recall both names actually being applied?
  7. You are obviously not looking in the right place: Sixteen Vampire FB 9s, SR100 to SR115 (WX212, WX219, WX228, WX231 to WX223, WX235 to WX242, WX256 and WX260) were ferried from RAF Benson to Salisbury, with the first four aircraft (SR100 to SR103) arriving at New Salisbury Airport on 12 December 1953. These aircraft were delivered by Major A O G (Archie) Wilson, Lt D A (Dicky) Bradshaw, Lt Mike Schumann and Lt Charles H Paxton, all of whom had previously received their jet conversion training at No.208 AFS, RAF Merryfield. On 20 May 1954, a further batch of four aircraft (SR104 to SR107) was delivered and accompanied by a Vampire trainer (XD454) flown by two RAF instructors, Flt Lt E Richards and Flt Lt J Upton, to help with the jet conversion of the SRAF pilots. The order for Vampire FB 9s was completed on 4 May 1955 with the delivery of SR110 and SR111. These were followed, between March and October 1955, by sixteen Vampire T 11s, SR116 to SR131, (XE816 to XE819, XE823 to XE826, XE938 to XE941, XH268 to XH270, and XH275), the first of which arrived at Salisbury Airport on 5 March. In October 1954 the SRAF changed its name again when the Queen conferred the prefix 'Royal' and the Vampire serials were changed accordingly to RRAF100 to RRAF115 for the fighters and RRAF116 to RRAF131 for the trainers. Between 1974 and 1977, additional Vampire airframes and spares were received from the South African Air Force to maintain its capability during the prolonged Bush War .These aircraft had been held in storage following their withdrawal from service two years earlier and included nineteen Vampire T 55s, thirteen Vampire FB 9s and four Vampire FB 52s.
  8. I have an image given to me by the Squadron aerobatic team leader, Eddie Edmonds, which shows the fin and rudder is in silver. He was at CFS when I was at Little Rissington led the Jet Provost team in 1966 - 'The Red Pelicans' . The team comprised Four Meteor F.8s of No.610 (County of Chester) Squadron, Hooton Park, Flt Lt D L Edmonds, Fg Offs C Sadler, J O Hughes and Flt Sgt M Davison.
  9. Thank you for confirming the identity of the Meteor furthest from the camera. As anyone who has a copy of this article will undoubtedly agree that the image is quite poor and I had to look at it quite a few times before I considered it to be "WK681". As mentioned several times previously, a much clearer copy will resolve the question for the OP?
  10. "We Were The Tops" by Mike Holmes FlyPast January 2001 Image credited to Gloster Aircraft The serial of the second Meteor 'Y' is obscured by the tailplane of the one in the foreground (possibly WE957 or WH368?) WA929:W, WA994:X, WH316:Q, WF...?, WE853:Z and WK681:R
  11. I have just found the correspondence I had with Roger about this formation, which is indeed the squadron aerobatic team. The image is a 'Flight' copyright 29567S and the aircraft are WA981/G (Flt Lt Jack Fryer), WK827/T (Flt Lt Mike Gill), WK681/H (Flt Lt Angus Lethem) and WK987/D (Fg Off 'Wally'' Bainbridge). Although not clear from the image the team aircraft featured red rudders '
  12. Roger and I discussed this image at great length and it depicts the squadron aerobatic team - 'The Fabulous Four' - during November 1954 and led By Flt Lt Jack Fryer Four Meteor F.8s of No.65 Squadron, Duxford, Flts J A Fryer, M Gill and D J Lethem, and Fg Off S W Bainbridge.
  13. I would agree that it is difficult to determine the actual colour from a black & white image, but I am intrigued why the "OP" thought that the Jet Provosts were from "Stradishall"? BTW: the image of the 2 FTS JPs was flown by the instructors from No.2 FTS, Syerston, on 22 March 1960. This is one of a series taken on the day and I have a colour image of this formation, which I seem to be unable to post?
  14. Nothing to do with the colour scheme, for some inexplicable reason, when the team was originally formed in 1968 they were briefly known as the 'Red Rissoles'!
  15. There are over fifty contact prints in the collection depicting Spitfires, Harvards and squadron personnel, which were taken by a professional photographer in 1947/1948. I can't quite recall the original reason why I have them at the moment, but the photographer's son passed them to me some time ago on the strict understanding that they were not to be shared. I think that it was because he did not want the collection 'trivialized' or, as in case of some of the others he took, to be 'lifted' - as in Post 4 - by someone who considers it to be acceptable to profit from the work from others?
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