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Paul J

A prowl around Ox and Wilts 1975.

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Decided to attempt scanning my slides in date sequence where poss. The ones below were taken around the June time of summer of 1975 on one fine Sunday with a couple mates. We did this sort of thing frequently all year round but this particular day was fun and I hope you all enjoy a trip back.....

 

First, Upper Heyford.....

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A couple 17 Squadron Phantoms made it worthwhile. One was XV467.  Then on to Brize.....

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Among the Brits I logged this day were XL638,657, XM496, 516.

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Among the Belfast and VC s were XR808 and XV103( not those in the above pic!) for the 10s and XR365 Belfast.

A few miles drive took us to Lyneham....

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Comet C.4 XR398,399,396 and another.  All ending up with Dan Air!!!

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Meteor T.7 WF825

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Above and below, around the other side of the airfield...

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Other herks logged were,XV183,188,203,207,215,291,294,296,301, 302, 304, 307. Note the slight variations in the way the camo was applied!

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With one of two Iranian Herk visitors. The other was 5-129

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..and this USAF one passing overhead.

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This Varsity(WJ889) with a flat looking nose too. I think this was at Brize.  The nasty flare in the pic was due to the camera back opening I think. It was a nuisance as it happened several times while I had the Zenit E!!! Which got replaced by a Nikon FM in 1978/79.

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On our way home we stopped by Farnborough to get this Hastings WD480 parked out on the North side if I recall right.

Cheers for now many more goodies to come...

 

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Very nostalgic, I only wish I was around then seeing all those lovely aircraft and colour schemes. That Hastings looks interesting, any other info on it ?

Thanks for posting Paul and look forward to the next instalment.

Gary

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Fantastic photos - wonder if we'll ever see days like that again - not with airframe types but maybe resurrected squadrons??

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Nice :). I had summer camp at Brize in 1973 and a 5 hour trip in XN404 BZZ-MAN-PIK-BZZ, including 1.5 hours circuit bashing at BZZ on return..... A few were a bit green after that ;)

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10 hours ago, RidgeRunner said:

Nice :). I had summer camp at Brize in 1973 and a 5 hour trip in XN404 BZZ-MAN-PIK-BZZ, including 1.5 hours circuit bashing at BZZ on return..... A few were a bit green after that ;)

Sounds a bit like my ATC camp at nearby Bicester. We were taken to Brize for some flying and I got 3 hours circuit bashing in  Belfast XR367. Other groups during the week got trips in the Brit and VC10 jammy so and so's

 

However am glad I have entertained you all. As mentioned I have many more to come. Thanks for comments and looking in.

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Fantastic peak over the fence Paul. I find the "quality " of photo lends itself to the nostalgic feel of the time,a little like black and white images from many years ago. Keep up the good work. I will try and join in with some myself later if I may. The potential to peek into other people's photo albums is amazing isn't it. 

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Thank you for sharing your excellent selection of photographs. If only we could see such diversity of subjects these days. Instead we have very little to be cheerful about. Oh those halcyon days of old. We can only but dream off.

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Wow - Thanks for sharing Paul :)

 

The Hercs bring back many memories. I was a forces kid at RAF Colerne in 75 living virtually slap bang on the airfield. Then it was onto Lyneham. Its also great to see Britannias , Belfasts and Comets.

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Great photos of a bygone era.

 

Robert

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I started out with a Zenit as well - and had the same issues..... Switched to a Praktica later, not that it was much better....:lol:  But it was all I could afford at the time. Saved up my pennies when I started working for real to invest in an Olympus in around 1983/4 and never looked back.

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39 minutes ago, Paul Bradley said:

I started out with a Zenit as well - and had the same issues..... Switched to a Praktica later, not that it was much better....:lol: 

Me too!! Zenit E, then a Praktica LTL? and then Olympus OM1N. I found that the Zenit always left a slight lighter shadow on each frame. My dad said it was a fault in the design of the shutter. For the time and for the budget they were okay and certainly the Praktica served me well. The Olympus was great. I still have it. It did fail me at least once. It was my first day of a 2 week US trip and the cap holding the winder fell off. For the trip I had to hold it in place with a finger when I wanted to wind on! :(...... "Wind on" I hear the youngsters say, what was that! ;)  

 

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53 minutes ago, RidgeRunner said:

The Olympus was great. I still have it. It did fail me at least once. It was my first day of a 2 week US trip and the cap holding the winder fell off. For the trip I had to hold it in place with a finger when I wanted to wind on! :(...... "Wind on" I hear the youngsters say, what was that! ;)  

 

M  

 

Hmmm...I had an Olympus OM10 that suffered exactly the same problem when I was on deployment in Africa.  My problem was that the winder disappeared.  Managed to find an old guy in a shack of a workshop in Mombasa who made a new winder out of a piece of metal and then attached it with a new screw.  Still have the camera, with the mod intact, to this day.

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Again, it sounds like me! When I got home my dad spun a new cap on his lathe. It is still on the camera - functioning perfectly after 30 years ;)

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I do like pictures of home. I'm not on any ! I was on Base 3s then in Base Hangar in Summer '75. Upper Heyford once a week in the NCO or Airmen's clubs

Roughly within 12 months of your visit the Brits & Belfs were gone, 99 and 511 Sqns disbanded in June 76 and 53 SQN Belfasts September 76.  Replaced by JATE, No1 PTS,TCW and 115 SQN Argosys and Andovers..Those Comets were out of service in summer 75 so either already dead or just about to be.

How (if you can remember!) did you get that photo of VC10 XR806 down by ESG with  Bampton Church in the background? From the Main Gate (Gate 2) ?

 

Great photos, even greater memories woken up,thanks very much for showing them, brilliant.

Pictures of when we had an Air Force.

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2 hours ago, bzn20 said:

 

How (if you can remember!) did you get that photo of VC10 XR806 down by ESG with  Bampton Church in the background? From the Main Gate (Gate 2) ?

 

Great photos, even greater memories woken up,thanks very much for showing them, brilliant.

Pictures of when we had an Air Force.

Hi. Re the pic of the VC10, I really don't recall. But possibly as you mentioned. We drove around all these bases to find suitable photographic  points.  The Herk tail line up was from the deadend lane by Lyneham near a place called 'New Zealand'.  But also back then security isn't like it is now.

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Very nostalgic, great shots - and I take my hat off to you for using the Zenit E - mine is still lurking somewhere.

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Brilliant pics,.......these were my old stomping grounds only 10 years later but things had changed so much,.......no Belfast`s, Briiannia`s or Comet`s anymore (apart from the Lyneham gate guard!) and the Herks were wearing grey and green camo,.......  I`d have loved to have been serving in the 70`s.

Cheers

            Tony

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On 15/02/2017 at 7:54 PM, Paul J said:

Hi. Re the pic of the VC10, I really don't recall. But possibly as you mentioned. We drove around all these bases to find suitable photographic  points.  The Herk tail line up was from the deadend lane by Lyneham near a place called 'New Zealand'.  But also back then security isn't like it is now.

 

Security at Upper Heyford in the 60s was very high.  I stood at the fence photographing B47 Stratojets on the flightline through the mesh wire, when after 5 minutes, 2 american security pick ups converged on me inside the fence.  At the same time 2 security pick ups turned up alongside me on the outside of the fence.  I was placed in one of the pick ups and taken back to the guard room.  Never forget the guys name, Sgt McClusky took my camera from me, opened the back up and pulled the film out, unrolled all the film so the daylight hit it, then gave me back my camera.  He told me I was taking unauthorised photographs of the flightline...................You have to remember, although I was ignorant of it at the time, this was a SAC(Strategic Air Command) base and security was extremely high.  Its only as I grew older I began to find out just how high SACs security is and the reason for it.  After they gave me a cup of coffee I was sent on my way, well, I was only 15 at the time.......

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