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RidgeRunner

Corsair - Richmond, November 1981

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Hi all,

 

Well, I should have known better than to take a trip to the U.S. in November..... it rained and rained ....... Nevertheless, my mate John and I did get around the bases, taking a route from New York-Long Island-New Jersey-Delaware-Maryland-Virginia-D.C. and back. As always I had written off in advance, but for some bases wee just tried it on and asked at the gate. Richmond was one such place.  Sadness number one - the Thuds had gone (I knew it but added this for sympathy ;) ) and Sadness number two - I hadn't realised but my OM1n's battery was starting to pack in and so almost all my shots from that trip were gashed! :(. What follows are two of the A-7Ds at R.E. Byrd field operated by the 149th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Virginia Air National Guard. The base was also host to huge numbers of U.S. Army REserve /Army National Guard rotorcraft. Here goes:

 

RIC2

 

RIC3

 

I hope you like them.

 

Martin

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Nice, those paint jobs look fairly fresh, or is it just the rain giving them a spruce up?  Either way, they look really smart.

Steve.

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Lovely, can't beat a SLUF 👌

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20 hours ago, F-32 said:

Lovely, can't beat a SLUF 👌

 

Absolutely but I’d have very happily settled for a fleet if Thuds instead ;)

 

Martin

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21 hours ago, stevehnz said:

Nice, those paint jobs look fairly fresh, or is it just the rain giving them a spruce up?  Either way, they look really smart.

Steve.

 

Hi Steve,

 

i guess that is because they had not long arrived with the unit and had undergone IRAN? 

 

Martin

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Posted (edited)

Significant, but I haven't mentioned it yet, was that the 149th was the operator of 62-4414 “Ridge Runner” :). It did actually get to the UK in 1976 as part of a Coronet deployment - I missed her then too! :(

 

Martin 

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1 hour ago, RidgeRunner said:

IRAN?

OK, you've got me with this one, google isn't much use unsurprisingly.  :( I'm guessing its an upgrade programme or some such. :unsure:

Steve.

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Inspect and Repair As Necessary ;)

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I've only ever seen F-16s at Byrd Field, so well done you

 

Andy

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On 6/13/2018 at 1:10 AM, RidgeRunner said:

Inspect and Repair As Necessary ;)

Damn. I should've got that, I'm blaming night shifts. :D

Thanks.

Steve.

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Just now, stevehnz said:

Damn. I should've got that, I'm blaming night shifts. :D

Thanks.

Steve.

 

;) don't beat yourself up, Steve

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