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The reason that none of the pictures have weaponry is that the Harriers were there because it was a "Confrontation" between Belize and Guatamala.  Showing Guatamala that Harriers were there was a political statement of resolve,  Showing them armed would up the Ante politically, and could appear to be more threatening. Such is diplomacy!

The US in similar situations would send either  F102 or F106 aircraft, as they carried their weapons internally. keep the doors closed, armed or not? Your guess!

 

If the Harriers had been called to action, they would have probably have used SNEB.

 

Selwyn

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11 hours ago, Dogsbodyx said:

There is a Facebook page for 1417 Flight with photos of various aircraft carrying SNEB pods and CBLS whilst seemingly in theatre.... just keep scrolling down and they appear at various places.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/18232521001/

 

These are from the later period not the original 1977 deployment. Weapon fit is still vald.

 

Selwyn

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On 4/27/2021 at 9:48 PM, Dogsbodyx said:

There is a Facebook page for 1417 Flight with photos of various aircraft carrying SNEB pods and CBLS whilst seemingly in theatre.... just keep scrolling down and they appear at various places.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/18232521001/

 

Unfortunately this group is now only open to veterans of the flight.

 

Does anyone know a good source of photos of Belize Harriers - online or book - I'm particularly looking at ground equipment and personnel images for a diorama. Thanks.

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4 hours ago, NG899 said:

Hi Tim,

 

Which period of the Belize deployments are you looking at, 1975 or later, up to 1993? I've a few of the later days, not much early on.

 

Cheers

 

Nick

 

Thank you. I am looking for around 1980 if you have any.

 

Thanks,

 

Tim

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Hi Tim,

 

The best I can do is c.1982/3 with two confirmed serials/code letters and two shots under camo nets of other GR3s, codes known but serials not. If interested drop me a PM with your direct email address included.

 

Cheers

 

Nick

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Hi Tim

Foxey Golf

XW924  L.   Black L  was from 4 sqn left mid 1980 to OCU became H at OCU

XV753 C.  Blue C was from OCU arrived mid 1980.

1980 that was original revetment walls. 

1981 revetment walls rebuilt and foxtrot hide drive through hide turned by 90 degrees.

I'll try an dig out some photos.

Mike

 

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Hi Mike, 

Thanks for the info on those two serials. I've been trying to piece together the details of all the GR3s which went to Belize from 1975 until 1994 and while, from movement cards I have a lot of info, tying up serials and codes has been a real pain; I still have lots of blanks but can now resolve those two.

 

The info I have on those two from the movement cards and other official sources is (STC = Strike Command):

XV753 Belize from 20-Feb-80 to 06-May-81 C. From 233OCU Returned to 233OCU > STC HarDet. 233OCU to 07-Feb-80, pale blue C. Witt 03-Mar-80 to 30-Apr-81 (STC-HarDet). 233OCU 26-Jan-82.

XW924 Belize from 29-Mar-79 to 23-Jun-80 L. From IV(AC)233 Returned to OCU > STC HarDet Belize 05-Apr-79 to 23-Jun-80. IV(AC) 13-Dec-78 Black-L. '936' 27-Feb-79 to 24 May-79. Witt 25-May-79 to 11-Nov-80. 233OCU 11-Sep-81.

 

As you can see some, there are some conflicting date issues! I've no idea what 936 on the movement card means. 

 

Other jets I have out in Belize from 1979 to early 1982 are:

XV786 - 01-Nov-78 to 05-Apr-79, from 1(F) returned to IV(AC)

XV793 - 01-Nov-78 to 30-May-79, from 1(F) returned to IV(AC)

XV795 - 01-Nov-78 to 21-Jan-79, from 1(F) returned to 3(F)

XW919 - 01-Nov-78 to 09-Aug-79, from 1(F) returned to 1(F)

XW921 - 21-Jan-79 to 29-Feb-80, from IV(AC) returned to 233OCU

XV783 - 30-May-79 to 28-Apr-80, from IV(AC) returned to 233OCU

XZ132 - 06-Aug-79 to 03-Dec-79, from 3(F) returned to ADA Wittering

XV759 - 22-Apr-80 to 06-Jul-81, from 233OCU returned to 233OCU

XV804 - 20-May-80 to 27-Jan-81, from 233OCU returned to 233OCU

XV752 - 17-Jun-80 to 29-May-81, from 233OCU returned to 233OCU

XZ133 - 27-Jan81 to 14-Jan-82, from 233OCU returned to 1(F)

XW923 - 22-Apr-81 to 26-May-81, from 233OCU as Pale Blue 'N'. Crashed 26-May-81 - lost control during STO at Belize, Flt Lt Jack Mardon ejected.

XV807 - 14-May-81 to 14-Jul-81, from 233OCU as Pale Blue 'G'. Crashed 14-Jul-81 - Near Cayo flew into ground, tailplane link disconnected, pilot killed. 

XV804 - 01-Jun-81 to 08-Apr-82, from 233OCU returned to 233OCU

XZ966 - 20-Jul-81 to 09-Jul-82, from 1(F) returned to 1(F)

XW921 - 12-Jan-82 to 15-Dec-82, from 233OCU returned to 233OCU

XV783 - 26-Feb-82-18-Apr-83, Pale Blue 'D', from 233OCU returned to 233OCU

 

If you can help with any other details it would be good to hear from you. Thank you.

 

All the best

 

Nick

 

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