View Full Version : Frightning 'Zaps'


FoxTwo
14th Apr 2008, 11:02
Does anyone remember or have knowledge of this great little character on an 11 Sqn bird? Seems 74 Sqn 'zapped' her at Tengah in '69 but try as I might I can't find the serial. I found reference to a 145 Sqn (226 OCU) Lightning that got a similar treatment (maybe at Leuchars) but no joy on that one either! I'd be really interested to know which aircraft decorated in this manner.

http://www.lightningpilots.com/11sqn2.html

Makes you wonder if there were more...! :)



WolvoWill
14th Apr 2008, 11:37
Not seen that one before! There was one Lightning (I forget which squadron but think it was either 92 or 11 sqn, from very vague memory) that had a pink panther peering over the roundel in a similar fashion.

teeteringhead
14th Apr 2008, 11:59
Almost certainly 92. One of the last (if not the last - memory fades) Lightning bosses of 92 was one Wg Cdr Bob B******n who was known as the Pink Panther ....

..... if you'd have seen him, you'd know why. :ok:

forget
14th Apr 2008, 12:10
Daddy of all Zaps!

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b270/cumpas/562_kiwi.jpg

Crew Chief Chf Tech Bill Pearsey poses next to Avro Vulcan B2 XH562 of the NEAF Bomber (Akrotiri) Wing at RAF Masirah in March 1972. 562 was returning from a trip to New Zealand where it had been most spectacularly 'zapped' by personnel of the RNZAF. The squadron badge on the nosewheel door is that of No 75 Squadron RNZAF. Bill Pearsey remembers:

"The 'vandalism' was done at Ohakea. Even the station commander was involved. We threatened to fly under Sydney Harbour Bridge on the way back. We had arrived at Ohakea on the Monday; the following day we were taken on a trip to Roturua in a VIP Dakota. They were just removing the steps that they used to paint the kiwi as we arrived back in the evening. On the Wednesday we flew down to Christchurch. Some Yanks came to ask us how long us Kiwis had been operating Vulcans and my mate told them that 562 was the first of 94 that we were getting. Some months after I arrived back in Akrotiri I received a very large envalope containing a photo of a squadron of 9 Kiwi Vulcans flying over Ohakea control tower. It was definitely the best trip I ever did." Bill Pearsey. Vulcans in Camera.

John Eacott
14th Apr 2008, 12:31
Ark Royal cross decked with USS Forrestal in the Med about 1973 (IIRC), and had a couple of F4's from VMFA-531 operating for a few days. Came time to go into Grand Harbour and one F4 went U/S, and went U/S and went U/S as we came very close to Dom Mintoff's anti-USA dominion. The only solution was to strike the offending machine into the lower hangar away from prying eyes whilst we were in Malta.

After a couple of days it was snuck into the upper hangar and repaired by 892, who had this really nice tail fin colour scheme. A few days before we departed Valletta a light grey RN F4 appeared on deck to carry out ground runs, with brown paper stuck just where USMC markings might have been ;)

Within 2 hours of clearing the harbour, VMFA-531 CO's personal airplane was returned with one of the best zaps: so good, he took it all the way back home :ok:

http://www.eacott.com.au/gallery/d/1686-1/US+Marine+Phantom+RN+colours+02.jpg

http://www.eacott.com.au/gallery/d/1694-1/US+Marine+Phantom+RN+colours+06+onto+waist+cat.jpg

John Eacott
14th Apr 2008, 12:35
Zapped at RAAF Pearce, flown on the last launch by FW from Eagle back to Yeovilton :cool:

http://www.eacott.com.au/gallery/d/1946-1/Vixen+124+with+RAAF+roundels+on+final+launch+from+Eagle.jpg

(The underwing roundels, not the "For Sale" sign!)

Gainesy
14th Apr 2008, 13:06
The RAAF F-111 that came over for the Queen's Silver Jubilee at Finningley stopped off for a few days at Honington. T'was zapped by the 12Sqn Linies with a rendition of 12's fox grabbing the kangeroo in the roundel by the throat and "slipping it one" with the caption:"Say Beep, Beep now yer bastard".

No pic unfortunately.

safetypee
14th Apr 2008, 13:49
In the days of painted fins, the 56 Sqn red and white chequerboard fin was seen sporting chess pieces.
Then there was a tanker crew who filed an Airmiss against an ATC vehicle red & white chequerboard.

I have no knowledge of the F102 which sported RAF roundels at USAF Colorado Springs!

Leon Jabachjabicz
14th Apr 2008, 18:57
Back in the early 90s a 43(F) Sqn F3 dropped into Akrotiri with an engine snag whilst 29(F) Sqn were doing APC. Whilst working the 43 jet, the 29 Sqn linies painted a large egg below the fighting cock and painted its head so that it was now looking behind it with a worried look on its face. :E

Sorry no picture.

taxydual
14th Apr 2008, 19:25
Mid 70's, HRH The Prince Phillip down under. The Andover (XS793, but don't quote me) appeared after overnight point guarding in a RAAF hangar bearing a dayglo red Kangeroo by the pax door. HRH thought it was a great laugh!! Funny old thing, a year later in Canada, a Maple Leaf appeared. Since then, everytime he flew Andover, we had to stick dayglo 'roo's and Maple Leaf's on the airframe.

GeeRam
14th Apr 2008, 19:40
Does anyone remember or have knowledge of this great little character on an 11 Sqn bird? Seems 74 Sqn 'zapped' her at Tengah in '69 but try as I might I can't find the serial. I found reference to a 145 Sqn (226 OCU) Lightning that got a similar treatment (maybe at Leuchars) but no joy on that one either! I'd be really interested to know which aircraft decorated in this manner.

http://www.lightningpilots.com/11sqn2.html

Not seen that one before either...:ok:

You could probably narrow it down from the serials of the original 11 Sqn a/c that were on strength at the time, (Jan 1969) but exactly which one.....:confused:
Maybe an email to Ed D at the Lightning Pilots Assoc would be best bet to see if any have it in their log books perhaps.

I know that 10 x 11 Sqn a/c made the short deployment to Singapore and the trip there and back for the 10 x Lightnings involved 228 contacts with Victor tankers.........:eek:

Art Field
14th Apr 2008, 20:26
A VC10K detached to Singapore for an Air Defence exercise had its AAR pods decorated overnight by Kiwis over painted with the red "No Entry" sign. This was because we were not allowed to refuel the RNZAF aircraft, something to do with paying for the fuel I believe.

wellsfargo
15th Apr 2008, 09:38
For the record,W/C Barcelon was boss of 19. During my very happy 3 years at Gut on 92, we detached to Bitburg for some air defence training with the yanks.Our squadron 3 tonner arrived at the base loaded with kit for the weeks det only for the yanks to refuse us entrance because we were carrying Avpin(used for starting the 18 ton aluminum pursuit ships).We eventually got in of course.
Everything that moved (or didn't) was zapped with 92 SUX, the staish was not amused especially as his staff car was targetted.
Happy days.
Stay safe everyone.
WF.:)

Flyingblind
15th Apr 2008, 11:38
forget,

Beautiful picture of the Vulcan, have sent to Kiwi mates.

As Billy Connelly said 'Lovely on'.

Arkroyal
15th Apr 2008, 12:06
Not big zaps, but after a few ales during my EFT at Leeming in '78 we decided to brighten up the Red's Gnats with discreet 'Fly Navy' stickers beneath the cockpit hoods.

So discreet that the crabs almost missed them before displaying for the queen mum's visit.

Lot's of chuntering about possible peeling off and ingestion. Grumpy buggers took 'em off.

When we returned from Topcliffe that evening we were outside the squadron building as they taxied out. Cheery waves exchanged, until the tail end gnat turned tail-on to us. Red smoke on - GO.

He must have laughed all the way back to Kemble at the thought of us fishheads stood there drenched in red deisel.

Top marks! :O

cliver029
15th Apr 2008, 12:38
...Not sure if this qualifies, but in the early 60's at Tengah (ummmm Tengah:D)

some 81 Sqdn linies went out one lunchtime and attached cardboard anchors to the nose wheels of some visting Scimiters from the gray funnel line, each one placed in a bucket of water. they were not amused for some reason:ok:

Cliver029

John Eacott
15th Apr 2008, 12:49
discreet 'Fly Navy' stickers beneath the cockpit hoods.

So discreet that the crabs almost missed them before displaying for the queen mum's visit.

This one was so discrete that the pilot left the INTSAR competition in 1972 and led a formation of two USAF Huskies on a PR trip down the Thames. Front page of the Daily Express the next day :cool:

http://www.eacott.com.au/gallery/d/1426-2/RAF+Whirlwind+Fly+Navy.jpg

FoxTwo
15th Apr 2008, 12:52
Thanks all. I've not seen the Pink Panther before WolvoWill! :ok: I have narrowed the search for our pawed friend down to 10 jets which arrived at Tengah between 8th and 11th Jan '69:


XS919, XR758, XS933, XR724, XS918, XR723, XS934, XS932, XS904, XS931


Still a needle in a slightly smaller haystack though! :bored: Plus you've got me loking for the Pink Panther jet as well now! :p

airborne_artist
15th Apr 2008, 12:57
When we returned from Topcliffe that evening we were outside the squadron building as they taxied out. Cheery waves exchanged, until the tail end gnat turned tail-on to us. Red smoke on - GO.

He must have laughed all the way back to Kemble at the thought of us fishheads stood there drenched in red deisel.

Top marks!

I was on the junior course (87), and we were standing slightly further away from the tail-end Red. How we laughed. I seem to remember that the red dye/diesel took some time to wash out of your grow-bags, so for some weeks after you went around in a strange colour of brown :E

To think that all that fun was 29 years ago, almost to the day ;)

GeeRam
15th Apr 2008, 16:02
Thanks all. I've not seen the Pink Panther before WolvoWill! I have narrowed the search for our pawed friend down to 10 jets which arrived at Tengah between 8th and 11th Jan '69:


XS919, XR758, XS933, XR724, XS918, XR723, XS934, XS932, XS904, XS931

Would be a huge co-incidence if it turned out to be XS904 which is still 'live' at Brunty......

Be fun putting pressure on the LPG lads to paintstrip off all that camo and return '904 to her '60's bare finish complete with a recreated 'Tiger' zap...:ok:

seac
15th Apr 2008, 17:25
Would be a huge co-incidence if it turned out to be XS904 which is still 'live' at Brunty......

Be fun putting pressure on the LPG lads to paintstrip off all that camo and return '904 to her '60's bare finish complete with a recreated 'Tiger' zap...


....or XR724 at Binbrook.

Wensleydale
15th Apr 2008, 18:13
I remember a White Elephant being painted next to the rear door of a Nimrod AEW Mk3 after being left overnight at Lossie. GEC were not amused!

ImageGear
15th Apr 2008, 18:14
Would anyone care to remember a complete line of frightenings being zapped at a Scottish base late 60's and the subsequent gating of an entire visiting team to get to the guilty party/s ?

The zaps were found to be of a somewhat corrosive nature :eek:

Not, not, not me Boss:=

Imagegear

WolvoWill
15th Apr 2008, 18:24
Thanks all. I've not seen the Pink Panther before WolvoWill! :ok: I have narrowed the search for our pawed friend down to 10 jets which arrived at Tengah between 8th and 11th Jan '69:


XS919, XR758, XS933, XR724, XS918, XR723, XS934, XS932, XS904, XS931


Still a needle in a slightly smaller haystack though! :bored: Plus you've got me loking for the Pink Panther jet as well now! :p


The Pink Panther jet is actually a 19sqn F2, serial XN781 - I just bought a 1/48 airfix Lightning F2/F6 (oh the geekiness ;)) and it happens to be one of the aircraft for which markings are provided :ok:

FoxTwo
17th Apr 2008, 10:31
Haha! Good spot GeeRam. It would indeed be an awesome sight but I don't think you'd gain any brownie points for suggesting it! :oh:

WolvoWill - Thanks again! Saved me the trouble of tracking it down. This little pawed bugger still eludes me however! Bring back 74 Sqn that's what I say! Must be some spare Typhoons hangin' about somewhere...:hmm:

fantaman
17th Apr 2008, 15:49
The black Eurofighter DA2 test aircraft (ZH588), was she zapped when she was using the HAS site at Leuchars? If so, must be one of the more famous zaps having now gone on display at Hendon with the "Fighting Cock" still on the tail.

Corgi have also produced a die cast model that features the "zap" :ok:

goudie
17th Apr 2008, 16:12
During the mid 60's when Canberras from Akrotiri were detached to Tengah zapping was rife. A flamingo was the symbol used by us Akrotiri guys and it was amazing the places where they appeared. The RNZAF guys were extremely intrepid zappers as I recall.

XV277
17th Apr 2008, 17:56
There was a No 1 Squadron Harrier T4 painted pink by a French Squadron whilst on an exchange visit.

MDJETFAN
18th Apr 2008, 02:17
When 898 Squadron zapped the USMC F-4 with their tail markings, VMF-531 maintainers returned the favor by replacing the fuselage roundels with pre-WW2 US star markings on the Skipper's bird XV590 R/001 when the squiadron wore the Jubilee markings. They also painted out "Royal Navy" on the flanks and replaced it with "Colonial Navy". There is a decal sheet in existance of these markings.

Dan D'air
18th Apr 2008, 05:49
http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal7/6401-6500/gal6412-F-4-Nanagas/00.shtm

Indeed there is. I particularly liked the "Buy RAF Aircraft for 13" link at the very bottom of the page. That's a lot cheaper than the Typhoon!! Good old google. :ok:

Dan Winterland
18th Apr 2008, 06:13
Not really a zap as the crew knew we were doing it. But this is what one of our groundcrew did the the French KC135 on Operation Provide Comfort (Operation provide Carpets?) at Incirlik in '96. It depicts the French captain's wife with a lovelorn frog!

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/dbchippy/froggytanka.jpg

The crew got into some trouble when they took it home!

Dan D'air
18th Apr 2008, 06:37
Pre-emptive apologies as this is slightly off thread, especially on a Friday but it relates (albeit tenuously) to Dan Winterland's post.

I heard a tale about a recently divorced woman who, a little frustrated in the bedroom department, was walking past a pet shop and noticed a sign for a "Pussy licking frog, 30". Overwhelmed by curiosity, as well as thinking that it could be the answer to her problem, she went in and looked everywhere for it.
After searching high and low with no success, she approached the counter and explained that she was looking for the aforementioned reptilian.
The assistant raised an eyebrow and said..................."Bonjour Madame".

beefix
18th Apr 2008, 07:35
Vulcan force-late seventies. Strike Force Dispersal exercise. A certain member of the crew I was with decided that it would be fun to zap the "shape" we were carrying. Big,big mistake, := despite my/our best efforts the bloody thing would not come off. Needless to say, on RTB the sh8t hit the fan big time. :{

R J Kinloch
18th Apr 2008, 21:40
Mid 70's RNZAF 14 Sqn

One of our Strikemasters ??69 had "The International Breakfast" written below the nose number.

Aircraft rostered for an Airshow so you better get that off.

The paint had eaten through the camouflage paint and couldn't be removed.

Oops better roster another Aircraft

:\

Arkroyal
22nd Apr 2008, 13:09
airborne artist,

Still got the gro-bag in question somewhere. Went a very odd shade of ochre.

Dick C's bunny suit (only HE would have one at that stage) went a very fetching pink colour.

That's a cracker, John Eacott. The 'Y' demonstrates WAFU planning to a tee.

GolfSierra
22nd Apr 2008, 14:20
Does anyone have a photo of the Frightning at Binbrook with HUGE dayglo CCCP lettering? Saw a copy of a photo many years ago before the Frightning it was swiftly wheeled back into the hangar.

Gainesy
22nd Apr 2008, 15:33
There was a No 1 Squadron Harrier T4 painted pink by a French Squadron whilst on an exchange visit.

IIRC, Pink with white polka dots.

Pilot used to frequent Pprune, you still around Henry?

There was still a dayglo Harrier zap on a roundabout sign at Lakenheath a few years ago. Been there since about 1975.

Argies got a bit sniffy when their Pucara was zapped with "Combat Proven" Harrier stickers at the Santiago air show. Chilean AF mates thought it was great.

dkh51250
30th Jul 2009, 01:02
RAF Catterick 81sh just before Christmas. WL745 of 8 sqn flown in for the firefighters to play with. Aircraft strip team come down from Lossie and request, amongst other things, a gallon of white paint and brushes.

The Shackleton, visible from the A1, has Merry Christmas written along the side of the fuselage for all to see. Cue sense of humour failure from the "Commandant". Next request from the team is for brushwash and wire wool for paint removal purposes.

Not to be outdone the team use the remaining paint on the upper wings for the slogan "8 IS GREAT". Catterick overhead was very busy in those days Leeming, Teesside etc.

Fortunately the "Commandant was a dwarf and could not see their handiwork.

Mick Strigg
30th Jul 2009, 12:47
Ark, AA

I too, was there! Perhaps we need a Prune reunion (or is it a prunion)?

Photo
31st Jul 2009, 02:00
Taken at the Culdrose Air Day 2005
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y179/sboreham/FlyNavy.jpg

garyscott
20th Sep 2014, 00:10
Resurrecting an old thread I know, but this I found is too good to let go into obscurity . . .

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z300/petetong1704/Mobile%20Uploads/d3dbfc6f-9312-4d3a-910d-377eecf34ce7_zpsdfba9b3b.png


The pain of landing on the wrong carrier . . . :D

camlobe
20th Sep 2014, 17:49
This thread has reminded me of an occasion at Leuchars in the late '80's.

We are on a long (2month) det while Lossie's runway is resurfaced. Friday evening this young USAFE Lt strolls in and asks if we have any yellow paint, a brush, and a ladder. 8 Sqn always happy to oblige supplies the goods.

Monday mid morning, a red faced and unamused USAFE Major storms in demanding to know which &@<hidden>?%#$ has painted HIS F15 with another squadron's colours, particularly wheel hubs and fin flash...in rather gourish and distinctive yellow, complete with drips everywhere, and I really do mean everywhere. He followed the trail to our door. It had arrived early on Friday in blue. We then realised that a certain young Lt in the other yellow tipped jet had departed much earlier that morning. Despite the Major's protestations, we were unable to help him in any way...probably because we were too busy chuckling.

Camlobe

charliegolf
20th Sep 2014, 18:37
Total drift, with the actual 'zap' being the only link...

1984 Austrian Grand Prix, 2x 230 Sqn Pumas on a jolly, er, I mean, doing support work for the Reds.

Now the sqn zap at the time was a gold (yellow) tiger's head motif on a black, square background- a close match for the JPS colour scheme Nigel Mansell was driving. When asked, he was only too happy to run the race wearing the zap just behind the cockpit. He seemed a very vice, genuine fella.

Wasn't his day, he failed to finish! Lauda won the race.

CG

Wander00
20th Sep 2014, 19:22
Met NM at a Reds End of season guest Night - good driver but not the world's best conversationalist. David Jason, on the other hand, and at the same function, had us all in stitches, just being himself

langleybaston
21st Sep 2014, 14:23
I expect I have recounted this but what the heck.

A French Exchange squadron ?Mysteres? zapped a complete base: RAF Gutersloh, with a stencil and white paint. SHQ, Mess, Sgts Mess, Sick Quarters .......
Priapic winged wedding tackle zaps everywhere. SWO apoplectic.

Met. office window shutter had the treatment but we whipped it off and hid it behind a cupboard. This, and the cupboard itself, with original Luftwaffe stencils and ID numbers was our pride and joy.

BEagle
21st Sep 2014, 14:40
Some groundcrew at Goose Bay once thought that it would be a merry wheeze to zap some Hercules which was night-stopping....

Unfortunately it was carrying a 'special cargo' back to the UK from the err....desert of New Mexico....:oh:

I understand that their OC had rather a one-sided chat with certain rather humourless gentlemen in dark suits shortly afterwards....:eek: