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My most memorable air display - but when or where?

Old 23rd Jul 2014, 20:16
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Belgian Starfighters from the early 70's could have been the Slivers Slivers - Belgian Air Force Aerobatic Display Team

Low, fast, loud and impressive.
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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 20:20
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Tunnel Beach, Episkopi, circa 1972?

A brace of Buccs screaming in over the cliffs behind us strafing an offshore target, which appeared to an 11 yr old to be about 100yds offshore. Closely followed by a brace of Phants doing ditto.

The crowning glory was a Vulcan dropping a 21 stick of live 1000 lb-ers!!
(If I remember correctly, all those living in Episkopi were advised to leave their windows open for the day!). Bloody marvellous!!

Nothing has ever come close. Thanks Dad for giving us the day off school, and taking me and younger Bro to go and watch it.

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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 20:38
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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 22:03
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Memories of Barton in the early 80's seeing the Vulcan and a low level re-routing of a civil into Ringway.
AFB Waterkloof in '95 for SAAF 75th anniversary with B1B, Black Widow Mirage, Red Arrows. Memorable...
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 02:27
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Last Lightning Show at Binbrook - stunning
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 03:20
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Sounds exactly like 'the Slivers' to me. It would be two Belgian 104s.
Their party piece was a low level nose to nose pass that looked like a mid- air in the making.
Very low, very loud and about the best thing I've ever seen at a show.
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 06:53
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party piece was a low level nose to nose pass
Fantastic pic of them doing that in near knife edge on the site Saintsman has linked to.

I see they disbanded the year before I started going to airshows; shame, I'd liked to have seen them!

I remember seieng the Canadian F-104 quartet fairly frequently (or was it a sextet?). Can't remember what they were called...
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 09:40
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Yes guys I am sure you are right. Starfighters at Biggin. Thanks for that.

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Old 24th Jul 2014, 10:07
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I'm with Art Smass,Binbrook was always a fantastic day out and the last Lightning show was the best of all. One year i think it was the first public showing of the F15 in the UK, a simple display but very impressive. Taxied out and revved up until the ground was shaking then took off and climbed vertically into a blue sky and disappeared. I watched it with binos until it was gone. The lightnings were the best and we were spoilt living nearby and seeing them every day.I remember being out on the coast near Northcotes during an exercise and watching a lightning trying to turn with an A10, the noise was amazing and the lightning just seemed to hang in the sky. The A10 just turned round and went the other way!!!It may have been the same time when a Vulcan came over the coast at a 100 feet or so and went past the oil tanks at about the same height. Apart from the fact that we don't have the means anymore i suppose elf n'safety wouldn't allow it now.
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Funfly - I bet you are fun at a party.
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 10:40
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I hope that my most memorable will be this weekend when a proud dad watches his son displaying for the first time.
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 12:06
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TU 95 Bear D, doing a wing low flyby at Fairford, with Dave Southwood's comment in the Hunter holding off the airfield 'now follow that' over the tower frequency. F18 at Woodford who rolled slightly too early on take off and finally Anatoli Kovachur paralleling the TU 134 at Boscombe Down between the runway and the crowd line, would never be allowed today, don't think it was allowed then really.

Mildenhall, fanatically well organised, ice cold beer on a day when the temp was in the 90s, what more can you ask for, beer and aeroplanes.
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Anatoli Kovachur paralleling the TU 134 at Boscombe Down between the runway and the crowd line,
I saw that and I recall that he immediately went into a display and, as he had flown non-stop from Russia, broke the world record for the distance flown into a display routine. Brilliant.
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 13:06
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Akrotiri - incredible. For me also Vulcan at Barton. Actually I think at the age of about 12 this decided my destiny. Had the opportunity to fly it actually but found out that five star hotel rooms were not included. One has standards to maintain.

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Old 24th Jul 2014, 13:45
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Farnborough or Paris early 80's, John Farley in Harrier hovering and pressing up whilst rotating nose up into what seemed an almost vertical nose up climbing departure (hard to describe but I am sure we all know the routine about which I write).
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 13:52
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So many...

First memories of BofB days at Chivenor, early '60s. Hunters everywhere. Mossies in the static. Had my first ever passenger flights in a Rapide and a Prentice saw my first crash - a collision between (I think) a Meteor and a Venom, but only three chutes

Happy days at Yeovilton - full of Sea Vixens (Fred's Five) and Scimitars, then Buccaneers and Phantoms. Life was noisier then... Low point was watching the Harrier whose seat ejected while the pilot was exiting

Many Farnboroughs... a few crashes - the worst being an autogyro breaking up. Spectacular flying by Italians: looping a Piaggio executive jet, rolling G91s gear down between touchdowns

My first at Old Warden - saw Neil Williams displaying a Spitfire, very low, very fast, very agile, very precise. A little sad that we'll never see a Spitfire flown like that again...
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 15:14
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Jersey International Air Display was the highlight of the year when I lived there in the 80 s and 90s, always the second Thursday on September.

I went back in 2007, 15 years after I moved away and it was the best I'd ever been to.... The Eurofighter....
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 15:17
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When I think about it I've been lucky enough to have seen so many air shows over the years, although only about 10 in the last decade. After Ramstein in 1988 all air shows became less hung-ho and dangerous with resultant effects being more measured and docile displays, certainly with regards to speed/height/distance/noise etc. There's no doubting that the old days were 'the good old days' when it came to variety, daring, number and access at air shows.

The 70's and 80's seemed to be a non-stop whirlwind of exercises/family days and huge air shows throughout the season and as always we become blasé about the whole thing, never once thinking this won't last. Today's paltry offerings are testament that things DO change The Bicentennial air show at Mildenhall was pretty amazing and the crowds…..Farnborough 1974 with the 'spaceship' SR71 and Lockheed with their TriStar, various Greenham Common shows (not including the bulldykes campsite ) an EE Lightning going low level supersonic at Duxford down the runway, KC-97's of the Ohio ANG lining up for takeoff like a gaggle of chubby turtles spewing prop and jet wash onto noses pressed up against boundary fences mere metres away. I think the most impressive of the last decade was probably Anatoly Kvotchur doing his 'cobra' manoeuvres in the Mig 29 etc. I do recall various Starfighters doing crazy displays here and there, but as to which European airforce they belonged to is gone in the mists of time, probably all of them!



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Old 24th Jul 2014, 15:29
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Ah yes, John Farley in the Harrier. I never saw anyone else do his 'rotate to near-vertical in the hover and climb straight up, nose first' routine. Amazing. I think it was Raymond Baxter who occupied the second seat in the 2-seat Harrier when John did that. Baxter recalled John briefing him beforehand "there's a few seconds here where we'd be very embarrassed if the engine fails. There won't be time to say 'Eject'; if you see me go, you go!".
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 15:50
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I reckon the best displays were the ones whilst I was still at school, Vulcan, jaguar, mirage etc,etc... we used to helm our sailing dinghies out into the middle of the display area in front of St. Peter Port harbour and if we were not capsized by the jet wash from the harrier it was judged a poor display and not very exciting.

I thought I'd seen the last display using gnats by the Arrows in 79 at RAF Shawbury, that was very good.

Clare Prop I remember the Eurofighter in 2007, piloted by someone I was at school with. Ex- Lightning jock.
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