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DOMINIE farewell PHOTO. tribute

Old 19th Jan 2011, 16:04
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DOMINIE farewell PHOTO. tribute

I visited Cranwell yesterday 18th Jan, to photograph the six aircraft "Flyby" event.
No apologies for the total of 15 Pics, as with my Harrier Photo. tribute I think its a fitting end to a faithful workhorse.
Enjoy.















































OPF

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Old 19th Jan 2011, 16:53
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Nice photos - particularly the 6-ship! Although I never did find the 'skunk' colour scheme very attractive.

I remember the 1974 arrival flypast of the Dominies at RAFC Cranwell when they arrived from the College of Air Warfare at RAF Manby (which was sadly closing) - any photos anywhere?
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 16:54
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No more lunchtimes at Gatow then?
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 16:54
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OPF,

Thank you again - a fitting set of photos indeed. Standby for some [email protected] to ask the question 'Why are they all just Dominies?'
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 17:17
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OPF - Very nicely done!

They certainly look too good to be scrapped!

Another waste!
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 17:19
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O P F.

Brill pics thanks,were you a phot?
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 17:31
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Great photos and particularly nice to see XS 712 features so prominently as that is the first aircraft on my first entry in my first log book!!

Thanks once again.....
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 18:17
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Didn't one of them sport a 'Playboy Bunny' on the fin? Whatever happened to it? Who was the knurled gnome with the sense of humour failure?
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 18:26
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That was 'F' (XS739). Originally she also had a bunny head forward of the crew door as well.
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 18:27
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Terrific pictures and thanks for posting them.

Checked the log book and they all appear in Feb/Mar 75.

Without doubt the end of an era for many "back seaters"

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Old 19th Jan 2011, 18:35
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Darkside2 - similar experience for me, I see that on 4 Dec 1969 I flew my first sortie at Strad (exercise D1 - aircraft famil) in XS730 which was also airborne today
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 20:32
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First trip was October 23rd 1966 - Dominie XS730 Ex D1 with Master Pilot Chappell (those were the days!). Ex D2 was XS739, so delighted to see them both at the very end.
Looking through the next 3 months flying, I see that the average flight time was 3:10 to 3:30. When I did a tour instructing in 80-82, my longest was 3:05, which makes me wonder what Div fuel we were carrying operating out of Stradishall in '66. It can't have been much by modern standards! Perhaps recent crews could hazard a guess?
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 20:36
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Great photos, thank you for recording the event so well for those of us unable to be there. But why are they all just Dominies?
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 20:46
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In the civil world they'd be Jet Dragons . . . .

Nice pics.
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Old 19th Jan 2011, 20:49
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Great photos. Thank you, Old Photo. Fanatic. I have PM'd you.

My first flight 4 Sep 69 - XS 714. Last flight 4 Aug 80 - XS 728.

TTN - I suspect we may know each other.
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I assume your question is asking if I was a "Photographer" by profession .
Photography for me is a Hobby, I was always interested in taking photographs.

I only had a simple camera upto the early 1970s.
I then started serious Aviation photography as I could afford better camera gear. Also my working routine 28day shift pattern gave me time off to travel which all helped .

Now well retired I am still very active in my Hobby
So basically I am self taught and still learning.
As the saying goes old photographers do not Die they just go out of Focus.

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