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Some stunning coldwar images of Lightnings etc

Old 19th Feb 2015, 20:51
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Some stunning coldwar images of Lightnings etc

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How the RAF has always been ready to face the Russians | Daily Mail Online
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Old 19th Feb 2015, 21:29
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Pity the Censor attacked the stenciling on the Bloodhound Mk 1 Photo though.
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More pics from Mr Proctor's collection can be found here ...

https://twitter.com/IanDProctor/media
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Lovely pics, but not one photo of the kipper fleet where we were in daily contact with the Russians!
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Excellent photos - from the days when Britain still had an air force predominantly equipped with British aircraft....
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Beautiful pictures, reminds me of the time I found a photo of my grandfather's battalion on the NW Frontier in the 1920s. Had to raise a smile when I realised we'd both been on ops in the same part of the world but almost a century apart.

However, I do feel the article would be more accurate if re titled 'How the RAF was once ready to face the Russians'. Today, I'd give us a day or 2 against them tops, assuming we ever managed to get anything airborne after a 'cyber first strike' or sabotage of key locations and installations.

Wonder what the equivalent photos in 50 years will be of - Management Board meetings, a pile of business cases and a large hangar with a couple of cannibalised airframes in the corner?
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Smile Missing Kipper fleet!

To make up for it!Rumour is there will be a MK 2 flying again in a couple of years!
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And of course, the other big kipper fleet news is.....

http://www.google.co.uk/url?url=http...nMHAiIfN0y6dsg
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Some fabulous aircraft photos. The Victor B1 in anti-flash white was such an elegant aircraft! However the picture that grabbed my attention was the guys arriving at OCTU in 1964. I arrived there from the railway station in a similar bus (maybe that very one) in the same year, wearing a trilby just like that! Just realised, that's now further away in time than the beginning of the First World War was in 1964.

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Brings back memories for me also. I have a feeling the chap in the "winkle-pickers" in the middle is a regular on this forum !!
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And of course, the other big kipper fleet news is.....
Thanks for reminding me of that Nutloose. Chances of getting a very good price on the Revell MR 3 with Aeroclub AEW 2 conversion and decal sheet in my loft on E-bay now about Zero.
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Cool MK2

Sorry to be pedantic but there were no MK 2s with the new style exhausts and a mid upper turret!!
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Ahh - Feltwell. I arrived by car, a much nicer way of getting there. ISTR I was about the only single cadet there with a car, which somewhat enhanced my prospects with fellow cadets of the fair sex.

Now - the 4 white Vulcans aren't on the ORP at Waddington, because the Waddington ORP is on the east side of the runway. Same at Scampton. So, Spotters, where was that photo taken??
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To the uninitiated, the juxtaposition of the image of the Victor navigator alongside the Bloodhound makes it look as though the poor chap is in the nose cone of the missile!
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MPN11 ... I'll have a stab ... Wittering perchance
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FY-RW21 before the var changes made it RW20?
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I wish I hadn't asked now!!

Not:
Waddington/Scampton - ORP wrong side
Finningley - no trace of an ORP
Wittering - RW26
Marham - ORP wrong side
Gaydon - ORP wrong side, wrong orientation
Cottesmore - ditto
Honington - ditto
Coningsby - ditto

... eek! Who am I missing?
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According to Wiki...

Main bases : RAF Coningsby, RAF Cottesmore, RAF Finningley, RAF Gaydon, RAF Honington, RAF Marham, RAF Scampton, RAF Waddington, RAF Wittering and RAF Wyton (the only one missing from your list).

Dispersal Bases : Prestwick, RAF Machrihanish, RAF Kinloss, RNAS Lossiemouth (later transferred to RAF), RAF Leuchars, RAF Ballykelly, RAE Bedford, A&AEE Boscombe Down, RAF Bruntingthorpe, RAF Burtonwood, RAF Cranwell, RAF Coltishall, RAF Elvington, Filton, RAF Leconfield, RAF Leeming, RAF Lyneham, RAF Manston, RAF Middleton St. George, RRE Pershore (Royal Radar Establishment), RAF St Mawgan, RAF Tarrant Rushton, RAF Wattisham, RAF Wyton, RNAS Yeovilton, RAF Shawbury, RNAS Brawdy (later transferred to RAF), RAF Llanbedr, RAF Valley

Too young for V Force (and to me ORPs were usually FOD hazards!!). How many of the dispersal bases would have been equipped with ORPs (or, for easier recognition which ones had a 03/21 (ish) runway?).
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Yeah ... but Wyton rw 26 and ORP south side anyway!

I'm on the same Wiki page as you cite. Now I'm really confused!! I've run the whole list on Google Maps, and nothing correlates!!

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Old 20th Feb 2015, 11:21
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The photo is from RAF Finningley. It had an ORP until about 10 years ago:


Finningley was our SFD aerodrome when I was on 35 Sqn. On one occasion the Boss charged off the ORP with such enthusiasm that he sent the VASIs (or were they PAPIs by then) skywards.
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