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Anyone have a link to the infamous Cranwell F4 flypast?

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Anyone have a link to the infamous Cranwell F4 flypast?

Old 18th Mar 2015, 18:16
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I've tried the link, and all I get is the parade. There is obviously another picture behind it, but it won't display.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 19:57
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I was at the back of the parade square on no 98 IOT in support of the graduating Sqn No 97 IOT DEC 86. Apart from the fact that it nearly wiped the parade out it was awesome. A pair of F4 s first passed from East to West. One of the F4 s then turned left towards the airfield and turned through 270 deg and attacked the clock and graduates head on. He then turned left again turning through 270 deg and came from the West dirty and slow. FUll burner and climb away. Avtur smell delicious, hats on the floor, flag poles over and crinkly AVM on Dias. We all believe the Orange to be clean of crap....... Wrong. Gravel hit me in face. Much fun. On my parade NImrod at 500 ft
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Old 19th Mar 2015, 04:11
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I was there too, also on 98iot so part of the support Sqn. We had just been given an 'inwards dress' or something similar, so being on the front row of the support Sqn I had to look to my left and take my spacing. Looking up I saw the 2 F4s approaching from the East with everything down (Flap, gear and hook) as they passed over the parade.

The parade commander was initially unable to give his 'eyes front' call for some time due to the incredible noise. I do recall a fellow A Sqn member (A--- A-----) quietly mouthing a comment about 'take that blunties'.

Once the 'eyes front' was eventually called, we were all greeted with the sight of the F4s rolling out of their left 270 pointing directly at us from the South. The final pass from West to East caused the mayhem.

Overall a truly spectacular sight!
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Old 19th Mar 2015, 17:00
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I too witnessed this (Flt Cdr on 98 IOT). Watching a jet pull up to clear the trees over the sports pitches between Whittle Hall and CHOM was a clear indicator of what was to come - caps, marker poles, blue blankets everywhere!

I seem to remember it added to the fun because the blue blankets were wet and the dye had run into a number of lady's dresses.

Tell em that today an ............
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 02:43
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is there one that's NOT private?
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 11:17
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the SNCO went around the parade square, picking up SD hats
.. and Mums' and WAGs' flowery hats too IIRC......

[Wasn't there, but have seen the film on a number of occasions!]
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 12:57
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I like Al R's reply re the CWO. I can imagine him stood among smouldering wreckage shouting "Get that f******* mess OFF MY PARADE GROUND"! Saw the video on the Auth Course - scary to watch but that was from an 'older/wiser' point of view...
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 13:25
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Pics taken by one of my guests at the graduation parade (with crappy little point and shoot 35mm film camera).

Toom on early pass ...

Some SD hats still scattered on parade ground (even after NCOs carried out initial pick-up) and Central Band being magnificently stoic about the whole thing ...

Cunning attempt to draw attention away from fast pointy things ...

/Would seriously appreciate it if anyone could steer me towards a vid of the occasion.
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 14:16
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I was sitting in the back of the cunning diversion but sadly had to rely upon the description of the flight deck because we were not near any windows.
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 15:45
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I'd be happy to donate an arm or leg, to see said vid

Come on............it's soooo about time it was for public consumption, what could possibly go wrong ??
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 16:07
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Wow, after all those years. I was another one of those 98IOT 'red sqn' Flt Cdrs doing the ushering and it was an incredible display. Will never forget it.
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 23:18
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99 were returning from a LAT run at the time... which is where I remember it from... saw the whole thing from wherever it was we came back too... loved it... a refreshing change from all the blunt nonsense being peddled by the IOT-and-over-ambitious ground branch flt cdrs... subsequently served with the 'deaf, dumb and blind kid' in MPA... he didn't tell it in any kind of boasting fashion.. lovely chap... then he pointed out he was one of my Father's ex-studes... small world :-)
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Old 20th Mar 2015, 23:36
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98 IOT too. It's a small world.
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Old 21st Mar 2015, 13:01
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I was graduating. I can still remember the stink of fuel and the extraordinary reaction of the directing staff. It would be impossible to hide now.
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Old 21st Mar 2015, 13:49
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Cunning attempt to draw attention away from fast pointy things ...

Hey, folks, you want to see a real disaster?
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Old 21st Mar 2015, 16:49
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WHAT is the sense in putting a video on a PUBLIC FORUM and then stating that THIS VIDEO IS PRIVATE . If you wanted it kept private then WHY THE HELL was it put on a forum like You Tube ????
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Old 21st Mar 2015, 17:52
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^^ Youtube has a variety of "permissions" settings including private (as in you must be authorised by the owner to see it).

It is a hugely useful hosting platform for training videos and suchlike. Plus private and unlisted videos are not subject to the same copyright restrictions (for example with a musical soundtrack) as publicly listed videos.

Nice photo of the Nimrod AEW (Airborne Elephant, White). Just under 1bn tax payer's wonga down the swannee and pledge to review defence procurement, so that never happened again. Oh well...it was a nice thought.
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Old 21st Mar 2015, 18:59
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is there one that's NOT private?"

The link that you are mentioning only showed
a single Lightning flying past at Cranwell.
Certainly not as low as those Phantoms.

This Lightning-video was still accessible a few days ago.
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 14:23
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If you go onto a well known video sharing website (that may rhyme with Poolube).

Type in a number between 96 and 98 IOTC and flypast, you may find what you seek........

I imagine if it had been filmed on a GoPro it would have been even more scary!

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Old 15th Dec 2016, 15:52
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Iot not iotc
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