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RAF Buccaneer - 12 Squadron Training Film - NATO OPEN GATE - 1978

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RAF Buccaneer - 12 Squadron Training Film - NATO OPEN GATE - 1978

Old 12th Apr 2019, 21:36
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Originally Posted by lightbluefootprint View Post
I saw this film as a cadet back in the late 70s/early 80s and like one of the early posters on this thread I went out and bought the LP by Vangelis - still got it - sadly never got much closer to the Bucc than summer camps at St Athan when they were bringing the ex-RN airframes up to RAF standard, and then about ten years later probably visiting the same ones based at Lossiemouth.
In those days the careers office staff used to bring these along on 8mm cine film, I remember another one which I think was called Watchdogs and was all about RAF Germany as was. Happy - if a bit scary - days.
Watchdogs is on this DVD.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Force-Definitive-Collection-REGION/dp/B00DSAUHSO/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/257-8917832-9765421?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00DSAUHSO&pd_rd_r=c89eaf7c-5d6a-11e9-a139-9786f838d760&pd_rd_w=LOYyC&pd_rd_wg=7OPQv&pf_rd_p=07e3e597-b71b-4701-a3fd-d79c50f48406&pf_rd_r=S5KSCS14TM6ZA9CRYKGQ&psc=1&refRID=S5KSCS14TM6ZA9CRYKGQ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Force-Definitive-Collection-REGION/dp/B00DSAUHSO/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/257-8917832-9765421?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00DSAUHSO&pd_rd_r=c89eaf7c-5d6a-11e9-a139-9786f838d760&pd_rd_w=LOYyC&pd_rd_wg=7OPQv&pf_rd_p=07e3e597-b71b-4701-a3fd-d79c50f48406&pf_rd_r=S5KSCS14TM6ZA9CRYKGQ&psc=1&refRID=S5KSCS14TM6ZA9CRYKGQ

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Old 18th Apr 2019, 11:42
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I noticed on one of the films the navy Phantoms were flying without the blue ballast sparrow missiles which in my experience were always fitted if they weren't carrying live missiles - anyone know why?
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Old 18th Apr 2019, 17:41
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Originally Posted by Bombhead59 View Post
I noticed on one of the films the navy Phantoms were flying without the blue ballast sparrow missiles which in my experience were always fitted if they weren't carrying live missiles - anyone know why?
They weren't actually needed. As a phormer Phantom Phixer ...
IIRC the use of ballast missiles was to maintain C of G within limits, if fuel was in #7 tank. Ergo if #7 tank not used, ballast missiles not used. IIRC RAF removed functionality of #7 tank on some jets, it was still there but plumbing blanked off, after someone did something silly and forgot they didn't have ballast, and attempted aerobatics or something with a full #7 tank and aft cg.
Thereafter use of ballast missiles became a precaution rather than necessity.

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