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Old 8th Jun 2016, 07:27
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Happy Birthday Firebirds.

Happy 100th Birthday to 56(f) Squadron.

3 great years at Wattisham 1979-82. Happy days!!
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Splendid pictures EngO. Somehow though, the F3 just doesn't cut the mustard alongside the Lightning and Phantom; it looks too delicate. The F4 is just brutal in comparison. In a good way
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Bernoulli

But the 'Fin' is so much better at doing this than the 'Tomb'!



Happy Birthday Firebirds!

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Old 8th Jun 2016, 21:27
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Bernoulli - I agree ref the Phantom and Lightning.

LJ - really - depends which unit is flying it perhaps !





Not photoshopped. I remember getting the original put on the back cover of a Flight Safety magazine back in the day.

Nevertheless, Happy Birthday "Firebirds".
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Firebirds Lightning Display Team - videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn1DtoKV69U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGkpHyeGUnk
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This is definately a shifty-fix jet flown by Parky and Jabba...





And I think this one was Dicko and Gaz...





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My grandfather Sgt WS Appleton joined at London Colney in the August and at one time was Albert Ball VC's fitter/armourer. He earned a Meritorious Service gong for his work on interrupter gear. The family donated some of his memorabilia to 56 at Wattisham on their 75th anniversary.
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I can't seem to find the flying version of this...



...although these days this might be more appropriate for 56(R) Sqn...



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Alcock & Brown(e) 60th Anniversary Commemorative Transatlantic Crossing 21 Jun 79 - 5 hours 40 minutes Goose Bay to the UK.

XV424 was allotted to 56(F) Sqn at the time.

Sqn Ldr AJN Alcock MBE was a 56 Sqn Flt Cdr.

Flt Lt Norman Browne was an ex-Phantom nav brought back from a Buccaneer sqn for the flight.

XV486 Backup Aircraft


XV424 Primary Aircraft


http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/document...FGR2-XV424.pdf

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Excuse a spotter butting in here.....

Is't the jet in post 9 from 92 (East India Sqn? It looks very much like a Cobra on the tail to these ancient eyes of mine.......







...anyway, it's still a great picture of a great machine!
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Such a shame whalebone's contribution is almost lost in amongst the hideous ADV pictures.

Can we try harder, please? Best wishes to all ex Firebirds

PS Good spotting, Bob!

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AB(RAF) photo - Swift of 56 Sqn based at RAF Waterbeach in 1954.


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Usual RAF Akrotiri APC shenanigans. The Nav on that sortie went on to have a distinguished career retiring as an AVM.


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