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Sheffield Memorial / flypast ideas

Old 22nd Jan 2019, 08:20
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There will be a flypast on 22nd February.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 09:23
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Just watched it on the BBC. I thought it was a good piece of TV, though sadly again no mention of the annual commemorative service which will take place the following Sunday. Tony does an excellent job of tending the site, but the reporting made it seem as if Tony is the only person who cares, which rather devalues the fine work of the members of Sheffield RAFA, and of the US servicemen and others who support this annual event. But as I said, a good piece of TV.

Details of the flypast were scant, leading us to believe it will be a F-15. Perhaps the full detail is still on close hold, but I suggest if you're in the area, it might be worth a look up.

Prepare for some major disruption on 21/22 Feb if, as the US Ambassador alluded, POTUS comes to town.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 10:43
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POTUS is apparently coming over for the D-Day commemoration in June so perhaps not in Feb.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 16:23
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On the piece from Lakenheath looked like a pilot with RAF flying badge" - if so you can imagine the conversation with his desk officer. "OK, Bloggs, have got you and exchange posting with the USAF".

"Great, where to?"

"Lakenheath".....
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 23:40
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Originally Posted by Navy_Adversary View Post
I watched the BBC Breakfast slot this morning, I don't mind admitting that my eyes watered up somewhat.
What a smashing bloke.
Indeed. Must be something contagious in the air.
Well done Mr Foulds.

Seems there is some "serious support" from our American cousins.
The US ambassador has got involved too
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Old 24th Jan 2019, 11:46
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Originally Posted by Fatjoff View Post
Just watched it on the BBC. I thought it was a good piece of TV, though sadly again no mention of the annual commemorative service which will take place the following Sunday. Tony does an excellent job of tending the site, but the reporting made it seem as if Tony is the only person who cares, which rather devalues the fine work of the members of Sheffield RAFA, and of the US servicemen and others who support this annual event. But as I said, a good piece of TV...
Personally, I would hate to see that discreet and dignified event turned into a media circus.

Good of you to point out that others are involved with this, and always have been since the memorial was erected in 1969.

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Old 24th Jan 2019, 11:58
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Originally Posted by Wander00 View Post
On the piece from Lakenheath looked like a pilot with RAF flying badge" - if so you can imagine the conversation with his desk officer. "OK, Bloggs, have got you and exchange posting with the USAF".

"Great, where to?"

"Lakenheath".....
Dunno Wander. I'd quite like an exchange tour on the F-15 personally, even at Lakenheath. :-)
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Old 30th Jan 2019, 01:42
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a bit more info on the crash, laid a wreath at a service there in 2012
https://www.thestar.co.uk/retro/retr...-sky-1-6448835


https://sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/news...iews_mi_amigo/
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 10:21
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BBC Breakfast today reminded viewers about tomorrows flypast for Tony over Sheffield. I think they will be live at Lakenheath at 0845 for departures and a time over Sheffield of 0855.
No doubt a BM will be able to add more, I have not had time to look at NOTAMS.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 11:04
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Featured on Beeb website here:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-e...shire-47156632
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 13:27
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In the early 60s, a friend of my aunt had a cafe at the foot of that hill and we often used to visit. There was nothing at all to mark the crash site, but people still remembered it.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 14:22
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YouTube video of 2018 ceremony. well done Sheffield RAFA!

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Old 21st Feb 2019, 15:12
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The “Mi Amigo” flypast, led by a sole F-15 is tomorrow (22nd Feb) at 8.45am. The aircraft expected to take part in this historic event include F-15’s, Typhoons, Ospreys and a Dakota but will be dependent on the weather.

The aircraft have been marked with the names of the Mi Amigo crew.

The BBC will be broadcasting live from the park from 6am to 9.15am on Friday, and visitors are encouraged to arrive at the park anytime from 7.15am. A memorial service will take place from 8am, with a Bugler playing one verse of Amazing Grace. There will be a reading from St John’s Gospel by a Royal British Legion and a bugler will play the Last Post and Reveille, followed by the flypast at 8.45am.

The best viewing area will be in the large field close to the Endcliffe Park café, where a big screen will be set up to relay events to the crowd.
https://forum.model-space.co.uk/defa...=posts&t=30809
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 15:34
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Nutloose, I hope that tomorrow's BBC coverage is somewhat less self congratulatory than this piece from January. The point of the memorial, the remembrance, of Tony Fould's devotion over the decades, of RAFA Sheffield's annual ceremony, is all rather lost in the glee of the Beeb's "Surprise!" revelation moment.

I strongly agree with Fatjoff above. The point is that it isn't about the Beeb, then, now, or tomorrow.


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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 08:05
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Good to see that BBC Breakfast have turned it into a circus rather than the commemoration that it is. I had low expectations and they have failed to achieve them; turned it off.
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 08:52
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Putting aside the slightly self-congratulatory nature of the reporting thus far, the Strike Eagles flying Missing Man was very touching. BZ to all involved for pulling it together at short notice.
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 08:52
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Hear Hear MG
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 09:02
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Perfectly timed pull-up by the F15 into the "Missing man" formation. Powerful, touching and poignant moment. Well done.
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 09:16
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Watched it with the sound down until the last moment. Usual banal offerings from the Journos, but still a fitting tribute well executed (although the Typhoon/KC-135 spacing looked "interesting"). Agreed, the Mud Hens did missing man superbly - nice touch to put the crew names on one of the jets and to RTB via Madingley. To be fair to the journos, they did seem quite caught up in the emotion of it all….
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 09:32
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As usual, the military doing everyone proud. Suffering from grit in the air here.
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