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RAF Laarbruch memories

Old 6th Jan 2020, 16:07
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Aug 74 to Aug 77 on 16 Squadron or re-titled to Zulu Squadron, Black Sector for exercise purposes. The area, looking at Google Earth, now looks like a solar panel farm. Incongruous for an area I always associated with being dark and wet. I arrived there the year before HAS’s were being built. As langleybastion has said, a lot of days were not too clever. I would not have taken my dog out on some of the nights our Aircraft used to go flying. Just the walk from the Hangar to the dispersal was bad enough and I certainly did not envy the Crews on those nights. We were soaked just strapping them in but then we could go and get a warming cup of tea and dry off whilst they went off into the dark and stormy night but still soaking.

One of the sights to behold and not seen after all the HAS’s were built was watching the water being ejected from along the leading edges when ‘blow’ was selected on after the Aircraft had sat outside overnight in wet weather.

Towards the end of my tour we had some brand new Buccs arrive with delivery mileage only in their log Books. A delight to be able to read the clearly marked cable identifications.

The pictures I have are of pans just to the West of our Hangar. We had an Open day and there was a four ship fly-by for those present. They couldn’t be too spirited in their flying as QRA (Pink Zone?) was quite adjacent
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In 1976 we had an exceptional Summer though and Koblenz / Moselle were just down the road in our new duty free cars. Happy days.
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Old 6th Jan 2020, 21:32
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I was the last Chief Eng for NPFC/RAF(G)FTC and kept hold of this as we closed the club down. It now hangs in my study / Man cave
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Old 7th Jan 2020, 06:43
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Originally Posted by denachtenmai View Post
Talking of Mineval/Maxeval/Taceval, we had a det. to Laarbruch and it turned out that a Taceval was in operation.
Everyone was in masks and protective clothing.
A couple of us went down to SHQ to exchange GBP into DM's, over 12 to the £ IIRC, there we were accosted for not being properly dressed for the occasion.
This state went on for about another 2 days, no one had told RAFG that we never participated in any 'Vals. even at home.
Ah, but, what you really needed during such times was......an orange bomb / gas / nuke / chemical / bullet proof armband marked 431 MU....wearing such did attract the purists ire from time to time, but non more so than one at Wildenrath one day, who, after the equivalent of the Reith lecture proclaimed he was personally going to ensure this sorry state of affairs would not be allowed to continue and we would be attired and playing with everybody else in future.......alas.!

Laarbruch also served Vino Plonko in the airmen's mess. Due to a series of "unfortunate incidents ", the MU driving section decided it would be a good idea to give the engineers a few days " helpful " driving instruction. This was actually quite interesting, however, we arrived at Laarbruch for lunch. All was going reasonably well at this point, until, we dined and duly consumed the one permitted small glass of plonk as we did when working there. ......the remaining days training did not involve Laarbruch and lunch.
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Old 7th Jan 2020, 09:59
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Ah Rigga, the NPFC, and the infamous Laarbruch Rallies! Dawn Patrols, Weeze, Goch,side trip to the Dams, what could be better! Thank you to you and your colleagues for organising them.
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Old 7th Jan 2020, 13:29
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Tacevals were always interesting, especially in the winter time. It rained an awful lot at Tirstrup.
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Old 7th Jan 2020, 13:30
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Nice view, didn't see much of it though. https://goo.gl/maps/eJxTQDQD2KM51kYA8
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Old 7th Jan 2020, 18:46
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Originally Posted by tcinbg View Post
Nice view, didn't see much of it though. https://goo.gl/maps/eJxTQDQD2KM51kYA8
Wow! I thought all that end was dug up for Sand!!
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Old 7th Jan 2020, 20:52
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Well, Riggs, it does say on the image that Google took the pic in 2010 - daresay it looks rather different now. Good view of where I used to get the UN-white Disco airborne over the speed-bump during the daily commute
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Old 7th Jan 2020, 22:00
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Happy New Year T&B!
I hope you're all well.
Your right - I didn't see the date.
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Old 10th Jan 2020, 12:45
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Anyone an idea where ZA446 is landing here in 1984?

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Old 10th Jan 2020, 13:04
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Aircraft ZA446 (1983 Panavia Tornado GR.4 C/N 234/BS076/3112) Photo by Chris Hall (Photo ID: AC706521)

Not sure how up to date that is now mind...
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Old 10th Jan 2020, 14:57
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But what about the airfield on the photo, it's maybe somewhere in Britain ...
None of the clutch bases so far.
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Old 10th Jan 2020, 15:27
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Possibly Warton?
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Old 10th Jan 2020, 15:30
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Just felt a shiver. Goose Bay
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Old 10th Jan 2020, 16:29
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Yep - Goose Bay gets my vote - 26?
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Old 10th Jan 2020, 17:25
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Somewhere in North America, overhead power lines and brown painted buildings, I'd be inclined to think a US base.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 11:25
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Possibly Nellis on Red Flag. MacRoberts Reply , F for Foxtrot, though it was F for Freddy in the day.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 12:39
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No Goose Bay or Nellis Detachment in 1984. Or maybe the date is wrong ...
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 14:16
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XV were at Maple Flag (via Goose) in 85 - so it *may* be a year out. I'm pretty sure your pic is Goose.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 15:58
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Definitely not Nellis AFB - no hangars like that anywhere near the touchdown point or indeed anywhere else on base.

White on green runway designator sign might be a clue.
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