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RAF Laarbruch memories

Old 19th Jan 2020, 15:08
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Originally Posted by Major Cong View Post
Happy days, I have the aerobatics trophy 😎
I have one for the best/most accurate approach and spot landing (I think it was in G-AVIA) somewhere....

but here is my late brother displaying ‘our’ Chippy at the Laarbruch Rally 82 ish.


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Old 22nd Jan 2020, 10:47
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My wife ended up as a witness to that as she saw it as it flew over her car as she approached the Main Gate on her way to work in SCAF.
This incident (and the three week clean-up after it) changed the views of many of Laarbruch's "Fire Orders" in that the direction of the wind was taken into consideration of "Composite Material Fires" leading to alternate Muster Areas to avoid smoke inhalation from them.
Different incident I think Rigga - the one your wife witnessed was in July 98 when a GR7 sucked in a buzzard on finals and crashed just before the 27 threshold... thankfully the pilot banged out safely, but the airframe was 'toast'! I was on AL at the time and missed the event.

IIRC we lost 5 jets (& thankfully no pilots) in my 3 year tour - one was in the USA flying ULL... I was told at the time the jet hit a ridge and that the impact initiated ejection. I think the pilot was badly injured but survived, although I'm not sure if he returned to flying, at least while Laarbruch was open.

I remember on one occasion seeing OC Ops (SF) sprinting out of Ops Wing HQ to ATC - I knew then something had gone down and was proved correct - GR7 with engine failure over Xanten I think.


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Old 24th Jan 2020, 23:32
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Quite possible that it was the wrong incident. I must say my short jaunt into harriers had the worst accident history of the types I was working on throughout my 24 year career.
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 10:38
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Rigga - Yes, it did have a bit of a habit of falling out of the sky, but thankfully in my time no-one lost their life (in jets from Laarbruch).
Sadly whilst I was based there, Wittering lost their Station Commander in the nasty accident at Castle Howard.
Were you on 3 (F) whilst at Laarbruch?
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 17:55
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Originally Posted by NickB View Post
Rigga - Yes, it did have a bit of a habit of falling out of the sky, but thankfully in my time no-one lost their life (in jets from Laarbruch).
Sadly whilst I was based there, Wittering lost their Station Commander in the nasty accident at Castle Howard.
Were you on 3 (F) whilst at Laarbruch?
I think there were three in the last six/seven years of Laarbruch (two on the runway, last one - in a greenhouse) of which I was in MEAS/ASF for at least four of those years 93-94 (PCMF) and 96-99 (HMF).
Luckily, when at Laarbruch, I never made it to a Sqn - so was able to enjoy most weekends away with family AND friends instead of just friends!
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Old 30th Jan 2020, 05:24
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Once more an unknown location. Seems to be in England. Canberra B(I)8 3Sqn.


Anyone an idea where the pic was taken?
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Old 30th Jan 2020, 07:11
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The loss rate continued when we got back to the U.K, with W_z and W_m senior joining the club. Interesting time to be a Squipper or Armourer. 🤣
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Old 30th Jan 2020, 11:02
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Originally Posted by RAFG View Post

Anyone an idea where the pic was taken?
RAF Aldergrove ?

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Old 4th Feb 2020, 11:46
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The Joanna maybe ex Laarbruch ?


From Witham MOD sales.
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Old 4th Feb 2020, 21:54
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It could be RAF Aldergrove. The Officers' Mess behind looks right.
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 09:42
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Good Morning,


another Pic again without location maybe 1969 ...
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 14:14
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Good Morning,


another Pic again without location maybe 1969 ...
looks like Lossiemouth?
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Old 22nd Feb 2020, 12:33
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First one looks like Aldergrove to me, second one Lossie.
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