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Old 15th Apr 2008, 16:25
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Would be a huge co-incidence if it turned out to be XS904 which is still 'live' at Brunty......

Be fun putting pressure on the LPG lads to paintstrip off all that camo and return '904 to her '60's bare finish complete with a recreated 'Tiger' zap...


....or XR724 at Binbrook.
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Old 15th Apr 2008, 17:13
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I remember a White Elephant being painted next to the rear door of a Nimrod AEW Mk3 after being left overnight at Lossie. GEC were not amused!
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Old 15th Apr 2008, 17:14
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Would anyone care to remember a complete line of frightenings being zapped at a Scottish base late 60's and the subsequent gating of an entire visiting team to get to the guilty party/s ?

The zaps were found to be of a somewhat corrosive nature

Not, not, not me Boss

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Old 15th Apr 2008, 17:24
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Thanks all. I've not seen the Pink Panther before WolvoWill! I have narrowed the search for our pawed friend down to 10 jets which arrived at Tengah between 8th and 11th Jan '69:


XS919, XR758, XS933, XR724, XS918, XR723, XS934, XS932, XS904, XS931


Still a needle in a slightly smaller haystack though! Plus you've got me loking for the Pink Panther jet as well now!
The Pink Panther jet is actually a 19sqn F2, serial XN781 - I just bought a 1/48 airfix Lightning F2/F6 (oh the geekiness ) and it happens to be one of the aircraft for which markings are provided
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Old 17th Apr 2008, 09:31
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Haha! Good spot GeeRam. It would indeed be an awesome sight but I don't think you'd gain any brownie points for suggesting it!

WolvoWill - Thanks again! Saved me the trouble of tracking it down. This little pawed bugger still eludes me however! Bring back 74 Sqn that's what I say! Must be some spare Typhoons hangin' about somewhere...
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Old 17th Apr 2008, 14:49
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The black Eurofighter DA2 test aircraft (ZH588), was she zapped when she was using the HAS site at Leuchars? If so, must be one of the more famous zaps having now gone on display at Hendon with the "Fighting Cock" still on the tail.

Corgi have also produced a die cast model that features the "zap"
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Old 17th Apr 2008, 15:12
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During the mid 60's when Canberras from Akrotiri were detached to Tengah zapping was rife. A flamingo was the symbol used by us Akrotiri guys and it was amazing the places where they appeared. The RNZAF guys were extremely intrepid zappers as I recall.
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Old 17th Apr 2008, 16:56
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There was a No 1 Squadron Harrier T4 painted pink by a French Squadron whilst on an exchange visit.
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Old 18th Apr 2008, 01:17
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898 zapped.

When 898 Squadron zapped the USMC F-4 with their tail markings, VMF-531 maintainers returned the favor by replacing the fuselage roundels with pre-WW2 US star markings on the Skipper's bird XV590 R/001 when the squiadron wore the Jubilee markings. They also painted out "Royal Navy" on the flanks and replaced it with "Colonial Navy". There is a decal sheet in existance of these markings.
 
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Indeed there is. I particularly liked the "Buy RAF Aircraft for 13" link at the very bottom of the page. That's a lot cheaper than the Typhoon!! Good old google.

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Old 18th Apr 2008, 05:13
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Not really a zap as the crew knew we were doing it. But this is what one of our groundcrew did the the French KC135 on Operation Provide Comfort (Operation provide Carpets?) at Incirlik in '96. It depicts the French captain's wife with a lovelorn frog!



The crew got into some trouble when they took it home!
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Old 18th Apr 2008, 05:37
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Pre-emptive apologies as this is slightly off thread, especially on a Friday but it relates (albeit tenuously) to Dan Winterland's post.

I heard a tale about a recently divorced woman who, a little frustrated in the bedroom department, was walking past a pet shop and noticed a sign for a "Pussy licking frog, 30". Overwhelmed by curiosity, as well as thinking that it could be the answer to her problem, she went in and looked everywhere for it.
After searching high and low with no success, she approached the counter and explained that she was looking for the aforementioned reptilian.
The assistant raised an eyebrow and said..................."Bonjour Madame".
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Old 18th Apr 2008, 06:35
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Vulcan force-late seventies. Strike Force Dispersal exercise. A certain member of the crew I was with decided that it would be fun to zap the "shape" we were carrying. Big,big mistake, despite my/our best efforts the bloody thing would not come off. Needless to say, on RTB the sh8t hit the fan big time.
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Old 18th Apr 2008, 20:40
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Strikemaster

Mid 70's RNZAF 14 Sqn

One of our Strikemasters ??69 had "The International Breakfast" written below the nose number.

Aircraft rostered for an Airshow so you better get that off.

The paint had eaten through the camouflage paint and couldn't be removed.

Oops better roster another Aircraft

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Old 22nd Apr 2008, 12:09
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airborne artist,

Still got the gro-bag in question somewhere. Went a very odd shade of ochre.

Dick C's bunny suit (only HE would have one at that stage) went a very fetching pink colour.

That's a cracker, John Eacott. The 'Y' demonstrates WAFU planning to a tee.
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Old 22nd Apr 2008, 13:20
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Does anyone have a photo of the Frightning at Binbrook with HUGE dayglo CCCP lettering? Saw a copy of a photo many years ago before the Frightning it was swiftly wheeled back into the hangar.
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Old 22nd Apr 2008, 14:33
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There was a No 1 Squadron Harrier T4 painted pink by a French Squadron whilst on an exchange visit.
IIRC, Pink with white polka dots.

Pilot used to frequent PPRuNe, you still around Henry?

There was still a dayglo Harrier zap on a roundabout sign at Lakenheath a few years ago. Been there since about 1975.

Argies got a bit sniffy when their Pucara was zapped with "Combat Proven" Harrier stickers at the Santiago air show. Chilean AF mates thought it was great.
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Old 30th Jul 2009, 00:02
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RAF Catterick 81sh just before Christmas. WL745 of 8 sqn flown in for the firefighters to play with. Aircraft strip team come down from Lossie and request, amongst other things, a gallon of white paint and brushes.

The Shackleton, visible from the A1, has Merry Christmas written along the side of the fuselage for all to see. Cue sense of humour failure from the "Commandant". Next request from the team is for brushwash and wire wool for paint removal purposes.

Not to be outdone the team use the remaining paint on the upper wings for the slogan "8 IS GREAT". Catterick overhead was very busy in those days Leeming, Teesside etc.

Fortunately the "Commandant was a dwarf and could not see their handiwork.
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Old 30th Jul 2009, 11:47
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Smoke0n. Go!

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I too, was there! Perhaps we need a Prune reunion (or is it a prunion)?
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Old 31st Jul 2009, 01:00
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