Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Military Aviation
Reload this Page >

Footage of RAF Gaydon "At Homes" 1960s

Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of the world equally welcome here.

Footage of RAF Gaydon "At Homes" 1960s

Old 2nd May 2020, 11:39
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Age: 59
Posts: 1,268
Smile Footage of RAF Gaydon "At Homes" 1960s

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...T2aWG0nwmB_rxH


Hi all,
I thought this would bring a little lightening of the mood under the current lock down situation, some of the footage at the start isn't particularly good quality, but its worth persevering with.

If I may, I'd like to also address those ppruners who have been of some assistance with two book projects recently. I'm sure you're not in the least surprised to hear that there is a hold up with progress at present, however, I shall update you all in due course with news as it comes to my attention.

Meanwhile, enjoy the trip down memory lane and all the best for now!

FB

Last edited by Senior Pilot; 6th May 2020 at 00:16. Reason: Add YouTube link
Finningley Boy is offline  
Old 2nd May 2020, 14:28
  #2 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: North Yorkshire
Age: 40
Posts: 3
What a great channel! The owner is clearly a top bloke for uploading that footage and in return you should totally subscribe!...yes, it is my channel! haha!

Here is another video you may find interesting...It's Finningley '81 and the only footage (as far as I am aware) of the last public Vulcan "Scramble"

Enjoy!


- copy and paste into your browser, apparently I can't post URLs as I have less than 10 posts!

Last edited by Senior Pilot; 6th May 2020 at 00:10. Reason: Add YouTube link
sadscopie is offline  
Old 2nd May 2020, 15:51
  #3 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Baston
Posts: 1,733
Wow! A rapid recognition test, and I bet I missed some.
Thank you.
langleybaston is offline  
Old 2nd May 2020, 18:53
  #4 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 4,908
You would have thought that Gaydon, being the Valiant OCU, would have got a Valiant airborne.
Fareastdriver is offline  
Old 2nd May 2020, 20:37
  #5 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Swindonshire
Posts: 1,938
Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
You would have thought that Gaydon, being the Valiant OCU, would have got a Valiant airborne.
They did -


https://www.scramble.nl/?option=com_showreports&view=article&ct=GB&id=1462 -

actually, looking at the other reports on that site, the appearance of F-4s at the end and the Brisfit earlier in the piece suggests that this might be an amalgamation of footage, since the Brisfit was on in 1960 and the F-4s in 1966?
Archimedes is online now  
Old 2nd May 2020, 20:39
  #6 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Here 'n' there!
Posts: 384
Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
You would have thought that Gaydon, being the Valiant OCU, would have got a Valiant airborne.
Maybe changing films? That aside, what an amazing trip back to even before my time - well, as a sub-teen living well South of the equator then, no chance of me seeing that lot. Was at school near Kemble tho in the early 70's so loved the stuff out of Kemble (the Reds + loads else sadly being retired like Belfasts and Andovers) and Little Rissy stuff! Happy days - long gone sadly! Skies are so boring these days tho fortunate to have been up there for some of em. Ground-bound now - and that is absolute pants! Ah well, just lovely to see those amazing sights Thanks! H 'n' Feeling old! :-)
Hot 'n' High is offline  
Old 2nd May 2020, 23:13
  #7 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Baston
Posts: 1,733
As an RAF-mad lad of ten years in 1947 living in Hove, I had seen D Day Dakotas and gliders, and [I think] Arnhem, and the post war skies replete with Tempests. To come were the Princess flying boat, the Brabazon and Comet, Neville Duke and timed speed runs, Farnborough days with my father, the Wyvern RN fighter, [ten years too late], Gannet, DH 110, Swift, Hunter, Valiant, Victor, Vulcan, bumbling Belfast and Beverley, Hastings, Argosy, Shackleton.
The transition to being a baby Met. man at RAF Nicosia, Mickey Martin as Staish, Javelins on the pan, and massive Para drop exercises, was natural and smooth.
I raise a glass to the good old days portrayed in the Gaydon film.
It really was like that.

langleybaston is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 05:21
  #8 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Age: 59
Posts: 1,268
Originally Posted by Archimedes View Post
They did -


https://www.scramble.nl/?option=com_showreports&view=article&ct=GB&id=1462 -

actually, looking at the other reports on that site, the appearance of F-4s at the end and the Brisfit earlier in the piece suggests that this might be an amalgamation of footage, since the Brisfit was on in 1960 and the F-4s in 1966?
You're quite right Archimedes, you'll note there is something of an interval halfway through when a British Midland Herald is seen, I think this is at Birmingham Elsdon Airport. The Gaydon footage before that is largely from 1964, the other side mostly 1966 with the F-4s, Whisky Four and Diables Rouges. Some I think is from 1969 as well; 226 OCU Lightning getting airborne.

FB
Finningley Boy is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 07:03
  #9 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: alton
Age: 68
Posts: 33
Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
You would have thought that Gaydon, being the Valiant OCU, would have got a Valiant airborne.
I think this was probably filmed after 1965 by which time the Valiants had gone, I went there on a ATC camp in 1966 and by then it was home to No 2 ANS with Varsities, the only other aircraft were some out of service Valetta T3's.

Richard
sandringham1 is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 08:19
  #10 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 4,908
The 'At Home' days were to show Joe Public how his taxes were being spent.


Nowadays they would have to open the Ministry of Defence and have tours of the offices.
Fareastdriver is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 10:42
  #11 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Age: 59
Posts: 1,268
Cool

Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
The 'At Home' days were to show Joe Public how his taxes were being spent.


Nowadays they would have to open the Ministry of Defence and have tours of the offices.
Good Spot FED!Cool

FB
Finningley Boy is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 13:14
  #12 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: UK
Age: 56
Posts: 279
USN Phantoms?

Cracking footage - nice to see a couple is Sea Vixens flying.

Looking at the F4s, I am wondering if they are US Navy aircraft. Could be wrong of course, but if you look just as they depart your screen, they appear to be in USN colour scheme. My eyes could be tricking me...............

Have a look.

TN.
tarantonight is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 15:38
  #13 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Age: 59
Posts: 1,268
Hi Tarantonight,

The Sea Vixens came from 766 NAS at Yeovilton, the F-4s were from 81st TFW, either Bentwaters or Woodbridge.

FB
Finningley Boy is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 16:38
  #14 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ban Chiang,Thailand
Age: 63
Posts: 161
Originally Posted by Finningley Boy View Post
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...T2aWG0nwmB_rxH

Hi all,
I thought this would bring a little lightening of the mood under the current lock down situation, some of the footage at the start isn't particularly good quality, but its worth persevering with.

If I may, I'd like to also address those ppruners who have been of some assistance with two book projects recently. I'm sure you're not in the least surprised to hear that there is a hold up with progress at present, however, I shall update you all in due course with news as it comes to my attention.

Meanwhile, enjoy the trip down memory lane and all the best for now!

FB
Thank you for posting. The footage was more than excellent. It just goes to show how much effort the show organisers put in to get a wide variety of aircraft for the flying display.

Brilliant!.
Thaihawk is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 17:54
  #15 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southwater
Age: 69
Posts: 0
I was there. I remember the Sea Vixens being the noisiest aircraft that I'd ever heard. The Phantoms most certainly were U.S.A.F. ones. In the static I remember thinking that I'd never seen so many stencils on an aircraft before. They went home on Sunday morning following a very low and loud fly-by over the AMQ. There was a 56 Squadron Lightning
(F 3?) that put on a damn good show.
RedhillPhil is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 18:38
  #16 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Posts: 71
As a youngster I attended 2 or 3 Gaydon ‘at home’ displays. Does anyone remember the ‘Scramble’ that didnt quite go to plan?
Wookey is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 20:52
  #17 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: UK
Age: 56
Posts: 279
Originally Posted by Finningley Boy View Post
Hi Tarantonight,

The Sea Vixens came from 766 NAS at Yeovilton, the F-4s were from 81st TFW, either Bentwaters or Woodbridge.

FB

I was half way there - right country!!. Good footage of F100s and a Gnat too. TN senior flew Vixens and Phantoms back in the day. Lived to tell the tale.
tarantonight is offline  
Old 3rd May 2020, 21:31
  #18 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southwater
Age: 69
Posts: 0
Originally Posted by Wookey View Post
As a youngster I attended 2 or 3 Gaydon ‘at home’ displays. Does anyone remember the ‘Scramble’ that didnt quite go to plan?
W
that the one when one of the Victors didn't move? I don't/can't remember the reason but I seem to recall that it was a rather embarrising one.
RedhillPhil is offline  
Old 4th May 2020, 06:29
  #19 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Posts: 71
Age might have scrambled the brain cells, but I remembered that it moved but not in the direction of the hard stuff and became stuck?
Wookey is offline  
Old 4th May 2020, 07:58
  #20 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 4,908
Wasn't that the one where the nosewheel lock was left in place and it refused to turn on to the runway?
Fareastdriver is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.