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

RAF Valley & Missile Practice Camps

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.

RAF Valley & Missile Practice Camps

Old 26th Jan 2021, 15:37
  #161 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Sycamore

Many thanks, much appreciated, a diverse set of types too. Do you happen to have any photos of your times at Valley by chance? Taff
EXFIN is offline  
Old 26th Jan 2021, 15:43
  #162 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Midlands
Posts: 108
Some years ago I mentioned to a friend the occasion at Valley in either '59 or '60 when I saw about a dozen Piston Provosts arrive.
His reply " It was the cricket team from St Athan arriving for the Wednesday sports afternoon cricket match. I was in one of them."
Box Brownie is offline  
Old 26th Jan 2021, 15:49
  #163 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Originally Posted by Box Brownie View Post
Some years ago I mentioned to a friend the occasion at Valley in either '59 or '60 when I saw about a dozen Piston Provosts arrive.
His reply " It was the cricket team from St Athan arriving for the Wednesday sports afternoon cricket match. I was in one of them."
Thanks for that, we have 12 Provosts from 6 FTS at the Air Day 17.9.60 which may have been them, we have serials for everything apart from ............the Provosts! Long shot but are you still in touch with your friend? Taff
EXFIN is offline  
Old 26th Jan 2021, 18:11
  #164 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Midlands
Posts: 108
Sadly I lost touch with Mike (Tagg) I recall him saying that his son was a pilot on Tornado - perhaps someone on here might know of him.
Box Brownie is offline  
Old 26th Jan 2021, 19:04
  #165 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: east ESSEX
Posts: 3,857
EXFIN, Sorry Taff ,not enough hands when flying a hecliopter to be taking `snappies`,other times were really arrive,quick coffee ,and off again..However,if there are any old pics of the SgtsMess Annex ,aka Stalag Luft Cymru,let me have one so I can use it for a bit of target practice....!!
sycamore is offline  
Old 29th Jan 2021, 12:29
  #166 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Midlands
Posts: 108
Meteor T7 WF791

Box Brownie is offline  
Old 29th Jan 2021, 16:23
  #167 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Originally Posted by sycamore View Post
EXFIN, Sorry Taff ,not enough hands when flying a hecliopter to be taking `snappies`,other times were really arrive,quick coffee ,and off again..However,if there are any old pics of the SgtsMess Annex ,aka Stalag Luft Cymru,let me have one so I can use it for a bit of target practice....!!
Will see what I can do! There could be a business opportunity here!!!!! Best wishes, Taff
EXFIN is offline  
Old 29th Jan 2021, 16:24
  #168 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Box Brownie
very nice, keep them coming! Taff
EXFIN is offline  
Old 29th Jan 2021, 22:52
  #169 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Quite near 'An aerodrome somewhere in England'
Posts: 25,846
WF791 was the aircraft in which Pete Stacey was killed at Baginton when he encountered the infamous 'Phantom Dive' with airbrakes extended and landing gear down.

RIP
BEagle is offline  
Old 31st Jan 2021, 14:36
  #170 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 151
Mustn't forget that Valley was a Strike Force Dispersal with a two-finger ORP (recently removed) at the Rhosneigr end.


Avro Vulcan B1A XH498 of the Waddington Wing at RAF Valley in May 1966. Photo Peter Middleton.
alamo is offline  
Old 31st Jan 2021, 14:48
  #171 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 83
alamo,
Quite right with numerous dispersal exercises over the Years. Many thanks, Taff
EXFIN is offline  
Old 31st Jan 2021, 19:19
  #172 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Winchester
Posts: 5,993
Ignoring Hawk course

With 3 Sqn FTS Cranwell:

19/09/78 JP5A XW422 Cranwell-VLY/VLY-Brize Navex
29/11/78 JP5A XW335 St. Athan-VLY... solo navex.... and whilst I was away it snowed "down south"...heavily....so 48 hours later...
1/12/78 JP5A XW335 VLY-St Athan... solo navex

With 23 Sqn Wattisham

11/09/80 F4M XV408 WTM-VLY/VLY-WTM
16/09/80 F4M XV408 WTM-VLY
17/09/80 F4M XV499 VLY-WTM. ( as I recall it these four sectors were in support of a squadron STCAAME detachment, I was the FNG, no missiles for me..)
1/06/81 F4M XV478 WTM-VLY Transit for start of MPC
1/06/81 F4M XV406 VLY-VLY STCAAME sortie, 1 X AIM-9G
2/06/81 F4M XV420 VLY-VLY Air Combat Training
5/06/81 F4M XT908 VLY-VLY STCAAME Photochase.
5/06/81 F4M XV432 VLY-WTM RTB
24/08/81 F4M XV404 WTM-VLY-WTM Scramble from QRA for AIM-9G firing, land VLY for STCAAME debrief., then RTB


With 29(F)

09/11/83 F4M XV500 CGY-VLY Weather Diversion (Log shows I was one of a three ship)
10/11/83 F4M XV500 VLY-CGY RTB
17/12/84 F4M XV485 CGY-VLY-CGY Not STCAAME related, but no idea of motive.
28/01/85 F4M XV407 VLY-CGY Was done to recover a sick A/C, which had diverted in VLY.. as I recall it we positioned same day CGY-VLY in a HS125
19/02/85 F4M XV409 CGY-VLY-CGY Supporting Air Defence Exercise - Bishops Court

With 1 Sqn FTS Cranwell

11/06/86 JP5A XW292 Cranwell-VLY-Cranwell. Navex



Last edited by wiggy; 1st Feb 2021 at 06:35. Reason: "motive", "same day" clarification for HS125 posn.
wiggy is offline  
Old 31st Jan 2021, 20:26
  #173 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: scotland
Posts: 168
On revisiting my logbook I see Coningsby to Valley on March 3 1968. From memory (I was on 1 course 228 OCU) we were in the midst of poor weather and few aircraft, and the OCU decided to try and find better weather at Valley. I think we flew 1 sortie before RTB due to weather!!
CharlieJuliet is offline  
Old 1st Feb 2021, 14:52
  #174 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Wiggy, many thanks for the extracts, much appreciated. Here's one from Jun '81, Taff
EXFIN is offline  
Old 1st Feb 2021, 14:54
  #175 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Originally Posted by CharlieJuliet View Post
On revisiting my logbook I see Coningsby to Valley on March 3 1968. From memory (I was on 1 course 228 OCU) we were in the midst of poor weather and few aircraft, and the OCU decided to try and find better weather at Valley. I think we flew 1 sortie before RTB due to weather!!
Many thanks, another gap filled! Taff
EXFIN is offline  
Old 1st Feb 2021, 15:55
  #176 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Originally Posted by CharlieJuliet View Post
On revisiting my logbook I see Coningsby to Valley on March 3 1968. From memory (I was on 1 course 228 OCU) we were in the midst of poor weather and few aircraft, and the OCU decided to try and find better weather at Valley. I think we flew 1 sortie before RTB due to weather!!
Apologies but do you have the aircraft serial please? Taff
EXFIN is offline  
Old 1st Feb 2021, 20:30
  #177 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: scotland
Posts: 168
XT 910 2 sorties S/L Pete Highton was the Captain
CharlieJuliet is offline  
Old 2nd Feb 2021, 06:27
  #178 (permalink)  
Thought police antagonist
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Where I always have been...firmly in the real world
Posts: 82
Short, but entertaining.....some may recognise themselves.

Krystal n chips is online now  
Old 9th Feb 2021, 16:00
  #179 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Midlands
Posts: 108
Another photo of U16 WA991

Box Brownie is offline  
Old 10th Feb 2021, 08:46
  #180 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Chippenham, Wilts
Age: 72
Posts: 293
2nd July 1987: Aim 9G-Tornado GR1 ZD 790.

Threeputt
threeputt 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 © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.