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USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

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USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by jmhenderson » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:25 pm

A selection of the A-6s and F-4s transiting in late March 1984:

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A-6E 157023 WK03 VMA(AW)-224 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84

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A-6E 157010 WK02 VMA(AW)-224 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84

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F-4S 155735 DW03 VMFA-251 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84

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F-4S 155792 VM09 VMFA-451 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84

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F-4S 157260 DC9 VMFA-122 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84
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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by sherriff » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:48 pm

Class. Any more?

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by Thunder » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:24 am

Now this is the kind of posts I like, a/c caught on the chance during normal operations. I'm I right in saying there's at least 7(maybe 8) different F-4's in those shots?

Would love to see anymore you may have from Machrihanish or anywhere else for that matter. :thumbs:

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by Cornish-guy » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:43 am

Superb, or Machrihanish pictures in general.....

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by paddyboy » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:10 am

Super shots there :thumb:

Love to see pics of Rhinos :thumbs:

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by Stefan » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:40 am

Wow! :thumbs:

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by graham luxton » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:46 am

Great post - I like operational shots like these as well, particularly from bases off the beaten track like Machrihanish.

Some of us down south also got to see some of these because the EA/A-6's involved staged through Upper Heyford - filmed WK03,WK04,WK07,WK08 plus Prowler's CY01 and CY06 when they departed from R27 on Sun 11 March'84. Missed the others as they went through earlier in the week.

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by bigcrow » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:38 am

Great shots, remember them coming through & I also remember those at Heyford Graham I was walking down Evesham high street on the Saturday here a rumble look up to see two A-6's, didn't expect that... :O

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by Jazz » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:12 pm

Yeh, its one thing to see examples of these in museums now, but to see them operational back in the day :O
Love the first Intruder and Rhino especially. Classic stuff :thumb:
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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by johnwayne » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:35 pm

Brilliant post thanks . Remember dropping by there early 80's just a USN C-130T on that southern ramp plus 4 x Canberra TT18's on detachment from Wyton on easterly dispersal. Loads of USN personnel (SEALS ?) on training run (bare chested) - only time my missus showed any interest ! Sadly no pics (of the a/c that is).

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by jmhenderson » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:47 pm

Sherriff, I do have some more but the quality is not as good, either because of the angle or shadowy evidence of the security fence. However, will put some more up a bit later with different a/c.

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by jmhenderson » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:23 pm

Another selection from 25 Mar 84:

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F-4S 155833 DW12 VMFA-251 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84

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F-4S 157291 DN10 VMFA-333 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84

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A-6E 155646 WK00 VMA(AW)-224 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84

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A-6E 159905 WK10 VMA(AW)-224 RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84

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USMC Lineup RAF Machrihanish 25 Mar 84
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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by SW Sky Blue » Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:23 am

Quality Martin...Keep them coming :thumb: :thumb:

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by Thunder » Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:54 pm

How many F-4's were there, I think I now count 11 frames?

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by venom » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:10 pm

superb love those photos buddy !!
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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by jmhenderson » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:30 pm

There were 23 F-4Ss present from four squadrons together with 9 A-6Es and 2 EA-6Bs. Not all were photographable from the fenceline.

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Re: USMC at RAF Machrihanish, Mar 84

Post by Thunder » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:38 pm

:O 23!!!!! What a sight that must've been, then the A-6's on top of that.

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