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Big cats bow out!

Postby IanG » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:04 am

Well, it's only taken me 18 months to finally get round to editing these images from August 2016! I was lucky enough to spend a morning at RAF Cosford to view Jaguars running under their own power for the very last time. The airframes continue to be used as instructional platforms but will no longer run, thus ending another chapter in the life of the Jaguar in RAF service.

We started off photographing a few static airframes before three GR3s taxied out onto the apron and completed several circuits, allowing the small crowd to get shots from every achievable angle. While they parked up adjacent to the static aircraft, some T4s repeated the same procedure before parking up. The crowd were then invited to get up close and personal and I managed to take a seat in the desert pink painted GR3 - I felt like I was 9 again but more like 59 trying to get out! We were then treated to another ground display with all aircraft on the apron before the aircraft were given a water salute upon returning to their hangars.

The crew at Cosford must be applauded for providing a perfect event with access as close as you would want it with plenty of time and so many photographic opportunities. The only issue I had was deciding where to go and in YouTube footage you can see many spectators - including me - dashing from one side to the other, there was so much to photograph! It was great of the station and RAF to celebrate the Jaguar and as it's one of my favourite aircraft, I make no apologies for the number of images! There are plenty more on Flickr too here.

Thanks for looking!

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XZ117 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Taxi by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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The dirty end by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Big cats prowling by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Spotty by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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The crews by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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The office by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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The business end by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX847 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Big cats on the prowl by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR.3 XX725 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar T.4 XX835 by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr

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Sepecat Jaguar GR3A XX119 AI "Spotty" by Ian Garfield, on Flickr
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby LTFT5 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:24 pm

Hi Ian,
I was lucky enough to attend the event and agree with your sentiments.
Top quality images, too many I like to pick an absolute favourite. :thumb:

As you say there was so many photographic opportunities but for half an hour I put the camera down so I could truly experience the event for noise, sight and smell.
A great day truly well captured, thank you sharing.
All the best
Andy
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby slogen51 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:43 pm

Smashing set of pictures

The Jag really does look quite menacing close up which of course it was as a nuclear tactical strike aircraft
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby AshBailey » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:53 pm

Beautiful photos of a beautiful aircraft.

Thanks so much for posting.
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby IanG » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:46 am

Thanks for the comments! Really enjoyed the day and I did indeed take some time to savour the moment, surely something not to be repeated.
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby Jackaroo » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:55 pm

Cracking piccies of a beautiful aircraft...nice work
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby grumpy616 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:38 am

:thumb:
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby paddyboy » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:12 pm

O-M-G :Wow: :Wow: :Wow:

My garage needs to be a TARDIS to fit all those poor little felines in :'(

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby C24 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:16 am

Thank you for posting such a nice set. :)
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby GhostFlight91 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:06 pm

Nice selection Ian. We must of been stood side by side at some point! Infact i am in one of your pictures on your Flickr acount :lol:
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby F3 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:24 pm

Worth the wait. Lovely set. Do you have a any close ups of Spotty's fin with all the Sqn. badges?
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby jonf45 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:46 pm

Stunning set, great shots. Spotty is still my favourite paint job :clap:
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby Johnng737 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:23 pm

Superb set Ian, looked like you had a great day and I wish I was there!! Your pics brought back lots of great memories of visits to Coltishall

Thanks for sharing

John
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby Sparkjeff » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:50 pm

Excellent Ian...just seen these, I`m in the crowd...far left obscured by another tog...
...all the best Jeff
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby reheat module » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:16 pm

Puuuuurrrrrrfect.
I do miss my time in the RAF, but every month it reminds me how great it was with a lovely big cheque
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby alain BArtier » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:49 pm

Beautifull !
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Re: Big cats bow out!

Postby IanG » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:53 pm

Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated! It's nice to get a shot with some of you in too!! I will be there at the Threshold.aero shoot in March if anyone else will be?

F3, I managed to grab this one:

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