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by F3
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Air Fete 2000 - definitely the wettest
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: Air Fete 2000 - definitely the wettest

Nighthawke wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:06 am
Another great hark back to Air Fetes. Love the Draken!

The Austrians were at Mildenhall show in 1978 with their Saab 105 team Karo AS
Thanks. That's before I set out on the annual AF pilgrimage. I did wonder whether they'd got there as they were one of the IAT regulars back then.
by F3
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Air Fete 2000 - definitely the wettest
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Air Fete 2000 - definitely the wettest

As the thread on my previous post has moved onto the following Air Fete in 2000 (none in '99 due to NATO operations against Serbia over Kosovo) I've decided to post coverage of that one which, as someone remarked, was a great show except for the weather. Agreed. Basically it was like April showers o...
by F3
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Air Fete '98 - Probably the least memorable
Replies: 9
Views: 768

Re: Air Fete '98 - Probably the least memorable

The only disappointment in 2000 was the Weather. I agree. Great show which could nt be enjoyed because of the weather. Missed about half the flying display through constantly having to shelter from the showers, which were seriously full on downpours. At least the best bits (Draken + B2) were able t...
by F3
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Air Fete '98 - Probably the least memorable
Replies: 9
Views: 768

Re: Air Fete '98 - Probably the least memorable

Hi Mick :P Was that the one where the temp was high 40's F (if that) and some of the parking on grass became a quagmire :S Seem to have spent an awful lot of time in the hangars in that one :grr: I'd stopped togging by then :lol: Thanks for posting :thumbs: Paddyboy :clap: That sounds like the 2000...
by F3
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Air Fete '98 - Probably the least memorable
Replies: 9
Views: 768

Air Fete '98 - Probably the least memorable

A question for all Air Fete devotees; do you remember the 1998 event? If the answer is in the negative or requires you to think really hard then you've just proved my contention. There are two reasons for this. Firstly because it followed the 1997 event which maybe likened to the proverbial Lord May...
by F3
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Lossiemouth c1970
Replies: 18
Views: 1438

Re: Lossiemouth c1970

Just one word for the above pic - FANTASTIC! What a first attempt. Have to say tho' you had some pretty decent subject matter.
by F3
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Phantom photos request.
Replies: 18
Views: 1649

Re: Phantom photos request.

Having trawled thru' my RAF F-4 collection I only found this single pic - of XV582 Black Mike @ the 1990 Mildenhall Air Fete.

ImageXV582 Mildenhall Air Fete '90 by Michael Britton, on Flickr
by F3
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Phantom photos request.
Replies: 18
Views: 1649

Re: Phantom photos request.

Some beauties there Harold, esp Sierra of 92 Sqn. in the original tactical camo which shows off the bright Sqn. mks v.well
by F3
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Air Fete '97 - Departure Day
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Air Fete '97 - Departure Day

Only once managed to get to see the Air Fete departures; in '97 when we were on holiday in Lincolnshire. After attending the show on the Sat I managed to persuade Mrs.F3 that returning on the Bank Holiday Monday was a must esp given that Lincolnshire was closed except for Skegness so given the choic...
by F3
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: International Air Tattoo 1987 - A couple more added
Replies: 32
Views: 2576

Re: International Air Tattoo 1987

Looks like you needed a wet suit. Which day were these taken on? We went on the Sat. and altho' it was dull all day I don't recall it being as bad as this. Fabulous set esp #7 showing that dirty KC135.
by F3
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: That B-52 take - off Air Fete '90
Replies: 13
Views: 1757

Re: That B-52 take - off Air Fete '90

Fantastic esp #4! Look at those flaps working. Either amazing airmanship or.........
by F3
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: The "Fabled" Mildenhall Book !!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

Re: The "Fabled" Mildenhall Book !!!

Just like to add a subject which I consider 'essential' to the '76 list; the 20 TFW F-111 in the bi-centennial colour scheme the most distinct element of which was the white fin.
by F3
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: More Memorable Air Fete Displays
Replies: 2
Views: 511

More Memorable Air Fete Displays

Continuing the quest for the most memorable Air Fete displays (discounting flypasts and role demos) here is a batch of contenders from the archives. Do you think any of them deserve to make a Top 10 with the likes of the '86 SR-71 'fireball' display or that hairy B-52 take-off in '90. Speaking of wh...
by F3
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Cottesmore BofB Airshow 15/09/1973
Replies: 9
Views: 1134

Re: Cottesmore BofB Airshow 15/09/1973

Fantastic set. Particularly the Dominie/Varsity formation and the Britannia.
by F3
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Milldenhall Air Fete - Top 10 Jaw dropping displays
Replies: 8
Views: 1484

Milldenhall Air Fete - Top 10 Jaw dropping displays

Impressed by some of the well informed comments on the pics of that 1990 B-52 take - off I posted was wondering about compiling a Top 10 of the most memorable flying displays witnessed there. My top three are fairly obvious:- 1 That Blackbird display in '86 a pic of which was made into a poster. 2 T...
by F3
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Alconbury Air Tattoo '86
Replies: 9
Views: 1044

Alconbury Air Tattoo '86

The Alconbury Air Tattoos were great shows. Not in the same league as Air Fete of course but undoubtedly the next best USAF Open Day (and the only other one that took place every year). This was the 3rd one I attended and had a pleasing variety of NATO visitors altho' the highlight of the display wa...
by F3
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: For Sale and Wanted
Topic: Personalised Alconbury Air Tattoo Mugs for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 275

Personalised Alconbury Air Tattoo Mugs for sale

I had this smart mug produced for myself and am so pleased with it that I decided other members may like one to rekindle their memories of this great airshow. They are available for £12.50 (incl P +P). Orders strictly by post. Pl message me for the address. These come with whatever name you would li...
by F3
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: That B-52 take - off Air Fete '90
Replies: 13
Views: 1757

Re: That B-52 take - off Air Fete '90

The show report I have does nt identify the pilot but I can confirm that the a/c was B-52G 59-2585 ' Swashbuckler'. It was certainly the most memorable t/o I witnessed during the 19 yrs I attended Air Fete - and that includes the B-1 and B-2 Spirit in 2000.
by F3
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: That B-52 take - off Air Fete '90
Replies: 13
Views: 1757

That B-52 take - off Air Fete '90

One of the most memorable Air Fete moments (after the famous Blackbird reheat incident) is that B-52 take -off which provided what was probably the most dramatic show finale in 1990. Now I normally would nt have been around to witness it as we always hit the road early to avoid the end of show traff...
by F3
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: F3s & F15Es @ Leeming Summer '95
Replies: 4
Views: 682

Re: F3s & F15Es @ Leeming Summer '95

Unknown74 wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:17 am
RAF Leeming was a good RAF Base, only problem for me was whenever I visited it rained!
I can relate to that. Probably just a bit too close to the Pennines for comfort - but at least you can see it coming!

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