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A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

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A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by bigcrow » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:41 am

A real personal highlight for me was catching this ultra rare U-2S at RAF Fairford on Wednesday evening returning from a 10 hour mission snooping on the Russians. A pretty unique fit, ASARS nose, ruby pods on the wings & a Spur Dorsal with CDL link. Complete with Jaguar F Type chase car & 'Quid 09' call-sign to maybe confuse the Ruskies?... :ninja:

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image80-1083\BB U-2S 9th RW, 99th RS, Beale AFB, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr
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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by BOLLO » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:59 am

Cracking Stu,hoping I get to see her before she departs when ever that will be . :thumb:
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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by iain s » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:06 am

Epic mate.

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by TAFFEVANS » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:29 am

Very nice Stuart, where was that taken at FFD? Regards Taff.

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by tonkatom » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:59 am

Very very nice,lovely looking machine.Especially like the head on shot :thumb:
May the skies be clear and blue and the wind fair with a guiding star to steer by.

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by Philwinward » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:00 am

Great shots. Interesting to see that the "BB" code has been painted over, but the squadron stripe with the Maltise crosses is still visible.
Phil

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by prefontaine72 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:14 am

Excellent selection there Stuart brilliant mate :)

Dougie :)

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by The Phantom » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:29 am

Yes very cool plane :thumb:

A great set of images :thumb:

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Post by GhostFlight91 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:53 am

Excellent

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by saint1 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:59 am

Philwinward wrote:Great shots. Interesting to see that the "BB" code has been painted over, but the squadron stripe with the Maltise crosses is still visible.
Phil
Great shots, No4 for me.

When on deployment they tend to remove the Beale 'BB' marking. From Dragon Lady book by Chris Pocock.

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by slogen51 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:30 pm

Excellent

She is a kinky lady

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by Cornish-guy » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:49 pm

What a great set of photos thanks for sharing, I wonder if there are bump stops under the wing tips due to the way they touch the ground when they lean over?

C. :thumb:
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Post by garyscott » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:55 pm

Cornish-guy wrote:What a great set of photos thanks for sharing, I wonder if there are bump stops under the wing tips due to the way they touch the ground when they lean over?

C. :thumb:
There are. Quite literally, under the wingtip pods are replaceable rubber skid strips. Great set of shots OP!

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by Cornish-guy » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:58 pm

garyscott wrote:
Cornish-guy wrote:What a great set of photos thanks for sharing, I wonder if there are bump stops under the wing tips due to the way they touch the ground when they lean over?

C. :thumb:
There are. Quite literally, under the wingtip pods are replaceable rubber skid strips. Great set of shots OP!

Thanks :thumbs:

C. :thumb:
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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by Punkrunner62 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:11 pm

Top stuff as usual Stuart.Thanks for posting once again.
Cheers.

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by Jutter » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:22 pm

Wow, amazing. Wish I had been there at the north crash gate.

Gr. Menno

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Post by Knife 04 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:30 pm

Very nice Stuart - thanks for posting up

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by garyscott » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:56 pm

Cornish-guy wrote:
garyscott wrote:
Cornish-guy wrote:What a great set of photos thanks for sharing, I wonder if there are bump stops under the wing tips due to the way they touch the ground when they lean over?

C. :thumb:
There are. Quite literally, under the wingtip pods are replaceable rubber skid strips. Great set of shots OP!

Thanks :thumbs:

C. :thumb:
Hrers a link to a (Large!) image, where the skid strip can be seen, image found on net, not mine. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... _TR-1B.jpg

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Re: A Very Special Dragon Lady at RAF Fairford 13th Sept 17

Post by matt e » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:43 pm

great set

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