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Home of the Spanish SF-5M - Talavera la Real

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Home of the Spanish SF-5M - Talavera la Real

Post by pako-2008 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:59 pm

At the beginning of February the Ejército del Aire at Talavera la Real opened up their doors for a couple of spotters days at the home of their advanced jet training wing. With a pair attending RIAT in 2015, an appearance that in my opinion was the biggest highlight from many a recent show, it was an opportunity not to miss.

Originally intended as a visit just for 4Aviation, the Spanish decided to extend this to a slightly larger group of invited spotters across a couple of days. The larger group did not detract from a fantastic visit with access to pretty much everything. The Spanish public affairs were incredibly accommodating to suggestions and then acting on the majority of them where/when they could. Their openness, management of enthusiast and hospitality was second to none, an example many PA departments could take on board for better experiences.

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Big thanks to the Spanish Air Force and 4Aviation for making it all possible.
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Aaron

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Re: Home of the Spanish SF-5M - Talavera la Real

Post by Supra » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:11 pm

Great shots, great facilities, very fortunate to catch this chance. :thumb:
Is there a back-story to the 23-01 jet underwing load-out?

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Re: Home of the Spanish SF-5M - Talavera la Real

Post by Punkrunner62 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:15 pm

Fantastic images, Spanish F-5s visited Lossiemouth way back, don't think they have visited the U.K often.
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Re: Home of the Spanish SF-5M - Talavera la Real

Post by pako-2008 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:20 pm

Supra wrote: Is there a back-story to the 23-01 jet underwing load-out?
Hi Supra

Ala23 provided us with two static air frames showing what the jet is capable/was capable of carrying throughout its Spanish life. Purely put together just for the visit as a static exhibit.
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Re: Home of the Spanish SF-5M - Talavera la Real

Post by Supra » Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:39 pm

Punkrunner62 wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:15 pm
Fantastic images, Spanish F-5s visited Lossiemouth way back, don't think they have visited the U.K often.
Cheers.
Quite correct with that, Ala 21 SF5b Exchange with 226 OCU Jaguars. I was fortunate enough to be 'loose' on the neighbouring 8 Sqn ramp when they arrived. A little negotiation for me to remain scarce during the formal welcome portion & they were all mine! Print film in those days! :'(
Thanks for the info pako-2008. Figured it must've been purely for the photo-shoot. It will be hard to beat that opportunity any time soon. :D

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Post by Punkrunner62 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:40 pm

Got my shots from 23 approach end, on Kodachrome 64 slide.
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Re: Home of the Spanish SF-5M - Talavera la Real

Post by paddyboy » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:42 pm

Mummy, Daddy, Kleenex now and double quick :Wow:

Too late :'(

What can this F5/T38-fixated geek say..... :O

Awesome :Wow:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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