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R.I.P.

Post by 3Greens » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:32 pm

I think the very sad sight of Wattisham dump from 1975 may have appeared in previous forums, but I've dusted mine off
and here they are - with a few of happier days included :-
Binbrook 1972
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XP696 - the mount of Fl.Lt. Peter Chapman after a great days performance at Finningley B-O-B September 1974
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25th June 1975 - a very premature and ill thought out exercise :(
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I think my old mate was assessing if we could get it in the van ... sadly not
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Note the JG71 Richtofen zaps on the 111Sqd aircraft
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This Canberra B(1)8 XM275 ex 16 Sqd was also dumped
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Sadly this old Varsity T1 WL628 was due a visit by the fire crews for practice
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Our RAFP driver was proud to show off this old Meteor T7 VZ634 buried in the undergrowth
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This was the immaculate Gate Guard F1a XM192 K 111 Sqd - saved from the axe and now thankfully preserved in Lincolnshire
and pictured in a separate post.
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Cheers
Keith

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by Mike » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:37 pm

:'(

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by SteveS » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:47 pm

Very interesting set of photo's.

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by garyscott » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:01 pm

"...tissue please........" :'(

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Post by Gary West » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:30 pm

I wonder why so many F3's were scrapped rather than upgrade to F6 standard as many others were - the Phantom and the start of the reduction in Lightning air defence squadrons?

As always, wonderful pictures Keith

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by DeanW » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:32 pm

Sad but there's something strangely beautiful about your set of images. I don't quite know why though, perhaps it's the fact they're all sitting with their undercarriage retracted as though they're trying to get back in the air! Who knows, cracking stuff anyways.

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Post by triplexxxf2 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:35 am

Nice set Keith ;)
Myself and Dave T sneaked in the back way but got caught :lol: took to the guardroom asked what where we doing told em it all, then both escorted back to the flight line to photograph the 23/56 sqdn lightnings lovely silver lightnings :thumbs:
What happened on there is another story :clap:

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by cliom » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:27 am

oh dear..... get the kleenex!!

Great shots of these monsters

thanks for posting.

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by SCARECROW » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:23 pm

Very,very nice. They are great shots.

The Meteor is now at Newark but the Canberra & Varsity were scrapped at Wattisham !

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by roughcutter » Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:37 pm

Wonderful set of pictures Keith, I wouldn't mind betting at the time of your visit (apart from feeling priviledged to be able to wander around this graveyard), the thought "could I put a bid in for one of these birds?" entered your head? I know that is what I would have pondered on, knowing full well that it could never happen... priceless moments. :cool:
Thanks for sharing them with us.
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Re: R.I.P.

Post by 3Greens » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:12 pm

Thanks for comments chaps. It was a sad experience. For what ever reason I think it was 'rushed' through without any joined up thinking!
Its surprising how big Lightning 'lumps' actually are... but we did come away with a few small panels for the memory.
Keith :)

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by Truly55 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:48 pm

Kind of reminds me of breaking into (ahem, accessing ;) ) Doncaster BREL to snap pics of the Deltics being broken up. Still have some piston bits at home. Don't know where they came from? :halo:
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Post by Blackcat1 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:46 pm

Classic pics! remember my one and only time at Wattisham, in the early-mid 90s on a Friday afternoon, saw a Hawk do a touch and go, then it went quiet so left for Bentwaters only to find out if i had waited 15 minutes, i would have seen 8 Phantoms return on one of their last ever sorties!! totally gutted, didnt have a scanner in those days you see :'(
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Post by Stan » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:21 pm

Oddly enough, I remember that Meatbox over by Crashgate 2, 9 years later in '84 when I first started attending complete and in seemingly better nick. I believe it was with the AIr Scouts, before it went up to Newark, and it was in the company of a couple of camoflaged F.1's, XM139 was one from memory and the other '147? Open to correction there, ended up on the ranges. Would that be the same area that they used for dumping the Phantoms? If so, somebody shoved an industrial estate in the way of those lovely open Suffolk fields, and I've got a ton of pictures that I aught to get around to scanning and posting of early '90's carnage.

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by airfixpilot » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:19 pm

How sad , that a great aircraft like the lightning, ended up like this. :(
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Re: R.I.P.

Post by Vulcanone » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:57 pm

Keith,

Which is the Lightning that appears to have caught fire? All I can see is XR7..

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by blakey » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:03 pm

wow..... those sqn markings are HUGE :O
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Re: R.I.P.

Post by Mike » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:12 pm

Vulcanone wrote:Keith,

Which is the Lightning that appears to have caught fire? All I can see is XR7..

Tim S
It looks like XR711,I might be wrong though :lol:

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Re: R.I.P.

Post by Vulcanone » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:36 pm

I think XR711 was the jet that failed to get airborne a few years before and sank back onto the runway IIRC.

Wheres my Lightning books when I need them.


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Re: R.I.P.

Post by 3Greens » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:46 pm

I think you're spot on Tim. Dug the old note book out and I think we I/D it from large underwing serial. It had the JG71 badge on the nose which
identified it as ex.111 Sq. and I think the remainder of the fin might have been chucked over the other side of the wreck - I've got a note of code 'A'
The Varsity was coded 'X' ex. 5 FTS Oakington ?
Cheers
Keith :thumb:

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