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Sahara to Sculthorpe

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Sahara to Sculthorpe

Post by 3Greens » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:42 pm

The staff of USAFE Sculthorpe were most obliging in May 1976 by opening up the base for a photographers to view a recent delivery of aircraft that had been made. Unfortunately the aircraft were at the 'wrong end' of their lives and had been delivered in for storage and eventual scrapping. They were the F-100D/F
Super Sabres originally delivered by the US Government under their Military Aid Programme. The Danish and Turkish Air Forces also took deliveries.
With deliveries of the new Jaguars to the EC11 Wing imminent, the Sabres were retired. A small detachment of 8 aircraft from the wing had also been deployed to the French colony in Djibouti ( somewhere in the Sahara south of Egypt ! :S ) They were camouflaged and were well sun bleached, sandblasted and worn when they returned. Some found their way in to museums and gate guards (Lakenheath) but most got the axe.
Here''s a memory to all those photographers who had such a great day out

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Hope you enjoyed them :thumbs:
Keith

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Gary West
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Re: Sahara to Sculthorpe

Post by Gary West » Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:33 pm

What a great thread Keith :thumbs:

Any F-100F pics?

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Re: Sahara to Sculthorpe

Post by Sheff » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:36 am

Delicious!
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Re: Sahara to Sculthorpe

Post by debar88 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:17 am

Just superb Keith. Any more per chance?.

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Re: Sahara to Sculthorpe

Post by tanker » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:58 am

Great shot Keith! :clap: the French AF SuperSabre,wow! thanks for sharing :thumb:

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Re: Sahara to Sculthorpe

Post by roughcutter » Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:36 pm

Wow! :Wow: Wish I'd been around to see that :thumb:
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Re: Sahara to Sculthorpe

Post by 3Greens » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:40 pm

Thanks for the nice comments. Unfortunately there was only one two seater on site on the day (63935 11-MQ) and my only shot is not sharp.
However I did return later in June 1978, the 'axe man' had been and gone with only two Sabres remaining on site - F100D 42163 11-YG and a two seater
63938 11-MU. The weather on that trip was not so brilliant either.
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Keith :thumbs:

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Re: Sahara to Sculthorpe

Post by NAM Updater » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:43 pm

Not so sure about the 'axe man' - most went to UK museums (or was that a later batch? :S ); along with the T33s and Mysteres that followed.

Spent many hours during 1977 & 78 at Sculthorpe dismantling all three types for Newark .. the best time being when Marham was closed and the Victors and Canberras were based there! :thumb:

The oft heard classic cry being... "put that camera down and get on with some b****y work!" :whistle:

This Victor photo was taken during one of those 'dismantling trips'!

Footnote: In 1976 the planned destination for the F100s etc was RAF Cranwell - until HMRC and HM Government became involved!! :(
Howard Heeley - Newark Air Museum Trustee
Every museum visit counts!
http://newarkairmuseum.org

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