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Finningley At Home '79

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Finningley At Home '79

Post by F3 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:03 pm

Further to my last post I've located a set of slides taken 41 yrs ago this week @ the 1979 Finningley show. Even back then I knew a rarity when I saw it and so covered the Air National Guard A-7 from every angle. I believe it was from a Coronet deployment to Waddington. It was not a good day for photographing the flying so I limited my efforts to the Reds, who opened the show before departing for Leuchars. This was one of their last displays with the Gnat as they converted to the Hawk for the following season - a nice shiny new example of which was on static display.

ImageFinningley '79 - A-7 Corsair 402 USANG by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - A-7 Corsair US ANG (frontal) by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - A-7 Corsair 402 USANG (1) by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Spitfire + Lightning (11 Sqn.) by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Buccaneer 12 Sqn. by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Harrier 1 Sqn. by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - F-111F 70370 48 TFW (1) by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Hunter F6A XE606 1 TWCU by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Puma XW200 CX by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Hawk XX184 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Red Arrows by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Flying Display Programme by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageFinningley '79 - Programme cover by Michael Britton, on Flickr

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by paddyboy » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:06 am

Hi Mick :P

Thank goodness we're both old enough to remember fabulous 'At Home Days' like this :lol:

Easy to see how the SLUFF got its nickname ;)

Great set as per :thumbs:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by The Phantom » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:39 pm

Cracking set. :Wow:

Always love seeing the A-7 :thumb:

Spitfire and Lightning shot is a cracker as well :thumbs:

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by matt e » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:29 pm

nice set,another vote for the Spitfire/Lightning shot

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by Seahawk 11 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:50 pm

Just awesome, a great set of photos there, good to see a few older aircraft again,

Rob

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by reheat module » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:24 am

I was there on that day too.
A RAF Veteran of all of 2yrs!
Sadly, I had more of an eye for the ladies at the time than I did for aircraft, although I got a good view of both as I recall...
What a great treat to view some of these frames again.
I might sometimes miss my time in the RAF - so every month it reminds me how great it was, with an obscenely big cheque
...Royal Air Force, - putting the fun into dysfunctional at every opportunity...

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by F3 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:33 am

reheat module wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:24 am
I was there on that day too.
A RAF Veteran of all of 2yrs!
Sadly, I had more of an eye for the ladies at the time than I did for aircraft, although I got a good view of both as I recall...
What a great treat to view some of these frames again.
If memory serves the a/c on view were more interesting - but then again I was no longer a testoterone fuelled young buck!

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by roadstar1845 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:47 am

The A7 deployment was either Waddo or Wittering I saw them transit over Nottingham behind the tanker,KC10?
A favourite A/C of mine over the years, my life trip round Pima AM at Tucson was chaperoned by a former
SLUF driver from the Vietnam era. Great place to visit if you ever get the chance

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by Leuchars Fan » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:59 am

A further note from another who was there, the printed programme had not had time to include the display by the RNLAF F-104, one of the best I've ever seen. The nose light was often all you could see streaming toward with sooty trail behind. If I may venture a tiny critique, there was no Leuchars that year, on Bolthole due to runway resurfacing.

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by F3 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:34 pm

Leuchars Fan wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:59 am
A further note from another who was there, the printed programme had not had time to include the display by the RNLAF F-104, one of the best I've ever seen. The nose light was often all you could see streaming toward with sooty trail behind. If I may venture a tiny critique, there was no Leuchars that year, on Bolthole due to runway resurfacing.

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FB
Y're right about the RNLAF F-104 not appearing on the programme. In fact it arrived just before the start of the display. There is a pic if it on my previous post. Must have changed films which is why it does nt feature here. As the Reds were nt Leuchars bound as I assumed, thinking back I now seem to recall the commentator saying that they were going to Germany to appear at one of the station open days.

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by Leuchars Fan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:29 am

F3 wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:34 pm
Leuchars Fan wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:59 am
A further note from another who was there, the printed programme had not had time to include the display by the RNLAF F-104, one of the best I've ever seen. The nose light was often all you could see streaming toward with sooty trail behind. If I may venture a tiny critique, there was no Leuchars that year, on Bolthole due to runway resurfacing.

Best regards,

FB
Y're right about the RNLAF F-104 not appearing on the programme. In fact it arrived just before the start of the display. There is a pic if it on my previous post. Must have changed films which is why it does nt feature here. As the Reds were nt Leuchars bound as I assumed, thinking back I now seem to recall the commentator saying that they were going to Germany to appear at one of the station open days.
Indeed Sir, Leuchars dipped out in 1980 as well even though the Squadrons had returned, the reason I understand was a mix of concerns about the increased tempo of exercises during September and the construction of the HAS complex on the North side of the runway which was used heavily for car parking. They clearly resolved the situation as it was back in 1981.

FB

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by bessie » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:54 am

Never noticed how LARGE that refuelling probe is on the harrier its like a lamp post !

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Re: Finningley At Home '79

Post by F3 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:32 pm

bessie wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:54 am
Never noticed how LARGE that refuelling probe is on the harrier its like a lamp post !
Yes. Good job they were detachable! Exactly 2 mons later this a/c (XV756) crashed nr Holbeach Range.

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