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1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

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roughcutter
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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by roughcutter » Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:03 pm

I still have a flyer from the show, look at the admission guys (and weep!) :cool:
Imageimg002 by Mark Lewis, on Flickr
... and a fair haired slightly balding Bobby Charlton to kick off!

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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by F3 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:11 pm

Love those first two shots of the line-up. One of the most memorable IATs for that reason. Had a distinct end of era feel for me.

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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by paddyboy » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:02 am

You wouldn’t even get a programme for that price now, Mark :'(
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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by Stratocruiser » Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:52 am

Oh yes, I do miss the sight and sound of those little flying coffins! Another great memory of the great airshows in the 70's and 80's. Many thanks for sharing your great pics :thumb:
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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by mce89 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:34 am

We were spoilt back then. Lots of colour and variety of airframes.
Great pics too . Thanks for sharing

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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by F3 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:23 am

Thought a couple of flying pics req'd plus a tailender!

Image4 X F-104Gs GAF by Michael Britton, on Flickr

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ImageF-104 tailpiece by Michael Britton, on Flickr

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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by mancman » Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:02 pm

Thanks for adding the flying pics, I didn't seem to get any, must have still been on the Photobus

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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by Mustang531 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:20 pm

Some more great shots, thank you for adding these.

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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by ciaranchef » Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:40 pm

Pure aviation heaven, amazing post, thanks.. :thumb:
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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by 3Greens » Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:34 pm

Hi Andy and all,
Loved this walk down memory lane and your shots.
I hope that I can add some additional info on the German Starfighters present .
I arrived late on Thursday ready for the Friday arrivals. On the Friday for some reason in my notebook I had also logged times of arrivals. That morning the 'Vikings' using 26+60 and 26+66 came out for their practise display just after 10.00 but shortly into the flight 26+60 had an tech issue and the practise was aborted.
It must have deemed to be a serious problem as a spare jet 26+82 arrived in the afternoon at 14.54
I assume the Mfg.2 TF-104G 27+79 must have arrived earlier in the week and it was parked around the back of the hangar during the photobus trips on the Saturday where the first aircraft in the active line still 'wrapped' must have been the 'sick' 26+60
During the flying I was already back in the crowd and directly behind your shot of the pair take off 26+37 which I can confirm was 25+18 :thumbs: That must be just the rear of your bus then in my shot :lol:
I was pleased that the Italians arrived with two aircraft at the end of the squadron exchange with 29 Squadron at Coningsby as I was pleased to have had a day with them the week before.
Thanks again for your original posting, hope you don't mind I've added a few


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mancman wrote:
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:28 pm
Thanks for the update, must have been hangared, I don't remember seeing the the TF-104.So there were 16 in total, even better!
Mike wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:53 am
fisherman wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:38 am
Got it, it was a Monday morning visitor arrived on the 15th July? ;)
It's on the official BARG checklist that I bought at the show on the Saturday morning, so it must have arrived on one of the arrivals days.

Not a mis-read of 26+66 either as that's the one furthest away in my own photo :-
Nighthawke wrote:
Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:36 pm
Definitely 10 Germans as per Mike's list above.
fisherman wrote:
Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:28 pm
Not wishing to confuse things I have 9x German 2x each from Canada, Denmark, and Italy, numbering 15? :whistle:

https://legendarymilavia.blogspot.com/2 ... es-new.htm


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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by mancman » Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:49 pm

Thanks for the additional photos an info. Nice to see a different viewpoint of the same subject.

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Re: 1985 Fairford - Starfighter Fest

Post by Blue Diamond » Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:35 pm

Did IAT85 Sunday and departures Monday but I'm not sure I got photos of all of the Hooters. Was it a tad wet on the Sunday?
Thanks for sharing.
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