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Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

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Keflavik69
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Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Keflavik69 » Wed Nov 29, 2023 8:41 am

A visit with base acces to the annual NATO competition Royal Flush 50 years ago produced a nice selection of reconnaisance aircraft of the participating Air Forces. Many photos because I found it difficult to make a selection.

First two visitors:
ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. TF-104G 27-79 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 JUne 1973. Royal Flush '73. F-5B 594 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

The participants of the competion:
ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4E 35-63 AKG51 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4E 35-56 AKG51 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4E 35-48 AKG51 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4E 35-33 AKG51 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4C 68-0567 26TRW fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4C 68-0562-1 26TFW fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4C 68-0560 26TRW fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4C 66-0423 AR 10TRW fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4C 66-0421 AR 10TRW fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. RF-4C 64-1083 AR 10TRW fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. Mirage 5BR BR-15 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. Mirage 5BR BR-06 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. Mirage 3R 370/33-TS fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. Mirage 3R 367/33-TF fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. Mirage 3R 356/33-TE fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. F-104G D-8145 306sqd fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. F-104G D-8143 306sqd fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. F-104G D-8143 306sqd 2 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. F-104G D-8112 306sqd fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. F-4M XV489 2sqd fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. F-4M XV485 2sqd fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. F-4M XV470 2sqd fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. Canberra WT532 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. Canberra WT530 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

ImageFlorennes 14 June 1973. Royal Flush '73. Canberra WH773 fc by arnold booy, on Flickr

I hope you found these images of interest.
Kind regards,
Arnold

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by ridgmeister » Wed Nov 29, 2023 9:13 am

Wow, those were certainly wonderful days and great images! Many thanks for sharing them,
Paul

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Gordsmith » Wed Nov 29, 2023 9:42 am

Arnold, superb! Nuff said, Gordon

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by 3Greens » Wed Nov 29, 2023 1:22 pm

A fantastic set of PR frames Arnold :clap:
Base access as well made great results
Thanks very much for posting I really enjoyed looking through these.

3Greens :thumb:

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Mustang531 » Wed Nov 29, 2023 1:49 pm

Thanks Arnold, another superb selection of photos, plenty of variety amongst the classic types. I've really enjoyed viewing these and I'm not the only one.

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Hunter49 » Wed Nov 29, 2023 2:10 pm

Great images those were the days! Rob

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Seahawk 11 » Wed Nov 29, 2023 2:35 pm

Just amazing, what a great set of photos you have there, some fantastic aircraft as well,
Big thanks for posting these,

Rob

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by LimaHotel01 » Wed Nov 29, 2023 4:45 pm

Thanks Arnold,
Lovely photos of a great collection of aircraft types. I haven't previously seen photos of 2 sqn Phantoms with black and red, rather than black and white, squadron marks.
LH01.

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by hvaneupen » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:40 pm

Very nice Arnold! How we miss those day’s and exercises with such a variety of aircraft. Interesting to see the 2aq Phantoms with red markings.

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by bvdbogaert » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:43 pm

What a series, excellent! Years before I was born, but would have loved to be there. The quality of the images (in all your posts) is very good. Despite the age, much of it way better than lots of stuff I made in the 90's. Well done, must be great memories.

Groet, Bart

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Punkrunner62 » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:51 pm

Brilliant Arnold, thanks again for an other collection of superb images.
Cheers.

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Vulcanone » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:53 pm

Another excellent set. Thanks Arnold

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by matt e » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:55 pm

great set especially #1 and 2

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by bruiser » Wed Nov 29, 2023 7:38 pm

As many have said before, I need a time machine.
Fantastic variety, superb shots.

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Petepilot » Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:25 pm

Oh, Arnold....WHAT a collection of fantastic photographs, just wonderful. If only we could turn back the clock...
Many thanks for sharing (more please!!) :clap:

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by paddyboy » Thu Nov 30, 2023 4:45 am

Hi Arnold :P

Wow :Wow:

Gorgeous little Northrops, Tooms and Hooters all in one post :Wow:

Simply superb :thumbs:

Thanks for yet another amazing set :thumb:

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by 892phan » Thu Nov 30, 2023 11:50 am

Omg. How spoilt we were.

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by bigcrow » Thu Nov 30, 2023 1:33 pm

Absolute glory days. Stunning shots & not a boring grey aircraft in sight.

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by roughcutter » Thu Nov 30, 2023 5:05 pm

wow! :Wow:
Thanks ever so much for sharing them, they've brightened up my day :thumb:

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Re: Royal Flush at Florennes June 14th, 1973

Post by Jutter » Thu Nov 30, 2023 8:23 pm

Hoi Arnold,
What a day that was. Must have been just in your early twenties?
I like the AR F4s photos, cause they have the warmest colours. But the UK F4s from 2sq with red coloir and all the others are super too.
Gr. Menno

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