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Canberra Anniversary Photo Call - May '89 Wyton

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Canberra Anniversary Photo Call - May '89 Wyton

Post by F3 » Mon Apr 01, 2024 10:15 am

While sorting through my slide collection I came across a few of the above event which had been ignored for many years due to their poor quality. Those who attended will doubtless recall the extreme weather conditions which were experienced in the form of an apocalyptic downpour at the opening of the event followed by bright sunshine thereafter as the dark sky cleared to the north. The sensitive slide film I'd loaded the camera with either could nt cope or I'd messed up the exposure setting but the slides came back badly over exposed and I binned the worst ones but kept a handful of the salvable ones in the hope that some day I might be able to improve them and now I have the software to do that I decided to have a go. While the results are nt brilliant they are at least half decent so I've decided to post them despite my embarrassment in view of the interesting subject matter. While the vast majority of the static line-up was made up of Canberras of all marks (altho' I don't recall seeing an example of my favourite B.8 with the fighter style cockpit) there were also a number of visitors most notable of which was a 6 Sqn. Jaguar in 75th Ann mks (the only time I ever saw it) plus a selection of Tornados and a Wessex. In the background of one of the shots you can see a 51 Sqn Nimrod spy plane parked on the other side of the airfield but as they were still highly secret we were nt allowed anywhere near, altho' it did depart on a mission while we were still on the premises. This was undoubtedly one of the best photo calls of the decade (if not ever) and I'm very glad that I applied for tickets.

ImageCanberra T4 WJ827 in prototype paint scheme Wyton '89 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageCanberra T18 CR 100 Sqn Wyton '89 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageCanberra T17 WH734 Wyton May '89 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageCanberra T17 WH902 360 Sqn Wyton '89 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageCanberra T17 WJ607 360 Sqn Wyton '89 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageWyton - 6 Sqn. Jaguar in Ann. mks. by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageTornado GR1 CM 17 Sqn - Wyton '89 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageTornado GR1 BK 31 Sqn. - Wyton '89 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageWessex WT668 S 72 Sqn Wyton '89 by Michael Britton, on Flickr

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Post by Mustang531 » Mon Apr 01, 2024 10:34 am

Thanks for sharing these with us, I attended although arrived after the downpour. Very enjoyable afternoon and great to see all the other types, all from squadrons that at one time operated Canberra's. I recall the Nimrod too and managed a quick shot when it departed, but worth bearing in mind that 51 Sqn once operated Canberra's too.

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Post by binbrook87 » Mon Apr 01, 2024 12:23 pm

Oh yeh I remember this well! I took photos of every aircraft present inc all those lovely Canberras! A fantastic event with a great turnout from ex Canberra operators so there were quite a few RAFG Tornados present which never appeared at UK events very often. I even managed a couple of snaps of the Nimrod R1 which was active on the airfield too 🤫 Thanks for sharing another event that sadly like so many others will never be repeated ☹️

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Post by 3Greens » Mon Apr 01, 2024 3:50 pm

Hi Mick, great memories of indeed one of the best Anniversary do's staged by the RAF. The weather was so bad we nearly turned around en route but decided to press on, thankfully as the depression moved away north.
The 40th Anniversary sky blue painted frame marked as 'VN799' in the line was I believe ex. WJ877 'BG' of 231OCU.... however I did get a sneek peek into the 100 Sqd hangar where the anniversary 'spare' jet was stowed painted in identical blue scheme and marked as 'VN799' - this one was ex. WT478 'BA' of 231 OCU.
Hope you don't mind but I've put a shot up of it with a couple that I had recently scanned

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Post by Blue Diamond » Mon Apr 01, 2024 5:40 pm

That was a grand day out. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by Blue Diamond » Mon Apr 01, 2024 5:41 pm

That was a grand day out. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by paddyboy » Tue Apr 02, 2024 3:44 am

Hi Mick :P

It was indeed a foul start to the event, weather-wise, but the assembled planes more than made up for it :thumbs:

Defo no B(I)8’s about, just the similar-looking PR9’s :)

The ‘Sidewinder’ ‘frame in the hangar made me chuckle, as did the ‘Green Marrows’ :lol:

Thanks for posting and jogging my old memory cells :thumb:

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Post by capercaillie » Tue Apr 02, 2024 8:30 am

Missed the event totally which was really annoying. I believe the SC9 was there in one its last outings, a machine I never got to see.

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Post by Sparts99 » Tue Apr 02, 2024 9:06 am

I was at that event and remember the 51 Sqn Nimrod take off well, everyone turning to watch and the clacking of all the cameras.
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Post by Yammer » Tue Apr 02, 2024 9:48 am

One of my memories from this event on 12th May 1989 was Gazelle ZA774 coming in from Northern Ireland with a heli telly ball fitted and being pushed into a hangar ( EW hangar I think ) - a quality visitor on the day.
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Post by Pi » Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:15 am

Remember the rain started to make one of the Blue Canberra's paint run ! and as my mate was Runway controller I was down the caravan getting pics but while looking through my view finder Roly's Canberra wing tip nearly hit my head, that would have been an injury to talk about ! If I had survived !!

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Post by Buccs2b » Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:46 am

Sorry to gate-crash the thread, the Nimrod R.1 fly-through

ImageWyton_1989_0071 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

Other movements I recall were a Hercules C.1 and a Hawk T.1 XX311

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Post by F3 » Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:01 pm

Thanks Keith and Tony for your valued additions to the thread. Any others will be gratefully rec'd. BTW Keith how did you manage to get that shot of a deserted 100 Sqn. line? When I tried it was busier than Piccadilly Circus.

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Post by roughcutter » Wed Apr 03, 2024 11:32 am

Was a really good day out, despite frequency of the showers. I remember undergoing the many security checks before we were allowed onto the base.

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