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79th leave UH

Post by SW Sky Blue » Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:35 pm

Found some more naff old prints in the loft...I'm sure I have better ones than these.... :unsure: ..but can't find them.... :roll:

79th FS leaving Upper Heyford returning to the USA in 1993.....lovely day...as per.... :grr: No doubt Graham can furnish us with the full details.....

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Image79thFS_UpperHeyford_KevinWills by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

2,
Image79thFS_UpperHeyord_HAS site_KevinWills by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

3,
Image68-080_79thFS_UpperHeyford_KevinWills2 by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

4,
Image68-080_79thFS_UpperHeyford_KevinWills3 by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

5,
Image68-075_79thFS_UpperHeyford_KevinWills by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

6,
Image68-080_79thFS_UpperHeyford_KevinWills by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

7,
Image79thFS_DepUH_KevinWills by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

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Image68-076_79thFS_UpperHeyford_KevinWills by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

9,
Image68-075_79thFS_UpperHeyford_KevinWills2 by KdoubleU2017, on Flickr

Cheers,

Kev W.
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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by F3 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:47 pm

Historic record. I notice the tail codes have been wiped prior to onward delivery of the jets. I seem to recall the Sqn. + Wing commanders personal jets were the last to leave the base and the media must have been invited along as pics appeared in the mags.

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by Vulcanone » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:07 pm

Nice shots Kev,

spent a couple of hours lingering at a different fence today, watching another soon to be retired type....

:-(

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by DanBeeden » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:23 pm

Smashing shots - love the Tiger nose art and tail stripe on the furthest jet in the first shot.

Can’t get enough of these UH threads - thanks for sharing.

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by vark 1.1 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:25 pm

This was a sad day, being on that ramp was a real privilege. But better sweet. Knowing that was the End of the Tigers at Upper Heyford.
Weather really made it feel a very British goodbye. I had 100 iso in my camera, would of been better with 400 iso!! :grr:
Great to see once again, from are old local :thumbs:
Thank Kev :thumb:

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by derek hopkins » Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:00 am

Great Shots,memories flooding back.

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by Knife 04 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:33 am

Another great Heyford thread Kev - thanks for posting these up of the final few months of the 20th FW

Nose art on the left jet in the first shot is similar to the one currently in the AAM at Duxford

I have some of the last photocall of the 55th held in October when they put a couple of jets out prior to the deactivation ceremony in October 1993 - great days!

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by Blackcat1 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:14 am

Those were the days! That awesome Swinger is much missed from low level in the South Wales valleys too!!

Great set
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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by paddyboy » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:20 pm

Hi Kev :P

I for one, don't give a monkeys for the quality (nowt wrong wi' them) :S

Awesome swinger shots :thumbs:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by MR TERRY GREEN » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:15 pm

Great record of a great plane.

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by graham luxton » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:38 pm

Thanks for posting these Kev - the memories of that morning come flooding back. One of the perks of being in the Upper Heyford Aviation Society was being allowed access to things like this so I made sure I preserved it on plenty of video. The date was Monday the 10th May'93 and these were the last 5 of the 79th's a/c to leave. The one furthest away in the line up was the sqdn commanders a/c marked up as 68-079TH FS UH (flight lead as Retro 51) then towards the camera, 047 (Retro52), 075 (Retro53), 076 (Retro54) and 080 (Retro55). With Runway 09 in use they departed at 1000 - 1003 local, RV'ing with KC-135's out of Mildenhall over Machrihanish. First stop was Plattsburgh then onto their final destination at Cannon. As per normal, drop tanks were not required for the transatlantic crossing. Sods law about 2 and a half hours after they'd gone the sun came out!

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by quid21 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:20 pm

graham luxton wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:38 pm
Thanks for posting these Kev - the memories of that morning come flooding back. One of the perks of being in the Upper Heyford Aviation Society was being allowed access to things like this so I made sure I preserved it on plenty of video. The date was Monday the 10th May'93 and these were the last 5 of the 79th's a/c to leave. The one furthest away in the line up was the sqdn commanders a/c marked up as 68-079TH FS UH (flight lead as Retro 51) then towards the camera, 047 (Retro52), 075 (Retro53), 076 (Retro54) and 080 (Retro55). With Runway 09 in use they departed at 1000 - 1003 local, RV'ing with KC-135's out of Mildenhall over Machrihanish. First stop was Plattsburgh then onto their final destination at Cannon. As per normal, drop tanks were not required for the transatlantic crossing. Sods law about 2 and a half hours after they'd gone the sun came out!
Would love to see the video.

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by Razzor01 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:21 am

Hi Kev
Was standing next to you on the ramp that morning, one thing that sticks in my mind is shot 7 showing Lt Col Mark Hyatt, CO of the 79th - he saluted us as he taxied past.

We were priveliged with being members of UHAS, great speakers every month many of them flying in from their home base, we even got flights on RAF C-130's and a Puma, great days indeed.

UHAS still lives on in the guise of the the Fairford Aviation Society with many original UHAS members still there - me for one.

Cheers
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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by alhenderson » Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:24 pm

Bet the weather made then glad to be leaving!! Interesting to note that the serial number on the data block on #7 has been scrubbed out or monkeyed with in some way...

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by Sparky 119 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:13 pm

Good memories Kev and as Stewart has said some of us originals live on.

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by StandardTom » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:36 am

Lovely shots Kev, despite the weather.
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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by 1marshn30 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:21 pm

Hi Kev
Thanks for posting how we miss them those of us who grew up with the sight and sound of the mighty VARK
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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by herbert » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:45 pm

Brilliant post and comments. Amazing to think the same aircraft we there for 23 years.

Remind me, was the 79th the last squadron to go?

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by Knife 04 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:33 pm

Herbert - think 55th were last to go - happy to be corrected though

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Re: 79th leave UH

Post by DanBeeden » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:17 am

You are correct Darren - the 79th first, then the 77th (remember that lovely artwork on 68-0049 'The Gamblers Last Deal'?) and finally the 55th which I think (someone can correct me no doubt) deactivated in October '93 with the last aircraft departing early that December.

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