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Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

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Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by 3Greens » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:40 pm

Thought you might like to see these few 'historic' pics from 85 Sqd. finale at Binbrook before their move over to West Raynham.
These were taken in February 1972 by a British Aircraft Corpn. photographer, not sure if this was the actual day of the move.
I had been doing a modelling project on a Canberra (a rare model at the time) and had requested from the squadron an 'offcut' of
the dayglo tape which adorned the squadron's Canberras for high-viz. I graciously received back from Fg.Off. Mike Rondot an offcut
that would have easily sorted a real fullsize aircraft fin along with these memorable pics.
Hope you enjoy them too
T19 WJ610:T
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T19 WH904:D
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- presume the Whirlwind must have been doing some aerial pics - would be nice to see those!
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WH904:D and WH724:C (this aircraft had been camouflaged for two years previous )
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B2 pairs take-off
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B2 WJ678:G (in the original silver finish)
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Thanks for looking
Keith :thumbs:

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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by Gary West » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:22 pm

Very historic indeed Keith - cheers for posting them :clap:

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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by daz greenwood » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:25 pm

Nice Cranberries :)

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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by Sheff » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:26 pm

Utterly delicious!
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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by Lowfly11 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:38 pm

Very,very good set of shots :cool:.

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Post by magnum » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:44 pm

Superb shots. :thumb:

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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by seeker33 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:55 am

Great stuff. More Canberras please.

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Post by Sparts99 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:10 am

My first camp as an ATC Cadet was at West Raynham, 85 & 100 sqn B2, T4, and T17 (maybe T22 as well ?)Canberras, I got a flight in a 100Sqn B2. I've a ton of photos somewhere, must dig them out.
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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by bobthehandyman » Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:20 pm

Did you ever see RAF Canberras in US markings?

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Post by paulh » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:02 pm

Very nice Keith :thumbs: :thumbs: .

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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by 3Greens » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:20 pm

Thanks for the comments chaps. No I've never seen an RAF Canberra in USAF markings but we did once get a USAF B-57 into Binbrook - I'll look it out
I've got some other nice stuff to post too.
Cheers
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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by tanker » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:39 am

nice pics Keith! :clap: more please :thumbs: :thumb:

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Post by Sheff » Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:46 pm

Did you ever see RAF Canberras in US markings?

Think that's a contradiction in terms isn't it?! Unless you mean Canberras with RAF-style "greenhouse" canopies? There are certainly pictures of those around although I can't ever recall any evidence of such variants having visited the UK.

As far as I can recall, I think the only thing that ever happened like that was precisely the reverse, with RAF markings applied to USAF RB-45s at Sculthorpe. Can't think of anything similar having happened, unless...
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Post by binbrook74 » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:02 am

3 Greens
Just taken two gents who served on 85 sqn at Binbrook a tour round yesterday at Binbrook and they will love them picstures as they lent me many interesting pieces of paper relating to 85 sqn at binbrook as well as a letter when 85 left binbrook.
Superb pictures.Will get them to have a look at them as they may be in the pictures :)

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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by graham luxton » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:52 am

Sheff wrote:Did you ever see RAF Canberras in US markings?

Think that's a contradiction in terms isn't it?! Unless you mean Canberras with RAF-style "greenhouse" canopies? There are certainly pictures of those around although I can't ever recall any evidence of such variants having visited the UK.

As far as I can recall, I think the only thing that ever happened like that was precisely the reverse, with RAF markings applied to USAF RB-45s at Sculthorpe. Can't think of anything similar having happened, unless...
The 10TRW's 1TRS at Spangdahlem operated the RB-57A from 1954 to 1957 and these were sometimes reported visiting the UK. Likewise the 66TRW had the 30TRS so equipped at Sembach and one example from that squadron 21456 , was in the static at Wethersfield's AFD in June'57.
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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by Sheff » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:26 am

Sounds delicious! Don't suppose you have a photo? As I said, can't recall having ever seen a photo of the early-type B-57 in the UK. Would definitely be worth seeing!
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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by GlennP » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:24 pm

Well Keith, you never cease to amaze!! stunners buddy. :thumbs:

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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by Sheff » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:35 pm

They are lovely glimpses of nostalgia. The pairs take-off is certainly a rare image as Canberras rarely took-off in pairs. Hardly ever in fact. Surprising they even attempted it at Binbrook where the runway is only 150ft wide!

Love the shot of WH904 though - one of my favourite aircraft that I used to sit and watch for hours when it was with 7 squadron down at St.Mawgan. I've been looking for a photo of the aircraft wearing 7 Squadron markings for years now... never see any though grrr!
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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by balders » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:49 pm

My favourite aircraft at my favourite base..... superb. I have a slide pic of an 85 squadron canberra(below). I pressume this would have been based at Binbrook.
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Re: Canberras - 85 Squadron Binbrook finale

Post by blackbox » Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:36 pm

Great photos there, happy memories - any shots of the Meteors with 85Sq Keith? I last noted any on 23/10/69 when F8 WH291/T and T7 WL378/W were active.

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