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The Mick Freer Archives (Updated More photos added 07/12/17

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The Mick Freer Archives (Updated More photos added 07/12/17

Post by bigcrow » Fri May 16, 2014 11:37 am

It would have been my Dad’s 71st birthday tomorrow, so it seems appropriate to show you some of his vast slide collection. He started taking his first slides in the summer of 1971. He also attended every single IAT/RIAT apart from last year when he was too ill to attend. Here is a selection of shots showing the large variety of types & Air Forces which could be seen in the U.K in the seventies… I will be regularly updating this post when I get the chance to fire up the scanner.

First up a shot of a very youthful looking Mr Freer Snr at Portland, prior to an air to air with 829 Sqdn Wasps

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ImageXT423 Wasp HAS.1 829 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Portland by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#2

Image54-1640 C-130A 105th TAS, Tennessee ANG, Nashville Airport. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#3

Image56-0617 B-52D 22nd Bomb Wing, March AFB, California by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#4

Image147562 SP-2H French Navy, 25 Flotille, Lann Bihoue AB. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image156/12-YK Super Mystere B2 FAF, Escadron de Chase 01.012, Cambrai AB by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#6

ImageXX947 Tornadp GR1 BAE\A&AEE MOD(PE) Boscombe Down. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#7

ImageXP737 Lightning F3 226 Operational Conversion Unit, RAF Coltishall. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#8

Image158802/AB-612 EA-6B VAQ-133 'Wizzards', NAS Whidbey Island by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#9

ImageXW626 Comet C4 Royal Aircraft Establishment, MOD(PE) Bedford. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#10

ImageXZ286 Nimrod AEW3 BAE/A&AEE, MOD(PE) Boscombe Down. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image155880/NH-107 F-4J VF-213 "Black Lions" NAS Miramar, Ca by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#12

Image156640/603 RA-5C Vigilante RVAH-1 "Cool Tigers", NAS Key West, Fl. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#13

Image155684/AJ-502 A-6E VA-35 "Black Panthers', NAS Oceana, VA by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#14

Image64-14847 RC-135U 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#15

Image144852 / 18 EA-3B VQ-2 'Batmen', NAS Rota, Spain. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#16

Image159449/AE-212 F-14A VF-142 'The Ghostriders' NAS Oceana, USS America. by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#17

ImageTG503 Hastings T5, Strike Command Bombing School (1066 Squadron), RAF Lindholme by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr
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Post by Moschops » Fri May 16, 2014 11:43 am

OMG what a fantastic selection... :thumbs:

The Comrod/Nimet does it for me...closely followed by the Vigilante :O

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Post by Vulcanone » Fri May 16, 2014 12:45 pm

Some corkers there Stuart

Cheers for posting

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Post by NAM Updater » Fri May 16, 2014 1:26 pm

It's the Hastings for me - but it's the wrong one!! :halo:

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Post by Victor5 » Fri May 16, 2014 3:44 pm

Wonderful set of images :thumbs:
Looking forward to your updates :)

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Post by Lowfly11 » Fri May 16, 2014 4:27 pm

Awesome Hastings shot :Wow: :thumb: .Regards Tim

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Post by JONLITE06 » Fri May 16, 2014 4:51 pm

Fantastic Tribute :thumb: Got to love that Lightning!!!

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Post by Ratrace » Fri May 16, 2014 5:22 pm

Stunning, thanks for taking the time to share them, looking forward to the updates.

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Post by Proteus » Fri May 16, 2014 5:30 pm

They are all magnificent but the A model 130 gets my vote.........Regards N.

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Post by SG1 » Fri May 16, 2014 6:45 pm

Stunning :clap:
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from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been,
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Post by Jason Grant » Fri May 16, 2014 7:10 pm

A Friday treat, fabulous pictures Stu. Your Dads images are still wowing us all these years later, a testament to his skill with a camera. :clap:

That Lightning is different class :Wow:
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Post by venom » Sat May 17, 2014 9:52 am

those are cracking love the mystere

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Post by peasus911 » Sat May 17, 2014 12:26 pm

Excellent shots, more please.
The lightning does it for me.

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Post by FAlcons » Sat May 17, 2014 3:06 pm

Absolutely brilliant.
It's hard to choose a favourite. I think I had a Matchbox kit of that F-14 35 years ago...

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Post by DeanW » Sat May 17, 2014 4:11 pm

Incredible, look at that Lightning! Looking forward to more.

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Post by Mike » Sat May 17, 2014 4:36 pm

A fine set of images by a wonderful aviation photographer, Mick's untimely passing was a great loss to our community.

Stu, thank you so much for sharing your late father's shots, please post some more. :)

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Post by d555 » Sun May 18, 2014 8:13 am

Lovely post. There are some rare birds there.
I look forward to seeing more updates.

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Post by paddyboy » Sun May 18, 2014 8:34 am

Stunning images there :thumbs:

Almost impossible to single any out amongst all those pure gems of aviation history ;)

Do love that Hastings shot though: reminds me of the wonderful shows at Coltishall in the 60's, as does the 226 OCU F3 :)

Best regards, thanks for sharing, and looking forward to the next slice of your fathers wonderful work :thumbs:

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Post by ciaranchef » Sun May 18, 2014 8:54 am

One of the most wonderful posts for a long time, stunning collection, agree with Paddy, the Hastings is a beauty as are the colourful USN birds, Ciaran :thumb:
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Post by MarkS » Sun May 18, 2014 7:25 pm

Superb Stuart.
Some fantastic scans of Mick's wonderful photographs. Can't pick a favourite , love them all. Only ever saw one roman nose C-130 -Greenham '83.
Nice to see a pic of XT423 . That wasp was ships flight on HMS Hecla when my dad was assigned to it.
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