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The Brough Blackfish. Final instalment

PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:23 pm
by MOD
First, lunch with the Reds. My Father in the foreground.
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The formal handover.
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MkII LS326 starts up
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NB in the Observer's rear seat is a guy who I only know as Sooty. He was actually involved in the search for the Bismarck.
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Followed shortly by MkI W5856. Just restored to flight. It is painted in the colours of 810 Sqn Ark Royal. The horizontal stripes on the tail denotes that this was the COs aircraft. The blue and red fuselage stripes are Ark Royals colours and the A means Ark Royal. The 2 means the 2nd Squadron. and the last A means the 1st aircraft in that squadron.
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They then got together for some air to air shots and I was getting excited by now as I was due to go up in LS326 next.
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Even when all 3 RNHF aircraft had formated I still thought 'wahooo me next!!!'

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Then I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was bad news. There was a fierce squall coming up the Humber estuary and could Look North go next before it arrived. I had to say yes ... didn't I ????? :((

The clouds really piled up quickly together with a very turbulent wind and I then began to think that I had made the correct choice!! ;)
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That was the nearest I got to an A2A sortie.. :(

BTW when I got back to the crowd line and found my Dad he was distraught as he said he didn't know ( he'd forgotten) where I was!! Just a few days after this visit he was confirmed with Alzheimers disease and he died 18 months later.




Ian

Re: The Brough Blackfish. Final instalment

PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:45 pm
by Jigsaw
Thanks for sharing that Ian (I was right about Look North mate) :ymapplause:

Re: The Brough Blackfish. Final instalment

PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:51 pm
by RLN
Love the Stringbag :ymapplause:

Re: The Brough Blackfish. Final instalment

PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:14 am
by Gaz
Lovely pics Ian.

Very sad ending though

Re: The Brough Blackfish. Final instalment

PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:42 pm
by MOD
Jigsaw wrote:Thanks for sharing that Ian (I was right about Look North mate) :ymapplause:


Yes Kev I have mentioned this before - it does still rankle a bit :(( . What really p**ses me off is that they never used the footage they took. X( X(

Ian

Re: The Brough Blackfish. Final instalment

PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:55 pm
by Jigsaw
MOD wrote:
Jigsaw wrote:Thanks for sharing that Ian (I was right about Look North mate) :ymapplause:


Yes Kev I have mentioned this before - it does still rankle a bit :(( . What really does p**ses me off is that they never used the footage they took. X( X(

Ian


I can fully understand why you would be p1ssed off mate. I would have been the same ;)