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Coningsby Grey Ops

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3Greens
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Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by 3Greens » Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:52 pm

October 1982 was a grey month with most aircraft now also grey, but as always if there are aircraft to be photographed.. even opted for B&W as colour was a waste of film.

Morning started with IFE as a 23 Sqdn. aircraft XT899:X up from Wattisham had a jammed 'centre gun pack' while on Donna Nook and came in for attention. Cautiously parked well away from everything else and pointing out to the open airfield until it could be effectively made safe.
Ops also went also went a bit 'pearshaped' as crews spent about an hour just in a hold orbit off Cromer due to weather and delay from Neatishead Controllers, which forced an early return and a pretty much wasted afternoon.
Real weather for immersion suits :lol:

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All made good, crew off for brew while the jet is refuelled ;)

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Hope you liked the walk back in time ;)

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by steved » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:25 pm

Flight-line Phantoms. Brilliant. :clap:

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by Dan D'Air » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:48 pm

I first went to RAF Coningsby in the early 70s and it left me with an unforgettable memory of the power of the RAF. I had never seen so many Phantoms. They seemed to have hundreds of them.
Anyway, thanks for sharing your images.

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by DJ17 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:54 pm

Great atmospheric post.

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Post by slogen51 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:53 pm

Smashing shots

(Reminds me of the days when I would buy cheap Ilford FP4 B&W film)

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by MRTT » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:42 pm

Cracking shots! :Wow:

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by paddyboy » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:40 am

Hi Keith :P

Simply splendid :thumbs:

Takes me back to buying Ilford FP4 :whistle:

Best regards and thanks for posting :thumb:

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The Phantom
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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by The Phantom » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:57 pm

Is a very nice set :thumbs:

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by 3Greens » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:18 pm

Thanks for the comments guys. It was such a lousy day which just got worse.
Indeed Paddyboy and Slogen51 I used to buy 10m lengths of FP4 and load my own cassettes when K25/K64 wasn't practical to use. Many a late night loading the spiral in the developing tank and praying there would be a result.
Digital ? if only 30 years ago :'(

Thanks for looking
3Greens :thumb:

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by F3 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:40 pm

Atmospheric images. Just goes to show that sometimes B&W is best. If this is '82 I'm guessing that these were some of the 1st. Barley grey F4s. Saw one for the first time at the previous year's Waddo' Open Day.

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by Petepilot » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:28 pm

Brilliant, more please! B&W certainly looks good and adds some nostalgia. I don't think colour would have looked half as good, even if it were from a digital camera. On top of all that, the subject is the mighty F-4, the best looking jet ever! :thumbs: Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Coningsby Grey Ops

Post by LTFT5 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:35 pm

Hi Keith,
Firstly what a stunning set of photographs thanks for posting.
I was lucky enough in 1979 to have a ramp tour with two school friends, I was 16 at the time.
To be that close to taxying phantoms is something I have never forgotten.
I even managed to get a lift of one of the service guys back home, to Cleethorpes, with all my camping gear.
Happy days.
Awesome shots of an awesome aircraft.
All the best
Andy
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