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T he PR3 ar r i ved i n 1952 and conf i r med t he s ui t abi l i t yf ort he r ol et hatmany had al r eady r ecogni s ed. S ubs equentdevel opment swer e madeand anevenmor ecapabl ever s i on,t he PR7,f ol l owed t he nex t year .L onger wi ngs , i ncr eas ed f uelcar r yi ng capaci t yand upr at ed Rol l s RoyceAvon109engi nesal l f eat ur edi nt he i mpr oved model ,whi ch wascapabl e off l yi ng athei ght si nex ces sof60, 000f t . A PR7,WH793,wasl at erf i t t ed wi t hf ur t her upr at ed engi nes ,Rol l s Royce Avon 206s ,and act ed as t he pr ot ot ype ai r cr af tf ort he PR9 var i ant ,f l yi ngf i r s ton8J ul y1955.Pr oduct i onof t he PR9 was s ubcont r act ed out t o S hor t Br ot her si nBel f as t ,wher e23ai r f r ameswer ebui l t bet ween1958and1962,al bei tonl y21woul dbe del i ver edf ol l owi ngt hepr edel i ver yl os sofXH129 andXH132’ ss ol eus easami s s i l et r i al st es tbed.


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Oft he r emai ni ng 16 PR9 ai r cr af t ,12 r ecei ved upgr adesbet ween 1976and 1980,al lgear ed t owar ds i mpr ovi ng t he t ype’ sl owl eveland T hePR9ent er eds er vi cewi t hNo.58S quadr onat t act i calr econnai s s ance capabi l i t y.Whi l e mos t RAFWyt oni nJ anuar y1960bef or ebei ngt aken oft he changest ookpl ace i ns i de t he ai r cr af t , onchar gebyNos .13and39S quadr onsatRAF t heygai ned t wo ex t er nal‘ acor ns ’ ,one ont he L uqa,Mal t a. I nt hos eear l yyear s ,t hePR9was l eadi ngedgeoft het ai l f i nandt heot heront he empl oyed ona mul t i t ude ofoper at i onalf l i ght s t ai lcone, f r om t he addi t i on of an AN/ ARI over t he Mi ddl e Eas t , keepi ng wat ch on 18228/ 6r adarwar ni ngr ecei ver . conf l i ct sbet ween I r aq and Kuwai tand t hen S audiAr abi a and Abu Dhabi .A per manent

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L i f eAf t ert heRAF Byt hats t ageanauct i onhadal r eadybeenhel d t o det er mi ne t he f ut ur e oft he t hr ee r emai ni ng ai r cr af t .T hef i nal t hr eeCanber r aPR9si ns er vi ce wi t h No.39( 1PRU)S quadr on oft he RoyalAi r F or ce( XH131,XH134andXH135)wer edel i ver ed t oKembl e( now knownast heCot s wol dAi r por t ) on 31 J ul y 2006. At t hat s t age onl y one bel onged t o Mi dai rS A’ s Mi ke Davi s ,and i t was n’ tunt i ls omes i xmont hsl at ert hatt heot her t wocamei nt ohi spos s es s i onaswel l . “Wewer ei ni t i al l ypl anni ngonl eas i ngt wooft he ai r cr af t back t o t he mi l i t ar y wi t h moder n, updat ed camer a equi pment ,whi l et he t hi r d

ai r cr af twasus edf ors par es .Af t eran18mont h j oi ntvent ur e wi t hZ ei s sCamer as ,whi ch was goi ng t o pr ovi de s at el l i t e up and down l i nki n r ealt i me,unf or t unat el yt he RAFdeci ded t hat t he f ut ur el ay wi t ht he dr one and not t he Canber r a. However ,i n hi nds i ght ,I ’ m r at her gl adwedi dn’ tdoi t ,i naway! ”Mi ket el l sme. Wi t houtacl ear ,commer ci al r eas onf orbr i ngi ng t heai r cr af tbackt ol i f e,i tbecamequi t edi f f i cul t

t oj us t i f yt heenor mousex pens eas s oci at edwi t h apr oj ectoft hi ss i z e,butMi kewasunwi l l i ngt os i t backandl ett heai r cr af tbebr okenup.A new pl an was devi s ed,one t hatwoul ds ee one Canber r ar et ur ned t oai r wor t hys t at usand wi t h a mor e l ongt er m pl an of br i ngi ng t wo addi t i onalai r cr af tofa di f f er entt ype – t he HawkerHunt er– i nt ot he f r ay,cr eat i ng “T he Mi dai rS quadr on” . “Wes eeT heMi dai rS quadr onasanoppor t uni t y f oras ubs t ant i al gl obal br andwhocoul dus et he s quadr onasat ot al l yuni quePRandmar ket i ng t ool f ort hems el ves , ”Mi keex pl ai ns .“Wecan

s eeaf ut ur ei neventopeni ngsf orf i nanci aland t echni cal i ns t i t ut i onswhi chcoul denhancet hei r cur r ents t r at egybyaddi ng an i mpr es s i ve and noi s y1950s ’ex hi bi t i onofex cel l ence t ot he ai r . Youcani magi net heUni ver s i t yBoatRacebei ng opened by t hr ee 1950s ’mi l i t ar y ai r cr af tf l yi ng down t he T hames ,ort he s t ar tofS hanghai Gr and Pr i x bei ng over f l own by a hi s t or i c s pect acl e.T hi si sanex cl us i veoppor t uni t ywhi ch Iam del i ght edt obeapar tof . ”

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XH134’ sRes t or at i on C2 Avi at i on’ s Chr i s Vaughan has pr oj ect managed t he engi neer i ng s i de oft he Canber r a’ sr es t or at i ont of l i ght ,buthow di dt he t eam deci dewhi choft heai r cr af tt or es t or e? “Wechos e‘ 134becaus ei t ’ st echni cal l ybet t er . I thad l es ss t r uct ur ali s s uest han XH135 ( XH131 hass i nce‘ gonehome’t oNor t her nI r el andand i snow ondi s pl ayatt heUl s t erAvi at i onMus eum) . Whi l s t‘ 135 coul df l yagai n,i twoul dr equi r ea s ubs t ant i alamount of i nves t ment t o do s o, whi ch woul d onl y be vi abl e i ft her e was commer ci al backi ng. ” Att heconcl us i onofherRAFcar eer ,XH134had

t or es t or e XH134t o ai r wor t hycondi t i on.I ti sa s ki l l edt eam wor ki ngont hepr oj ectwi t hmanyof t heor i gi nal Canber r aengi neer sr emai ni ngatC2 Avi at i on L t d.T he ai r cr af ti sdes i gnat ed byt he CAA asbei ng a compl exai r cr af tand i sver y aki nt o a Vul can i ni t scompl ex i t yand agei ng s ys t ems–s ever al ofwhi chwe’ ver epl aced. ” Char l i eKyl ei sC2Avi at i on’ sManagi ngDi r ect or : “T hemos ti mpor t antt hi ngf orMi keandhi st eam i st hes af et yoft hepi l ot sandcr ew whi l s ti nt heai r andont hegr ound.F ew oper at or shavegonet o t hel evel ofcar ewepr ovi deatC2Avi at i on,and f ol l owi ng t he compl et e over haulofal lai r cr af t par t s ,t heCAAhavebeent hr i l l edatt hel engt hs we have gone t o ens ur e t he Canber r a’ s ai r wor t hi nes s . ”

s er ved wi t h each of Nos . 13, 39 and 58 S quadr ons , had been a t r i al s ai r cr af t at Bos combe Down, had not ched a t ot alof 9281: 20 f l yi ng hour s and had made 4, 556 l andi ngs .S hehadal s ounder goneacompl et e r ef ur bi s hmenti nt heear l y1980s . Mi ke ex pl ai ns ,““T he r et ur nt of l i ght pr oj ect s t ar t edi near nes ti nMay2011,andMi dai rS Ahas f undedanew companycal l edC2Avi at i onL t d

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Cons ci ousoft hef actt hatXH134’ snew car eer pat h may l ead t o wor l dwi de appear ances , pot ent i al l y wi t hr educed gr ound s uppor t at t i mes ,oneoft hekeychangest het eam want ed t os ee made waswi t ht he i nt r oduct i on ofan el ect r i cs t ar t ers ys t em,i n pl ace oft he or i gi nal AVPI Nmet hod. Char l i e ex pl ai ns , “T he el ect r i c s t ar t i s a modi f i cat i onofaknowns ys t em t hatal l owsust o be much mor e f l ex i bl e and r equi r e l es s ont hegr ounds uppor t .I fwewer egoi ngt oan ai r s how i nt he Mi ddl e Eas t ,wi t ha f ul lbr i ef i ng, t her e’ sno r eas on why t he pi l otcoul dn’ thop t hr ough a coupl e of pl aces and t hen t he gr oundcr ew coul dmeett hem atanot herpoi nt . “T he ai r cr af tnow s t ar t swi t h a pi l ot oper at ed but t onpus h,wi t hnoneoft hel ogi s t i csi nhavi ng t o move danger ousai rcar go ( AVPI N) .T hi si s bet t erf ort heengi neandmeansyounol onger havet o dealwi t ha ‘ commi t t ed s t ar t ’pr oces s . We’ ve been t hi nki ng ahead atal lt i mes as XH134needst obeadepl oyabl eai r cr af t . ” T he Canber r a hass o muchs pace f ors t owage t hatt het eam i snow l ooki ngats ol ut i onst oal l ow at ow bart obef l ownwi t ht heai r cr af t ,f orus eon l andi ngatf or ei gnai r f i el ds .

Regul at or yI nvol vement Nat ur al l y,wi t h a pr oj ect of t hi s nat ur e,i t ’ s abs ol ut el y i mper at i ve t hat an ongoi ng di al oguehasex i s t edbet weenC2Avi at i onand t heCAA. Char l i e el abor at es , “T he CAA has been unbel i evabl y s uppor t i ve gi ven t he l evel of changest hey’ r ef aci ng i nt er msofcut backs , and we’ r e gr at ef ulf ort hei rencour agement and ongoi ng advi ce. T her e’ sa l ot mor e del egat ed aut hor i t y t o E4 s i gnat or y or gani s at i onsnow.Yous t i l lneedt os at i s f yyour s ur veyor wi t h what you’ r e doi ng,and t hey woul dn’ tj us tgi ve outt hi sl evelofaut hor i t y l i ber al l y.You know how wel lyou’ r e doi ng by how of t en you’ r e audi t ed;i fi t ’ sever ymont h, t her e’ ss omet hi ngwr ong! ”

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One of t he changes t he CAA want ed i mpl ement ed on t he Canber r a concer ned a f uel t anks uppr es s ants ys t em. “You have t o us et oday’ smet hods ,pr act i ces and pr i nci pl est o modi f y,s o even t hough an ai r cr af t compl i es t o t he or i gi nal des i gn s peci f i cat i ons t andar d,i t ’ sbeenmodi f i ed,and youhavet obeabl et os how t hati tcompl i est o t he cur r ent s t andar ds at t he t i me of t he modi f i cat i on. By t oday’ s pr i nci pl es and s t andar dsi ti ni t i al l yr equi r edust ohaveas econd s ki ns epar at i onont hebel l yt ank–t hemai nt ank. I ft her e’ sani s s uewi t ht hel andi ng,t her ei sahi gh r i s koff uel i gni t i on,whi chi t ’ si mper at i vet oavoi d. “Cer t ai ns ugges t i onswer e bounced ar ound s uchas‘ coul dweputaKevl ars ki noni t ?’-and i nt heend,amodi f i edver s i onofanof f t hes hel f pr oduct was t he s ol ut i on f or us , ” Char l i e ex pl ai ns . “I thad ex pl os i ve f i r es uppr es s i on t ubesi ni t , ” Chr i st el l sme,“Es s ent i al l y we’ ve j us tf i t t ed an ai r cr af tf i r e ex t i ngui s heratt he back. I t ’ s85% f l ui d,15% gasand t hei dea i st omaket hef uel evenmor ei ner t .Whatwehadt odot henwas get Dave S t ar key f r om Acr o Aer onaut i cal S er vi cest o des i gn a s ys t em wi t h us . He t hen us ed s ci ent i s t sf r om t he nucl earl abor at or i esat Cul ham S ci ence Cent r et o wor koutt he f l ui d dynami csf oruss oweknew whatbor eofpi pe t ous eandt hel engt hr equi r edandhow bi gt he hol eshadt obet odi s pens et hef l ui d. ” “F r om a pur e engi neer i ng per s pect i ve,i twas goods t uf f ! ”Char l i ei nt er j ect s . Chr i scont i nues ,“Andt henDaveandI cameup wi t hamani f ol dandr et ur nval ves ys t em andr an i t pas tJ ohn ( Mar t i n) and I an ( Chapman) , al t hough t he CAA s t i l lr equi r ed doubl es ki n pl at es .Iwas doi ng t he s af et y cas ef ort he aer opl ane att hi st i me and t her e’ d onl ybeen f i ve Canber r a PR9 cr as hes ,one ofwhi ch was r epl i cat i nganot herPR9cr as h( Bos combeDown want ed t o putan ai r cr af ti nt ot he s ame f l i ght r egi meands eei fi twoul dhappenagai n–i tdi d, butt hi st i met hepi l otmadei tout ! ) !I wentback ands howedt hem t hef l yi nghour s ,andt heCAA


wass at i s f i ed wi t ht hi s . Ij us thad one oft hos e ‘ Eur eka! ’moment sone day,Iwasj us ts att her e and Is uddenl yt hought ,‘ T her e’ sneverbeen a Canber r aPR9bel l yl andi ng! ’S oI wentt ot heCAA and t ol dt hem i twasf ourt i mesmor el i kel yt o ki l l you t hr ough cr as hi ng t han i twasl andi ng on i t s bel l y,and t heyagr eed wi t hme.Real l y,t hatwas t he moment wher e al lt he over l yl egi s l at i ve r es t r i ct i onswer er el ax ed and we coul d car r yon r es t or i ngt heai r cr af t ” . T hei mpr ovement shaven’ ts t oppedatt heai r cr af t ei t her . Aswel lasan ongoi ng pr ogr amme of r enovat i on t o C2 Avi at i on’ s hangar ,a pi l ot s ’ br i ef i ng r oom hasbeenconver t ed whi chmeans t he S quadr on’ spi l ot snow have t hei rowns pace t of ul l y pl an,pr epar e and br i eff ort hei rs or t i es , wher evert heymayt aket hem. I anChapmani saf or merengi neeri nt heRoyal Ai r F or cewi t hex per i enceonHawksands omeoft he RAF ’ sl ar geras s et s ,s uchasC17andVC10.He’ s beeni nvol vedwi t ht hepr oj ects i nceear l y2012. “I ,aspar tofJ ohnMar t i n’ st eam,l i t er al l ys pentt wo weekst r yi ng t os ett he r ange ofmovement son t heai l er ons , ”I ant el l sme.“Wepur pos el ys etout t o getever yt hi ng notj us twi t hi nt he accept abl e t ol er ances ,butbang i nt he mi ddl e att he nul l pos i t i on,and ever yt i me Igotone end oft he ai l er oncont r ols ys t em s quar edaway,i twoul dbe of fs omewher e el s e! We cr acked i tevent ual l y t hough,andnow s hef l i esl i kes he’ sf act or yf r es h! ”

F i r s tPos t Res t or at i onF l i ght Undoubt edl yt he mos ts i gni f i canteventi nt he pr oj ect ’ shi s t or yt o dat e came on 19J ul yoft hi s yearwhens he f l ew f ort he f i r s tt i me af t eral mos t ex act l ys evenyear sont hegr ound. “Asyoucani magi ne,whens he gotai r bor ne f or t hatf i r s tf l i ght ,t her e was n’ ta dr y eye i nt he hous e, ”I an s ays .“We’ ve been pour i ng bl ood, s weatandt ear si nt ot hepr oj ectf ors ol ong– and t he r el eas e of emot i on at a ver y poi gnant momentwashugef oral l t hos ei nvol ved.


Above -Bar r y Hegar t y appl i est he f i ni s hi ng t ouchest o XH134’ s el evat or spos tr es t or at i on. Bel ow -Backi nt he s ki eswher es he bel ongs ,XH134 af t eral mos t s evenyear sr oot edt ot hegr ound. Bot t om l ef t-I anChapmanandI onaBr andputt heai r cr af tt obedi n t hehangaraf t erherf i r s tj our neyt ot her unwayi nhernew col our s . L ef t-T he s i gn out s i de t he doort ot he pi l ot s ’br i ef i ng r oom att he Mi dai rS quadr on’ sCot s wol dAi r por thomebas e. T opl ef t-XH134t akest ot her unwayatt he2010Cot s wol dAi rS how. Att hats t age,ar et ur nt ot hes ki ess t i l l r emai nedbutadr eam. Al l i maest hi ss pr eadKar lDr age


“We wer et hr i l l ed wi t h how wel lt he f i r s tf l i ght went ,and t he pos i t i ve f eedbackwe r ecei ved f r om t he pi l ot s . F ol l owi ng t he s t andar d pos t f l i ghtchecks ,wewer edel i ght edt or epor tt hat , as i de f r om a coupl e ofver ymi nort hi ngs ,t he f l i ghthad pr oduced no s i gni f i cantpr obl emsor i nf l i ghti s s ues .Wequi ckl ys or t ed t hes eoutand s he wentup agai n.I twasf unnyt hough,wi t h t hatf i r s tf l i ghtoutoft he way,emot i onal l ywe wer equi t ebl as éaboutt hes econdt r i p! ”

RI AT2013 L at ert hats ameday,t heCanber r at ookof ff r om Cot s wol d Ai r por tand l anded atRAF F ai r f or d wher es he wasa s ur pr i s e addi t i ont ot he s t at i c di s pl ayatt heRoyalI nt er nat i onalAi rT at t oo.T hi s was heri naugur alpubl i c appear ance s i nce bei ng r et i r ed f r om act i ve s er vi ce i n 2006.I an cont i nues ,“T o achi eve t haton t he s ame day wasbeyondourwi l des tdr eams ! “Idon’ tt hi nkwe appr eci at ed j us thow much l ovet her ewasf ort heai r cr af tunt i l wel andedat RI AT .I onaBr andandI wer et her et os uppor tt he l andi ng and t ax yi ng pr ocedur e and vi s i t or st o t hes how wer ecl amour i ngt ocat chagl i mps eof her !I twasamaz i ng!Overt he cour s e oft he weekend,t her e wass o muchi nt er es tf r om t he gener alpubl i c;peopl ear egenui nel ydel i ght ed t hatwe’ ve gotan ai r wor t hyCanber r a agai n, andwer ekeent oknow whatt henex tphas eof t hepr oj ectwas . ”

Mi dai rSquadr on’ sCanber r aPi l ot s XH134’ s pi l ot i ng dut i es ar e t o be s har ed bet ween Mi ke L eckey & Dave Pi per , bot h f or merRAFCanber r a PR9 pi l ot sand bot h on 39( R)S quadr on att he bi t t erend oft he t ype’ s s er vi cecar eer . Mi kehadj oi nedt heRAFi n1988andwaspos t ed t o No.360S quadr on,f l yi ng t he Canber r aT 17. Af t er360waswoundup, hedeci dedhewant ed t o become an i ns t r uct orand,af t eracqui r i ng t he neces s ar y qual i f i cat i ons ,ul t i mat el y ended upast heQF I( Qual i f i edF l yi ngI ns t r uct or )onNo.


39 S quadr on. S ubs equenti ns t r uct i onalt our s havei ncl udedt heF i r ef l ywi t hDEF T S , t heDomi ni e wi t h No.55( R)S quadr on and Mi ke i scur r ent l y as s i gned t o No. 45( R) S quadr on as an advanced,mul t i engi ned pi l oti ns t r uct or . He’ s al s onos t r angert odi s pl ayf l yi nghavi ngbeena memberoft he Bat t l e ofBr i t ai nMemor i alF l i ght f orni neyear s ,oper at i ngt heL ancas t erandt he Dakot a bet ween2000and 2009.Hi sCanber r a hour st ot als ome2, 500,ofwhi ch1, 700wer eon t hePR9,andhewi l l beXH134’ sChi efPi l ot . Dave’ s RAF car eer has mai nl y i nvol ved bounci ng ar ound bet ween Canber r a and t r ai ni ngt our s .Whent heJ et s t r eam wasus edi n t hemul t i engi net r ai ni ngr ol e,Davewast heBos s ofNo.45S quadr onandhe’ sal s obeent heCF S ex ami neron t he T ut or .I nt ot alhe hasabout 3, 000hour sonCanber r a,ar ound 800ofwhi ch wer eont hePR9.Hehass omet hi ngofacl ai mt o f amei nt heCanber r aPR9wor l dt oo. “When we del i ver ed t he ai r cr af tt o Kembl e,I engi neer ed i t–asF l i ghtCommanderOps–t o makes ur eI wast hel as tonet ol and,s oI l anded t he l as teverCanber r at hatwasi n RoyalAi r F or ces er vi ce–XH135! “I ’ veal s odonequi t eabi tofdi s pl ayf l yi ng, ”he t el l sme,“i nt heRAFandwi t ht heci vi l i anmar ks– bot ht he T T 18t hatwasf i r s tf l own on t he ci vvy ci r cui t( now i n Aus t r al i a)bya guycal l ed Ron Mi t chel land t henl at eronwi t h( Ai rAt l ant i que) Cl as s i cF l i ghtont heB2/ 6var i ant . ” T hel as tnamed–att het i met heonl yai r wor t hy Canber r al ef ti nEur ope-bl ew anengi neback on22J ul y2007,s opr i ort oXH134’ sr es ur r ect i on, Dave’ sl as tCanber r a di s pl aywasf l own i nt he B2/ 6atRAFWaddi ngt onon1J ul y2007. Unl i keDave,Mi kewasr es i gnedt ohavi ngf l own hi sl as tCanber r at r i pwhent hei rt i mewi t h39( R) S quadr ondr ew t oacl os e. “It houghtt hatwast he end. Iwentt ot he t r oubl e oft hr owi ng al lmydocument at i on i nt o t hes ki pout s i det heS quadr onandI f el tt hatwas def i ni t el yi t .Iwasamaz edwhenIgotacal l out oft he bl ue as ki ng i fI ’ d be i nt er es t ed i nf l yi ng ‘ 134agai n. ”

Cl ockwi s ef r om t op l ef t : Ar r i vi ng i nt ot he RAF F ai r f or d ci r cui t ; Par ked up atRAF Coni ngs by i n May 2006; T ax yi ng i nt o par ki ng atRI AT2013; Get t i ng ai r bor ne f r om RI AT2006;XH134’ sownerandMi dai r S AMDMi keDavi ss t andspr oudl yi nf r ontof t hej etaf t eri t sar r i val atF ai r f or d;Headon af t er vacat i ng t he F ai r f or d Runway; L eavi ngas mokeyt r ai l ast hewheel st ouch downatF ai r f or df ort hef i r s tt i mei ns even year s .Al l i magest hi ss pr eadKar lDr age


Cl ear l y much haschanged on t he ai r f r ame s i nce ‘ 134’ sr et i r ement . Di d Mi ke and Dave havemuchi nputi nt opr eci s el ywhatwenton? “I twasal mos taf ai taccompl i byt het i meDave andI wer econs ul t edaboutt hechanges , s o, no, notr eal l y.Mos toft hei t emst hatwer emodi f i ed wer e ver y engi neer i ng s ens i t i ve r at her t han ai r cr ew s ens i t i ve. T he maj ormodi f i cat i on was t heel ect r i cs t ar tt ot heengi nes ,s oasf arast he ai r cr ew ar e concer ned t hat ’ sj us ta mat t erof pr es s i ng a but t on. Onet hi ng Ihavehad s l i ght i nputi ni st hes i t i ngoft heavi oni csi nt hecockpi t –I wascons ul t edovert hat .S oI t r i edt opi ckt he bes tpos i t i onf ort heGPS ,r adi os ,navi gat i ons ui t e andt hevar i ousdi al st hatwentwi t ht hat . ”

“Idi dt he f i r s tf l i ghtand di d a qui ckhal f hour s hakedowns or t i e,andt henDavej umpedi nt oi t s hor t l y af t er war ds – s o we bot hs hook t he ai r cr af t down on t he f i r s t day, whi ch, i nci dent al l y,wass evenyear sandonedays i nce Ihadl as tf l ownaCanber r aPR9! ” T hef actt hef i r s tf l i ght swents os moot hl ycame asnos ur pr i s eatal l t oDave. “Wasi ts ur pr i s i ng?No,becaus ewhenyouknow t hequal i t yoft heguyst hathavebeendoi ngt he engi neer i ng on i t ,you know t hey’ r e goi ng t o make a good j ob ofi t . We knew af t eral lt he gr oundt es t i ngt hatwedi d–t hehi ghs peedt ax i

Mi kehadt hehonouroft aki ngXH134backi nt o checks ,ands oon–weknew t hes ys t emswer e t he ai rf ort he f i r s tt i me af t erherr es t or at i on. I aboutasgood ast heywer eevergoi ng t obe. as kedhi mi fi twasl i kehe’ dneverbeenaway. Bear i ng i n mi nd I ’ ve f l own ci vi l i anoper at ed Canber r asf orqui t eaf ew year sonandof f ,s oI “I twas ,f unni l yenough.WhenI wass i t t i ngt r yi ng wasf ai r l yconf i dent . t or ecal lal lt he dr i l l set c wi t houtbei ng i nt he ai r cr af t ,Icoul dn’ tr emembert hem,butwhenI “You know when you’ ve gota good t eam of j umped backi nt oi t ,i tal lcamef l oodi ng back. engi neer sar oundyout het hi ngi sgoi ngt owor k T heyt al kaboutmus cl ememor y,and,youknow, asadver t i s ed.I t ’ smor eofat r i but et ot hes ki l l sof my ar mswer er emember i ng wher et o go f or t hem,r eal l y. “ what s wi t ches wi t hout me havi ng t o make cons ci oust hought s ,s oi twasni ce and i tdi d T her ewasoneas pectoft hef i r s tf l i ghtt hatMi ke comer us hi ngbackt ome. wasl ooki ngf or war dt ol es st hant her es t .


“T he f i r s tt hi ng Idi d was ,Igotai r bor ne and I want ed t o do a l ows peed handl i ng check becaus et heCanber r awasal waysver ydi f f i cul t t o gett he t r i ms or t ed out .T her e’ sa l i t t l es t r i p t hats i t sont hebackoft heel evat or s ,andi thas t obef i l ed;i t ’ saver ybas i cdes i gn.T hi ss t r i phas t obef i l edoutoft heuppers ur f aceort hel ower s ur f ace, dependi ng on how t he ai r cr af ti s handl i ng,and Iwasex pect i ng i tt o be f ai r l y

mar ki ngst he ai r cr af tcar r i ed whens he bowed outofRAFs er vi ce,Mi ke Davi swascar ef ult o ens ur et hat ,s houl dt he need everar i s e,XH134 coul dber et ur nedt oherf or mergl or y,s odi gi t al bl uepr i nt soft hear t wor kwer et akenbef or eany wor kbeganont henew s cheme. When t he Canber r a PR9 wasi nt r oduced i nt o

badl yout ,t o be hones t . Buti twasabs ol ut el y s poton. T hat-t he t r i m check-wast he t hi ng t hatIwas r eal l y dr eadi ng,and i tmar ched s t r ai ghtt hr oughwi t hnoi s s ueswhat s oever . ”

s er vi ce s he di ds oi n an al l overs i l vercol our s cheme,wi t hf ul l t r i col ourr oundel sandf i nf l as h and f eat ur i ng ‘ XH134’i nf our f oothi gh bl ack l et t er sundereach wi ng. Mi ke’ spl an wast o r es t or ehert oherf or mergl or y.

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S o, af t er much r ubbi ng down, mas ki ng, cl eani ng,s pr ayi ngandmor ecl eani ng,s hewas f i nal l yr eadyt ohaveherRAFmar ki ngsappl i ed.

Af t era hugel ys ucces s f ulRI ATweekend,t he r emai nderoft he ai r cr af t ’ sf l i ghtt es ts chedul e wascompl et ed wi t houtany s i gni f i canti s s ues bei ngr ai s ed.I twast hent i met oembar kupon t hes econdphas eoft hegr andpl an:XH134was t ober epai nt ed. Acut el y awar e of t he s i gni f i cance of t he

“We’ veus edat ypeofdecal t hatcaneas i l ybe r emoved and r epl aced.T hi si sf ort he s i mpl e r eas on t hatr ul esdi ct at et hati fs pons or s hi pi s car r i ed ex t er nal l y on t he ai r cr af t ,al lmi l i t ar y mar ki ngsmus tber emovedands hemus tf l yon herci vi l r egi s t r at i on,GOMHD, ”Char l i eex pl ai ns . Mai ni mageKar lDr age


Whi l et hi swi l l doubt l es scaus emuchf ur or eamongt henays ayer s ,s ur el y i t ’ sbet t ert o have t he ai r cr af tf l yi ng t han gr ounded due t oa l ackof f undi ng? And,ofcour s e,nobodys ayst heRAFmar ki ngscannott henbe r eappl i edonceanys pons or s hi pdeal shaveconcl uded.

GoodwoodRevi valPr epar at i ons Herf i r s tt r i pt ot her unwayi nhernew s chemecameundert ow at0730 on t he mor ni ng of2 S ept emberf ora phot os hootahead oft he announcementt hatt he Mi dai rS quadr on woul ds pons ort he F r eddi e Mar chS pi r i tofAvi at i onatt hef or t hcomi ngGoodwoodRevi val .S hewas s t i l lt o be wei ghed and s o herf uelt anks wer e empt y. As t he phot ogr apherl uckyenought obegi vent hej obofcapt ur i ngher ,l etme j us ts ay,s hel ookedamaz i ng. Ias kedMi keDavi show hef el taboutf i nal l yget t i ngt os how t heai r cr af t of ft ot hepubl i c:“I nawayIf eel qui t ener vousbecaus ewewer egoi ng t ot akehert oGoodwoodl as tyear ,andunf or t unat el yt het i mi ngwas n’ t r i ght ,al t houghwedi dmanaget of l yt heHunt er st hen.T hi syearwi l lbe t hef i r s tpubl i cdi s pl ayofheri nhernew col ours cheme,whi chnobody hasyets een. “Wehaveagoodr el at i ons hi pwi t hGoodwood–mos t l yt hr oughmyown pas s i onf ormot or car sand aer opl anes–s o Mi dai rS Ai spr es ent i ng t he F r eddi e Mar ch S pi r i t of Avi at i on at Goodwood f or t he s econd cons ecut i veyear ,andi t ’ sabs ol ut el yi mper at i vet heCanber r ai st her e. ” S ome aer i alvi ewsofXH134’ snew col our ss i t t i ng overt he t hr es hol dt o Cot s wol dAi r por t ’ sRunway08.Al l i magest hi ss pr eadKar lDr age


Di s pl ayAut hor i s at i on Al l t hat ex per i ence, and havi ngt i cksi nt her i ghtbox es al r eady meant t hat s or t i ng outDave’ spaper wor kt of l y XH134 i nf r ontoft he publ i c wasr el at i vel ypai nl es s . “I al r eady had a Di s pl ay Aut hor i s at i on( DA)andat ype ex empt i on f ort he Canber r a, s of ormei twasaf ai r l ys t r ai ght f or war dpr oces s–i twasj us ta r enewal ofmyDA. ” Rol l s Royce’ sChi efT es tPi l ot , Phi l lO’ Del l ,handl ed Dave’ s r enewaland Mi ke L eckey’ s i ni t i al DAi s s ueonbehal foft he CAA ( Ci vi lAvi at i onAut hor i t y) -t heCAA doesnotr ecogni s e t he mi l i t ar y equi val ent ,s o Mi ke’ sDA f r om hi st i me wi t h t he BBMFwasnots uf f i ci entat Cot s wol d Ai r por t on 8 S ept ember . “Ihave t os ay,Mi ke di da s t er l i ng j ob, ” Dave t el l s me, “t obeabl et of l yt hedi s pl ayi n t he PR9asex per t l yashe di d j us t on t he r un up t hat weekend wasqui t e an ef f or t on hi s par t . He pr obabl y di dn’ tbl ow hi sown t r umpet , buthedi dagr eatj ob. ”

Ri ght-Dave Pi per( l ef t )and Mi ke L eckey( r i ght )t ake t i me outf r om a bus yweekend of di s pl aywor kupsf ora cuppa and a f ew pos es f or t he camer a. Al l i mages T om Gi bbons

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Above-XH134get sai r bor nef r om Cot s wol dAi r por t ’ sRunway24f oradi s pl ay pr act i cewi t hMi keL eckeyatt hecont r ol s . Bel ow -Dave Pi pers hows‘ 134’ snew col our sof ft ot r emendousef f ectat Cot s wol dAi r por tdur i ngoneofhi sownpr act i ces .


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T heSequence Att het i meofwr i t i ng,I am s t i l l t o wi t nes s t he Mi dai r S quadr on di s pl ayf i r s thand, af t er weat her f or ced t he t eam t o abor tt he S unday’ s appear anceatGoodwood, but l ooki ng at t he r i bbon di agr am oft hedi s pl ay,t her e ar e el ement s t hat l ook f ami l i ar ! “I t ’ smor e orl es st he s ame di s pl ay t hatIputt oget her backi nt he l at e‘ 90swhenI was f l yi ng t he Canber r a t hen, ” Dave ex pl ai ns . “I s us pect t he onl y r eal di f f er ence i st he hi ghs peed pas s , becaus e you can act ual l y do a hi ghs peed pas s i n a PR9 qui t e comf or t abl y,wher easi nt he l es s power f ul var i ant s , you havet ogoqui t eal ongway away f r om t he cr owd i n or dert os t and any chance t o gett he s peed up. I nt he PR9,t hat ’ snotani s s ue! ” “Bot hDaveandmys el fwent t o s peak t o t he pr evi ous Canber r a di s pl ay pi l ot ,a chap cal l ed T er r y Cai r ns – t he l as t Canber r a di s pl ay pi l oti nt he RAF . We went and chat t ed i tt hr ough wi t h T er r y–whathedi d–andhe wasver yhel pf ul andgaveus a f ew t op t i ps f or what l ooked good i n t he Canber r a, and we i ncor por at ed a f ew oft he t hi ngshe s ai d and t ookhi s advi ce and putt he di s pl ay t oget heraccor di ngl y, ”Mi ke adds .


Kar lDr age Whi l e Goodwood’ s unus ual l ys haped di s pl ay l i ne meant t hat t he di s pl ay needed t o be t weaked a l i t t l e, f eedback has been over whel mi ngl y pos i t i ve, wi t h r ealemphas i s pl acedupont he“Avonhowl ” .F r om t hepi l ot ’ s per s pect i ve,t hough,what ’ st he bes tbi t ? I as kedDave: “Il ove t he t akeof fand get t i ng i nt ot hatf i r s t s t eep t ur n;Iqui t e enj oy t hatasa pr ocedur e becaus e you’ ve gott o be f ai r l yaccur at e wi t h t hat ,f ai r l yt i ght ,and makeyouradj us t ment st o r ol l outoft hatoneoncr owdcent r e. “I s uppos ef orpur eex hi l ar at i on,i t ’ sgott obet he hi ghs peed pas s .T hati squi t es omet hi ng!You don’ tof t enhearmuchnoi s e–muchf eedback –i ns i de t he Canber r a when you’ r ef l yi ng,but whenyouputf ul l poweronyouf eel i tandhear i t . And,ofcour s e,i ts oundsgl or i ousf r om t he out s i de! ”

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“T he ai r cr af tal wayswasdel i ght f ult o handl e ands t i l li s , ”Mi kes ays .“I t ’ sl i ght ert hani twasi n s er vi ce,s ot hatmakesi tmor e pl eas antt of l y– t hepower t owei ghtr at i ohasi mpr ovedwi t ht he r emoval ofs omes ens or set c. ” Andt hes wi t cht oas i ngl epi l otcr ew?

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“I ti ncr eas est hewor kl oad a bi t .Butt heGPSi s ver ygood. We now have a GPSwi t ha vi s ual di s pl ay,whi ch we di dn’ thave pr evi ous l y–we j us thadanavi gat orwhowoul ddes cr i bet hi ngs t o you. A pi ct ur e pai nt sa t hous and wor ds ,as t heys ay,and bei ng abl et ol ookdownatt he GPS s cr een means t hat your s i t uat i onal awar enes si si mpr oved i mmens el y. T he onl y L ef t-F r om l ef t :Char l i eKyl e,Bar r yHegar t y,Mi ke Davi s ,I onaBr and& Chr i sVaughan


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T hepl anmovi ngf or war di ss t i l l f ort heCanber r at obe s uppl ement ed by t he t wo HawkerHunt er s ,XL 577 ( GXMHD)andXL 600( GRAXA) . “T heHunt er swer ef l yi ngl as tyear .What ’ si mpor t antt o usi st o homogeni s et he ai r cr af ts ot hatt hey’ r e al li n t hes amepai nts chemeandf l yi ngasas quadr on.T he t wo Hunt er sbot h needed maj orchecks ,and Iam ant i ci pat i ng t he pai nt wor k and checks wi l l be compl et edbyt hel at t erpar toft hi syear , ”Mi keDavi s s ays . T he us e oft he wor d “S quadr on” doesl eave me wonder i ngwhet herwecanex pectt os eeanyot her t ypesj oi ni ngt heCanber r aandHunt er s : “T he i nt ent i on i st o keep t he Mi dai rS quadr on asa s howcas i ng ex ampl e of Br i t i s h engi neer i ng ex cel l encef r om t he1950s .Whi l s tt hei mmedi at epl an i sf ort hes quadr ont of l yasat r i o,Iwoul ddear l yl ove t o puta Vi ct orbomberi nt he ai r ,butIt hi nk t he economi csoft hatar ebeyondmywi l des tdr eams ! ” Havi ngnow mett hemaj or i t yofkeypeopl ei nvol ved i nt heMi dai rS quadr on,Ihavet os ay,i t ’ sver ydi f f i cul t t obeanyt hi ngot hert hanhugel yi mpr es s edwi t ht he oper at i onf r om t opt obot t om.T hewhol eet hosi sbui l t ar ounddoi ngt hi ngst her i ghtway,t hes af eway,and i sgear ed t opr ovi di ngs omeoft hebi gges tbr andsi n t he wor l d wi t ha f i r s tcl as spl at f or m f r om whi ch t o pr es entt hems el vest oat r ul ygl obal audi ence.

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Bel ow -T heF ai r eyF D2,af or merWor l dAi rS peedRecor dhol der af t erPet erT wi s sf l ew t heai r cr af tat1132mphon10Mar ch1956 ( Huw Hopki ns )


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T hi shangaral s oi ncl udest hr eevar i ant sofMet eor– i ncl udi ngt heMet eorF 8 ‘ pr one pos i t i on’ ai r cr af t( r i ght ) wi t h an ex t ended nos e s ect i on t o accommodat eas econd cockpi t .T hi s ai r cr af tcar r i es an i nt er es t i ng concepti ni t shi s t or y,t hatoft hepos s i bi l i t yoff l yi ngf r om t hepr onepos i t i on, f orwhi ch t he Met eors er vesasa r es ear ch t es tbed wi t ha s peci al l y cons t r uct edbubbl ecanopycockpi ts ect i onbui l ti nt ot henos eex t ens i on. T hes econdcockpi twasr et ai neds ot hatanot herpi l otcoul dkeepcont r ol oft he ai r cr af ti nt he eventofanemer gency.T hi suni que var i antoft he Met eorf i r s tf l ew on10F ebr uar y1954andhadt hedi s t i nct i onofbei ngt he l as tex per i ment alf l i ghtf r om Bagi nt on,bef or et hatai r f i el dcl os edi t sdoor s t ot es tf l i ght s .T hepr onepos i t i ont es t i ngi nvol vedat ot al of99s or t i esand55 hour s ’f l yi ng bef or ei t scompl et i onon31J ul y1955.T he out come oft he Met eor ’ st es t i ngwast hatt hepr onepos i t i onwoul dbef eas i bl ef ort r ai ned pi l ot s ,howevert he pr oj ecthad al r eadybeen cancel l ed and t hus ,t he r es ear chwasneverputt oi nt ooper at i on. L ooki ng att hi suni que and qui t e uns i ght l yai r cr af t( i t ’ samaz i ng how t he ex t ended nos es ect i on compl et el yr emoves any s embl ance oft he Met eor ’ sbeaut i f ulpr of i l e! ) ,i t ’ squi t es omet hi ngt ocont empl at ehow t he t es t i ng under t akenus i ng t hi sai r cr af tmayhave cont r i but ed t owar dsan ent i r el ydi f f er entf or m off l yi ng–al as ,i tnow s er vesasanot herr emi nderof aner awher ei ngenui t yl edt heway,andt heendl es spos s i bi l i t i esoff l i ght wer e put t o t he t es t each day i nt he name of i nnovat i on and devel opment . Al l i magest hi ss pr eadKar lDr age


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Gul fWar1 No s ooner was t he peace di vi dend bei ng cont empl at edt hant heUKf oundi t s el fi nawar . T hei nvas i onofKuwai tbyI r aqif or cesi nAugus t 1990r es ul t ed i na t hr eatagai ns tS audiAr abi a andades i r ef orKuwai tt obel i ber at ed.Al ar ge coal i t i onoff or ceswasr api dl yas s embl ed f r om acr os st hegl obe.T heRAFwass wi f t l ys entt ot he r egi on and pr ogr es s i vel ybui l tup a s ubs t ant i al f or cei nS audi Ar abi a,Bahr ai nandOman. T he T or nado f l eetwasheavi l y commi t t ed t o whatwasknownasOper at i onGRANBYwi t ht he GR1/ GR1A f l eet bei ng depl oyed acr os st he r egi on. T he F 3f l eetwas al s o depl oyed t o pr ovi deai rdef ence.J aguarai r cr af twer es ent t of l yt act i cals t r i kemi s s i onsandt heBuccaneer f or ce al s o made an appear ance s i nce t hey wer et he onl y capabi l i t yi ni t i al l y avai l abl ef or l as er des i gnat i on. L as er des i gnat i on was r equi r edwhenmedi um l evel bombi ngbecame t he nor m af t ert he i ni t i alni ght soft he conf l i ct , when l ow l evelat t acksbecame t he s t andar d del i ver y met hod. T ankerand mar i t i me pat r ol as s et swer eal s oheavi l yus edaswer ehel i copt er f or ces .

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Opt i onsf orChange wast he nex ti na s er i esof r evi ews of def ence s pendi ng t hat had s i gni f i canti mpact son t he s t r uct ur e off or ces . 1994 br oughtF r ontL i ne F i r s t .T hi si ncl uded a f ur t herr educt i on i n RAFbas esbutdi di ncl ude t he appr ovaloft he Mi dL i f e Updat et ot he T or nado GR1 f l eetwhi ch r es ul t ed i nt he GR4 devel opment . 1998 br ought t he S t r at egi c Def ence Revi ew. T hi sr emoved a f ur t hert wo f r ont l i ne s quadr ons but s uppor t ed t he acqui s i t i onoft heEur of i ght erT yphoon. I tal s obr oughtaboutt heamal gamat i onoft he RAF ’ sHar r i erf or ce and t he RoyalNavy’ sS ea Har r i er f or ce i nt o J oi nt F or ce Har r i er . T hi s combi nedt heRoyal NavyandRAFai r cr ewsi nt o a gr adual l y mor ei nt egr at ed oper at i on whi ch ul t i mat el y al l owed t he wi t hdr awaloft he S ea Har r i erwi t houtr emovi ng t heF l eetAi rAr mf r om f as tj et oper at i ons . An i ncr eas e i n ai r l i f t

capaci t ywasi dent i f i edwhi chl edt ot hel eas i ng off ourC17 Gl obemas t erI I Iai r cr af t . T hes e l eas esul t i mat el y wer et ur ned i nt o pur chas es wi t ht hef l eetgr adual l yex pandi ngt oi t scur r ent s evenai r cr af t .

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T hencamet heat t acksofS ept ember11t h2001. I twasnotl ongbef or et heUKwass uppor t i nga coal i t i onoff or cesengagedi nAf ghani s t ani nan ef f or tt o at t ackAlQaeda’ sl eader s hi p and t o dr i ve t he T al i ban outofpower . T hi si s an oper at i on t hati s yett o be concl uded and whi chhasbeenadef i ni ngpar tofoper at i onsf or t he RAF f orovera decade. Meanwhi l e,a s mal l ercoal i t i ont henengaged i na conf l i cti n I r aq whi ch r es ul t ed i nS addam Hus s ei nf al l i ng f r om power .T hi sconf l i ctal s ol as t edmanyyear s and t heRAFwasoper at i ng ont wo f r ont s .T he I r aq depl oyment s ul t i mat el y ended and a wi t hdr awalf r om Af ghani s t an i s pl anned f or 2014.

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T het ankerf l eethasbeenagei ngaswel l .Even t heconver s i onoft het r ans por tVC10st ot anker s wasnotenoughandt heywer eul t i mat el ygoi ng t obel i f eex pi r ed.S i mi l ar l yt heT r i S t ar sar es ome oft hef ew r emai ni ngi ns er vi cewor l dwi de.Bot h wi l ls oon be gone, r epl aced by Ai r bus A330bas edt ankert r ans por t soper at edundera pr i vat ef i nancei ni t i at i ve.T hi swi l l bet hef i r s tt i me t he RAFhasoper at ed ai r cr af tast anker st hat wer ebui l tf ort hatt as k. Mai n -VC10C1KXV105banksawayf r om t he camer a over s out hwes t Engl and on 9 November2007 s por t i ng s peci almar ki ngst o commemor at et he 90t hanni ver s ar yofNo.101 S quadr on ( Kevi nWi l l s )

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F l tL tSt eveKenwor t hy T he mant as ked wi t hbr i ngi ng t he Har r i erback t hatyearwasF l tL tS t eve Kenwor t hy( now S qn L drS t eve Kenwor t hy) ,t hen an i ns t r uct orwi t h 4( R)S quadr onatRAFWi t t er i ng,t he uni twhi ch had been r es pons i bl ef ort he j ob oft r ai ni ng pi l ot st of l y,oper at eandevent ual l ymas t erwhat r emai ns t o t hi s day a uni que and hugel y compl expi eceoft echnol ogy. Imetwi t hS t eve atDuns f ol d’ spopul ar‘ Wi ngs and Wheel s ’event ,wher e we woul ds i tdown and conduct t hi s , never bef or e publ i s hed, i nt er vi ew.Aswenow commemor at et heRoyal Ai rF or ce’ sbi r t hday,i ts eemed anappr opr i at e t i met obr i ngi tt oyoui nf ul l ,f eat ur i ngasi tdoes anai r cr af tt hatwi l lal waysbe one oft he mos t memor abl e and s ucces s f ult o have s er ved dur i ngt hos e95year s . S t eve’ sper f or mancesatai r s howsacr os st heUK andEur opet ookt hef or m ofar ol edemo,nota f ul l aer obat i cdi s pl aybutonewhi chmadegood us eoft heHar r i er ’ sbes t knownabi l i t y,hover i ng, ofcour s e.Wi t ha s hor tt akeof f ,f as tpas s ,t i ght noz z l ebor net ur nandaver t i call andi ngt hr own i nf orgood meas ur e,t he demo s howed t he Har r i erof fi never ys t ageoff l i ght .


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Havi ng di s pl ayed t he Hawk whi l e an i ns t r uct oratRAFVal l eyi n 2003,S t eve i sno newcomert ot hewor l dofai r s hows ,andt he r ol e ofdi s pl ayf l yi ng i sone t hathe bel i eves t r ul y r epr es ent s s omet hi ng of gr eat s i gni f i cance f ort hos el ucky enough t o be i nvol ved. “I nmanywaysi ti st hepi nnacl eofwhatyou doasapi l oti nyourpar t i cul arai r cr af t .T her e’ s compet i t i ont odoi t ,whi chmeansi ti squi t e an accol ade when you ar es el ect ed,and t hewor kupf ort henew s eas oni samaz i ngas you ar e outt her e doi ng s omet hi ng t hatno oneel s ei sdoi ng,ori sevenal l owedt odo. ” Whatmade t he 2010 s eas on al lt he mor e s peci alf orS t eve wast he f actt hathe was br i ngi ngt heHar r i erbackt ot hedi s pl ayci r cui t f ort hef i r s tt i mei nf ouryear s ,aper i odwhi ch had s een J oi ntF or ce Har r i ers er vi ng wi t h gr eat di s t i nct i on i n Af ghani s t an. T hi s was s omet hi ng whi ch added a l i t t l e ex t r a pr es s ur e,es peci al l ywhenyourdi s pl aymount i ss uchahugecr owdf avour i t e. “I ti scer t ai nl ys omet hi ngIwasver ycons ci ous of , ” he agr ees , “but maybe I act ual l y under es t i mat ed s l i ght l yj us thow popul art he ai r cr af ti s ;i tr eal l yi sahugef avour i t e! ”

Mai n-Per f ectcondi t i onsf ora Har r i er di s pl ay:cr ys t alcl earbl ue s ki es ,l ovel y l ow s unand nott oohot .S t evet wi s t s t he Har r i er ’ s noz z l es back and t r ans i t i ons i nt o convent i onal wi ngbor nef l i ght( Kar lDr age) F arr i ght-S t eve cr aneshi sneck t o check out t he T ws t er Duo’ s per f or mance bef or e i t ’ s hi s t ur n ( Gar et hSt r i nger ) Ri ght-A head on vi ew oft he hover dur i ng t he 2010 RI AT di s pl ay ( RobEdgcumbe)


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Whi l ei t shover i ngcapabi l i t i esmaket heHar r i eruni queamongf i x edwi ngai r cr af t , t hi sal s omeanst hati tcal l sf ora s peci als etofs ki l l sf r om t hos ewhof l yi t ,and t hi s appl i es ,ofcour s e,t odi s pl ayf l yi ngj us tasmuchasi tdoest odayt odayoper at i ons . Wi t hal ar gepor t i onofS t eve’ sr out i nes etas i det odemons t r at i ngt hos ecapabi l i t i es , i tmakesf orahect i ct enmi nut esors of ort hedi s pl aypi l ot . “S omeofi ti sver yi nt ens et hat ’ sf ors ur e, ”heagr ees .“Whi l ea nonaer obat i cr ol e demomeansl es swor kup,l es scur r encyi s s uesandl es si mpactont hes quadr on,i t doesmeanal otofhover i ng,andt hi shasani mpactf ormeast hepi l ot . “I nt er msoft hewi ngoverandf as tpas s ,t hes ear er eal l ynomor edi f f i cul tt hant hey wer ewhenIdi s pl ayedt heHawk,butt heot hers ect i onscanbemas s i vel yaf f ect ed byt hewi ndcondi t i ons . “I fyou ar ef l yi ng at400knot s ,t hen 20knot sofwi nd does n’ tmake much ofa di f f er ence. Buti fyouar ehover i ng, ort r yi ngt ogobackwar dsors i deways , t heni thas as i gni f i canti mpact .Added t ot hat ,hotweat hermeansl es st hr us t ,s o Ihave t o j uggl et heper f or mancet omakes ur eIdon’ tcookt heengi ne! ”


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“Ican be pr et t ybus yi nt her e,es peci al l yi fi t ’ s wi ndy. T her e’ s no doubt t hat i t ’ s eas i er i n r el at i vel ycal m condi t i onsbut ,ei t herway,t her e i ss t i l la l otgoi ng onasIj uggl et he power ,t he cont r ol col umnandt henoz z l es . ” He’ sal s o been keptbus y on t he gr ound,f or S t eve and hi s4( R)S quadr on col l eagueshave t ot al l y embr aced t he publ i cr el at i onss i de of t hi ngs ; vi t al l yi mpor t ant when i t comes t o maki nganRAFdi s pl ayanal l r ounds ucces s . “I ’ ve r eal l y enj oyed t hatpar tofi t .When I

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RAFWaddi ngt onI nt er nat i onal Ai r s how wi t hS t eve’ smai nj etands par et aki ngcent r es t age ( Kar lDr age)

Whi l et heHar r i eri t s el f ,i ni t sGR9gui s e,i sa ver y di f f er ent beas tt o t hat whi ch ent er ed RAF s er vi ce i n 1969,t he hear toft he ai r cr af t-i t s i ncr edi bl eRol l sRoycePegas usengi neand t he gener alconceptt hatmakesi tal lwor k-have r emai ned cons i s t ent . What has changed, however ,ar et het echnol ogi caldevel opment s , t hewayt heai r cr af ti sbui l tandi t scapabi l i t i es– al lofwhi ch ar e ver y much moder n day and cut t i ngedge. “T he bas i ci dea i sact ual l yt he s ame ast he or i gi nalai r cr af t ,t heKes t r elP. 1127.T hehandl i ng

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S i ngl es eat ,s i ngl eengi ne,gr oundat t ack–i t ’ sal waysbeenoneofmi l i t ar y avi at i on’ smos tdemandi ng r ol esand,wi t ht he addi t i on ofVS T OL ,t he Har r i err emai nsoneoft hemos tchal l engi ngf ort hepi l oti nt hecockpi t .As ani ns t r uct oront heHar r i erF or ce,i t ’ ss omet hi ngS t evei swel l awar eof . “Wedoonl yt akepi l ot sf r om t het op oft hef l yi ng t r ai ni ng s ys t em.I t ’ sa compl i cat edai r cr af tt of l yandt hepi l otneedsgr eatment al capaci t yt o beabl et odot hatandoper at eal lt hes ys t emsatt hes amet i me.I nmy opi ni on,t he Har r i erOCU ( Oper at i onalConver s i on Uni t )i sundoubt edl y t hehar des tcour s ei nt hewhol eRoyal Ai rF or ceandt her ei snoguar ant ee t hatal lt hepi l ot sl uckyenought o geta s l otont hecour s ewi l lact ual l y maket hegr adeandcompl et ei t . ”

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Af t erl uncht heRoyal par t yt our ed an out door ex hi bi t i on whi ch i ncl uded a s el ect i on ofcur r ent ai r cr af tand a mockup oft he Eur of i ght er2000.T hen,pr ot ect ed agai ns tt he weat her by t hei r l i mous i nes ,t hey vi ewed t he 66 ai r cr af ti nt hes t at i cdi s pl ay.T hes e i ncl uded ex ampl es of al mos t ever yt ype i nt he i nvent or y and i ncl uded s ever al s oon t o be r et i r ed, s uch as Canber r as , Buccaneer s ,J et Pr ovos t s and Mar ham’ s own Vi ct or s . T he cent r epi ece was an i mpr es s i ve l i neupof15T or nados ,eachf r om a di f f er ents quadr on ( and t her e wer e a f ew s quadr ons not r epr es ent ed! ) . Al lt he ai r cr af t wer e i mmacul at el yt ur ned out and hi ghl y pol i s hed, or as pol i s hed as mat t and camouf l agedai r cr af tcanbe! Havi ngi ns pect edt hes t at i cpar k, and wi t ht he f l ypas tcancel l ed, t he Royalpar t yr et ur ned t ot he Queen’ sF l i ght BAe 146 and depar t ed ar ai ns oaked Mar ham ear l i ert hans chedul ed. T hi st i met heRAFchos enott oput on a publ i c di s pl ay and onl y i nvi t ed gues t swer e per mi t t ed t o at t end bot ht he r ehear s aland act ual event .

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T hatt heMcDonnel lDougl asF 4Phant om i sanavi at i oncl as s i ci ss ur el y beyond ques t i on.I n manywaysi twast he or i gi nalmul t i r ol e combat ai r cr af tandf oral mos tt hi r t yyear st hePhant om wast hebackboneoft he RoyalAi rF or ce’ sai rdef encecapabi l i t y;aper i odwhi chs aw ust hr ough t hedar kand t hr eat eni ngdaysoft heCol d War .Davi dGl edhi l lwasan F 4 navi gat oratt hi st i me and hasr ecent l ypubl i s hed a bookon t he s ubj ect ,s o,t ol ear nmor eaboutl i f ewi t ht hePhant om,Gar et hSt r i nger wentt omeethi m.


AFPhant om: ACol dWarNavi gat or ’ sS t or y

T he avi at i on wor l di sact ual l ya r el at i vel ys mal l one –es peci al l ywhenyous pend anyamount oft i meatRoyal Ai rF or cebas es-andt odayhas hi ghl i ght ed t hatf actbeaut i f ul l y.If i nd mys el f s i t t i ng i nt he cr ew r oom att he Bat t l e ofBr i t ai n Memor i alF l i ght ,atRAFConi ngs by,wi t h Dave Gl edhi l l ,havi ngcover edapr es seventear l i eri n t hedayandar r angedt omeethi m her e,t hanks t ot hehos pi t al i t yoft heBBMF .

Notonl y wasDave bas ed atConi ngs by f or manyyear s ,ont heF 4Phant om andT or nadoF 2 /F 3,buthe’ sal r eady,wi t hi nmi nut esofar r i vi ng, mett woort hr eepeopl eheknowsf r om hi spas t l i f e,s uchast heBBMF ’ sS qnL drRus sRus s el land F l tL tAnt ony Par ki ns on,bot hf or merF 4 and T or nado men t hems el ves .Dave even gota T yphoont r i pbef or eher et i r ed,andt hes oundof t hem comi ng and goi ng out s i de punct uat es

Mai ni mage-XV426car r yi ngadr i l l weaponl oad ( DaveGl edhi l l )


what wi l lt ur ni nt o a l engt hy - and t ot al l y f as ci nat i ng-i nt er vi ew,aboutanai r cr af twhi chi s al mos tuni ver s al l yadmi r edt ot hi sday.

Col dWarWar r i or I ’ m noti nt endi ng t ot el lt he F 4Phant om’ sl i f e s t or y her e -t hathasbeen done many t i mes bef or e -butr at hert r y,t hanks t o Davi d,t o conveyaf eel f orwhati twasl i ket ooper at et he ai r cr af tdur i ngt heCol dWar ,as i gni f i cantper i od i nt he RAF ’ s95year sofhi s t or y,and i ndeed f or wor l dhi s t or yi t s el f . “Col dWarl i f er evol vedar oundex er ci s es , ”Dave t el l s me,“T hey woul dr amp up i nt er ms of i nt ens i t y and t he f i nalday was ,i nevi t abl y,a s i mul at ed nucl ear at t ack. T hat f ocus s ed ever yone’ s mi nds ;i t was al lver y vi vi d.T he gener al bel i efwast hatt hatwashow Wor l dWar T hr ee,i fi thappened,woul d concl ude.We al l knew t hati twoul dbeahugechal l engeandt he t hr eatf el tver yr eal . “WhenIwasbas ed i nGer manyweus ed t of l y bor derpat r ol s-wewer eonl yabout20mi nut es f l yi ngt i meaway-andononedayweheaded t owar dsHambur g.Ourf i r s tr unwasf i ne,but ,as we came backdownt he ot herway,ourRWR ( Radar War ni ng Recei ver )s t ar t i ng gi vi ng us i ndi cat i ons ,andi tl ookedt omel i kei twasf r om a Mi Gf i ght er . “Att he s ame t i me,ourT ACAN ( T act i calAi r Navi gat i ons ys t em)s t ar t edpoi nt i ngt owar dst he eas t-asi ft odi r ectust hatway-andl oudr ock mus i ccamebl ar i ngovert her adi o,bl ocki ngour cont r ol l er ’ scal l sf orust ot ur n away f r om t he bor der .I twasal la coor di nat ed at t emptt ot r y and make uspenet r at eS ovi etai r s pace and caus eadi pl omat i ci nci dent . “F or t unat el yi twasa l ovel ycl eardayand we coul dt hes eet hebor der ,s ower eabl et os t ay on t he cor r ects i de,butt hatwas a pr et t y det er mi ned ef f or tt o make uscr os sover-and t hr eat sl i ket hatwer ever y,ver yr eal . ”

S o,t hatput si tal li nt ocont ex t ,t hen,es peci al l y f oranyr eader st oo young t or emembert hos e days ,orper hapsf ort hos e who f eelt hatt he Col d Warwass omewhatphoney.I twas n’ t– and t he RoyalAi rF or ce’ sF 4Phant omswoul d have been att he cut t i ng edge ofanyact i on t hatt ookpl ace. Dave’ sf i r s tencount erwi t ht he j etcame when he wasf r es hf r om RoyalAi rF or ce navi gat or t r ai ni ng. “Ihad want ed t of l y Ni mr ods ,buthad been ‘ per s uaded’t hatf as tj et swast hewayf or war d and, wel l , one chap on my cour s e got Buccaneer ,I gotPhant om,andal l t her es twent t oheavi es ,s oIwasact ual l yver yl ucky!

No.228OCU “I s t ar t ed her e on t he OCU ( Oper at i onal Conver s i on Uni t )atConi ngs by,i n 1975,j us tas t hePhant om wasf or mi ngupi nt heai rdef ence r ol e.Icoul dn’ twai tt ogether e,andonmyf i r s t day Ir ememberIwasi nt he Of f i cer s ’Mes s , l ooki ngoutoft hewi ndows ,andt hi sbi gol ’br ut e t ax i ed pas tand It hought ,‘ T hi si si t ;t hat ’ swhat I ’ m her ef or ! ’T hatf i r s ti mpr es s i onneverl ef tme. T hes quat ,ugl i nes soft heai r cr af tgotme,andI wasr eal l yl ooki ngf or war dt oget t i ngs t ar t ed. ” However ,t he l eap f r om J etPr ovos t ,aspar tof Dave’ st r ai ni ng,t oF 4,wasacons i der abl eone, ashewasaboutt of i ndout . “T hel ear ni ngcur vewasi ncr edi bl ys t eepand,i n act ualf act ,t her ewasver yl i t t l epr epar at i onf or ai rdef encewor k,andal l I hadr eal l ydonei nt he J Pwasl ow l evel ,wi t hamapandas t opwat ch! T het r ai ni ngdi di mpr oveast i mewenton,butwe had r ecei ved no avi oni cst r ai ni ng,norr adar t r ai ni ngpr i ort ot heOCU. ”

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XT 907,at wi ns t i ckt r ai nervar i antoft heF GR2Phant om wear st he228OCU/ 64( Res er ve)S quadr on col our s( L i nds ayPeacock) T he cour s e commenced wi t h gr ound s chool , “endl es ss i mul at ort r i ps ” ,emer gency t r ai ni ng and t hen i nt ot he ai r cr af tf ort he Bas i c Radar Phas e,whi chl as t ed about15hour sand whi ch was f ol l owed by a ‘ br eak’ f or ai r combat t r ai ni ng. “Ever yt hi ng changed att hi spoi nt !I tal lwent f r om bei ng qui t e beni gn t o bei ng t ot al l y t hr eedi mens i onaland you had t o under s t and how t o cal lt he f i ght ,how t or eactand,al s o, whatyourcapabi l i t i eswer ecompar edwi t ht he ai r cr af tyouwer ef i ght i ng.Ont hecour s ei twas nor mal l yanot herPhant om;f orr eal i tmi ghtbea Mi G21 and you had t o under s t and why t hat wasdi f f er entandwhatt her i s kswer e. ” “T hatl as t edf ors i xs or t i es ,ors o,andt hecour s e f i ni s hedwi t ht heAdvancedRadarPhas e,whi ch cover ed hi gh f l yi ng t ar get s ,s uper s oni ct ar get s andal i t t l ebi tofl ow l evel .T hatwasi t ;i tal l l as t ed f orat ot al of30or40hour sandyouwer eof ft oa s quadr on! ” Aswel lasa s t eep l ear ni ng cur ve,Dave al s o f ound t hati twasa bi g phys i calj ump t ot he F 4. . . .

“I tr eal l ywas ,mai nl yduet ot heki twehadt o wear .I nt heJ Pwedi dn’ tevenweara gs ui t , andnow wehadt ogetus edt ot hatandt he i mmer s i ons ui tandal i f ej acket .I twasheavy, hotand ver yr es t r i ct i ve –ass omeone once s ai d:you wer et r us s ed up l i ke a Chr i s t mas t ur key. “T he ai rcondi t i oni ng i nt he Phant om was awf ul ,andt her ewer en’ tevenanycont r ol sf or i ti nt he back,s o‘ Bi ggl es ’up f r onthad t o adj us tal l t het emper at ur esand,i nvar i abl y,i fi t wasr i ghtf orhi m,i twaswr ongi nt heback! “T he l i ne [ cur vat ur e] of t he canopy al s o cr eat ed a f al s e hor i z on whi ch t ook s ome get t i ngus edt o.Whenyouwer ef l yi ngs t r ai ght andl evel i tf el tasi fyouwer ecl i mbi ngs oyour body’ si nt er nalgyr os wer e nevercor r ect l y al i gned.Yyouhad t o accl i mat i s et ot he f act t hatyouwer en’ ti ncont r oloft heai r cr af tand youal s o had ver yl i mi t ed f or war d vi s i on.T he r es ul t-al otofnavi gat or swer eai r s i ckandt he wor ki ng envi r onment was n’ t gr eat ,t o be hones t . ”


No.56Squadr on“ T heF i r ebi r ds ” Dave’ sf i r s tpos t i ngwast oNo.56S quadr on,t he F i r ebi r ds ,whi chhad act ual l ys t ood up wi t ht he Phant om atConi ngs by,bef or emovi ngdownt o RAFWat t i s ham i nS uf f ol k,wi t h Dave f ol l owi ng cl os el ybehi nd,j us tacoupl eofdaysl at er . “UKAi rDef ence,t hatwaswhati twasal labout atWat t i s ham,andwehadar eal l ygoodmi xof peopl ewi t hal otofguyst r ans f er r i ngacr os sf r om gr ound at t ack,a f ew f r om t he L i ght ni ng and t hen a number ,l i ke me,s t r ai ghtt hr ough f r om t r ai ni ng. “T hewhol es quadr onwass t i l lonabi gl ear ni ng cur veatt hi spoi nt–l ear ni ngwhatt hePhant om coul d do,and al s ot he f undament al sofai r def ence.Al otoft hegr oundat t ackchapswer e us i ngqui t ebas i ct act i cs ,whi l et heai rdef ender s whohaddonei tbef or ewer eadapt i ngt os ome of t he mor e advanced pr of i l es t hat t he Phant om wascapabl eof . ”

J oi ni ng a ‘ new’ s quadr on was cer t ai nl y ex ci t i ng f orDave,but i t was n’ t al lgood news … “Becaus ei twasnew,t her e wasver yl i t t l e r ot at i onofper s onnel .Wher easpeopl ewoul d nor mal l ybecomi ngandgoi ngonas quadr on ever ymont h,t hatdoes n’ thappenwheni t ’ s al lnew,s o Iended up bei ng t he J uni or Navi gat orf orabout18mont hs !T hatwasno f unatal l–Ir ant he s quadr oncof f ee barf or t hatwhol eper i od,al ongwi t ht heJ uni orPi l ot ! ” F undament al l yt hough,Davewass t r ai ghtout oft r ai ni ngandf oundhi ms el font hef r ont l i ne, def endi ngt heUKf r om pot ent i al i nvader s ,and t hatwas n’ tabaddeal atal l . “I twasbr i l l i ant !Ont hewhol eIwoul ds ayt hat I wasl i vi ngt hedr eam andi twascer t ai nl yver y di f f er entf r om bei ng ats choolwhi ch,att hat t i me,hadn’ tbeent oomanyyear sbef or e! ”

XV437f l i esoveras now cover edNor f ol k( DaveGl edhi l l )


S o,l at e 1970s ,t hen,and wi t ht he F 4 oper at i ng ex cl us i vel y asan ai r def enderf ort heRoyal Ai rF or ce–how goodwasi t ? “I twasver ygood,no ques t i on.Att hatt i me i twasEur ope’ sonl yPul s e Doppl err adar equi pped f i ght erwi t ha t r ue headup capabi l i t yatl ow l evel .T heAmer i canswer eus i ngt hePhant om i nEur ope,butt heywer eE model sandonl yPul s eequi pped,s ot hatcapabi l i t ywasonl yavai l abl eat medi um l evel .Not hi ng r eal l y changed t o af f ectt he RAF Phant om’ s pos i t i onunt i l t hei nt r oduct i onoft heF 15AEagl e. “I t ’ si r oni cI s uppos e,t hatt hes ocal l edMRCA( Mul t i Rol eCombatAi r cr af t ) wasbei ngdevel opedatt hatt i me,whi chwoul devent ual l ybecomet he T or nado,butanMRCA i sex act l ywhatt hePhant om was .T heRAFus edi t asf i ght er ,bomberand r econnai s s ance ai r cr af t ,and i tdi di tal lt hos e t hi ngsver ywel l ,s omuchs ot hatyoucoul dar guet hatt heJ aguar ,whi ch pi ckedupont hel as tt wooft hos er ol es ,wasact ual l yas t epbackwar ds . ”

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XV469i saccept edf orQui ckReact i onAl er taf t erbei ngl oaded

T he Phant om was capabl e t hen, yes , but r el i abl e?Nots omuch! “T heavi oni cswer epower f ul ,butt heywer et he ol d,t r ans i s t ort ypet echnol ogy,and t heybr oke r egul ar l y.You woul d qui t e of t en getai r bor ne and t her adarwoul d go down,of t enduet oa t r ans mi t t erpr obl em.S omuchpowerwasgoi ng outoft he f r ontend t hatt he ol d el ect r oni cs s i mpl ycoul dn’ tcope.I nar ound1980ar el i abi l i t y pr ogr ammewasbr oughti nand s omeoft hos e ol derpi ecesofequi pmentwer e upgr aded,s o t hi ngsi mpr oved.

anal ys e and r es pond t o war ni ngs as t hey happened.I fa hos t i l ef i ght erl ocked on,now you knew and you coul dr eact .T hen mor e def ens i veai dsappear edwi t hachaf fandf l ar e s ys t em and al s o a vi s ualacqui s i t i on s ys t em whi chwasl i kear i f l es i ghts t i cki ngoutoft hel ef t hand s i de oft he cockpi t . Wi t ht hatyoucoul d i dent i f yapot ent i al l yhos t i l et ar getbeyondvi s ual r angeandengagewi t haS par r ow mi s s i l e. ”

Cr ew cooper at i onwasvi t alt ot he Phant om’ s s ucces s ,ofcour s e,andDaveex pl ai nst hatwhi l e t hatwasmos tdef i ni t el yt he cas e,t he r ol e of each cr ewman was act ual l y qui t e cl ear l y “We al s o added var i ouspi ecesofki tovert he del i neat ed –wi t ht he navi gat orr es pons i bl ef or year s whi ch, whi l e addi ng capabi l i t y, al s o f i ndi ng t he t ar geton t he r adar ,s et t i ng up t he added t ot hewor kl oad i nt heback.T hef i r s tof i nt er cept ,gi vi ng t he commandst o geti nt oa t hes e wast he RWR ( RadarWar ni ng Recei ver ) , f i r i ngpos i t i onandl ockedup,wi t ht hepi l oti nt he whi chf edaudi oi nt ot heheads ets oyoucoul d f r ontt aki ngt hes hot .I ncl os ecombat ,t hepi l ot


edwi t hweapons .Unus ual l y,t hehooki sdown.T heS par r ow l oadi ngt r ol l eys i t sbehi nd ( L i nds ayPeacock)

was ver y much i n cont r oloft he f i ghtand weapons ,unl es shel os ts i ghtoft het ar getand neededhi snavt ohel phi mf i ndi tagai n!

“Pr es umabl yyoual s os atonQRA i nt heUKand gott he chance t oi nt er ceptmar audi ng T u95 Bear sands uchl i ke?”Ias k.

“I fyou had a new pi l oti nt he f r onthe woul d us ual l yj us tl etyougetonwi t hi tand do what youneeded t o do,ashe wasl ear ni ng aswel l and di dn’ tknow any bet t er !T he ex L i ght ni ng pi l ot shadt ogetus edt ot al ki ngt ousandwer e per hapsa l i t t l e mor er es i s t antt o havi ng t he r adarcont r ol l edf r om t heback,whi l et hef or mer mudmover swer e,i nt he mai n,okay t o wor k wi t ht oo,butt her e wasdef i ni t el ya di f f er ence bet weent het hr ee!

I t ’ saques t i onwhi chi smetwi t hl aught er ,bef or e Ihaveevenf i ni s hedas ki ngi t …. .

“I ngener al ,t he bet t eryouwor ked asa cr ew, t hel es syout al ked,asyoubot hknew whatt odo andwhent odoi t . ”

“Is at on S out her n QRA f or t hr ee year s at Wat t i s ham andbel i eveme;I t r i edever yt act i c– ex t r a Q,no Q,comi ng onQ atdi f f er entt i mes , vol unt eer i ng f orQ i fs omeone needed t o go anddos omet hi ngel s e…. . “Igotone l i ve l aunch –we l aunched i nt ot he I cel and/F ar oesGap,f l ew f ors evenhour sand wegotaNi mr odwhi chnooneknew wast her e! T her e wasa Beart her es omewher e butwe neverf oundi t ,andt hatNi mr odwasoneoft he har des ti nt er cept sIeverper f or med!


Above -A 56( F ) Phant om i n f or mat i on” f r amed t hes et t i ngs un.

Ri ght-XV468i sl oa ai r t oai r mi s s i l es oper at i onal t r ai ni ng f ort he ar mour er s .

“Idi d f i nal l y get a Rus s i an when we l aunched f r om Cypr us and i nt er cept ed t wo I l yus hi nI L 38Mayai r cr af t ,butneverf r om hol di ng Q at Wat t i s ham.T hei r onyi st hatmycl os es tencount erwi t haBearcamewhen It ookaT or nadot ot heAi rT at t ooatRAFF ai r f or dandt her ewasaBearon t her amp,l i kesus ,aspar toft hes t at i cdi s pl ay!I bl aggedmywayont ot he f l i ghtdeckandf i nal l ygotupcl os eandper s onal wi t haBear ! ”

L ef t-XV426 car r y weaponsl oad pu t hever t i cal .

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No.92( Eas tI ndi a)Squadr on Att he end ofhi st ourwi t h56S quadr on,and wi t h 850hour sunderhi sbel t( near l yhal fofhi sf i nal 2, 000 hour sF 4t ot al )andas ens et hathehadgott heUK j obpr et t ywel ls quar edaway,Dave’ snex tpos t i ng woul d s ee hi m ex per i ence s omet hi ng “al mos t t ot al l ydi f f er ent ”–92( Eas tI ndi a)S quadr onatRAF Wi l denr at hi nGer many,t heCobr as . “I n Col d Wart er ms ,i twasal lver yr eal ,no doubt abouti t ,andver ydi f f er entf r om s quadr onl i f eover her e.T heUKbas ess t i l l f el tal i t t l ebi t‘ S econdWor l d War ’wi t hcr ewsl oungi ng ont he gr as s ,wai t i ng t o s cr ambl e,t hatki ndoft hi ng. “Near l yever yt hi ng wedi di nGer manywasatl ow l evel ,and t heonl yt i mewer eal l yf l ew atmedi um l evelwas atni ght .We f l ew i ns ome at r oci ous condi t i ons ,whi ch we us ed t o cal lBr i tVF R,aswe woul dbes t umbl i ngar oundi nt henor t her nGer man mur k wi t h ver yl i t t l e vi s i bi l i t y,and t he onl y ot her peopl e doi ng t he s ame wer e Br i t sf r om RAF Br üggenandRAFL aar br uch. “Butyouhad t odoi t ,ast heywer et hepr evai l i ng weat hercondi t i onsand i fyou di dn’ tf l yi nt hos e condi t i ons ,t henyouwoul dneverf l yatal l ! ” As t andar ds or t i e,oper at i ng under2 AT AF S OPs ( S econd Al l i ed T act i cal Ai r F or ce S t andar d Oper at i ng Pr ocedur es )woul ds ee an F 4 depar t Wi l denr at h,t r ans i tat500’t o one oft he l ow f l yi ng ar easandt hen,at250’ ,s etupaCAP( CombatAi r Pat r ol ) .T heS econd Al l i ed T act i calAi rF or cewasa NAT O mi l i t ar yf or mat i on,undert hecont r ol ofAl l i ed Ai rF or cesCent r alEur ope and wast as ked wi t h pr ovi di ng ai rs uppor tt o NAT O' s Nor t her n Ar my Gr oup. “Once we wer e s et up, anyt hi ng t hat came t hr ough t hatar ea wases s ent i al l yf ai rgame,and we woul di nt er ceptany t act i calai r cr af t .Asyou engaged,i ft hey waggl ed t hei rwi ngsi twoul d meant hatt heycoul dn’ tort heywer en’ tal l owedt o ‘ pl ay’ .I fnot ,t heywoul dt ur ni nt oyou,andt hef i ght wason!

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col ours chemeatRAFWat t i s ham i n1989.Unl i ket hei mageabove,t her adarwar ni ngr ecei veri spr es ent r onr edandyel l ow chequerboar ds( L i nds ayPeacock)


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“I twasvi r t ual l yWor l dWarT hr ee onadai l ybas i sandwhenIgot t her e,bef or et headventoft he F 16and F 15,i twasa r ealmi x of t ypes as wel l , wi t h F 104 S t ar f i ght er s ,F i at G91s and ot her F 4 Phant oms - cl as s i c Col dWarai r cr af tr eal l y. “I nt er msofr eal adver s ar i es ,t he Mi G23 was t he ai r cr af t we ex pect edt os eemos tof ,i fi tal l ki cked of ff orr eal .T he Mi G21 di dn’ tr eal l yhavet hel egs ,but t he F l ogger di d. T he Mi G25 F ox bat mi ght have been an i s s ue,atal t i t ude,butwef el twe coul d dealwi t ht hat ,al t hough i twoul d have been a t r i cky s hot .L at er ,we knew t hatt he l i kesofMi G29and S u27wer e ex t r emel y capabl e and pr obabl y had a bet t er capabi l i t yt hanourown. “Att hi st i me,t hough,t he F 4 Phant om wast he ki ng oft he s ki es and t hat per s i s t ed, cer t ai nl yi nt er msofl ow l evel per f or mance,f orevent he f i r s t coupl e ofyear saf t ert he F 15 ar r i ved.When t he Eagl esand F 16sent er ed s er vi ce i tr eal l y di d f eel l i ke t hi ngs wer e changi ng,buti twasgr adual , not i mmedi at e. Our bi gges t chal l enge was l ack of i dent i f i cat i on equi pment ,and unl es s you wer e under GCI cont r ol ( Gr ound Cont r ol l ed I nt er cept )youwer en’ tal l owed t of i r eaS par r ow mi s s i l ef r om beyondvi s ual r ange. “T hatmeantyou had t o get cl os eenought ovi s ual l yi dent i f y t het ar getandbyt hatt i meyou wer et oo cl os ef ora S par r ow s hotand woul di nvar i abl y be s ucked i nt oat ur ni ng f i ght , whi ch wasnott he Phant om’ s s t r engt h. ”


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“I twasmayhem and,qui t eof t en,t hef i r s tcr ew t o checki n woul d gett he l aunch,whi ch was i nt er es t i ng.Occas i onal l ywewoul dbel aunched f ort r ai ni ngpur pos esand,f r om t i met ot i me,you woul dbel aunchedf oranonot i ceBat t l eF l i ght f i r i ng t o Aber por t h Range,Wal es .Igotone of t hos eandt hef i r s tcl uewast hewes t er l yvect or wewer egi ven,asi twasnor mal l yal wayseas t , t owar dst hebor der . “Wecl i mbed t ohei ghtand headed f ort heUK wher ewewer ej oi nedbyanot herai r cr af twhi ch woul d actasphot ochas e,t hi swasus ual l ya UKbas ed F 4, and we headed s t r ai ght t o Aber por t ht of i r e a mi s s i l e agai ns ta J i ndi vi k ai r bor net ar get . ”

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Al lgood f unand ex cel l entt r ai ni ng,butwhati f t hebal l oonhadgoneup?Wast hats omet hi ng t hatt he cr ewsdar ed t hi nk about ? Di dt hey wonderhow t heyandt hei rai r cr af twoul dhave per f or med?

qui ckl y. It hi nk we woul d have f i r ed ever y avai l abl e mi s s i l e and t hen, what ever and whoeverwasl ef twoul d have r et ur ned t ot he UK,s owewer en’ tex pect i ngt ol as tver yl ong!

“As f or t he UK, t hat woul d have been “It hi nkt hatvar i ed,dependi ngonwhet heryou dependant on whet her t he conf l i ct went wer epos t edi nt heUKorGer many.F ort hel at t er , nucl ear ,buti fi thadn’ t ,t hen It hi nkwe woul d we ex pect ed t he S ovi etf or cest o mar ch ont o have s t ood f i r mf ormuchl onger ,ast he s et up t he Channelpor t si n about48 hour s ,s o Wes t wasqui t er obus tdur i ngt heCol dWar . ” Ger manywoul d have been r ol l ed overpr et t y


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andr emai ns ,hugel ychar i s mat i c,t hough.I twas af ant as t i cai r cr af tt obei nvol vedwi t handi t ’ sa g r e a t s h a me t h a t t h e r e a r e n ’ t mo r e p r e s e r v e d i n Asf ort hePhant om,s hewasr et i r ed f r om Royal he UK – whi ch i swhy we ar e now t r yi ng t o Ai rF or ces er vi cei n1992,and,des pi t ei tbei nga t ur et hatXV582‘ Bl ackMi ke’ ,cur r ent l yatRAF hugel os si nt er msoft hes i ghtands oundofwhat ens L e u c h a r s , i s mo v e d t o B r u n t i n g t h o r p e and i sabonaf i deavi at i oncl as s i c,Davef eel si twas s aved. t her i ghtdeci s i on,oper at i onal l y. “It hi nkt heai r cr af thadhadi t sdaybyt henand had been s uper s eded.T he F 4 Phant om was ,


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