- BBC Cold War season
Yee haaa! One for iPlayer.Posted 4 years ago
Used to have a lodger from Upper Heyford and one from Craughton.
Lots of beer related interest.
I used to commute to the magazine via Heyford and when Dessert Storm was served up they closwed the pub
Road through the base until tjhw legality of this was questioned. The next day my van of toys and I went through with me in full Arabic dress courteswy of test trips put to the Sinai /over the last ten years.ourmaninthenorthSubscriber
You guys should look into doing the tour of Upper Heyford.
A mate did it, loads of great stuff, the highlights being, a state of alert light that indicates total global annihilation, as well as nuclear bombs listed on the wall. They always swore there were no nukes.
I grew up less than ten miles away. F1-11s were a multi-flight a day occurrence. Boy they were loud!
Used to see lots of Hercs and very rarely the rumble of a flying fortress. Especially the night they flew to bomb Libya.
Local farmer painted a CND symbol on the roof of one of his barns 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I watched the cold war jets last night, amazing seeing those 1950’s planes batting about. Would love a go in a Jet Provost, and the Comet, wow how beautiful. Looking forward to the next installment with the V-bombers, the USSR long range bombers and I assume the interceptors…Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Would love a go in a Jet Provost
My father flew JPs for many a year. My lottery winning shed will have a JP in it. A working one, too.
Two seater, perfect for a weekend getaway plane! 🙂
Tonight looks good – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hy7k8
Historian Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the strange years of the Cold War. For Sandbrook these are the years in which we were both more secure and prosperous that we had ever been – and at the same time, lived everyday with the very real possibility of nuclear annihilation. This is not just a story of the superpower arms race or daring spies, real and fictional, it is a story in which all we played a crucial part.
In the first episode, Dominic brings his trademark mix of great archive and surprising storytelling to the first chilling years of the conflict, when we realised our democracy was facing a new totalitarian enemy: Soviet communism.Posted 4 years ago
Used to see lots of Hercs and very rarely the rumble of a flying fortress. Especially the night they flew to bomb Libya
maybe you meant the stratofortess aka B52?
Always loved them since being totally awed and dwarfed by the one at Duxford as a 12yr old.Posted 4 years agoRo5eyMember
I watched Apocalypse Now sitting under the wing of Duxford’s B52 … It was a Stella “Screen” Artois promotional thingy…. Really was a very good night, had an interval half way through the rather long film for hot dogs and bottles of Stella as we wonder around the museum for 20min looking at all the aircraft that were in the movie … Phatoms, Hueys etc
Anyone else get a sense from that program Friday night, that it was the US that were the aggressors in the cold war… certainly in the spook plane dept anyway…. Guessing the Russian used cheap people on the ground as opposed to expensive planes… (see earlier posts)Posted 4 years ago
Presumably those U2s piloted by the RAF still carried US markings and not RAF markings, like those RB45s did ?
Not so easily deniable for the US if that was the case.
The U2s were actually a CIA asset at the time rather than USAF. All of the US pilots were actually CIA too (officially).
This was in the era where the US didn’t trust the UK, they had taken all of their (nuclear) toys away after a succession of spy scandals in the UK had resulted in all of the secrets crossing the iron curtain. The UK were desparate to get back in the US’ good books, so I suspect there was plenty of ass-kissing opportunities that weren’t overlooked.Posted 4 years ago
just read a wee bit more about it, effectively Eisenhower was getting more nervous about it and the CIA managed to sidestep the issue of getting his permission for overflights by employing brit pilots and then getting MacMillan to approve them.
prob just as much for deniability to his own side if anything happened.Posted 4 years ago
as a sidenote these planes where anything but secret to the USSR they could see them clearly just couldn’t reach out and touch them for a while at least, the US is happy to release pretty much all of the U2 material but the UK is blocking most of it and refusing to comment.Posted 4 years ago
Lightning’s are bonkers things.
“Test pilot George Aird ejected from his English Electric Lightning F1 aircraft at a fantastically low altitude in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
“George was a test pilot with the De Havilland Aircraft. He was on finals for an emergency landing following a fire about 15 miles from Hatfield. At about 10 seconds from touchdown, at about 100 ft, the aircraft suddenly pitched nose up and, since there was no response to the controls, he ejected. The aircraft crashed on the airfield, broke up and caught fire.”Posted 4 years ago
George landed in a greenhouse sustaining several fractures. The hole where George and the ejection seat went through the glass roof can be seen in the above picture in the near end of the roof of the second greenhouse from the left. They landed in adjoining rows of tomatoes! The damage at the far end of the greenhouse was made by the arrival of the Lightning canopy. The remains of the Lightning can be seen on the left just into the airfield. George was back flying again within six months and on Lightnings a year after the accident.
Ohh, now having some great fun…As well as Vulcan’s at Grandad’s house at the end of Waddington runway, I also remember a holiday in Suffolk as a kid, with these things going over at tree height. Not a ‘cool’ plane, but amazing things.Posted 4 years ago
And can I go on to a favourite? Mainly because one had a problem and landed in the fields behind our house in Cumbria, on way into Warcop ranges…and then took off again after they fixed the thing. 8)
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