- Typhoon over Stourbridge today
You don’t see it so much now but in the 80’s NATO used to have combat excersises called ‘Mallet Blow’. I lived in a rural area outside Durham & one day while keeping an eye out for low flying stuff saw something approaching at a rate of knots & flying low. Turns out it was an F1 Mirage & it was popping along, I looked around to find his mate only to see something fast & low dissapear behind my local pub which was 500 yds away. An F15 appeared, obviously in persuit of the Mirage & I can honestly say he was at about 200ft & mustv’e been doing 350-400knts mebbe more. Followed closely by HIS wingman. The three of them turned hard with vortices coming off the wingtips of all three. As they headed off to the south two Tornados came from behind the hill & headed off with them. I was gobsmacked to say the least.Posted 7 years ago
They were just out of sight then two F4’s went over me at daisy cutting height on reheat & chased the rest, I fib you not, I almost pooed my pants.
Talk about a personal airshow.CountZeroMember
Used to see all sorts of interesting stuff when RAF Lyneham was open. When I worked in Calne the studio looked directly towards Lyneham, and running up to airshow season I used to regularly watch a C130 stooging around at about 1000ft, before suddenly seeming to pivot at the tail and drop almost vertically before pulling out just above the runway. Khe Sanh Drops are bloody spectacular!Posted 7 years ago
Also used to get Chinook and Puma flying past at very low level, like less than 200ft and very fast, which is fast with a Chinook; they were certainly low enough to be able to see panel joins and rivets, and the crew looking out of the cockpit windows.
Damn, I miss that…geordiemick00Member
Cool but in a different way, in Scotland a couple of years ago we saw a Hercules fly over at what couldnt have been more than 250 feet up, just making slow sweeping turns. Majestic it was.
Ditto, saw one flying over Brough in Cumbria, real low in the valley practising drops out of the load bay back door, about four of them, was great to watchPosted 7 years ago
After Stourbridge it goes off over Kiddy and Bewdley into Wales. When i hear the light aircraft coming back over Brierley Hill i can see the Typhoon following the River Severn then over Kinver, Enville Kingswinford, Wordsley, it then follows Brettel Lane to Brierley Hill then turns heads over my house to intercept the other plane over StourbridgePosted 7 years agoPJM1974Member
I used to live right next to the A12, so every April I was treated to the RAF en route to London for Her Maj’s birthday. I’ve seen formations of Typhoons, Tornados, C-17s and AWACS too.
However one summer’s day in 1984 found me in the playing fields of my primary school. I heard the familiar roar of engines and was treated to a sixteen plane flyby…leading the formation were four F-111s followed by eight Tornados and bringing up the rear were four Lightnings, the only time I have ever seen the latter flying.
Bloody noisy they were too, all the better for leaving a massive grin on my face that even an hour of maths failed to remove.Posted 7 years agoferrit32Member
BAe Warton is not so far from my house so we are regularly treated to the test pilots trying to pull the wings off the Typhoon.
On a side note for some reason there is a Lightening parked up in a back garden behind my nearest petrol station, rather beautiful in a Cold War technology way. They were a very noisy beast when in the air.Posted 7 years ago
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