The trustee old Chipmunk in 1963 - For many of 89 this was their first solo aircraft
Chipmunks and smart cars on the North Airfield
The RAF's basic training aircraft in 1963 - the De Havilland Chipmunk
The "A3" Chipmunk flight - Cadets - left to right...
Rear - Shimmons, Griffiths, Foulger, Synnott, Yates, Carter, Walton - Instructors?
Front - Liddell, Lovegrove, Cresswell, Johnson, Waugh
Dick Northcote and Malc Caygill
During the dark cold war days of '64 waiting to be scrambled in their Chipmunk!!!!
Saturday entertainment at Cranwell North
Left to right - Ford Popular, De Havilland Tiger Moth, De Havilland Chipmunk, Slingsby Sedbergh
Just to prove that we lived on the edge at Cranwell - all the above came to grief!
The Ford Popular - sold by Flt Cdt Shuster to Flt Cdt Coville lost a a back wheel on it's first solo run whilst being driven by Flt Cdt Quigley!
The De Havilland Tiger Moth - Ended tail up in a hedge whilst being piloted by the Commandant Air Commodore Lyne's wife!
The De Havilland Chipmunk - Ended upside down in a potato field following an engine failure on take-off whilst being piloted by Flt Cdt Rowe!
The Slingsby Sedbergh - Ended up as firewood following a cable break and stall whilst being piloted by Flt Cdt Donnelly!
Happily no one suffered more than injured pride!
Under the masterful supervision of Dick Shuster 89C fixed the Ford, the insurance company's pay out fixed the Tiger, the excellent Cranwell ground crews fixed the Chippie and the Sedbergh's remains helped keep the stoves hot in "the Pits" - a happy ending for everyone!
Especially the Tiger Moth as here it is repainted in RAF colours and still alive and kicking in Sweden at Västeräs Airport
(Stockholm International according to Ryanair - just a mere 100+km away from the city)
Serious flying training at last
It wasn't until a we had been at Cranwell for almost 2 years that we were allowed to get our hands on a "Jet"
Eventually with lots of blood, sweat and tears you get to earn your wings
These photos were taken during the final phase of the flying course (we were doing formation) around June/July of 1966. Chris Saunby was flying a solo trip in 67, Brian Synott was dual in 69 and Pete Thompson was safety student with the instructor in the lead aircraft. Pete took the air to air photographs with Chris's camera.
I am sure that you will agree that the photographs are excellent and rare record of our younger days. Our thanks go to Chris for resurrecting them from old slides and providing them. And our belated thanks and thoughts go to Peter.
The Formation Team - Chris Saunby, Brian Synott and Pete Thompson
The scruffy flying suits certainly made them look dashing, slim and good looking - but then we were!
As the old wartime song goes .... "Coming in on a wing and a prayer"
Snotty can't resist getting in the middle with "Soixante Neuf"
Navigators got to ride in bigger things!
Siesta time at the 'Pig Farm'
Every so often the "pigs" and "mini-jets" got together for a day out
24 JP's and 4 Valettas practicing for a passing out parade
A joyful sight after a hard trip - Runway 27
(although we must have had to guess which runway it was in those days, for the MOD doesn't appear to have had enough paint to paint on the numbers - or maybe we were so good that we simply kept wearing them out by landing on them !!!)
How many aircraft can you spot - click on the airfield photograph and take a close look!
And after a hard days flying what do you do? ........
...... get stuck into a hard nights drinking!
Left to right - Scotty (Having trouble seeing), Dick Shuster (Having trouble sitting), Pete Thompson (Making trouble), Dave Foulger (Having trouble focusing)
Front - Keith Jackson (Having trouble finding himself)
Somewhere underneath - one or two more "C" Squadron drunks (In trouble)! (count the feet and hands?)
(Although judging by the worn out footwear they've either given some old tramp a bed for the night or it's an Engineer doing a stress test on the buckling bed?)