Waddington Airshow

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I'm going to the airshow at RAF Waddington on Sunday, should be another cracker this year, THK F-4E, GAF F-4F & MiG-29 (both flying), Saab JAS 39 Gripen, (also flying) AMI TF-104 (hopefully), anybody else going?, what are you looking forward to seeing most?, I'll be the guy hovering round the German and Turkish F-4s all day!!!! Regards, Dazza.
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RE: Waddington Airshow I'm going on Sunday too!! Looking forward to it!!
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RE: Waddington Airshow Get some good pictures of the Rhinos if you can Dazza. I'd appreciate it. :) Man, you are so lucky. Those big air shows the sole reason I wished I lived in Europe sometimes. I'll probably never get to see another flying Phantom at this rate.
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RE: Waddington Airshow PII, just got back from the airshow, brilliant stuff, got some good shots of the Rhinos, I'll post them as soon as I can get my scanner to work properly. Regards, Dazza.
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RE: Waddington Airshow Certainly was a great show!!! Best bits for me were the MiG-29 and the Gripen... seeing as I've never seen them fly before... Mind you, I never saw an F-4 fly until today either!! Hey, the Germans tempted fate too much aswell!!! On the tail of a static Phantom was written "Soccer World Champions 2002".
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RE: Waddington Airshow Yeah, saw that too, very optimistic, anyone know what the deal with the Marineflieger Tornado was, I commented to my amigo that on landing he came in way too fast and touched down a long way down the runway, never heard the thrust reversers kick in, next minute there is an almighty delay in the flying program and some, from my position at least, indecipherable comment from the tannoy about the plane stuck on the runway, anyone able to clarify? Regards, Dazza.
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RE: Waddington Airshow The tornado, had brake problems on landing, and had to use the emergancy arrestor system butilt into the runway after that it breaks sizied at the end of the runway and had to be cleared before the programmme could be resumed, however the helos and STOl aircraft could continue flying. Did anyone else see the C-130 taking off with the wind? Not many A/C can do that or like to that from what I was told. I will have to get my pics developed and scanned in. Being my first airshow in about 13 years, it was intersting for me, I didnt really appricate the amount of noise the jets throw out, I was also suprised at how close the fast jets got to the crowd line, but Im not complaning it was good fun. I have to say the Merlin HC.3 was probally one of the best displays there. I would like to have seen some more of the RAF inventory but have to accept most were probally on operations abroad or something. Nikumba
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RE: Waddington Airshow Tell me more about the F-4 display, as I will be seeing it on this weekend at Gilze-Rijen.
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RE: Waddington Airshow Apparently the Marineflieger Tornado IDS had thrust reverser problems, and couldn't slow down enough, so the pilot braked, and then they locked up or sopmething and were over heated, so he had to take the arrestor wire. The aircraft couldn't be moved for a while because the brakes were red hot and couldn't be handled. That's what they said on the radio anyway! I think there should have been a back up plan so the show could go on with helo's or V/STOL aircraft without a big delay. But hey, I enjoyed the show.