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Airshows 1960's / 1970's 13 Jan 2014 20:01 #1

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I had just left school (March) and my Dad took me to this airshow. A mark IX Spitfire was at this display, I'm sure I had some photographs of it somewhere :roll: Also the Vulcan..
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Airshows 1960's and 1970's 04 Feb 2017 14:38 #2

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I remember going to an airshow in the late 60's (?) at Yeovilton and being impressed by "Simons Circus", an aerobatic team flying the Sea Vixen.

Anyone got photos of them?

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Airshows 1960's and 1970's 04 Feb 2017 18:52 #3

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I'm sure I took cine film of a prototype Concorde at Biggin Hill in 1972. It also included the Spitfire and Lancaster but sadly the cine projector bulb went and the Super 8 sprockets have gone missing and also the spring that stops the film running away has snapped and now gouges the film! Can't seem to get spares now!

I have yet to scan most of my aircraft/airshow slides from this era.
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Airshows 1960's and 1970's 05 Feb 2017 20:15 #4

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Yes I remember Simon's Circus..No I have no pictures ...sorry.


But on the subject of airshows...
The first Airshow I ever attended was in 1955 at RNAS Worthy Down. Aged13 we (mate and I ) cycled from Southampton - maybe 15 miles....you wouldn't let kids do that now.
I remember it was a nice hot summer day. The two most notable things about the show from my point of view were... being allowed to fire off live ammo on the rifle range...and watching the burning of a Seafire in a rescue demo.

I remember people taking photos but have never come across any...so has anyone seen or got any?
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Airshows 1960's and 1970's 05 Feb 2017 20:56 #5

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I wonder when the live ammo stopped thing stopped. I remember doing that with a tethered rifle. It wasn't as loud as the films. However I wonder if the ammo was some sort of frangible round with low power? Also what rifle would it have been in 1966-8? I always thought it was an L1A1 self-loading rifle but memory may be playing tricks.
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From what I remember (it was 1955)it was a fairly standard Lee Enfield.303 bolt action rifle. The ammo looked (at least to a 13 yr old kid) much same as the stuff we picked up in the New Forest at D-Day assembly points. The forest was littered with such stuff in the 50s.
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netcompsys wrote: I remember going to an airshow in the late 60's (?) at Yeovilton and being impressed by "Simons Circus", an aerobatic team flying the Sea Vixen.

Anyone got photos of them?

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Airshows 1960's and 1970's 07 Feb 2017 23:22 #8

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Thank you Dietmar, I knew you would be the one !

With the Navigator without a canopy it must have been an interesting experience for him during the displays......

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Airshows 1960's and 1970's 08 Feb 2017 10:17 #9

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Anyone know when the Sea Vixen was last used in a public air display?
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Airshows 1960's and 1970's 08 Feb 2017 11:10 #10

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Last year Peter at Eastbourne although it had to cut it's display due to a problem with the flaps on the aircraft.

She's already confirmed for Duxfords May show & Old Wardens Fly Navy show in June this year.

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