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« Reply #15 on: Jul 4th, 2007, 1:55pm »

Hiya

If you send me the pics, I can put them up on Website - Have sent you a PM with my e-mail addy
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 5th, 2007, 09:47am »

Welcome to the Society, Bruce.

I see from the main website, that you have already submitted some images to NigeC, It is great to see any new images of these awesome aircraft, especially taken from someone else's perspective.

I look forwards to seeing more of your images in the future.

All the best.
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« Reply #17 on: Aug 30th, 2007, 7:39pm »

here's mine undecided
posted to lossiemouth after my radar mechs course in 1984, was put in the parrot bay with a real nice man called c/t legget ?
after destroying 12 gpics, 3 tacans and a couple of jackets i was thown (UNCEREMONIOUSLY), into the camera bay and issued a lovely black butchers bike.
i spent the next few months taking off and putting on cinema cameras on the buccs (brill job.......not) hahaha.
i was eventually poached by 12 sqn because i spent more time working the line than camera-ing, spent a good 3 years on 12 sqn with some of the best people i have ever and will ever meet.
when a chap called brian mulholland was posted in we started a boxing club and shortly after an exibition fight i was offered a fitters course (suprise suprise), i was then posted to leeming and spent 8 years or so on 23 sqn and 25 sqn tornado f3s.
i was made redundant in 1997 after 8 years as a j/t, which hit me quite hard as other than the raf i had no other idea what i wanted to do ! spent a little time with bae in saudi (dont do it) then started contracting.
after sept 11th work became a little harder to come by (to say the least) and i had my home reposessed, which was nice), my family and i ended up in a hovel in derby so i re-enlisted in the...............ARMY.......hahahaha ! dont ask, it got us out of a fix and i'm now on a local engagement so i am not deployable, four days on four days off which isnt bad at all. i'm currently at the army air corps base at middle wallop in hampshire but moving back to dorset in october as i have picked up my third (only took 24 years haha). i have been posted to the signals school at blandford forum a lovely area, with only 3 years or so left to do we are thinking of settling in the area but as for work huhhuhhuh? i think i may be the only 40 year old i know who still has'nt a clue where he's gonna be, i would like to get back on the tools but i think i may have left it a little too long, ah well, it was nice while it happened haha. wink
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« Reply #18 on: Aug 30th, 2007, 7:48pm »

I could always offer you a permanent unpaid job on XX889 grin grin
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« Reply #19 on: Aug 30th, 2007, 8:18pm »

hahaha might take you up on that mate, give me a month or two to get settled back at blandford and i'll see what i can do, think i remember 889 sure we had her on 12 sqn ?
i'm a fairy (not literally haha) with loads of lekkie experience, so im sure i could give you a hand somewhere !!! like i said give me a shout in a month or so when this moves out of the way.
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 12th, 2007, 12:10am »

Hi all, Newbe here so be gentle.. laugh Names Hugh and ive been interested in aviation ever since i can remember,it all started at Lossiemouth many years ago standing at 23 threshold staring in awe at those very low Buccaneer approaches,no much wonder im going a bit thin on top!!. Although i have no service experience, recently i,ve become a member of the Highland Aviation Museum up at Dalcross aka Inverness Airport where we are fortunate to have two examples of the "Brick" firstly we have XK532 the S1 variant which first flew on the 31st of May 1961,she is in fairly good nick and still has both her Gyron Juniors fitted.
Secondly we have an S2 cockpit section, my namesake XV867 which i am particularly fond of ,at this point i must thank Francis aka Plazz for his help in obtaining a pair of canopy rails for 867 not only did he source them he actually drove!!!!all the way up to Inverness and delivered them in person what a man thank you once again sir that certainly was a very kind act ,over and above the call of duty,no doubt you will all see some of the pic,s that he shot during his brief visit.

Well chaps thats all for now,keep up the good work and if there is anything i can help with,parts etc please dont hesitate to ask,
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Hugh...XV867

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« Reply #21 on: Sep 12th, 2007, 10:02pm »

Hugh,

It was a pleasure to help you out with XV867. It was a very long drive though shocked

Thanks again for your time at the Museum, I enjoyed the exclusive out of hours tour and you were very kind to open up all the cockpits for me, only wished I could have stayed longer!
Please can you keep our website informed with any updates that occur with your two Bucc’s? It would be good to see some photos of the canopy rails being installed if you get the chance!

Cheers, Francis
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 12th, 2007, 10:45pm »

Consider it done Sir,Consider it done.
I and all our guys and galls look forward to a long and happy relationship with" The Bucc Society",we really cant thank you enough for your help Francis...be in touch very soon.
Best Regards,Hugh...and indeed all at The Highland Aviation Museum
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« Reply #23 on: Feb 25th, 2008, 9:05pm »

not much to tell,

First proper station was Lossie when, as a young supplier was attached to 208 Sqn and who had just moved into the new South HAS site.

Spent about 2 - 3 years with 208, with the odd vacation to 12 Sqn and 237 ocu mixed in.

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« Reply #24 on: Mar 25th, 2008, 6:52pm »

Guess I should have started off here really.

My history.

Lossiemouth armoury 1986-1989.
Load team on exercises etc. (Martel to Sea Eagle)
Marham 27 Sqn
Lossie again 12 Sqn (Tornado sad )
Coningsby 29 Sqn
Marham 2 Sqn
Coltishall for a short period 2nd line.
Marham 9 Sqn. Still there.
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« Reply #25 on: May 16th, 2008, 2:00pm »

Thought I had better add my input:

Joined RAF in 1978 after childhood years as a spotter and in the ATC. Became an Airframe Mechanic and was posted to Brawdy, Pembrokeshire onto Hawks. Moved onto Hunters for a while, then Visiting Aircraft Servicing Flight (VASF) which included extra stuff like Target Towing launch and recovery; and our own mini fleet of 4x JP's and the remaining 2 Meteors in RAF service ("Winston" F8 and "Clementine" T7) as well as anything else that landed!!!
Reluctantly I was moved on, and sent to Rutland as part of the TTTE on Tornados, where I spent my remaining years in minor servicing in the hangars sad
Left in 1989, had various civvi jobs, but hankered for a return to what I love best. Happened to visit the Midland Air Museum in Coventry in 1994, and joined on the spot after discovering one of Brawdy's old Hunters in there, which I had worked on (XF382). It had arrived complete with RAF documentation including some I had signed all those years ago... shocked
Since then, I have made many contacts associated with my RAF days, and was reunited with "Winston" at Kemble when I was invited to witness it's return to flight status. First got involved with Kemble events at the invitation of Glen Moreman back in 2000, and love it.... and that's how I came to know Nigel G on here wink
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« Reply #26 on: Jul 5th, 2008, 10:47pm »

started with 12 squadron at RAF Honington in 1979 before moving to Lossiemouth, worked mainly on the hunter they had but could work on the bucc before a moved to Finningley in 1984
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« Reply #27 on: Aug 27th, 2008, 2:45pm »

Hi All

Thought I would add my 'history' as well. After doing my 3 years at Halton as an 'appo' I was posted in 78 to Honnington working in the engine bay. From here I progressed through all the 2nd line bays (fuel tanks, wheels, tyres, brakes, hydraulics, LOX etc) until I eventually joined ASF where I worked on the heavy recs team. These were the biys responsible for wing changes and undercarriage changes amongst other things and I stayed here even getting promotion until with the Buccs were grounded due to wing spar failure. I had a brief tour on Hunter ASF before being posted in 80 to Lossiemouth. Initially I was posted to 216 sqn but on arrival found it was disbanded so a sideways step to 12 Sqn was the next move.
Here I stayed, again being promoted to Sgt and having a damn good time until eventually I decided a change was needed and I could already hear the death knell for the Bucc so I opted for a posting to Brize Norton and the mighty VC10. I spent the rest of my time in the RAF working with the VC10 including an extended tour as a Ground Engineer. The times on the Bucc were some of the best and I have a lot of good memories from the near 12 years I had working with the Buccaneer.
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« Reply #28 on: Aug 27th, 2008, 3:07pm »

Welcome to the Buccaneer Society, Dutch, hope that many of the topics located within the forum, will jog your memory and remind you of just how painful some of the tasks were/are.

If you have any photos of your time on the Buccaneer force that you would like to share with us, then please do not hesitate to put them up.

Once again, Welcome aboard.
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« Reply #29 on: Dec 3rd, 2008, 06:52am »

I joined XII sqdn as a FLM in 1980, took an assim course in 1983 to A mech E lecky in normal speak .Was posted to 72sqdn on wessex in 86 and then to 54 on jags in 89.Finished there after a few months as I hated jags they really suck. Worked for 10 years at british rail as an electrician/deisel fitter.was made redundant in 1999. Worked for hoover then comet as a service technician on white goods. Now back on the railway with Bombardier as a service technician, doing warrantee contract on the new build deisel trains at Norwich too far away from Brunty to be of any use.Gillie makes a fine cup of tea but he,ll drink all ya ale.
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