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« Thread started on: Oct 5th, 2008, 10:04am »

As most of you are aware, during the late 70's, early 80's, Buccaneers were sent on detachment to the Red Flag Exercises.

Does anyone have a complete list of the aircraft that were sent out there?
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 5th, 2008, 4:35pm »

Hi Nige, well 208 Sqn were the first RAF Sqn to be invited to Nellis in 77 with 10 aircraft , the only definate participants are as follows:-

XV160
XV345..RIP
XV352
XX900
XX901

Going google eyed on the pc trying to find out more.. shocked

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« Reply #2 on: Oct 5th, 2008, 5:00pm »

Nige,

From my books I have found the following

1977
XV160,XV352,XX900,XX901
XT270,XV157,XV340,XV342,XZ430,XZ431 =10

1978
Included XV157,XV340,XX901,XZ431

1980
XV345 Crashed
XT275,XN983,XW546,XX894,XV864,XW538,XV866
Note XW538 and XV864 came home by road and ship)

Did not attend Red Flag 1981 or 1982

1983
16 Sqn 2 Bucc as laser designators for the Jaguars, XX892 and XV863.

I'll keep looking.

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« Reply #3 on: Oct 5th, 2008, 5:12pm »

Good work Anthony cool Do you happen to have a list of Maple Flag participantshuh
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 5th, 2008, 6:00pm »

Hugh,

208 Squadron, first took the Bucc's to the 3rd Maple Flag, and the list I have is
XV157/A, XV161/E, XZ430/G, XZ431/H, XX901/K, XV342/M, and XV352/N

The Bucc's attended 2 more Maple Flag's in April and October 1981, but so far I cannot find the list of bucc's that attended.

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 5th, 2008, 6:12pm »

Thanks for the info chaps, I think I may have to palm the Historian label onto you Anthony.
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 15th, 2008, 4:06pm »

I was one of the 25 groundcrew on the 1983 2 aircraft detachment. It wasn't a purely 16 Sqn event as half the crews and groundcrew were from XV Sqn.
This trip was notably due to the fact that it was only meant to be for 4 weeks but was extended to 6 due to the Jags making a real 'c0ck-up' of dropping the Paveway bombs. We were very unhappy at having to stay in Vegas for an extra 2 weeks - not!

Another legendary event was the day that the 2 Buccs had a non Pavespike day and they flew 'fighter' escort for the Jags who were tasked to bomb a target on the range.

During the sortie the Jags got bounced by F15's and all were claimed shot down by the Yanks. Unfortunately for them the Jags 'Fighter' escort came in behind them and using the Pavespike pod camera in the role of a gunsite claimed 2 kills each. They were credited with the kills as we were also loaded with Sidewinders for self defence use.

On returning from the sortie the F15 pilots came down and hung lemons on the Jag pitot tubes. Seemingly at the debrief there was much shouting as the 'Stealth Bananas' claimed their 'kills'

Oh happy days! grin grin
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 15th, 2008, 4:55pm »

Fantastic story George, enjoyed that!

Can't beat sticking it to the yanks once in a while grin
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 15th, 2008, 7:19pm »

It wasn't just on Red Flag that our American cousins were embarassed.
During an Open Gate exercise, about '78, 12 squadron were simulating attacks against the John F Kennedy. On more than one previous occasion they had carried out simulated Martel attacks, without being caught.
On this occasion an F14 caught a Bucc. The Bucc tried to shake him off, but eventually a triumphant 'Gotcha' was heard upon the radio. Another voice was then heard, 'And I've got you, Old Boy'.
Sitting on the tail of the F14 was a Hunter F6 from Gibraltar. He had the F14 slap bang in the middle of his antiquated, mark one eyeball Gyro Gun Sight
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 3rd, 2012, 03:13am »

on Oct 15th, 2008, 4:06pm, George Dobie wrote:
I was one of the 25 groundcrew on the 1983 2 aircraft detachment. It wasn't a purely 16 Sqn event as half the crews and groundcrew were from XV Sqn.
This trip was notably due to the fact that it was only meant to be for 4 weeks but was extended to 6 due to the Jags making a real 'c0ck-up' of dropping the Paveway bombs. We were very unhappy at having to stay in Vegas for an extra 2 weeks - not!

Another legendary event was the day that the 2 Buccs had a non Pavespike day and they flew 'fighter' escort for the Jags who were tasked to bomb a target on the range.

During the sortie the Jags got bounced by F15's and all were claimed shot down by the Yanks. Unfortunately for them the Jags 'Fighter' escort came in behind them and using the Pavespike pod camera in the role of a gunsite claimed 2 kills each. They were credited with the kills as we were also loaded with Sidewinders for self defence use.

On returning from the sortie the F15 pilots came down and hung lemons on the Jag pitot tubes. Seemingly at the debrief there was much shouting as the 'Stealth Bananas' claimed their 'kills'

Oh happy days! grin grin


George

I was doing a google search to find out what Jag's and Bucc's were at Red Flag Nellis in 1983. That is how I found your post. I was hoping that one day Corgi might do a die-cast model of one or both type of aircraft with an appropriate paint scheme. I would like to amend your story about the exercise between our units. I was there too, but supporting our F-15's from the 7th Tactical Fighter Sq of the 49th TFW from Holloman AFB, NM.

Originally I was to be working in the avionics shop fixing what was pulled off our jets, but the trainees in the shop begged me to let them run my units to cure their boredom. So, I told them to look for me on the flightline if they needed me. I played flunky and kicked chocks for two weeks. Next to us was you and your great looking Jag's and Bucc's.

I remember one day the crew chief that I was helping telling me that we were going against the RAF guys the next day. The next morning we showed up at the flightline to find 'someone' had hung carrot's on the noses of all our F-15's. We all chuckled about it and I thought to myself, turn-about is fair play. I went to the store that night and bought the limes (not lemons) that we hung on the noses of your jets the next morning. You guys were great fun even if I could not understand a couple of you that I talked to.

I am glad that we all remember and cherish our service to both our country's. This was one of the 'good times' and it is fun to see the story told.

Ssgt Kevin Thompson
49th Component Repair Squadron F-15, 49th TFW, Holloman AFB NM
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