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Cold War ………..Warm Incident

Coming across the main image of the Canberra (BI8), while trawling through the archives, reminded me of when the various NATO air forces worked together. In the 1950’s there were no civilian jets and thus no air traffic ‘rules’ above 28,000 ft to frustrate the military. When planning a high level transit, usually to somewhere in the Med at that time, it was usual to annotate the military flight plan with a code which indicated that the transit aircraft would be happy to act as a ‘target’ for other NATO forces to practice fighter interceptions. Thus on the way south to the Med we would have aggressive attention from the Canadian Sabres out of Touls Rosiere, French Mysteres from Orange ( couldn’t get up to our cruising height - 45,000ft - much Gallic abuse over the radio), Italians from Aviano experimenting with F84,s (similar Italian non-standard radio traffic) and then the USAF F-86s out of Wheelus, Libya. All helping to enliven a dull transit sortie and with no tiresome air traffic rules plenty of freedom to ‘play‘.

Image is scanned from an original Kodachrome, my old Agfa camera, shot from an accompanying Canberra BI8 on a high-level transit. Amended with the composite introduction of a USAF F-86 (Duxford airshow) to complete the picture. A snapshot of ‘the way we were’.

My apologies to Al if the F-86 markings don’t relate to Wheelus birds.

Title:Cold War...Warm Incident
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:13 Mar 2010 - 9:23 AM
Tags:Aircraft, Canberra, Digital art, F86
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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
13 Mar 2010 - 9:41 AM

Great composition grampa and been looking through the archives here I see.

connor

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clicknimagine
13 Mar 2010 - 10:12 AM

a fantastic point of view, and the drama on the sky...

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 11:51 AM

Looks great with the clouds below Pat'.

John Smile

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 12:03 PM

Always great to pass the boredom with 'Embellishment' Pat.
Have to laugh at the Air Traffic bit, we are still known as the Flying prevention branch.....lol
Made your trip more comfortable than being in that icy cold nose I bet
Great work as always
Richard

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 10:20 PM

Yes another fantastic piece. I am going to have to fight for the computer if you keep this up. LOL
Great job you do.
Regards
Ann

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horley
horley  6 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 - 11:39 PM

great fount of knowledge and information,will tune into your images and info on regular basis,thanks.terry P.S look forwards to the book

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 10:01 AM

Stunning sharp detailed image..Excellent work.love it.
saeid

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CaptainTweaky
14 Mar 2010 - 9:23 PM

I really like the way you create these images - they are so very authentic - really excellent
David

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2010 - 11:09 PM

Another well crafted image Pat, superb blending and merging. But the main thng for me is the light is lways just right, a great gift you have for that in particular for me my friend.

Dougie

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