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Oldest jets

By patspeirs  
Oldest Jets - ‘The Cutting Edge’

Dug out from the archives to illustrate some of the points made in the discussion around the F86 Sabre image posted a couple of days ago. To correct the impression given that the F86 was the oldest combat jet still in flyable condition, I should have pointed out that the oldest referred to construction and not the design. The F86 in the image is an F86A and dates to around 1946-7. The Vampire and Meteor jets still flying are of a later build date - sorry for any confusion.

The ground images posted are from 1955 and taken at RAF Thorney Island where the Meteor, Vampire and Hunter shown were all operational types. The row of Vampires ( silver ones are pilot trainers, camo ones are pensioned off night fighters) were all used for Nav. training at that time. The airborne shot is from RAF Stradishall in 1964 and is of Meteor night fighters, again pensioned off and used for nav training.

Images are all scanned Kodachrome slides from my old (very) and trusty Agfa Silette - to keep Connor happy ’Those were the days, my friend’!!

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Jestertheclown 12 8.5k 253 England
29 Oct 2011 9:57PM
Great old images Pat.

I never got to see any of these aircraft in the way that you did but my interest ion them was already well honed and I could easily have identified any one of those as the flew over. I was a young boy in the 50s, growing up in Hove on the south coast and I can well remember the jets of the day being flown at really low level over the sea but only yards from the shoreline.
I believe that a lot of testing and record breaking was done that way. I certainly saw some types that I never or rarely saw again.

User_Removed 19 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2011 10:06PM
Hi Pat.
I worked on Hunters while in the Royal Air Force and they were old then!
Nice shots.
alansnap 17 577 26 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2011 2:58PM
Thanks Pat, I really enjoy looking at your images, and getting the history lesson.
UBOAT 14 41 Scotland
30 Oct 2011 8:24PM
Those were the days and We'll meet again.

30 Oct 2011 8:24PM
Excellent shots Pat, great scans and fabulous write up.
UBOAT 14 41 Scotland
30 Oct 2011 8:34PM
Sure they weren't stone carvings Grampa
thebopper 12 8 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2011 9:19AM
Fantastic set if images! Grin
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2011 11:47PM
Coincidences: My first 35mm camera was an Agfa Sillette (vario), I slept at Thorney Island on Saturday nights whilst learning to glide at Tangmere when in the ATC, and I fondly remember all the Hunters flying when I was a young boy.


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