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Cold War...Warm Incident

By patspeirs  
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.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Canberra F86

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UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
13 Mar 2010 9:41AM
Great composition grampa and been looking through the archives here I see.


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clicknimagine 7 221 88
13 Mar 2010 10:12AM
a fantastic point of view, and the drama on the sky...
13 Mar 2010 11:51AM
Looks great with the clouds below Pat'.

John Smile
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
13 Mar 2010 12:03PM
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
Made your trip more comfortable than being in that icy cold nose I bet
Great work as always
Canadiann 7 2 Canada
13 Mar 2010 10:20PM
Yes another fantastic piece. I am going to have to fight for the computer if you keep this up. LOL
Great job you do.
horley 10 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 11:39PM
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
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
14 Mar 2010 10:01AM
Stunning sharp detailed image..Excellent it.
14 Mar 2010 9:23PM
I really like the way you create these images - they are so very authentic - really excellent
18 Mar 2010 11:09PM
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.


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