Fifty Years On
Just 50 yrs ago this week the QRA Squadrons of 2TAF in Germany stood at enhanced alert as the Cuban crisis played out. Equipped with nuclear capable Canberra BI8 aircraft the four RAF squadrons assigned to NATO were tasked with low-level missions ‘somewhere in the East’. With less than 30mins flying time to the then East German border it was a fair bet that the Canberras would be the pointy end of the lance if hostilities commenced.
The image, untouched apart from some filtering, was taken from an accompanying aircraft during the almost daily low level practice missions over the West German countryside - the murky October weather wasn’t a great help for the photography! The camera was, and still is, an Agfa Silette with Ilford HP4 film loaded, home processed. The aircraft is a Canberra BI8 of 3Squdaron based at Geilenkirchen at that time - posted in recognition of all the good and often ’scary’ times that long 50 yrs ago. See you in the bar, guys.
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