andyd wrote:Bug wrote:
Takes me back to my RAF apprenticeship days
Usually around midday I am in front the front room having a well earned cuppa, but yesterday thanks to an unexpected phone call I was a little behind, and doing something else.
The Mrs suddenly shouts Quick, Quick Plane, so I got to the front door and heard it, but thanks to our neighbours 60 ft Conifer trees I couldn't see a thing Then another came over missed that too
Pi**ed off, I went back in and she said did you see them they had swept back wings and one banked over and I saw the top of it.
2 Tornados about 200 yards away and probably the minimum height over countryside/villages is it 300/400 ft?
Always liked that plane, and often see one in the distance along with other military aircraft, but that's the second time I've missed them that close
250 ft is the minimum allowed over the UK. That's vertically.... I was lucky enough to get a back-seat 'jolly a few years back and can safely say the wingtips were NOT 250ft from the side of the Brecon Beacons. Bit surreal to have sheep looking in at you from above. The RAF do try to steer round villages where they can. No point upsetting too many people.
First got onto Tornado in 1985 on 617 Sqn at Marham. Absolutely loved that jet. Even after my RAF career ended I went back to continue working on them for BAES. Only just left at Xmas, cos they're coming to the end of their service and there's no more deep strip maintenance planned.
And two years ago No2 son joined up as an Airframes/Engines mechanic..... first posting? Marham; 12 Sqn; Tornado.
Bet the knob'ead who started the Ebay advert never thought it would drift off to this thread