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    Three gate guards at Akrotiri, August 2014

    Lightning F.6 XS929


    Wessex HC.2 XR504


    Whirlwind HAR.10 XD184

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    .....and who has taken the glass nose domes from the Red Top missiles?

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    Or painted them white?

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    .. and the tip of the flight refuelling probe!

    Also, are they Land Rover tyres on the Wessex?

    Edit: On a closer look they are lorry wheels and tyres!

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    The RAF Akrotiri Museum has been recently re-located to the Church of St Paul. Opposite the Astra Cinema next to the playing field for those who know the base. The is a nice bit of info about the history of the base there, including a small amount of exhibits about 'The Local Aircraft'. If you like looking at pictures its a nice way to spend an hour or so.

    The Church / Museum




    Plaque above the Church entrance


    The first main gate, 9 March 1956


    249 Sqn HQ, 1958


    Aerial View, 1958


    The Brand New 'CAWOOD' buildings damaged by a Whirlwind, Christmas 1955


    Resident Vulcan flying past the Tower, date not known


    Aerial view of 'Charlie' Dispersal, was home to 249 and 73 Sqn's. Now home to the flying club. Date not known


    The Princess Mary's Hospital under construction


    Canberra flypast of The Princess Mary's Hospital

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    Ref the piccy of the Vulcan fly by over the tower. That is an all white Vulcan, and therefore taken a LONG time before any Vulcans were resident at Akrotiri!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enobarbus View Post
    Ref the piccy of the Vulcan fly by over the tower. That is an all white Vulcan, and therefore taken a LONG time before any Vulcans were resident at Akrotiri!
    Thanks for that Enobarbus, I hadn't picked that up. When were the Vulcan's based at AKT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Flagg View Post
    Thanks for that Enobarbus, I hadn't picked that up. When were the Vulcan's based at AKT?
    1969-74/5 Rich, IX and 35 Sqns. Must've been a busy place with Vulcans, Canberras, Lightnings and Hercs all based there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forestfan2 View Post
    1969-74/5 Rich, IX and 35 Sqns. Must've been a busy place with Vulcans, Canberras, Lightnings and Hercs all based there!
    I bet it was, and we think it's busy now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Flagg View Post
    The RAF Akrotiri Museum has been recently re-located to the Church of St Paul. Opposite the Astra Cinema ......
    Reminds me of an alternative translation of "PER ARDUA AD ASTRA" I once saw in a Navy cartoon:

    "Across the hard standing to the Cinema"

    Great posts Rich, nice to see something different. Just watch what you are posting you're in a blue suit now!

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