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    Quote Originally Posted by REF
    92Fis, on of the photos on that article has norwichpaul and myself in!
    Amazing how bad the inside of the tower looks after a few years of not being used.

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    Default Re: What is this? (on and around the VHB tower at Lakenheath)

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    Hello Richard,

    I worked at the tower 1949/50 and I don't think there was anything like that circular pit there at the time. Not sure that takes us very far but it looks as if something was intended was intended to rotate there. Suggests armament of some kind.

    Re the old tower being to the north; in my time there was a VHF D/F homer north of the tower that could have been of an earlier vintage than VHB.

    Mike
    The circular pit is constructed with large concrete manhole rings, the groove in the top is for another ring to sit on. I have been past there a few times when I was working on the base but haven't really taken too much notice but from the look of the rings i'd say that they date from the mid to late eighties. I see that they have put a new road in now as you used to have to drive on the perimeter track, remember being on there one day side by side with an SP Eagle on his way to RIAT.

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    Cracking old photos there, I absolutely love the F-105 'Cheif! Are those French Mysteres in the top pic Mike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawganmad
    Cracking old photos there, I absolutely love the F-105 'Cheif! Are those French Mysteres in the top pic Mike?
    I think they are Mysteres, though what they were doing there I have no idea. It's quite a strange line up really what with a USAF F4 and F105, two USN F4s and all the Mysteres.

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    Default Re: RAF Lakenheath

    Didn't realise F-105's were still in use in 1993.

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    On another thread it was suggested that the 1941-1944 tower was sited near the VHB tower. Do we know what type it was and exactly where it was?
    I am trying to piece together a rough sketch of Lakenheath just prior to rebuild in 1944 and after the sketch I posted earlier.
    Some remnants of the older airfield can be seen in norwichpaul's drawing and bits are still visible today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNK
    Didn't realise F-105's were still in use in 1993.
    All the aircraft in those pic's were used for decoys or BDRT, none were operational. The Phantoms and F-105 were scrapped in May 1996 and the Mysteres went sometime before them, they started receiving F-15A's for BDRT in 1994.

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    Default Re: RAF Lakenheath

    That would explain it then. Thanks.
    I am a bit behind in some of the modern stuff. I still think F-15's and F-14s are new! Mind you at some of the Farnborough airshows I went to in the early 1970's a lot of US planes had Y prefixes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike
    Quote Originally Posted by mawganmad
    Cracking old photos there, I absolutely love the F-105 'Cheif! Are those French Mysteres in the top pic Mike?
    I think they are Mysteres, though what they were doing there I have no idea. It's quite a strange line up really what with a USAF F4 and F105, two USN F4's and all the Mysteres.
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    Trust me (my luck ) to get in on this thread rather too late !

    Of all the pix I've taken over the last 20 years, some of my fave's were taken of "this lot" during several visits (Aug-'88 to 'July/Aug-'92)

    Luckily my pix were clearer & closer, so I managed to 'track' the a/c down
    Good to see you posting yours, Mike, as many enthusiasts didn't get to see 'em.

    Mike; those two 'USN' F.4's are actually USAF Air-National-Guard F.4 Phantoms of the 'Michigan' ANG - painted-up in the standard USAF Air-Defence (A.D.C.) colour (Federal-spec F.S.16473).

    That's why you mistook them for US.Navy Phantoms ! lol

    It's the same colour that used to adorn Daggers/Voodoo's/Dart's etc

    For any a/c enthusiasts reading this, the a/c involved are.....

    Michigan ANG F.4; Bu.No. 63-7610

    Michigan ANG F.4; Bu.No. 64-0707

    USAF marked F.4-C; Bu.No. 63-7471

    USAF F.105-G , ex-'Wild-Weasel', Bu.No. 67-0494

    They were there for BRDT duties & like fellow-forumite '92-fis' said, they were (sadly ) scrapped, tho' I didn't know the date of that (thanx)

    A friend of mine who was a retired High-Ranking USAF Officer (ex-Mildenhall) explained to me one afternoon at an IPMS-show (when, in mid-conversation) I'd explained about these - that he actually tried to "pull some strings" to get that particular F.105-G ('494) saved...

    He DID go on to explain that '494 had seen active service as a "S.A.M-suppresor" (105-G, 'Weasel') in Vietnam itself, hence his interest to save the ol'-Girl, sadly, to no avail, as it turned out.

    I was laughing myself hoarse, after two fellow neighbouring a/c 'nuts' with decent camera-equip't were excitedly discussing about the "camouflaged Super-Sabres" (Mystere's) & taking countless pix....
    (I didn't have the heart to tell 'em, (wicked-Git !)

    Oh, PNK,
    the F.105 Thud's were retired State-side in late-'83 thru/till early'84, the last base being Hill-AFB.

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    Default Re: RAF Lakenheath

    A couple of operational F-105's at the heath here.

    http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=4956

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