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    CAT can also be a Catalina Flying Boat. Or a furry purry four legged [Pain in the neck] house pet !!!

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    Are you sure project COLDCAT used a PR9???? Im sure that it was a PR3.

    But no doubt some will correct me if Im wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Flight say a PR9 and an RB-57F. Could it have been a PR3 uprated to 9 standard?

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    If flight say a 9 then a 9 it was, I was assuming that as the RAE met reseach flight used a 3 it was a 3.

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    Its all about antecedents. I shall quote from my copy of 'Tengah Times' Vol iv No 11 of November 1968 in reference to WH793:
    "The Canberra...........started its life as an early PR7, then later, different wings, more powerful engines, & powered controls were fitted and it became the prototype PR9."
    WH793 went to RAE Bedford in 1961. It owes its lineage to the first Canberra PR version which was the PR3, but those that survived were upped to PR7 Standard. Apart from this one, & bear in mind my comments about Canberras on another thread - 'Guess the aIrcraft' -, all the PR9s were essentially a different aircraft, being built by Shorts in Belfast, who were its Delegated Engineering Authority, as opposed to EE & their successors for all the others.
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    Also Fighters use the ASCOT callsign when on deployments ASCOT 9500-9999 normally accompanied by ASCOT 9200-9299 VC 10/Tristar

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    They only use the ASCOT prefix when with the tanker.

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    Heres a few for RAF/ARMY/RN aircraft
    AAC Army air corp
    BDN Boscombe Down
    BWY Culdrose
    COT Cottesmore
    CWL Cranwell
    ETP Boscombe Down
    KRF Northolt
    LCS Leuchars
    LOP Linton on ouse
    LOS Lossiemouth
    MRH marham
    RFR Rafair various
    SHF Support helo force
    VLL/VYT Valley
    WIT Wittering
    WTN Warton
    normaly with 2 to 3 numbers after the callsign

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    Theyre the trigraphs used for the RT and the callsigns are a bit different to the trigraph. For instance the helicopter force use VORTEX, Warton uses Tarnish, Wittering uses Striker and Northolt uses KITTYHAWK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canberra View Post
    Theyre the trigraphs used for the RT and the callsigns are a bit different to the trigraph. For instance the helicopter force use VORTEX, Warton uses Tarnish, Wittering uses Striker and Northolt uses KITTYHAWK.
    Yes i know but they are abbreviations of the station they fly from
    now callsigns are my thing
    Kittyhawk without a royal
    Kittyhawk .. R with
    Striker 20R SQN

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