Skywatch - BBC 1974

#2
A stick of 21 1000lb bombs on Salisbury Plain, those were the days! The powers that be would shit themselves at the suggestion nowadays.
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#3
A stick of 21 1000lb bombs on Salisbury Plain, those were the days! The powers that be would shit themselves at the suggestion nowadays.
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They certainly would. For a start, where would the RAF get 21 bombs from these days? And we'd probably have to press the old BBMF Lancaster into service - I don't think we'd have anything else capable of carrying that load.
 
#5
Remember this very well. Trying to watch it on a nackered black and white tv on a Sunday summers day. This and the moon shots were pure porn for a 12yo boy in the 70's.
 
#6
Never mind 1000lb bombs, 3kg & 14kg practice were made obsolete at the end of last month, goodbye 3kg terror weapon! At least it answers the question of what to do with the CBLS 100 & 200 practice bomb carriers I've got left at work now. Anyone fancy a bomb shape BBQ? ;-)

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#7
Thanks for that. Not just a very nice display for the RAF of it's time but it also demonstrates the huge gulf between the presentation of someone like Raymond Baxter and the clueless muppets of today.
 
#8
Convinced me to sign the line and become a bomb head. Raymond Baxter, what a man. Spitfire pilot who hunted V2 rockets. Free fire Clusters, SNEB, SUU, 1000LB'rs. I feel a semi coming on :)

And I'll go for a cbls barbie.
 
#9
I'm up for the BBQ and if your looking around in the stores have you got any JP233's going spare? they would make great roof boxes for the car.
 
#11
Never mind 1000lb bombs, 3kg & 14kg practice were made obsolete at the end of last month, goodbye 3kg terror weapon! At least it answers the question of what to do with the CBLS 100 & 200 practice bomb carriers I've got left at work now. Anyone fancy a bomb shape BBQ? ;-)

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So what replaces the terror bombs, nothing?
 
#13
So what replaces the terror bombs, nothing?
Well my oppo here at Boscombe contacted a mate still in the RAF at Coningsby to be told no replacement. RAF hasn't been using pracs for ages apparently, doing all with software. Nice to be told now as I'd demanded a load of 122EX spares before Xmas. Looks like the RAF has decided we're using PGMs all the time so don't mind losing core skills like dumb bombing.

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#14
Well my oppo here at Boscombe contacted a mate still in the RAF a Coningsby to be told no replacement. RAF hasn't been using pracs for ages apparently, doing all with software. Nice to be told now as I'd demanded a load of 122EX spares before Xmas. Looks like the RAF has decided we're using PGMs all the time so don't mind losing core skills like dumb bombing.

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Just as well we're not going to have another war in the next 10 years then. Heaven forbid a big kick off and shortage of PGM kit.
 
#15
Good find!
I remember being on holiday in Lincolnshire in the '90s and watching A-10s mullahing targets at Wainfleet with guns and practice bombs. It all came to a sudden end when one shredded the steel-work holding the target with the cannon.
Considering the firepower, the sea wall we were parked up at wasn't a huge distance from the firing line.
 
#16
I was in a Harrier Support Squadron (RE) in 1974 and have fond (wet forest BAOR) memories of exercises with the RAF. Don't remember this programme, but I was probably too busy doing the same stuff myself..
 
#17
3lb & 14lb practise bombs no more? That'll make our carriers safer and stop the RAF nearly sibling them when they miss the splash target.

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#18
3lb & 14lb practise bombs no more? That'll make our carriers safer and stop the RAF nearly sibling them when they miss the splash target.

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It was an old fuzed 28lb bomb that got the arse end of the carrier as the RN carried on using remaining stocks while the RAF went with 3kg & 14kg. :)

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#19
Point of order... At 18:30 Baxter says the Harrier was the first British aircraft bought by the US since the first world war. Slip of the tongue?
 
#20
Canberra/B57 springs to mind as pre Harrier. Also Spitfires and Mosquitos, but perhaps they were wrapped up with lend lease though?

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