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Helen Edwards from Wirral

Posted at 9:07pm on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

My father RoyJones was Chief technician on Lightnings on 56 Squadron 65-70 at RAF Wattisham 70-73 Akrotiri Sadly he passed away 4 years ago aged 79 He loved his planes as did I the noise was amazing They used to fly low over our house and used to wave. Thank you for the memories lovely photographs

Terry Bettesworth from Somerset

Posted at 10:26pm on Sunday, June 8th, 2014

for Robin Ellwood. The F53 out in Saudi occasionally fitted a reccy pack with an array of cameras, this was fitted instead of the Red Top / Fire Streak option. Don't think it was an option taken up by the RAF. I was L.Fitt AR, so know the G90 nose camera and Visual Recorder cameras and still have the locking wire scars to prove it..

Brian Kirkwood from Carlisle

Posted at 7:34pm on Friday, February 28th, 2014

I was a Station Armourer at Binbrook in the 70's when 5 and 11 Squadrons were in residence.54 and 29 were there on flying visits. I didn't come across other than the gun camera and the ggs on spine. However when at Dhahran there were a number of camera packs in a storage shed, not used during my tour. In the same area were a number of 2" rocket packs, some of which were used!It was a nerve racking time when the Suadi Airforce personnel were allowed to load the live rockets into the pack!!!!!

Brian Kirkwood from Carlisle

Posted at 7:16pm on Friday, February 28th, 2014

I was at Dhahran and Tabuck as an armourer.
In a storage area was a number of camera packs never used to my knowledge along with some 2" rocket packs some of which did see use

Don Williams from North Wales

Posted at 6:59pm on Friday, November 1st, 2013

I was i/c photo section at FCMPC , RAF Valley until 1966. Only cameras on Lightnings were gun camera in nose bay and GGS recorder in spine.
Changed many of these.

Ted Spencer from ESSEX

Posted at 2:49pm on Saturday, July 14th, 2012

In photograph of xs921/Q of 56 sqd Akritiri 1970s , On cockpit side just infront of red triangles a red patch? Can you help me to identify this mark for model i am makeing
yours ted

Guy Clarke from Grimsby

Posted at 8:45pm on Sunday, July 1st, 2012

I was an Air radar mech on 5 SQN until 1988 at Binbrook and spent most of my time working on the line. There was definitely only the two camera's on the F3, F6 & T5.
Very fond memories of working on the hill!

Paul Tregonning from Port Alice. B.C

Posted at 8:23am on Sunday, June 24th, 2012

I was an Armourer (ex 5 Squadron-twice, and the Armoury, Gutersloh-again twice)and I am sure that there was only a vis recorder and gun camera fitted to all Marks. Can only agree with Robin Ellwood about changing the gun csmera mag. Changed quite a few and they were a b----r.

Robin Ellwood from Darlington

Posted at 8:47pm on Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I was an Air Photography Operator in the 70s. Based at RAF Leuchers, RAF Leconfield, RAF Luqa, RAF Wyton.
Worked on 11 Squadron's Lightnings.
Some websites say they had 5 cameras. I only ever remember the vis recorder on the fuselage and the gun camera situated in the nose wheel bay. You had to be a contortionist to change the magazine.
Can anyone remember if there were more cameras? It would be appreciated if you could.

Rob Dummer from Lincoln UK

Posted at 12:55pm on Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Worked on Mk53s & Mk55s in Saudi (Dhahran & Tabuk) in the '70s. Inst Nav/Gen.
Better servicability rate than RAF ! (Unlimited overtime!!) Fond memories.

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