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Larry Findlay from alloa

Posted at 8:29pm on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

wasphotographer11 and then ACF worked on 92sqdn at geilenkirchen, and 74 at Tengah only cameras were nose G.90 cockpit PAS Recorder and the AI recorder(modified G900 on the spine. brilliant aircraft and many fond memories especially on 92 in Germany running around crazy loading film magazines and processing films in our wee trailer during TACEVAl love to hear from old mates

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.

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