LOG - Queens Birthday Fly-Past
Saturday 11th June 2005
(Inc. Practice Fly-Past Weds 6th June 2005)
 
Saturday 11th June 2005
 
The fly-past went ahead as planned. However, the weather did it's best to disrupt the proceedings and the holding pattern at Southwold had to be moved 5 Nautical Miles North-East, due to low cloud and poor visibility. With the poor lighting conditions (It was wet and cold too !!) reading the serials off on the grey aircraft was extremely difficult at Southwold/Walberswick. There were sunnier conditions in the Lowestoft area so some serials were picked-up from those viewing there.

All of the fast jets arrived with airspares today, although the Typhoon's were late joining the formation (again). The Typhoon serials and codes came from our two LAS members who were flying on the 216 Sqn TriStar K.1, They tell me that the Typhoons looked as if they wanted to come aboard for a seat !!
If you wish to see some of the pictures taken by by our members please go here
 
The main frequencies in use were 300.100 MHz for Air-to-Air. 282.975 MHz (TAD 148) and 375.550 MHz (TAD 080) with Boulmer Radar (using Neatishead transmitters/receivers).
If you can fill in any of the blanks below - please do so, we'd be glad to hear from you, Photographic evidence would be nice too.


ZZ173 Globemaster III 99 Squadron c/sign; WINDSOR LEAD

ZD949 TriStar K.1 216 Squadron c/sign; FAGIN
ZJ807/BF Typhoon T.1 29(R) Sqn c/sign; TRIPLEX 1
ZJ808/BG Typhoon T.1 29(R) Sqn c/sign; TRIPLEX 2
-----/-- Typhoon T.1 29(R) Sqn c/sign; TRIPLEX 3

ZH107/07 Sentry AEW.1 8/23 Sqn c/sign; SENTRY
ZE965/WT Tornado F.3 56(R) Sqn c/sign; WARLORD 1
ZE963/YT Tornado F.3 56(R) Sqn c/sign; WARLORD 2
Z----/-- Tornado F.3 56(R) Sqn c/sign; WARLORD 3

ZA150/J VC-10 K.3 101 Sqn c/sign; MADRAS
X----/-- Jaguar GR.3 6 Sqn c/sign; BOXER 1
X----/-- Jaguar GR.3 6 Sqn c/sign; BOXER 2
X----/-- Jaguar GR.3 6 Sqn c/sign; BOXER 3

XV243/43 Nimrod MR.2 KSW c/sign; NIMROD (Used c/s NIMROD 42 en-route - 42 Sqn crew)
ZA401/XIII Tornado GR.4 13 Sqn c/sign; ROCKET 1 (Spcl 13 Sqn anniversary marks)
Z----/-- Tornado GR.4 15(R) Sqn c/sign; ROCKET 2 (15(R) Sqn marks)
Z----/-- Tornado GR.4 617 Sqn c/sign; ROCKET 3 (617 Sqn marks)


XX222/CI Hawk T.1 100 Sqn c/sign; WHIP 1
XX230/CH Hawk T.1 100 Sqn c/sign; HAWK 2 (WHIP 2 at times too!)
Later heard using joint callsign WINDSOR WHIP

There was also a BAe.125 CC.3 from 32(TR) Sqn did a weather check down the route just after 11:00 using the callsign WINDSOR WEATHER CHECK. This was BAe.125 CC.3 ZE396 which later went to RAF Leeming.

There was also a 32(TR) Sqn Twin Squirrel over London using the callsign WINDSOR PHOTO no serial yet.

Roger Smith
Lowestoft Aviation Society - Suffolk's Eyes on the Skies
www.lowestoftaviationsociety.org

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Practice - Weds 6th June 2005
 
The following data is from the rehearsal.
Here is the best we can come up with for the practice. All of the serials/codes have been checked against photographic evidence and I am satisfied this is a fair representation of what took place. We are two serials/codes short i.e. The Jaguar GR.3A "airspare" and the Tornado GR.4 from Marham which had an emergency as his element of the formation was trying to join-up over Southwold. Perhaps those of you who 'hang-out' at Colt and Marham can help ??

Many thanks for ALL of you who have e-mailed or telephoned me with your sightings, with either new information or confirmation of what we already had, especially a couple of you who are unwell - hope you both feel better by Saturday!!

Of the fast jets only the Jaguars arrived with airspares, this practice newly adopted this year, didn't work out for the GR.4's from Marham, as one had an emergency just when they were trying to join the main formation. The whole WINDSOR FORMATION eventually headed off to Marham (for Waddington) with only one GR.4 flying 'slot' on the Nimrod.

The main frequencies in use were 242.275 and 251.750 MHz(TAD 036) with Boulmer Radar (using Neatishead transmitters/receivers) with 378.675(TAD 070) as backup, none of the Air-to-Air freqs were recovered at the time but some may come to light later.

If you can fill in the two remaining blanks below - please do so, we'd be glad to hear from you.

ZZ174 Globemaster III 99 Squadron c/sign; WINDSOR LEAD

ZD950 TriStar KC.1 216 Squadron c/sign; FAGIN
ZJ809/BH Typhoon T.1 29(R) Sqn c/sign; TRIPLEX 1
ZJ805/BD Typhoon T.1 29(R) Sqn c/sign; TRIPLEX 2
(No airspares - Typhoons arrived late !)

ZH104/04 Sentry AEW.1 8/23 Sqn c/sign; SENTRY
ZE963/YT Tornado F.3 56(R) Sqn c/sign; WARLORD 1 (Ah ! it was "YT")
ZE786/TF Tornado F.3 56(R) Sqn c/sign; WARLORD 2
(No airspares)

XV104 VC-10 C.1K 10 Sqn c/sign; MADRAS
XX724/EC Jaguar GR.3A 6 Sqn c/sign; BOXER 1
XZ396/EQ Jaguar GR.3A 6 Sqn c/sign; BOXER 2
The 'airspare' Jaguar GR.3A from 6 Squadron, Coltishall, c/sign BOXER 3 was XX970/EH (Airspare - dropped off after Southwold)

XV226/26 Nimrod MR.2 KSW c/sign; NIMROD
ZA401/XIII Tornado GR.4 13 Sqn c/sign; ROCKET 1 (Possibly NOT ROCKET 1 when initially joining - Spcl marks)
-----/-- Tornado GR.4 ?? Sqn c/sign; ROCKET ? (Had an emergency when joining main formation as part of NIMROD COMBINE dropped out of formation and diverted to Coltishall ?? or Marham ??
(NO airspares !!)

 
XX160/-- Hawk T.1 100 Sqn c/sign; HAWK 1 (No marks)
XX225/CS Hawk T.1 100 Sqn c/sign; WHIP 2
By the time these reached Waddington they had both become; WINDSOR WHIP, probably flying as a pair rather than independently as at Southwold.
 
  • Roger Smith
    Lowestoft Aviation Society - Suffolk's Eyes on the Skies
    www.lowestoftaviationsociety.org
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