Linton-on-Ouse Photocall, 31 July

Old & new at Linton-on-OuseRoger Cook reports on the 80th ANNIVERSARY OF NO. 1 FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL, LINTON-ON-OUSE. 

No. 1 FTS is the oldest military flying school in the world, being formed at RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire on 29th July 1919 with the Avro 504K. Before the second World War it moved to RAF Leuchars, Fife and moved to its current Yorkshire base in September 1957.

To celebrate its 80th Anniversary a small, but interesting, photocall was arranged at Linton on 31st July. Although much of the promised line-up did not make the day there was still enough to make the event worthwhile on a brilliant sunny day. The stars of the day must, of course, be the two visitors from the Slovenian Army. There was also a line-up of 37 Tucanos to form the 21 aircraft flypast in the shape of a figure 80.

Military visitors consisted of (click highlight for picture):

Serial Type Unit The Slovenians were the stars of the event
XX194 Hawk T1A 100 Sqn
XX316 Hawk T1A 74(R) Sqn
XX495/C Jetstream T1 45(R) Sqn
XX537/C Bulldog T1 Yorkshire UAS
XX543/F Bulldog T1 Yorkshire UAS
ZG969 PC9 BAe Warton
ZH127 Vigilant T1 642 VGS
H2-35/35 Bell 412EP Slovenian Army 15 Brigade
L9-67/67 PC9 Slovenian Army 15 Brigade
MM55076/61-144 MB 339CD AMI 61 Stormo
MM55072/61-140 MB 339CD AMI 61 Stormo
AT05 Alpha Jet FAB 9 Wing
ST-47 SF260D FAB

Civilian warbirds present wearing full military uniform:

H1968 Avro 504K Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
WK864/C Meteor F8 Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
XP640 Jet Provost T4 Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
XL571/V Hunter T7 Yorkshire Aircraft Museum Blue 92 Sqn marks
WV318 Hunter T7B Delta Engineering Black 111 Sqn marks
WD390 Chipmunk T10
WK628 Chipmunk T10
KF584 Harvard
XN459 Jet Provost T3A
T7909 Tiger Moth
T7281 Tiger Moth
PL965/R Spitfire PRXI
BE417/LK-A Hurricane XIIb Real Aeroplane Company
111836 AT-6C
69/2028 Nan Chung

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Copyright Roger Cook, Pynelea Photo Bureau

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