Chelveston 1956 -1962

Ratch
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February 8th, 2018, 4:31 pm #1

The first B47's of the Strategic Air Command arrived in May 1956 as part of the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. These were jet bombers which carried nuclear weapons, and were maintained on a 24 hours alert status as part of the NATO response to the Warsaw Pact. In August 1959, Douglas RB-66 reconnaissance jets joined the Chelveston air base. These were electronic counter measures versions of the B-66 bomber, and they stayed at the base until August 1962.






The T-33 was a squadron hack.
Last edited by Ratch on February 21st, 2018, 8:51 am, edited 1 time in total.
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LarryH57
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February 8th, 2018, 4:44 pm #2

A great selection Ratch; who made the 1/72 scale Boeing RB-66?
Nothing makes me more mad than people's models that are better than mine, which happens quite often I can tell you, especially those 1/72 scale kits where the crew members have real clothes, and perhaps a moustache made of real hair! Lol.
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February 8th, 2018, 5:01 pm #3

Italeri, the other two are Hasegawa 😉
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February 8th, 2018, 5:16 pm #4

Very nice trio.
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February 8th, 2018, 7:23 pm #5

Its amazing how many kits have been made that I have ignored. I've no idea if its still current! Perhaps modellers like me just have eyes for what appeals at this time and then years later I'll decide I want this particular kit and then have to search mournfully for it on the web like 'JR Hartley' in the BT add looking for his fly fishing book!
Nothing makes me more mad than people's models that are better than mine, which happens quite often I can tell you, especially those 1/72 scale kits where the crew members have real clothes, and perhaps a moustache made of real hair! Lol.
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February 11th, 2018, 1:13 am #6

Great work Ratch 😎😍
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February 11th, 2018, 8:33 am #7

Thanks all 🙂
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February 20th, 2018, 11:47 pm #8

Boeing B-66/RB-66?
Cough - Douglas surely.
I wish it was 1962 and I still lived in Malta.
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February 21st, 2018, 8:53 am #9

Cheers Phil. You're right of course (possible mental blank) corrected now 😚
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April 10th, 2018, 10:47 am #10

Interesting collection Ratch . . . anymore to come perhaps ?
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April 10th, 2018, 12:10 pm #11

Thanks and yes
General Aircraft Hotspur AFEE, ‘A’ Flight, Chelveston May – Aug 1942
Short Stirling ‘A’ Flight, Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment, Chelveston 5th May 1942 – September 1942
A.S. 51 “Horsa” Mk I Assault Glider ‘A’ Flight, Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment Chelveston 5th May 1942 – September 1942.
Handley Page Halifax Glider Tug, ‘A’ Flight, Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment, Chelveston 5th May 1942 – September 1942.
Lockheed Hudson tug, ‘A’ Flight, Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment, Chelveston 5th May 1942 – September 1942.
Eighth Air Force Boeing B-17G & Bomber Re-Supply Set 42-38206 “Thundermug”, 364th Bomb Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group, RAF Chelveston, 1944
D.H.C.-2 Beaver The 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing based at Chelveston, were allocated 51-6146 between 31 December 1959 and 28 May 1960.
Boeing B-47E Stratojet 3914th Airborne Strategic Air Command, RAF Station Chelveston, 301st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 1st May 1956 – 1st August 1963
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April 11th, 2018, 1:16 pm #12

Great collection, and very well painted, I must say, Ratch.
If you can, don't miss the mighty Boeing  B-29 Superfortress (Airfix), the B-52 Stratofortress (there was an American model that had 1m wingspan) and one of the most beautiful of all, the Convair B-58 Hustler. I don't know if these bombers were based in the United Kingdom, but they were the long arm of the SAC.
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April 11th, 2018, 4:35 pm #13

They weren't based at Chelveston Danny ☹
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April 12th, 2018, 1:52 pm #14

I don't think that B-58s were ever based outside the continental USA. :-(
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April 12th, 2018, 3:19 pm #15

No, they weren't.
The 86 B-58 were assigned to the 43rd Bombing Wing in Carswell, and later to the USAF Base in Little Rock (Arkansas) and the 305th Wing in Bunker Hill (Indiana), all of them in the United States.
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