The 1993 RAF Valley Open Day. These are kindly scanned and posted by Beemer from negative derived prints from the Camera of Brian Jones.
In 1993 the RAF Hawk fleet wore a wider variety of colour schemes, codes and unit markings than at any time before, or since. Here can be seen 19 Sqdn and 92 Sqdn (blue tails) based at Chivenor, 74 Sqdn, 234 Sqdn, 4 FTS and CFS based at Valley, with (somewhere in the background of the shot) 100 Sqdn from Wyton.
One of the first Hawks in all-black, XX226 is painted and named as the mount for the RAF Hawk solo aerobatic display mount 1993.
Meanwhile the majority of RAF training aircraft continued in the red/white colours worn for a great number of years.
The Meteor U.16 WK800/K again featured in the static, a name change to the operating unit, now T&EE, Llanbedr.
XF995 a camouflaged Hunter T.8B of 208 Sqdn, a Buccaneer unit.
WM167 (G-LOSM) a civilian operated Meteor NF.11
A typically dirty Tornado F.3 ZG734/BA from 29 Sqdn.
A somewhat cleaner Tornado GR.1 ZA600/F from 15 Sqdn
A German Air Force Tornado 45+03 of JbG 33
A F-4F Phantom 37+88 from the German Air Force, supposedly operated by JG71, but the prancing white horse logo is that of another unit.
J-624 a F-16A of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, operated by 311 Sqdn in special aerobatic mount colours.
82-650/SP A-10A Thunderbolt II from the 52nd FW based at Spangledalm, Germany. With the withdrawal of the Woodbridge and Bentwaters based A-10A units, a type no longer regularly seen at British displays.
The canopy shape of ET-022 an F-15B contrasts clearly with that of single seater E-176 behind, both of the Danish Air Force.
Prize exhibit from the Danish was AR-111 a Sk-35XD Draken. Over the years, the Danish have been present at most of the Valley Air Shows.
Open Day 1993 RAF Valley. These are Brian Jones' photographs, kindly scanned, digitised and posted on his behalf by Beemer.
A first for the 1993 Valley Open Day was the participation of formation aerobatic teams from overseas. Here are the 10 Macchi MB.339s of the 'Frecce Tricolori' of the Italian Air Force.
From even further afield, on a summer tour of UK and European Airshows, the four Extra EA.300s of the Chilean Air Force 'Halcones' team.
Then, as now, the Royal Netherlands Air Force solo F-16A routine is always worth watching.
From Aldergrove came 72 Sqdn Wessex HC.2 XR529/E and Puma HC.1 XW216 with 33 Sqdn marks still applied.
Unusual all white (as against the normal green) Alouette III A-451 of the Dutch Army.
A feature of the 1993 Air Show was a four-ship Wessex helicopter co-ordinated display mounted by 22 Sqdn. Oddly on the print the central two helicopters show camera shake, yet the top and bottom machine don't. This may or may not be evident on the scan.
Always entertaining, the SAR 'rescue' demonstration. This one performed by XT604 in 22 Sqdn marks.
A very unusual sight in Britain (and even today still very rare) in 1993 the Irish Air Corps participated in the flying display with SA.365F Dauphin II, 246.
Diwrnod Awyr y Feli '93 (Valley Air Day), 31st August 1993
Possibly one of the best Valley Open Days yet. For the first time National aerobatic teams in addition to our own 'Red Arrows' performed. The Irish Air Corps appeared for the first time, not only supplying a helicopter, but participated in the flying display. It was also a time of transition of Hawk units, squadron and aircraft colours. This report comes from 'North West Air News' magazine of the Air Britain Merseyside Branch, also a list of my own, which I must have submitted to the section editor as I included an introduction, which was not used!
"Decent well laid out static, always good to see a Llanbedr Meteor. Many 'standard' air display items absent eg "Crunchie" Stearman, the Hercules tactical demo, the Tornado GR.1 of 2 Sqdn and the '75' formation by Valley Hawks (performed elsewhere for the 75th anniv of the formation of the RAF).
Although preventing the arrival of day visiting aircraft, the unusual feature of bringing traffic across the 'active' before and after the display seemed to work well. I left the parking area 3/4 hour after the end of the flying display and proceeded off the base, indeed off Anglesey, without stopping! A refreshing change after 2 and a half hours at Fairford and 2+ hours at foggy Culdrose."
However Stuart McDiamid did use an introduction of his own: "Second coach trip this month (other was to Fairford). As I did not actually travel on the coach myself and left at about 3.30pm, the following report does not include any late arrivals. The show itself had a well laid out static (a few more aircraft would not have gone amiss though!) and a very disjointed and erratic flying programme, with long gaps between some items."
Note that photos of the 1993 Air Day appear on the 3 posts above.
Static Aircraft Park WK562/91 Chipmunk T.10, 10 AEF WK572/92 Chipmunk T.10, 10 AEF WK800/Z Gloster Meteor U.16, T&EE Llanbedr XF995/- Hawker Hunter T.8B 12/208 Sqdns, camouflaged XK895/19:CU (G-SDEV) Sea Devon C.20, full RN colours XR529/E Wessex HC.2, 72 Sqdn XS736/S HS.125 Dominie T.1, 6 FTS XV306/306 C-130K Hercules C.1P, Lyneham Transport Wing XW216/- Puma HC.1, Puma Sqdn marks, but operated from RAF Aldergrove Det. XX159/PA Hawk T.1A, 4 FTS badge (although a CFS code), grey fuselage, grey fin XX171/TK:171 Hawk T.1, 74 Sqdn, red/blue fus, blue fin XX190/TA Hawk T.1A, 74 Sqdn, grey fus, grey fin XX196/DB Hawk T.1A, 234 Sqdn, grey fus, black fin XX219/219 Hawk T.1A, 19 Sqdn/7 FTS Chivenor, grey fus, light blue fin XX286/DK Hawk T.1A, 234 Sqdn, grey fus. grey fin XX310/TN:310 Hawk T.1, 74 Sqdn, red/blue fus, blue fin XX318/PG Hawk T.1A, CFS, grey fus, grey fin XX329/C Hawk T.1A, 92 Sqdn/7 FTS, Chivenor, grey fus, dark blue fin XX331/CK Hawk T.1A, 100 Sqdn Wyton, grey fus, grey fin XX350/TC Hawk T.1A, 74 Sqdn, grey fus, black fin XX624/Y Bulldog T.1, 6 FTS XX752/EQ Jaguar GR.1A, 6 Sqdn ZA600/F Tornado GR.1, 15(R) Sqdn ZF344/344 Tucano T.1, 3 FTS ZG734/BA Tornado F.3, 29 Sqdn
AT-22 Alpha Jet 1B, 9 Wing, Belgian Air Force AR-111 Saab S.35XD Draken. Esk.729, Royal Danish Air Force E-176 F-16A Fighting Falcon, Esk.723, RDAF (no unit badge) ET-022 F-16B Fighting Falcon, Esk.726, RDAF 37+88 F-4F Phantom II, JG-74, German AF 44+92 Tornado IDS, JbG-33, GAF 45+03 Tornado IDS, JbG-33, GAF A-451 Alouette III, Royal Netherlands Air Force, standard green colours A-514 Alouette III, RNethAF, all white scheme J-624 (80-3624) F-16A Fighting Falcon, 311 Sqdn, RNethAF, special colours 81978/SP (81-1978) A-10A Thunderbolt II, 510th FS/52nd FW, USAFE 82650/SP (82-0650) A-10A Thunderbolt II, 510th FS/52nd FW, USAFE
Hangar Displays SARTU hangar: G-MWWP Rans S.4 Coyote I XR520 Wessex HAR.2, 22 Sqdn (XT772) Wessex HU.5 (mod) - mounted on internal hangar side for SAR training 74 Sqdn hangar: XX255/TE Hawk T.1, 74 Sqdn, grey fus, black fin - a slightly damaged airframe.
West side Flightlines: XR507, XR524, XR588, XT604, XV724 & XV730 all Wessex HAR.2 of 22 Sqdn (first 4 flew as a 'team' during display, later 2 on SAR stand-by). XZ607/M Lynx AH.7, 671 Sqdn, AAC - called during morning for fuel.
East side Flightlines/Flying: G-BOOM Hawker Hunter T.7, Jet Heritage, red overall colours G-HELV/215 DH.115 Vampire T.55, Jet Hertiage, camouflaged G-NWPA AS.355F1 Twin Squirrel, North Wales Police, called before and after flying display
WM167 (G-LOSM) Gloster Meteor NF.11, Jet Heritage XM693 (G-TIMM/XP504) Folland Gnat T.1, original silver with yellow T-bands colours. XV361/361 Buccaneer S.2B, 208 Sqdn XX116/- Jaguar GR.1A, 16(R) Sqdn, whole aircraft black and yellow 'saint' special colours. XX170/DS Hawk T.1, 234 Sqdn, red/blue fus, blue fin. Flew, but not as part of display. XX226/- Hawk T.1, 74 Sqdn (no badge), all black, RAF Valley special aerobatic colours XX227, XX233, XX237, XX252, XX253, XX260, XX264, XX266, XX294 (spare), XX306 all 10 x Hawk T.1/T.1A of 'Red Arrows'. XZ229/330 Lynx HAS.3S, 815 Sqdn, RN ZD322/A Harrier GR.5, 20(R) Sqdn ZD347/K Harrier GR.5, 20(R) Sqdn, spare aircraft, arrived but did not display ZE839/AR Tornado F.3, 56(R) Sqdn, special red tail colours, spare a/c, arrived but did not display ZF380/380 Tucano T.1, CFS, spare aircraft, parked all day ZF406/- Tucano T.1, CFS, all blue special scheme ZG796/AV Tornado F.3, 56(R) Sqdn
021/1, 022/2, 023/3, 025/5 & 027/4 all 5 x Extra EA.300 of 'Los Halcones', Chilean Air Force 38/30-SB Mirage F.1C, EC3/30, French Air Force 87/30-MQ Mirage F.1C, EC2/30, French Air Force 516/30-FO Mirage F.1CT, EC1/30, French Air Force, spare a/c. parked all day mm54445/8, mm54473/4, mm54475/3. mm54477/9, mm54478/7, mm54479/1, mm54480/0, mm54482/5, mm54484/11, mm54485/10, mm54551/6, all 11 x Macchi MB.339PAN of 'Freece Tricolori', Italian AF (code '0' was the spare). 246 SA.365F Dauphin II, Naval Support Sqdn, Irish Air Corps J-193 F-16A Fighting Falcon, 311 Sqdn, RNethAF, special colours 472216/AJ-L (G-BIXL) P-51D Mustang, "Miss L"
Display aircraft that did not land PA474/PM:M2 Avro Lancaster B.1, BBMF PM631/N Spitfire PR.XIX, BBMF in SEAC colours RR299/HT:E (G-ASKH) Mosquito T.3, BAe. Chester XV260/60 Nimrod MR.2P, 120 Sqdn, Kinloss Wing, special CXX marked tail colours. Touch & go as part of display routine. G-IIIT Pitts S-2A, "Toyota" G-IITI Extra EA.300, "Lexus" G-TIII Pitts S-2A, "Toyota" G-MATE Zlin Z.50LS
Elsewhere on Airfield: (XL392/8745M) Avro Vulcan B.2 - last mortal remains on fire dump, being broken-up with the aid of a JCB. XR534/65 (8578M) Folland Gnat T.1 - gate guard, on main gate XS177/N (9044M) Jet Provost T.4 - instructional airframe, visible in its own compound, SE corner of a/f. XT895/Q (----M) Phantom FRG.2, ex 74 Sqdn - for non-destructive rescue practice, SW corner of a/f. (XV778/9001M) Harrier GR.3 - remains on fire dump cut into three
Thanks for those kind words in the above two posts.
With the end of paper based Merseyside enthusiast magazines some years ago, I did find that my locally based aviation knowledge had no real outlet, other than FoLA's '09/27'.
Through the encouragement of Dave Graham, who wished to see a broader spectrum of material on the nwan site and forum than just modern day-to-day info, my desire to write detailed historicial articles was channeled into this forum. Compared to many aviation forum sites, it is this extra depth of some threads that raises it above the humdrum. It may not suit everyone, but then you don't have to read every post!
Yes, Shaun, a book could be written on the Valley Open Days - but who would buy it? Entering the information available on this forum, not only enables me to provide much more data, without having to reduce it to just highlights. Unlike a book, others can immediately share their photos and memories on a forum, widening the coverage considerably. Also, unlike a book, the searchable function of the internet means that (providing the right key words are entered) anyone can access the info for free (without actually having to buy the book). Further, the information remains available as long was the site is current, hopefully longer than a book remains 'in print'. Only problem is that on the forum the information gets all mixed up and out of chornological order, rather than in neat sequential chapters!
There have been interesting magazine articles in 'Aircraft' recently on Mildenhall Shows and the IAT. The IAT allows much more scope for a saleable book.
Shaun, I'll be delighted to see more of your Valley Show photos. Don't worry that you cannot enter them immediately - another great thing about a forum is that the topic lies there waiting for a fresh input and restoration to page 1 and discovery by new readers whenever you are ready.
Just 1994 and 2001 Valley shows to go now. I have ideas for another similar airshow thread sometime later in the year once I've collected together my sources. Meanwhile, anyone who wants to add reminisenses or further photos of Valley or Valley Air Shows is very welcome to extend this thread.
If you are a member of military or airshow forums, do please (if appropriate) mention the coverage of Valley Air Shows here and quote the link. Karlslawrence has already done so on the Valleyaviationsociety.net forum site at time when this thread was still quite new.
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Post by karlslawrence on Jan 15, 2011 23:02:35 GMT 1
Maybe, we could expand this thread or create a new thread of Historical Valley or what about RAF Valley STCAAME???? Remember days of Viggens visiting STCAAME, MIG 29's, Tornado's, Lightnings, Phantoms, Jag's and Bucaneers, U2's doing PAR's, A10's getting diverted in, F111's? Good times!!
Good times indeed Karl, one that sticks in my mind was when STCAAME hosted a detachment of 32nd TFS USAFE F-15C's over from Soesterberg Air Base in the Netherlands for a week or two in 84-85? Then there is the fabled? overshoot by the SR-71 Blackbird that apparently occured one summer during the mid 80's. Having read the book "SR-71 Revealed, The Inside Story" By Richard H. Graham, Col. USAF (Ret), there is a connection with RAF Valley in the book as former SR-71 pilot, Lt. Col. Les Dyer (Ret) was serving an exchange tour at Valley in late 1980 when he applied for the SR-71 program, Dyer was selected to join the SR-71 training program in July 81 and then flew "the world's finest aircraft" for the next four and a half years. The story I heard was that a USAF pilot (who served an exchange tour at Valley) was over from the States with the Blackbird for RIAT? was asked to perform an overshoot at Valley by an RAF pilot that knew him. What truth there is in this I don't know but i'd like to think that the SR-71 did grace Valley with her presence!
It's been great to see Valley airshow pics from the past again, they have brought back so many happy memories for me and others i'm sure. My first show was 1973 as a young lad armed with my Kodak instamatic camera, I still have the pic's today! One question is that having read the airshow listings through there is no ref's of what I can see to a USAFE RF-4C from Alconbury tail code AR 906 or 908? also from Alconbury at the same show which I think was late 70's? a Northrop F-5 Aggressor in lizard camo serial 01556, (56) on nose. Both aircraft where on static display on the Gaydon hanger side of the airfield the F-5 being on the end of the static closest to the railway track then there was a camo Canberra the RF-4C a Harrier T2/T4?, Jaguar and Llanbedr Meteor, with 22 sqn Wessex next to a SARTU Whirlwind HAR.10. I would be very greatful if any of the forum members remember the actual date of the above Valley airshow along with the full serial of the RF-4C and F-5 including the AF year.
As stated in post #17, my fear in compiling a 'complete' list of RAF Valley Air Displays was missing some out. Initially I found no mention for 1977, so assumed there had been no display due to the imminent Gnat/Hawk changeover. Thanks to Sandyspad's post, I've gone back and found that there was indeed a display in 1977, so here, a little out of sequence is the report and list.
R.A.F. Valley Open Day, 13th August 1977
From the MAS 'Flypast' comes a report and list compiled by John Downey, Gary Edwardson, Clive Harden, Alan Haynes, Chris Moore, Nick Owen, John Parish, Colin Watson & Paul Wilson.
"Although overseas participation was down on previous Valley open days, this years open house provided our first look at a sand and chocolate Tiger II, and the rare sight of a camouflaged Meteor. The stall was in attendance, and the weather turned out to be the usual sunny clime we have come to expect at Valley. The USAF F-111F made no less than TWO passes, perhaps he heard of the Aussie Swinger at Finningley Royal Review!!"
Static VZ467/01 Meteor F.8, TWU Brawdy WE113/H Canberra B.2, 100 Sqdn Marham WK800/Z Meteor U.16, RAE Llanbedr WP837 Chipmunk T.10 XF526/78 Hunter F.6, 4 FTS Valley XL567/84 Hunter T.7, 4 FTS Valley XP405/D Whirlwind HAR.10, 2 FTS Shawbury/Valley XP516/16 Folland Gnat T.1, 4 FTS Valley XP537/07 Folland Gnat T.1, 4 FTS - have your photo taken in a cockpit mount. XR534/64 Folland Gnat T.1, 4 FTS - have your photo taken in a cakcpit mount. XR588 Wessex HAR.2, 22 Sqdn Valley XS709/M Dominie T.1, 6 FTS Finningley XW862/D Gazelle HT.3, CFS Shawbury XW926/X Harrier T.4, 233 OCU Wittering XX177/177 Hawk T.1, 4 FTS Valley XX492/70 Jetstream T.1, 3 FTS Leeming XX756/05 Jaguar GR.1, 226 OCU Lossiemouth 65908/AR (65-908) RF-4C Phantom II, 10th TRW Alconbury 01556/56 (74-1556) F-5E Tiger II, 527 TFTAS Alconbury A92-999 Jindivik, RAE Llanbedr
Hangar Displays XE874 DH.115 Vampire T.11 - from the gate XL591/82 Hawker Hunter T.7, 4 FTS XP534/62 Folland Gnat T.1, 4 FTS XR538/38 Folland Gnat T.1, rear end only XX163/163 Hawk T.1, CFS Plus behind screens at the back, the fins of: Gnat/59, XM709/09, XR998/47, XP506/06, XR953/29, XR954/30, XP500/50, XS109/63, XS110/20, XM706/12, XP532/32 all Gnat T.1s and XX171, XX176 Hawk T.1s.
By Hangars on the far side Majority flew XF527/70 spare, XF380/72, XF509/73 spare, XG271/71 all Hunter F.6 XL566/86, XL621/81 spare, XL800/83 all Hunter T.7 XP503/03, XR535/05, XR980/17, XR951/25 spare, XP502/02 all Gnat T.1 XX165, XX166, XX167, XX173, XX174 (spare) all Hawk T.1
Far side line-up: parked, none flew XR538/01, XP504/04, XR569/08, XM705/10, XP511/11, XM708/18, XR574/24, XP533/33, XS105/35, XP540/40, XP542/42, XS104/44, XR984/52, XS102/58, XR544/60, XR541/61, XP530/64 all Gnat T.1 XX161, XX162, XX164, XX168, XX169, XX170, XX175 all Hawk T.1
Fire Dump WL670/P Varsity T.1 XP583/12 Jet Provost T.4
LAASI also listed Varsity WJ343/J, additional aircraft or an error for the one on the dump?
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This report comes from 'North West Air News' magaine of the Merseyside Branch of Air Britain. Clearly the best of the Valley Air Shows ever in terms of numbers and diversity of aircraft types and participating air arms, including two from East of the former Iron Curtain.
The Organisersof this show must be congratulated for an excellent event. Whilst it benefitted from a mini Tiger Meet, the TWO Finnish Hawks in the static must be considered a coup. The two Portuguese Alpha Jets, Italian AMXs and Turkish F-16s are also worthy of mention.
The two Czech Mi-24 Hinds gave an excellent display (better at a small show like this as opposed to a vast event such as IAT Fairford). All this and good weather as well !
Static: G-ATXD PA-30-160 Twin Comanche B G-BAHL Robin DR.400/160 G-BGIB Cessna 152, Mona Flying Club LY-AFA Iav-Bacau Yak-52 LY-ALS/69 Iav-Bacau Yak-52 LY-ALY Iav-Bacau Yak-52 RA-65760 Tupolev Tu-134A, Aeroflot/Russian AF (This a/c destroyed following a mid-air collision near Moscow 9/9/94)
0831 Mil Mi-17, 51 VRP, Czech Air Force E-196 F-16A, Esk 723, Royal Danish Air Force ET-022 F-16B, Esk 726, RDanAF HW-312/H Hawk Mk.51, KouLLV, Finnish Air Force HW-315/T Hawk Mk.51, kouLLV, Finnish AF E45/330-AK Alpha Jet E, CEAM 330, French Air Force E85/330-AL Alpha Jet E, CEAM 330, FAF 43+50 Tornado, AKG-51, German Air Force 43+83 Tornado, AKG-51, GAF 44+88 Tornado, JbG-33, GAF 46+31 Tornado ECR, JbG-32, GAF mm7098/3-35 AMX, 3 Stormo, Italian Air Force mm7159/3-33 AMX, 3 Stormo, Italian AF A-226 Alouette III, 298 Sqdn, KLu, Royal Netherlands Air Force B-79 MBB Bo.105CB, 299 Sqdn, KLu, RNethAF J-368 F-16B, 314 Sqdn, KLu, RNethAF 91-0023 F-16D, 192 Filo, 4 AJU Murted AFB, Turkish Air Force 79-102/SP F-15D Eagle, 53rd FS, 52nd FW, USAFE 84-044/SP F-15D Eagle, 53rd FS, 52nd FW, USAFE 91-0603/LN F-15E Eagle, 494th FS, 48th FW, USAFE 91-0604/LN F-15E Eagle, 494th FS, 48th FW, USAFE 158294/LL:48 P-3C Orion, VP-30 Jacksonville Fl, US Navy
(XD452)/47 Vampire T.11, nose pod only (XX753) Jaguar GR.1, nose section only, EP&TU .......... Hawk 100 mock-up, BAe.
No.74 Sqdn Hangar: XX350/TC Hawk T.1A, 74(R) Sqdn
SARTU Hangar ---------- Evans VP-1, unmarked ---------- Whittaker MW.6, unmarked, but with c/no PFA164-12521 (regd G-SIXS, but not until 8.03!) G-BSHY EAA Acrosport 1 G-MTZR Solar Wings Pegasus XL-Q G-MWWP Rans S.4 Coyote G-WYNS Aero Designs Pulsar XP (XT772/8805M) Wessex HU.5, main cabin and cockpit section mounted high on interior wall of hangar, for ground training
Pleasure Flights G-HRAY AB.206B Jet Ranger III, Direct Helicopters
Hot Air Balloon: G-BSOJ Thunder Ax7-77 "Raleigh Bicycles"
FA-112 F-16A, 2 Sm, Belgian Air Force FA-117 F-16A, 2 Sm, Bel AF 0216 Mil Mi-24D, 51 VRP, Czech Air Force 4011 Mil Mi-24D, 51 VRP, Czech AF, special 'Tiger' colour scheme E11/7-PE Jaguar E, EC 2/7, French Air Force E22/7-PI Jaguar E, EC 2/7, French AF E25/7-PK Jaguar E, EC 2/7, French AF 15235 Alpha Jet A, 102 Esq, Portuguese Air Force 15240 Alpha Jet A, 102 Esq, Portuguese AF 595 white, Sukhoi Su.27P, Russian AF, 'Test Pilots' 598 white, Sukhoi Su.27P, Russian AF, 'Test Pilots'
Elsewhere around airfield XR534/65 (8578M) Folland Gnat T.1, Gate Guardian XS177/N (9044M) Jet Provost T.4, Rescue training, in its own compound XT895/Q (9171M) Phantom FGR.2, fire dump rescue training
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Photos taken by Brian Jones as prints from negatives, kindly scanned, digitised and posted by Beemer on Brian's behalf.
XX317 Hawk T.1 of 208(R) Sqdn a unit within 4 FTS
XX172 Hawk T.1 still in the red/blue scheme and flown by the St.Athan Station Flight in a unique dragon scheme
A coup for Valley, two Hawks from the Finnish Air Force, HW-312/H and HW-315/T.
I'm amazed to find just how long ago the BAe Hawk 100 was around and from the colour scheme on ZJ100 was being marketed at the R.A.F. - 15 years later and the Hawk T.2 is only now entering service.
Several units operated a single Hawk, here are XX162 of the Institute of Aviation Medicine with Finningley based XX169 of JFACSTU behind.
XX310/310 and XX349/349 were two of a four-ship 4 FTS display team oddly named the 'Black Marrows' (presumably a rhyming form of the official RAF Hawk team). Seems Valley may have been the only appearance of the team.
ZA607/TJ Tornado GR.1 of 15(R) Sqdn, official RAF Tornado solo display.
XX839/GW Jaguar T.2 of 54 Sqdn in the static
WK128 Canberra B.2(TT) from T&EE Llanbedr, note the distinctive yellow/black target tug diagonals underneath.
XV252/52 Nimrod MR.2P of the Kinloss Wing always provided size and noise dimension to any flying display.
Further 1994 Air Day photos from the camera of Brian Jones, kindly scanned and posted by Beemer on my behalf.
A pair of French Alpha Jet E aircraft from training unit CEAM.
A pair of F-16s from the Danish Air Force, ET-022 a two seater F-16B, with single seat E-196 F-16A in the background.
An Air Force not often seen in the UK, even at RIAT, a Turkish F-16D 91-0023.
0831 the Czech Air Force Mil Mi-17 in the static park
Participating in the flying display, a pair of Mil Mi-24D's 0216 and 4011 from the Czech Air Force
Mil Mi-24D 4011 was decorated in a Tiger scheme.
Two of three Lithuanian registered Rumanian built Yak-52s in the static display park.
Slovakian registered, OM-UIN a PZL Polish built Antonov An-2TP of Avia International, this aircraft is still in Britain as HA-MKF.
598 white, one of a pair of Sukhoi Su.27P of the 'Test Pilots', Russian Air Force. Almost unbelievable to see these at Valley, a Station for so long at forefront of Cold War air-to-air missile development and training.