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Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot?

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Box Brownie



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PostSubject: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-18, 18:12

Hi All

There are 8 of us going for a weekend of seal watching over the 21st & 22nd November but we are planning on going to Coningsby on the Monday 23rd.

So as novice visitors to this base and using the "viewers guide" what is/are the best locations for viewing the action? I surmise we may not stay for more than the morning (work the next day with a 4 hour drive home & 6am starts on the previous Sat & Sun!) so any advice & pointers would be very welcome.

TIA

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Beefsteak

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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-19, 04:18

The Mound is a great view (As long as it's all still there!!) it's just past the car park on the left hand side of Dog Dyke road, and Crash gate 4 is good for take offs / landings depending on the direction they are taking off from.
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Jimbo27



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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-19, 10:05

Monday morning is sometimes hit and miss...
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Box Brownie



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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-19, 12:30

Beefsteak wrote:
The Mound is a great view (As long as it's all still there!!) it's just past the car park on the left hand side of Dog Dyke road, and Crash gate 4 is good for take offs / landings depending on the direction they are taking off from.

Thanks for that I will try to reconcile that with the viewers guide :)

Jimbo27 wrote:
Monday morning is sometimes hit and miss...

Ah! we shall have to see then but there is always the BBMF museum
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li'l Mrs Parsnip

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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-20, 01:23

You'll have a great time whatever you do!!
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gixrgill

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PostSubject: bit quiet at mo 2009-09-21, 07:16

Its like a ghost town at mo, quite a few jets are away, normally tue is good for harriers and tornadoes in between a few typhoons
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mattyAjessop

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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-21, 07:52

Im coming Thursday
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Box Brownie



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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-21, 12:16

Now now , do not use up all the "viewing" before we get there in November
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Flaps
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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-21, 12:57

Don't take offence to this,but in the "old" days (Pre t'interweb) we went for days-out to various bases and found the best viewing-spots within a few minutes by just sussing-out which way the wind was blowing and driving around a bit to find a sensible place to park-up.

This involved many bases that just don't exist anymore like Sculthorpe,Finningley,Alconbury,Woodbridge,Bentwaters,Church Fenton,Upper Heyford,Honington,Coltishall etc.,just to name a few,plus the few that still exist !

We didn't even have mobile-phones in those days,so if we found 5 B52's at Marham then we had to find a phone-box,queue-up,find the right change etc. to alert everyone else.

We really don't know how lucky we are these days,we just have to turn the PC on to find out virtually everything that's moved that day in the whole of the UK.

We even have "spotting-guides" that show all of the best places to go to at every major base,what's it going to be like in 20 years time folks ?

Well ?
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Box Brownie



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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-21, 13:36

@ Flaps ~ good points well taken the "world wide wait" has made such a big differnce in many things

Does anyone know if when visiting the BBMF you are allowed to get inside the Lancaster My father was a POW and repatriated back from Germany in one and it would be good to "see & feel" what he experienced if only on the ground?
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FULLMETALSPUDDY

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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-22, 00:51

We even have "spotting-guides" that show all of the best places to go to at every major base,what's it going to be like in 20 years time folks ?

Well ?[/quote]

How about a live camera feed on fighter control?
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Flaps
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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-22, 02:52

FULLMETALSPUDDY wrote:
We even have "spotting-guides" that show all of the best places to go to at every major base,what's it going to be like in 20 years time folks ?

Well ?

How about a live camera feed on fighter control? [/quote]

That's funny,that's exactly what I've been thinking !
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Beefsteak

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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-22, 08:55

You can't get in the Lancaster sorry.

For a (Large) fee you can sit in and have a taxi run in "Just Jane" at East Kirkby , which isn't that far away. Not sure whether they are still on, they used to be Wednesdays and Saturdays in 'the season'
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Box Brownie



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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-22, 10:10

Beefsteak wrote:
You can't get in the Lancaster sorry.

For a (Large) fee you can sit in and have a taxi run in "Just Jane" at East Kirkby , which isn't that far away. Not sure whether they are still on, they used to be Wednesdays and Saturdays in 'the season'

Many thanks for the qualified feedback
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PostSubject: Re: Coningsby noobie visitors ~ best choice(s) of spot? 2009-09-24, 16:06

mmm "the large fee" first time for me to go in it was 50p just a look see no engines running or anything...for the same thing now with the engines running add £199.50 (or so i heard) now thats inflation
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