Catching the Barrier for Bill (bmac62) by myrrhluz ()
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This was taken in around 1980 when I was stationed at RAF Alconbury in England. My career field was Mechanical and Electrical Power Production. The cable that this F-4 is catching with it's hook, is attached to a tape which is wound around a spool. There is an engine that is used to rewind the tape. Because of that little engine, Barrier Maintenance was put under Power Production. That was great for me, as I got to watch jets take off and I got to hide out in the barrier huts during war games. This was taken during a test of a new barrier system. A nice pilot was helping us with the test.
Speaking of nice pilots . . .
Happy Birthday, Bill!!!
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First of all Lucinda, allow me to say what a super cool dedi this is to your friend. I very much enjoyed the photo and reading about you're experiences with planes. I am so jealous as it would've been a blast to watch jets like this one take off on a regular basis. The best most of us can do is live such experiences through the words and images provided by kind people like yourself.
Hi, Lucinda:)) Wooow, so nice to be here:)))))))))))) again and what exciting career!! I love this model and i think i already did a model in little scale so looong ago, i enjoyed to do this with my son :)) more later i did other kind of 'models' in my work, but they were maketes for moulds for F.1:)) in chrystal. It was an excitment also, but in another way:)) I love this one a lot and your photo in 'real time' is terrific. I think it is the best gift for a pilot like Bill:)) Very well thought and done:)))) Happy Birthday Bill and many many more with much health, joy and love:)
I am in awe of such a striking and dynamic looking plane and what a cool dedi for Bill, but I am also in awe of your job experiences in the UK - it comes as a total surprise ... WOW ! I take my hat off to you, you are multi-talented indeed, who would have thunk it ? ;)) BB
A very impressive shot Lucinda. Gosh you got to see a lot of placed around the world. I doubt very many people get the opportunity to utilize such a choice vantage point as this. I have to ponder at this moment of what would have amounted to the "state-of-the-art" technology which crammed this plane. It would have been so closely guarded in those days and yet would be described as primitive now. In 1980 I would have only just written my first programme for our school's (well shared with another school) mini-computer. And in 1980, Tom Baker was beginning his seventh and final year as The Doctor.