Photos from my time in the RAF as a Painter & Finisher, in laymans terms, painting planes, although I can assure there is a little more to it than that, conversation on sacrificial metal coatings anyone?  Pictures include those from trade training at RAF St.Athan, my first base at RAF Brize Norton, RAF Laarbruch (Germany), Incirlik Air Base (Turkey), Falkland Islands, Pennsylvania (Ohiopyle State Park, Youghiogheny River, Uniontown).

Basic Training – RAF Swinderby

6 weeks of basic Training at RAF Swinderby 28th June 1988 with a pass out parade on the 10th August 1988 with . Unluckily for me and a few others, I got food poisoning on the very first day and spent the first 3 nights in hospital.

Trade Training – RAF St Athan

Four months training for the Painter and Finisher trade August to November 1988

RAF St Athan 1988. Painter & Finisher trade training flight 195. Front row, second from right aged 17
RAF St Athan 1988. Painter & Finisher trade training flight 195. Front row, second from right aged 17

 

RAF Brize Norton

Aircraft Engineering Squadron, 1992 at RAF Brize Norton in front of VC10 aircraft.

Aircraft Engineering Squadron 1992 RAF Brize Norton. VC10 aircraft
Aircraft Engineering Squadron 1992 RAF Brize Norton. VC10 aircraft

 

Incirlik Air Base

Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in support of Operation Warden for no fly zones in Northern Iraq after the first Gulf War.

 

Falkland Islands

 

Others

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Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.

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