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 Post subject: Potential AAF event next year......your thoughts please guys
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:46 pm 
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Guys myself and Lt "Diddler" Pratt over a chinese this evening were discussing the merits of oganising an AAF "fest" next year to co incide with the end of the war.

So your thoughts are required fellas to discuss the merits of such an event.......

potentially a 2 dayer with a 40s USO/Dance on the saturday night...vehicles...uniforms.....aircraft.....re enactors (USAAF/RAF and Civilian)

what do we need ?..where do we need it?...what do we need to do?....potentially all aspects of AAF to be represented (MP....Air crew...Ground crew.....ordnance.....chemical......engineers...WAC) etc etc.......

So i will start the ball rolling with this one........do you think it has merit and er..."wings"

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:53 pm 
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How about Bassingbourn?

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 Post subject: Re: Potential AAF event next year......your thoughts please guys
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:01 pm 
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Good suggestion mate......what about the merits of such an event ?...reckon its a good idea ?

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You need a venue and a date that doesn't clash with anything major, and you also need to work fast as there's only about a year to go!

Sounds interesting. If it were a date either side of another big event close by, it would make it easier and more worth while for those who have to travel a long way to attend. On the 'Operation Bolero' airfield tour, there were people from the North and Wales trekked several hundred miles to Norfolk, so if it sounds good, people will travel.

If you want aircraft, do you want them to land ( ie for photo opportunities )? If so, you need a site with a decent size runway.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential AAF event next year......your thoughts please guys
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:16 pm 
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would the pongos let it happen there? I know they have recruitment shows n the odd hangar dance up there, what about one of the many control towers in norfolk or suffolk?

Can the snowdrops have the power to keep out the railway brigade bods please ;) like bouncers at clubs :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Potential AAF event next year......your thoughts please guys
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:18 pm 
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Thanks Steve...great input...and very valid.

Matt....within reason ?.... ;)

strict uniform regs and exclusions will apply

so what do we need fellas ?

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 Post subject: Re: Potential AAF event next year......your thoughts please guys
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:58 pm 
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Good idea Lloyd
Somewhere that a/c can attend, it lifts an event no end if there's some big toys to look at/drool over!
Somewhere with a good atmosphere and loads of room too!
Not all remaining airbases/museums have these sadly

"Book them and they will come" :ugeek:

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 Post subject: Re: Potential AAF event next year......your thoughts please guys
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:10 am 
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First thoughts on this.....

It would ideally be an event showing the full spectrum of units on any given AAF fighter/bomber station in the UK.
Really ought to be ON the site of such a base.

Ought to be somewhere there are vacant existing buildings to use for ground unit displays, bomb dump for ord units, workshops for maint units etc.
Active runway for visiting aircraft. A site relatively uncluttered my modern infill, to show the openness of these places.

Good road access for MoPs, similarly parking.

Then reality bites.... there simply aren't enough AAF re-enactors in the UK to represent even the basic units on any given AAF base.
So we have to look at a "distilled essence" of a base and work from there.

As to location.... locally, I'd like to say Deenethorpe.... active runway, complete peri-track, vacant original buildings... main road access and centrally located in the country, relatively good relationship with the landowner and tenants.
But planning would have to begin now to sort out permission to use the buildings, and maybe get the farmers to put certain fields down to grass next year. No hangar remaining for a dance, but to be honest it's rare to be able to fill a T2 at a dance these days, most seem to only use half of one at most. A large marquee seems to be the preferred option.
(For the 401st's 200th mission party a large marquee was erected inside Hangar 1 for the dance..... make of that what you will...)

Spanhoe could be another possibility, albeit in a very small area of the original site.

Well that's enough of my ramblings for tonight. ;)
I'll give the matter some thought over the next few days,

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 Post subject: Re: Potential AAF event next year......your thoughts please guys
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:21 am 
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No i am liking your thinking Paul..but i beg to differ regarding potential AAF re enactors i actually think there is the potential for a LOT of personell.

Think of this there is a lot of underground AAF people..a lot of closet AAF people and a lot of re enactors (Army etc) that could just don HBTs for ground pounders if the ambience was right.

Aircrews we wouldnt have a problem with......the dance i feel would be a neccesity....(public) and a fitting saturday nights entertainment.....aircraft...for the WOW factor...and vehicles....Jeeps/Dodges/Follow Mes/GMCs/Dodge Ambulances/LeRoi compressors/and GMC workshop trucks.....

it would have to follow a strict theme and have the right impact......

i think it can be done

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:34 am 
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You're right on the number of closet AAF bods, add to that that most ground units are basically US Army support units then many more groups could attend with no/minimal re-badging.

May I suggest "Operation Maximum Effort" as a working title for the event?

This coming week at Beltring gives any of us on here the ideal opportunity to buttonhole many of the owners of the very specialist vehicles that would be great to see at such an event.
I'm thinking of the chaps with the M-5 bomb trailers, a/c tugs, wreckers, bowsers, fire trucks etc. etc. that you just don't see at living history shows.

I leave here for Kent this afternoon.
I have a wad of A5 paper spare, I could print off a fair number of forms to give to owners of suitable vehicles to gauge their interest in attending such an event if that would help?
Between us we know most of the people in the LH field and others that could turn their hand to what's required, got a bit of "networking" could pay dividends.

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