The Vintage Pair

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The Vintage Pair

Royal Airforce Cover – Aero Philately Stationery

A GB stamp was affixed to specially designed envelopes and pictorial postmarked on the first day that the cover was issued.

RAFA Air Display Woodford – 28 June 1975.

Now in their fourth display season, the Meteor and Vampire aircraft which comprise the Vintage Formation Pair are from the Central Flying School, Royal Air Force, Little Rissington.

The Meteor TMK7 (WA669) first flew on 15th March 1950, and its predecessor was the first jet aircraft to enter operational service with the RAF.

The Vampire T11 (XH304), which completes the pair, first flew in December 1955 and is the last remaining example flying in this country.

Both aircraft are fully aerobatic and were in service with the examining wing of the Central Flying School until they started their Synchronised Display Flying early in 1972.

The four Pilots and the Manager who comprise the Vintage team are drawn from the Staff of CFS; they are all Flying Instructors either with the instructional squadrons or with examining wing. Flying Vintage aircraft does not come within their primary task and they give up much of their spare time to practise for, and participate in, the many flying displays undertaken by the Vintage Pair throughout the Season.

The servicing and maintenance of the aircraft during the Display Season is carried out by the members of Headquarters Flight, CFS.

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