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1 hour ago, windae cleaner said:

The worst fitba parks in the land when i played

Lot better now though what do you pay the council for

They were dreadful . Most were on a hill. That was the 1970's.

Perfect now. 

My daughter plays on the Astro there for herTeam every Sunday and they seem good quality pitches.

She played on the grass yesterday and it was fine.

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My thanks to all posters of video clips and photos......seeing were ma dad worked a B&W and the Hilman imps

All brought both a smile to ma face:) and a wee lump:unsure: tae ma throat .................must've been something in the air that did that.... am no a Jessie:rolleyes:

keep up the stunning work all :happyclapper

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On 7/26/2018 at 6:26 PM, saintnextlifetime said:

Do you mean this one . .

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. .which I believe is Renfrew Airport with the old Scottish Aviation factory on the left of the pic. Perhaps , there are some older Buddies who worked there , back in the day. .

I used to cycle down to the airport and spot planes......................... yes I had an anorak, but in my defence I was probably between 7 and 12 years of age. 

I once went down at lunch time and sat on the Hillington Industrial Estate side of the runway next to the cemetery and an USAF Starfighter came in and landed, it was gob-smacking to say the least. 

It was known as the 'flying coffin'  as it basically was a rocket with short stubby wings. Anyway it re-fuelled and took off - the noise was off the planet.

 

I also saw a RAF Lightning land and take off at Renfrew - the take off was out of this world - straight along the runway then vertically straight up until it went through the clouds - it was unbelievable given the normal aircraft movements were Dakotas, Viscounts and Vanguards of British European Airways. I was a wee happy bunny that day! :clapping

BAE Lightning.jpg

USAF Starfighter.JPG

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5 minutes ago, The Original 59er said:

I used to cycle down to the airport and spot planes......................... yes I had an anorak, but in my defence I was probably between 7 and 12 years of age. 

I once went down at lunch time and sat on the Hillington Industrial Estate side of the runway next to the cemetery and an USAF Starfighter came in and landed, it was gob-smacking to say the least. 

It was known as the 'flying coffin'  as it basically was a rocket with short stubby wings. Anyway it re-fuelled and took off - the noise was off the planet.

 

I also saw a RAF Lightning land and take off at Renfrew - the take off was out of this world - straight along the runway then vertically straight up until it went through the clouds - it was unbelievable given the normal aircraft movements were Dakotas, Viscounts and Vanguards of British European Airways. I was a wee happy bunny that day! :clapping

BAE Lightning.jpg

USAF Starfighter.JPG

I made my first flights out of Renfrew Airport as a passenger.  Not strictly about Paisley but I recall playing Golf at Lossiemouth when Typhoon Jets were taking off.  They came right up to the tee we were on,  then belched fire before roaring off down the runway.  Spectacular. 

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3 minutes ago, St.Ricky said:

I made my first flights out of Renfrew Airport as a passenger.  Not strictly about Paisley but I recall playing Golf at Lossiemouth when Typhoon Jets were taking off.  They came right up to the tee we were on,  then belched fire before roaring off down the runway.  Spectacular. 

Our son was based at Lossiemouth for three years and loved it - working on the Tornadoes just before they took them out of service.

Yes playing Moray is an interesting experience when the fast jets are landing or particularly on take off.

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There was a toy shop down towards the bottom of Cotton St (opposite the east gable of the Abbey) where I used to go and buy my airfix kits - it was located just below this photo of Gemmells Dairy.

I can't remember its name, but I do remember all the bus stops on the Abbey side of the road and if I remember rightly these were some of the Glasgow buses that came along Canal St and then round by the Abbey before turning right onto Gauze St. I think that would be the Ardrossan bus, and the Gourock and Greenock via Bridge of Weir buses!  :huh:

 

Cotton St - Gemmills Dairy.jpg

Cotton St Top next to Abbey.jpg

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55 minutes ago, The Original 59er said:

I used to cycle down to the airport and spot planes......................... yes I had an anorak, but in my defence I was probably between 7 and 12 years of age. 

I once went down at lunch time and sat on the Hillington Industrial Estate side of the runway next to the cemetery and an USAF Starfighter came in and landed, it was gob-smacking to say the least. 

It was known as the 'flying coffin'  as it basically was a rocket with short stubby wings. Anyway it re-fuelled and took off - the noise was off the planet.

 

I also saw a RAF Lightning land and take off at Renfrew - the take off was out of this world - straight along the runway then vertically straight up until it went through the clouds - it was unbelievable given the normal aircraft movements were Dakotas, Viscounts and Vanguards of British European Airways. I was a wee happy bunny that day! :clapping

BAE Lightning.jpg

USAF Starfighter.JPG

I had buddies who worked on the 104 (Starfighter) when SAL had the contact with RCAF to carry out modifications on them . They refered to it as the widowmaker on account of the losses but the only ever lost one leaving Prestwick and that unfortunate managed to crash into Ailsa Craig. 

I have seen the Lightening do the take off you mention and it wasn't unusual for them to melt the runway with those two Avons on reheat.  .

The Vanguard was very comfortable to fly in . .once you got used to the vibration.  .

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