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Old 28th Jul 2017, 11:05   #41 (permalink)
 
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I say line most of them up against a wall.
A good start would be Mugabe and all his ZANU buddies....
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There is also the question of British sabotage. Rhodesian Air Force Canberras were found to have rubber hoses in the fuel and engine systems that had been carefully cut around their circumference most likely with Stanley knives, in a way that would cause them to fail but only in flight.
I don't believe this for one minute. I lived there and never heard anything like this. The Rhodesian Canberras were early examples and suffered from metal fatigue in Frame 21 which handles the main attachment point for the wings. This was well known and the aeroplanes were flown accordingly. On the famous "Green Leader" tape of the attack on Westlands Farm, Zambia, Chris Dixon was heard to say "I hope the bloody wings don't fall off".
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Ah, His Excellency the President Comrade Robert Mugabe. He turned what was the bread basket of Africa into the current ghastly basket case. He won't be criticised by some on this forum because he is socialist. Same applies to that nice President Maduro. Way to go!
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His Excellency the President Comrade Robert Mugabe.
You mean the murdering fatherless wotsit who went in for genocide?
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Old 29th Jul 2017, 11:49   #45 (permalink)


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While working as a young 'hour builder' at Propeller Centre at Wonderboom airport in Pretoria, we had a visit from a Zimbabwean farmer in his V- tailed Bonanza. It had hard points under both wings for attaching machine guns and a hole in the cabin floor with a pipe in it for dropping hand grenades through!
I cannot for the life of me remember his name but seem to remember he farmed in the Chiredzi area and like most farmers was with the PRAW (Police Reserve Air Wing). Flew with him a few times. The tube connected to a pipe just wide enough to hold 3 or 4 grenades with their pins pulled and the handles held in place by the pipe! Grenades held in place with pins top and bottom of the tube and released by removing bottom pin. He had perfected an attack profile and although simple it worked. He normally had a few of these "grenade magazines" lurking around in the cabin
I seem to remember he also made a home made "in-flight relief device" consisting of a funnel attached to a hose which exited the aircraft under the belly. The only problem was on first testing he failed to account for the venturi effect and as todger was place in the funnel there was a sssschluuurp followed by AAAAARGHHH! As todger proceeded to become 12" long x .5" wide . Didn't really need to take the piss after that!

In answer to the original OP there were many home made contraptions made of a similar nature including home-made cathrine wheel shotguns, grenade launchers and Claymores. H&S would have had a meltdown!

Those were the days sigh

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For the majority of the inhabitants, is Africa a better place to live than when under colonial white rule?
Do you want the PC answer or the harsh, nasty, brutal truth?
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Old 29th Jul 2017, 12:02   #47 (permalink)
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That grenade story rings very true. Bulawayo ATC were very helpful in coordinating enthusiastic amateur bomber commanders with ground reports on the terrorist locations.
On an afternoon drive once, from Mombasa to Salisbury, crossing over the Rhodesian border was like entering the promised land. There are many who, quite rightly so, will never entirely forgive the British and the Boer from selling them down the river.
Once upon a time, Rhodesia was one of the finest countries in the world, for all its citizens. Now, mired in autocratic nepotism and corruption, it's just like any other African continental time piece.
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Just finished theis biography of Livingstone and it is hard to ignore several parallels from then and now with regards to Tribal Africa and the "African way".
It is also worth considering this was only the mid-1800s!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Livingstone...id+livingstone
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Just finished this biography of Livingstone
Damn, if you had gone for the Kindle Unlimited option I could have read it.
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Reminds me of the "Ridgeback Claymore". Necessity being the mother of invention, they would pack some plastic onto a circler plough shear. Once it was set off it would take out anything from the vertical to the horizonal. Concrete bomb casing was another great piece of ingenuity.

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I cannot for the life of me remember his name but seem to remember he farmed in the Chiredzi area and like most farmers was with the PRAW (Police Reserve Air Wing)
Some of these guys were reputed to be able to track gooks from the air.
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The grenades were put into jam jars after having had the pin pulled out. The jar held the lever in place until it hit the ground and smashed.

For anyone really interested, there is a book called "Winds of Destruction" written by an ex Rhodesian Airforce Canberra bomber pilot who was involved in developing bombs locally. The golf and alpha bombs were particularly ingenious.
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I don't believe this for one minute. I lived there and never heard anything like this. The Rhodesian Canberras were early examples and suffered from metal fatigue in Frame 21 which handles the main attachment point for the wings. This was well known and the aeroplanes were flown accordingly. On the famous "Green Leader" tape of the attack on Westlands Farm, Zambia, Chris Dixon was heard to say "I hope the bloody wings don't fall off".
The sabotage is all clearly documented in the aforementioned book Winds of Destruction by one Peter Petter-Bowyer who himself received back injuries after a forced landing caused by the ball-bearing in the crankcase trick. As I recall he didn't fly Canberras though - Vampires, some prop work, and he finished up on Alouettes.
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Wasn't it a Rhodesian who invented the flying ogbunigwe?

After an excellent landing etc...
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