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Rumour has it that the SPAG puts a set of parachute wings in a bottle every time one of its members jumps and takes one out every time a 'proper para' jumps. It is now looking to find an inexhaustible supply of demi-johns.
When was the last time there was any major RAF presence on the Rock in terms of aircraft movements? I've been to Gib a couple of times and its always felt a bit like a sleepy hollow.
Ultimately I'd imagine there is sufficient transit space that people can be accommodated for austere dets, but do you really need nearly 50 people hanging about for I'm guessing one or two movements per week?
Pontius i assume you are talking in the past tense. In the 70/80`s i seemed to get stuck down there every month, almost as often as going up to Kef. At least the beer was better and the rates were good if in the Caleta Palace.
Back in the early 60s, the navex from Thorney to Gib was the final part of the course. The Varsities, without dip clearance would take the sea route and bets would be made at the sharp end on whether landfall would be Europe or Africa. Leave UK Friday night and depart Gib Monday morning. It seems a long time ago...