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Old 12th Aug 2008, 10:45   #1 (permalink)
 
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Tornado over Shobdon today 12.8.08

To the LADY pilot of the Tornado which overflew Shobdon as planned, precisely on time (11:30L) and from the exact notified direction, MANY thanks from all the girls at Shobdon, you really showed the male population here just how it should be done. They have had to eat their words.
It was also nice to see the two Hawks yesterday. Best wishes to the retiring pilot of the lead aircraft.

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Old 12th Aug 2008, 11:19   #2 (permalink)
 
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all well and good, but she has to park it afterwards
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Old 12th Aug 2008, 12:07   #3 (permalink)
 
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LOOK, LISTEN AND TAKE HEED:

"Look at this aeroplane. A beauty, isn't it? It's got 20 years happy flying ahead of it"

"Or has it. Here comes a woman. Which seat is she getting in? The driver's seat - oh dear, the wrong seat"

"Gosh, what a lovely comfy seat"

"Yes, but this isn't a drawing room my dear. It's a complicated flying machine - a machine far too complicated for you to understand"

"But I know about embroidery and kittens. Won't that suffice? Oh blow it, I'm going to have a try......"

CRUNCH

"See, now look what you've done. Your pretty little mind simply can't cope with an aeroplane.....

WOMEN, FOR PITY'S SAKE DON'T FLY!!"

(With apologies to Harry Enfield - and to any of the many excellent lady aviators who thought I might have been serious!)
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Old 12th Aug 2008, 12:07   #4 (permalink)
 
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Wow,

Multi million pound jet bristling with INUs,GPS and a navigator manages to find airfield on time on a nice day - and from a given direction too!!!

Tell that to the young people of today and they'd never believe you.
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Old 12th Aug 2008, 13:13   #5 (permalink)
 
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Try telling that to a formation of Typhoons on their auspicious "standing-up" ceremony!!! Can't beat quality....

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Old 12th Aug 2008, 13:33   #6 (permalink)
 
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Multi million pound jet bristling with INUs,GPS and a navigator manages to find airfield on time on a nice day - and from a given direction too!!!
You would be surprised how many of them don't arrive on time - usually late, (they tell us what time to expect them) or from the direction they have stated and sometimes a different number of them too - two aircraft may arrive as one, or three. Passing W-E has been known to be E-W (in fact almost any heading you care to pick from 185 to 355 when passing W-E and the reciprocal for E-W). The culprits have invariably been MALE. (Can't speak for the navigators as we never hear them speaking to us)
Oh, and whilst the weather was nice over Shobdon itself, there were some pretty grotty patches around with some nasty, heavy showers.
However, all are MOST welcome and will always have an audience on the ground here waiting for their arrival.
PLEASE keep up your flying visits, we really enjoy them
If anyone knows who this pilot was, please would you pass on our thanks?
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Old 12th Aug 2008, 13:34   #7 (permalink)
 
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Well done her!

There's a lot to be said for sticking a woman up the front, they certainly complain less than when they're stuck in the rear.
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Old 12th Aug 2008, 13:40   #8 (permalink)
 
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That's nothing! Any Hawk pilot who has been lost in Wales has done it! (Which is all of us) Albeit maybe not at 11.30 or from any specific direction.

Advo
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Old 12th Aug 2008, 13:41   #9 (permalink)
 
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You'd think with the 'Magnet' nearby that they got a lot more impromptu flypasts! I for one have a 'friend' who once bonged their airfield!

Aytch

(Put airfiled in the original......maybe that was what my mind really meant??!!)

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Old 12th Aug 2008, 13:51   #10 (permalink)
 
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I can remember on one particularly memorable occasion doing an IP>Tgt on the greasy spoon at shobdon in a Hawk....

"shobdon, VYT xx, 2 minutes out"

"okidoke, call 1 minute out"

"VYT xx, 1 minute out"

"roger"

20s passes....

"Shobdon tower, this is G-XXXX" followed by his life story and a request to join

"Roger G-XXXX join, one hawk flying through not above 500'"

"Yeah ok, where is he at the moment?"

"Well, he just called one minute out" accompanied by sound of us overflying on the radio...

priceless at the time, poorly relayed here! When we say one minute, we really mean one minute!
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Old 12th Aug 2008, 13:57   #11 (permalink)
 
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I can assure you that the 'Shobden Magnet' and its colleague, the 'Tewkesbury Triangle' were well known even back in Gnat/Hunter days...

And why did the Viet Taff dig so many pork chop shaped lakes??
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Old 13th Aug 2008, 08:51   #12 (permalink)
 
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why did the Viet Taff dig so many pork chop shaped lakes??
To lull the sheep into a false sense of security regarding their ultimate fate?
Seriously, as I said previously, every visit is welcome be it planned or unplanned. If you are in something fast and noisy it would be wonderful if you would call at 10 miles out as calling 5 miles away often results in an unseemly scramble to get outside the clubhouse in time.
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Mr Fish,
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all well and good, but she has to park it afterwards
Long before ladies were allowed into the RAF to fly the MEN needed marshallers to help them to park their aircraft.
I have to say that on my one and only flying visit to a RAF airfield I was quite amused and amazed to have someone to marshall me to my parking place.
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Old 13th Aug 2008, 13:00   #13 (permalink)
 
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No Lady...

The Lady 'Pilot' in question is actually a Nav - lets not get confused.....
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Old 13th Aug 2008, 20:56   #14 (permalink)
 
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I am not a lady pilot! My nav, on the other hand, was a lady (and still is, for that matter). I let her talk on the radio - we have to find something for navs to do now that the jet has GPS and LINS...
Anyway, it's always good to visit Shobdon having arranged it first!!! All I did was randomly fly around LFA 7 and 4 until I flew over an airfield.

But thanks for the compliment. Nobody was as surprised as I that we made it on time!

I felt sorry for the lone spotter sitting at the entrance to the Loop... in really nasty weather.

On another point, is the pink tree still pink? If so, does anyone know where it is (up around Hay somewhere). I haven't seen it since my days at Valley (when I certainly did not call Shobdon before I (my students) flew through!!!)
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 11:52   #15 (permalink)
 
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I am not a lady pilot!
Never mind, not everyone achieves perfection. You did, however, make a lot of people very happy that day so please return as often as you can. If you come on foot / by car etc I'm, sure someone here will buy you a tea / coffee / whatever.
PS: notes on local areas requiring special attention are available
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 22:21   #16 (permalink)
 
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Oh after all the excitement, We all believed that a 'Lady' Pilot was upfront.

Well Done 2 You Both.
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Old 15th Aug 2008, 13:49   #17 (permalink)
 
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As some one who used to instruct at Shobdon (early 80's) I must say that I used to enjoy the intrusions both pre booked and impromptu. I never felt that there was any risk of collision with the lost ones as they were always well below me and never seemed to be going east west but always north south. The only time I did get a little worried was when I was instructing forced landings away from the airfield. But even then on the two occaisions I came a bit close to some thing green and grey and going very fast, I was not quite as low as they were.
( I did get my "revenge" on a tornando in the Firth of Forth once, but that is another (sea) story.)
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Old 26th Aug 2008, 14:54   #18 (permalink)
 
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Radhaz,

Your not wrong about the weather but an awsome pass anyway, I take it this was you? timed at 11.20L was it you on the Monday 11th to?









Give us a shout if you want any copies

Rob

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Old 26th Aug 2008, 17:44   #19 (permalink)
 
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Has someone let the RAF News know?? It's usually a front page story if a woman in the RAF does her job correctly...

"Top Gun Heroine" flies past airfield on time exclusive (see p5)
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Old 27th Aug 2008, 22:16   #20 (permalink)
 
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Shobdon

Shobdon - or the Shobdon magnet as wee used to call it. you cant miss it if you try
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