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Old 23rd May 2014, 19:03   #101 (permalink)

 
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The Easiest way is to use www . tinypic . com


No membership, upload photo and cut and paste link into the thread
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Old 23rd May 2014, 20:04   #102 (permalink)
 
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Thanks 500N and Coff,

I'm sure Upgently can make good use of that. Meanwhile, back to Albert, and a little Clint Eastwood.

Load Em Up;



Ship em out;



Yee haaaaa;



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Old 23rd May 2014, 20:15   #103 (permalink)

 
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OK, question re that last photo of the Herc over the container with the bloke
diving to one side which I believe was taken in the Falklands.

It looks very very close to the container, how do you as a pilot, sitting higher and
forward of the undercarriage know when doing such a low pass that you aren't
going to hit the containers ???
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Old 23rd May 2014, 20:23   #104 (permalink)

 
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Can anyone post Herc related photos ?

I found a couple of interesting para load follow photos from my old unit which although I didn't jump are interesting all the same as the WO Amphibious who taught me was on the original trials for doing this and the metal pallets used.

Let me know if OK to post.
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Old 23rd May 2014, 20:27   #105 (permalink)
 
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I believe that this "photograph" is photoshopped and never actually happened (I believe ) . It purportedly comes from the Stanley Det (mid 80s), but I suspect has a rather later date of production. I only included it as it fits the "Yee haa" bit nicely. Of course, you make a valid point reference the pilots eyeline etc, particularly with reference to the tragic accident at Hullavington at a later date. If anyone finds it offensive, I will of course, delete it. I see no reason why any C130 related shots can't be posted mate, this thread is to celebrate the aircraft and it's many achievements.

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Old 23rd May 2014, 22:56   #106 (permalink)
 
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It's not photoshopped, photoshop didn't exist when that photo' was taken!

That photo is posed and the result of lens distortion.

I happen to know who the Co was and when it was taken.
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Old 23rd May 2014, 23:00   #107 (permalink)

 
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Happened to be looking at my unit's association photos and came across these. This would have been 1987 a year or two before I joined the unit. Am pretty sure this is RAAF base at Laverton - ? RAAF Williams ? - just west of Melbourne and a 10kms due north of RAAF Point Cook (where the RAAF Museum is).

The WO Amphibious who taught me Water Ops was on the original trials for getting Zodiacs out of the Herc and onto th water in one piece, although from his stories it didn't always happen that way - they had at least one double spear in.

This is one of the few photos I can find of the metal pallets used which were damn heavy.

Still trying to find a photo of the boats inside the aircraft.

I'll look up what Squadron it was, got to find my old folder !










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Ex Ascoteer,

I bow to your knowledge on this one, perhaps you could give us the lowdown on this "posed" photograph.

500N,

Good shots mate, are we looking at the Australian equivalent of Navy Seals with these shots? I know a funny, "real" story, about US navy seals based at Machrihanish that might make you chuckle. Keep them coming blokes, there must be some more great pictures and stories from 60 years of service.


I believe this is a Canadian C130 doing the flare spectacular. A nice example of the art.

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Old 23rd May 2014, 23:34   #109 (permalink)

 
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No, afraid not at that level, a Commando unit. The Cadre staff of the Unit like the WO's and OC were from the "sandy" side.

This was just one of the insertion techniques for raiding.
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Old 23rd May 2014, 23:42   #110 (permalink)
 
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South Cerney not Hullavington
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TBT,

I stand corrected sir, South Cerney it certainly was. Thanks for your correction.

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500n,
post the pics please. And anyone else with RAF herc related pics stories etc. The more the merrier.
Who knows we may eventually catch up with that prince of threads 'getting a pilot's brevet in WW2.'
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the pic of the free fallers leaving the a/c is from an American Herc is it not ?
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This one is an official old FEAF pic. It is also to encourage Brian as I feel sure he may well have CARPed this during his time on 48. It is the 'old' type of Medium Stressed Platform using the extractor retarder system with a broken Landrover as the payload.
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Apologies for the 'double whammy' ! Not sure how it occured but obviousle weekend finger trouble.
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Old 24th May 2014, 08:53   #116 (permalink)
 
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I doubt that any of us who were at the 'coal face' would be offended by posts/pics put up in good faith. It is a recent phenomenon to my mind. Just think of the innumerable pics of crashed WW2 a/c, bombers in particular.
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I'm sure something hints at a US C130 for the lads going out on free fall, but the boots and DPM remind me very much of some SF stuff I have been involved with. It's not one I took, but its evocative of many happy times for me. I suspect that the tie down points might be a bit lightweight for an RAF Albert. I understood that the thread was a celebration if the 60th year of the Aircraft, not strictly RAF, hence the Canadian Flare post. Whatever the nationality, the aircraft is truly a stalwart of many Air Forces.

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Old 24th May 2014, 20:13   #118 (permalink)

 
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Have seen this one many times as it is just down the road from my house at the RAAF Museum.
A97-214 at the RAAF Museum

I can understand why they chose this one to be kept looking at it's record of service.

Received into RAAF service on 14 January 1959, A97-214 was operated by No 36 Squadron, part of the RAAF's No 86 (Transport) Wing.During A97-214's long service career, servicings were carried out by No 2 Aircraft Depot and No 486 Maintenance Squadron at Richmond, and Qantas at Kingsford-Smith Airport, Sydney.

A97-214 participated in many notable RAAF operations, including support for RAAF forces in Thailand and Vietnam, flood relief and civil aid taskings, and providing relief to Darwin in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy. In 1978, A97-214 was withdrawn from service, and was stored at RAAF Base Laverton pending disposal.



Allocated to the RAAF Museum in 1988, the aircraft was transported by road to Point Cook in May 1994




I think this is Darwin in 1974
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Time for some "home photographs" and a request for help first. XV205 on ex Winter Express and I still struggle to remember if this is Fagernes, Trondheim or wherever. I do know that had Santa in a sled pulled by Reindeer crossed the pan that day, it would have been fitting. Anyone know where we were ?



The second photo is a bit of a "larf". Me, on the left, and a pal from MSF on the last day of a Month long Andros detachment, at Cape Canaveral. This was taken on the morning of 20 April 1993. It's my 40th birthday and we are about to embark on our trip back to Lyneham. My Birthday started at 0000 Zulu on the 20th April, as that's my birthday, that coincides with 1900 hours local, Florida. Having had a very good night celebrating we departed the next morning (still 20th April) for a night stop Gander 3.5 hours time difference, where I called a halt to my birthday at Midnight Local. My 40th birthday actually lasted 32.5 Hours, and was, to the best of my knowledge an exceedingly memorable occasion



All happy memories of many years with Albert. I hope you will forgive my indulgence. I hope these shots show what Albert has given to me over the years. I do apologise to any ex VC10 Captain for my headgear, I suspect I had lost my usual pink hat that day. Them, were definitely the days !!!!

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smudge your indulgence is not only forgiven but welcomed by me at least as this thread has become one about personal experiences. Yes this is supposed to be about RAF 'K' Hercs but I think a little diversion here and there can be allowed. To stop it getting out of hand may I suggest that we only post personal pics, that is those we have taken or those we were involved in when taken by others. We may then not be overloaded by commercial file and library pics which are readily available elsewhere as these personal ones are specific to this thread.
Another pic from my time on 48 at Changi. This is also the first of sequence. This is an airdrop on Op Burlap. This was a relief operation to what was then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh after the annual floods. We airdropped and also airlanded supplies.
The local customs authorities wanted to charge us duty on the relief supplies, on the fuel in the tanks and the oil in the engines ! They also tried to insist that before we airdropped we had to land and offload the supplies for customs inspection. If we had they would still be there now.
The local labour force wanted us to pay them for assisting with the offload.
A subsequent pic will show how we responded.
My neighbour was an RAF photographer and keen to fly on one of our trips. He came on this one and this sequence of pics are his work
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