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Old 17th Dec 2012, 02:03   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hamble 732 reunion (2013)

Jeff Wicks [jefwicks@gmail.com] is trying to organise.

Planned for September 2013

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Old 20th Dec 2012, 18:47   #2 (permalink)

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731 Kings of Hamble

731 taking place next year. Always ahead of 732 )
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Old 13th Feb 2013, 22:33   #3 (permalink)
 
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Jeff needs contact information for;

Tony Berryman
Rick Edmonds
Dave Green
Dave Hamilton
Rod Richardson
Gary Thomas
Mike Poole
Malcolm Smith
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Old 26th Feb 2013, 18:12   #4 (permalink)
 
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Well that's a few then. Don't book Hamble in Hampshire. It is not there anymore, Maybe Hamsters do not like to be remembered as Hamsters. Funny lot anyway. Looked the same, talked the same, all wanted to go to BOAC but few did. Wound up as Navs anyway. Best re-union would be Course 230 South Cerney. Boy, what a thread. Perth, Oxford, Prestwick,Carlisle....Geeees..not in the same league.
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Old 27th Feb 2013, 12:26   #5 (permalink)
 
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Landflap

Not quite true mate.
I have heard them called the Hamble Mafia.
And then again I have a quaint Sarfend accent and did managed to do both corps sans flight nav ticket before I quit!
And whats this about cerney?
Is that the hillside where one of the locals found it necessary to carve his figure into the hillside and exaggerate the size of his penis cause he felt so inadequate?
Wasn't you was it?
Sorry folks thought cerney man was cerne Abbas man....an innocent mistake for a blind navigator...

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Old 27th Feb 2013, 12:47   #6 (permalink)
 
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Just been reading your various postings on Prune. Odd, to say the least. You appear more suited, if I may say so, to 'Twitter', with its short one-liners.

Regarding South Cerney - being rather more youthful than you, I went to Church Fenton, where my course-mates and I spent happy weeks in the middle of the worst winter Yorkshire had seen in years. I understand that South Cerney is in the nice warm south of the country. Lucky you.

Further, having been through both the RAF system, and Hamble (the RAF was going to make me a military airline pilot without the pay or the girls, so I told 'em to shove it), I must inform you that I was surprised at how very, very much more demanding and professional Hamble was compared to the RAF, who seemed to think all that was needed for one to be a 'good egg' was to hold one's beer and laugh at the jokes of anyone with more rings on his sleeve than you.

One should not criticise what one has no knowledge of.
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Old 27th Feb 2013, 13:44   #7 (permalink)
 
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Well that's a few then. Don't book Hamble in Hampshire. It is not there anymore, Maybe Hamsters do not like to be remembered as Hamsters. Funny lot anyway. Looked the same, talked the same, all wanted to go to BOAC but few did. Wound up as Navs anyway. Best re-union would be Course 230 South Cerney. Boy, what a thread. Perth, Oxford, Prestwick,Carlisle....Geeees..not in the same league.
Speaking as one from Course 692 I can assure you Landflap that we were very definitely all individuals and to say we all wanted to go to BOAC is rubbish.

It's a pity a training centre of excellence like Hamble is no longer around these days as many airlines are now discovering.

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Old 27th Feb 2013, 15:03   #8 (permalink)
 
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Yes I'm an individual too and so is my mate if I allow him to say so....
And you missed out choosing BEA Bob.
Would agree wiv you re no more establishments like HA...just let down by the subsequent training est. after I left.

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Old 27th Feb 2013, 18:33   #9 (permalink)
 
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You need only read the 'Military' section of Prune to appreciate the military mindset. Endless posts regarding medals - just for 'being there'.

I remember the voluntary operations into and out of Belfast, when the IRA were boasting of using a Sam against our Trident aircraft. We volunteers spent the whole bloody roster flying weird erratic approaches into BFS, and even odder departures. For a year or so.

There was a bomb on a T3 which malfunctioned.

I was P3 on a BFS-LHR with a specific bomb alert.

Medals? Of course not. We just got on with the job.

The sheer number of ego-posts on the 'Military' site is staggering. All, I may add, contrary to my own experience of ex-RAF pilots. Some were very good indeed, but many were dysfunctional in a co-operative crew operation.

My impression of the Army is of self-effacing professionals. The RAF people need a serious anti-ego drug. Sorry, guys, you're good; but nowhere near as good as you think you are.

And I can assure you - most of you would not have survived the 50% chop-rate at Hamble.
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Old 28th Feb 2013, 07:08   #10 (permalink)
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What a perfect example of a thread going off topic. It started off fine, then went downhill from then on.

Best you get back to the point before it becomes a "what's the point" thread and is no more.
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Old 26th Mar 2013, 11:26   #11 (permalink)
 
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"Flight Plan"

Those of us who were so fortunate to be able to attend the British Airways flight training courses at that time and, thankfully, could start and continue a flying career, should be eternally grateful for such opportunity, and not cast nasturtiums.
What about a combined reunion of all BOAC/BEA student pilots from that mainly happy time? The coming oil crisis almost halted us in our tracks.
Does anyone have a copy of that BOAC/BEA information document for would be trainee pilots issued a few years before that time? It was named "Flight Plan" and told about pilots' lives from preflight preparation, take off, climb, cruise, descent and landing. Metaphorical for a pilot's career.
I read it how many times and it became my dream.
I did not keep a copy and would love to see it again.
We have to remember.

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Old 26th Mar 2013, 11:49   #12 (permalink)
 
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Don't have one but bought a couple of Hamble DVDs a couple of years ago when I attended a reunion in Hamble.
Titles are airline pilot and all in a days flying.
One featured Johnny Morris who used to present Animal Magic and featured cadets as well as a father flying the Iron duck and a bit of a poncy (in my view) SFO flying the gripper.
Think it was made in 1969.
Last night I attended an excellent lecture at Howth sailing club by an ex chief pilot - hamster from 67?. Incredible character and a pity that BEA never had anyone of his abilities. (might not have resigned!).

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Old 26th Mar 2013, 21:12   #13 (permalink)
 
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Mike Poole - I heard recently Mike is still flying with Monarch after about 36 years.
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 10:42   #14 (permalink)
 
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Cool Hamble Memories

Happy days:

AIRLINES FACE PILOT FAMINE - British Pathé

Hamble 741A was the best BTW
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 13:49   #15 (permalink)
 
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Interesting - video commentary considers only young men as future airline pilots.
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 17:21   #16 (permalink)
 
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Interesting - video commentary considers only young men as future airline pilots.
Also:-

"Only the highly intelligent ones make the grade"!

Good grief -how did I manage it?
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 23:20   #17 (permalink)
 
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Interesting video indeed. Did BEA skippers always wear leather flying gloves at the controls? ex-military one might presume
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Old 2nd Apr 2013, 10:10   #18 (permalink)
 
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Nah, just made handling easier on brutes like Viscounts,Vanguards & Argosies. Bit poncy in the jet-world. Anyway, before threatening Mod shuts us down, back to thread. Aaaaaah, this is more like it. HAMBLE RE-UNION. My point was that in this fabbo page of "Where Are They Now?", lies a great read."Course 230". I was hoping for something similar from the Hamsters. You know, loadsa photos, names, fun times etc. reminding all of us, lucky enough to have trained in those times, of the College's background and success. But, oh, here I go again; of the "50% chop rate"; something wrong with the Selection then , eh ? I was on the Selection Board of my Company & if we had a 50% failure rate out of the people we passed through selection, lots of questions would have been asked by the Accountants. Remember the start point if you were 'selected' for selection ? It was an Essay requirement entitled " Why I Want To Be An Airline Pilot". I wrote ' Well, it is the only job where you get free transport from pub to pub'. Had a lot of explaining to do at subsequent interviews..................C'mon Hamsters....LAUGH ! And get those photos & memories to us ! Or as Frankie Howard would have said; "Oh Pleeze yourselves !" !
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Old 2nd Apr 2013, 11:07   #19 (permalink)
 
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Just to put you right, and remind you of the historical perspective: in 1971 BOAC decided that they did not need any further graduates from Hamble. BEA only wanted the numbers they had previously advised. Ergo, Hamble had between 30-50 percent too many 'undergrads'.

That was when the chop-rate went through the hangar roof! The Powers That Be have always denied it, but it was clearly a way of solving a manpower problem without cost to either Corporation.

Almost all of the pilots chopped from my course went on to have successful (and in a couple of cases downright distinguished) careers as airline pilots. They were chopped for the most absurd reasons.

You can see, therefore, that there was indeed nothing wrong with the selection procedure. It's a shame, really, because the Corporation politics put everyone under a strain at the time - most of all, probably, the Hamble instructors (who were a great bunch of guys). The collapse of demand for graduating Hamsters resulted in me being a night-watchman for many months (I didn't qualify for 'the Dole'!), and a subsequent long and bitter legal action between thirteen Hamble graduates and BEA.

History lesson over

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Old 2nd Apr 2013, 14:18   #20 (permalink)
 
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Hamble humour

Land flap perhaps aileron drag might republish his P*** take of terminal four...now that would be a larf.
Around our time there was a night rally on the airfield without lights - ended up with a "borrowed" hot wired mini crashing into the DF caravan. A guards push bike placed on a very high roof and the painting of bishops Waltham? Gasometer...
Plus the normal bun fights, explosive devices and removing branches from undercarts.
But we had to be very careful because of the chopping policy which was denied then and also from the last CFI two years ago "didn't happen old chap" - utter rollocks.
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