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Old 14th Jan 2015, 00:48
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Here is TG503 at Scampton on 24 June 1976, with four Cod War fish symbols just visible below the cockpit.

I was lucky enough, as a civilian and temporary ROC "recruit", to do a 4-hour trip in 503 that day, including a low level run across Exmoor, Bristol Channel, the Welsh Hills and Cumbria and over the Yorkshire Moors back to Scampton. Captain, Flt Lt Fred Hambley. Fred, if by any chance you lurk here: it may have been a routine day in the office for you, but for me it was a very memorable occasion. Thank you again!



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Old 14th Jan 2015, 06:44
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I think this is the Pershore Hastings but could easily be wrong, Taken from the Herc at Akrotiri with a VC 10 'escaping' !
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 07:11
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Three generations. From a pilot's perspective, this is the best photo on this thread ever.
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 07:41
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evansb,
thank you for your compliment. But just a case of right place, right time with for a change, a camera.
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 07:53
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Ancient Aviator,

I would bet next weeks pension that the picture is of TG536 or TG568 from the bombing school.

They had 2 unmodified Hasting for crew training and 'transport support', and were allowed 'out' to various places for the weekend!

I would guess it was taken in the early 1970's, and I would be pretty sure the crew was in a bar somewhere!
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 08:58
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Two of an older generation at Khormaksar in 1958



Unfortunate incident at Lajes in December 1957 when WJ332, a mark 2 Hastings, broke free from it's picketing and rolled back into a Portuguese Air Force RB17 during a gale.


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Old 15th Jan 2015, 07:28
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staircase,
I doubt that your pension is in peril ! As I implied in my caption I was not sure who owned the a/c. Thanks for the correction.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 07:30
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Brakedwell,
reminds me of the time at Lajes when our Herc pulled out the ground picket points and made a dash for freedom. Found next day at the fence but amazingly without damage.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 09:31
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Seeing we're going into Hasting with different generation aircraft here is three with a Valiant at Tripoli.

It's a bit mauvy because its Agfa that fades with time.

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Old 15th Jan 2015, 09:38
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An earlier generation perhaps, but the Hastings outlasted the Valiant by 12 years.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 09:46
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A slightly more intact Hastings at Lajes.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 10:27
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Our bent Hastings looked ancient compared to the MATS aircraft passing through Lajes in 1957.



Also seems ancient looking from the inside out!
(Heading north from Nairobi 1958)

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Old 15th Jan 2015, 10:41
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brakedwell,

Your Lajes picture of the C-54s brings to mind something I've always wondered about. Why didn't HP design the Hastings with tricycle gear?
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 10:55
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It did - Google Handley Page Hermes.

I reckon the question should have been why did the RAF not buy the one with the nose gear.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 10:57
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To do with the loading height for military cargo, wasn't it?
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 11:04
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They did - It was called a Hermes, but only 29 were built. BOAC used them for a short time before they were passed down to the independents.



The RAF was lumbered with the tail wheel Hastings because the Army wanted an aircraft capable of carrying underslung loads.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 11:42
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brakedwell,

I never would have guessed that the Army were involved in the decision!
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 14:59
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BW - not sure I follow the last bit - ISTR there was a pannier for the Hastings, but surely it would have worked equally well with a tail or a nose wheel
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 15:22
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We used to drop underslung vehicles from the Hastings. The Army Heavy Air Despatch unit at Abingdon possessed an endless supply of battered Austin Champs, which we used to deposit on Watchfield with varying degrees of success. That's when I discovered a Champ can be reduced to 12" high if the parachutes fail to open! It was also possible to drop (small) field guns and trailers, but I never saw it done.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 15:47
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OK, would love to see a photo, but still cannot understand why if the aircraft is going to have its fuselage roughly parallel from the ground immediately before rotation (and maintain load clearance from the ground), it matters whether the beast has a nose or tail wheel.
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