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Old 15th Jan 2015, 15:48
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Hasty bird

I bet the guys on 99 wouldn't allow that registration these days.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 15:53
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It is my understanding that GAY was the last three of the radio callsign (in this case - MOGAY).
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 15:57
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Tail dragger

When I joined the Hastings fleet in 1965 I was told that it was a hangover from the last little European disturbance when towing gliders was in vogue. There were still a lot of ex- WW2 top brass around in '65. You could ask a similar question as to why the Hercs originally had an astrodome - in a pressurised aircraft. Many an AQM, sorry, loady, refused to sleep on the top bunk!
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 16:00
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callsigns

I always hoped for the callsign Mike Oscar Golf Golf Yankee!
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 16:16
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Until my first visit to Duxford about 15 years ago I had never heard of the Hastings, and then saw their one parked outside. I must admit that I was underwhelmed by its look, but at the same time found it curiously interesting.

I read up a little on it and the Hermes, but this thread has been really fascinating, great to read people's experiences with these old beasts! Many thanks.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 16:35
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The other herc



The hercules before the hercules? Somewhere near Gib I think
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 16:47
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and another


UK somewhere, Exercise Maydrop 20 May 1966
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 07:04
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Hastings at Bermuda, one of the nicer places we used to visit.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 07:10
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joy ride,
we had two different marks of Hastings in service during my time. The Mk 1A, with the higher set tailplane and external tanks and the Mk 2 with the lower set tailplane and different internal fuel arrangement negating the need for external tanks.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 07:19
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Yes, I looked on Wiki yesterday and it mentions the different tailplanes and tanks.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 07:44
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Hastings at Bermuda, one of the nicer places we used to visit.
My last trip in a Hastings was to some of the worst places we visited!

Marham - Luqa - El Adem - Khartoum - Khormakser - Mauripur and back 3 weeks later.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 10:17
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My last Hastings trip was on December 21/22 1967 to Luqa and back via Abingdon. A/c was 343 and we were full of families coming home for Xmas.
We decorated the a/c with balloons etc which burst as we reached top of climb !
January 1968 I started the Hercules OCU but that is another story being told on the 'Hercules' thread.


Final Hastings Xmas card from Colerne.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 12:40
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I remember my first night trip, looking out of the Co’s window to see 5ft of flame coming out of each exhaust stub. Frightened me a bit until the following conversation;

‘eng – co pilot, amazing sight all the flame coming out of the exhaust stubs’

‘Yeah – a lot of new blokes think the thing is on fire first time they see it’

That’s all right then, back to eating the butties!

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Old 16th Jan 2015, 13:54
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It is my understanding that GAY was the last three of the radio callsign (in this case - MOGAY).
Not so Jock, G was the 99 Sqn aircraft code. WJ332 happened to be AY. In those carefree days we were all gay, after a few beers of course


Sqn Markings 99_P

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Old 16th Jan 2015, 15:15
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Well John, I don't think you can say that GAY was a 99 Sqn code for I have a photograph of WJ332 with the GAY code and the 53 Sqn diamond on the tail. (I am trying to post the photograph but I can't get into the URL for some obscure reason).

I also have a note in my book about 53 Sqn which states that "after the Berlin Airlift, Hastings aircraft carried the last three letters of the radio callsign in large letters behind the roundel".

So, I had always figured that GAY broke down as:

M = British Military Aircraft
O = Transport Command
G = Hastings Type
A = Unit (In this case, Lyneham Pool)
Y = Individual Aircraft (WJ332).

The other letter used by the Hastings was "J" (For example, JAZ was TG564). You may also remember that the letters used by the Argosy were "F" and "K".

I'll post the photograph of WJ332 when I can sort out my problems.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 15:36
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Not sure about that. I thought the G was our squadron letter when I was on 99 Hastings.

This image muddies the waters!

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Old 16th Jan 2015, 16:05
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It certainly does; I don't recall ever seeing "O" on a Hastings photograph but perhaps it was in addition to "G" and "J"?

Air Britain gives the history of TG551 as:

Dishforth/Topcliffe/Lyneham (53/99)/242 OCU/70/Lyneham (24/36)/70 then SOC 15.11.67.

Incidentally, I have just had a look in one of our albums and I have found yet another photograph of WJ332/GAY with the 53 Sqn diamond on the tail.

Looking at my 53 Sqn book, I see that I quoted the following examples:

GAC/TG604, GAF/WD491, GAJ/TG574, GAM/TG605, GAU/TG536, GAY/WJ332
JAB/TG529, JAM/WD488, JAY/WJ329, JAZ/TG564
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 16:42
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Brakedwell and JW411: happy New Year (a bit late).

I can't comment on Hastings codes, as I only ever flew in one (Lyneham-Gibraltar, and that was a Met1).
But I have notes on some Beverleys: XL148 of 242OCU was "Y" and carried MOBCY, 53's XB268 was "D" MOBXD, and XB284 was "H" MOBXH. I flew from Abingdon to Odiham in "H" and then on to participate in the Farnborough show in 1961, thanks to pals at Abingdon.
I think I recall that the MOBxx code was painted quite small on the nose, and was also on the instrument panel. I had assumed that the B was type, the C or X was unit, and the last letter was the aircraft code.

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Old 16th Jan 2015, 16:44
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You are right about the old callsign system dedicated to individual A/C


53 MODB

99 MOJA

53 & 99 MOGA

Its at the bottom of this:

List of RAF Squadron Codes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 16:51
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And the same to you Laurence.
As the signaller was in sole charge of the radios I can't remember much about the comms.
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