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Old 25th Sep 2017, 08:35
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I was a staff cadet at 8 AEF more years ago than I care to remember, running changes of cadets was the norm back then.
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Old 25th Sep 2017, 13:01
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Yes - I was based at UEF (university engineering flight),Abingdon 1980 - 83 and we did running changes as the norm with cadet flying,it was a safe enough procedure with a chippie - its taildragger wing angle/distance of rear cockpit from prop and the prop wash itself virtually assured that nobody would fall fwd towards the prop.
And yes the cartridge start 'bang' used to wake people up
Most of our flying was done from our line huts well away from the main station buildings,normally just the first start of the day was on the apron outside 'B' Hangar.
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Old 27th Sep 2017, 22:08
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Slight thread-drift, but it’s still about 8 AEF.

On a miserable winter’s day in the late 60s, flying had been scrubbed, so the Boss decided to show a film to entertain his Cadet Pilots and APOs. The film was an RCAF film about survival in the bush following a crash-landing. It was very well done and had some very realistic “injuries”.

The Air Cadets who had also had their flying cancelled, were invited in to watch. Prior to starting the projector, the VRT officer in charge of them, warned them that the film was quite realistic and if any of them felt unwell, they should go outside.

The film starts and shows the events leading up to the crash-landing, and then the post-accident triage of the casualties. At one point, there was a close-up of a bloody hole in a chest, with bubbles coming out, accompanied by a voiceover “My god, it’s a sucking wound!”

At this point, there was a moan at the back of the room as the VRT officer fainted, much to the amusement of his cadets, who were lapping up the blood and gore!
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 14:51
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Hello everyone. Many, many thanks for the posts thus far. Sadly WP859 does appear to be an elusive bird to photograph, as do the others of the era to which I'm particularly interested. I was fortunate to have a pilot from those days post to me some lovely photos of the Chippies which shows some of the markings for which I am very grateful. If anyone does find more pics then please share them.
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 22:05
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Looking back, 25 000 hours and perhaps the closest I ever got to feeling 'cool' was in a Shawbury Chipmunk, leather flying helmet, oxygen mask hanging from it...
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Old 24th Feb 2018, 07:38
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There is a photo on UK Serials - but in the late colour scheme.

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Old 12th Mar 2018, 22:34
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Here is another one of WG417. It shows the starboard side and location of the dayglow bands and the 8AEF pale blue and yellow fuselage flash and yellow/ black winged 8. The pics are out there somewhere
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Old 28th Aug 2020, 15:13
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Hi Folks,
My quest continues. I now have a 1/5 scale "Tester" Chippy which is in the final stages of build and finishing and the 1/4 scale one is in build. Here iare a couple of pics of the progress thus far.
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Old 6th Dec 2020, 19:15
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Here are pics of the finished aircraft at 1/5 scale. Due to the Covid restrictions I have not been able to carry out the maiden. Since the lifting of restrictions the weather has intervened so nothing to do but carry out some engine tests and pre flight preparations. Hopefully a suitable weather window will appear soon.




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Old 7th Dec 2020, 00:53
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Lovely!
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Old 7th Dec 2020, 03:18
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Sadly WP859 does appear to be an elusive bird to photograph
Aircraft registered as G-BXCP, owner,

MICHAEL PATRICK O'CONNOR
15 LAVERNOCK CLOSE
REDCAR
TS10 2PX

De-registered 18-Apr-2017



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Old 7th Dec 2020, 12:22
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Originally Posted by Tiger_mate View Post
. . . You soon became familiar with linking fleet letters against individual airframes even though they were normally referred to by the number (only) element of the registration. When walking out to a large flight line in inclement weather, you wanted the journey to your allocated steed to be as short as possible, and the large fleet letters could be seen at a distance.
The Leeds UAS Chippies based at Church Fenton had coloured spinners so identification head on from a distance was easy. The CO's (S/L Robbie Chambers) favourite mount (WG316) had a blue spinner (matching his bonedome). WG478 had a white spinner. Can't remember the others.
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Old 7th Dec 2020, 14:38
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I suggested coloured spinners for the ULAS Chipmunks in the early 1970's.
."All too difficult administratively" I was informed .;
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Old 9th Jan 2021, 12:59
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For the interested, Airfix have announced a 1/48 Chipmunk in their 2021 line up. Due out in the spring with some gorgeous box art and decals for RAF, RN and the AAC Spitmunk.
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Old 9th Jan 2021, 13:14
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
Aircraft registered as G-BXCP, owner,

MICHAEL PATRICK O'CONNOR
15 LAVERNOCK CLOSE
REDCAR
TS10 2PX

De-registered 18-Apr-2017


It got wrecked at Bagby with remains last seen at Fishburn unfortunately.
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Old 10th Jan 2021, 13:11
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Originally Posted by Martin the Martian View Post
For the interested, Airfix have announced a 1/48 Chipmunk in their 2021 line up. Due out in the spring with some gorgeous box art and decals for RAF, RN and the AAC Spitmunk.
Better late than never

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Old 10th Jan 2021, 19:27
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WG478 had a white spinner. Can't remember the others.
That's very interesting Discorde. It must have been for a short(ish) period though; I have a 1966 photo showing WG478 at Leeds UAS with a black spinner with another showing a 1968 line-up of Leeds UAS Chipmunks and here they all appear to have white spinners!

I have a vested interest here as I'm the proud owner of WG478 (VH-MMS).
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Old 10th Jan 2021, 22:18
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Originally Posted by Martin the Martian View Post
For the interested, Airfix have announced a 1/48 Chipmunk in their 2021 line up. Due out in the spring with some gorgeous box art and decals for RAF, RN and the AAC Spitmunk.
That's good news - I've got a 1/48 vac form Chippy in the loft - bit beyond my skill level - or do I mean patience level?
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Old 10th Jan 2021, 23:35
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I have a vested interest here as I'm the proud owner of WG478 (VH-MMS).

There's just no getting away from the AN Dogwhistles ... your professional lineage is showing ....
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Old 11th Jan 2021, 11:55
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Hi Dora-9. Lucky you - owning '478. I did many early lessons in it in 1967. Here are 4 pix - I took the line-up pic myself (late '68) but the others come from other sources ('309 & '316 dated 04/11/67 and '478 dated 03/06/68). Impossible to determine spinner colours from monochrome images, of course.





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