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Old 11th Apr 2008, 18:04
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William has followed in the footsteps of Charles and his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, who both earned the RAF flying badge.
Nobody got any comments on 'earned' or 'badge'? I am surprised.
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 18:13
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Hi
iam not trying to be a miserable sod but HOW LONG does it take and what does it involve nowerdays to get QUALIFIED FOR FIXED WING A/C AND ROTARY A/C normaly (that is for mere ordinary humans)
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 18:24
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Just heard that the Royal Marines have decided to give his Uncle Eddie the Green Beret after all.
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 18:44
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Hi
iam not trying to be a miserable sod but HOW LONG does it take and what does it involve nowerdays to get QUALIFIED FOR FIXED WING A/C AND ROTARY A/C normaly (that is for mere ordinary humans)
12 WEEKS - a tad less if you forgo the skiing.
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 18:47
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Uncle Eddie the Green Beret after all
Is that to go with his brown wings?
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 18:50
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The Pratt on the left looks like a bag of shite and totally dis-interested
He would look well at a 3rd world presidential election but not as an RAF ACM at an official function
As a retired Senior Officer, I am priviliged never to have met him in my career
I wishfully hope his Mother survives him, and England never sees him as King
God Bless England, Harry and St George
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 18:50
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Originally Posted by Plot finder
So what is your question?
I've always been led to believe it's more than just a badge, it's an aptitude, a qualification, a culture, a tradition, a life - surprised to hear it's just something pinned on a uniform after 4 months.
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 18:54
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Just heard that the Royal Marines have decided to give his Uncle Eddie the Green Beret after all.


Doubt it Hig, any facts to back that up?
 
Old 11th Apr 2008, 19:02
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Doubt it Hig, any facts to back that up?
The cleaner told me so it must be true.
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 20:11
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Eddie couldn't be awarded the 'coveted green', I don't remember ever seeing him in a 'naked bar'.
 
Old 11th Apr 2008, 21:47
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PBA Target - not that I want to make a big deal about it, but.....
" The Government, after careful thought, decided that eligibility for the award of Jubilee medals next year should be restricted to members of the uniformed Armed Forces, including reserves and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, who have completed a minimum of five years reckonable service at the time of the 50th anniversary of the Queen's succession." From Hansard...
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 01:04
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Apropos Charles flying ability...some years ago, while on a visit to New Zealand, he was taken by Andover to a property in the hill country of the South Island [it might have been the Elworthy's, but I can't recall], and the Captain was given instructions that "under no circumstances" was HRH to be handed control other than straight and level.

His visit was not long after he'd broken an arm or a wrist or something falling off a horse, and when he finally departed Whenuapai, he was gifted a rocking horse complete with seat belts.

As regards Will's Wings, it's all symbolic really isn't it? He's not a real pilot, never will be, so does it matter, given who he is?

There is a well-known TV personality here in NZ who fancied himself a bit, learned to fly, then bought himself a Stearman which he pranged...twice. After the second incident, he was photographed walking away from the tangled wreck wearing a flying suit complete with RNZAF pilots wings. There were a number of letters to the paper, including one from me and I'm not a pilot, telling him that they had to be earned, and that he would never achieve that standard etc..etc.. He removed them! Mind you, he also quit flying, probably a good move.
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 01:52
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Red Sea Rig:

He will learn the meaning one day...once he has a few ctps in his pocket.

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Old 12th Apr 2008, 02:16
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Thread Drift - Charles' Hat

Pontious,

Not sure about Das Boot, but given the angle of his hat, he looks as though he has been influenced by this fellow (who is at least wearing a smile):



Also, I'm no expert, but it looks as though Charles' hat has been photoshopped on.
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 03:33
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he also quit flying, probably a good move
He Gave up Flying because the wife made him give it up due to the compulsive crash deposition he seemed to have.
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 07:24
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I feel sorry for the fledgling pilots who worked long and hard to earn their wings and then had their awards ceremony hijacked by William's love life.
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 09:26
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Good point: they would normally have the international media coverage all to themselves. In n years time, none of them will take pride that they shared the Parade with the King?
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 10:06
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The Pratt on the left looks like a bag of shite and totally dis-interested
He would look well at a 3rd world presidential election but not as an RAF ACM at an official function
I wishfully hope his Mother survives him, and England never sees him as King
God Bless England, Harry and St George
What he said, well the sentiment anyway.........although it pains me to say it
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 10:27
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Thought you had to complete AFT before Wings were issued?
Or is this a recent change?
Well recent as in the last 30 years or so!
Didnt get any after surviving the JP

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Old 12th Apr 2008, 10:48
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Am I the only one who thinks William is doing his stints in each service at bit too hastily?

He appears to have finished with the Army. I read today that he 'leaves' the RAF in 2 weeks time. Followed by 4 months (?) in the RN. I mean, he's not going to be King anytime soon, so why the rush? Why couldn't he spend, say, 2-3 years in each service. Spending 12 weeks in the RAF training regime, while all well and good, does not expose him to life at an MOB. He should spend a few months at a few flying stations, attached to some different sqns, particpate in exercises, learn and experience the reality of today's RAF (sandy places off-limits, of course).
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