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Old 26th May 2016, 08:38
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Old 26th May 2016, 09:14
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Hi Coff thanks not qualified to post here really but I thought the photo might be of interest, 905 now lives in NZ, the next year he used 906 which is still with the Navy at Yeovilton

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as an aside previous residents at Roborough, not sure if the photo is my of mine or I have pinched it from someone I hope they don't mind, I have a few
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Old 27th May 2016, 15:36
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Proper 'Blue' Flying Suits, the 'Grubby Yellow' Life Preserver and the 'Blue' 4 Point Seat Harness



Image Credit : MOD RAF AHB
Our good friends at the RAF AHB have come up trumps

The picture was taken at RAF Wattisham, in the Summer of 1965. At the time WD391 (Cl-0329/DHB.f.215) was allocated to the University of London Air Squadron (ULAS) ... so this is clearly a 'Summer Camp' pic.

Probably a bit before BEagle's time as a stude with ULAS ... but if he pops by he might recognise the instructor ... bit of a long shot though

Sadly (according to the 'Good Book') WD391 is no longer with us as she crashed during low flying at Mulakot Iceland 24th July 1982. She then carried the civil registration TF-RAF. I have no knowledge as to the fate of the crew.

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Old 27th May 2016, 16:57
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A long time before my time on ULAS! In July 1965 I was sitting my GCE 'O'-levels, but would far sooner have been Chipumunking!

Any staff member on ULAS in those days would have been posted at least a year before I arrived, so I don't recognise the instructor in that photo. Neither did I fly WD391.

A bit odd that they wore Mae Wests when flying from Wattisham - it's not that close to the sea.
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Old 27th May 2016, 17:24
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A bit odd that they wore Mae Wests when flying from Wattisham - it's not that close to the sea.
Did they have SARBE or 'son of' that far back?

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Yes they did ... Looked very much like an 'extendable tape measure' ... Or, at least, the aerial did

Edit ... It Looked like this ... See bottom right for the 'tape' aerial




Quite agree BEagle ... Mind you the fluorescein dye marker/shark repellent might have come in handy if you ditched in either the River Stour or Orwell

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Old 27th May 2016, 17:44
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We wore LSJs in Chipmunks at the Towers ISTR
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Old 27th May 2016, 18:10
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T'was a bugger trying to get the aerial back in its box!
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Thank you for the photo id, Coff.
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Old 27th May 2016, 20:31
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Old 28th May 2016, 06:03
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Instructors Handbook

Just bought a part share of a Chipmunk and have a checklist and SSG but was wondering if anybody has an Instructors Handbook or a link that I could copy?
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Old 28th May 2016, 20:26
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One further memory from way back.
I was at No2 BFTS at Derby in 1952, on the same airfield they was an RAFVR unit with Percival Prentices, Those enabled Navs and Flight Engineers to get some flying hours in. Much slower than a Chippy, if one was in front of you for take-off had to leave plenty of time before starting rolling or you caught up with it before leaving the circuit.
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Thanks Exnomad ...

I understand that the PP T1 (1952), with a 251 hp de Havilland Gipsy Queen 32 engine, was underpowered/heavy and very draggy ... not helped with 3 up
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LSJs' also worn at Woodvale by the AEF'.

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Old 29th May 2016, 16:45
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Did they have SARBE or 'son of' that far back?

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SARAH as I recall. We certainly had SARAH in 1964 as we were instructed in minimising transmission time.

Mayday acknowledged or not? Calculate SAR launch time. Calculate ETA of the Shackleton. Switch on one SARAH about 30 min before ETA.

I seem to recall the instruction to switch off at night until we saw a green flare. All to extend battery availability to more than 8 hours. Spare battery to be kept warm?
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Old 29th May 2016, 19:45
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Much slower than a Chippy
Is that possible? It must have been painfully slow...
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Old 30th May 2016, 12:16
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Pilot Notes

If you google "Chipmunk POH waypoints" you will find a very good pilot notes for DHC-1 written by a syndicate member for WK551 based in Auckland, NZ.

Edited to add url, save you googling it:

http://www.waypoints.co.nz/media/pdf/chipmunk-pilot-notes-first-edition-sm.pdf

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Old 31st May 2016, 18:24
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Re: CoffmanStarter

"Thanks Exnomad ...

I understand that the PP T1 (1952), with a 251 hp de Havilland Gipsy Queen 32 engine, was underpowered/heavy and very draggy ... not helped with 3 up"

.........My first ever flight, at about 13 years old, was in a 7 Seater Percival Prentice!!!
And yes, 7 up was veeeery marginal.
My second flight was in a Chipmunk though, and what a Hot Rod that felt!

Freddie Laker of Aviation Traders at Southend bought 250 odd ex RAF PP's in the 60's and converted some to the civil market, including the incredible 7 seater.
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Old 31st May 2016, 22:32
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Coincidentally I too, had my first ever flight as a passenger in a Prentice out of Biggin around 1963.

Later as a lowly Mid it was imperative to check on the Vne of the Chippie in the middle of winter over Yorkshire. The sound of the fabric banging away, trying to separate from the upper wing, was indicative to this callow youth that Vne was indeed, Not Exceed!
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