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Old 12th Dec 2011, 09:08
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I don't leave until the 22nd or so.

Re "I don't recall the weather being too oppressive when I was there in '74"
must have been a mild build up then, normally Oct / November the heat and the oppressive humidity starts - which is why they call it the "Troppo season".
You must have spent most of your time in air conditioning

Singapore and Darwin are both in the tropics and both have the same type of weather, maybe just your perception of what was what then.

Don't know about the proximity to the bar rule, apart from being general Pub politeness to let others get served. however the "caused an unseemly rush at about 6-o-clock ?" was called the 6 o'clock swill and yes, it did occur, then everyone piled out onto the street with the obvious consequences. Note - I wasn't around then, just know of it from reading and being told stories.

" Cut that out you two - you'll only encourage SAM."
The thread has become a bit boring since SAM quietened down.

3 more days ............
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 09:40
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I think there was a line marked on the floor about a yard (maybe less) from the bar edge to discourage loiterers (this was a long time ago). I certainly remember much more monsoon type rain in Singapore, Darwin was dry and sunny, and I was only 24, so didn't feel pain or discomfort...

I also recall the Gp Capt's welcoming chat..."don't get suckered in by the clouds, you'll still burn" and "keep away from the smoke from bush fires, it's full of insects riding the thermals - no danger from the bugs, but the birds that eat the bugs are pretty big" (think his name was Henderson).

Don't worry, he'll be back - to pay off his debt

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Old 12th Dec 2011, 10:19
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6 o'clock swill
I remember that in Rockhampton in 1969 when mighty Whirlwinds were transported from Singapore to Australia for exercise 'Coral Sands'.

The bar top was covered in (5oz?) glasses and the barmaid would fill them with beer streaming continuously from a pipe. When they opened a line of gorrillas would slap down some A$s and buy a row.
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 19:51
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Having just finished watching Obama's speech on the US withdrawal from Iraq and the accompanying information that from the end of the year Iraqi airspace will now be protected by three propeller driven aircraft, it did occur to me that the major obstacle to an Israeli airstrike against Iran has now been lifted
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 19:58
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Israel will be launching a raid, with TOT being 0001 Z 16 DEC 2011
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 20:23
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That's a Friday - surely they would leave it three more days so they could play "Just another manic Monday" as background music as they ran in to drop their loads?
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 20:28
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Is that what you lot get up to when on a bombing run ?

The Iranian reply will be to have 99 Luft Balloons up in the sky as a reply.


Just out of interest, do pilots listen to music when flying, such as when doing long distance boring transits ? Such as flying FA18's from the US to Australia ?

or at any other time ?
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 20:46
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I will only admit to listening on HF to commentary on the first Moon Landing whilst en route to Cyprus!!
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Old 13th Dec 2011, 09:15
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500N - re listening to music

In the Tornado, yes (and the nav listened too). The rear cockpit had probably the most expensive cheap cassette player in the world, primarily for loading mission data into the computer. The tape machine could be used for recording cockpit conversation, so you could narrate the mission progress for later debrief. It could also be used for playing music cassettes, but at your own risk, as it had a propensity for chewing up the tapes (including the mission data - manual data entry anyone?).

Hey, it's nearly 15th, are you as excited as I am... Where is SAM?

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Old 13th Dec 2011, 09:21
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The tape machine could be used for recording cockpit conversation, so you could narrate the mission progress for later debrief. It could also be used for playing music cassettes
Dire Straits, "Brothers in Arms" at Akrotiri IIRC.......
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Old 13th Dec 2011, 09:25
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Check your PM's.
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Old 13th Dec 2011, 09:39
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I did buy a "Brothers in Arms" tape when it was newly released, but that was in Dundee (Leuchars det), then left it in my holdall, in the spent links bay, so no new music on the transit back to LBH...D'oh

That's not to say that I didn't also have it at AKR (I favoured southern rangers, while may others found the delights of scandinavia more th their liking).

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Old 14th Dec 2011, 05:38
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"Hey, it's nearly 15th, are you as excited as I am...

I have to wait until nearly the 16th on my time


"Where is SAM?"
MIA by the looks of it, better send out the SAR (or CSAR).


I see Obama asking for his Drone back, maybe he'll send / drop a Big Blu to destroy it.
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Old 14th Dec 2011, 10:26
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We're into hours now - about 36 to go. I expect SAM is absent as he needs to go to the bank to withdraw the cash...

Haven't you been following the SARH thread - UK does not have such things as SAR, seesaw, CR - something about JWPMT in the glossy MoD brochure.

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Old 14th Dec 2011, 10:44
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Yes, I have been following the SAR thread.

Quite interesting is all I will say !!! LOL



If the "UK does not have such things as SAR", then what is the duke doing ?
Flying around for jollies ?
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Old 14th Dec 2011, 13:21
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Ooops

I meant CSAR

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Old 14th Dec 2011, 19:16
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We usually get the Americans to do our CSAR for us.

Yes, the F3 Data Recorder was OK for music, but I had another plan. I got our squippers to make me up a patch lead that went between the mic/tel connector of my helmet and the aircraft portion. It had a short lead to plug into my own casette player, piping the music into the mic side of the system. That meant that hitting we had music in the cockpit and pressing the tx button allowed us to transmit to the rest of the formation - or anyone else that cared to listen. Worked in the Hawk and F4 too (with a different connector).
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Old 14th Dec 2011, 19:45
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Post 289...

You know things are not going well when WEBF starts bantering you!
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Old 14th Dec 2011, 19:50
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In this case I don't think things have been going well for a long time!
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Old 14th Dec 2011, 20:11
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"In this case I don't think things have been going well for a long time!"


LOL,

He seems to get shot down in flames all the time but manages to get back up and shot down again.
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