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Old 18th Feb 2014, 22:28
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One morning one of our a/c commenced to taxy out, with the pilot checking the brakes as he did so. Unfortunately the brakes failed and the a/c ended up with it's nose jammed under the Heron's port wing!
History kind-of repeated itself, as the GAF's first Heron UAV somehow ended up taxying into a Transall after its first flight at MES....


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Old 19th Feb 2014, 11:42
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Re the pink Harrier:

Mirage Aircraft for Flight Simulator

Some great photography as well.
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 12:18
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And let us not forget... And they still tried to convince the world it was the correct colour shade


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Old 19th Feb 2014, 13:04
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The placefficers Mess Tengah late 60s.My old mate was being wined and dined having been posted off Hunters to CFS.Ray had his Champers in hand ,when the balloon went up as a BOAC VC10 was announced to be in trouble.They had had a lightning strike which had badly damaged its nose,and taken out most of its avionics!A volunteer was asked for to try to help said VC10.Ray immediately put down his glass on the fireplace,got himself authorised ,launching in his cab, was radared to find said VC10.On finding it he formated with it and guided it down to a safe recovery at Changi.However on his return to Tengah,he had total hydraulics failure and plonked it down successfully,then returned to the bar to finish his Champers.He received NO gong or mention in dispatches,but just a message of thanks from Lord Stokes,the then boss of BOAC.BTW Ray had flown every mark of NF Meteor and several marks of Javelin.I met him again in an Airline,when on training with a very nasty NZ TC,he was being examined on the night part of his 1179." Brucie Baby",the said TC blocked off some of the Instruments for limited panel,and informed Ray that this terrifies all new F27 Pilots,whereupon,Ray turned on his pussers torch(he had been a RNR pilot as well!!),and turned off all the cabin lights,then asked Brucie if he wanted any unusual attitude recoveries??.Bruce remained very quiet for the rest of the flight,which Ray passed,but the NZ Twerp never forgot this and made,or tried to make our lives hell.Suffice to say this TC was removed from Training several times,by our Ex Meteor ace Boss Denis B.True stories,but little known!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 15:17
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Re the pink Harrier:
Ta for that.
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 17:12
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Suffice to say this TC was removed from Training several times,by our Ex Meteor ace Boss Denis B.True stories,but little known!!!!!!!!!!
Well, I don't know about him being removed from training but the 'NZ Twerp' was certainly back training on the F27 by 1987 and he continued to try to make pilots' lives miserable on the 146 and the F100 before he finally returned whence he came.
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 19:34
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Amusing all the same

The exact same dialogue has been circulating on the web for a little while now ... allegedly involving US Aircrew ... but good to see an RAF "version". Unless, of course, someone can validate it being the original true exchange

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Old 19th Feb 2014, 20:19
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I can't believe we haven't heard...

...Lighthouse versus US warship!
Is there any truth behind that one at all or is it completely fabricated?
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 20:48
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Do you mean this one BobV?

Allegedly based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy
aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities
off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio
conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on
10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)


Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to
avoid collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the
North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15
degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again,
divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND
LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE
ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS
SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES
NORTH--I SAY AGAIN, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH--OR
COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

Your Canadian Brother.
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 22:29
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Think first time that was heard was USS Yorktown CV-5..........................that's the one sunk at Midway.
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Old 20th Feb 2014, 08:02
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Racedo ... I'm sure you are right old chap ... most of this kind of stuff get's recycled over time
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Old 20th Feb 2014, 08:41
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The USN v Canadian lighthouse tale is also mentioned in "The Guinness Book of Military Anecdotes", published 1992, and citing the story as being quoted from "Profile" magazine in "The Times", 3 September 1986.
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Old 20th Feb 2014, 11:54
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The Canadian Lighthouse scenario:

I have a video I show trainees as an ice breaker...

It depicts an Irish Lighthouse and an arrogant American Warship (actually an old Leander Class in video)...

If anyone wants a copy PM me ....
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Old 20th Feb 2014, 12:29
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F4 on affil with Nimrod does burner pass and twinkle roll before rejoining.

"Bet you can't do that", he says smugly after join.

"Stand-by", says Nimrod, and after about a minute says, "bet you can't do that!".

"What did you do?", asks puzzled F4.

"Shut down two engines and order lunch", replies equally smug Nimrod.....
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Pair of F4s doing night intercepts.

"Lead, 2, you in burner?"

"2, Lead, negative".

"In which case you're on fire......."
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Old 20th Feb 2014, 12:38
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F4 on affil with Nimrod does burner pass and twinkle roll before rejoining.

"Bet you can't do that", he says smugly after join.

"Stand-by", says Nimrod, and after about a minute says, "bet you can't do that!".

"What did you do?", asks puzzled F4.

"Shut down two engines and order lunch", replies equally smug Nimrod.....
Version I heard was, "Shut down two engines, went down the back for a sh1t!"

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Old 20th Feb 2014, 16:51
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Or Victor refuelling a Herc.

"xx, tell your co-pilot to stop picking his nose."
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Old 21st Feb 2014, 22:16
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Train theft.

We got to talking about the one today where some guy in RAFG stole a train. What's the truth behind that one?
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Old 21st Feb 2014, 22:49
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We got to talking about the one today where some guy in RAFG stole a train. What's the truth behind that one?
This one is absolutely true, I know the perpetrator well and we still exchange the occasional email. The event happened in the early 1950s and has, I think, been described on earlier PPRuNe threads.
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Old 21st Feb 2014, 23:00
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Pray tell.
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Old 22nd Feb 2014, 02:21
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There was one tale the armourers used to tell of the Belgian F104 starfighters, specifically their ejection seats.

The story goes that a Belgian armourer had decided he was sick of life, so he wanted to commit suicide in a spectacular fashion. He decided to climb into the cockpit of an F104 on the line, pull all the seat pins out then pull the yellow and black handle.

seems the first aircraft he tried the seat failed to fire. So he got out, went to teh one next door and tried again. Same result, so he went down the whole line with no success.

His next action was to walk into the line hut and, plonking all the seat pins he'd removed on the desk, raised snags on every aircraft.

As the F104 was fitted with a downward firing seat, there are some holes in the story but it's still a good one
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