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Something no fighter pilot should be without..

Old 13th Mar 2014, 20:09
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Something no fighter pilot should be without..

Would look nice in the drive

Jet turbine/ gas turbine aero engine on Mitsubushi pickup truck. Rolls Royce | eBay
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Old 13th Mar 2014, 20:26
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So it was used as an airfield de-icer. The ones I remember I had no trouble pushing the 2,500 gallon bowser they were mounted on the front of backwards over the ice despite the bowser's best efforts in the other direction.

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Old 13th Mar 2014, 20:36
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The MRD was also very good at melting Tarmac and then lifting the debris and shooting it all over the place. Scary bloody thing!! "Stop wrecking my airfield/lights/navaids!!"
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A real navigator!
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Old 14th Mar 2014, 01:19
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MRD's

winter of '82/83 at Gut. My boss, WO i/c MTMS is duty sno man, decides to fire up a pair of MRD's, that gets OC ops and SATCO's attention as they turn onto the friction course runway, what was unknown by these execs is that the bowser drivers and MRD operators had been trained as a team and they happened to be available on that night. Result? Runway and taxiway cleared in record time, no damage and morning trooper didn't have to go to Hamburg. Didn't try it again though, no point in pushing yr luck.

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Old 14th Mar 2014, 13:32
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In the late 60s at Scampton, the MRD jets were operated by co-pilots, directed by the Duty Pilot in an ATC Land Rover. Best results were in thick fog when you got no interference from OC Ops, OC Eng, Uncle Tom Cobbly and all.

One congo line of 2 MRDs and 2 side blowers and a team of men covering the runway lights with hard domes. One run up the runway and one run down and voila! the runway was cleared in record time.

Just the wait for the fog to clear!
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Old 14th Mar 2014, 14:33
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Might be useful to a technical college, teaching aircraft maintenance, as a mobile engine running test stand.
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Old 14th Mar 2014, 14:40
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That's not very impressive (), my friend has a Spey on the back of his:



And yes it is going to be run on there. He also has a Olympus 593 that fits on the back of that lorry, that will be an exciting day when we get either going.

Nice job on the Derwent-mobile though, it looks great. If I didn't have so many turbines taking up the space I'd have it!
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Old 14th Mar 2014, 19:46
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ISTR at Watton in the 60s, pilots "drove" the MRD jets and navs the bowser they were bolted to
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Old 14th Mar 2014, 19:54
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I didn't get there until 1970, by which time 90 GP and aircraft and associated facilities were gone. It was just Eastern Radar on an old airfield with numerous very large Residences.

Great rough shooting in the old Bomb Dump and the Bloodhound site, though
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MRD's

By the '80s MRD's were operated by ATechP's (snco's IIRC) and the refueler by an MTD suitably x annotated and MRD trained.

At Gut. in the early '80's snow clearing was so often f****d up due to the duty snow clearing officers lack of experience. OC MT Sqn got OC Eng to agree that only the 4 officers and 3 warrant officers of the MT Sqn would cover this duty, of course mistakes were still made, (that b****y wind changed, again) but for instance, they were not afraid take preemtive action to prevent surfaces icing up, (the local stadt had to be informed of qtys of chemicals deployed due to the high water table) and of course they understood the capabilities of the kit.

BTW anyone remember those ice "cowpats" that used to appear thru the friction course

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Old 15th Mar 2014, 01:12
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I was MRD trained and qualified as a JT A Tech P in the 80's.
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Here is a Top Secret picture of the Italian MRD equivalent

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Or if you want to use a jet engine to clear mines ... then this looks like fun

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Old 15th Mar 2014, 17:50
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Lots of versions here from decontam to putting out oil fires to clearing railway tracks.

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2009...r-fun-and.html
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