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Global Aviation Magazine : 60 Years of the Hercules

Old 12th Dec 2014, 21:32
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Your wish is my command oh greasy one . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-g7wp_-QX0

Sorry Bill . . .
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Old 12th Dec 2014, 23:42
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Crikey Brian, they even spelled his name wrong in the credit block. Good Job AA 62, yet again, Albert and crew do the job.

A change of subject. I have, courtesy of an old GE mate, a DVD that records Albert and his times at Victor (GW1 SF Base) the original is almost two hours long, and contains lots of stuff that might or might not be relevant to the thread. It was made by the GEs who were sentenced to Victor for the duration and in some parts takes a "humourous" kick at the aircrew. I have managed to convert the old VTS format to MP4, but can't get Youtube to accept the upload. Can anyone help, there's some good video on this, of rather 91 quality. The FARP at Kuwait for USAF HH53 choppers is included. I'm sure someone can sort it out, please ????

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Old 13th Dec 2014, 07:46
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When they recorded the video in the Cosford Herc I had a very bad cold and sore throat and could hardly speak but having gone all that way it had to be done.
Another early morning pic of the line at King Khalid.
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Old 13th Dec 2014, 13:02
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Just watched both videos and boy did they bring back some memories, especially the tanking and airdrop. Many thanks for putting them up. Nice to see AVM Corbitt interviewed. He was a F/O Co on 47 when we first got the a/c. Later he was my boss on the OCU and then the 'staish'. He did well and deserved to.
Another gentleman it was my privilege to work for.
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Old 13th Dec 2014, 19:45
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Old 13th Dec 2014, 21:33
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'Scuse my interrupting. There's an interesting Hercules piece with some excellent photographs here:

24 C-130s 'Elephant Walk' For The USAF's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise*
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Old 13th Dec 2014, 21:41
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Thanks Ken ...

I'm guessing ... But it won't be too long before someone mentions the RAF JATFOR formations of some 36 C-130K's low level and at night dropping on European DZ's
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Old 14th Dec 2014, 06:39
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Aaaah! JATFOR, been waiting for that. Scatter, Penetrate, Tiree let-downs, Bold Guard, Deep Furrow and lots more. On a more serious note, lots and lots of training with12 and 18-ships, building up to the full 36. All the while, still managing to do the normal AT tasking and also monthly 'Trainers' to South Africa, West Indies, Norway and Globals alternating Eastbound and Westbound. All crews leaving the OCU with a basic TS Cat and lots of variety. Them were the days! Mind you, being young, single and poor, meant that I was free to enjoy it all to the max.
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Old 14th Dec 2014, 07:29
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Coffman,
I was under the impression we had already covered the UKJATFOR story in several earlier posts. I even found my pics to put up for comments.
I am sure the big exercises (with 37 a/c) Bold Guard and Deep Furrow were also mentioned.
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Old 14th Dec 2014, 07:31
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As someone has mentioned a sheet of sandpaper would be as much use as a map for parts of Saudi.
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Old 14th Dec 2014, 07:37
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Yamagata Ken,
great pics there and the whole thing on a similar theme (but much larger) to our JATFOR of old. Something we definitely could not do now.
The platform shown leaving the C17 looked small in comparison to the cargo hold. Compare that with the very limited clearance in some of the 'K' airdrop pics.
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Old 14th Dec 2014, 08:19
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Morning AA62 ...

The annoying thing is that I looked up our previous references to JAFTOR ... intending to post the URL to help Ken

Anyway ... looks like Friendlypelican2 will be joining us

Welcome aboard FP2 ... if you have any stories or pics you'd like to share ... please join in. Let me know if you need help posting pics
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Old 14th Dec 2014, 08:40
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you must not start too early on the Xmas sherry !
Having mentioned Xmas I suppose I had better send a card to all our loyal readers. This one (there may be some more) is from my time on 47 at Fairford.

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Old 14th Dec 2014, 08:46
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Never too early AA62 old chap

BZ on the Crimble Card

Seasons greetings everyone ...

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Old 14th Dec 2014, 17:36
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Crimble Cards

A Merry Yuletide to all, and AA62, thanks for setting us off on an Albert theme. I've posted this before, but, it always brings back some happy memories of that time of year.



All the best to everyone for a happy holiday and a prosperous New Year, whatever your faith.

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Old 15th Dec 2014, 07:18
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As we are in festive mood another Xmas card from another well loved place.

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Old 15th Dec 2014, 07:22
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friendly pelican 2,
I would be interested to know when you were on the 'K' as our paths may have crossed.
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Old 15th Dec 2014, 16:21
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AA62,
Yes, our paths crossed in the 70/80s. I was at Changi (ground tour) mid-70 to Dec 71. Then 30Sqn, HTS and finally EU 84-87.
I think we exchanged PMs briefly about a year ago. Great days and I loved every minute of it.
Further to your post #2028. As Nav Ldr I went to Thule regularly and the Danish beer (Ceres?) started off in the Class 6 at $2 a case and pretty much every body picked up a couple of cases as a 'Route Bargain'. Lye Customs got used to this. However, when it came down to 50 cents a case it was a 'steal' that we couldn't ignore. Our co-pilot was i/c the Sqn Fund and after a crew huddle, we bought all the stock that was left. Back at Lye, we duly declared it as "the usual beer" and so no problem. However a little later, the Customs chap looks out from his office and sees a Condec being used just for the beer. OOPS! The Sqn boss was Brian Earle (lovely man) and he used up lots of favours to resolve this and the beer was initially stored in his MQ garage. It lasted for months and the whole Sqn benefitted.
Heading East again, yesterday I received a Xmas card from another friend from the early 70's and he included a photo of me enjoying a wind-down beer in the Blue Lagoon in Gan - another blissful memory!
Jenkins - Season's Greetings old chum!

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Old 16th Dec 2014, 07:44
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yes we did communicate about a year ago. Wish I was in Changi now ! Jenkins glad you liked the 48 Sqn Xmas card, I wonder if anyone else has cards they can put up. Any chance of seeing the pic of you and your wind down beer ?
Inside of the Xmas card after 48 came back to the UK.


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Old 16th Dec 2014, 11:54
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I believe we were on 30 Sqn together during TMs stewardship?

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