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Global Aviation Magazine : 60 Years of the Hercules

Old 23rd Jan 2016, 09:03
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Omega V6. I claim my 5. Thumrait 2001!
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Old 24th Jan 2016, 19:03
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Huge72 .. place correct but I've got it listed under May 02 .. either way .. it was very wet and very windy !!

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Old 24th Jan 2016, 19:24
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Huge 72 and Omega, wet windy and NOISY! Who is going to forget the BFOT, with the banging of the bloody door and the snoring going on at all times of the day? When we were shifted to Karachi, I thought we had won the lottery. That was until the local loonies tried to blow up the "hotel" (ex-Officer's Mess during the Raj) with its own mosque in the grounds. The reason we didn't all get blown up? According to the EOD boys they used a scabby local 9v battery instead of a Duracell!! If Thumrait was vaguely uncomfortable, Karachi was *****ng dangerous. I was glad to be back in the BFOT when they decided that landing the military goods intended for use in Afghan at Karachi was indeed too dangerous.
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Old 25th Jan 2016, 08:25
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I was going to say 2002 but went for 01 as I had been there during Saif Sareea, by the time that storm hit in 02 I was up at Seeb as SO3 J3 Ops(fancy name for a gopher) in the big tent. We had no warning of the weather change and it flattened half of the camp. Up all night digging drainage channels to get the water away. Oh happy camping days!
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Old 26th Jan 2016, 09:17
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I have to say that the "tent art" was better in Seeb.




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Old 26th Jan 2016, 11:03
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Another one with Wilson the "castaway" basketball companion.


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Old 27th Jan 2016, 04:18
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Who took them photos, when I was in Seeb during the GW you lot were in hotels!!!!
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Old 27th Jan 2016, 12:15
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I did, and we weren't


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Old 27th Jan 2016, 17:27
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Wow just look at that poised little pinky - true Rodney material !.
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Old 27th Jan 2016, 17:43
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AC,

We were in an MFOT with about 4 crews inside. One other crew's Nav who shall remain nameless, but went to Boscombe after Lyneham, set an alarm for every "on shift" (I can't call it morning, because it never was) but the alarm woke everyone in the MFOT but the owner Even airborne boots failed to wake him when they landed
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Old 27th Jan 2016, 18:28
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Cake & Arse

From the same era as the post above and 4103, the next three pics chronicle the rise and fall of our brave comrades, Cake and Arse.





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Old 27th Jan 2016, 19:11
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Vasco,

Great photographs there. I remember a couple of those faces. I'm damn sure Cake & Arse were a welcome ingredient when they "passed". I wonder if you could have got away with a pig roast though

Only asking

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Old 27th Jan 2016, 20:24
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Most of the transit crews endured being in here till "they" wanted the big tent back.


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Old 30th Jan 2016, 07:05
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11 years ago today. Never forgotten gents .
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Old 30th Jan 2016, 10:47
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Of course, going for your "Two a day" drinks at The Camel's Hump wasn't as salubrious as The Talibar in Thumrait.




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Old 4th Feb 2016, 13:20
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I'm sure the Al Bustan Palace Hotel figured somewhere in the accommodation arrangements in the Seeb area. Anyone remember it ? A very impressive place. Surely a better standard of "tent"

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Old 4th Feb 2016, 14:58
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Marshall of Cambridge

Marshall held a Silver Anniversary dinner to mark the teaming of Marshall and Lockheed in July 1991. It was held at Jesus College, Cambridge.

i was lucky to be invited, along with Adrian Graffham as, I think, we were the longest serving RAF C130 aircrew members at the time. The photograph below is of the dinner. Being a lowly spec aircrew Flt Lt I was seated right at the bottom, with the 'hoi polloi', out of sight of the camera lense. The dinner was marvellous and it was a great privelege to be there.
'Staish' from Lyneham, Ian Corbitt, is on table 'K' right hand side and 3rd from bottom.




The following photos are taken from the Marshall's booklet given to us at the event and could be of some interest.
















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Old 4th Feb 2016, 18:44
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I do recall having an in crew wager every time I flew with Adrian Grafham as to when the first mention of the "Changi Slip" would be!
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Old 5th Feb 2016, 08:16
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Dean,
nice set of pics. The paragraph about the tank corrosion is interesting as it points the finger at dodgy fuel. I always thought that it was the decision not to use FSII in the tanks from the very beginning that was the root cause of the problem. Perhaps someone would care to clarify this.
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Old 5th Feb 2016, 15:31
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Very grand gathering indeed but when you consider the tens of millions that Marshall's made out of the Herc fleet and all its mods then perhaps it was a touch niggardly that they pre-positioned the bread rolls before the meal.
Bad form.
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