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Global Aviation Magazine : 60 Years of the Hercules

Old 20th Feb 2018, 11:26
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RAF100 Exibition at Lyneham

Iíve only just become aware of this. Sadly the first talk is sold out.

RAF100: A History of RAF Lyneham at REME Museum - 16th January ? 16th June 2018 - REME Museum
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 15:47
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RAF Operation Deep Freeze 30 Sqn. Photos & Memorabilia 1972.


In November 1972, RAF Hercules C130 aircraft from Lyneham, Wiltshire, based out of Christchurch New Zealand to resupply the Antarctic research stations from McMudo station. They astonished the Americans by landing with wheels rather than skis!!! The resupply was from the 26th November 72 to the 8th of December & each return flight was about 14 hrs flying time.

This collection of 9 photographs, taken by the official USN photographers PHC Ralph Payne/Richard Beaudet on the 26/11/1972 (11-26-72 for the Colonials), shows LCDR Ralph Lewis greeting the RAF pilot, Sqn. Ldr. E.G. Waddingham & various shots of Hercules & base camp.
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 15:54
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Anyone remember carrying Das Boot around at full MOS
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 09:20
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Das Boot

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Anyone remember carrying Das Boot around at full MOS
Carried one back from the Far East. Flight planning was interesting, I never did more Vno, drift down and wing relieving calculations for 'real'. It was like one of 'Dolly' Grey's classroom plots. It helped when the captain persuaded the operators to remove all the beer from the boat!

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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 09:38
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TBT, the other photos in the album look a little colder......
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 10:50
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ORAC - Now that’s interesting, the other photos in the album aren’t mine and not posted by me. The photo I posted was only scanned yesterday so has not been posted before.

Checks Complete - We were taking it out to the Far East, and ended up in Colombo for a #3 Engine Oil Cooler Leak, tried to get out after ‘fixing’ it but still remained once airborne. Biggest Fuel Dump I’ve ever done. Then once we eventually did get out, we got a full smoke & fumes 80 minutes out of KL at night in the middle of the worst tropical storm I’ve ever seen. Flight Deck ConPac shed it’s bearings. Cue 4 nights in KL
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 11:47
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Originally Posted by Top Bunk Tester View Post
ORAC - Now thatís interesting, the other photos in the album arenít mine and not posted by me. The photo I posted was only scanned yesterday so has not been posted before.

Checks Complete - We were taking it out to the Far East, and ended up in Colombo for a #3 Engine Oil Cooler Leak, tried to get out after Ďfixingí it but still remained once airborne. Biggest Fuel Dump Iíve ever done. Then once we eventually did get out, we got a full smoke & fumes 80 minutes out of KL at night in the middle of the worst tropical storm Iíve ever seen. Flight Deck ConPac shed itís bearings. Cue 4 nights in KL
Storms at night in that part of the World are never much fun, especially with a very high ZFW. I seem to remember we had a fairly uneventful trip back. Think we had a couple of days in Colombo CCWR problems.
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 12:42
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Yeah, our Cloud & Clunk was u/s outbound from Colombo, dodging the centres with the help of the lightning was a mind sharpening experience.
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 21:41
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Das Boot

Not sure if I donít have a revised loading scheme set of drawings from JATE in the mid 90s.
I visited Little Creek and Dam Neck a few times. On return our guys were keen to develop a similar Airdrop scheme. I think the second word was ďoffĒ. The PAC 28 DRIB was overweight requiring dispensation on overloaded chutes. Not sure if they have dropped bigger since I left.
There may be an earlier version of the LRIC preserved at Shrivenham.
At least the fit would be more comfortable in the A400.
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Old 4th May 2018, 08:05
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Mike Preston,

Former RAF Herc' pilot - 48 Sqn 67-70, followed by 47 Sqn 70-73, has recently died.

His funeral is on Tuesday 15th May at 1300 at South Oxfordshire Crematorium OX13 5PA then after at The Nag's Head, Abingdon
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Old 5th May 2018, 16:45
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60 years of the Hercules

Over one Million hits on this thread. Coff would have been proud!
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Old 13th May 2018, 10:26
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70th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem

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Old 24th Jan 2019, 08:31
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Given the request for information regarding the Hercules, how many remember the "Frozen" (Star/Crane/Griffin) exercises we used to hold in January in Goose Bay? The plan was a long range para insert onto Gosling Lake, followed by a week of Low Level flying including Air Drops to the Inuits at their "teach the kids the old ways" settlement ( never could work out why we had to Air Drop a freezer to them however). One highlight of the many years i did the exercise was the social evening where a Captain (Biscuit) was so proud of his Xmas jumper bought for him by his wife, he had successfully spent the entire week upsetting people so said jumper was cut off him and displayed (in tatters) behind the bar. Many more stories of events on that particular exercise.
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Old 25th Jan 2019, 15:50
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I always enjoyed Frozen Star!
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Old 29th Jan 2019, 09:55
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Whilst browsing back through the thread one of the few remaining grey cells kicked in and I remembered something that happened when we took XV 292 to Marietta for the 25th anniversary visit or at least I think it did. I have memories of having a briefing from Lockheeds on their C130 H.T.T.B. or at least I think that was the abbreviation, High Tech Test Bed in full. It was their frame for any possible updates or mods to the basic frame, slats is one thing I think was mentioned. I also believe it crashed some years later. Does anybody else have any memories of this during the visit or of the H.T.T.B.?
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Old 29th Jan 2019, 11:24
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I saw it in Paris in 1985. Unfortunately static only, but the glossy black paint job was gorgeous:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskMh6bK9
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 12:45
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I can almost smell the avtur
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 15:29
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Jackw106, thanks for the YouTube link. The bread and butter work of the Hercules Force very well displayed. I was never privileged to witness the work of the despatchers down the back, being otherwise engaged up front. The sheer hard work of recovering the static lines and bags is clear. 17 years after my time and they'd repainted the hulls, but the work seems much the same. The weight those guys had to go out carrying is truly impressive.
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 16:59
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Chug just keeping the thread alive my last decent from the Fat Albert was in 1980 most of the guys carried 100 lbs in weight standing in the stick waiting to jump was uncomfortable and a relief to get out of the air craft
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 17:35
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And it didn't get any better when the system went to Para-Wedge!
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