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Global Aviation Magazine : 60 Years of the Hercules

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Global Aviation Magazine : 60 Years of the Hercules

Old 7th Oct 2014, 22:23
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Ah yes Boris. He of the pickled chilli vodka fame.

Shortly afer the war he arrived in the bar one happy hour with an alarm clock in the shape of a nasty cheap plastic mosque complete with 'gold' minarets.

You guessed it, it played the 'call to the faithful' instead of having an alarm tone.

After the fourth or fifth such 'call' it got somewhat 'recycled'...
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Old 7th Oct 2014, 23:52
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The Air Deflectors are closed on that jump. Look like IR sensors to me . . .
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 03:40
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Without the air deflectors the airflow is smooth (and hard) right close to the fuselage - meaning a para exiting via the door is hit hard by fast air as he is halfway out the door - not nice, and can cause injuries, and/or cause the para to start his jump tumbling/spinning rapidly.

The deflectors move the airstream out from the side, and provides a nice pocket of disrupted air outside the door, which is much easier on the body - allowing a more gradual insertion into the airstream, reducing injuries and improving the para's control of his own body at the start of the jump.
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 12:09
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 12:28
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Understand tailgating from A400M is worse than anything we have known before.
Your understanding is incorrect
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 13:26
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A first and a last for me:

1. Taking part in a 15-ship
2. Low-level to a DZ (anyone recognise it?) in Scotland ON A SUNDAY!!. Perfectly clear and calm - a day I'll never forget....











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Old 8th Oct 2014, 13:33
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Anyone recognise this wonderful place (Gulf War 1991)???

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En-route Nairobi - Akronelli (with trophies)!


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Old 8th Oct 2014, 14:40
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And finally......






















And, being an ex-AARI, Albert is far too low in position here!!!


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Old 8th Oct 2014, 16:17
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Herc Pics

Absolutely brilliant photos. Not into sun and out of focus like mine. The "Scottish" DZ looks suspiciously like Corby Pike.
Keep them coming
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 17:16
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Simply outstanding A340YY ... Thank you for sharing with us
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 17:37
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Wish I could claim fame to taking that last lot!
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 17:47
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A340, superb shots, exactly what the thread is about. Thanks for sharing them, they certainly add to the communal history we all share.

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Old 8th Oct 2014, 18:50
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OK ... Daft question time from me ...

Looking at the last pic ... Has a VC-10 "Supped" from a Herc ? If so have one of you fine Gents got a pic
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 19:12
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"Looking at the last pic ... Has a VC-10 "Supped" from a Herc ? If so have one of you fine Gents got a pic"

When I was the TAARI (Type Air-to-air-refuelling instructor), we did a trial (no pics in my possession) but the only way for the VC10 to stabilise at a reasonably high power setting (giving it more 'prodability' because of the jet engines) was with Albert at Vno which was impractical.

It was really done as a 'can we do this'? There was no real reason why the '10 would need to prod a Herc.

The fun started when we tried to have a prod on the wing hose from a Tristar - the wing vortex nearly turned us upside down due to our wingspan.......

The centre hose was a bit of a white knuckle ride as well!!

I think Scroggins had attempted this before and advised against it - OC Ops wanted to see it for himself....and he did!

Never tried that again!

Herc to Herc was the easiest; even prodding against the VC10 was up on limits - don't get me started on the Victor!!
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 19:16
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Cheers A340YY ... I thought it would have been a "can we do this" type experiment ...
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 20:28
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A340YY ... OK ... if not the Victor ... how about the Vulcan then



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Our good friend Pontifex was in the Herc LH Seat on this Boscombe trial I believe ...
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Old 8th Oct 2014, 20:31
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A340,

Your post backs up my contention of;



Prodding perfection for Albert ASI to MPA back in the late 80s early 90s. And yes, I took this one.

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Old 8th Oct 2014, 23:27
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Some time ago we had a refueling thread - and these were posted:



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Old 8th Oct 2014, 23:57
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Prodding a Vulcan

Back in 1982, during the first couple of months of the AAR Training courses, we quite often used the Vulcan to practice prodding.
The reason was simple - there was a huge training programme and the Victors were seriously over-stretched.

The Vulcan in the picture has a paint job I don't recognise. If my memory is correct (questionable) the Vulcans we used were all in the standard paint scheme.

I don't remember any adverse comments from our pilots and it was, certainly, an impressive sight from behind.
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Old 9th Oct 2014, 00:22
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Prodding behind the Victor was a bit taxing, but what a beautiful looking aircraft . . . from the join to the break it was poetry in flight.

Just my 2d worth.
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