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Old 30th Oct 2017, 16:59
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an interesting lecture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KfFs-FCcOg
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 17:19
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My first banger in Aden was a Simca Aronde. I think it came with my des res (Bazara South - on the Shamsan side behind Maalla Strait). It was without doubt the worst car that I ever owned. NAAFI started selling the Fiat 850 Coupe for 580 in 1966 and a lot of us binned the dreadful bangers and bought one. Here is a shot taken of a 105 Sqn Sunday lunchtime gathering at the late Dennis Burles's OMQ at Khormaksar. By that time we had an 0600 - 1800 curfew so Sunday lunchtime was about the only time that we could socialise in any numbers.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 17:29
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For some reason or other I am unable to submit my "cleaned-up" thumbnail so here is the original. (Mine was N45 by the way).
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 17:38
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Very smart Jock, surely the curfew ran from 1800 - 0600. In 64-66 ISTR it was 2200 - 0600. As a result of it my copilot was killed. He took his girlfriend, a teacher who lived on the Maalla Straight, to a dance in the officers mess at Khormaksar and left it a bit late to beat the curfew. Travelling too fast his Alpha Romeo Spider failed to make a sharp bend just beyond the cinema between Khormaksar and Maalla, landing upside down on the beach and decapitating both occupants. A very sad episode during a bloody awful tour.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 17:39
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In a previous generation, the same question was hotly debated in the case of of the back seat of the Thirties' "Baby Austin" Seven. Consensus: possible, but one (of two) doors must be left open..

"Danny Tells a Tale of Two Incidents" ("Pilot's Brevet" Thread, Page185, #3686), in which a Baby Austin plays a part, but not the one you are slavering over in anticipation !.

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"A man's not old when his hair turns grey.
A man's not old if his teeth decay.
But he is ready for his last long sleep -
When his mind makes appointments his body can't keep !"

Women ? - you'd have to ask one.

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Old 30th Oct 2017, 17:47
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You are of course right John; 1800 to 0600 was what I meant to say. Sadly, I also remember the Alfa Romeo Spider accident. What a terrible waste.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 20:55
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Originally Posted by Dougie M View Post
At Khormaksar 66-67 there was a white Fiat 500 known as "The people's car" It was rentable to non car owners for nothing apart from filling the petrol tank. ...
As a 2-car a/plt off at Shawbury in 65, for complex reasons [including spending my uniform allowance unwisely on a better car] I had a rent-a-car too. The humble price of 10/0 a night, and make your own arrangements with the Constabulary if stopped.

It was quite well used, and indeed one had a 4-ship one evening with some lasses from Radbrook Domestic Science College. I wonder if Dave St****t is reading this? With the blanket between the front and rear seats for privacy?

There was also the Course Alvis, the V8 belching smoke at 250mpg on oil, that was sold on to the next course for 5. Which, IIRC, was the sum I got for my Ford Popular [mine was black] when sold to an MoD policeman in this middle years as his FIRST car.


But I digress ... apologies, as usual!
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 21:34
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Aaah Radbrook College. I met my first wife when she was a student there...but she wouldn't have gone out with someone from Shawbury. She was a Tern Hill girl.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 21:51
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Two Air Traffickers in one car? I'm surprised you got there. That's even worse than having two navigators.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 22:22
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Surprised you let two in the circuit at once.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 22:28
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Two Air Traffickers in one car? I'm surprised you got there. That's even worse than having two navigators.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 22:40
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A couple of the guys I worked with were at Aden, one related a tale re two water towers on steel frames being built on the airfield, they both got half way up when one started to get dismantled while the other continued up... Turned out they were both supposed to be at different stations and someone had screwed up.

The other one was on guard, told if a thing happened let off a round and the world would come running, during the evening he dropped his rifle accidentally off the tower and it fired... No one came running and in the morning they didn't believe he had an accidental discharge.
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Old 31st Oct 2017, 14:48
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Oh dear, being a singly for the initial part of my Aden tour I had quite a few accidental discharges, trust that's allowed on here , no wish to upset the Mods !.
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Oh dear, being a singly for the initial part of my Aden tour I had quite a few accidental discharges, trust that's allowed on here , no wish to upset the Mods !.

As long as no one was penetrated and the DWs were discreet no harm done
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MPN11 (#571),

Nice pic of the last and best of the venerable Ford 8 "Y" model, as I remember, retailed new pre-war for 105. Very popular (umpteenth hand) with penniless RAF Types ! Competed with the Baby Austins of that era.

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Originally Posted by Danny42C View Post
MPN11 (#571),

Nice pic of the last and best of the venerable Ford 8 "Y" model, as I remember, retailed new pre-war for 105. Very popular (umpteenth hand) with penniless RAF Types ! Competed with the Baby Austins of that era.
Ah, but MUCH more room in the back seat, with those handy under-carpet jacking-point access panels "for the disposal of"

I paid 40 in 1964. My first car! No problems, apart from a slipping generator belt on the way to a party near Heathrow, leading to electrics failure about 500 yrs from our destination ... which required my date to sleep with me that night. Oh, and I got it slightly bogged down in a field near Feltwell after [hopefully] amusing a Junior Green Sqn lady cadet. I think I was the only single cadet with a car at the time.

A lucky car?

And now, back to Aden
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 15:45
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Two Air Traffickers in one car? I'm surprised you got there. That's even worse than having two navigators.

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Sorry Shack - I've been away. All I can say is I've had a few arguments with my satnav and I've been right every time!

Well the series came to an end last night and continued to stretch our credulity to the limits. Some big errors and some little ones. The major one was the court martial scene which was basically farcical. I attended an officer's court martial at Khormaksar after a taxying accident, and even for that relatively minor charge he was represented by council. The idea that an officer on a career threatening charge would have to rely on an unqualified "prisoner's friend" to speak for him is just totally incredible. And one minor (but irritating) error - little boys who had just been asked if they wanted to go swimming in 1965 did not shout "yay", That's an American import of the last 20 years at most.

If I hadn't served in Aden I doubt if I'd have stuck to this one - 5/10 at most, I'd say. Quite fancy Jessica Raine, though
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 16:41
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Our credulity, yes, but Joe Public. They will have loved it
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 17:13
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Would he have been hat off as the accused?

I enjoyed it to be honest, it made a nice change, btw when the chap was cementing relationships with the local Arab help before she got well and truly ......... and he was knocking stones out of his boots, they looked more like flying boots than what I would have expected.
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 17:19
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Flying boots....

Nutloose - you are dead right. I 'wigged' the sole pattern of his boot and it was definitely the same flying boot 'square type' pattern I had used for 38 yrs in the RAF... That flying boot pattern didn't come in until well after the TLP period ('67) and was replaced about 10 yrs ago. Anyway what's a copper doing wearing flying kit!!

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