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Old 31st Mar 2015, 09:59
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The Boys

This would be after work, around lunch time but before heading for the beach. No meals served here unless it was an evening function.


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Old 31st Mar 2015, 10:10
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Flying Officers

These were the days of Promex B to advance to Flt. Lt. Apart from the Exam there was a time to be served in each rank. We had a Fg. Off. Freddie Bond who experienced a bombing raid during his B exam in the 40s and had to take cover. He refused to retake it so was a very senior Fg. Off.
As for the beer above. It was Tennents Lager shipped out in the bilges. The tins were always rusty.
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 10:23
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Was it Tennants that had the pinups on the cans?

(Not [quite] old enough for BFPO 69, but did manage 64 and 66!)
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 10:31
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Tennants? As I recall, it certainly was. And I also seem to recall a period during which supplies were held up and the cans were fairly rusty old stock ... but it didn't make much difference. And Cpl Mulholland often behind the bar?
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 11:19
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And Amstel
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 13:54
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One has found a link here to the original "Lager Lovelies" of 1969-71.

Not exactly Page 3 but ISTR they were a very welcome diversion!
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 14:02
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Lager in Ksar

The Tennants cans depicted "Jane" in various garbs. Carlsberg was available in stubbies as below.


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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 06:32
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Looking at the pics of the current Khormaksar airfield I cannot believe that the locals continued to use it as an "international" airport. Wonder what the pax thought as the aircraft taxied in?

'Twas a place I was glad to be rid of in May 67. Sharjah was much better
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 09:39
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I wouldn't describe Sharjah as better than anywhere
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 09:59
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Yes, Jenks, I looked forward to a day of adventure once I was airborne from Sharjah.
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 14:39
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Sharjah 1967

This place wasn't much cop either in the 60's. The runway is now a thoroughfare in the town ATC looks sad but the fort is still there.


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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 14:46
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Sharjah from the Argosy

I suppose a change was as good as a rest


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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 17:07
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The advantages of Sharjah over K'sar were a) AIR CONDITIONED ACCOMODATION!! and b) Mc Connochie's (??) tinned Ready Meal as an alternative to the Mess food!
P.S. The two on the left in 101(as viewed) look VERY familiar but no names can be dredged up.
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 18:17
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I seem to remember Allsopps (Slops).
My (shared) room was just above the Jungle bar so it made sense to down a few before retiring. We were up very early (0500) to get the Beverley back from up-country
before it got too turbulent and dusty.
There are a few claims for ***hole of the world, but nowhere comes close to Aden.
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 18:29
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Re air conditioning at Khormaksar: the following is from the 8 Sqn web site.




In July 1959, an article entitled “Up go the Venoms to shoot a camel” appeared in the London Evening Standard. Apart from being a blatant line-shoot, one paragraph did, for the Squadron, have a very profitable sequel. The paragraph was:


“…….another hardship is lack of sleep. Without air-conditioning, restful sleep is impossible and none of the pilots had an air-conditioned bedroom, although it could be so equipped for an outlay of £1,000.”


A few days after publication of this article the Station Commander received a letter from a lady who wished to remain anonymous. The letter asked if he would accept £1,000 to be spent on air-conditioning units for the pilots of No 8 Squadron. A letter accepting the offer was despatched by return of post and within weeks the installation of the units was complete! It must be added that the grateful Air Force not only refused to pay for the electricity consumed by the air-conditioners, but it also refused to maintain them. The Squadron could not afford to do so, and consequently they went unserviceable one by one before being removed and scrapped (by the Air Force).

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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 19:57
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There are a few claims for ***hole of the world, but nowhere comes close to Aden.
Except for the old saying that the Persian Gulf is the ***hole of the world and Muharraq is 500 miles up it.
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 20:43
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Khormaksar was absolute luxury compared to anything the Army had in Aden those days.
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 20:50
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Sharjah looks a hell of a lot different now!
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 22:28
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Spent a couple of nights in the mess in Sharjah around 1972. As we'd just spent 2 weeks in Masirah with its salt water showers it seemed like luxury. Sharjah's runway wasnt long enough for a Victor K1, so we used the airport at a nearby town called Dubai, where some of the buildings were at least 5 stories tall!
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Old 3rd Apr 2015, 22:30
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That view of the runway at #113 was, as I recall, very similar to that at Dubai just along the coast, with a real risk of misidentification! Little did we think back then how things might change in that area.
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