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How capable was the Shackleton for ASW?

Old 8th Apr 2018, 09:57
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For those interested, there is an hour long documentary on the Shackleton coming up 16 April on Movies4men. It's at 3am so remember to set your recorders. You may see a few familiar faces !
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Old 21st Nov 2021, 14:24
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Originally Posted by The Old Fat One View Post
Apologies for the thread drift, but Beags just reminded me of one of my favourite Nimrod stories.

Sunday morning 6am, high summer, not a breath of wind, already 20deg in still air.

Long range ops sortie, max all up weight. Runway 30.

As I peered out my wee AEO's bubble window at the tents in the Trebelzue campsite, about 50 feet below my bum cheeks, wondering at the effect on the eardrums of four Speys at max chat insulated by nothing more than a tent wall and some Cornish morning air, all I could think was...

"morning campers"
Ahh, Trebelzue gate, the short cut back to 42 in the early ‘60’s after a liquid lunch at Auntie Pearl’s AKA The Riviera Lodge, now sadly closed and redeleveloped.
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Old 22nd Nov 2021, 11:39
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Shackeltons

Almost Two years on 204 quadron,best ever time in Coastal command.Many adventures as a lowlyLAC/SAC but cannot compare to aircrew stories!
Did sit in the left hand seat for half an hour which made my day!
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 11:33
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When my Dad was on Shacks in Malta (1956) they had ASV13.

He says they largely relied on visual detection of Submarines and only used ASV13 at night when but they still relied on Flares and visuals.

I think in those days the Med was pretty clean and clear around Malta.

He has told me that had an MR2 with an Airborne Lifeboat fitted (and Lindholme gear) when he arrived. They only had one lifeboat (I kid you not) and were told it was not to be used except in an emergency. Shortly afterwards it was withdrawn from use and they were given authorisation to drop the Lifeboat. Guess what - it sank without trace.......................

He had a great time on Shacks for 2 years before being posted back to UK.

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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 11:51
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Shack Trip

RAF Sharjah 1970. As a young DFGA Hunter pilot I thought it would be amusing to see how the other half lived, i.e. a trip in one of the Mk2s of the resident 210 Sqn. They still had the 20mm front guns, sadly left unloaded.

Surprisingly, the captain was an AEO, and we spent most of the 8hr sortie at 250ft, cruising all the way round the coast of Oman, looking for smugglers and drug-runners.

The noise was appalling. Wherever you sat you could not escape it. I ended up lying down at the extremity of the tail observation boom to get away from it. We eventually climbed to 1500 ft to fly a practice GCA at Sharjah.
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