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'Unknown' aircraft at Akrotiri

Old 11th Jan 2019, 08:54
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Why is everyone writing all these bizarre negatives?
Oh yes we aren't.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 09:00
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Why is everyone writing all these bizarre negatives?
I haven't read this thread and haven't found it rather amusing.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 09:23
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Oh yes we aren't.
Oh no we is!
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 09:50
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Jerry Garcia can't see anything either. Of course that's Jerry Garcia, not me.
Is that the morning star lying there..
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 09:55
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Never saw one on static at RIAT 2017....nor with pressure suit, helmet, gloves boots, ALsE on display 👽👽







Welcome to the Englandshire summer...in the background "are those real guns mista"
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 16:16
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
If you don't know then you don't 'need' to know.
Like the rest of us don't know who you are because your profile tells us nothing.
I think that must rate as one of the most arrogant, up yer own ass pig ignorant posts I've ever seen here, and that's saying something.

I gather there's some childish/spotterish silliness going on as with any closed-shop in-joke that no one will explain to a genuine inquiry but that being so it evidently doesn't warrant an explanation.
Just as I hadn't realised a profile was expected to include qualifications that qualify one to recieve answers from self aggrandised saddos like you, chevron.
It's clearly too infantile to be worth explaining.
I'd expected more of this forum.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 16:38
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In this context, "If you don't know then you don't 'need' to know" is surely a parody of the bar room scene from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels when Barry 'The Baptist' is briefing the two 'f****** Northern Monkeys' about the forthcoming robbery:

Gary: "So who's the Guv? Who we doing this for?"
Barry 'The Baptist': "You're doing it for me is all you need to know. You know because you need to know."
Gary: "I see, one of those `on a need to know' basis things, like in James Bond films?"
Barry 'The Baptist': "Careful, remember who's giving you this job. Right, I'm off. Call me when you're done. Ta-da."

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Old 11th Jan 2019, 17:01
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo View Post
I think that must rate as one of the most arrogant, up yer own ass pig ignorant posts I've ever seen here, and that's saying something.

I gather there's some childish/spotterish silliness going on as with any closed-shop in-joke that no one will explain to a genuine inquiry but that being so it evidently doesn't warrant an explanation.
Just as I hadn't realised a profile was expected to include qualifications that qualify one to recieve answers from self aggrandised saddos like you, chevron.
It's clearly too infantile to be worth explaining.
I'd expected more of this forum.
meleagertoo-for many years there have been certain aircraft types, involved in certain roles, where its much better if they were left quietly to get on with their own business, without the need for their locations to be publicised, or acknowledged. Mainly because their roles were largely of a highly sensitive nature-their positioning, or knowledge thereof, would be an advantage to an adversary.

Hence the 'I didn't see this at X, Y and Z' type posts you are seeing.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 17:10
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Chevron -how could you be so insensitive and upset Meleagertoo in this way ---it's most unsporting of you and all over something nobody actually admits to seeing because it's never been there in the first place -that's if we knew where there was ...
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 17:38
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Deuced bad form, a caddish trick to thus annoy a fellow.
Take a demerit.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 17:50
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Is there anybody with even a passing aviation interest in Cyprus who doesn't know that the U-2 has regularly operated from there for decades?

There have been multiple threads on here that mention it, for one thing.

Claiming "Need to Know" is rather precious - especially from the topic starter!
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 17:50
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Originally Posted by Treble one View Post
meleagertoo-for many years there have been certain aircraft types, involved in certain roles, where its much better if they were left quietly to get on with their own business, without the need for their locations to be publicised, or acknowledged. Mainly because their roles were largely of a highly sensitive nature-their positioning, or knowledge thereof, would be an advantage to an adversary.

Hence the 'I didn't see this at X, Y and Z' type posts you are seeing.
Like the 'truth 'I suspect he 'can't handle the truth'.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 18:30
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When the wind was blowing in the wrong direction at Alconbury a plane like the one described never came into our hangar at Wyton for safe keeping.
A bowser would turn up to defuel those really big wing tanks ; )
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 20:56
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Like the 'truth 'I suspect he 'can't handle the truth'.
There's a guy on Flyer Forums with a similar attitude; wonder if it's the same person?
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 23:28
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C'mon guys, cool it. I was one of the first to start this, back on post 10. Those in on the joke know, but let's not be critical of those who don't. It was an aircraft that was carrying out certain sensitive missions over sensitive territory, and the less we "ordinary people" knew of it's activities the better. Hence the "I didn't see it" idea arose. Just a jokey way of acknowledging it's existence, without asking questions of people who were not allowed to answer.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 23:52
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo View Post
I think that must rate as one of the most arrogant, up yer own ass pig ignorant posts I've ever seen here, and that's saying something.

I gather there's some childish/spotterish silliness going on as with any closed-shop in-joke that no one will explain to a genuine inquiry but that being so it evidently doesn't warrant an explanation.
Just as I hadn't realised a profile was expected to include qualifications that qualify one to recieve answers from self aggrandised saddos like you, chevron.
It's clearly too infantile to be worth explaining.
I'd expected more of this forum.
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If I might be permitted an attempt at clarification, and maybe prevent any further unnecessary escalation.

As this is the military aviation forum, it is inevitable that some topics under discussion will encroach on matters which are subject to varying levels of military security classification (i.e. "secrecy").

Obviously all service personnel (both serving and former), having signed the Official Secrets Act, will not want to discuss topics on this public forum, which are still covered by current security classifications. However, occasionally a "reality clash" is encountered, where the security classification officially decreed for a particular activity, seems to be completely at odds with the realities of the situation.

As an example... how do you keep the presence of one of the noisiest, smokiest, aircraft in the world as a "secret"...?
Hence the occasional use in these threads, of "veiled" speech... or in the case of this particular thread, a repeated alluding to the hilarious pretence that the "secret" is somehow still a secret. Hence also, the equally hilarious tales of the ludicrous extents to which some senior personnel (many of whom were old enough and hairy enough to have known better), persisted in trying to deny the undeniable... rather than perhaps devoting their intellectual energies to finding and implementing more plausible and durable cover stories.

As for profiles, I would suggest that what you do with your profile is entirely up to you. Some people just can't wait to publish all their details accompanied by flashing lights [usually former Lightning pilots...! ;-) ]...
... others have done things that they have the humility not to brag about...
... others still wish to keep everybody guessing...
... others yet dream of aspiring to the very pinnacle of elite aircraft spotting...
... while there are those who decline to put most details in any form of online social media, as they wisely assess that sooner or later some malevolent web-trawling bot will use some of it against them.

In my humble opinion, I doubt very much whether any real arrogance has been deployed here. Being a forum frequented by many who are well-versed in military discipline, I am therefore sure that chevvron is more than capable of being witheringly arrogant / offensive, etc., if he/she ever chose to adopt such a stance... so the comparatively mild banter (particularly if you already understand the joke), which was levelled in response to your query, hardly qualifies as this. Starting, encouraging, and perpetuating banter is an important element of "Maintenance of Morale"... which is something that I would advocate becoming (and remaining forever) as second nature to all military leaders (at any level)... and even when taking into account "modern" sensitivities. (I have always counselled the "particularly sensitive", that they should perhaps reserve their full steaming outrage instead, for deploying against those that are actually firing live rounds at them... or worse.)

So, with respect, I would maybe urge caution against leaping too quickly into "defensive" mode and hurling around comments like "saddos" etc., ... otherwise many other people might inevitably form their own (but hopefully incorrect) adverse conclusions about your solidity of character. (Quiet, self-deprecating humour has been known to earn respect in the past... if a suitably witty, more brash riposte is not immediately to hand.)

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Old 12th Jan 2019, 01:09
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Originally Posted by FollowTheSupper View Post
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If I might be permitted an attempt at clarification, and maybe prevent any further unnecessary escalation.

As this is the military aviation forum, it is inevitable that some topics under discussion will encroach on matters which are subject to varying levels of military security classification (i.e. "secrecy").

Obviously all service personnel (both serving and former), having signed the Official Secrets Act, will not want to discuss topics on this public forum, which are still covered by current security classifications. However, occasionally a "reality clash" is encountered, where the security classification officially decreed for a particular activity, seems to be completely at odds with the realities of the situation.

As an example... how do you keep the presence of one of the noisiest, smokiest, aircraft in the world as a "secret"...?
Hence the occasional use in these threads, of "veiled" speech... or in the case of this particular thread, a repeated alluding to the hilarious pretence that the "secret" is somehow still a secret. Hence also, the equally hilarious tales of the ludicrous extents to which some senior personnel (many of whom were old enough and hairy enough to have known better), persisted in trying to deny the undeniable... rather than perhaps devoting their intellectual energies to finding and implementing more plausible and durable cover stories.

As for profiles, I would suggest that what you do with your profile is entirely up to you. Some people just can't wait to publish all their details accompanied by flashing lights [usually former Lightning pilots...! ;-) ]...
... others have done things that they have the humility not to brag about...
... others still wish to keep everybody guessing...
... others yet dream of aspiring to the very pinnacle of elite aircraft spotting...
... while there are those who decline to put most details in any form of online social media, as they wisely assess that sooner or later some malevolent web-trawling bot will use some of it against them.

In my humble opinion, I doubt very much whether any real arrogance has been deployed here. Being a forum frequented by many who are well-versed in military discipline, I am therefore sure that chevvron is more than capable of being witheringly arrogant / offensive, etc., if he/she ever chose to adopt such a stance... so the comparatively mild banter (particularly if you already understand the joke), which was levelled in response to your query, hardly qualifies as this. Starting, encouraging, and perpetuating banter is an important element of "Maintenance of Morale"... which is something that I would advocate becoming (and remaining forever) as second nature to all military leaders (at any level)... and even when taking into account "modern" sensitivities. (I have always counselled the "particularly sensitive", that they should perhaps reserve their full steaming outrage instead, for deploying against those that are actually firing live rounds at them... or worse.)

So, with respect, I would maybe urge caution against leaping too quickly into "defensive" mode and hurling around comments like "saddos" etc., ... otherwise many other people might inevitably form their own (but hopefully incorrect) adverse conclusions about your solidity of character. (Quiet, self-deprecating humour has been known to earn respect in the past... if a suitably witty, more brash riposte is not immediately to hand.)
What a brilliant post .. explaining precisely why some things are couched in slang, jargon or whatever. I only served for a few years and never did anything brave or famous but still got to see and hear quite a few things. Some of which will NEVER appear on this forum while others will, if couched only in terms of 'weather balloons' or whatever. Other more 'mundane' stuff is fair game.for a discussion and a bit of banter.

As it's Panto season:

You didn't see it because I told you to turn round so "IT'S BEHIND YOU"
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Old 12th Jan 2019, 01:17
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Originally Posted by Herod View Post
C'mon guys, cool it. I was one of the first to start this, back on post 10. Those in on the joke know, but let's not be critical of those who don't. It was an aircraft that was carrying out certain sensitive missions over sensitive territory, and the less we "ordinary people" knew of it's activities the better. Hence the "I didn't see it" idea arose. Just a jokey way of acknowledging it's existence, without asking questions of people who were not allowed to answer.
The joke was that everyone was very well aware of the a/c being there and of the Ops name (OH), just we were forbidden from publicly linking the two.

A facade only slightly undermined by the Yanks then flogging T-Shirts for their beer swindle..... complete with a dirty great outline of a weather balloon that happened to look like a U-2. With the text 'Olive Harvest writ large beneath it !

You couldn't have made it up.

True.

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A little off-track from a different part of the world, but still a comment on "security". scene is Pt. Moresby about 67 or 68 - my memory is going. Rumour that something is happening at the strip got a few of us out in time to see a KC135 appear. As soon as it stopped moving a guy leapt out with a handheld, yelling for a vehicle. Quite exciting as a U2 appeared and was talked down. Once he was parked by the tower everyone was very relaxed. The ground crew kept the cockpit closed, and we didn't get to chat to the driver, but otherwise we found out he was enroute Guam to East Sale, from where they were flying air sampling missions over Antartica. He apparently had a warning light, and Moresby was the nearest possible diversion. Don't know what his posittion on the 2800 nm. trip from Guam would have been, but there weren't too many 10,000 ft. strips available, and they apparently viewed Moresby as marginaly acceptable. So he had loitered for some unspecified time at some unspecified altitude while the KC 135 caught up.

The funny bit was that after about an hour of close inspection and chat by all and sundry, a police detachment arrived, with orders telexed from Canberra, to establish a perimeter of x 100yds around a non-existent a/c that no-one had seen.

I missed his departure next morning, but he apparently left the control zone out the top before passing the the end of the runway.

Not as good a "not there " as told by a friend who was Air America in the 60's. Question to refueller at a non-existent strip, "Whose are those six unmarked C130's ?". "I don't see no 130's".

Long time ago.
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Old 12th Jan 2019, 10:06
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Well at least we now know what U2 pilots wear under their pressure suits...pink trainers!
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