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Old 9th Aug 2019, 13:26
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Typeface??

Well, it IS the Silly Season, so one, apparently, silly question. Does anyone know which typeface was used for the external markings on S&R Whirlwind 10s? - "RAF RESCUE etc.? It's a sort of laterally compressed Sans Serif like the Goudi family but nothing I can find in MS Word quite matches.


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Old 9th Aug 2019, 13:54
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I have an RAF painters and finishers manual somewhere on a stick that covers that or the navy scheme and all the markings I think amongst others,

This site is dead so this is the archive, check the font names and google them to download them

https://archive.is/8AFAJ
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Be careful with that link. It opened up a load of aggressive rubbish about my operating system and I had to log off to clear it.
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 15:42
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It's not a 'font' as we know it from computers (and printing) - there was a specific style laid down in the various APs, but it wasn't unknown to see variations. I have seen a few people create these as truetype fonts, but few got the exact spacing and stroke correct
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Nice picture. As my old crewman mate often says.."clear forward and down"
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 17:37
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Thank you all. Will PM nutloose.
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Davef68 - precisely ... the Truetype route doesn't do it.
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For a reason which escapes me, one year at Farnborough, one of the safety Wessex appeared with ‘WRAF Rescque’ in the correct style.
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strange that with the link above, all it was is a link to the site that has gone, failing that you can get RAF fonts here

Military Aircraft Fonts by August Horvath | Aircraft in Focus
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 18:48
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CJ,interesting photo of what I presume to be a single crew - one member in immersion suit,one in standard flying suit,and one in just shirt-sleeves.Was there not a common standard for flying clothing,dependent on weather etc ?
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CJ,interesting photo of what I presume to be a single crew - one member in immersion suit,one in standard flying suit,and one in just shirt-sleeves.Was there not a common standard for flying clothing,dependent on weather etc ?
Takes a lot of time and effort to ensure that no two crew members are dressed alike.
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 20:29
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Many thanks, Nutloose, I'll see what that offers.
Ex82watcher - Had to churn the memory cells a bit for that one! It was, unsurprisingly, a posed shot for the Pompey Evening News in '64. They did a centre page spread on the Thorney Flight and we did a 'Scramble' and some wet winching for them. Obviously, we couldn't use the main standby aircraft and crew, so we did it on second standby. 'Sandy' Sanders in the middle. was Flt Cdr and stayed in flying suit for second standby jobs - Office work, air tests etc. The late, much lamented, Jack Canham (the best WinchOp I ever worked with!) was just waiting for the photography to finish so that he could go home for the rest of his 'seconds'. He would certainly have been in a flying suit for the. winching bit. It was summer, so immersion suits were optional for Pilot and Nav. I was still single so no hurry to go anywhere!
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 21:40
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Thanks for the explanation CJ.I vaguely remember seeing the yellow whlrlwinds from TI when on holiday on Hayling Island in the 70's.Years later,when I was an ATCO at West Drayton,one of my colleagues,an ex 'siggie'who had flown as a winchman on Whirlwinds in Libya,said he used to climb up the outside of the A/C in flight,to light his pilot's cigarette,but on one occasion realised he'd not been wearing his 'monkey-harness',- Gulp !
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The joys of sign writing. One can just picture the requirement for the painting of this Tanker......it shall include the words "No Smoking in Arabic".


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Ex82.. - 'Dinty' Moore, perchance? No monkey strap was easily done - mine was doing circuits with ATC cadets at Tern Hill and sitting in the doorway ... cold shudders for a while afterwards!
Wensleydale - that Nosmoking on the tanker is very close to the typeface I'm after! I've worked with people like that signwriter!
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No,not DM,can't say I've heard of him,but Dave Haydon.
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Will try sort out the manual for you over the weekend.
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Many thanks, Nutloose - no rush at all.
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 14:40
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Look for 'rafstd.ttf' The chap who originally created it did so from an AP i believe...
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 15:08
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I would have thought with the Whirlwind it's not so much a typeface, more of the angle you beat the papyrus with the bulrushes...
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Two's in - oh!, how hurtful - you speak of one of Nature's works of art!
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