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Beverley or Hasting tales please

Old 27th Aug 2020, 11:49
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Lots of Hastings stories on this website: 'Hastings Bangs and Prangs'

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Old 14th Sep 2020, 09:58
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Old 14th Sep 2020, 15:07
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Another photo/tale.

Hastings IRIS 2 - TG560 A photo from my album showing Hastings IRIS 2 (TG 560) making its annual visit to RAF Thornhill, S. Rhodesia in 1952. IRIS 2 was based at RAF Watton. This IRIS (Inspectorate of Radio Services) Hastings carried the Group Captain CO of IRIS and his team in their specially adapted aircraft to check whether signals standards and Air Traffic Control procedures at RAF stations were up to standard.
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Old 14th Sep 2020, 18:45
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Originally Posted by Warmtoast View Post
Another photo/tale.

Hastings IRIS 2 - TG560 A photo from my album showing Hastings IRIS 2 (TG 560) making its annual visit to RAF Thornhill, S. Rhodesia in 1952. IRIS 2 was based at RAF Watton. This IRIS (Inspectorate of Radio Services) Hastings carried the Group Captain CO of IRIS and his team in their specially adapted aircraft to check whether signals standards and Air Traffic Control procedures at RAF stations were up to standard.
Bet they were always a welcome sight!
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Old 14th Sep 2020, 19:05
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IRIS. I came across them several times whilst I was a radio operator. Allegedly if one didn't do things by the book whilst in ATC, or if a transmitter or beacon was off frequency, this was reported and could lead to a black mark in one's book.
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Old 14th Sep 2020, 20:44
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Oh, the dreaded IRIS! Rumours of their being out and about spread quickly and comms procedures improved markedly! ... unless, like one unfortunate, who was already airborne when they arrived unexpectedly. He was engaged in a 'difference of opinion' with a ground station and added a non-approved rider to his final message. IRIS picked it up and the culprit was summoned to explain. His attempted defence, that he was only making a closing remark for future contact -"See you next trip" (in brief form), was not accepted and wrath descended!!
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Old 14th Sep 2020, 20:53
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Memory further stirred re. Bevs - the Aden based Bevs had a run of engineering problems which left them with only one serviceable for some time. The callsign was MOBXG and it was soon after the change-over to the 'new' ICAO phonetics. One of my 'mates' who operated a lot on that aircraft 'modified' his callsign to MIKE OSCAR BLUNDERBUSS XMAS GURGLE and was happily contacted as 'Xmas Gurgle' for a while!
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Old 14th Sep 2020, 22:22
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NO, your Caribbean extended stopover tale reminded me of an incident at the Castle Harbour Hotel at Bermuda. The crew were enjoying some sippers on the veranda when we were approached by an American gentleman:-
"Pardon me, I couldn't help overhearing your conversation and assume you are English. Would you by any chance have something to do with that aircraft (pointing across the bay to the airfield)?
Well, yes that's our aircraft, we are its crew.
"I've not come across that before, what is it called?"
It's a Handley Page Hastings of the Royal Air Force
"Excuse me for saying so but it must be quite elderly now."
It is and we will be replacing them with the Lockheed Hercules next year.
"That's very interesting. I have a collection of transport aircraft at home and would really like one to add to them. Would the RAF be willing to sell it do you think?"
I don't know. I suppose it would rather depend on how much you were offering.
"Well, I bought a USAF DC-4 for $6000, would that be acceptable?"
I can ask for you if that's a definite offer.
"It is, and I'd throw in the return airfares for the crew from Texas to England."
Right, give me your details and I'll send a signal to our HQ.
And so the signal was sent naming our wealthy new friend and the address of his Ranch. The reply from Upavon was Ops Immediate and tersely read "Proceed on itinerary as ordered".
Horses and water....
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Old 15th Sep 2020, 08:31
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IRIS

Originally Posted by salad-dodger View Post
Bet they were always a welcome sight!
IRIS


I have posted previously on PPRuNe of my father's association with the IRIS series of aircraft. Mention of the visit of the Hastings to Bulawayo reminded me that somewhere I had an article that was in my father's possessions relating to a flight of a previous IRIS, this time Lancaster PA447 to S Rhodesia and then on to the Far East. We were stationed at RAF Watton at the time, in fact that is where I was born. Dad was posted to RAF Marham on Canberras and we left before the IRIS flight moved on to Hastings. Anyway attached is the article (if I succeed), I have no idea where it came from probably Air Clues or some such.

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Old 15th Sep 2020, 09:31
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Thank you QuePee, very interesting. Quite a trip for a Lanc!
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Beverleys in Kenya East Africa (and a Pembroke)



Resupply at Lodwar A/F N. Kenya 1962 30 Sqn based at RAF Eastleigh

At RAF Eastleigh 30 Sqn Beverleys

Resupply at Lodwar A/F N. Kenya 1962

Passing Mt Kenya in a Pembroke to Lodwar A/F 1962

Pembroke at RAF Eastleigh 1962

Resupply at Lodwar A/F N. Kenya 1962 Beverley on right. Extremely hot !

Pembroke and Kenya Police Air Wing Cessna at Lodwar 1962


Lodwar A/F N Kenya

Signal lorries at Lodwar
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