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Old 1st May 2022, 12:12
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40 years ago this morning saw the first SHAR attack on Stanley airfield. We were all "counted out and counted back" despite the 20mm HE round through my tail!
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Well done sir!
Happy Anniversary (and many more).
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Well done sir!
Happy Anniversary (and many more).
Seconded, with thanks to Mogwi for his informative and insightful inputs here on PPRuNe
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There's a 40th Falklands anniversary Motorcycle ride from Kings Lynn to Gt Yarmouth on the 12th of June if anyone up for it? To pay tribute to the hole in your shar fin and a lot of other things
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Again if I may add my appreciation for your bravery under fire and your book was a wonderfull read.
Thoughts with the ones that did not make it back, from both sides
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BLACK BUCK 1 suitably commemorated at the International Bomber Command Centre today hosting the surviving participants of that exceptional effort. Gentleman, it was an honour and privilege to shake your hands. Mogwi, I concur MPN 11's remarks; live long and prosper.
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My ‘heroic’ contribution, as SATCO XW, was launching the Vulcans with a green Aldis (RT silence of course) with AOC 1 Gp stood beside me. A safe but spine-tingling moment I shall never forget. And deep respect to all those who were there, and did the dangerous and warry things.
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Please sir, please!

Incredible times. I was P Met O at 1 Group Bawtry. The atmosphere was electric. My main responsibilities relevant to the conflict were Waddington, Scampton, Marham and Wyton. The S Met Os and their people did so well that I felt redundant at times. The staff were queueing up to get on duty, no leaves, no sickies ............
What is not generally known is that the Met Office did significant rejigging of the numerical model to cope with the southern hemisphere ............ the model turned out to be very good at winds, less so with weather.
Mike Knight and Air Cdr Carver and the air staff played a blinder. Carver was the only one with glasses, sometimes passed around the table: the "air staff glasses".
It was a privilege to be occasionally useful.
A late night glass is raised.
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Old 2nd May 2022, 11:38
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Please sir, please!

Incredible times. I was P Met O at 1 Group Bawtry. The atmosphere was electric. My main responsibilities relevant to the conflict were Waddington, Scampton, Marham and Wyton. The S Met Os and their people did so well that I felt redundant at times. The staff were queueing up to get on duty, no leaves, no sickies ............
What is not generally known is that the Met Office did significant rejigging of the numerical model to cope with the southern hemisphere ............ the model turned out to be very good at winds, less so with weather.
Mike Knight and Air Cdr Carver and the air staff played a blinder. Carver was the only one with glasses, sometimes passed around the table: the "air staff glasses".
It was a privilege to be occasionally useful.
A late night glass is raised.
A good few years too early for 'Should've gone to Specsavers'!

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Interesting post about Mogwi's jet being repaired on Facebook.

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Mog - why were you flying so high?

And smiling for the photo Op?

If you had been doing some proper low flying, the round would have passed safely over you without putting an unsightly hole in your fin!!

That would have been something to smile about!
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Seems like quite a lot of work to patch it up, Just file off the rough edges and apply speed tape, surely?!
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Originally Posted by ex-fast-jets View Post
Mog - why were you flying so high?!
I recall Mog mentioning here seeing 5ft on the HUD on a run in to Stanley. Perhaps practice made perfect?
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Originally Posted by MPN11 View Post
My ‘heroic’ contribution, as SATCO XW, was launching the Vulcans with a green Aldis (RT silence of course) with AOC 1 Gp stood beside me. A safe but spine-tingling moment I shall never forget. And deep respect to all those who were there, and did the dangerous and warry things.
I was also on ASI for the launch. I was an off duty Victor trade manager but we had been called in to provide extra "crew in" fault cover. Quite the most amazing thing I have ever seen, the noise, the dust, the whole thing. Quite brilliant.
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Seems like quite a lot of work to patch it up, Just file off the rough edges and apply speed tape, surely?!
Internal damage and the size of the hole would have meant needing access to repair internal structure first and then do a fairly standard battle damage repair to complete the job.
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4th May was was pay-back day for the sinking of ARA General Belgrano two days before: Sheffield hit by Exocet (sank under tow) and Nick T killed attacking Goose Green. He was flying the Sea Eagle trials jet which had no RWR and was splashed by radar-laid 35mm. Lots of hand-wringing by the fish-heads that evening contrasting with a considerable hardening of attitude by the WAFUs!

My low flying was put to shame by the late, great Fred, who came face-to-face with a horse when cresting a “ridge” on the run in to Goose Green on the 1st. He was judging his height against the trees - which turned out to be gorse bushes!

Swing the lamp.

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Is that the fin they patched then realised they hadn't taken all the shell bits out of it?
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Still got that piece of tail on my study wall.

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Still got that piece of tail on my study wall.

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Any chance of getting a picture of it in todays condition for display on this thread? Would be a nice comparison to the picture in the opening post.
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Quote. originally Posted by Ken Scott:
Seems like quite a lot of work to patch it up, Just file off the rough edges and apply speed tape, surely?!

Posted by Longer Ron:

Internal damage and the size of the hole would have meant needing access to repair internal structure first and then do a fairly standard battle damage repair to complete the job.
A classic example of Poe’s Law in action…
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