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The flight of the Olympic Flame

Old 18th May 2012, 09:35
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The flight of the Olympic Flame

BBC News - Olympic torch: Top pilot's 'most precious cargo'


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The flame is in four lanterns which sit in two specially-made metal cradles secured to the chair by a seatbelt and a Velcro strap.

In seat 1C will be the fire warden - a Metropolitan Police officer trained in firefighting - who will monitor the flame for the duration of the 1,500-mile flight.
Shame one of the airport fireman can't be on board...
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Old 18th May 2012, 09:55
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Metropolitan Police officer trained in firefighting

I hope he's also trained not to sneeze or spill his beer on it.

"More than me job's worth ....."

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I hope the fire warden didn't try to sneak more than 100ml of water on board, in case the flame decides to escape.....??

What utter nonsense this expensive spectacle of a few sweaty oafs running, jumping, splashing about and throwing things really is.

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Old 18th May 2012, 10:18
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I hope the fire warden didn't try to sneak more than 100ml of water on board, in case the flame decides to escape.....??

What utter nonsense this expensive spectacle of a few sweaty oafs running, jumping, splashing about and throwing things really is.
I must say, none of this ever happened for my school sports day.
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Old 18th May 2012, 10:24
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A top pilot..........love the journos. Have they reviewed his lastest line check or LPC or something?
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Old 18th May 2012, 10:51
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Does anyone know what the call sign will be?
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'Spose the flame isn't travelling on board Olympic Airways!
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So, how big is the average Olympians carbon foot print?
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Old 18th May 2012, 11:30
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Having recently had my nearly empty lighter confiscated by the security Gauleiters, how did the tame fire get through Security?
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Old 18th May 2012, 11:40
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So, how big is the average Olympians carbon foot print?
I'd say about size 7...
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Old 18th May 2012, 12:01
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Utter waste of tax payers money and in a country that can't afford it
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Old 18th May 2012, 12:16
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But enough about Greece....

A top pilot..........love the journos. Have they reviewed his lastest line check or LPC or something?
The 'top pilot' is the company's Chief Training Pilot; that doesn't necessarily make him the best, but he is the most senior qualified on type.

As for the other captain, you decide:

Joined the Royal Navy in 1979 and served on 845 and 846 Squadrons as a Commando Helicopter pilot. Attended Central Flying School in 1985 and served on 705 Squadron as a Qualified Helicopter Instructor gaining an A1(H) QHI qualification. Trained at the Empire Test Pilotsí School in1989 before serving with Rotary Wing Test Squadron, Boscombe Down as test pilot. Responsibilities as test pilot included the introduction of the Lynx HAS Mk8 into Royal Naval Service; Sea King, Wessex and Gazelle project duties: icing project pilot, NVG project pilot and SHOL project pilot.
Returned to operational service in 1992 with 846 Squadron including duties as Senior Pilot before returning to the Empire Test Pilotsí School as a tutor. In 1995 became Staff Aviation Officer to the Commodore Amphibious Warfare responsible for all aspects of amphibious aviation for the Royal Navy and Marines. Saw operational service in Northern Ireland, the South Atlantic, Lebanon and Bosnia. Completed three seasons as display pilot on Gazelle, both solo and as team leader in formation team, and competed in both the World and British Helicopter Championships winning eleven national and international trophies, including twice British Helicopter Champion on two occasions. Awarded the Air Force Cross in 1989.

Left the Royal Navy in 1996 to become an airline pilot, currently flying.
...the Airbus as a training captain.

And he's the most unassuming chap you'd care to fly with.
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"how did the tame fire get through Security? "

With any luck it won't.
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Old 18th May 2012, 12:18
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Is this a designated smoking flight.
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Hope they donít CFIT into Mt. Olympus doing a demonstration. How would the first responders separate outthe flame from the other flames?
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Old 18th May 2012, 12:31
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Couldn't they just send it as an e-mail attachment?
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Old 18th May 2012, 12:54
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E-mail attachement ?

Would have to turn your firewall off first
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Here it is...


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Old 18th May 2012, 15:31
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If the flame goes out will they have to turn back and get it relit?

The whole self serving exercise is a complete waste of money and time
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