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8th Dec 2012, 15:51
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Posted By LFittNI

The Flight Director dot was originally designed...

The Flight Director dot was originally designed to facilitate a Mach 0.89 climb, as the most fuel-efficient way of getting the aircraft up to an operating height.

The Attitude Indicator FD took...
4th Apr 2011, 11:30
Replies: 78
Views: 21,698
Posted By LFittNI

Interesting thread, this. Elsewhere in this...

Interesting thread, this.

Elsewhere in this forum I've described the post-Berlin-Wall-coming-down circumstances which led me to be sitting in the cockpit of a Mig-21, being briefed by a Czech Air...
28th Jan 2011, 14:12
Replies: 310
Views: 93,672
Posted By LFittNI

As a newly-minted sprog in 1964, one of my first...

As a newly-minted sprog in 1964, one of my first liney tasks was to re-charge the crew and pax oxygen systems in a couple of Hastings visiting Lyneham.

IIRC, the pax oxygen points were under the...
20th May 2010, 19:43
Replies: 268
Views: 123,647
Posted By LFittNI

1971, and the Commonwealth Prime Minister's...

1971, and the Commonwealth Prime Minister's Conference is being held in Singapore. Myself and Charlie C are downtown from Tengah for the evening, in the Orchard Road "Pig's Bar" (the Hilton).

We...
8th Oct 2009, 15:59
Replies: 14
Views: 2,019
Posted By LFittNI

'tis true. Many aircraft had (have) various...

'tis true.

Many aircraft had (have) various odd voids in their structure, particularly those designed in the '50s and 60's before CAD got going.

HM Customs never really latched on to the...
17th May 2009, 16:52
Replies: 26
Views: 5,298
Posted By LFittNI

If this is what I think it is, the Gearing Pad...

If this is what I think it is, the Gearing Pad was fitted to the Mk.10/SEP2 Main Amplifier, and was accessible under a flap in the side.

Its main purpose was to alter the gearing ratios and...
30th Jan 2009, 15:52
Replies: 2
Views: 756
Posted By LFittNI

AFAIR, 56 had one. On 74 though, we didn't....

AFAIR, 56 had one.

On 74 though, we didn't. Even during Ex. Bersatu Padu the most we ever got to a "readiness" deployment was to position a jet down by the compass swing circuit.
2nd Jan 2009, 14:10
Replies: 43
Views: 7,600
Posted By LFittNI

....and the Czechs were the same. In '90...

....and the Czechs were the same.

In '90 and '91, I worked in the Czech and Slovak Republics quite a lot, doing interesting things like privatising their electricity supply and banking...
16th Oct 2008, 13:25
Replies: 22
Views: 3,069
Posted By LFittNI

.......but rather a pity it was only a flypast....

.......but rather a pity it was only a flypast. Only the Hawk managed even a dipped wing salute. ATC restrictions perhaps?

I was guesting at TAG, so had a nice view, although shades were required...
9th Oct 2008, 10:28
Replies: 7
Views: 1,751
Posted By LFittNI

Let's hope that the "Scottish Group Captain" is...

Let's hope that the "Scottish Group Captain" is one of the first ones shown the door.


The mix of the relatively saintly HP with the toxic EDS......make a good OD case study, that will.
22nd Jul 2008, 09:54
Replies: 36
Views: 8,059
Posted By LFittNI

A really enjoyable retro-read is Private Eye's...

A really enjoyable retro-read is Private Eye's "Battle for Britain", published as an Eye strip in the 80's and subsequently as a book.

Featured all the politicos of the day--Maggie, Kinnochio...
21st May 2008, 15:12
Replies: 27
Views: 6,332
Posted By LFittNI

Re. BRITANNIA'S

The only reason to make sure the prop actually turned was to ensure that the prop brake was off prior to starting......otherwise you had a very upset Flight Eng.

Then, when the brake was off, the...
21st Nov 2007, 16:11
Replies: 10
Views: 2,058
Posted By LFittNI

ANOTHER is perfectly correct--it's nothing to do...

ANOTHER is perfectly correct--it's nothing to do with the US "sub-primes" (a term which is not correctly understood over here).

NR's business plan was something like this---do heavy marketing of...
1st May 2007, 14:50
Replies: 21
Views: 4,274
Posted By LFittNI

Engage "Not in my Day" mode.....

I'll back anything to assist the benighted serviceman these days, but I have a jaundiced view of "Work Based Learning", "Prior Experiential Learning" and (dons tin hat) the "Universities" of Derby,...
28th Apr 2007, 12:37
Replies: 26
Views: 5,298
Posted By LFittNI

Analogue, lovely analogue....

Blacksheep,

Yes, it's very sad to recall the demise. Caused, I believe, by two main factors--the prevalence of multi-nation aircraft programmes where political necessity forced a third-party...
26th Apr 2007, 18:35
Replies: 26
Views: 5,298
Posted By LFittNI

Aaaaaah, analogue

The core of MFS was actually Mk.10 Autopilot, which in civilian clothes was SEP2.

SEP2 was also standard fit on the Britannia and Comet C Mk 4 in RAF trim, where SFS (Smiths Flight System) was...
11th Apr 2007, 18:37
Replies: 50
Views: 13,521
Posted By LFittNI

I still have (or rather my son does) my...

I still have (or rather my son does) my autographed copy of "Neville Duke's Book of Flying" from around 1957. Excellent description of his first Spitfire "op", and naturally of the speed record...
6th Feb 2007, 15:54
Replies: 33
Views: 5,893
Posted By LFittNI

Gingers (occasionally) too

Slight thread drift, i.e. not family and certainly not friends, but the engineers did used to get trips "in the old days".
My one FJ trip was after spending ages coaxing a 74 Sqdn. (Lightnings...
1st Feb 2007, 18:56
Replies: 61
Views: 12,116
Posted By LFittNI

Two continents

Being in Berlin the night the Wall really crumbled. One year later, in Ostrava, being welcomed to sit in a Mig 21 and chat with some throroughly demoralised aircrew (who hadn't flown for months)....
25th Jan 2007, 12:28
Replies: 91
Views: 32,142
Posted By LFittNI

Winter 1968, at RAF What-a-shame. Dark, loads of...

Winter 1968, at RAF What-a-shame. Dark, loads of snow, very early a.m.
TACEVAL called.
QRA hanger erupts with activity as number 1 Lightning scrambled.
Squadron SEngO (Sqdn.Ldr. "Sh!tface"...
12th Jan 2007, 18:25
Replies: 119
Views: 32,718
Posted By LFittNI

Non-PC days

Fond memories of BCal in and out of Nigeria in the early '80's--ever reliable, clean and efficient, especially compared to Nigeria Airways :yuk:

I remember trying to get out of Lagos at one of...
5th Dec 2006, 18:14
Replies: 3
Views: 746
Posted By LFittNI

Bo Nalls Many thanks--a very concise and...

Bo Nalls
Many thanks--a very concise and complete explanation. I should have known to try a Google search!
5th Dec 2006, 15:43
Replies: 3
Views: 746
Posted By LFittNI

WW2 Fighter Command Attacks

As someone who, as a lad, read the biog's of early WW2 fighter pilots (Bader, Tuck etc.) the existence of the "authorised" fighter attack profiles (I believe there were six) always puzzled me.
The...
29th Nov 2006, 15:53
Replies: 37
Views: 3,824
Posted By LFittNI

The myth of German production figures

Brakes...Beer has it entirely correct.
The Strategic Bombing Survey carried out by the US DoD just after the war is the cause of the oft-repeated myth that German war-economy was hardly affected...
16th Nov 2006, 19:03
Replies: 13
Views: 2,524
Posted By LFittNI

As one of my companies is involved (sub, sub...

As one of my companies is involved (sub, sub etc.) in this business of PFI-ing service training and other bits and pieces, I have had to become familiar with the desperately arcane maths behind the...
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