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4th Nov 2021, 18:14
Replies: 25
Views: 4,573
Posted By D120A

University Cadetships started in 1963, and I was...

University Cadetships started in 1963, and I was on the first entry. By the time 1969 arrived I was on my second tour and instructing at Cranwell. What had happened in the mean time was the...
3rd Nov 2021, 23:56
Replies: 95
Views: 11,481
Posted By D120A

Igniter plugs were the bane of our life in the...

Igniter plugs were the bane of our life in the W10. All crewmen generally carried a spare, together with a 2B pencil. If the plug failed you took it out, went round the guts of it once with the...
19th Sep 2021, 20:46
Replies: 16
Views: 2,716
Posted By D120A

Spot on, GeeRam and DaveReidUK. I think all 3...

Spot on, GeeRam and DaveReidUK. I think all 3 were taken from the crash gate alongside the north-east taxiway at Binbrook. Behind the Phantom in the distance you can see what looks like one of...
23rd Mar 2021, 22:45
Replies: 5
Views: 665
Posted By D120A

I wonder if, when you see it, the numbers will...

I wonder if, when you see it, the numbers will take account of the consistently higher load factors the VC-10 enjoyed. Rather than relative costs of operation, relative profitability would be, shall...
18th Mar 2021, 16:48
Replies: 40
Views: 9,457
Posted By D120A

brichar5, please clear your stored messages in...

brichar5, please clear your stored messages in order to receive new ones!
12th Mar 2021, 22:13
Replies: 40
Views: 9,457
Posted By D120A

Just a little attempt to close the thread drift! ...

Just a little attempt to close the thread drift! In June and July 1964 RAF Tangmere hosted the University of London Air Squadron's summer camp. As a non-flying groundpounder member of the Squadron...
1st Mar 2021, 17:10
Replies: 11
Views: 4,249
Posted By D120A

Gemma, please see your PMs.

Gemma, please see your PMs.
29th Feb 2020, 21:50
Replies: 56
Views: 20,499
Posted By D120A

And I saw VC10 BYE in Richmond Surrey a few weeks...

And I saw VC10 BYE in Richmond Surrey a few weeks ago. A much missed aircraft which has touched many aeronautical souls during these past 60 years, from design to reminiscence.
25th Jan 2020, 15:35
Replies: 35
Views: 8,003
Posted By D120A

I know the Fire Services need training, and I...

I know the Fire Services need training, and I know the aircraft is withdrawn from use. But don't you just hate to see pictures of XM497 like that? Makes my blood run cold.

Postfade, please see...
15th Dec 2019, 11:13
Replies: 77
Views: 23,690
Posted By D120A

Interesting to hear that Montague Burton made...

Interesting to hear that Montague Burton made No.1 uniforms for re-labelling by more expensive tailors. No.1s direct from Burton were common amongst officer students at Cranwell in the late 60s, but...
31st Jul 2019, 21:58
Replies: 45
Views: 9,213
Posted By D120A

Smile Then there were the definitions. For starters: ...

Then there were the definitions. For starters:

"An air hostess is a lady who asks you what you want, and then straps you down so that you can't have it."
16th May 2019, 22:57
Replies: 7
Views: 4,045
Posted By D120A

Indeed. For many years before the name and...

Indeed. For many years before the name and production of Tornado were agreed upon, MRCA stood for 'Must Refurbish Canberras Again'.
Forum: Jet Blast
31st Mar 2019, 23:26
Replies: 39
Views: 7,965
Posted By D120A

"Legs like matchsticks with the wood scraped off"...

"Legs like matchsticks with the wood scraped off" was my mother's generous description of a certain lady.
Forum: Jet Blast
19th Feb 2019, 22:03
Replies: 14
Views: 1,849
Posted By D120A

I think that what happened was that Walton failed...

I think that what happened was that Walton failed to produce all the required music on time, and to fill the gaps the producer asked Ron Goodwin to write the appropriate pieces at short notice. This...
4th Feb 2019, 12:19
Replies: 26
Views: 9,677
Posted By D120A

Not for nothing is the airborne hour before...

Not for nothing is the airborne hour before sunset widely known as 'Squadron commander's Night'. :)
20th Oct 2018, 20:42
Replies: 62
Views: 34,701
Posted By D120A

Probably a good place to note that the first...

Probably a good place to note that the first Chinook ever to land at Odiham did so 50 years ago this year, 1968. It was an early US Army Mk1 machine and of course created much interest. All the...
Forum: Tech Log
23rd Jul 2018, 14:48
Replies: 330
Views: 39,811
Posted By D120A

Winemaker has it exactly right. If you don't...

Winemaker has it exactly right. If you don't believe him/her, or me, ask a friendly mathematician to construct a position vector from a fixed point on the earth to an aircraft performing a constant...
Forum: Tech Log
23rd Jul 2018, 14:31
Replies: 43
Views: 10,330
Posted By D120A

Spinning wheels before landing adds to the energy...

Spinning wheels before landing adds to the energy of the aircraft at the threshold, energy that has to be disposed of via the brakes before you come to a stop. Tyres are cheaper than brake packs, so...
Forum: Jet Blast
19th Apr 2018, 20:13
Replies: 20
Views: 4,099
Posted By D120A

I still have the 1950s American toy similar to...

I still have the 1950s American toy similar to the Revojet, called the Skyro Plane. My grandson loves it and it certainly turns heads in the park. Two S shaped 'wings' rotate in the airflow on...
25th Mar 2018, 22:37
Replies: 167
Views: 54,225
Posted By D120A

Approaching the Voyager for refuelling would have...

Approaching the Voyager for refuelling would have been an ideal time to include a few clips of Valiant, Victor and VC-10 tankers and the AD types (Javelin, Lightning, Tornado) they supported in the...
Forum: Jet Blast
10th Mar 2018, 20:38
Replies: 68
Views: 8,600
Posted By D120A

The RAF mandated rearward-facing seats for...

The RAF mandated rearward-facing seats for passenger travel, to the extent that they insisted on it for chartered civil aircraft too, certainly in the 1970s-80s. A chartered aircraft with forward...
18th Feb 2018, 22:09
Replies: 20
Views: 4,234
Posted By D120A

Another issue concerns the windows. If you like...

Another issue concerns the windows. If you like a window seat to look out at unique sights such as the Greenland mountains, the Polar ice cap, the Canadian permafrost and tundra, avoid the 787. The...
27th Jan 2018, 21:00
Replies: 7
Views: 3,046
Posted By D120A

Even before HOCF I think, Nutloose, before 1966...

Even before HOCF I think, Nutloose, before 1966 it was the SRCU, the Short Range Conversion Unit.

SRCU's other aircraft type was the Twin Pioneer, of which we had a couple. They were clearly away...
6th Sep 2017, 22:14
Replies: 170
Views: 61,001
Posted By D120A

Herod, please see your PMs.

Herod, please see your PMs.
10th Aug 2017, 17:19
Replies: 29
Views: 14,451
Posted By D120A

As GrumpyGramps has pointed out, all 72 Sqn...

As GrumpyGramps has pointed out, all 72 Sqn Wessex soon sported the red Day-Glo Snoopy on the nose; the IFF aerial fairing was the perfect place. Why Snoopy? Well, it indicated that the aircraft...
28th Jul 2017, 17:01
Replies: 29
Views: 14,451
Posted By D120A

I am waiting for some kind soul to point out that...

I am waiting for some kind soul to point out that if anyone could make a Lightning perform like a Wessex, i.e. land vertically..., it was D120A. Thank heavens for Martin-Baker.

At the end of an...
27th Jul 2017, 23:07
Replies: 29
Views: 14,451
Posted By D120A

Yes, where does one start? Situation: 72 Sqn...

Yes, where does one start?

Situation: 72 Sqn crewroom, 1968. Me, visiting from Odiham Eng Wing, just finishing a coffee. Advised (by Dougal Lawton) not to leave because "Alek is about to give a...
2nd Mar 2017, 19:42
Replies: 27
Views: 8,244
Posted By D120A

Super advice above; I would offer just a little...

Super advice above; I would offer just a little more:

On the rare occasions anyone says ‘well done’, remember it was nothing to do with you and make sure you have the names of all the people who...
8th Feb 2017, 16:59
Replies: 166
Views: 114,376
Posted By D120A

But I don't fancy AVTUR dripping in my tea...

But I don't fancy AVTUR dripping in my tea...
20th Dec 2016, 17:37
Replies: 27
Views: 19,452
Posted By D120A

Richard, please see your PMs.

Richard, please see your PMs.
8th Dec 2016, 17:43
Replies: 12
Views: 3,115
Posted By D120A

m.street please see your PMs

m.street please see your PMs
25th Jul 2016, 20:46
Replies: 287
Views: 143,310
Posted By D120A

It is a nice picture, Megan, thank you. We can...

It is a nice picture, Megan, thank you. We can see our married quarter!
15th Apr 2016, 17:16
Replies: 40
Views: 9,457
Posted By D120A

I was at Tangmere in the summer of 1964, with my...

I was at Tangmere in the summer of 1964, with my university air squadron at their summer camp. As a short-sighted RAF Acting Pilot Officer engineering cadet I was not allowed to fly the Chipmunk (my...
28th Mar 2016, 00:03
Replies: 29
Views: 7,708
Posted By D120A

And I bet they didn't carry much in the way of...

And I bet they didn't carry much in the way of relief flight deck crew, either. Twenty hours in those seats, sustained only by cardboard meals and with three refuelling brackets to meet? In those...
7th Mar 2016, 20:22
Replies: 66
Views: 29,827
Posted By D120A

SSD, ISTR the aircraft suffered a vertical...

SSD,

ISTR the aircraft suffered a vertical gust which induced a 'g' load far in excess of the design load for the wing. Hence the outer wing failure, and also the departure of all 4 engines from...
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