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30th Oct 2015, 11:01
Replies: 55
Views: 15,799
Posted By John Botwood

In the days of the Shackleton, time was spent...

In the days of the Shackleton, time was spent looking out of observation ports. In excess of 30% of sightings were made in transit.
Mo
8th Jun 2015, 08:09
Replies: 116
Views: 31,188
Posted By John Botwood

The jewel in the Preservation Crown!! Mo

The jewel in the Preservation Crown!!


Mo
18th Apr 2015, 08:23
Replies: 99
Views: 19,656
Posted By John Botwood

TOFO Regrettably, quite a few AEOs were of the...

TOFO
Regrettably, quite a few AEOs were of the knobbish variety, mainly in the early days, but that was entirely because OASC had an iron fist over AEO selection. If the fleet had had a veto, that...
24th Jun 2014, 12:02
Replies: 60
Views: 17,270
Posted By John Botwood

'Twas Ever Thus

At 18 Group in the 60s, the civilian part of the comms centre complained that were "threatened" by the the fact that the RAF members wore their uniform whilst on duty.


The RAF contingent were...
24th May 2014, 01:11
Replies: 51
Views: 11,924
Posted By John Botwood

Shackletons at 22,450

MRF coverage for Grapple was provided by the Shackletons on detachment. The MarkI's nose position with the specialised instruments was an extremely cosy workplace for the Met Observer. In fact, one...
17th May 2014, 04:27
Replies: 36
Views: 5,245
Posted By John Botwood

Then and Now I was watching our daughter's...

Then and Now

I was watching our daughter's return to Oz by Qantas this morning whilst following this thread from time to time.

QF10 passed over Nuremberg 60 minutes after departure LHR at...
14th Apr 2014, 10:00
Replies: 33
Views: 4,653
Posted By John Botwood

"I thought we Brits had dropped several tens of...

"I thought we Brits had dropped several tens of thousands of them IN Australia in the 19th Century"

Well they certainly made a better job of this country than others did of theirs.

JohnB
26th Feb 2014, 04:53
Replies: 6
Views: 1,690
Posted By John Botwood

Real team work. That's 'cos each has an...

Real team work.

That's 'cos each has an equal interest in staying alive.

JohnB
21st Jan 2014, 09:43
Replies: 76
Views: 9,488
Posted By John Botwood

Slippers? SLIPPERS?? Looxurry! we dreamed...

Slippers? SLIPPERS??

Looxurry! we dreamed of slippers'. All us 'ad were cardboard cutouts.

JohnB
17th Nov 2013, 05:03
Replies: 82
Views: 10,055
Posted By John Botwood

Amazing! All the comments on the link are...

Amazing!

All the comments on the link are about

"Give this World War II hero a proper send-off: Call for mourners to attend funeral of serviceman who died alone aged 94."

All comments...
10th Nov 2013, 09:54
Replies: 6
Views: 2,907
Posted By John Botwood

Amazing! 38 replies about kicking bodies...

Amazing!

38 replies about kicking bodies out of aircraft - and in the same time, only 4 about the demise of one of the most well known WWII pilots; who operated in both the Battles of Britain and...
20th Oct 2013, 07:56
Replies: 26
Views: 5,260
Posted By John Botwood

My bedroom wall was full of Hunter prototype...

My bedroom wall was full of Hunter prototype posters in the 50's.

Yes - very Pretty and then when my mate and his Shackleton SAR crew in the Yemen became the object of the attentions of 2 Frescos...
23rd Aug 2013, 04:06
Replies: 107
Views: 20,310
Posted By John Botwood

Three months after leaving my crew on Shacks and...

Three months after leaving my crew on Shacks and being posted to Operations, my old crew had been in for briefing for a night 15hr Navex. One of the items on the checklist was the exchange of coded...
3rd Aug 2013, 03:17
Replies: 79
Views: 11,654
Posted By John Botwood

In 1957/58 we had "informal" chats/briefings from...

In 1957/58 we had "informal" chats/briefings from the man from the Ministry. Amongst many things, we were told that we could only knock out Russia 1.75 times. True: he said that.
But the thing that...
10th Jul 2013, 06:12
Replies: 161
Views: 30,181
Posted By John Botwood

Looks good, looks right. And as they say:...

Looks good, looks right.

And as they say: "Anything that looks right . . . . . . . ."

JohnB :)
28th May 2013, 10:01
Replies: 41
Views: 8,792
Posted By John Botwood

mmitch Thanks for that sir. Having not seen...

mmitch

Thanks for that sir. Having not seen much in reference, I was compelled to enquire.

My age and position decide what I can do. 18 hours in a Shack was alright all those years ago: but...
28th May 2013, 09:14
Replies: 41
Views: 8,792
Posted By John Botwood

Has anyone stood by W/O Radcliffe. If not....

Has anyone stood by W/O Radcliffe.

If not. Why not??

John Botwood
21st May 2013, 10:14
Replies: 9
Views: 2,971
Posted By John Botwood

Shackleton WL790 restoration at Pima

http://avroshackleton.com/pima11.jpg
9th May 2013, 10:14
Replies: 18
Views: 2,716
Posted By John Botwood

From 'not above 1500ft' - I'd Have to say - Yes.

From 'not above 1500ft' - I'd Have to say - Yes.
21st Mar 2013, 06:18
Replies: 235
Views: 37,517
Posted By John Botwood

Trailing Aerial

That was no worry.

Just leave it on the perimeter fence on landing.

JohnB
31st Jan 2013, 06:10
Replies: 6
Views: 2,322
Posted By John Botwood

Another Time

It was Ollie Pratt. There were two NCO Pratts - initials O.L. and D.E, At the time Ollie was F.Sgt.

The voice from Silloth was beyond belief at 10,000ft in the dark. We heard the stories from...
27th Jan 2013, 07:34
Replies: 6
Views: 2,322
Posted By John Botwood

Remember Silloth Homer?

One of 2 ANS cross country exercises out of Thorney Island in the mid fifties would be up the right hand side of UK and down the left. Normal Nav course sizes meant that we had a string of 6...
26th Jan 2013, 10:03
Replies: 59
Views: 21,526
Posted By John Botwood

The Paras "Leaving ofAden" Throughout...

The Paras "Leaving ofAden"


Throughout the day planes of the airlift shuttled through the runway as naval aircraft patrolled high above and helicopters prowled the perimeter wire. By afternoon...
31st Dec 2012, 10:17
Replies: 90
Views: 43,260
Posted By John Botwood

As Shack crew in the 50/60s. we found our frquent...

As Shack crew in the 50/60s. we found our frquent task was to watch a Neptune on one.
29th Dec 2012, 05:49
Replies: 119
Views: 20,782
Posted By John Botwood

DBTW rjtrt One of the main reasons for...

DBTW
rjtrt

One of the main reasons for the scrapping of TSR2 was the fact that Oz cancelled their order for the aircraft.
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