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8th Aug 2022, 06:59
Replies: 455
Views: 193,791
Posted By brakedwell

The Fouga! That brings back memories! I was on...

The Fouga! That brings back memories! I was on Coastal Com when the photo was taken, and I am sure the building (shed) on the right was our CCCF. HQ.
8th Jul 2022, 20:22
Replies: 455
Views: 193,791
Posted By brakedwell

I remember the Fouga Magister in the hangar next...

I remember the Fouga Magister in the hangar next to our Coastal Com Flight hut. It was always a bit grubby and I never did see it fly.
8th Jul 2022, 06:46
Replies: 455
Views: 193,791
Posted By brakedwell

When I was on Coastal Command Comm Flight in...

When I was on Coastal Command Comm Flight in 1959/1, I flew several flights in one of our Ansons for Columbia Pictures to film movies of cumulus clouds, which were used as backgrounds in the War...
30th Jun 2022, 21:21
Replies: 20
Views: 5,599
Posted By brakedwell

I remember a really nice lady at Coastal Command...

I remember a really nice lady at Coastal Command HQ in the early sixties, who was called Wing Officer Titcombe. Unfortunately we used to call her Tit Officer Wingcome!
13th Jun 2022, 19:07
Replies: 61
Views: 25,404
Posted By brakedwell

In the early nineties we used to fly from Munich...

In the early nineties we used to fly from Munich to Los Angeles in a 767 with a two pilot crew. About 13 to 13.5 hours and I can vouch that I was not near the top of my performance when we arrived at...
5th Jun 2022, 19:32
Replies: 24
Views: 4,749
Posted By brakedwell

I was on Britannias from 1966 to 1974 and I...

I was on Britannias from 1966 to 1974 and I cannot remember seeing any Civil Brits operating trooping flights out of Lyneham and Brize Norton.
5th Jun 2022, 08:51
Replies: 109
Views: 12,798
Posted By brakedwell

When is the RAF getting rid of it's aircraft?

When is the RAF getting rid of it's aircraft?
1st Jun 2022, 18:51
Replies: 24
Views: 4,749
Posted By brakedwell

Yes, it would have been a direct flight from...

Yes, it would have been a direct flight from Lyneham. If it was returning back to Lyneham it would have most likely been what we used to call the East Med, which was a full passenger flight.
2nd May 2022, 10:55
Replies: 28
Views: 5,580
Posted By brakedwell

I was on the Coastal Command Com Flt stationed at...

I was on the Coastal Command Com Flt stationed at CC HQ at Northwood in 1961 when I went to a dining in night where Sir Fred was the guest of honour. He had just lost the Herald/RAF battle with the...
28th Apr 2022, 18:27
Replies: 41
Views: 5,348
Posted By brakedwell

He must have been very proud of his ‘medal’ Jock.

He must have been very proud of his ‘medal’ Jock.
27th Apr 2022, 08:29
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

Despite his strange diet I liked Veg West. Veg...

Despite his strange diet I liked Veg West. Veg and his other West sidekick on Beverleys made a great pair! I had some very hairy tail chases over the Troodos Mountains in the Meatboxes with Veg when...
26th Apr 2022, 18:38
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

It was obviously a bad time in the early fifties....

It was obviously a bad time in the early fifties. My personal experience wasnít too bad. On the day we arrived at RAF Ternhill at the beginning of January 1956 to start flying training on the...
23rd Apr 2022, 19:12
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

During my detachment at RAF Nicosia in early 1958...

During my detachment at RAF Nicosia in early 1958 one of my good friends also flew the Levant Comm Sqn Meteors. He was a Beverley second pilot who was totally p****d off with his job. Luckily he...
23rd Apr 2022, 08:17
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

The tail wheel cofiguration of the Hastings was a...

The tail wheel cofiguration of the Hastings was a result of an Army requirement to carry droppable jeeps and guns under the belly. The civil version was the Hermes, which had a nosewheel....
22nd Apr 2022, 21:09
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

Sorry, I must be getting old. You are right, I...

Sorry, I must be getting old. You are right, I mixed it up with the Vampire T11.
22nd Apr 2022, 19:59
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

There were far less Vampire accidents. Maybe it...

There were far less Vampire accidents. Maybe it was the fact it did not have any asymmetric problems, but age caused problems with the Five and Nine Vampires when I was trained on them.
22nd Apr 2022, 18:44
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

I don’t think many of the pilots were National...

I don’t think many of the pilots were National Service, but they were inexperienced. I am not sure if my experience on the Meteor in early 1958 was common earlier on, but when I was a second pilot on...
22nd Apr 2022, 14:19
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

Youve got it in one! I used to cycle to Lasham...

Youve got it in one! I used to cycle to Lasham and Blackbushe Airfields at some weekends. Blackbushe was the best as they used to let us go on the flight decks of the inbound Yorks and Hermes when...
21st Apr 2022, 22:48
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

The seven or eight national service pilots on my...

The seven or eight national service pilots on my course were released from the RAF a couple of months before the end of their two years. I seem to remember one went back to being a solicitor, three...
21st Apr 2022, 19:35
Replies: 92
Views: 8,775
Posted By brakedwell

I remember the big display well as I was at a...

I remember the big display well as I was at a boarding school on the southern side of RAF Odiham at the time. I then joined the RAF in 1955 and began flying training at Ternhill in January 1956. It...
15th Apr 2022, 09:14
Replies: 9
Views: 2,358
Posted By brakedwell

It was a long time ago, but I agree with WID62's...

It was a long time ago, but I agree with WID62's settings for the RAF Brits. I think these engine ant-icing valves were called the Fore Skin Jets! However the civilian Brits were a bit different....
4th Apr 2022, 22:01
Replies: 14
Views: 2,420
Posted By brakedwell

I flew in a Firefly AS7, WP 793 from Boscombe...

I flew in a Firefly AS7, WP 793 from Boscombe Down to Hendon and back to BD just after getting my wings in 1957. The pilot, Flt Lt Elliot, was a pilot on the handling squadron, who made the flight...
25th Mar 2022, 10:40
Replies: 28
Views: 2,866
Posted By brakedwell

I have a photo of WJ 332 when it was on 99 Sqn,...

I have a photo of WJ 332 when it was on 99 Sqn, taken a Lajes Field in the Azores in January 1958 when it was on the way home to RAF Lyneham after a detachment in Christmas Island. It was damaged at...
22nd Mar 2022, 10:02
Replies: 115
Views: 33,130
Posted By brakedwell

I wouldn't call it trivial as he was a very...

I wouldn't call it trivial as he was a very senior officer who should have known better. If I had done a similar thing when I was in the RAF a sharp bollocking would all that would have been...
21st Mar 2022, 17:12
Replies: 7
Views: 1,540
Posted By brakedwell

I flew Vampires and Meteors in the 1950's and...

I flew Vampires and Meteors in the 1950's and looking back at them, neither was very impressive.
11th Mar 2022, 10:28
Replies: 91
Views: 21,458
Posted By brakedwell

Sound wonderful, exMudmover! I'm rather glad the...

Sound wonderful, exMudmover! I'm rather glad the last fighter I flew was the Meteor 8.
8th Mar 2022, 20:01
Replies: 119
Views: 10,841
Posted By brakedwell

As a comparison the Britannia performance figures...

As a comparison the Britannia performance figures are interesting.

General characteristics

Crew: 4–7
Capacity: 139 passengers (coach class)[84]...
8th Mar 2022, 17:51
Replies: 91
Views: 21,458
Posted By brakedwell

It may be ancient, maybe it was unfashionable,...

It may be ancient, maybe it was unfashionable, but looking back in retirement I think the Avro Anson was one of the nicest aircraft I flew. I was very lucky to do more than 1000 hours on type and...
6th Mar 2022, 08:40
Replies: 119
Views: 10,841
Posted By brakedwell

I remember there was a problem with the Tynes on...

I remember there was a problem with the Tynes on the Belfast initially. In the mid to late sixties I flew an RAF Britannia from Lyneham to Bahrain direct with two replacement Tynes for two Belfasts...
5th Mar 2022, 19:54
Replies: 91
Views: 21,458
Posted By brakedwell

The Argosy also had a throttle freezing problem....

The Argosy also had a throttle freezing problem. Armstrong Whitworth had to increase the size of the holes in wing parts that the push rods ran through.
25th Feb 2022, 21:38
Replies: 119
Views: 10,841
Posted By brakedwell

Lucky if we got 130 kts with a full load of 8 pax!

Lucky if we got 130 kts with a full load of 8 pax!
25th Feb 2022, 21:22
Replies: 119
Views: 10,841
Posted By brakedwell

That is the sort of height we used fly our Ansons...

That is the sort of height we used fly our Ansons from Bovingdon to Edinburgh.
23rd Feb 2022, 20:55
Replies: 119
Views: 10,841
Posted By brakedwell

I remember the BEA Vanguard going down after the...

I remember the BEA Vanguard going down after the rear pressure bulkhead blowout as I was flying an RAF Britannia above and behind it. I canít remember whether it was over France or Belgium when we on...
21st Feb 2022, 10:40
Replies: 119
Views: 10,841
Posted By brakedwell

Never flew theViscount. but I am almost certain...

Never flew theViscount. but I am almost certain we used to start number three engine first on the Argosy.
20th Feb 2022, 21:59
Replies: 119
Views: 10,841
Posted By brakedwell

I think most UK built four engined turboprop...

I think most UK built four engined turboprop aircraft started number three engine first, followed by number two, four and then one. I am sure we used this order on the Britannia and Argosy.
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