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21st Jun 2022, 16:48
Replies: 22
Views: 4,836
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

If my memory serves me well the Canberra B(I)8's...

If my memory serves me well the Canberra B(I)8's perfected the LABS technique in Germany circa 1958.
19th Jun 2022, 14:28
Replies: 173
Views: 31,848
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

There was an occasion back in the late 1950's...

There was an occasion back in the late 1950's when a member of the Royal family (possibly either Princess Margaret or Alexander)came to RAF Gutersloh to present a new Squadron Standard to either 14...
Forum: Jet Blast
19th Jun 2022, 09:53
Replies: 80
Views: 9,194
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
5th Apr 2022, 09:20
Replies: 11
Views: 2,211
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I am fairly certain that 28 shillings was the...

I am fairly certain that 28 shillings was the standard weekly starting rate of pay for National Service tradesmen.
Incidentally the argument that gave rise to this thread was: Was there a further...
4th Apr 2022, 17:30
Replies: 11
Views: 2,211
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

All Weather and Night ratings 1950's

Got into a slight argument with another "Oldfart" over the extra amount of flying pay awarded for these flying ratings. I seem to think in 1958 the rate was an additional 28 shilling per day (1.40...
21st Dec 2021, 08:54
Replies: 79
Views: 20,397
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Could the answer be Sky Sabre, just coming into...

Could the answer be Sky Sabre, just coming into service with the British army. Claims to be able to take out items size of tennis ball traveling at supersonic speed! Would have thought Saudi's might...
18th Dec 2021, 13:53
Replies: 79
Views: 20,397
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Coming back to wing tipping, didn't Mogs take out...

Coming back to wing tipping, didn't Mogs take out an Argi helicopter in the Falklands without firing a shot. Perhaps he has a view on such tactics with drones and I am most certainly not being...
19th Sep 2021, 12:20
Replies: 58
Views: 13,291
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Probably not of much interest but there was a...

Probably not of much interest but there was a previous incident of a pilotless aircraft in circuit at Wattisham. That one was a Hunter which did a wider circuit taking in Ipswich and I think the year...
15th Sep 2021, 13:53
Replies: 98
Views: 13,235
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Could not agree more BB. Had those heroes not got...

Could not agree more BB. Had those heroes not got it right we would all be speaking German now!
15th Aug 2021, 17:22
Replies: 873
Views: 176,092
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

LB Where else would you expect BJ to be but...

LB Where else would you expect BJ to be but behind the curve? Time for a new leader I fear!

My thoughts are both with those that are stuck in Afghan and those that now have the task of getting...
31st Jul 2021, 14:01
Replies: 471
Views: 124,072
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I guess there must be a few left on here or...

I guess there must be a few left on here or perhaps lurking, that made it from the front gate of RAF Cardington to a fast jet training Squadron (Meteors/Vampires) in 16 months. Then in their wisdom...
29th Jul 2021, 14:24
Replies: 5
Views: 2,455
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Talking Tempest

BAe announced today a further 250m from HMG for further development of the new fighter. Also announced that the planned in service date as 2035.
28th Jun 2021, 21:38
Replies: 701
Views: 260,710
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Red 5 - Got it today and must admit I am...

Red 5 - Got it today and must admit I am seriously impressed with the book and David Hill the author. Well researched and despite the various and somewhat complex technical issues involved it is...
23rd Jun 2021, 09:07
Replies: 623
Views: 125,536
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

We had a Polish Master Nav (came to UK in 1940)...

We had a Polish Master Nav (came to UK in 1940) on Meteor 12/14's in the 1950's who was known as "XYZ" as no one could pronounce his name. Great guy with a liking for Polish Spirit who would often...
15th May 2021, 17:34
Replies: 718
Views: 451,472
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

In these somewhat difficult times does anyone...

In these somewhat difficult times does anyone know if a new date for a resumed inquest has yet been set?
13th May 2021, 22:18
Replies: 10
Views: 3,459
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Me to. Come on guys and Gals pile in. DOF

Me to. Come on guys and Gals pile in.

DOF
21st Apr 2021, 11:40
Replies: 69
Views: 18,147
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

falcon900 I fully endorse your sentiments above...

falcon900 I fully endorse your sentiments above but add that in my opinion the Government should act now not kick the can down the road for the umpteenth time.
12th Feb 2021, 22:30
Replies: 530
Views: 164,818
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

What about the ASTRA cinema when they ran Tom &...

What about the ASTRA cinema when they ran Tom & Gerry and the credits came up including Fred Q***by bringing forth a raucous chorus of "Good Old Fred".
12th Feb 2021, 19:27
Replies: 530
Views: 164,818
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

No just living up to my handle.

No just living up to my handle.
28th Jan 2021, 18:00
Replies: 450
Views: 118,643
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Without guys like you FA would have ever got...

Without guys like you FA would have ever got airborne. Good on ya.
28th Jan 2021, 13:54
Replies: 450
Views: 118,643
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Another small but perhaps relevant fact...

Another small but perhaps relevant fact concerning the USA. For some years I worked for a major US business with interests in the armament world in which I was involved. Twice a group of us went off...
28th Jan 2021, 11:20
Replies: 450
Views: 118,643
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I have found this thread quite interesting and...

I have found this thread quite interesting and informative and particularly so as a person who has gained advanced academic qualifications and is entitled to be addressed as "Doctor". I have not...
4th Dec 2020, 09:40
Replies: 718
Views: 451,472
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I guess we can continue to bat the ball back and...

I guess we can continue to bat the ball back and forth on the subject of G induced CI for ever but I wonder what conclusion the Coroner will come to when the Inquest is resumed? For sure a conclusion...
15th Nov 2020, 10:11
Replies: 38
Views: 9,734
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I had a good friend (now flying circuits in the...

I had a good friend (now flying circuits in the clouds) who carried out a survey for HMG of part of the Alamein battlefield with a view to clearing it of mines. Apparently the Germans and Italians...
13th Nov 2020, 09:05
Replies: 38
Views: 9,734
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

All we need now is a picture of the sheep who...

All we need now is a picture of the sheep who also contributed quite a bit!
19th Oct 2020, 16:23
Replies: 15
Views: 3,169
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Most of the "how" is well explained in posts...

Most of the "how" is well explained in posts above. The "why" is a different matter. In high speed fighter jets of the 1950's and later the rudder was not powered assisted in the same way as...
11th Oct 2020, 20:03
Replies: 30
Views: 7,137
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I am not sure how many Hunter 5 Squadrons were...

I am not sure how many Hunter 5 Squadrons were active in RAFG by 1957 but once they started to convert to Hunter 6 the numbers came down to 5.Three were based at Gutersloh - 14, 20 and 26 Squadrons...
6th Oct 2020, 06:20
Replies: 21
Views: 6,317
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I am not sure but I believe the expression...

I am not sure but I believe the expression "Donkey Rigged" came from the Royal Navy and had been around for a long while. It was I think originally something to do with deep diving in the days of...
4th Oct 2020, 21:51
Replies: 21
Views: 6,317
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

An additional medical problem for the boys was...

An additional medical problem for the boys was becoming what was known in the early '60's as "Donkey Rigged". Happened to a guy in RAFG when a Hunter canopy departed at close to 50,000 ft. His...
19th Sep 2020, 09:43
Replies: 96
Views: 14,321
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

In summer 1956 the basic number ranges were for...

In summer 1956 the basic number ranges were for regulars 418xxxx and national service 503xxxx. These were applied to all trades air and ground. Exceptions were Boy Entrants, Apprentices and Cranwell...
17th Sep 2020, 08:57
Replies: 31
Views: 6,700
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

TG Yes a very evocative picture of the event,...

TG Yes a very evocative picture of the event, thanks for posting it. One of my cousin's flew Spits from Kenley the following year on sweeps over France. Our house became a stopping off point for him...
16th Sep 2020, 09:04
Replies: 31
Views: 6,700
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I was living right across the way from your...

I was living right across the way from your family in Sanderstead during the Battle and from where we lived we could see the aircraft landing and taking off at Kenley across the Whytleafe valley....
15th Sep 2020, 14:48
Replies: 31
Views: 6,700
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

What the books, films etc. don't tend to tell you...

What the books, films etc. don't tend to tell you is the appalling conditions that the groundcrews and support staff had to put up with on the front line airfields - Biggin, Kenley, Tangmere,...
19th Aug 2020, 10:01
Replies: 46
Views: 8,460
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

There is a further factor that is rarely...

There is a further factor that is rarely mentioned and that is the morale of the pilots on both sides.

The British fighter pilots morale was being closely monitored throughout the battle and when...
14th Aug 2020, 14:33
Replies: 46
Views: 8,460
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

The Spitfire Mk Ib in September 1940 at Duxford...

The Spitfire Mk Ib in September 1940 at Duxford was equipped with 2 Hispano 20mm cannon and 4 Browning 303 MG's. These aircraft were rushed into service without adequate trials and as a consequence...
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