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17th May 2019, 08:45
Replies: 34
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Posted By ICM

Circa 1992/93, in the annual LTC round, I recall...

Circa 1992/93, in the annual LTC round, I recall HQ STC adopting for planning purposes an 'Alternative Assumption' that would have seen Bentwaters/Woodbridge acquired - for Harrier basing, I think -...
4th May 2019, 21:46
Replies: 41
Views: 12,325
Posted By ICM

As so often, this thread may have lost its...

As so often, this thread may have lost its initial focus. Wasn't 1979 the base date for comparison? If so, then pre-Tristar, and I imagine that the comparison intended was Victor K2 with Voyager,...
2nd May 2019, 13:45
Replies: 41
Views: 12,325
Posted By ICM

After the 74/75 Defence Review, the AT Hercs and...

After the 74/75 Defence Review, the AT Hercs and VC 10s numbers were a mix of established aircraft (AE) and In-Use Reserves (IUR). For the VC 10, we retained all 13 aircraft, 11AE and 2 IUR - and I...
27th Mar 2019, 19:06
Replies: 1
Views: 989
Posted By ICM

My recollections are of a very different kind. I...

My recollections are of a very different kind. I was on a Westabout to Hong Kong that transited McClellan/Hickam/Wake to Guam in the 3 days before the Launch and was taken aback at the exotic...
22nd Mar 2019, 15:31
Replies: 16
Views: 3,592
Posted By ICM

I will happily give way to an aerodynamicist on...

I will happily give way to an aerodynamicist on this but, for what it's worth, and based on my time with the C-141 that also had drooped wings on the ground, they certainly straightened out as lift...
12th Feb 2019, 15:00
Replies: 26
Views: 5,728
Posted By ICM

The Times Parliamentary Sketch Writer seems not...

The Times Parliamentary Sketch Writer seems not to have been impressed:
...
12th Feb 2019, 10:41
Replies: 41
Views: 8,493
Posted By ICM

Did many USAF aircraft get a fully automated...

Did many USAF aircraft get a fully automated astro system as that Wiki article seems to imply? I ask as the C-141A was, I believe, intended to have one, complete with Astro-Tracker but, in the...
8th Feb 2019, 11:27
Replies: 41
Views: 11,143
Posted By ICM

I wonder how many such incidents occurred with...

I wonder how many such incidents occurred with returning bombers in WW2. I know of one instance at Woodbridge when a badly damaged Halifax making an emergency landing at Woodbridge met a Lancaster...
18th Jan 2019, 22:24
Replies: 8
Views: 1,169
Posted By ICM

JW411: Good point re Mickey Finn and other...

JW411: Good point re Mickey Finn and other Standby ops subject to a standing Oporder - those were not included in the MOD-approved monthly ATF task that went through the Air Transport Allocation...
18th Jan 2019, 13:42
Replies: 8
Views: 1,169
Posted By ICM

I suspect you would not have been alone. The...

I suspect you would not have been alone. The standard MOD ruling at that time was that Brize and Lyneham be used for support of overseas detachments - special pleading might get exceptions - and...
15th Jan 2019, 12:50
Replies: 15
Views: 5,279
Posted By ICM

Jock: I've just found this - and what a shock! ...

Jock: I've just found this - and what a shock! So irrepressible and seemingly ageless, I'd have thought he'd have lasted forever. I see he first appeared in my logbook in September 1966, shortly...
15th Jan 2019, 08:39
Replies: 18
Views: 2,353
Posted By ICM

I was the Nav on the VC 10 that day - and the...

I was the Nav on the VC 10 that day - and the story for 10 Sqn began by discovering that a first rehearsal had been flown and that the unit had not been included in the initial HQ STC Oporder. This...
10th Jan 2019, 18:26
Replies: 11
Views: 2,472
Posted By ICM

The 1 September 1972 date is correct but, if...

The 1 September 1972 date is correct but, if Wikipedia does say 'Transport Command,' then it's in error. Transport Command had become Air Support Command in 1967 and that formation was absorbed into...
10th Jan 2019, 10:02
Replies: 11
Views: 2,472
Posted By ICM

Jelle: I certainly recall the photo, but the...

Jelle: I certainly recall the photo, but the 1969 date is slightly odd. The Transport Force was in Air Support Command until 1972 and that's when the wording above the blue cheatline on the VC 10...
8th Jan 2019, 12:51
Replies: 12,644
Views: 3,461,874
Posted By ICM

Icare: That is, indeed, the incident mentioned. ...

Icare: That is, indeed, the incident mentioned. The question of who was in control during those final minutes will almost certainly never be resolved but, from what is still available at AHB, there...
6th Jan 2019, 13:17
Replies: 12,644
Views: 3,461,874
Posted By ICM

When the 242 OCU was at Thorney Island in the...

When the 242 OCU was at Thorney Island in the 1960s, Tangmere provided the drop zone for our equipment and heavy load drop training.

Like others, I was quite taken by that 1985 BBC documentary,...
25th Dec 2018, 11:06
Replies: 12,644
Views: 3,461,874
Posted By ICM

I don't know if it was an Ace Freighters...

I don't know if it was an Ace Freighters aircraft, but there was a tale around when I got to Khormaksar in September 1966 about a charter Connie that had been shutting down engines as it came down...
23rd Dec 2018, 11:17
Replies: 40
Views: 7,127
Posted By ICM

From my recollection of sitting across the desk...

From my recollection of sitting across the desk from the junior officer Nav FJ posters in 1982/83, I'd agree that the Vulcan force was the primary source for finding Navs for the expanding Tornado...
19th Dec 2018, 10:59
Replies: 110
Views: 21,882
Posted By ICM

James: I've learned a thing or two from this...

James: I've learned a thing or two from this thread myself, I must say, and I'll probably be a buyer for your book based on its likely Argosy content alone! Something you might want to check out is...
16th Dec 2018, 19:25
Replies: 110
Views: 21,882
Posted By ICM

PN: Now that's interesting, as I'd never heard of...

PN: Now that's interesting, as I'd never heard of anything being done that suggested we might ever have used the spigot in the nose that I understood to be a bombsight mounting, and I don't know of...
15th Dec 2018, 11:09
Replies: 110
Views: 21,882
Posted By ICM

James: I started as an Argosy Navigator. Drop...

James: I started as an Argosy Navigator. Drop timing was controlled by the Nav lying on a board up front, looking down through an aiming window in the nose. He would have calculated a release...
14th Dec 2018, 19:20
Replies: 12,644
Views: 3,461,874
Posted By ICM

Copilot Solo was also in vogue in the Argosy...

Copilot Solo was also in vogue in the Argosy force in 1966, when I started, but I've no recollection of any such sortie from around mid-67, when I guess it must have been phased out across the MRT...
1st Dec 2018, 14:50
Replies: 24
Views: 1,845
Posted By ICM

OK - just as I remembered it from sometime in...

OK - just as I remembered it from sometime in 1967. Dick Weldon, then on the Sharjah Twin Pin squadron and who had gone through Nav School with me, volunteered to do the Nav bit on that trip, and...
30th Nov 2018, 18:10
Replies: 24
Views: 1,845
Posted By ICM

Drifting the thread just a bit, might I ask if...

Drifting the thread just a bit, might I ask if that Prentice was subsequently flown to South Africa via Khormaksar?
13th Nov 2018, 22:32
Replies: 161
Views: 30,918
Posted By ICM

Something of a shock to come home to this news. ...

Something of a shock to come home to this news. Requiescat in pace.

In Paradisum deducant te angeli, In tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres ...
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