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18th Jun 2022, 07:18
Replies: 173
Views: 33,005
Posted By simmy

I had the misfortune to be promoted to squadron...

I had the misfortune to be promoted to squadron leader and remain on the same station, which was probably then the most visited operational station in the service. VIP's galore came to view our boys...
3rd Jun 2022, 14:16
Replies: 151
Views: 30,064
Posted By simmy

What a rude remark.

I bet punkieyes doesn't" get much" with that sort of remark about our forces. I flew a Vulcan on a couple of Birthday Flypasts and when she was flown around the country on "the Last Flight" my wife...
12th May 2022, 08:23
Replies: 12
Views: 3,161
Posted By simmy

No, He was a Vulcan pilot and the RAF liaison at...

No, He was a Vulcan pilot and the RAF liaison at Offut for some time. And my son did a couple of flights with him with, I think, Debonair!!!
12th May 2022, 08:17
Replies: 12
Views: 3,161
Posted By simmy

Yes! and Yes

Yes! and Yes
29th Apr 2022, 10:20
Replies: 12
Views: 3,161
Posted By simmy

Hi Jerry, Long time no see (18/01/1974) with...

Hi Jerry, Long time no see (18/01/1974) with Martin DFC. Best Wishes Kevin 44R, 50, 101.
7th Jan 2022, 13:23
Replies: 358
Views: 160,370
Posted By simmy

I wasn't knackered. When the F/O has the sector...

I wasn't knackered. When the F/O has the sector on my flights he made the decisions. Nothing worse than a nagging captain (well there is obviously.) I debriefed " there are so many comments on...
5th Jan 2022, 20:15
Replies: 358
Views: 160,370
Posted By simmy

Manual Flying

SIN to DXB in a widebody. 0100 schedule departure but several hours late. (Me 50+ year old captain, F/O 35 year old). Glorious flying weather, DXB in sight before the descent point. F/O disconnects...
27th Sep 2020, 13:09
Replies: 96
Views: 14,452
Posted By simmy

Thanks olddog. I wonder if shackman is Ray C...? ...

Thanks olddog. I wonder if shackman is Ray C...? Excellent student and it seems Cathay management thought he was excellent as well!

Quite a few of these names I remember with some pleasure as...
2nd Mar 2019, 08:41
Replies: 11
Views: 6,195
Posted By simmy

I was a QFI at Syerston when Johnny was an...

I was a QFI at Syerston when Johnny was an instructor there. He was a very good friend to my wife and myself. He is still mentioned in our household despite the 48 years since his loss.
22nd Feb 2019, 07:52
Replies: 75
Views: 32,088
Posted By simmy

Hear Hear MG

Hear Hear MG
18th Sep 2018, 15:41
Replies: 48
Views: 50,321
Posted By simmy

I only remembered Mr Andy Lee because I saw it on...

I only remembered Mr Andy Lee because I saw it on the Royal Duchy Hospital website (and the name is the same as a friend of mine from my flying days. - just checked again and he is listed. My wife...
12th Sep 2018, 16:56
Replies: 48
Views: 50,321
Posted By simmy

Duchy Hospital Truro

I was living in Truro when both my knees needed fixing. (My age then 75, weight too high, rugby and squash too much). The Cornwall NHS offered a choice of locations and I chose The Duchy in Truro, a...
30th Jun 2017, 08:27
Replies: 309
Views: 222,863
Posted By simmy

I flew up the Mall piloting one of 4 Vulcans on...

I flew up the Mall piloting one of 4 Vulcans on the Queen's birthday in 1973 and 75. I was told that the 1974 flypast flew up Piccadilly. Anyone know anything about that?
15th May 2017, 16:59
Replies: 23
Views: 9,533
Posted By simmy

Tim and I played rugby in the Acklington team...

Tim and I played rugby in the Acklington team when we were students there. I only saw him again in photographs! Although on different courses we had the same instructor. K. S.
Thirty something...
15th Jul 2016, 08:32
Replies: 57
Views: 13,539
Posted By simmy

Baron Prescott failed his 11 plus (or whatever it...

Baron Prescott failed his 11 plus (or whatever it was called in his day.) He now has a degree - in hindsight.
22nd Jan 2016, 08:06
Replies: 24
Views: 6,804
Posted By simmy

Former Beverley pilot

Filling in the asterisks, I have a name who flew Bevs and was a captain with Britannia Airways when I knew him, from 1988, for a few years until I left. Is this the person in the care home?
30th Jul 2014, 09:08
Replies: 33
Views: 10,049
Posted By simmy

Britain's Least Safe Airline

Just seen a list of the world's least safe airlines on Yahoo and surprisingly, they mentioned that Thomson was the least safe in Britain. I say surprisingly as when they were known as Britannia and I...
17th Jul 2014, 10:53
Replies: 136
Views: 21,134
Posted By simmy

In the back of a Canadian Armed Forces (they had...

In the back of a Canadian Armed Forces (they had stopped being RCAF ) Britannia (or whatever they called it, CC-106 Yukon maybe?) crossing the Atlantic on my way to Portage-la- Prairie near Winnipeg...
9th Sep 2013, 15:55
Replies: 14
Views: 3,637
Posted By simmy

Sir Rex

.........and he was dissuaded.
6th Sep 2013, 07:28
Replies: 14
Views: 3,637
Posted By simmy

SOSL

Thanks. In the bar over a beer, he asked me how old I thought he was! As I was a toady bloke I thought.....he looks about 55 (and he is a group captain) so I said 50 sir! He was 42.
On his previous...
4th Sep 2013, 22:50
Replies: 14
Views: 3,637
Posted By simmy

Rex Roe

Why the question? I worked for him at Syerston when he was CO. What a great chap. He told me (a sproggy QFI ) several tales, too long to relate here, but they were in the bar over a beer.
When he...
7th Jul 2013, 19:57
Replies: 52
Views: 8,463
Posted By simmy

Cost of Pilot Training

It's over 50 years since I stood in the hangar on my "Wings" parade. (It was raining). The reviewing officer said that we had just cost the country 7 doctors or 15 schoolteachers! (Take your pick)....
13th Jan 2012, 13:01
Replies: 41
Views: 16,706
Posted By simmy

Hi Jon, Talking about photographs...... do you...

Hi Jon,
Talking about photographs...... do you have any of the Queen's Birthday Flypast with the 4 Vulcans as the backbone? Despite all the flights I did ( rehearsals and "on the day") I never had a...
7th Dec 2011, 15:50
Replies: 0
Views: 1,174
Posted By simmy

Queen's Birthday Flypast 1973/1975

I am reminded by the Wattisham thread that I flew over that airfield on Silver Sceptre (1973) and London Pride (1975 ) on our way to the Palace. I never had a photograph of the formations from either...
27th May 2010, 11:13
Replies: 312
Views: 126,437
Posted By simmy

To TheKabaka

Hi, I didn't read the post properly - the reference of course was to pension contributions being allowed only at the lower rate.
As we all know in this job timing is everything - and that's almost...
26th May 2010, 07:04
Replies: 312
Views: 126,437
Posted By simmy

If what you say is correct, Snooky, that will be...

If what you say is correct, Snooky, that will be 200 more jobs and hardly any change in the living standards for the 900 additional part-timers, except perhaps a better quality of life for them and...
Forum: Cabin Crew
15th Dec 2009, 09:23
Replies: 6,533
Views: 1,080,335
Posted By simmy

Donkeys led by Mules or vice versa

When Mr Scargill led the miners to defeat he ensured that there was sufficient stockpiles of coal to see the country through! He also realised that the British people had enough worries of their own...
8th Jul 2009, 16:01
Replies: 46
Views: 8,571
Posted By simmy

Tipping the Pilot

An interesting little thread - reminds me that in the mid seventies on UK charter flights it was not so unusual for the cc to receive a gratuity and they occasionally would "share" their gain with us...
23rd Oct 2008, 14:06
Replies: 59
Views: 9,732
Posted By simmy

SOPs

To Bucket and Spade

You've certainly got the right idea but my instinct says that you can do better for yourself.
Do not be a chameleon. Be B & S. Do not try to please the other pilot - please...
22nd Oct 2008, 13:47
Replies: 16
Views: 1,487
Posted By simmy

UFO's

To B.B
It's a very big sky up there!

One bright and clear night, somewhere south of Iceland, returning to the UK from Canada in my Vulcan bomber at about 40'000 feet, I saw little green lights...
13th Oct 2008, 19:36
Replies: 38
Views: 6,482
Posted By simmy

I'm very interested in problems caused by smoke...

I'm very interested in problems caused by smoke on the aircraft. It is a fairly difficult problem to deal with as the source may be disguised by the distribution of the smoke through the air...
3rd Feb 2006, 09:17
Replies: 127
Views: 114,591
Posted By simmy

How Times Change

Many years ago I saved RBA a big bill and much embarrassment by re-positioning the flight from BHX to LHR after an early morning diversion there. My paper work was wrong - done immediately after...
25th Sep 2001, 09:41
Replies: 55
Views: 2,886
Posted By simmy

Post The destruction of the WTC and the damage at the...

The destruction of the WTC and the damage at the Pentagon, as well as the killings and injuries sustained, and the aircraft destroyed, was an act of war. The cost of war is carried by the nation at...
21st Sep 2001, 07:28
Replies: 25
Views: 1,795
Posted By simmy

Post I cannot help feeling that "they" have won. The...

I cannot help feeling that "they" have won. The world has stopped travelling (according to the airlines) the markets have collapsed ( according to the numbers )airlines are going broke (all in a week...
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