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4th Dec 2020, 10:40
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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, 11:11
Replies: 38
Views: 8,164
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, 10:05
Replies: 38
Views: 8,164
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, 17:23
Replies: 15
Views: 2,496
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, 21:03
Replies: 30
Views: 5,947
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, 07:20
Replies: 21
Views: 5,006
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, 22:51
Replies: 21
Views: 5,006
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, 10:43
Replies: 96
Views: 11,219
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, 09:57
Replies: 31
Views: 5,376
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, 10:04
Replies: 31
Views: 5,376
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, 15:48
Replies: 31
Views: 5,376
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, 11:01
Replies: 46
Views: 7,134
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, 15:33
Replies: 46
Views: 7,134
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...
6th Aug 2020, 15:31
Replies: 136
Views: 35,883
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Just out of curiosity has the wire cutting...

Just out of curiosity has the wire cutting chopper been recovered yet and if so how?
4th Aug 2020, 23:03
Replies: 44
Views: 20,703
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Wasn't this the Sea Fury put for sale recently?...

Wasn't this the Sea Fury put for sale recently? Or was it perhaps the new owner or prospective owner trying it out - sure hope not?
24th Jul 2020, 11:34
Replies: 21
Views: 4,143
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I believe back in the day of Regan's "Star Wars"...

I believe back in the day of Regan's "Star Wars" project, evidence was deliberately leaked to the USSR that the Patriot System was intended for use in space against their ICBM's. Apparently the con...
4th Jul 2020, 16:58
Replies: 705
Views: 411,186
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I would be surprised if many contributors to this...

I would be surprised if many contributors to this thread are not yearning to get answers to your questions. We can only hope that the Coroner is similarly minded!
30th Jun 2020, 09:41
Replies: 705
Views: 411,186
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Having looked closely at all the recent posts on...

Having looked closely at all the recent posts on this subject I guess that we are in fact all largely singing from the same hymn sheet but perhaps not exactly the same verse.

BJ has put this very...
28th Jun 2020, 18:44
Replies: 705
Views: 411,186
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Ridger AFAIUI ever since the trial several...

Ridger AFAIUI ever since the trial several recognised "authorities" have been turning summersaults in an attempt to come up with an agreed definition of what CI is and how it should be applied to...
25th Jun 2020, 23:22
Replies: 705
Views: 411,186
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I for one am very glad that at last the CAA is...

I for one am very glad that at last the CAA is getting round to investigating the issues surround the term cognitive impairment. However delaying the inquest for another year I fear will be much...
22nd Jun 2020, 11:05
Replies: 223
Views: 47,730
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Do not forget that the Germans had already tried...

Do not forget that the Germans had already tried out Douhet's theory in the Spanish Civil War with it's aerial attack on Guernica. I believe this was the first example of a deliberate airborne attack...
21st Jun 2020, 17:36
Replies: 223
Views: 47,730
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

You'd be lucky with that ratio given how few of...

You'd be lucky with that ratio given how few of us now seem to have been born here!
20th Jun 2020, 16:20
Replies: 223
Views: 47,730
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

Just to add a slightly lighter touch to this...

Just to add a slightly lighter touch to this thread, including our friends from the DDR I would like to jump forward to 1958 and a bit beyond. I believe in the middle of the cold war quite a lot of...
18th Jun 2020, 15:56
Replies: 223
Views: 47,730
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I wrote earlier about my experience in 1944 as a...

I wrote earlier about my experience in 1944 as a young lad and applauding our bombers as they past over my school in Surrey on their way to targets on the Continent.

On a slightly lighter note,...
16th Jun 2020, 11:15
Replies: 223
Views: 47,730
Posted By DODGYOLDFART

I was a small lad living in the southern...

I was a small lad living in the southern outskirts of London for most of WWII. I still have strong memories of the Blitz, the Bedecker raids and then the doodlebugs and V2 rockets. I also remember...
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