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25th Sep 2019, 17:44
Replies: 384
Views: 356,956
Posted By VX275

No C-130J has been stretched, they were all built...

No C-130J has been stretched, they were all built as long and short versions.
Indeed, we joked with Lockheed at the time that as the first aircraft off the line were the long versions (Mk 4) the Mk...
23rd Sep 2019, 18:40
Replies: 7
Views: 3,683
Posted By VX275

IIRC he was also the pilot responsible for...

IIRC he was also the pilot responsible for dropping the largest bomb ever to fall on English soil.
Whilst at the A&AEE he was the pilot for the first of the Grand Slam, and as they didn't make any...
18th Sep 2019, 18:44
Replies: 5
Views: 1,606
Posted By VX275

Whitley Glider Tugs trained at Netheravon with...

Whitley Glider Tugs trained at Netheravon with Eureka / Rebbeca combinations. The only reference I have is for 1943 when Eureka Mk I sets were used as only a single frequency was available making it...
6th Sep 2019, 19:06
Replies: 88
Views: 56,521
Posted By VX275

When I arrived at A&AEE the Tucano was there on...

When I arrived at A&AEE the Tucano was there on its initial assessment and I remember one of the hangar personnel telling me it was the best aircraft they had ever had...…….for overtime.
25th Jun 2019, 14:36
Replies: 45
Views: 30,233
Posted By VX275

Why would one need this gear[/b] ] In the words...

Why would one need this gear[/b] ]
In the words of the Fireman giving fire training to a Vigilant VGS. "Man-made Mineral Fibres". You don't want any of the small pieces of glass/carbon/boron fibres...
31st Mar 2019, 18:27
Replies: 10
Views: 1,981
Posted By VX275

The really frightening thing is number of Jurnos...

The really frightening thing is number of Jurnos who go into politics.
12th Jan 2019, 14:26
Replies: 201
Views: 38,362
Posted By VX275

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/398x536/top_026_45b5efb4f815be7b48bd8d9fbe083449c68400c0.jpg
A nervous me trying to smile for the camera prior to my first ever winch launch October...
14th Dec 2018, 20:16
Replies: 15
Views: 1,781
Posted By VX275

The paratroop exit for the Lancaster had the same...

The paratroop exit for the Lancaster had the same origin as that on the Halifax/Whitley/Wellington/Manchester and Stirling Mk I ie the hole left by the removal of the ventral turret. And yes all...
5th Dec 2018, 21:42
Replies: 4,866
Views: 1,291,607
Posted By VX275

Just for the record, reengining the Vigilants...

Just for the record, reengining the Vigilants with Rotax 912 and the installation of a 'glass cockpit' was being promised to the staff of the VGS's BEFORE the pause.
30th Oct 2018, 22:11
Replies: 26
Views: 7,015
Posted By VX275

Looks like a jet powered Rotodyne without the tip...

Looks like a jet powered Rotodyne without the tip jets to me.
30th Oct 2018, 22:06
Replies: 60
Views: 10,985
Posted By VX275

Another Boscombe AD dit relevant to this thread. ...

Another Boscombe AD dit relevant to this thread.
Shortly after the J Herc arrived at Boscombe a Para drop was planned to try out the aircraft's nav computer ability to compute a CARP.
After a...
27th Oct 2018, 20:22
Replies: 60
Views: 10,985
Posted By VX275

It might not come as a surprise but the...

It might not come as a surprise but the 'Despatcher's Harness' that Ancientaviator describes as 'awful' originated as a pre WW2 GPO linesman safety harness. The only changes over the years were the...
25th Oct 2018, 21:29
Replies: 60
Views: 10,985
Posted By VX275

The following set of 'Laws' was presented at a...

The following set of 'Laws' was presented at a RAeS lecture on Aerodynamic Decelerators (a posh name for a parachute). Although these laws were American in origin, during my several years testing...
1st Oct 2018, 15:55
Replies: 19
Views: 3,103
Posted By VX275

The green lights could be the electro...

The green lights could be the electro illuminescent strip 'formation' panels.
26th Sep 2018, 21:09
Replies: 5
Views: 3,230
Posted By VX275

No, what Leonardo Westland need to do is dust off...

No, what Leonardo Westland need to do is dust off their 1960's design studies for the military versions of their 130 seater Tilt Rotor. (think C-130 crossed with V-22) The Europrop TP400 engine needs...
20th Jul 2018, 18:36
Replies: 227
Views: 80,617
Posted By VX275

Vertical launched missile bay doors. Well did...

Vertical launched missile bay doors. Well did anyone else see any evidence of how it will be armed?
18th Jul 2018, 19:24
Replies: 76
Views: 15,209
Posted By VX275

Memories of the C-130J Project Structures...

Memories of the C-130J Project Structures meetings at Marietta came flooding back, with a chill down my spine to boot, watching that video. It was with some justification (and a great deal of...
16th Jul 2018, 16:17
Replies: 227
Views: 80,617
Posted By VX275

If the F-35 was the Dave can I suggest this is...

If the F-35 was the Dave can I suggest this is called Bruce. Look at that chin and the smug look, Bruce Forsyth reincarnate.
20th Jun 2018, 07:47
Replies: 49
Views: 19,369
Posted By VX275

The crash at Boscombe was also a very foggy day...

The crash at Boscombe was also a very foggy day and I heard (but never saw) the Watchkeeper that crashed from my office in Bldg 801. May be someone needs to tell the Army that relying on lasers for...
15th May 2018, 07:45
Replies: 4
Views: 1,005
Posted By VX275

For many years RAFM Hendom failed the first rule*...

For many years RAFM Hendom failed the first rule* of museums, in that it was possible for a visitor to enter, look around and leave the museum without ever knowing there was a museum shop.
* Every...
7th May 2018, 14:06
Replies: 4,866
Views: 1,291,607
Posted By VX275

Media Communications Officer[/color]] Like...

Media Communications Officer[/color]]

Like all good journalists, 'never letting the facts get in the way of a good story'.
Some of us remember converting and getting our C to I on the Vigilant in...
6th May 2018, 15:30
Replies: 4,866
Views: 1,291,607
Posted By VX275

I heard from an ex VGS CFI that the Vigilants are...

I heard from an ex VGS CFI that the Vigilants are all for the axe, no being sold back to Grob, just chopped. That said I do hope one gets gifted to the RAFM.
5th May 2018, 18:56
Replies: 17
Views: 4,106
Posted By VX275

Another culprit could be the MAA. One reason for...

Another culprit could be the MAA. One reason for the HAAF loosing official funding was the MAA not willing to support the types they operated. As a result their Scout, Sioux, Beaver and Auster Mk 9...
13th Apr 2018, 14:08
Replies: 201
Views: 36,721
Posted By VX275

If proof was ever needed that someone has been...

If proof was ever needed that someone has been promoted above his level of incompetence, it is the approval of this design and the release of that press release.
12th Apr 2018, 11:26
Replies: 4,866
Views: 1,291,607
Posted By VX275

There were occasions when the cadets found...

There were occasions when the cadets found themselves looking down their noses at the RAF. I remember the occasion when the CO of 612 was trying to get the Benson Staish solo on the Venture. As the...
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