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20th Aug 2019, 16:37
Replies: 61
Views: 11,896
Posted By Lancman

Reject, eject.

In the early days of the RAF Britannia fleet the Captain’s pre take-off emergency briefing went something like this:-

“If any of us sees an engine failure or fire, or a major control malfunction...
17th Jul 2019, 06:37
Replies: 18
Views: 3,406
Posted By Lancman

From memory; RAF Britannias had identical black...

From memory; RAF Britannias had identical black knobs on all the thrust levers.
8th Jun 2019, 13:04
Replies: 44
Views: 11,180
Posted By Lancman

I can't comment on uniforms and protocols for...

I can't comment on uniforms and protocols for 1944 but I can comment on some of the howlers in the film regarding the handling of Lancasters. First I must state that my 750 hours on the Lanc were...
6th Jan 2019, 19:27
Replies: 97
Views: 19,972
Posted By Lancman

My older brother flew a full tour on Bomber...

My older brother flew a full tour on Bomber Command Halifaxes and Lancasters and insisted that it was "Butch" Harris and not "Butcher".
2nd Jan 2019, 10:43
Replies: 95
Views: 19,941
Posted By Lancman

The call used to be LIGHT UP. Terminology drift?

The call used to be LIGHT UP. Terminology drift?
7th Aug 2018, 08:52
Replies: 0
Views: 624
Posted By Lancman

Shackleton fly-past 1952.

I have some photographs of a Shackleton flypast on the occasion of the Queen’s Birthday in 1952 and have often wished that I could get a live sound recording of the event. 72 R.R Griffons all...
13th Jul 2018, 05:01
Replies: 8
Views: 956
Posted By Lancman

Your dressing gown needs an earthing wire.

Your dressing gown needs an earthing wire.
12th Jan 2018, 12:52
Replies: 190
Views: 105,619
Posted By Lancman

And in-flight re-fuelling, that didn't happen...

And in-flight re-fuelling, that didn't happen either.
Forum: Tech Log
13th Dec 2017, 17:20
Replies: 2,046
Views: 1,175,611
Posted By Lancman

@ CliveL. Thank-you for your replies. As you...

@ CliveL.

Thank-you for your replies. As you say, it was all a long time ago.
Forum: Tech Log
13th Dec 2017, 14:37
Replies: 2,046
Views: 1,175,611
Posted By Lancman

@ CliveL Thanks for that detailed and very...

@ CliveL

Thanks for that detailed and very interesting description of the fuel handling on Concorde and I agree that 17% ullage does seem to be very high, I've never come across a figure that...
Forum: Tech Log
12th Dec 2017, 16:05
Replies: 2,046
Views: 1,175,611
Posted By Lancman

I understand from that excellent interview that...

I understand from that excellent interview that refuelling automatically cut off at about 83% of full tanks for safety reasons: to provide an air space that would absorb any shock wave travelling...
14th Nov 2017, 14:34
Replies: 30
Views: 1,447
Posted By Lancman

I just KNEW that I shouldn't have run that...

I just KNEW that I shouldn't have run that Userbenchmark, now I need a new graphics card too!
14th Nov 2017, 05:39
Replies: 61
Views: 5,918
Posted By Lancman

Land's End to the Scillies by Dragon Rapide for...

Land's End to the Scillies by Dragon Rapide for our honeymoon in October 1954. Got the actual date here somewhere. (lol).
3rd Nov 2017, 17:48
Replies: 81
Views: 12,339
Posted By Lancman

Nobody talked about "negative boost", anything...

Nobody talked about "negative boost", anything less than zero was "minus".
15th Sep 2017, 08:30
Replies: 5
Views: 4,301
Posted By Lancman

The Britannia engine fire warning system was...

The Britannia engine fire warning system was notoriously unreliable, leading to the saying "A red sky at night means an engine's alight".
9th Sep 2017, 14:12
Replies: 50
Views: 21,134
Posted By Lancman

Long time ago but I seem to remember the the mag....

Long time ago but I seem to remember the the mag. check was carried out at zero boost, before the rpm were up in the propellor constant speed range. An rpm drop was essential but not to exceed 50. If...
3rd Sep 2017, 07:47
Replies: 40
Views: 12,544
Posted By Lancman

The Mk 4s were ordinary Mk 1s that had been...

The Mk 4s were ordinary Mk 1s that had been partially stripped out to accommodate extra radar operators positions down the port side for training purposes.
To the best of my knowledge there was...
9th Jul 2017, 14:43
Replies: 28
Views: 7,500
Posted By Lancman

Doesn't the Roman name Pontus Lemanus come from...

Doesn't the Roman name Pontus Lemanus come from the earlier Greek "Limani" (note the 3 syllables!) meaning port or bay, which Lympne once was?
29th Jun 2017, 05:47
Replies: 69
Views: 17,739
Posted By Lancman

When I was stationed at RAF Ballykelly in 1952 my...

When I was stationed at RAF Ballykelly in 1952 my father died unexpectedly. A Shackleton programmed for a navex the next day flew a practice diversion to RAF Northolt before setting off westwards for...
5th Mar 2017, 17:21
Replies: 128
Views: 39,249
Posted By Lancman

PN, there was other traffic around, and I...

PN, there was other traffic around, and I deliberately avoided naming names.
First rule for Lancaster Flight Engineers "On take-off, Lead with the Left". Unless you've got Hercules engines.
5th Mar 2017, 16:07
Replies: 128
Views: 39,249
Posted By Lancman

Two Nimrods and a P3 observing the passage of...

Two Nimrods and a P3 observing the passage of Russian Naval units well out to the west of the UK. The captain of the other Nimrod, a Wing Commander, had a group of journalists on board and he...
24th Feb 2017, 09:35
Replies: 65
Views: 19,981
Posted By Lancman

www.avroshackleton.com/shakpond.html gives a...

www.avroshackleton.com/shakpond.html gives a pretty good impression of Shackleton operations.
19th Feb 2017, 08:18
Replies: 65
Views: 19,981
Posted By Lancman

Perhaps a little off-topic but you've...

Perhaps a little off-topic but you've mis-interpreted my comment Shack37. Perhaps I should have written “enjoyed least.” Here's my list of preference for military aircraft.

1. Lancaster. Dual...
16th Feb 2017, 13:57
Replies: 65
Views: 19,981
Posted By Lancman

Of the six aircraft types that I flew in the RAF...

Of the six aircraft types that I flew in the RAF the Shackleton was the one on which I was the most unhappy. But then, it might just have been Ballykelly.
18th Jan 2017, 14:32
Replies: 17
Views: 3,371
Posted By Lancman

I had a rather odd experience recently when I was...

I had a rather odd experience recently when I was searching on the internet for details of a family grave in Athy, County Kildare. I came across the grave of Patrick Harrington “Died in an aircraft...
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