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22nd Nov 2020, 18:54
Replies: 34
Views: 1,999
Posted By nipva

Tom, At the beginning of 1968 the powers that...

Tom,
At the beginning of 1968 the powers that be decided that all Flying Training Command aircraft should be finished in what became known as the raspberry ripple scheme and the proramme started...
22nd Nov 2020, 16:14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,861
Posted By nipva

Slightly off topic, WA669's second career began...

Slightly off topic, WA669's second career began when she was rescued, along with Meteor F8 VX467, f rom deep storage at 5MU in 1975 to take over the bulk of the target towing task at TWU Brawdy. - a...
22nd Nov 2020, 13:43
Replies: 34
Views: 1,999
Posted By nipva

5 MU was at Kemble and XN607went through the...

5 MU was at Kemble and XN607went through the paint shop there at the end of August 1968 before being returned to Leeming on 6th September in its new 'raspberry ripple' paint scheme. I suspect that it...
25th Oct 2020, 09:44
Replies: 13
Views: 4,342
Posted By nipva

Thanks S-D. got there eventually!

Thanks S-D. got there eventually!
24th Oct 2020, 09:07
Replies: 13
Views: 4,342
Posted By nipva

Thank you all for your replies but my main...

Thank you all for your replies but my main question 'Does the KC135 boom have the facility to lock into the receiver's refuelling receptacle?' remains unanswered. I assume that this facility must...
23rd Oct 2020, 15:30
Replies: 13
Views: 4,342
Posted By nipva

KC135 tug?

I have recently seen a programme on television on the KC135 during which an account was made of a KC!35 towing an F4 that had had an engine failure during an Atlantic crossing and was unable to...
5th Oct 2020, 15:52
Replies: 267
Views: 101,918
Posted By nipva

I am surprised that no one has commented on how...

I am surprised that no one has commented on how fortunate the F35 pilot was on being able to eject. His canopy must have been very close to being the point of impact on his frame. For this to escape...
3rd Sep 2020, 15:35
Replies: 16
Views: 4,700
Posted By nipva

FGA9 or F6

Clipped Wings,
At Chivenor 229OCU, 63 and 234 squadrons were F6 sqns , the FGA9s were only used by 79Sqn for refresher courses, PAI courses etc so basic OCU students thus only flew the F6, at least...
1st Sep 2020, 15:33
Replies: 16
Views: 4,700
Posted By nipva

My apologies - dyslexia lures. My answer above...

My apologies - dyslexia lures. My answer above was for XG196 not XG169. The latter does not appear in my logbook at all having flown some 90+ single seat Hunters whilst at 229OCU Chivenor and TWU,...
1st Sep 2020, 15:20
Replies: 16
Views: 4,700
Posted By nipva

XG196 was definitely an F6 whilst at Chivenor -...

XG196 was definitely an F6 whilst at Chivenor - it is in my logbook as such in 1969. It was converted to F6A for its time at Brawdy where it was still alive and kicking with tail no. 25 in 1981 when...
27th Aug 2020, 14:39
Replies: 23
Views: 10,507
Posted By nipva

Typhoon at 78000+ ft

Typhoon Rampage 21 abeam Dundee at 78600ft on Plane Finder with his No 2 Rampage 22 in company at 46k. Unusual to say the least.-any ideas?
21st Aug 2020, 18:23
Replies: 41
Views: 16,036
Posted By nipva

Could it not also be a Vitesse?

Could it not also be a Vitesse?
18th Aug 2020, 18:18
Replies: 2
Views: 1,594
Posted By nipva

Ed Durham's Lightning pilots site index...

Ed Durham's Lightning pilots site index (http://www.lightningpilots.com) has him living in Hayling Island. Try contacting Ed via his site. He may be able to give you Tony's email address.
13th Aug 2020, 10:24
Replies: 5
Views: 2,370
Posted By nipva

'A 23-year-old example, the lead C4-model...

'A 23-year-old example, the lead C4-model airframe (ZH867)'

Wasn't ZH865 the lead aircraft? It was certainly the first to be delivered - seen here arriving at Boscombe on its delivery flight from...
17th Apr 2020, 08:59
Replies: 14
Views: 2,789
Posted By nipva

Nah, new camouflage scheme. The RAF tried it...

Nah, new camouflage scheme.

The RAF tried it some years ago:


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8th Apr 2020, 17:53
Replies: 17
Views: 3,852
Posted By nipva

'IIRC the pilot had the rubber socks removed from...

'IIRC the pilot had the rubber socks removed from his immersion suit because they made his feet uncomfortable'.

He had replaced his rubber socks with wrist seals fitted tover his ankles. In turn...
8th Apr 2020, 15:38
Replies: 17
Views: 3,852
Posted By nipva

Three Leuchars Lightning ejections for you, all...

Three Leuchars Lightning ejections for you, all F6s:

7/9/67 XR766 Failed to recover from a spin. Successful ejection
4/3/70 XS918 Engine fires. Successful ejection but pilot drowned due to...
31st Mar 2020, 11:57
Replies: 157
Views: 48,770
Posted By nipva

In the 90's they were serviced at St Athan whose...

In the 90's they were serviced at St Athan whose runway was 5988'. They would of course have been empty apart ffrom minimum fuel.
19th Mar 2020, 14:33
Replies: 88
Views: 12,951
Posted By nipva

'some T.7s ended up with T.8 tails'. I...

'some T.7s ended up with T.8 tails'.

I presume that, in this instance, the hook would be inoperative due to the lack of wiring.
18th Mar 2020, 15:48
Replies: 240
Views: 89,281
Posted By nipva

Wasn't the almost impossible handling with the...

Wasn't the almost impossible handling with the loss of an outboard engine, especially in reheat, also a reason for its premature demise? Just looking at it shows a palpable assymmetric handling issue.
17th Mar 2020, 13:08
Replies: 88
Views: 12,951
Posted By nipva

I think that you will find that HHA's XF995...

I think that you will find that HHA's XF995 briefly served as a T8C with the Buccaneer OCU at Honington but this would appear to be the only T8 ever to see any form of RAF service.
1st Mar 2020, 09:38
Replies: 56
Views: 18,723
Posted By nipva

C130NAV

A certain young female first tourist navigator on 70Sqn in the early 90s was given the above registration by her then boyfriend. I was mightily surprised to see her years later as a Gp Capt as the...
26th Feb 2020, 14:41
Replies: 88
Views: 12,951
Posted By nipva

My apologies. It was indeed an FGR2 Phantom of...

My apologies. It was indeed an FGR2 Phantom of 92Sqn returning at night from Ramstein. The approach end barrier was unintentionally up and was 'arrested' by the undercarriage. The pilot, not...
25th Feb 2020, 11:05
Replies: 88
Views: 12,951
Posted By nipva

by leaving tramline groves in the taxiways I...

by leaving tramline groves in the taxiways

I presume that you mean damage caused by the gear and, if so, I am a bit surprised as the Hunter was not known for being harsh on taxiways/runways etc....
8th Jan 2020, 10:31
Replies: 24
Views: 4,573
Posted By nipva

... and their main targets were the bombers...

... and their main targets were the bombers whereas the Spitfires were used primarily against the fighters.
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