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Forum: Jet Blast
21st Sep 2020, 07:24
Replies: 45
Views: 3,918
Posted By Innominate

Babies now have their own passports. One of my...

Babies now have their own passports. One of my team asked me to sign the back of his son's photo, confirming his identity - I made him bring the child to work so I could verify that he matched the...
30th Aug 2020, 17:20
Replies: 2
Views: 1,568
Posted By Innominate

The obituary at is a fine summary of the man. ...

The obituary at is a fine summary of the man.
Ian taught me, and made flying fun; I can't remember him ever losing his patience with this rather inept pupil. I dare say he's up there teaching the...
Forum: Jet Blast
23rd Aug 2020, 13:34
Replies: 187
Views: 9,851
Posted By Innominate

I have a feeling that there's a significant...

I have a feeling that there's a significant proportion of the audience who are there primarily to wave their union flags, make a noise and say that they had been to the Last Night of the Proms -...
17th Aug 2020, 17:13
Replies: 10
Views: 711
Posted By Innominate

"Johnnie" was a common nickname for people with...

"Johnnie" was a common nickname for people with the surname Johnson - even Amy Johnson was sometimes called "Johnny".
Forum: Jet Blast
7th Aug 2020, 18:40
Replies: 12,586
Views: 1,807,028
Posted By Innominate

On one of our walks there's a former landfill...

On one of our walks there's a former landfill site - now used for grazing - where the signs include the usual prohibitions but also "No lying down" - possibly because of gases coming up from the...
21st Jul 2020, 19:31
Replies: 117
Views: 24,941
Posted By Innominate

I saw a tweet yesterday from a 747 pilot who said...

I saw a tweet yesterday from a 747 pilot who said that the second represented the pilot's eye height in the flare.
Forum: Jet Blast
21st Jul 2020, 19:28
Replies: 12
Views: 1,509
Posted By Innominate

Great Bromley was one of the first Chain Home...

Great Bromley was one of the first Chain Home radar stations. The three steel masts were for the transmitter, with the aerial array hanging down between them; the wooden masts were for the receiver....
18th Jul 2020, 15:36
Replies: 21
Views: 3,384
Posted By Innominate

Not just Handley Page: the Air Ministry had for...

Not just Handley Page: the Air Ministry had for many years favoured alliteration (such as the Avro Aldershot and the Blackburn Blackburn - so ugly they named it twice) but by the 1950s the rules were...
2nd Jul 2020, 16:05
Replies: 45
Views: 6,823
Posted By Innominate

Pilot Officer Billy Fiske joined 601 Sqn in July...

Pilot Officer Billy Fiske joined 601 Sqn in July 1940; his first flight with 601 is logged as "Type solo" which suggests that he had not flown a Hurricane (or any other front-line type) before....
Forum: Jet Blast
23rd May 2020, 17:16
Replies: 110
Views: 9,445
Posted By Innominate

I'm afraid it has reminded me of the Two Minutes...

I'm afraid it has reminded me of the Two Minutes Hate in Orwell's 1984, where everyone was compelled to join in. I have great respect for those who work in the NHS, and son and daughter are classed...
23rd May 2020, 17:09
Replies: 40
Views: 8,283
Posted By Innominate

That's right. I'm not sure how/when they worked...

That's right. I'm not sure how/when they worked it out, but the citation was probably written in good faith, rather than covering up a friendly fire incident. If the VC has to be won for valour in...
22nd May 2020, 09:44
Replies: 40
Views: 8,283
Posted By Innominate

L-H - Arthur Aaron's aircraft didn't return to...

L-H - Arthur Aaron's aircraft didn't return to the UK - they continued on to North Africa, and he is buried at Bone. The citation is at https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36235/supplement/4859...
Forum: Jet Blast
29th Apr 2020, 20:25
Replies: 13
Views: 953
Posted By Innominate

First I heard of it was hearing June Tabor sing,...

First I heard of it was hearing June Tabor sing, unaccompanied, The band played Waltzing Matilda in a crowded folk club. At the end there was that rare moment of absolute silence, as the detail sank...
29th Apr 2020, 20:19
Replies: 5
Views: 850
Posted By Innominate

NCOs who were commissioned received a new service...

NCOs who were commissioned received a new service number, so he went from 656909 to 51901 and (if it's the right chap) apparently went back to the Army post-war, which meant another new number!
19th Apr 2020, 21:42
Replies: 16
Views: 1,385
Posted By Innominate

That aircraft was still at Farnborough in the...

That aircraft was still at Farnborough in the early 1980s and is now at Cosford https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/collections/1993-0860-A_Varsity_WL679.pdf There was some sort of RAE families...
11th Apr 2020, 17:23
Replies: 24
Views: 2,101
Posted By Innominate

When I was at RAE (1982-84) Q shed housed the RAE...

When I was at RAE (1982-84) Q shed housed the RAE Gliding and Aero Clubs, and a couple of Sea Vixens which I think were for apprentice training. I remember the adjoininng blister which we used as a...
11th Apr 2020, 12:01
Replies: 24
Views: 2,101
Posted By Innominate

ISTR seeing the terms "Aeroplane Shed" and "Shed...

ISTR seeing the terms "Aeroplane Shed" and "Shed Type..." on airfield site plans from the 1930s/40s period.

The firm which made the canvas Bessonneau Hangars from the First World War - some still...
11th Apr 2020, 11:32
Replies: 97
Views: 32,889
Posted By Innominate

Some 40 years ago, when I worked for MOD, I was...

Some 40 years ago, when I worked for MOD, I was involved in a field trial in Germany. One of the squaddies - despite the abundance of trees he could have aimed at - had a pee against the side of his...
4th Apr 2020, 13:16
Replies: 129
Views: 24,509
Posted By Innominate

Was Rufforth still active as a RLG in 1970?...

Was Rufforth still active as a RLG in 1970? Brough had no military presence by then.
Forum: Jet Blast
8th Mar 2020, 21:37
Replies: 17
Views: 1,875
Posted By Innominate

The "fin" in Allan Lupton's photo was unveiled in...

The "fin" in Allan Lupton's photo was unveiled in (I think) the 1950s and isn't in the bog. It's at the side of a road, a good mile from the landing site. Closer to the site there is a concrete cairn...
2nd Mar 2020, 15:21
Replies: 2
Views: 1,122
Posted By Innominate

The obit says that his father was "a musician and...

The obit says that his father was "a musician and composer". George Dyson wrote the middle section of the RAF March Past.
24th Feb 2020, 18:41
Replies: 15
Views: 1,984
Posted By Innominate

The AM Form 78s don't usually give details of...

The AM Form 78s don't usually give details of repairs - it's more a case of recording that the aircraft has been damaged and then returned to service. I checked the AM 1180 Accident Record Card...
Forum: Jet Blast
17th Feb 2020, 17:22
Replies: 94
Views: 5,350
Posted By Innominate

I was expecting to see a group of pendants...

I was expecting to see a group of pendants hanging around...
26th Jan 2020, 15:20
Replies: 74
Views: 16,997
Posted By Innominate

Trying to summarise Jeff Jefford's paper on pages...

Trying to summarise Jeff Jefford's paper on pages 91 to 94 of https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/research/RAF-Historical-Society-Journals/Journal-29A-Seminar-Reserve-Auxiliary-Forces.pdf - There...
24th Jan 2020, 20:39
Replies: 74
Views: 16,997
Posted By Innominate

DaveUnwin: It seems that WB563 left the RAF in...

DaveUnwin: It seems that WB563 left the RAF in 1956 to become G-AOTF. I believe there was a cull of the Chipmunk fleet around that time when the RAF closed the Reserve Flying Schools - the last RFS...
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