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28th Mar 2019, 15:21
Replies: 33
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Posted By Fixed Cross

Thanks Bill,- I was devastated not to be there. ...

Thanks Bill,- I was devastated not to be there.

By the way,were you at CFS on the QFI course in mid 64?

Regards

FC
28th Mar 2019, 09:34
Replies: 33
Views: 10,914
Posted By Fixed Cross

Did anyone attend Fred's memorial Service? On my...

Did anyone attend Fred's memorial Service? On my way I ran into a mega M25 traffic jam and spent 2 hours crawling out. By then the Service would have been almost through and I was still an hour away...
9th Mar 2019, 12:48
Replies: 33
Views: 10,914
Posted By Fixed Cross

They just do not come any better. The best boss...

They just do not come any better. The best boss (8(F) Sqn) I ever had. Restored my faith in the Air Force.
22nd Jul 2018, 08:42
Replies: 23
Views: 4,161
Posted By Fixed Cross

I sat opposit Chris in the MOD Main Bldg Jaguar...

I sat opposit Chris in the MOD Main Bldg Jaguar Ops office (75-76) keeping each other sane telling old "Hunter" stories. However, our greatest contribution to staff activity was to be instrumental in...
20th Jul 2018, 06:35
Replies: 244
Views: 52,613
Posted By Fixed Cross

Front, left,on one knee is Sam Toyne - later Sqn...

Front, left,on one knee is Sam Toyne - later Sqn Ldr (ops) at Chivenor.
25th May 2018, 08:20
Replies: 126
Views: 109,334
Posted By Fixed Cross

Many servicemen active in the 60s were aware of...

Many servicemen active in the 60s were aware of the basic tale regarding the stolen C-130. However, the addition of the Chivenor element is a new one to me. I had the good fortune to serve at...
3rd Dec 2017, 09:02
Replies: 66
Views: 35,393
Posted By Fixed Cross

I was fortunate to serve for three separate...

I was fortunate to serve for three separate occasions at Chivenor. 67-68 DF/GA and FR course, 72-74 OC 79, and 82-85 OC Fg Wg. The stories of Hunter and Hawk drivers have become legends in their own...
27th Sep 2017, 07:43
Replies: 12,664
Views: 3,487,016
Posted By Fixed Cross

10 hour 'itis.

I would add one more element to this phenomenon. The fear of failure was often enhanced by the other members of the course who went solo in the early initial stage which must have added to the...
1st May 2017, 07:40
Replies: 58
Views: 9,299
Posted By Fixed Cross

JW, When was that photograph taken? I used...

JW,

When was that photograph taken? I used to visit with 8Sqn 68/69 and my memory (admitted somewhat unreliable now) had the compound tagged as the OK Coral.

GL
30th Apr 2017, 07:20
Replies: 58
Views: 9,299
Posted By Fixed Cross

Masirah - The OK Coral

Whatever happened to the OK Coral? I seem to recall this splendid facility was constructed to house all stray animals collected by the plods in their evening "round up" before the fence was built....
28th Apr 2017, 07:54
Replies: 58
Views: 9,299
Posted By Fixed Cross

Hunters at Masirah

In my youth I had the pleasure of being numbered amongst Jock's "young killers" and took part in several 8 Sqn detachments to Masirah. LOX was certainly a requirement which demanded respect but...
21st Mar 2017, 09:10
Replies: 133
Views: 29,172
Posted By Fixed Cross

In Jan 1964 I was commissioned as a Plt Off after...

In Jan 1964 I was commissioned as a Plt Off after 7 years in the ranks.Three months later a new QR introduced a provision to grant half of non commissioned time as seniority subject to a back dating...
23rd Feb 2017, 07:43
Replies: 15
Views: 4,684
Posted By Fixed Cross

Unmentionable.

I can confirm "Halyard" and "Fabulous" as earlier references to QRA from my time in the back seat of a Javelin 1958-61. By the time that I returned to fast jet activity on the Hunter in 1967 such...
15th Jan 2017, 08:32
Replies: 65
Views: 11,439
Posted By Fixed Cross

Not quite a leadership exercise BUT:- In 73...

Not quite a leadership exercise BUT:-

In 73 the 30 odd Sqn Ldrs on my 4 week Basic Staff Course at Bracknell were shown a 30 minute clip of 12 o' clock high and then asked to write a 1369 on all...
6th Dec 2016, 07:36
Replies: 33
Views: 7,979
Posted By Fixed Cross

The RAF has been posting first tour instructors...

The RAF has been posting first tour instructors directly back into the training units for most of its existence. As far as I am aware all such individuals completed basic and advanced training before...
21st Nov 2016, 10:19
Replies: 18
Views: 5,291
Posted By Fixed Cross

I can only echo the fond memories and sad...

I can only echo the fond memories and sad reflection of earlier posters. Jim and I go back a long way ranging from early days setting out in RAF NCO pilot training through to FlyBe. One of the best...
24th Oct 2016, 07:50
Replies: 9
Views: 2,382
Posted By Fixed Cross

UK PPL plus FI Rating.

BB

Are you sure that the holder of a UK PPL(A) with medical declaration can exercise the privileges of an FI?
3rd Oct 2016, 08:18
Replies: 16
Views: 10,431
Posted By Fixed Cross

Instructing on a PPL.

Perhaps Whopity can help.

In the past instructing on a PPL required a Class 2 medical (for the PPL). However, since Aug 25th a PPL only requires a medical self-declaration. This would seem to...
16th Aug 2016, 07:27
Replies: 12
Views: 3,124
Posted By Fixed Cross

NickB, and tiller, Please forgive the...

NickB,
and tiller,

Please forgive the minor correction but the official RO brevet title was Radio Observer. I wore one for 5 years before exchanging it for a Pilots wings. There were only a few...
17th Apr 2016, 07:21
Replies: 154
Views: 27,526
Posted By Fixed Cross

2 TWU (Ref post #89) I was very fortunate to...

2 TWU (Ref post #89)

I was very fortunate to have MPlt Jock Naismith as my instructor at Syerston (62-63).

Fixed Cross (once a Sgt Pilot)
3rd Jan 2016, 07:27
Replies: 12,664
Views: 3,487,016
Posted By Fixed Cross

Creamed off Instructors

As one of those who had the misfortune to be numbered among the first-tour instructor fraternity (in the 60s) I can assure you that we were more likely to be refered to as "scummed off". Our reward...
20th Dec 2015, 07:55
Replies: 12,664
Views: 3,487,016
Posted By Fixed Cross

Man is not lost.

Danny - Reference your 7914.

With the greatest respect to your experience I feel that you do a serious injustice to the splendid Air Traffickers at Syerston (no, not Leeming) in the 60s.

No...
19th Dec 2015, 08:09
Replies: 12,664
Views: 3,487,016
Posted By Fixed Cross

Inflight compass swing.

Not quite a full swing but in the 60s I was climbing through solid cloud at night in a JP when the aircraft was hit by lightning. No nasty reaction except both the gyro G4 and the E2 were clearly...
18th Dec 2015, 07:32
Replies: 12
Views: 9,633
Posted By Fixed Cross

Syerston Days.

Hi Sam,

Came across your post when checking Pprune. Thought I'd throw in a reminder of earlier days at Syerston.

Best Wishes

George L
30th Nov 2015, 07:40
Replies: 12,664
Views: 3,487,016
Posted By Fixed Cross

Marktime Pay on Commissioning from the ranks.

I cannot confirm the policy of pay changes during the war but I did experience the effect later. I was commissioned in 1964 after 6 years service as an NCO Radio Observer and subsequently Pilot. On...
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