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22nd Aug 2022, 21:23
Replies: 79
Views: 13,966
Posted By Slow Biker

And free coal.

And free coal.
10th Aug 2022, 15:56
Replies: 128
Views: 24,762
Posted By Slow Biker

Thread drift but: Indeed, I learnt how...

Thread drift but: Indeed, I learnt how professional they are when I was co-located with them on HF field deployments.
9th Aug 2022, 17:41
Replies: 128
Views: 24,762
Posted By Slow Biker

Itís a special Rock Ape beret.

Itís a special Rock Ape beret.
6th Aug 2022, 16:05
Replies: 24
Views: 4,283
Posted By Slow Biker

And Bobís out of town.

And Bobís out of town.
10th Jun 2022, 21:34
Replies: 1
Views: 784
Posted By Slow Biker

Formation over Biggleswade

Did anybody see the nine ac formation over Biggleswade today? Only had a brief look but spotted two Spitfires and a Hurricane, not sure about the rest.
23rd May 2022, 11:29
Replies: 228
Views: 51,699
Posted By Slow Biker

In a pre-deployment briefing we were told the FI...

In a pre-deployment briefing we were told the FI are a similar latitude S as Bedford is N. Therefore the weather will be similar!
2nd Jan 2022, 19:55
Replies: 6
Views: 2,730
Posted By Slow Biker

We were just the other day talking about Herman...

We were just the other day talking about Herman the German. The in-laws came to Gutersloh for Christmas and we did a sightseeing trip there. My father in law said one of his fondest memories is...
5th Oct 2021, 20:49
Replies: 97
Views: 19,313
Posted By Slow Biker

And for breakfast in the airmans' mess.

And for breakfast in the airmans' mess.
8th Sep 2021, 21:43
Replies: 26
Views: 8,429
Posted By Slow Biker

Way back I shared an office with an officer who...

Way back I shared an office with an officer who lived in Carterton. One morning he phoned BZN to complain about the aircraft noise. For those who are not familiar with Carterton, itís almost a...
4th Aug 2021, 21:03
Replies: 471
Views: 124,414
Posted By Slow Biker

Arthur gently vomiting onto a meat platter that...

Arthur gently vomiting onto a meat platter that he continued eating.
On HF deployment a Regt flt cdr dug his own trench which he lined with straw then slept in it. The Rocks used it as a latrine....
1st Aug 2021, 20:04
Replies: 92
Views: 24,184
Posted By Slow Biker

Back when I was serving I turned up for work and...

Back when I was serving I turned up for work and found a young airwoman in my office, when I queried her presence she burst into tears. She was fairly newly married but evidently her husband loved...
28th Jul 2021, 21:14
Replies: 62
Views: 10,505
Posted By Slow Biker

Try telling the RLC the conductor is below the...

Try telling the RLC the conductor is below the salt!
10th Jul 2021, 20:02
Replies: 62
Views: 10,505
Posted By Slow Biker

I believe the first CASWO was a rigger. But the...

I believe the first CASWO was a rigger. But the job has changed a lot since then.
9th Jul 2021, 21:03
Replies: 62
Views: 10,505
Posted By Slow Biker

SAS, I don't think it was said in a derogatory...

SAS, I don't think it was said in a derogatory manner, we were discussing the difference between an RAF warrant officer and a US Army one. I guess you are right about the similarities between us; one...
9th Jul 2021, 18:57
Replies: 62
Views: 10,505
Posted By Slow Biker

A US Army Lt once remarked to me that a warrant...

A US Army Lt once remarked to me that a warrant officer is an officer who works.
22nd Jun 2021, 16:05
Replies: 157
Views: 23,515
Posted By Slow Biker

During a conversation with my SEngO about the...

During a conversation with my SEngO about the merits of going to Biggin Hill he gave me encouragement with the sage words: when the shit hits the fan, the officers get the best bit.
I did go but...
11th May 2021, 20:55
Replies: 12
Views: 4,376
Posted By Slow Biker

I know what it's like to be on the wrong end of a...

I know what it's like to be on the wrong end of a strafing.
The strafe target on Song Song range off the coast of Malaysia comprised two large hessian sheets strung between palm trunks embedded in...
6th Apr 2021, 14:24
Replies: 53
Views: 18,319
Posted By Slow Biker

Most trial/surveillance drops were against the...

Most trial/surveillance drops were against the Hard Target at West Freugh, which, supposedly, was laid to WP spec. Only SG357 munitions were dropped and the dispenser retained on the ac. AFAIK no...
27th Mar 2021, 19:55
Replies: 450
Views: 119,168
Posted By Slow Biker

21 months inside pour encourager les autres.

21 months inside pour encourager les autres.
23rd Mar 2021, 22:18
Replies: 288
Views: 135,585
Posted By Slow Biker

Biggest - Changi. I was tempted to vote it best,...

Biggest - Changi. I was tempted to vote it best, but I was too young to make the best of it; Malcomb Club every evening and water skiing Wednesday PM and weekends, That was until I met a nice young...
24th Jan 2021, 16:41
Replies: 450
Views: 119,168
Posted By Slow Biker

A couple of us used to attend meetings chaired by...

A couple of us used to attend meetings chaired by a civilian grade C1; his opening statement was he was a wg cdr equivalent, and often would remind us peasants. I met him again at a JP233 drop - 30...
17th Nov 2020, 21:25
Replies: 38
Views: 9,785
Posted By Slow Biker

Back in '90 the Royal Engineers modified an EOD...

Back in '90 the Royal Engineers modified an EOD Wheelbarrow to clear the FI minefields; the FI airforce EOD element was invited to a demonstration of the prototype; if memory serves it was called...
27th Oct 2020, 21:35
Replies: 16
Views: 5,464
Posted By Slow Biker

Indeed. An RE Operator was awarded a rare CGM...

Indeed. An RE Operator was awarded a rare CGM (posthumously) and his colleague the DSC for their attempts to make safe a 1000lb bomb on HMS Antelope. An RAF operator was awarded the QGM for his...
2nd Oct 2020, 21:06
Replies: 24
Views: 9,677
Posted By Slow Biker

On the whole I have found ac recovery groups good...

On the whole I have found ac recovery groups good to work with; they are always careful to keep within the terms of their MoD license, which made things easy all round. Except for one instance that...
30th Sep 2020, 20:09
Replies: 12
Views: 4,867
Posted By Slow Biker

Spent plenty of time upclose with YS. Still here!

Spent plenty of time upclose with YS. Still here!
14th Sep 2020, 21:24
Replies: 73
Views: 27,181
Posted By Slow Biker

Don, like me, did you spend all your down time at...

Don, like me, did you spend all your down time at Changi water skiing?
27th Aug 2020, 19:47
Replies: 20
Views: 4,867
Posted By Slow Biker

And I cleared up a lot of dud SG-357 second...

And I cleared up a lot of dud SG-357 second stages at West Freugh after surveillance drops.
18th Aug 2020, 20:16
Replies: 29
Views: 12,541
Posted By Slow Biker

To finish up the arrival interview my sqn cdr...

To finish up the arrival interview my sqn cdr told me he is inclined to shout at people. As tactfully as I could - this was the start of a new tour - I replied that I had always managed to get...
20th Jul 2020, 19:45
Replies: 12
Views: 4,241
Posted By Slow Biker

Like Distant Voice I found Iraq quite safe and...

Like Distant Voice I found Iraq quite safe and this was within months of the end of GW1. Safe but strange, walking around Baghdad, passing destroyed government buildings yet being stopped by young...
28th Apr 2020, 19:58
Replies: 80
Views: 47,634
Posted By Slow Biker

I first came across Peter Squire on 20(AC) Sqn...

I first came across Peter Squire on 20(AC) Sqn back in the 70s; he was known among us ground crew as one of the good ones, he always had a cheerful word and would even apologize for snagging his ac....
21st Apr 2020, 19:44
Replies: 4
Views: 1,838
Posted By Slow Biker

"24".........."28". Take it down a bit and try...

"24".........."28". Take it down a bit and try again! Was it that many? A Vulcan plumber will get my drift.
8th Apr 2020, 20:21
Replies: 729
Views: 319,071
Posted By Slow Biker

Painting the Sand by Kim Hughes. An EOD...

Painting the Sand by Kim Hughes. An EOD operators tour in Helmand 2009. A bit ott in places - 'this is what I was born for' etc but it describes what young soldiers, not out of their teens, went...
8th Apr 2020, 19:06
Replies: 15
Views: 2,235
Posted By Slow Biker

Such a bleak place. It was late in the year and...

Such a bleak place. It was late in the year and the light was going; there were just three of us, the only ones there. We walked in silence, then, in the near distance the tank guns on Hohne range...
5th Apr 2020, 18:45
Replies: 33
Views: 11,704
Posted By Slow Biker

Countdown. Yes I'm over it, just closing the...

Countdown. Yes I'm over it, just closing the story from Nutloose's thread opener. As an aside to put the record straight, the guys in RAFG qualified on the same BD, but not IEDD, courses as the sqn...
3rd Apr 2020, 18:29
Replies: 33
Views: 11,704
Posted By Slow Biker

Well PN and SASless, it was neither a bang or a...

Well PN and SASless, it was neither a bang or a whimper - 5131(BD) Sqn just faded away on 1 April, taking with it a body of corporate knowledge, ranging from aircraft weapon trials and surveillance...
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