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30th Sep 2022, 11:40
Replies: 289
Views: 73,386
Posted By Nil_Drift

A further twist in the tale is that he is now the...

A further twist in the tale is that he is now the Senior Duty Holder for all aircraft in the RAF but he's never been a Delivery Duty Holder nor an Operating Duty Holder.

In DSA01.2 Chapter 2...
31st Aug 2022, 09:43
Replies: 63
Views: 16,478
Posted By Nil_Drift

Smile Wow! It's been decades since I heard that name! ...

Wow! It's been decades since I heard that name!

I was also on 30 Sqn, in the early '90's', but Dick Clode was a name which often cropped up when it was time to 'swing the lantern' in the...
27th Aug 2022, 19:56
Replies: 14
Views: 2,361
Posted By Nil_Drift

Always looking for an excuse to share a story ......

Always looking for an excuse to share a story ... flying a Chipmunk on EFTS Swinderby I was told by the instructor that he would initiate a Practice Engine Failure and I would have to pick a suitable...
26th Aug 2022, 19:39
Replies: 14
Views: 2,361
Posted By Nil_Drift

Could be GCA - Ground Controlled Approach -...

Could be GCA - Ground Controlled Approach - although I'd expect PAR or SRA instead = Precision Approach Radar which is the more accurate of the two; the Surveillance Radar Approach being a...
20th Aug 2022, 21:39
Replies: 289
Views: 73,386
Posted By Nil_Drift

I suppose it depends on what he was actually...

I suppose it depends on what he was actually briefed to do. I know that Ben Wallace said he only had one job to do and that was to sort out pilot training, but the politicians dictate what the CAS...
14th Aug 2022, 15:08
Replies: 63
Views: 16,478
Posted By Nil_Drift

Apart from a quick flight in a Bulldog for air...

Apart from a quick flight in a Bulldog for air experience at Cosford in 1980, the flight that inspired me to want to be aircrew was when I was invited to the flight deck of an Andover to observe the...
18th Jul 2022, 16:43
Replies: 33
Views: 8,575
Posted By Nil_Drift

Quite a few of us know but, apart from this...

Quite a few of us know but, apart from this shocking decision, he's a thoroughly 'top chap' so I, for one, will not say who he is. Needless to say he got another couple of ranks out of it before he...
18th Jul 2022, 15:06
Replies: 28
Views: 3,905
Posted By Nil_Drift

It always bugged me when some pretty piece would...

It always bugged me when some pretty piece would talk about 'spits and spots of rain'.

The only weather girl that I trust is Laura Tobin, formerly of Brize Met office. Not only did she give an...
18th Jul 2022, 15:01
Replies: 33
Views: 8,575
Posted By Nil_Drift

Last year, causing aircraft to operate out of...

Last year, causing aircraft to operate out of civil airports for several weeks. Shame that Lyneham wasn't available as an immediate BOLTHOLE.

Cranwell also has melting parking surfaces in recent...
24th Jun 2022, 21:05
Replies: 26
Views: 8,326
Posted By Nil_Drift

I am not justifying anything wicked that is being...

I am not justifying anything wicked that is being done, just mulling over the Forum's approach to this interesting subject.

For instance: a NATO ally crashes and burns. Immediate comments would be...
24th Jun 2022, 19:47
Replies: 26
Views: 8,326
Posted By Nil_Drift

It was such a thought that made me start the...

It was such a thought that made me start the thread. The Americans used to say "A good Commie is a dead Commie" but, as we are an educated people, we know that we shouldn't tar everyone with the same...
24th Jun 2022, 13:14
Replies: 26
Views: 8,326
Posted By Nil_Drift

IL-76 EFATO enroute Ukraine

Despite the regime or national air forces that aircrew fly for, it is always a tragedy when lives of fellow aviators are lost doing what many of us here have done safely for years.

In WWI, enemies...
12th Jun 2022, 21:57
Replies: 162
Views: 18,979
Posted By Nil_Drift

I did my JT to Cpl leadership course at Hereford...

I did my JT to Cpl leadership course at Hereford in 1984. It was an established two week course focussed on various administrative matters including how to fill out a F252 - the infamous charge sheet...
12th Jun 2022, 20:51
Replies: 137
Views: 43,267
Posted By Nil_Drift

Knowing that the Reds are all about uniformity,...

Knowing that the Reds are all about uniformity, the first thing I noticed about the groundcrew is the mix of footwear, brown and black. On a couple of front line squadrons last week I noticed a whole...
11th Jun 2022, 17:35
Replies: 162
Views: 18,979
Posted By Nil_Drift

The blinkered enthusiasm of Moglington shows a...

The blinkered enthusiasm of Moglington shows a career-minded individual who believes there is a chance to move up the Officer rank structure if the right words are spoken. The reality is that support...
3rd Jun 2022, 17:01
Replies: 151
Views: 30,087
Posted By Nil_Drift

My immediate thought is "No, you're not too...

My immediate thought is "No, you're not too late". I think that you are entitled to go on a destructive, mindless rampage, demand the removal of the word Vulcan from any street sign, ask for an...
2nd Jun 2022, 17:18
Replies: 151
Views: 30,087
Posted By Nil_Drift

Thanks for adding value, Underfoot. As an...

Thanks for adding value, Underfoot. As an ex-Techie I'm aware of all that the groundcrew do and they deserve the praise too, but my comment was principally to acknowledge the ultimate presentation to...
2nd Jun 2022, 12:59
Replies: 151
Views: 30,087
Posted By Nil_Drift

Platinum Jubilee Fly Past

Well Done to all the aircrew, supervisors and authorisers of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Fly Past. Well executed, spot on timing and safely flown.

The two outstanding things for me: the roar of...
25th May 2022, 22:24
Replies: 40
Views: 7,360
Posted By Nil_Drift

That didn't work with Voyager. There is the KC...

That didn't work with Voyager. There is the KC Mk2 and KC Mk3 but there was never a KC Mk1. It's according to the number of hoses.
24th May 2022, 20:57
Replies: 70
Views: 33,393
Posted By Nil_Drift

Oh dear Bellthorpe, do try and keep up. NOTAM is...

Oh dear Bellthorpe, do try and keep up. NOTAM is so last year, it's now NOTAC. Or at least NOTAC is being foisted on the unwilling aviation community. Notice to Airmen is now Notice to Aviators and...
16th May 2022, 10:24
Replies: 70
Views: 33,393
Posted By Nil_Drift

Smile I almost hesitate, FB, to question whether you...

I almost hesitate, FB, to question whether you may now also be mortified by your poor spelling?
7th May 2022, 17:22
Replies: 146
Views: 30,970
Posted By Nil_Drift

Good question but not one that can be answered! ...

Good question but not one that can be answered!

If you started a new thread with your question it would easily outstrip the #108 of this thread with strong views at both ends of the spectrum.
7th May 2022, 16:49
Replies: 74
Views: 20,980
Posted By Nil_Drift

But isn't that part of the living history that is...

But isn't that part of the living history that is PPRuNe? Over the years some of the most enjoyable reading has veered significantly from the thread starters words, gone down numerous rabbit holes...
7th May 2022, 14:08
Replies: 74
Views: 20,980
Posted By Nil_Drift

When I was instructing I would use the mantra...

When I was instructing I would use the mantra "You've got to be good to be gash". After a theatrical pause I'd continue "But if you were good, you wouldn't be gash!"
There are parallels with the...
4th May 2022, 19:22
Replies: 146
Views: 30,970
Posted By Nil_Drift

Actually, post #2 made reference to that. I...

Actually, post #2 made reference to that.

I admit that I didn't re-read the whole thread to ensure that I didn't replicate somebody else's observation but it was about 64 comments earlier.
...
4th May 2022, 17:38
Replies: 146
Views: 30,970
Posted By Nil_Drift

"Gareth and I" .... it would seem that nobody has...

"Gareth and I" .... it would seem that nobody has picked up on the fact that it should be "Gareth and me". Probably Sarah is one of those who never uses "me" and uses "myself" every time. Well...
3rd May 2022, 17:09
Replies: 22
Views: 5,482
Posted By Nil_Drift

With the difficulty of finding anyone to populate...

With the difficulty of finding anyone to populate 207 Sqn, where are the peeps coming from to fly and maintain the new purchases?
I expect someone has considered closing Marham and moving all the...
3rd May 2022, 16:59
Replies: 146
Views: 30,970
Posted By Nil_Drift

Bristol University ... I rest my case, m'Lud.

Bristol University ... I rest my case, m'Lud.
25th Mar 2022, 22:13
Replies: 18
Views: 4,089
Posted By Nil_Drift

A great account of two courageous men. I remember...

A great account of two courageous men. I remember a fellow C130 colleague, Wg Cdr Mike Black, left the force in the '90s to go and fly with MAF. In those days it was the Missionary Aviation...
18th Mar 2022, 11:57
Replies: 115
Views: 33,397
Posted By Nil_Drift

I heard that the current stand-in is a Dentist!...

I heard that the current stand-in is a Dentist! Just what you need when the military is on a war-footing!

I suppose they would be useful in the Marathon Man scenario with Dustin Hoffman. "Is it...
3rd Feb 2022, 17:09
Replies: 8
Views: 3,420
Posted By Nil_Drift

Civil Servants trying to do quick maths without...

Civil Servants trying to do quick maths without making it obvious they're using their fingers. "Did I say 1.2m, Minister? Sorry, I meant 5 million"
That is per DAY! :ugh:
1st Feb 2022, 13:36
Replies: 114
Views: 25,537
Posted By Nil_Drift

Why are there two pictures in each of the three...

Why are there two pictures in each of the three uniform options? I sincerely hope that there is not going to be any differentiation between the men and ... er .... the others, I mean, the aviators,...
6th Jan 2022, 14:51
Replies: 292
Views: 60,096
Posted By Nil_Drift

Where I work we have been told to just start...

Where I work we have been told to just start emails with "Good afternoon" or "Colleagues", and similar in briefings, to make everyone equal in every respect. This is removing the military...
21st Dec 2021, 19:45
Replies: 7
Views: 2,729
Posted By Nil_Drift

Reproduction standard

"he carried a home made squadron standard at the Queen's Birthday Parade in HK 1968".

I carried the 30 Sqn standard for the 75th anniversary of the RAF. I was shocked by the lack of a...
13th Dec 2021, 22:22
Replies: 292
Views: 60,096
Posted By Nil_Drift

I must admit that it has been quite novel to...

I must admit that it has been quite novel to write my work emails with deliberate "on message" expressions. Those who know me will see the transformation but nobody has said anything about it....
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