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8th Apr 2021, 16:35
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.......or simply just Sleepy Hollow as it was...

.......or simply just Sleepy Hollow as it was known in my time there
6th Apr 2021, 18:52
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So, Twothree, whereabouts and on what heading did...

So, Twothree, whereabouts and on what heading did you undertake your supersonic run - turning stbd just west of Chivenor?
15th Mar 2021, 16:56
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The widely quoted figure of 138 goes back to the...

The widely quoted figure of 138 goes back to the time of Initial Gate for the project when that figure, based on 1 for 1 replacement for Harriers, was a planning assumption, so at that time no...
13th Mar 2021, 13:23
Replies: 218
Views: 50,418
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Fully agree Idle with your assessment of JC from...

Fully agree Idle with your assessment of JC from my recollections of him as an instructor on UAS and again from coming across him in said sandy place some 20+ years later. Glad to hear that all is...
21st Jan 2021, 18:22
Replies: 102
Views: 41,669
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Must have been about the same time I had a...

Must have been about the same time I had a similar experience. Air Raid Red came over the alerting net, so I took up residence in our shelter (the stair well of our villa). No public air raid warning...
21st Jan 2021, 11:13
Replies: 77
Views: 16,645
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Just as well we didn't select the Boeing X-32...

Just as well we didn't select the Boeing X-32 then! Now that was an ugly aircraft.
27th Aug 2020, 11:43
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Views: 97,114
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Workshare was negotiated at the time the UK...

Workshare was negotiated at the time the UK became the only Level 1 partner on the basis of the initial funding to the programme.
26th Aug 2020, 14:43
Replies: 62
Views: 16,754
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I well remember taking a Gazelle to Marignane for...

I well remember taking a Gazelle to Marignane for a hot dry weather trial in Sep 76 and being somewhat taken aback when reaching the end of the lunchtime buffet line in the Aerospatiale cafeteria to...
22nd Jul 2020, 09:35
Replies: 14
Views: 3,712
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Ah yes, the half ties. Brings to mind the night...

Ah yes, the half ties. Brings to mind the night in 1989 that eng wg took the visiting Canadian Chief Engineer and AOEng HQSTC (Mike Alcock) there for an informal evening, thinking that they would be...
21st Jul 2020, 17:53
Replies: 14
Views: 3,712
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......so the Nags Head is no more?? Shock,...

......so the Nags Head is no more?? Shock, horror. It used to be our go-to destination during the rebuild in 1987, especially on the frequent evenings when the contractors put a digger through the...
20th Jul 2020, 13:03
Replies: 27
Views: 4,770
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....ah, but what about the J's?

....ah, but what about the J's?
7th Jul 2020, 14:54
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...but the real double dippers were the NAAFI...

...but the real double dippers were the NAAFI area HQ types who were paying no tax anywhere, getting free accommodation and access to duty free




Not in my time. One side was an RAF educator,...
5th Jul 2020, 18:39
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Indeed! We were in No 12, 1980 - 83. and the...

Indeed! We were in No 12, 1980 - 83. and the designated provider of electrical power out through our basement window for the floodlight suspended from the peak of the brake parachute. Flood light...
5th Jul 2020, 09:56
Replies: 2,012
Views: 377,530
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What goes around comes around. Forty years ago...

What goes around comes around. Forty years ago at Rheindahlen the de rigueur starter aid for the Portadown Way Wednesday evening Weber gathering was a catering size baked bean can, courtesy of the...
2nd Jul 2020, 18:34
Replies: 60
Views: 10,523
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So how did it work BEagle? Were you commissioned...

So how did it work BEagle? Were you commissioned more or less straight away on university cadet terms as APOs on the university cadet salary and did you eventually return to the Towers on a graduate...
30th Jun 2020, 09:57
Replies: 60
Views: 10,523
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Not quite. The last flight cadet entry (101)...

Not quite. The last flight cadet entry (101) graduated in Feb 73, by which time the Graduate Entry Scheme (GES) was in full flow with the first (1GE) having graduated in Aug 71. Also, there were...
21st Jun 2020, 20:00
Replies: 223
Views: 49,327
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Ahh! The taceval scenario. I'd forgotten how...

Ahh! The taceval scenario. I'd forgotten how amusing it was watching familiar faces from the TV doing their best in NBC kit. For some reason the tannoy always seemed to burst out with "red, red, red,...
19th Jun 2020, 13:34
Replies: 70
Views: 20,806
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Quite correct. In fact it was a fairly exhaustive...

Quite correct. In fact it was a fairly exhaustive = expensive study. BAe did their best to make it look viable, but the reality was that there were 2 major problems: Typhoon was not designed to live...
15th Jun 2020, 14:52
Replies: 8
Views: 3,047
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....and F4s in the 70s and 80s

....and F4s in the 70s and 80s
7th Jun 2020, 17:50
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Views: 4,860
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Another very sad loss with a sudden departure...

Another very sad loss with a sudden departure from pneumonia, though he had been very unwell with an extremely nasty and debilitating condition for several years. Regarding his experiences, he wrote...
7th Jun 2020, 12:47
Replies: 38
Views: 17,121
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Re Spekesoftly: Insufficiently spurious like most...

Re Spekesoftly: Insufficiently spurious like most of us, I guess, not that I've ever lost any sleep over it. Who made the selection and on what basis I haven't the faintest. I knew that there was...
17th Dec 2019, 19:59
Replies: 25
Views: 10,034
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. All true, but again not quite..... The...

. All true, but again not quite.....

The RAFG sqns were strike/attack whereas 6 and 54 in the F4 days were not in the strike role. However, 6, 54 and the OCU had to keep a proportion of their...
17th Dec 2019, 17:27
Replies: 25
Views: 10,034
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Remember the FGR2 OCU was set up at Coningsby to...

Remember the FGR2 OCU was set up at Coningsby to supply mud crews to RAFG. We were in 38 Gp, Air Support Command and not 11 Gp, Strike Command. - as were 6, 41 and 54 Sqns
15th Dec 2019, 17:14
Replies: 77
Views: 22,686
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Ahh too true Haraka! probably just as well that...

Ahh too true Haraka! probably just as well that the SRI did not know that the No 1 came, on the advice of the CFI from UAS, from the little tailor just down the road from Strad. Its eventual...
15th Dec 2019, 16:31
Replies: 77
Views: 22,686
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As the only former university cadet on my entry...

As the only former university cadet on my entry at the Towers, along with 40 direct entrants, I came in for quite a bit of grief from the senior regiment instructor for my No1: "Good grief man, how...
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