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22nd Jan 2015, 15:00
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Views: 2,193
Posted By lightningmate

Rebuilder, I have no specific knowledge of...

Rebuilder,

I have no specific knowledge of the RAAF Canberra Mk21. However, the operational RAF T4 was fitted with Martin Baker Ejection Seats for all crew members.

I have some recall that the...
7th Dec 2014, 18:25
Replies: 24
Views: 9,289
Posted By lightningmate

Plastic Bonsai, Regret tardy reply, rather...

Plastic Bonsai,

Regret tardy reply, rather busy recently.

Difficult to be specific since my recall of detail some 32 years previous is scant. Apart from the Radome change to the GR Tornado...
2nd Dec 2014, 08:20
Replies: 24
Views: 9,289
Posted By lightningmate

Bbadanov, I certainly did not realise there...

Bbadanov,

I certainly did not realise there was originally a fourth ordered. Possibly that jet may have been intended for other things at Bedford or RSRE. More likely, as was common with RAE...
2nd Dec 2014, 07:32
Replies: 24
Views: 9,289
Posted By lightningmate

The 3 'Weapons Trials' Buccs were XW 986, 987 &...

The 3 'Weapons Trials' Buccs were XW 986, 987 & 988. Their prime use was development of JP 233, although they also supported plenty of other weapons related activities.

lm
2nd Nov 2014, 11:31
Replies: 29
Views: 11,996
Posted By lightningmate

Suggest that the 18,000ft figure is related to...

Suggest that the 18,000ft figure is related to the pressure altitude above which Decompression Sickness becomes an issue. Obviously this is a Cabin Altitude factor, so pressurised aircraft are not...
22nd Sep 2014, 13:04
Replies: 287
Views: 135,458
Posted By lightningmate

BB I think we can all agree that the...

BB

I think we can all agree that the capabilities of most military aircraft are less than optimum for a whole range of reasons. No Nation of which I am aware has a particularly good record of...
21st Sep 2014, 14:36
Replies: 22
Views: 6,969
Posted By lightningmate

Firestreak/Red Top

Yes, there were quite a number of 'Live' firings using QRA Aircraft as things began to wind down. Scramble from the shed over to Aberporth range and let 2 Missiles away.

Unfortunately, it became a...
27th Aug 2014, 22:05
Replies: 35
Views: 6,745
Posted By lightningmate

Here we go again, re-fighting old battles! ...

Here we go again, re-fighting old battles!

Test and Evaluation Organisations, and that includes everyone involved, have always and only delivered Advice to a nominated Central Organisation. The...
25th Aug 2014, 21:27
Replies: 35
Views: 6,745
Posted By lightningmate

Brian, If I recall correctly, the RAF had to...

Brian,

If I recall correctly, the RAF had to man-up Boscombe ATC with about 24hrs notice following Airwork admitting it had insufficient staff the day prior to its contracted takeover date.

The...
9th Aug 2014, 11:47
Replies: 12,075
Views: 2,917,286
Posted By lightningmate

External Cockpit Visibility

The Canberra B(I)8 had the best Pilot's external visibility capability by far across the relevant types I have flown. PR9 was probably very similar.

lm
30th Jul 2014, 12:19
Replies: 4
Views: 4,436
Posted By lightningmate

Colin Cruickshanks

Totally shocked to read earlier on the Lightning Pilots' Site of Colin's passing. Colin began his front-line flying on that mighty beast with 5 Sqn at Binbrook.

Hence, I knew him within the...
30th Jul 2014, 11:55
Replies: 48
Views: 25,529
Posted By lightningmate

kaitakbowler, Apologies, you are correct....

kaitakbowler,

Apologies, you are correct. Guess I was mixing that event with some other!
Oh how the passage of time ruins the memory, and other things :O

lm
29th Jul 2014, 14:54
Replies: 48
Views: 25,529
Posted By lightningmate

kaitakbowler, Tony ejected because a main...

kaitakbowler,

Tony ejected because a main wheel would not extend and lock-down.

lm
22nd Jul 2014, 11:46
Replies: 10
Views: 2,893
Posted By lightningmate

Stitchbitch, Assuming the latest attempt to...

Stitchbitch,

Assuming the latest attempt to integrate a Camera for night vision is actually usable! Also, only a single Camera so a mono display, possibly some 'clever processing' may be involved....
20th Jul 2014, 18:40
Replies: 10
Views: 2,893
Posted By lightningmate

Hmm! Just what the original Typhoon Head...

Hmm!

Just what the original Typhoon Head Equipment Assembly was contracted to deliver some many years ago at considerable cost.

Here comes yet more cost on top of that already paid for with the...
24th Jun 2014, 16:56
Replies: 48
Views: 25,529
Posted By lightningmate

chevvron, Compare the letter case and...

chevvron,

Compare the letter case and spacing of the name tags :)

Of course, I will own up to the Buccaneer :ok:

lm
8th Jun 2014, 22:18
Replies: 41
Views: 9,607
Posted By lightningmate

Around '73 time, wingless Scimitar launches down...

Around '73 time, wingless Scimitar launches down a short RW at Farnborough with intent to engage a cable. Whoops! Hook is jolted up just before the cable and no engagement. The outcome of an...
7th Jun 2014, 18:38
Replies: 41
Views: 9,607
Posted By lightningmate

Talkdownman, Well 4 actually, the last one...

Talkdownman,

Well 4 actually, the last one being 10 years duration and then retirement from the RAF :). Albeit the flying side shifted to Boscombe around 1994, which was a bit of a commuting pain....
6th Jun 2014, 11:54
Replies: 41
Views: 9,607
Posted By lightningmate

Talkdownman, Correct for that time period,...

Talkdownman,

Correct for that time period, it was a different numeral during preceding and following periods :ok:

Regards
lm
5th Jun 2014, 12:50
Replies: 41
Views: 9,607
Posted By lightningmate

chevvron, Definitely not TA :ok: lm

chevvron,

Definitely not TA :ok:

lm
4th Jun 2014, 16:06
Replies: 41
Views: 9,607
Posted By lightningmate

chevron, T'was not me that had the RHAG...

chevron,

T'was not me that had the RHAG whoopsie, struggling to remember who was driving that day. RR keeps coming to mind :ok:.

Ah, the vagaries of the RAE Dept responsibilities, happy...
26th May 2014, 13:17
Replies: 51
Views: 12,198
Posted By lightningmate

To return to the original question, I cannot...

To return to the original question, I cannot recall any non-standard, asymmetric operating procedures for WE173. I only flew it on a few occasions, cannot remember why, but guess MRF were short of...
9th Apr 2014, 13:01
Replies: 47
Views: 16,380
Posted By lightningmate

Al R, Regret I cannot answer that one with...

Al R,

Regret I cannot answer that one with any degree of accuracy. I certainly cannot recall any ejections within the highest altitudes and, statistically, I am sure the vast majority of all...
9th Apr 2014, 11:27
Replies: 47
Views: 16,380
Posted By lightningmate

The 'official' Lightning operating altitude limit...

The 'official' Lightning operating altitude limit was 56,000ft and the Partial Pressure Assembly was cleared to that altitude. The basic assembly comprised:

Helmet and oro-nasal mask
Partial...
30th Mar 2014, 15:24
Replies: 4
Views: 1,769
Posted By lightningmate

annadomini, The Alpha Helmet is the...

annadomini,

The Alpha Helmet is the designation given by Helmet Integrated Systems to their product sold into the civilian market and some overseas military. The latest, non-avionic type, UK...
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