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10th Dec 2020, 11:08
Replies: 663
Views: 145,442
Posted By Old Bricks

Brian 48nav - Ah, that would account for it. ...

Brian 48nav - Ah, that would account for it. This was a Phantom nav - obviously a complete different life form to the Herc world. Many apologies.
10th Dec 2020, 09:55
Replies: 663
Views: 145,442
Posted By Old Bricks

Reminds me of crewroom conversation many years...

Reminds me of crewroom conversation many years ago. Pilot: "What's the definition of gross stupidity?" Answer: "144 navigators." Question from recumbent navigator: "why 144?"
7th Nov 2020, 14:42
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

With regard to injuries and deaths, Adjutant Chef...

With regard to injuries and deaths, Adjutant Chef Mariotti of the French Mission was killed in a deliberate ramming set up by the Stasi in Halle on 22 Mar 84. Nick Nicholson of the US Mission was...
6th Nov 2020, 15:04
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

This may be disappointing, but I can assure you...

This may be disappointing, but I can assure you that the photographs taken out on the ground in the GDR were clear and in focus. The decision to blur them was a policy decision to try to hide our...
8th Jun 2020, 09:42
Replies: 16
Views: 4,860
Posted By Old Bricks

He was also in the embassy in Washington in 2004....

He was also in the embassy in Washington in 2004. Always a gentleman.
13th Dec 2019, 14:39
Replies: 77
Views: 22,692
Posted By Old Bricks

As a flight cadet at Cranwell in the late 60s,...

As a flight cadet at Cranwell in the late 60s, when we still did 2.5 years there, the provision of No 1 uniforms was quite a palaver. On arrival, we were measured up for a No 1 made (ISTR) by RE...
25th Feb 2019, 09:55
Replies: 15
Views: 3,122
Posted By Old Bricks

2(AC) Sqn RIC at Laarbruch in the early 70s had...

2(AC) Sqn RIC at Laarbruch in the early 70s had the 7-strand light tables to go with the Phantom recce pod. Included with each table was the ultimate in high-tech computer power - a second-hand...
9th Jan 2019, 12:10
Replies: 116
Views: 27,748
Posted By Old Bricks

The only other bit of religion that springs to...

The only other bit of religion that springs to mind from that same period was when the Towers had an official visit from the RC Bishop to the Forces. All RC-registered flight cadets were rounded up...
8th Jan 2019, 11:45
Replies: 116
Views: 27,748
Posted By Old Bricks

I was notionally RC when at Cranwell (68-71) but...

I was notionally RC when at Cranwell (68-71) but availed myself of the opportunity to not go on Church parade, unlike the CofEs, who were lumbered every week. Even worse, the CofE flight cadets were...
7th Nov 2018, 10:45
Replies: 49
Views: 13,604
Posted By Old Bricks

What is/was Cardiac Hill? My memories of...

What is/was Cardiac Hill? My memories of Cranwell were that it was flat - Running round the North Airfield for the Knocker Run did, however, feel like running up Everest - just more horizontal!
16th Sep 2018, 10:48
Replies: 120
Views: 23,392
Posted By Old Bricks

Some years ago I was admitted to the hospital at...

Some years ago I was admitted to the hospital at RAF Halton. As usual, because you hadn't been there the day before, there was no food ordered for you, so you basically got what had been ordered by...
1st Sep 2018, 12:28
Replies: 139
Views: 32,732
Posted By Old Bricks

How to Get Orderly Officer Duties Really, Really...

How to Get Orderly Officer Duties Really, Really Wrong
The following saga tells the story of what happens when an Orderly Officer really makes a c*ck of it. Thankfully it was not me, but was from...
26th Aug 2018, 10:22
Replies: 139
Views: 32,732
Posted By Old Bricks

I was OO at Gatow one day while the Berlin Tattoo...

I was OO at Gatow one day while the Berlin Tattoo was on. The station and all the empty hangars were full of army personnel, horses etc up from "The Zone" as participants. Called to the guardroom...
4th Dec 2017, 10:16
Replies: 30
Views: 13,823
Posted By Old Bricks

In 1982, during the Falklands war, I was a flt lt...

In 1982, during the Falklands war, I was a flt lt in Int at HQSTC. Every morning there was an "inner" ops brief run by AM Bairsto with all the high-priced help, and, as duty briefer, I would start...
16th Sep 2017, 16:53
Replies: 43
Views: 22,603
Posted By Old Bricks

Not an aviator, but there is a grave from 1917 in...

Not an aviator, but there is a grave from 1917 in New Irish Farm Cemetery outside Ypres of Gunner OB Gentle of the Royal Garrison Artillery. With a name like that, who needs an epitaph?
2nd Sep 2017, 15:46
Replies: 170
Views: 59,788
Posted By Old Bricks

Pakistani exchange QFI - "Old Bricks, you are...

Pakistani exchange QFI - "Old Bricks, you are trying to kill me....again!"
14th Aug 2017, 19:13
Replies: 26
Views: 11,786
Posted By Old Bricks

PAK-FA =SU-57

Now that it has a designation, all it needs is for the NATO naming committee to come up with a reporting name. Perhaps now is a good time to offer some suggestions to help them....
How about...
9th Aug 2017, 15:43
Replies: 87
Views: 22,604
Posted By Old Bricks

Orenda369 Late coming into this thread, but I...

Orenda369
Late coming into this thread, but I have just read your #1 titled "Mass Murderer to Pilot". I know the poor old cooks tend to get a bashing from a lot of people, but it seems a bit harsh...
22nd Jul 2017, 11:17
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

Chipmunk Camera Vibration/ASA

BEagle
We tended to use 400ASA B/W film mostly, with occasional 400ASA Ektachrome for colour if the colour added more int to the target. Because both the 500 and the 1000mm mirror lenses had fixed...
21st Jul 2017, 11:52
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

Chipmunk Recce Fit

BEagle
The front seat observer had twoNikon F3 camera bodies, each with motor-drive, one fitted with a 180mm lens,and the other with a 500mm mirror lens. In addition, a 1000mm lens was carried, plus...
21st Jul 2017, 11:11
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

Phantom Recce Pod

Haraka
I was with II(AC) from Jan 73-Jan 76, and we had a full set of pods all that time. I seem to remember that the first ones were issued to II(AC) in 1970, and they finished in 76 when Sandy...
20th Jul 2017, 17:23
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

I have to say that I had never heard of this,...

I have to say that I had never heard of this, although that isn't surprising, as many things dreamed up by mad scientists were tried out and then dropped. The daftest one I can remember was when I...
20th Jul 2017, 17:11
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

BEagle "Not just 16/8 per day though,...

BEagle


"Not just 16/8 per day though, didn't we also have free haircuts from the Mad Slasher?"

There was nothing free about the haircuts! It was the ultimate insult - we were charged for 4...
19th Jul 2017, 10:55
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

BEags Pretty horrific thought that it's already...

BEags
Pretty horrific thought that it's already 49 years since a trainload of spotty oiks polled up at Grantham with our entire belongings in one suitcase each. Was it a steam train? And all for...
18th Jul 2017, 17:28
Replies: 77
Views: 20,941
Posted By Old Bricks

Haraka I'm sorry to have shocked you. I was...

Haraka
I'm sorry to have shocked you. I was not aware that Mr Marconi's waves were actually strong enough to go as far as the southern colonial areas. You are quite correct, though - I never did...
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