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16th Feb 2018, 19:04
Replies: 22
Views: 6,420
Posted By Exnomad

I was training in Chipmunks at Derby 1953, and...

I was training in Chipmunks at Derby 1953, and Philip was flying across the area.
A special Airway was notified that we had to keep out of
13th Feb 2018, 18:55
Replies: 12,730
Views: 3,600,742
Posted By Exnomad

Angel Beginner

My briother (9 years old than me) did his training in what was then Rhodesia, and did a few Bomber command ops near the end of the war.
Then spent some time bringing released POWs back from Italy,...
7th Oct 2017, 16:06
Replies: 24
Views: 6,657
Posted By Exnomad

First Solo

When taxing out for first solo, horrified by rattling noise from rear cockpit. Stopped on taxyway, stood up in seat, and slid back canopy (Chipmunk).
Instructor had fastened rear harness, but very...
12th Aug 2017, 13:50
Replies: 111
Views: 40,937
Posted By Exnomad

Under training, "uncertain of positions" is the...

Under training, "uncertain of positions" is the correct definition, never "lost", after all, you still have the aircraft with you, so can rectify that.
5th Aug 2017, 10:32
Replies: 1,221
Views: 585,275
Posted By Exnomad

Oh for the old days, with a runway caravan, and...

Oh for the old days, with a runway caravan, and someone to fire off a few reds is something looks wrong.
22nd Jul 2017, 20:44
Replies: 196
Views: 32,897
Posted By Exnomad

Equily should mean that. Same physical standards,...

Equily should mean that. Same physical standards, pleanty oif strong females.
Still have the sex problem, mixed showers probably no conducive to good dicipline, but probabkly fun.
1st Jun 2017, 14:48
Replies: 60
Views: 20,335
Posted By Exnomad

I worked for many years on various bits and bobs...

I worked for many years on various bits and bobs at attached to V bombers, Canberra s, and others, never as far a I knew had anything fall off. could have been big bang if some of them had. visited...
21st Apr 2017, 14:47
Replies: 10
Views: 3,906
Posted By Exnomad

Wasp memories

Not many people realise that the little Wasp could carry one of the things that make a really big bang for attacking enemy subs.
8th Apr 2017, 13:56
Replies: 256
Views: 94,865
Posted By Exnomad

My last flight in a Chipmunk a very long time...

My last flight in a Chipmunk a very long time ago, April 24th 1952. I never had any trouble with spin recovery. Did have a worry once, spinning down happily from 10,000, when I realised I was...
3rd Apr 2017, 21:49
Replies: 12,730
Views: 3,600,742
Posted By Exnomad

My brother, Older than me, was called up in 1942,...

My brother, Older than me, was called up in 1942, and volunteered for RAF. The selection was at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton, convenient, we lived in Brighton. He did his basic train training in...
3rd Apr 2017, 16:22
Replies: 324
Views: 142,619
Posted By Exnomad

Did a Navigators course largely in Varsitys in...

Did a Navigators course largely in Varsitys in 1952-53. including two overseas trips. Got my brevet in August 1953. The Varsitys were fairly new then, surprise they lasted this long. They often did...
30th Mar 2017, 18:08
Replies: 9
Views: 1,942
Posted By Exnomad

Did not know the RAF had any, all the ones I saw...

Did not know the RAF had any, all the ones I saw were RN. I had to design the weapon carrying attachments for the RN ones. Remember that the chopper was a Destroyer or Frigates main long range...
28th Mar 2017, 18:31
Replies: 133
Views: 29,536
Posted By Exnomad

National Service in 1951, at Padgate told aircrew...

National Service in 1951, at Padgate told aircrew vacancies, volunteered, and AC2 became Aircrew Cadet with white flash in hat. 12 hours in Tiger Moths, then 60 hours in Chipmunk, then found could...
14th Feb 2017, 18:28
Replies: 42
Views: 10,223
Posted By Exnomad

Worked on carriage equipment for WE177, had to...

Worked on carriage equipment for WE177, had to have higher security clearance for that.
14th Feb 2017, 18:22
Replies: 49
Views: 13,735
Posted By Exnomad

I flew Chipmunks in 1951, are the same ones still...

I flew Chipmunks in 1951, are the same ones still flying. Came top of that course, but failed when given more difficult things to fly, so ended up Navigator.
14th Feb 2017, 18:15
Replies: 49
Views: 13,735
Posted By Exnomad

I worked on the weapons carrying equipment for...

I worked on the weapons carrying equipment for Lynx and other choppers, The public see naval choppers pulling people out of the drink, and think that is their main job. A Lynx and its hopeful better...
5th Feb 2017, 18:44
Replies: 324
Views: 142,619
Posted By Exnomad

Spent quite lot of hours in the back of a Varsity...

Spent quite lot of hours in the back of a Varsity as a trainee navigator in the 1950s. Trips up to 8 hours, one to Tripoli in the days of King Idris. Re-fueling stop at Istre in France
Based at...
5th Feb 2017, 18:40
Replies: 1,757
Views: 892,599
Posted By Exnomad

Very easy to lose height in a loop, this pilot...

Very easy to lose height in a loop, this pilot had lots of hours, but how much time does the average service pilot spend on aerobatics, generally working for a living
2nd Jan 2017, 13:51
Replies: 312
Views: 126,054
Posted By Exnomad

I was trainee pilot in 1952, Chipmunks and the...

I was trainee pilot in 1952, Chipmunks and the next step should have been Meatboxes, but was scheduled to multi engine aircraft, so went on to Oxfords. Two of my intake were killed in Meteors,...
2nd Jan 2017, 13:45
Replies: 78
Views: 24,933
Posted By Exnomad

update

I worked in V bomber flight simulators and weapon carriage equipment and had to visit aircraft to take measurement.
As well as those tiny bombs there was a 22000lb one.
This is back to the jibes...
1st Dec 2016, 20:20
Replies: 81
Views: 47,580
Posted By Exnomad

Visited Gatwick as an ATC cadet from school in...

Visited Gatwick as an ATC cadet from school in (probably) 1946.
The "Beehve" was the only terminal building then, airfield primarily grass.
There was a B24 Liberator on site, unservicable and some...
1st Nov 2016, 21:23
Replies: 16
Views: 3,331
Posted By Exnomad

I have been retired over 20 years, but worked on...

I have been retired over 20 years, but worked on Sea King equipment years before I retired.
They must be fit for nothing more than ground exhibition.
have you see what salt spay can do to Aluminum...
30th Oct 2016, 19:03
Replies: 90
Views: 25,314
Posted By Exnomad

I worked on V bomber flight simulators quite a...

I worked on V bomber flight simulators quite a number of years ago, the simulation included target maps, I think a number of targets were in East Germany nd Poland, sites of weapon launch sites.
14th Aug 2016, 16:48
Replies: 50
Views: 14,978
Posted By Exnomad

Naval helicopters

Having spend some years on the bits that attach weapons to naval choppers, always annoyed they are only ever shown fishing things out of the oggin.
Whereas their primary job would be sinking enemy...
13th Jul 2016, 21:08
Replies: 195
Views: 78,323
Posted By Exnomad

At least we might have some maritime patrol...

At least we might have some maritime patrol aircraft again. How long have we been without Nimrods
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