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30th May 2019, 13:08
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Posted By binbrook

The flying badge worn by the O/C at #5 is not the...

The flying badge worn by the O/C at #5 is not the same shape as that worn by Sir Frank at #7 or the S/L at #9. Are we sure that our subject really is wearing the gilt 1947 pattern?
14th May 2019, 10:53
Replies: 44
Views: 14,483
Posted By binbrook

I've just seen #42. Reminds me of a student in a...

I've just seen #42. Reminds me of a student in a JP3 climbing through cloud in the Vale of York on a fine summer afternoon way back when. The alert QFI noticed that the speed was low and 'admonished'...
21st Apr 2019, 14:19
Replies: 30
Views: 7,446
Posted By binbrook

No certificates at the Towers in the 50s. OCFW...

No certificates at the Towers in the 50s. OCFW just signed an end-of-course F414A in my logbook to say that I was a competent U/T pilot and had a White rating. Wings were awarded a week later.
11th Mar 2019, 20:01
Replies: 67
Views: 9,216
Posted By binbrook

FTC limit for basic QFIs was 50 hours per month...

FTC limit for basic QFIs was 50 hours per month (T/O to landing - none of this chock-to-chock nonsense). Quote: "Do you want to do your 50 hours before you go on leave or after you come back?". Happy...
9th Mar 2019, 11:07
Replies: 67
Views: 9,216
Posted By binbrook

Counsel of perfection dook, and not always...

Counsel of perfection dook, and not always achieved I'm afraid by yours truly at that stage of the course.
8th Mar 2019, 10:47
Replies: 67
Views: 9,216
Posted By binbrook

Dead right dook. Writing up (was it a 5060?) at...

Dead right dook. Writing up (was it a 5060?) at the end of the day, it was sometimes difficult to remember who cocked-up what.
8th Mar 2019, 09:44
Replies: 67
Views: 9,216
Posted By binbrook

Two pages in a month: easy - just ask any BFTS...

Two pages in a month: easy - just ask any BFTS QFI. New course arrives, 4 studes each, so that's 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Day 1 - Famil x 4, Day 2 - E of C 1 x 4, Day 3 - E of C 2 x...
27th Feb 2019, 14:46
Replies: 22
Views: 3,543
Posted By binbrook

Slightly off thread but, when we were happily...

Slightly off thread but, when we were happily floating round the night sky using our Orange Putter and Tinselling, was any use was made of them by the NF Meteors and Venoms sent up to intercept us?
9th Feb 2019, 10:48
Replies: 58
Views: 5,367
Posted By binbrook

Pom Pax - that sounds right. I was on my first...

Pom Pax - that sounds right. I was on my first squadron. 6 minute fixing was the norm with Gee on Canberras but occasionally it went to 3 - getting near the tracker for GH perhaps? Limited aids was...
7th Feb 2019, 11:39
Replies: 58
Views: 5,367
Posted By binbrook

A further thought - AFAIR the upper limit of UK...

A further thought - AFAIR the upper limit of UK airways in the 50s was something like 12000ft, not that we had the nav kit to use them. I have a vague memory that we could go through airways at...
7th Feb 2019, 10:06
Replies: 58
Views: 5,367
Posted By binbrook

Slight thread drift, but when did TA come down to...

Slight thread drift, but when did TA come down to 3000ft? AFIR in the 50s it was up at something like 10000ft. Below that we were all on QNH - no QFE even in the circuit - which meant mental...
10th Jan 2019, 14:37
Replies: 17
Views: 1,958
Posted By binbrook

Is that perhaps Hermann at 3.05 on the left?

Is that perhaps Hermann at 3.05 on the left?
28th Dec 2018, 09:59
Replies: 41
Views: 8,572
Posted By binbrook

Never mind WW2 - it wasn't much better in the...

Never mind WW2 - it wasn't much better in the 50s. On the navex flown to qualify for a BC Select rating, the requirement for a Canberra crew on the long 'limited aids' (ie astro) leg was to stay...
10th Nov 2018, 11:22
Replies: 51
Views: 9,286
Posted By binbrook

The Mk 1C seat in the Canberra did have a...

The Mk 1C seat in the Canberra did have a cushion, filled with incompressible and supposedly potable water. It was still uncomfortable, and on long flights the water was known to freeze.
28th Sep 2018, 14:19
Replies: 23
Views: 4,008
Posted By binbrook

Perhaps while Mr Williamson is in a benevolent...

Perhaps while Mr Williamson is in a benevolent mood, he could also review the financial status of widows whose husbands retired before 1978 and married after retirement.
14th Sep 2018, 10:32
Replies: 120
Views: 19,625
Posted By binbrook

Catering memories: Cranwell early 50s: late...

Catering memories:
Cranwell early 50s: late supper kept warm for returning sportsmen to help themselves - pilchards tinned in tomato sauce, dipped in batter and deep-fried. Surprisingly tasty....
4th May 2018, 09:46
Replies: 12,664
Views: 3,485,341
Posted By binbrook

In 1952 a NS AC2 was paid 4/- pd and NI was 3/-...

In 1952 a NS AC2 was paid 4/- pd and NI was 3/- pw, so no income tax to pay, and the paying officer had it easy - you got 1 one week and 30 bob the next. AFIR the regulars among us got 7/- pd.
19th Apr 2018, 10:02
Replies: 45
Views: 9,059
Posted By binbrook

Early mark Canberra PNs didn't call it Vr but...

Early mark Canberra PNs didn't call it Vr but originally said that the nose should be raised 5kt before the calculated unstick speed, and they did warn that allowing the nose to rise earlier would...
11th Apr 2018, 18:49
Replies: 13
Views: 2,578
Posted By binbrook

Tiger mate: When we reported to Padgate for NS...

Tiger mate: When we reported to Padgate for NS late in 1952 we were certainly issued with berets - proper ones, not those dreadful things that looked like hairy hats for cooks. AFIR peaked caps had...
7th Apr 2018, 10:11
Replies: 55
Views: 18,206
Posted By binbrook

The rot started a long time ago with the...

The rot started a long time ago with the introduction of anodised aluminium buttons.
17th Mar 2018, 15:50
Replies: 62
Views: 15,784
Posted By binbrook

Sorry for the thread drift, but does anyone know...

Sorry for the thread drift, but does anyone know when the last Red Endorsement was awarded?
Forum: ATC Issues
12th Feb 2018, 10:18
Replies: 10
Views: 3,784
Posted By binbrook

Success - got him at last! A very big thank you...

Success - got him at last! A very big thank you to everyone on Pprune and elsewhere who helped. Pity Pprune wasn't around when I started looking!
22nd Jan 2018, 13:12
Replies: 204
Views: 38,211
Posted By binbrook

In the early 70s didn't some bit of BA use...

In the early 70s didn't some bit of BA use Sovereign?
12th Dec 2017, 15:55
Replies: 399
Views: 131,791
Posted By binbrook

Met Office, El Adem, 1959, en route south: "Upper...

Met Office, El Adem, 1959, en route south: "Upper winds - would you like the seasonal mean, or the winds found by a Valiant yesterday". Can't remember which we used.
Apologies for the thread-drift.
7th Dec 2017, 09:30
Replies: 54
Views: 10,345
Posted By binbrook

Half-Windsor in my time BEagle! With a Van Heusen...

Half-Windsor in my time BEagle! With a Van Heusen collar of course.
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