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27th Aug 2019, 22:03
Replies: 267
Views: 119,259
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

The silence is deafening!

The silence is deafening!
7th Feb 2019, 20:51
Replies: 41
Views: 11,288
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

And 'allegedly' there was the 4-ship of Hawks...

And 'allegedly' there was the 4-ship of Hawks recovering from a week in Gibraltar, around the turn on the millennium, who found that the weather at Valley had clagged in and the PAR failed at the...
4th May 2018, 10:08
3rd May 2018, 12:08
Replies: 89
Views: 12,763
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Observing that adversaries may also be woefully...

Observing that adversaries may also be woefully unable to function reminds me of a Luftwaffe staff officer's diary entry in summer 1944 which, if memory serves, went along the lines of "Our only hope...
24th Apr 2018, 12:11
Replies: 105
Views: 28,350
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Nearly spot on - the only word missing is...

Nearly spot on - the only word missing is 'currently' which should be between 'not' and 'set up'. While there are many factors in play, the ability of the training system to cope with current demand...
24th Apr 2018, 08:35
Replies: 75
Views: 16,466
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Ssh, don't let facts or reason get in the way of...

Ssh, don't let facts or reason get in the way of BEagle's rants.



+1. Current planned Hawk + Texan fleet size: 38 airframes. Maximum number of aircraft airborne at once: 25, possibly, on a...
19th Mar 2018, 17:40
Replies: 965
Views: 257,393
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

The most recent AA Populus poll (monthly thing...

The most recent AA Populus poll (monthly thing which seeks opinions on mainly motoring/transport matters) asked participants to list the three issues which caused them most concern from a list of...
7th Mar 2018, 13:45
Replies: 152
Views: 57,501
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

What you say is largely true but it is a bit...

What you say is largely true but it is a bit simplistic to blame the problems entirely on the RAF.

Other factors which need to be considered:

- The advent of MFTS. Whether or not you are an...
5th Mar 2018, 10:30
Replies: 152
Views: 57,501
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

And that's the scary thing. More and more,...

And that's the scary thing. More and more, unworthy SOs are writing reports and running promotion boards, with the result that unworthy candidates often prosper. This is what worries me most about...
2nd Mar 2018, 13:21
Replies: 42
Views: 8,005
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

You can't argue with his description though. ...

You can't argue with his description though. Shame it wasn't the brown one!
2nd Mar 2018, 13:18
Replies: 82
Views: 15,799
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Did you ever put this theory to the test?!

Did you ever put this theory to the test?!
2nd Mar 2018, 09:19
Replies: 82
Views: 15,799
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Well it could be, in the right hands: there are...

Well it could be, in the right hands: there are also accounts of Ki-43s downing American heavies (from memory, early model B-17s ie without turrets) with the absurd armament (for 1941-2) of 2x 7.7mm...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Mar 2018, 09:04
Replies: 6
Views: 2,025
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Maybe she was drowning?

Maybe she was drowning?
1st Mar 2018, 11:03
Replies: 152
Views: 57,501
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

But there are those who aren't damned good at...

But there are those who aren't damned good at their job, or even close, and thirst for secondary duties to make up for their shortcomings. And then claim to be too busy doing their secondary duties...
1st Mar 2018, 09:09
Replies: 16
Views: 2,455
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Fine, as long as you are aware of the obvious...

Fine, as long as you are aware of the obvious caveats - you will get about 7 hours as a convex and from then on, it takes a lot of 20-minute cadet sorties to build hours! If you are prepared to go...
1st Mar 2018, 08:46
Replies: 82
Views: 15,799
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

As others have noted, they decided (don't have...

As others have noted, they decided (don't have the source material to hand) that for simplicity the standard armament for a fighter was 6x 0.5 inch guns. Don't forget the P-40 - more numerous than...
27th Feb 2018, 16:06
Replies: 381
Views: 235,027
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Well, there are several feasible answers to this...

Well, there are several feasible answers to this question.



But the outgoing system isn't perfectly excellent, is it? You have yourself pointed out the terrible shortcomings in the...
15th Feb 2018, 10:23
Replies: 381
Views: 235,027
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Fair point, I was in a hurry and I got the...

Fair point, I was in a hurry and I got the terminology wrong. But the main point stands ie there are plenty of massively experienced instructors already involved in RW MFTS, so there is no need to...
12th Feb 2018, 17:17
Replies: 242
Views: 75,957
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Gifting the Nene to the Soviets has to be the...

Gifting the Nene to the Soviets has to be the shining example, even if it happened longer ago - back then we had enough bullets to shoot not only our own feet but those of our allies as well!
12th Feb 2018, 16:59
Replies: 381
Views: 235,027
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Considerably more than me then - must be my...

Considerably more than me then - must be my banter.



Erm that is pretty much what is going on! But you don't expect every single instructor to be asked for their tuppence worth, surely? ...
9th Feb 2018, 13:00
Replies: 381
Views: 235,027
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Fair point, guilty as charged. But we have to...

Fair point, guilty as charged. But we have to keep JAJ amused somehow! Please allow me three points to entice HRH to my lonely boudoir. Crab, like you, I am an A2 and have been on several types. ...
8th Feb 2018, 15:17
Replies: 381
Views: 235,027
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Crap - it has just dawned on me that the place...

Crap - it has just dawned on me that the place was doing fine until I arrived, and then the rot seems to have set in. Could you remind us, Your Maj, when you were last on the staff of DHFS, and how...
7th Feb 2018, 13:44
Replies: 381
Views: 235,027
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

It's always such a privilege when the King of the...

It's always such a privilege when the King of the World takes the time to tell us how we should be doing our jobs. I must confess, Your Majesty, that DHFS has been doing it wrong all these years. ...
6th Feb 2018, 13:58
Replies: 242
Views: 75,957
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

Will it be okay to spend my Jobseekers' Allowance...

Will it be okay to spend my Jobseekers' Allowance on popcorn?
6th Feb 2018, 13:48
Replies: 381
Views: 235,027
Posted By TorqueOfTheDevil

The relevant syllabuses are available to those...

The relevant syllabuses are available to those involved in delivering them.

Your comment about A2s shows how little you know about the way Shawbury runs - the Flt Cdrs have been typically fresh...
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