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10th Jun 2018, 06:44
Replies: 50
Views: 12,722
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Vampire & Venom

On 16 Sqn at Celle 1953-56, equipped with Vampires then Venoms. Email: [email protected]
29th Apr 2018, 15:05
Replies: 147
Views: 68,793
Posted By Mike Gallafent

The high fatality rate in 1953 reflected lower...

The high fatality rate in 1953 reflected lower standards of flight safety. Exercise Coronet (2nd TAF v, 4th TAF) took places without low flying limits as Germany was still divided into zones. Dog...
12th Mar 2018, 08:58
Replies: 50
Views: 12,722
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Joined 16 Sqn at Celle in June 53 then equipped...

Joined 16 Sqn at Celle in June 53 then equipped with Vampire V. Venoms began arriving in 1954. Somebody, in their wisdom, chose to swap the functions of the R/T and R/P switches. Habits die hard and...
3rd Dec 2017, 09:47
Replies: 1
Views: 1,554
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Sqn.Ldr. Keith W. Payne R.I.P.

Sqn.Ldr. Payne died 18th November 2017 aged 88. He served with numerous squadrons, 16, 214, 90, 55, & 57. As QFI he instructed at 4 FTS. A fine officer and a true gentleman.
4th Aug 2017, 17:51
Replies: 6
Views: 2,667
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Thanks everyone. Have been contacted by ex 20 Sqn...

Thanks everyone. Have been contacted by ex 20 Sqn member who is willing to provide home.

Mike.
3rd Aug 2017, 11:50
Replies: 6
Views: 2,667
Posted By Mike Gallafent

20 Sqn RAF

Looking for a good home for a 20 Sqn wire badge in my possession. King's crown and possibly dating from the 20s, Tried web page 20 Sqn Jaguar site without a reply. No money required.

Mike...
25th Oct 2015, 09:46
Replies: 30
Views: 5,458
Posted By Mike Gallafent

I was privileged to attend the BofB service at...

I was privileged to attend the BofB service at the Abbey some years ago. During the battle I lived a few miles from Tangmere and remember the Stuka 87 dive bombers bombing the airfield vividly. I was...
22nd Jan 2015, 22:16
Replies: 11
Views: 3,673
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Waiting for a course at a fighter OCU in the...

Waiting for a course at a fighter OCU in the spring of 1953 I was temporarily attached to RAF Middle Wallop. 228 (?) Squadron were based there with two flights. One flight with Spitfires and the...
19th May 2014, 20:05
Replies: 2
Views: 1,648
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Wg,Cdr. Peter Ayerst, D.F.C. - RIP

Sad to relate. The death of Wg.Cdr.Peter Ayerst, D.F.C. on 15th May 2014, aged 93. Funeral 11.30 hrs, 28th May at St, Barnabas Church, Beckenham Kent. Peter learnt to fly on the first RAF course on...
24th Mar 2014, 23:20
Replies: 62
Views: 8,698
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Looks are sometimes everything

It so happened that one of the escapers became my flight commander after the war. He seldom spoke of his experiences but did relate how he and a companion were subsequently caught after the escape....
23rd Mar 2014, 10:46
Replies: 8
Views: 2,373
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Interesting photographic record

An indication of the high definition capability of modern lenses may be found here:
http://wtc/gigapan.com/wtc/

Check the enlargement facility.

There is an obvious military...
17th Mar 2014, 23:38
Replies: 67
Views: 11,877
Posted By Mike Gallafent

All major naval powers have highly developed...

All major naval powers have highly developed acoustic technology using both stationary and mobile microphones. With frequency discrimination the range and sensitivity of such devices could be useful....
21st Jul 2013, 15:33
Replies: 0
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Martin Baker ejector seats

Interesting article on Martin Baker in today's (21/7/13) Sunday Times Business section. Video reference: thesundaytimes.co.uk/businessvideo

Mke
7th May 2013, 18:54
Replies: 5
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Thanks very much everybody. Much obliged. ...

Thanks very much everybody.

Much obliged.

Mike.
6th May 2013, 11:16
Replies: 5
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Picture of Meteor 4

Bought a local auction a watercolour/pastel picture of a Meteor 4 dated Feb 53 signed by artist Gary J.Grace.

The airframe number EE524

Does anybody have any info on the artist or knowledge of...
24th Mar 2013, 17:05
Replies: 49
Views: 11,406
Posted By Mike Gallafent

I've been reading this thread with interest as I...

I've been reading this thread with interest as I flew Belfasts as co-pilot and captain from 1966 to 1972. From flying Twin-Pins in Borneo to Belfasts was a marked change. Seeing a Belfast under...
26th Dec 2012, 20:07
Replies: 124
Views: 30,797
Posted By Mike Gallafent

So many memories... Flying the Harvard on a...

So many memories...
Flying the Harvard on a warm sunny day with the canopy wound back.
First dual trip in Meteor 7. The smell of AVTUR across the dispersal.
Winter survival course of two weeks in...
26th Oct 2012, 12:36
Replies: 33
Views: 7,836
Posted By Mike Gallafent

An old friend is currently engaged in rectifying...

An old friend is currently engaged in rectifying the apparent lack of basic flying skills for crews of a particular airline. Unusual positions? 'You have control Bloggs'!!

Evidently airline...
21st Oct 2012, 18:00
Replies: 36
Views: 7,305
Posted By Mike Gallafent

I too go back to Hornchurch, c.1950, but for...

I too go back to Hornchurch, c.1950, but for those who might be interested, the British Army accepted childhood commissions in the 17th century. It was a method by which an officer, who had given...
20th Oct 2012, 15:23
Replies: 20
Views: 3,643
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Distraction of fireworks

Am I alone in having some disquiet over the decision to charge the organiser of the firework display at the Taunton Rugby Club with seven counts of manslaughter due to a multiple pile-up on the M5?
...
22nd Sep 2012, 10:00
Replies: 24
Views: 4,510
Posted By Mike Gallafent

BEagle's table of squadrons in 2nd TAF, c.1956...

BEagle's table of squadrons in 2nd TAF, c.1956 stirred the memory cells...

In 1953 on 16 Sqn with Vampires, we were able to dog-fight around the hangars during Exercise 'Coronet' - reputedly, the...
9th Sep 2012, 13:08
Replies: 43
Views: 8,186
Posted By Mike Gallafent

I agree that tattoos should have no bearing on...

I agree that tattoos should have no bearing on leadership qualities but suggest, that in the event of being being captured, such adornment might indicate unnecessarily to captors the name of...
12th Aug 2012, 19:14
Replies: 43
Views: 6,448
Posted By Mike Gallafent

In my original post I queried whether a drone...

In my original post I queried whether a drone operator, far from the action, would qualify for a campaign medal. The immediate response was negative but I suggest the issue is not clear cut. Allow me...
11th Aug 2012, 15:26
Replies: 43
Views: 6,448
Posted By Mike Gallafent

Crystal ball stuff

Sipping a cold beer in the garden earlier this week, I looked up to see a contrail flying east over Reading. 'Somebody's working' remarked my wife. Opening up the iPad, it was immediately identified...
21st Jul 2012, 04:30
Replies: 79
Views: 29,057
Posted By Mike Gallafent

A few decades ago, there were several occasions...

A few decades ago, there were several occasions when inadvertent landings occurred at RAF Changi instead at Paya Lebar, the old civil airport in Singapore. Red faces not caused by tropic sun.
...
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