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14th Jan 2023, 13:02
Replies: 23
Views: 10,987
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

That is good news! Thanks.

That is good news! Thanks.
11th Jan 2023, 21:00
Replies: 23
Views: 10,987
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

SHJ, it was along time ago and (if I remember...

SHJ, it was along time ago and (if I remember correctly) in those days only merited an Incident Report. If I remember correctly (!) there was a lot of smoke/fumes in the cockpit and a distinct rise...
5th Jan 2023, 12:57
Replies: 23
Views: 10,987
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

How sad to see XM 603 in such a sorry state! I...

How sad to see XM 603 in such a sorry state! I know we should not live in the past but....! I flew her several times in the '70's (including a cockpit fire in june '70, no casualties!) Last time was...
2nd Jan 2023, 17:45
Replies: 32
Views: 10,981
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Ah, Syerston! First JP3 course and great...

Ah, Syerston! First JP3 course and great memories! One other memory is that at the tme (1959 - 1960) the Eden Hall resort was actually a maggot farm with an aroma to match when the wind was in the...
25th Dec 2022, 20:58
Replies: 22
Views: 4,976
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Oh dear! 'tis the season of goodwill, surely!...

Oh dear! 'tis the season of goodwill, surely! Not that important as to postings - surely! Merry Christmas to ALL on pprune!
Bill
22nd Dec 2022, 20:35
Replies: 32
Views: 5,191
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

dah dit/dah dah dah

dah dit/dah dah dah
17th Dec 2022, 21:00
Replies: 64
Views: 17,453
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Beagle, I agree, but do not hold out much hope at...

Beagle, I agree, but do not hold out much hope at present !! (And I don't always agree with you !)
Merry Christmas. Bill.
16th Dec 2022, 20:34
Replies: 16
Views: 1,408
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

chevvron, they did three weeks ago!

chevvron, they did three weeks ago!
14th Dec 2022, 20:32
Replies: 3
Views: 1,165
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Sad news, flew with Jock a few times on 35 - a...

Sad news, flew with Jock a few times on 35 - a great guy and a professional! (Just checked log-book 50 + years ago!). Condolences and Blue Skies!!
Bill
27th Nov 2022, 19:49
Replies: 295
Views: 152,451
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

I was always taught (and I taught) that joining...

I was always taught (and I taught) that joining up with another aircraft was always from below and visual?
23rd Nov 2022, 20:35
Replies: 47
Views: 9,562
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

ACW599. Not a retired AEO (but I flew on the...

ACW599. Not a retired AEO (but I flew on the Vulcan fleet for some years in another capacity) and certainly all the AEO's I knew were up to speed in morse! I would also question his reluctance to...
15th Nov 2022, 21:15
Replies: 295
Views: 152,451
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Chiefttp, I think your last sentence says it all...

Chiefttp, I think your last sentence says it all !! Thoughts with everyone affected! Bill
10th Nov 2022, 21:27
Replies: 18
Views: 2,297
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Many years ago I had the privilige of being shown...

Many years ago I had the privilige of being shown around a certain Russian three engined bomber. Sticking to the thread, the pilots had "normal" ejection seats and the rear crew member had a downward...
29th Oct 2022, 20:11
Replies: 18
Views: 1,240
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

I seem to remember the remains(?) of a ploughed...

I seem to remember the remains(?) of a ploughed furrow in the desert a bit "southish" from El-Adem to what then was known as "Nasser's Corner", before turning a bit port to get to Khartoum. Early...
23rd Oct 2022, 20:49
Replies: 22
Views: 2,762
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Victor Golf, no real rules (apart from do not...

Victor Golf, no real rules (apart from do not collide!!). However, in general terms it was fairly(!) relaxed overall. Night intercepts at low level (fairly rare) were quite demanding, however!
23rd Oct 2022, 20:39
Replies: 21
Views: 6,193
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Callum, if you feel the way you apparently do...

Callum, if you feel the way you apparently do about the Royal Air Force, then go for it at the first opportunity! (and kep trying). I would not attempt to be a career advisor but you must try for...
Forum: Middle East
30th Sep 2022, 20:25
Replies: 6
Views: 1,760
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Yea, they have eight engines!

Yea, they have eight engines!
24th Sep 2022, 20:32
Replies: 119
Views: 25,581
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Beagle, how right you are regarding 300-ser....

Beagle, how right you are regarding 300-ser. aircraft in "cruise". The "cruise/take-off" limiting switch (yes -switch! ) was mounted on the throttle quadrant and wire locked in "cruise". I do...
19th Sep 2022, 20:20
Replies: 119
Views: 25,581
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Sycamore, I would hazard a reasonable guess that...

Sycamore, I would hazard a reasonable guess that the auw for this "exercise" would be about 108 -109 k. (going from my old op. manual).
19th Sep 2022, 20:05
Replies: 118
Views: 23,285
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Praise to all Service personnel, as usual and...

Praise to all Service personnel, as usual and expected you were excellent!
8th Sep 2022, 20:49
Replies: 46
Views: 8,706
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

It was possible (so I was informed!) that you...

It was possible (so I was informed!) that you could obtain a B1 direct from CFS if you were an exceptional student on the course (talking 1963-4 now!). What use it was when on your first instructing...
8th Sep 2022, 20:34
Replies: 78
Views: 18,066
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

As I remember (not always accurately at my age!)...

As I remember (not always accurately at my age!) in my 30 odd RAF years, "Runway" if paved and "Landing strip or Strip" if natural surface eg. grass or sand. Open to correction.

Bill
8th Sep 2022, 20:29
Replies: 4
Views: 2,910
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

?? - anything further? Bill

?? - anything further?
Bill
7th Sep 2022, 20:22
Replies: 7
Views: 3,332
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Sad news, blue skies John!! Condolences to the...

Sad news, blue skies John!! Condolences to the family.

Bill
27th Aug 2022, 21:04
Replies: 79
Views: 14,665
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

MPN11, how right you are! However, if you had...

MPN11, how right you are! However, if you had moved down the road from Uxbridge to West Drayton (agreed still bean-stealer territory, but I was not!) you would have found very different atmosphere!
16th Aug 2022, 20:03
Replies: 327
Views: 68,725
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

GeeRam, you and me both! Targets are something...

GeeRam, you and me both! Targets are something that we used to attack (with varied results!). Personnel, of whatever trade, are those best suited/qualified for the job and it does not matter what...
10th Aug 2022, 21:30
Replies: 13
Views: 3,162
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

That would be a great idea, Gmst, but I fear that...

That would be a great idea, Gmst, but I fear that it will not be! Those days (rightly or wrongly) have gone and our Royal Air Force and its members have to abide by the whims, aspirations etc! of...
6th Aug 2022, 21:29
Replies: 165
Views: 44,774
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

B-word, summed up very succintly, I am afraid!...

B-word, summed up very succintly, I am afraid! How have we got to this state (answer not required!). I am well out of things but still have an interest! Progress is essential to any organisation,...
Forum: Tech Log
25th Jul 2022, 20:54
Replies: 14
Views: 1,771
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Would this amazing piece of kit have to cover...

Would this amazing piece of kit have to cover various formations, such as echelon, line astern, battle etc? What about formation changes with several a/c? How is it going to be presented? Sounds a...
20th Jun 2022, 09:35
Replies: 173
Views: 33,835
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

LB, you remember correctly, congrats!! Bill

LB, you remember correctly, congrats!! Bill
19th Jun 2022, 20:43
Replies: 6
Views: 1,897
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

I wonder if he really knows what he is...

I wonder if he really knows what he is offering?!!
19th Jun 2022, 20:40
Replies: 173
Views: 33,835
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Fokker 1000, I regret to say that in my time in...

Fokker 1000, I regret to say that in my time in the Service, (mid '50's to '80), this did occur more or less as stated! Not always welcome by us junior ranks!! Also, Shy Torque, when at Shawbury,...
16th Jun 2022, 21:11
Replies: 173
Views: 33,835
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Barksdale Boy, Sometimes at H&J looked after by...

Barksdale Boy,
Sometimes at H&J looked after by Lou, sometimes at H&J left with keys to lock up while Lou went for a "kip"! That was V-force 69-71 at one certain station! Earlier days (late 50's to...
3rd Jun 2022, 21:26
Replies: 151
Views: 30,706
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

Having done a couple (many years ago!) I thought...

Having done a couple (many years ago!) I thought that this was pretty good! Timeing good, tracking good and formation pretty good! Well done everyone involved - and I mean everyone!

Bill
18th May 2022, 09:48
Replies: 16
Views: 4,512
Posted By Bill Macgillivray

DD, thank you for the "prod"! Absolutely right...

DD, thank you for the "prod"! Absolutely right but, (unfortunatetly in some ways), I can think further back than the Lightning but, now you mention it I vaguely remember similar problems on the...
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