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28th Dec 2022, 13:40
Replies: 72
Views: 14,755
Posted By ancientaviator62

WHBM, If you compare the tailplane...

WHBM,
If you compare the tailplane positions of the Hastings Mk 1 and Mk 2 you will see that Handley Page changed the position between marks. Perhaps they got this wrong with the Tudor too.
24th Dec 2022, 08:58
Replies: 72
Views: 14,755
Posted By ancientaviator62

It was not unknown to take as long if not longer...

It was not unknown to take as long if not longer in the Hastings. One of my log book entries for December has 6.20 day and 3.00 night for the Gander to Colerne leg.
I sure that others have recorded...
24th Nov 2022, 08:13
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

VX275, a very interesting picture...

VX275,
a very interesting picture thanks. Not keen on the roller on the floor for obvious reasons.
16th Nov 2022, 10:24
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Fascinating recollections . Biggest a/c we ever...

Fascinating recollections . Biggest a/c we ever tanked. Always seemed to push the basket up and away to the left as viewed from my station....
15th Nov 2022, 11:12
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

VX275, thanks for the clarification.

VX275,
thanks for the clarification.
15th Nov 2022, 08:00
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Forgot to mention that you can see the yellow...

Forgot to mention that you can see the yellow smoke floats and a marine marker in a box to the left of the ASRA kit which has not yet been moved into the drop position.
15th Nov 2022, 07:58
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1024x691/hercules_48_asra_d00b90c41e85ac7c09b9fbff6c49b2a7abb9aaad.jpg
Pic shows the kit at the port para door and the cargo door open which is how...
15th Nov 2022, 07:55
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

VX 275, i find that very...

VX 275,
i find that very interesting as almost from day one of the C130K in RAF service we had a role to drop three containers from the port para door. These could be a mix of liferafts...
14th Nov 2022, 09:35
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Nice to see more ...

Nice to see more
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1024x515/hercules_aar_rear_of_tanker_asi_43513c82b8f671b69feb820aebe6d5152d57d5ea.jpg
pics appearing.
13th Nov 2022, 08:44
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

sycamore is correct. There were six tankers and...

sycamore is correct. There were six tankers and each of the four 'downstairs' tanks in the tankers held approx 7000 lbs of fuel.
13th Nov 2022, 08:40
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Today' ...

Today'
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/2000x1351/hercules_aar_3264905702f4c36cf13f9ac3c9ca30ed67e0d7cf.jpg
s picture
12th Nov 2022, 08:57
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Dave, thanks for the information. However...

Dave,
thanks for the information. However with quite a few tanker hours in my log book I would still have opted for other redundant RAF C130k a/c were I to buy one. !
I suppose you can see...
12th Nov 2022, 07:52
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Today's offering. ...

Today's offering.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/800x542/hercules_aar_to_herc_aar_6a714d040bf7bbad8e83a514d6af646359a03272.jpg
11th Nov 2022, 09:12
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Herod, yes the 175000 lbs overload...

Herod,
yes the 175000 lbs overload weight was meant to be an emergency one off. Not the norm as we did with the tankers. I understand that Lockheed were approached for fatigue information...
11th Nov 2022, 08:53
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

As there seems to be a rewed interest in the RAF...

As there seems to be a rewed interest in the RAF Hercules tanker I have several pics of them. Most are mine some are not If I put any up then perhaps the owners of the rights can forgive me ! I will...
11th Nov 2022, 08:13
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

IIRC, the tanker always had 4 internal tanks....

IIRC,
the tanker always had 4 internal tanks. It was the PLR 2/4 mods that varied the tanks. As sycamore says they were...
10th Nov 2022, 08:38
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

sandie, the reason I said 'boring' was that it...

sandie,
the reason I said 'boring' was that it was all covered in the Hercules thread....
9th Nov 2022, 15:49
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Herod, I got your PM but not sure if my...

Herod,
I got your PM but not sure if my reply went ! If you send me your e-mail address I will send pics etc. Better I think than boring the rest of the readership.
9th Nov 2022, 11:33
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Herod, the RAF did not operate the...

Herod,
the RAF did not operate the Hercules in 1963, so you must mean 1973 I think.
9th Nov 2022, 11:19
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Herod, I was associated with the...

Herod,
I was associated with the Hercules tanker virtually from the beginning to the end when they were converted back to standard. I have a collection of pics of the tanker inside and out....
9th Nov 2022, 11:08
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By ancientaviator62

Herod, the now quiet Hercules thread has a gr ...

Herod,
the now quiet Hercules thread has a gr
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1577x1086/hercules_aar_close_41666bd010c4b08e8f4c1c009c80c7c5dd16d6c7.jpg A reat deal of info and...
2nd Oct 2022, 07:52
Replies: 49
Views: 5,943
Posted By ancientaviator62

On 92 at Leconfield our F/S line 'Boss' wore and...

On 92 at Leconfield our F/S line 'Boss' wore and AG badge. He was a rigger by trade and started off as described above on Blenheims . He flew as an AG long enough to to be promoted but I cannot...
26th Sep 2022, 09:52
Replies: 94
Views: 14,459
Posted By ancientaviator62

During my AQM course we got airbourne three times...

During my AQM course we got airbourne three times in a Beverley to do my powered a/c jump. only to go u/s every time. The PJI took pity on us and we were stood down. Jumped from an Argosy next day.
19th Sep 2022, 14:58
Replies: 34
Views: 11,299
Posted By ancientaviator62

Cornish Jack, yes we had some...

Cornish Jack,
yes we had some ex 111 pilots and some of their a/c. Scratch the blue on them and the paint was black underneath.
19th Sep 2022, 07:54
Replies: 34
Views: 11,299
Posted By ancientaviator62

Cornish Jack, when I was...

Cornish Jack,
when I was groundcrew on 92 we did have a couple of wing tip paint 'exchanges' as the formation became larger. !
18th Sep 2022, 08:07
Replies: 18
Views: 7,256
Posted By ancientaviator62

Once it dawned on 'the system' that the 'J' was...

Once it dawned on 'the system' that the 'J' was going to be very late into service there was a scramble to resume the parts flow (and engineer and navigator availability) for the 'K' as it had to...
15th Sep 2022, 13:53
Replies: 18
Views: 7,256
Posted By ancientaviator62

tecumseh, when we did the HEART...

tecumseh,
when we did the HEART job there were great fears of counterfeit parts ending up in the C130K. It was thought that with the loss of so many original manufacturers for the a/c...
31st Aug 2022, 08:16
Replies: 63
Views: 17,004
Posted By ancientaviator62

NickB, Dick Clode was a C130 pilot and...

NickB,
Dick Clode was a C130 pilot and was on 30 Sqn when I was there.
20th Aug 2022, 18:44
Replies: 165
Views: 44,774
Posted By ancientaviator62

BV I echo the sentiments of the...

BV
I echo the sentiments of the previous posters. As to valedictory letters your screen grab one may well be more accurate than the official one. I do not know who drafted mine but but it...
20th Aug 2022, 10:32
Replies: 327
Views: 68,725
Posted By ancientaviator62

I do wonder if the lady in question is being...

I do wonder if the lady in question is being groomed for the the job. It would be the ultimate in PC and virtue signalling.
19th Aug 2022, 10:43
Replies: 327
Views: 68,725
Posted By ancientaviator62

Shortly before I retired we had an 'ethnic'...

Shortly before I retired we had an 'ethnic' survey sent round. One of the gentleman 'of colour' refused to fill it in saying it was racist. He could see where it would lead (and has done so).
His...
19th Aug 2022, 08:34
Replies: 19
Views: 2,182
Posted By ancientaviator62

When I was a Hercules airdrop instructor I did a...

When I was a Hercules airdrop instructor I did a couple of trips in AAC Beavers to Scotland to assess strips for Hercules use. I carried a CBR Cone Penetrometer to asses the strips. What amazed me...
19th Aug 2022, 08:19
Replies: 144
Views: 51,768
Posted By ancientaviator62

KK, I have neither a chip on my shoulder...

KK,
I have neither a chip on my shoulder nor jealousy towards the 'Arrows' I have been there as I stated (as an Air Radar fitter I was on the 'Derv' team !) BUT we also ,as I said we played our...
18th Aug 2022, 08:13
Replies: 144
Views: 51,768
Posted By ancientaviator62

I agree with LB, I served as groundcrew on 92...

I agree with LB, I served as groundcrew on 92 (Biue Diamonds) and we still had an AD role in Fighter Command. In these difficult times , good as they are they are a luxury we can ill afford.
15th Aug 2022, 07:27
Replies: 94
Views: 14,459
Posted By ancientaviator62

sycamore, your Beverley ULLA story...

sycamore,
your Beverley ULLA story reminds me of my Hercules Ulla drops when I was on JATE. Our max platform weight was 14000lbs but we could drop up to three on a single pass. Does...
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