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16th Apr 2021, 06:23
Replies: 35
Views: 6,268
Posted By Old-Duffer

I joined the ATC at 14 in Feb 58 and moved to...

I joined the ATC at 14 in Feb 58 and moved to adult service at 19. On leaving regular service, I first became a CI and then was recommissioned in the RAFVR(T) at a school CCF. During that time, I...
10th Apr 2021, 06:12
Replies: 126
Views: 19,875
Posted By Old-Duffer

Oh Cat Techie, Please don’t go shouting for...

Oh Cat Techie,

Please don’t go shouting for three cheers for the DofE in central London on Remembrance Day.

I appreciate your sentiments and applaud your desire but it would be the wrong time...
2nd Apr 2021, 05:50
Replies: 6
Views: 2,395
Posted By Old-Duffer

Another recent 'rotary wing' departure is Paul...

Another recent 'rotary wing' departure is Paul Deakin, apparently from Covid contracted during the Christmas limited release.

Old Duffer
1st Apr 2021, 06:53
Replies: 29
Views: 4,466
Posted By Old-Duffer

In the 1990s, I had an officer on my staff who...

In the 1990s, I had an officer on my staff who was based in France and the French insisted he had a top security clearance, which was provided.

At a social event some months later, my French...
1st Apr 2021, 06:44
Replies: 72
Views: 11,413
Posted By Old-Duffer

Seen on the M40 near Weston on the Green: PJI1...

Seen on the M40 near Weston on the Green: PJI1 and near the local shooting club: 12GUN, whilst near Northampton: A51FLY.

I had a sticky patch on the bumper of my Capri 2.8i which said: 'Jet Noise...
28th Mar 2021, 10:01
Replies: 450
Views: 100,654
Posted By Old-Duffer

The current Mrs O-D was a sqn ldr doing P1 and P2...

The current Mrs O-D was a sqn ldr doing P1 and P2 (legal and personnel) during her last tour in the mob.

In a conversation about things which were not always clear cut, she opined that she used...
24th Mar 2021, 07:19
Replies: 24
Views: 5,271
Posted By Old-Duffer

I can't get the video clip but there was a book...

I can't get the video clip but there was a book published in the mid 1960s which turned the true story into a novel. I seem to recall that when the novel revealed some of the tactics, it caused a...
24th Mar 2021, 07:12
Replies: 15
Views: 4,262
Posted By Old-Duffer

Hearty congrats on getting the book to print and...

Hearty congrats on getting the book to print and may it sell well and be equally well received.

I write books for a hobby and am fortunate to have the same man who dealt with book one as has just...
20th Mar 2021, 18:22
Replies: 76
Views: 14,623
Posted By Old-Duffer

Far East Driver is correct and then again 22 Sqn...

Far East Driver is correct and then again 22 Sqn was the largest (in aircraft terms) and was also commanded by a sqn ldr.

The RAF (until about 1969) had General and Supplementary Lists, several...
20th Mar 2021, 16:03
Replies: 76
Views: 14,623
Posted By Old-Duffer

On the face of it, it might seem that there are...

On the face of it, it might seem that there are too many VSOs for the size of the air force, ditto other services but there are some good reasons for this apparent abundance. Some of the reasons...
19th Mar 2021, 10:37
Replies: 76
Views: 14,623
Posted By Old-Duffer

This seems to mirror the USAF with its 'base...

This seems to mirror the USAF with its 'base commander' and 'wing commander' - one looks after the hardware/people etc and t'other the operations. Until a few years ago DHFS had a similar split and...
10th Mar 2021, 15:23
Replies: 450
Views: 100,654
Posted By Old-Duffer

L G Bastard would often have people trying to...

L G Bastard would often have people trying to avoid using his proper name - say Bee Starred and his favourite repost was "Bastard - Bastard by name and Bastard by nature". He's long gone, sadly but...
5th Mar 2021, 13:17
Replies: 450
Views: 100,654
Posted By Old-Duffer

I served with an officer in Hong Kong called...

I served with an officer in Hong Kong called Major Sergeant. His post was down ranked to Warrant Officer and he was not amused when I commented that Major Sergeant was doing a Sergeant Major's job....
26th Feb 2021, 12:34
Replies: 70
Views: 20,310
Posted By Old-Duffer

In that case Teeteringhead I must change the...

In that case Teeteringhead I must change the qualifying period to 55 years, as I would not wish to be accused of trying to elbow my way in by taking advantage. Hang on a moment - 55 years still...
24th Feb 2021, 08:58
Replies: 20
Views: 2,936
Posted By Old-Duffer

I am not aware that the Korean War is included...

I am not aware that the Korean War is included but have never asked.

Some CWGC cemeteries are 'open' and hence still receive burials. In some places the CWGC cemetery contains non war dead and I...
24th Feb 2021, 06:34
Replies: 70
Views: 20,310
Posted By Old-Duffer

I take the blame for this Thread drifting away...

I take the blame for this Thread drifting away from where I started it - so let's see if we can get back to the original point.

The jubilee in 2022 offers a unique opportunity to acknowledge the...
21st Feb 2021, 06:30
Replies: 20
Views: 2,936
Posted By Old-Duffer

Megan, The CWGC mandate is just to deal with...

Megan,
The CWGC mandate is just to deal with the two World Wars with providing and maintaining the cemeteries and memorials world wide. There are a few other things like education etc but other...
20th Feb 2021, 17:58
Replies: 70
Views: 20,310
Posted By Old-Duffer

MPN11, I submit that 'heights good'...

MPN11,
I submit that 'heights good' intervention, whilst drifting the Thread, is a very good example of the freedom of speech. 'No platforming' and other forms of the suppression of free expression...
20th Feb 2021, 15:38
Replies: 70
Views: 20,310
Posted By Old-Duffer

heights good, The current incumbent as our...

heights good,
The current incumbent as our sovereign cannot be faulted and has been let down over the years by several of her kith and kin.

I venture to suggest that a monarchy such as we have...
20th Feb 2021, 06:42
Replies: 19
Views: 3,487
Posted By Old-Duffer

I was a referee for a chap who needed a top...

I was a referee for a chap who needed a top security clearance and one of the nice former Met bobbies who did these things turned up at my office and we went through the paperwork.

At the end he...
19th Feb 2021, 14:18
Replies: 70
Views: 20,310
Posted By Old-Duffer

The Queen's Jubilee 2022

Her Majesty The Queen will mark 70 years as our sovereign on 6 Feb 22.

Not even the faintest whisper of how this might be celebrated.

Any hints????????????

Old Duffer
19th Feb 2021, 14:10
Replies: 20
Views: 2,936
Posted By Old-Duffer

But Chugalug2, You are using it many months...

But Chugalug2,

You are using it many months after I made my observations. I would hope they had (and I now believe they have) sorted out some of the issues I highlighted.

Old Duffer
18th Feb 2021, 06:34
Replies: 7
Views: 2,535
Posted By Old-Duffer

I notice that there is a gathering clamour in the...

I notice that there is a gathering clamour in the 'chattering classes' to make the Sec of State for Health accountable for the NHS directly.

Perhaps this will catch on and the next CDS will be an...
16th Feb 2021, 14:32
Replies: 19
Views: 3,487
Posted By Old-Duffer

To deprive a person of the medals earned is IMHO...

To deprive a person of the medals earned is IMHO simply spiteful.

However, those involved were removed for breaking the rules at that time. When a person was dismissed for a crime in the armed...
15th Feb 2021, 09:18
Replies: 20
Views: 4,890
Posted By Old-Duffer

MPN11, Re Post 8, the Belvedere did not...

MPN11,

Re Post 8, the Belvedere did not WALLOW but proceeded gracefully across the skies until the control cables jumped off their pulleys or the vertically mounted engines started and dumped a...
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