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6th Oct 2021, 22:14
Replies: 16
Views: 3,064
Posted By BSweeper

DH106. The door is in fact an auxiliary air inlet...

DH106. The door is in fact an auxiliary air inlet into the engine bay. The USAF Phantoms did not have the upper ones (but did have the lower ones). The door was open until airborne to keep the engine...
6th Oct 2021, 22:10
Replies: 16
Views: 3,064
Posted By BSweeper

Hi Dave. Very many thanks for that. XV461 as you...

Hi Dave. Very many thanks for that. XV461 as you have photographed is in very much 29 Sqn colours and so clearly not the one in OPs photo.

Do you have the exact date? The ac is in D fit which was...
5th Oct 2021, 22:34
Replies: 16
Views: 3,064
Posted By BSweeper

Hi. While on 29 Sqn, I diverted into RAF Binbrook...

Hi. While on 29 Sqn, I diverted into RAF Binbrook following an engine failure (big bang) over the North Sea. The date (my logbook says) was July 16 1980 and my pilot and I were flying Phantom XV 461....
7th Aug 2021, 22:51
Replies: 8
Views: 2,982
Posted By BSweeper

I deployed to Stanley flying F4s in October 1982....

I deployed to Stanley flying F4s in October 1982. I remember coming off 24 hr QRA (18 hours off subsequently) and getting onto the accommodation cruise ship the Rangatira (Rangatraz) where the upper...
1st Nov 2020, 00:10
Replies: 68
Views: 27,755
Posted By BSweeper

Sorry yes. Now corrected. Thanks for letting me...

Sorry yes. Now corrected. Thanks for letting me know

The Sweep
30th Oct 2020, 01:08
Replies: 68
Views: 27,755
Posted By BSweeper

Hi Mog I was very interested in your recount of...

Hi Mog
I was very interested in your recount of the incident on the Nawhal.
I was an F4 Nav on the first F4 detachment to Stanley in Oct 1982 and was the Sqn. Intelligence Officer. As such I had...
19th Oct 2020, 21:45
Replies: 27
Views: 9,316
Posted By BSweeper

Hi Mog I was a nav on 29 Sqn (F4s) when we...

Hi Mog

I was a nav on 29 Sqn (F4s) when we down to Stanley in October 1982. I remember talking to a Harrier "mate" on arrival and, on asking him what bombing Stanley was like, he replied that the...
17th Dec 2019, 01:14
Replies: 25
Views: 10,361
Posted By BSweeper

Re F4 INAS performance, it really was not all...

Re F4 INAS performance, it really was not all that bad. Sometimes you got a real rogue set but it was easily identified as such.
When we went to the Falklands on the first F4 deployment from...
16th Dec 2019, 23:08
Replies: 8
Views: 3,444
Posted By BSweeper

I arrived at A&AEE Boscombe one morning in 1989...

I arrived at A&AEE Boscombe one morning in 1989 to find a workman putting up a sign (using drills) at one of the old sheds of Nav/Radio division in the dip (I was the Jaguar RTS officer at the time)....
15th Feb 2018, 21:45
Replies: 2
Views: 1,990
Posted By BSweeper

Wing Commander Norman Wilkins RIP

Wing Commander Norman Wilkins, President of the No 7 Squadron Association, has passed away. The Chairman of the Association, Malcolm Reeves, writes:

"Wg Cdr Norman Wilkins DFC, President of 7...
10th Feb 2017, 11:43
Replies: 4
Views: 1,548
Posted By BSweeper

Aha, it was a PR7 was it. Did they have the three...

Aha, it was a PR7 was it. Did they have the three internal tanks (11,000), tip tanks (4000), bomb bay tank (2500) and internal wing tanks (6000): total 24,000. Even so, it was still a remarkable...
10th Feb 2017, 10:11
Replies: 4
Views: 1,548
Posted By BSweeper

Ted Holloway Aden Flight in Canberra 1955

In his obituary on 8 Feb, the Telegraph reported that Wg Cdr Ted Holloway made a non-stop flight from RAF Wyton to Aden on 24th October 1955 covering 3,327 nm in 7.45 hrs, an unofficial record at the...
13th Sep 2015, 10:22
Replies: 1
Views: 1,291
Posted By BSweeper

7Sqn Association Reunion

Just to let everyone know, there is a 7 Sqn (Association) reunion planned for 9-11 October 2015 based on the Dolphin Hotel, St Ives, Huntingdonshire. If you would like more info please PM me. They...
9th Sep 2015, 21:33
Replies: 0
Views: 751
Posted By BSweeper

7 Sqn Reunion October 2015

Just to let everyone know, there is a 7 Sqn (Association) reunion planned for 9-11 October 2015 based on the Dolphin Hotel, St Ives, Huntingdonshire. If you would like more info please PM me. They...
9th Sep 2015, 21:05
Replies: 742
Views: 461,785
Posted By BSweeper

KenV I rather suspect you are right. The...

KenV


I rather suspect you are right. The UK did have a high speed target missile - I forget the name - that we fired Sparrows/Skyflash against on the Hebrides range. This may be what it is -...
9th Sep 2015, 20:12
Replies: 742
Views: 461,785
Posted By BSweeper

Guys You are right and thanks RP for the input...

Guys
You are right and thanks RP for the input - well done.

Checking through my logbooks, I flew in 419 some 20-30 times on 29. Al Riley (RIP) and I took it to Keflavik in August 81 - remember...
8th Sep 2015, 15:53
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Views: 461,785
Posted By BSweeper

http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y438/charlespa...

http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y438/charlespatchett/2%20F4s_zps0jibvop9.jpg


This is a nice F4 pic but there is something quite odd about it for me.

Firstly, I clearly took it as I have...
7th Sep 2015, 16:49
Replies: 742
Views: 461,785
Posted By BSweeper

Scruff Thanks for that info. As I said, I...

Scruff


Thanks for that info. As I said, I was not sure and where would we be without apocryphal stories (as long as they are good ones).


The Sweep
5th Sep 2015, 23:22
Replies: 742
Views: 461,785
Posted By BSweeper

Wiggy - Re Phandet. The picture may well be...

Wiggy - Re Phandet.

The picture may well be the damaged F4 due to the cable engagement. It was about late November/early December 1982 and I think Madsox was the pilot. I was in the tower at the...
9th Feb 2015, 09:46
Replies: 24
Views: 12,544
Posted By BSweeper

T7a - thanks for those kind words! - I have...

T7a - thanks for those kind words! - I have obviously got it mixed up with the Claerwen accident it was a long time ago. But the Bucc, like most other aircraft, did inertia coupling problems. See...
7th Feb 2015, 22:16
Replies: 21
Views: 4,705
Posted By BSweeper

Wensly - shurely shome mistake - NOTAM used

Wensly - shurely shome mistake - NOTAM used
7th Feb 2015, 22:13
Replies: 24
Views: 12,544
Posted By BSweeper

I had some good times with Rusty (as a fellow...

I had some good times with Rusty (as a fellow Nav) and it was a very sad day when I heard of the crash.

I'm not an expert but I seem to remember that the cause was (in part) due the stresses...
26th Nov 2014, 20:19
Replies: 74
Views: 16,335
Posted By BSweeper

Why oh why has nobody nominated Winkle Brown for...

Why oh why has nobody nominated Winkle Brown for a knighthood when so many undeserved get one. Or even more looking at the political lordships. If they have nominated him, why has he not got one yet?...
2nd Sep 2014, 20:07
Replies: 174
Views: 64,032
Posted By BSweeper

CAW. A VC-10 and 2xTyphoon diverting into...

CAW.

A VC-10 and 2xTyphoon diverting into Punto Arenas? How interesting - please tell more. Dates, reasons, outcome etc.
28th Aug 2014, 12:54
Replies: 10
Views: 1,848
Posted By BSweeper

Full Sutton is good. Contact adam at The Great...

Full Sutton is good. Contact adam at The Great Circle for instruction.
24th Aug 2014, 22:38
Replies: 20
Views: 7,597
Posted By BSweeper

Is there something about the Yeovilton 27...

Is there something about the Yeovilton 27 approach. Al Bryan and I managed to land in the undershoot there. Exercise Southaxe, 2 June 1981, 468. I got as big a bolleauxing as he did - welcome to crew...
30th Jun 2014, 19:50
Replies: 6
Views: 1,572
Posted By BSweeper

Does anyone know the time of the funeral as I...

Does anyone know the time of the funeral as I live close by.


The Sweep
9th Jun 2014, 23:12
Replies: 42
Views: 8,417
Posted By BSweeper

Courtney - I was not getting "excited" - and at...

Courtney - I was not getting "excited" - and at my age far from it - I was just interested in the protocol of which I was not familiar. If they have got medals then they certainly deserve to wear...
9th Jun 2014, 20:08
Replies: 42
Views: 8,417
Posted By BSweeper

Thanks Coff for the more than comprehensive...

Thanks Coff for the more than comprehensive answer which I will précis for the benefit of others.

It appears to be OK (I think)
9th Jun 2014, 19:27
Replies: 42
Views: 8,417
Posted By BSweeper

NL Thanks for that - very interesting, but these...

NL Thanks for that - very interesting, but these are clearly serving members. BS.
9th Jun 2014, 19:04
Replies: 42
Views: 8,417
Posted By BSweeper

Medals and Evening Dress

At the RAF Club at the mo (and for the next three nights if anyones around), and I spotted several younger guys outside in civil formal (not mess) dress but with medals - some of them a lot of...
28th May 2014, 20:47
Replies: 76
Views: 18,876
Posted By BSweeper

John I enjoyed it very much so well done...

John

I enjoyed it very much so well done even though I was brought up on the book and still read it's every nook and crevice. Heroes all (and didn't the survivors still look young) so it's always...
26th May 2014, 13:31
Replies: 51
Views: 14,204
Posted By BSweeper

Used to take JPs to 35,000 ft unpressurised. ISTR...

Used to take JPs to 35,000 ft unpressurised. ISTR Canberra at 40,000 ft pressurised to 26,000 ft equivalent. Don't recall anyone getting altitude sickness, though common mountaineering at lower...
14th Jan 2014, 21:15
Replies: 34
Views: 16,447
Posted By BSweeper

Does anyone know the background/lead up to this...

Does anyone know the background/lead up to this flight and who the pilot is?


The Sweep
4th Nov 2013, 21:47
Replies: 16
Views: 4,555
Posted By BSweeper

Busta - you're right, it really doesn't matter...

Busta - you're right, it really doesn't matter much but I thought to set the record straight.

Yes we did practice strafe before we went out and out there we always carried the SUU gun. I...
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