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20th Aug 2022, 13:07
Replies: 729
Views: 319,132
Posted By mike rondot

TYPHOON. Mike Sutton

I just finished TYPHOON by Mike Sutton.

Spoiler alert : By a country mile it is the best aviation book of the year and will be acclaimed as one of the best pilot autobiographical works of all...
8th May 2022, 22:53
Replies: 74
Views: 20,957
Posted By mike rondot

I'm not sure anyone would put the rotor blades...

I'm not sure anyone would put the rotor blades this close to the dirt, but it was painted to make the viewer uncomfortable looking at it....
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11th Oct 2021, 09:42
Replies: 49
Views: 16,179
Posted By mike rondot

I remember those T-Bird sorties very well. It was...

I remember those T-Bird sorties very well. It was my privilege to show back-seaters the fastest speed they were ever likely to travel on earth unless they went on to fly the Tornado. At 250ft over...
19th Jul 2021, 20:17
Replies: 49
Views: 16,179
Posted By mike rondot

Orac

Perhaps you should not make comments like that unless you have flown the jet. Repeating the uninformed snipes of others is not helpful to the general appreciation of a fine aircraft.
26th Feb 2018, 16:16
Replies: 40
Views: 22,612
Posted By mike rondot

Sir Peter Squire

Wholigan, that is very sad news but thank you for letting us know.

He was my absolute number one favourite senior officer. I had met him a few times over the years as our paths crossed. Like...
8th Aug 2015, 18:32
Replies: 129
Views: 15,224
Posted By mike rondot

Hi Lomcevak The WE177 went on the centreline...

Hi Lomcevak

The WE177 went on the centreline pylon, where that 1200lt fuel tank is. The three-tank fit was very unusual and rarely fitted. It was shown many times that the Jaguar used most of...
8th Aug 2015, 15:51
Replies: 129
Views: 15,224
Posted By mike rondot

Two seat?

Courtney,

Why would you want a two-seat airplane to do the job?
This wonderful single-seat machine did it very well for a number of years and carried a very big...
16th Dec 2014, 12:11
Replies: 28
Views: 7,430
Posted By mike rondot

LUIGI

Flying Officer Luigi Stanford-Brick flew with 41(F) Squadron at RAF Coltishall during the i980s and early 1990s, spending most of his service life in the port ADEN cannon link bay.
He married Eva...
21st Oct 2014, 05:47
Replies: 2
Views: 1,868
Posted By mike rondot

RAF OPS ROOM CLOCK

Not sure if this should be here or in Military Aviation..

The RAF Club is seeking a vintage WWII Ops Room clock for its art collection for display in the Club. Does anyone in PPRuNe World have...
13th May 2014, 15:54
Replies: 55
Views: 15,637
Posted By mike rondot

RAF vs USAF

Here's a fight from a previous life over Norfolk, and a proper fight, with gloves off.
...
24th Apr 2014, 12:28
Replies: 34
Views: 10,210
Posted By mike rondot

TORNADO F3

Well said Leon. Amid reams of bolleaux banter, that is the first sensible piece I have read about the much-maligned and unfairly represented F3.

Funny how good people in the RAF do what they can...
26th Feb 2013, 09:06
Replies: 79
Views: 19,904
Posted By mike rondot

BOMFs

Thanks for that info re John Elias. Now I know he still eats and drinks beer I would very much like to contact him to ask if he ever ventures south.

Can't find him in the phone directory so...
24th Feb 2013, 18:46
Replies: 79
Views: 19,904
Posted By mike rondot

John Elias

Thanks for the link PN, but where?
24th Feb 2013, 18:34
Replies: 79
Views: 19,904
Posted By mike rondot

Shackleton/John Elias

The Long Marston aircraft is a good reminder of the fantastic job being done at Coventry with WR963. Here she is in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
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5th Jan 2013, 13:06
Replies: 107
Views: 23,745
Posted By mike rondot

Plods

It was unkind of us and it was schoolboy humour but it was considered a hugely funny thing to do at Bruggen in the 1980s...

When challenged by dog handlers to show our ID, the F1250 would be...
30th Dec 2012, 20:05
Replies: 119
Views: 23,236
Posted By mike rondot

1964 and all that...

Dr Ivan Yates, who became TSR2 Chief Project Engineer at Warton, told me in recent conversation that the TSR2 wing was attached to the fuselage by "sprung bolts" to ease the problem of turbulence at...
10th Nov 2012, 10:29
Replies: 19
Views: 6,186
Posted By mike rondot

TH

Hate to be the one to spoil your thread but, if you are planning ahead for his dining out/retirement bash, why not just elaborate what you have already said here - that he has enjoyed an...
8th Oct 2012, 10:25
Replies: 0
Views: 1,140
Posted By mike rondot

Fg Off Stanford-Brick

Anyone know the whereabouts of Luigi?
31st Aug 2012, 08:11
Replies: 70
Views: 24,979
Posted By mike rondot

Mount Summers

Tinribs

I knew my ransacking of the archive would not be a complete waste of time... While looking for Leuchars Phantom FG1 images I came across this very old B/W photo of that hill at Leuchars...
31st Aug 2012, 07:44
Replies: 70
Views: 24,979
Posted By mike rondot

Centre Line SUU-23A Gun at EGQL

Scruffy Fanny,

I am still at the ink and pencil stage on this one but perhaps you or Courtney can answer my real question which is: Would a Leuchars-based F-4 (43 or 111) in a 2-bag, gun and...
30th Aug 2012, 15:24
Replies: 70
Views: 24,979
Posted By mike rondot

Courtney

Thanks, I have ransacked my photo archive and trawled the net looking for a photo. Wasted 4 or 5 hours and all I needed to do was ask here.
30th Aug 2012, 14:09
Replies: 70
Views: 24,979
Posted By mike rondot

Phantom FG1 GUN 43 Sqn

Anyone know if 43 Sqn could fit the centreline gun pod on their F-4s?
27th Aug 2012, 16:20
Replies: 43
Views: 11,426
Posted By mike rondot

Airships.

I spoke to the custodian and author of that website Airshipsonline : Airships : R32 (http://www.airshipsonline.com/airships/r32/index.html). The references and footnotes to the text are a bit thin...
27th Aug 2012, 15:30
Replies: 43
Views: 11,426
Posted By mike rondot

Nose Roundels on RNAS Airships

Baffman

I agree with you, and thanks for adding another protective layer to my beer-backed assertion that the Royal Air Force has never operated a rigid airship.
27th Aug 2012, 11:40
Replies: 43
Views: 11,426
Posted By mike rondot

No beer

LJ

Close, but still no beer. There were no military rigid airship flights after October 1919. R32 was operated by the Admiralty until "technically", but not actually, transferred to the RAF.
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25th Aug 2012, 21:03
Replies: 43
Views: 11,426
Posted By mike rondot

Interesting, but no coconut

Unclenelli,

Cranwell Airship Section on street map

No, that won't do. The question is about Rigid Airships in the RAF and I am not convinced that there were any. Everyone appears to be...
24th Aug 2012, 19:13
Replies: 43
Views: 11,426
Posted By mike rondot

Rigid Airships. Question of operator.

Roland,

I think your suggestion about visiting AHB is favourite to find the answer to this question. However, comma....

Just because the RNAS was absorbed into the RAF in April 1918, it does...
20th Aug 2012, 20:21
Replies: 76
Views: 18,790
Posted By mike rondot

Whaddawewant?

On a miserable day on 85 Squadron at West Raynham in the early 1970s we used to shout "More beer, longer runways, bigger women". That seemed to cheer people up, albeit briefly.
17th Aug 2012, 20:42
Replies: 43
Views: 11,426
Posted By mike rondot

Rigid Airships?

This is the painting in the RAF club that started this question of attribution:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z409/5dilly/ScreenShot2012-08-17at160043.png

I'm not sure it has any...
17th Aug 2012, 17:00
Replies: 43
Views: 11,426
Posted By mike rondot

Easy Beer? Nah.

I'm not convinced...

My guess is the RNAS continued to operate them until the last flight in October 1919. Any airship ops after 1920 were civilian registered. The RAF wanted nothing to do with...
17th Aug 2012, 15:07
Replies: 43
Views: 11,426
Posted By mike rondot

Airships in the RAF?

Something for the weekend sleuth/historian... I tried to get the answer to this in Aviation History http://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/492944-rigid-airships-raf.html without success so...
15th Aug 2012, 18:32
Replies: 10
Views: 5,091
Posted By mike rondot

RAF Airships?

LTAfan

Thanks for that.

There are confusing statements in various publications about the RNAS disbanding on the formation of the RAF in April 1918 and their airships passing to the RAF. I...
14th Aug 2012, 21:21
Replies: 10
Views: 5,091
Posted By mike rondot

Airships. Question of attribution

Treadigraph,

Yes, I have seen that website (airships index) and still think my beer is safe.
The references are vague and are not authenticated by documentary evidence. I suspect some old...
14th Aug 2012, 16:30
Replies: 10
Views: 5,091
Posted By mike rondot

RAF Airships

I think they were owned by the RNAS and have wagered a bucket of beer on that. Balloons? maybe, but a rigid airship in the RAF? I don't think so.

Does anyone out there have the answer please.
14th Aug 2012, 11:23
Replies: 10
Views: 5,091
Posted By mike rondot

Rigid Airships in the RAF

There is a painting in the RAF Club titled "The First British Rigid Airship". It has been on long-term loan/assignment "until the revival or establishment of an Airship Branch".

Hmmm.... I thought...
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