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19th Jun 2019, 17:28
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Views: 2,329
Posted By ACW599

They look as though they're channelling the...

They look as though they're channelling the French knights in Monty Python and the Holy Grail ("Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries").
17th Jun 2019, 11:49
Replies: 20
Views: 6,657
Posted By ACW599

Was it ever established how fast the Lightning...

Was it ever established how fast the Lightning was at low level?
26th May 2019, 06:22
Replies: 55,378
Views: 7,820,922
Posted By ACW599

Still mashed off his tits from the previous...

Still mashed off his tits from the previous evening's frolics in the Mess, Bloggs's solo sector recce was not going well.
27th Feb 2019, 19:13
Replies: 16
Views: 4,386
Posted By ACW599

Ah, the Deltic (sigh). Not a paradigm of...

Ah, the Deltic (sigh). Not a paradigm of reliability in BR days but nothing on earth sounded like it. Utterly gorgeous. Wonder whether the ones in 'Dark' class minesweepers sounded the same?
9th Feb 2019, 07:00
Replies: 71
Views: 13,446
Posted By ACW599

In his 1981 book 'On the Psychology of Military...

In his 1981 book 'On the Psychology of Military Incompetence' Normal Dixon mentioned the Defence Mechanism Test used by the Swedish Air Force, supposedly as a test for castration anxiety. The...
10th Jan 2019, 08:38
Replies: 157
Views: 29,696
Posted By ACW599

I wondered that after I'd written it --...

I wondered that after I'd written it -- presumably it did low approaches to go-rounds. I wasn't on the A53 between Shrewsbury and Tern Hill at the time and didn't see it twice.
8th Jan 2019, 16:53
Replies: 157
Views: 29,696
Posted By ACW599

And it couldn't possibly have been the same one...

And it couldn't possibly have been the same one that did two rollers at Shawbury -- of all places -- about the same time.
3rd Nov 2018, 00:20
Replies: 4,833
Views: 1,243,850
Posted By ACW599

_Dear All _ _This is the last e mail I will...

_Dear All _

_This is the last e mail I will send in my capacity as Commandant 2 FTS. In my 52nd year of RAF service I have now crossed the finish line on a fantastic RAF career. You may wish to...
31st Oct 2018, 19:08
Replies: 451
Views: 60,415
Posted By ACW599

I have often wondered how on earth the pilots of...

I have often wondered how on earth the pilots of Lysanders and Hudsons whose task was to collect and deliver agents from and to occupied France during World War II coped with navigation. Flying over...
27th Oct 2018, 08:32
Replies: 4,833
Views: 1,243,850
Posted By ACW599

>In sum, John Middleton has made an indelible...

>In sum, John Middleton has made an indelible mark on the RAF and its Cadet Force<

That's certainly one way of putting it.
12th Oct 2018, 13:42
Replies: 110
Views: 15,226
Posted By ACW599

Without wishing to sully the portals of PPRuNe...

Without wishing to sully the portals of PPRuNe with politics, it would be interesting to know whether the current Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition would be granted a DV clearance in the light...
12th Oct 2018, 08:28
Replies: 110
Views: 15,226
Posted By ACW599

Was it Andrew Brookes who pointed out in one of...

Was it Andrew Brookes who pointed out in one of his books that Tony Benn wouldn't have passed PV when he was Minister for Technology in the 1960s and arguably instrumental in wrecking the UK airframe...
22nd Sep 2018, 09:52
Replies: 4,514
Views: 1,163,164
Posted By ACW599

Indeed. A nice item for Private Eye's back pages,...

Indeed. A nice item for Private Eye's back pages, one might think...
22nd Sep 2018, 07:22
Replies: 4,514
Views: 1,163,164
Posted By ACW599

Editing errors are a fact of journalistic life....

Editing errors are a fact of journalistic life. But back in the day when The Times still thought of itself as a newspaper of record, print and broadcast journalists were taught about the necessity of...
21st Sep 2018, 14:06
Replies: 4,514
Views: 1,163,164
Posted By ACW599

I'm not an LAA member but I've come into contact...

I'm not an LAA member but I've come into contact with many of them over the years. For what it's worth they certainly don't strike me as members of anything remotely resembling an "old men's club"....
13th Sep 2018, 07:52
Replies: 4,833
Views: 1,243,850
Posted By ACW599

The Honourable Company gave a Master's Award to...

The Honourable Company gave a Master's Award to the arch-charlatan Tracy Curtis-Taylor if I recall correctly.
21st Aug 2018, 08:08
Replies: 35
Views: 4,520
Posted By ACW599

It must be forty years since I last drove in...

It must be forty years since I last drove in London. Could do with a dual check and revalidation of the Hyde Park Corner Rating...

Madam has arthritis and can't walk very far so I'm in something...
21st Aug 2018, 06:53
Replies: 35
Views: 4,520
Posted By ACW599

Many thanks for all the helpful replies -- much...

Many thanks for all the helpful replies -- much food for thought.



Ah. Yes. That's exactly what I did for many years. Unfortunately that option is no longer available since my promotion to Mr...
20th Aug 2018, 18:24
Replies: 35
Views: 4,520
Posted By ACW599

RAF Club -- car parking?

I gather the Club has an arrangement with the Indigo Mayfair car park such that there's a 25% discount on parking. For a 24h stay this means about £37. Is this the best option for local parking, or...
13th Aug 2018, 18:56
Replies: 16
Views: 1,681
Posted By ACW599

I seem to recall hearing them using DAWN...

I seem to recall hearing them using DAWN callsigns when working London Mil in the 1970s but could be wrong -- it was a long time ago!
27th Jul 2018, 19:41
Replies: 10
Views: 3,149
Posted By ACW599

Dave ("Pardon the growth") Wildridge was one of...

Dave ("Pardon the growth") Wildridge was one of the stellar characters on UWAS in the early 1970s. His ability to scrounge cigarettes from all and sundry was legendary, as were his...erm...exploits...
27th Jun 2018, 17:33
Replies: 4,833
Views: 1,243,850
Posted By ACW599

>I sit back and await the backlash and cries of...

>I sit back and await the backlash and cries of that never happened on my squadron.<

It most certainly did not happen in my 23 years on 632 and 633 VGS.
27th Jun 2018, 05:50
Replies: 4,833
Views: 1,243,850
Posted By ACW599

Not something we did at either of the two VGSs on...

Not something we did at either of the two VGSs on which I served. I also don't recall the Vigilant being lifed on landings.
24th Jun 2018, 12:33
Replies: 38
Views: 6,476
Posted By ACW599

It's such a shame that the nav kit in BBMF...

It's such a shame that the nav kit in BBMF aircraft doesn't seem to be quite good enough to allow them to find N52°43’42” W002°59’48”. There again, no modern fast jet has ever managed to find it...
22nd May 2018, 06:24
Replies: 55,378
Views: 7,820,922
Posted By ACW599

"One ping only, Vassily".

"One ping only, Vassily".
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