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19th Jul 2022, 19:57
Replies: 20
Views: 4,467
Posted By Melchett01

As I expected, of all the deals announced today...

As I expected, of all the deals announced today the Armed Forces comes off worse once again. Shocked I tell you, shocked.
11th Jul 2022, 21:04
Replies: 91
Views: 24,127
Posted By Melchett01

Baghdad 2003: Flt Lt Melchett - we think...

Baghdad 2003:

Flt Lt Melchett - we think weíve lost a couple of Land Rovers and their pax somewhere up in the Sunni Triangle. They were due at Taji an hour ago and havenít been in comms. Go and...
24th Jun 2022, 18:35
Replies: 26
Views: 8,256
Posted By Melchett01

We are in the business of killing. Yes, it should...

We are in the business of killing. Yes, it should be the absolute last resort, but we should be prepared to do it. And when our enemies do the job themselves for us, it makes our job that little bit...
24th Jun 2022, 18:00
Replies: 26
Views: 8,256
Posted By Melchett01

Well quite. One less SAM used, one more left for...

Well quite. One less SAM used, one more left for a different Russian aircraft.

Maybe thatís harsh, but at my interview they did ask how I felt about killing for a living. And I donít have a huge...
14th Jun 2022, 23:09
Replies: 128
Views: 22,945
Posted By Melchett01

My eyes! My eyes! WTAF have I just seen? Itís an...

My eyes! My eyes! WTAF have I just seen? Itís an utter abomination. If Wiggy wants the RAF to be a laughing stock then go ahead, make us all look like a cheap cross between Thunderbirds and a Kwik...
12th Jun 2022, 14:28
Replies: 109
Views: 12,798
Posted By Melchett01

Gender neutral? Best get rid of Aviator then. And...

Gender neutral? Best get rid of Aviator then. And what about woman and female? Are we getting rid of those terms too?

It will all be so much easier when we all catch up with Manning - or whatever...
20th May 2022, 23:49
Replies: 21
Views: 14,973
Posted By Melchett01

From what Iíve seen lately itís not overly...

From what Iíve seen lately itís not overly encouraged in the RAF either. Get to a senior enough rank and itís all about saying the right things to the right people. Ajiffniff not required.
26th Feb 2022, 18:53
Replies: 7,919
Views: 5,569,956
Posted By Melchett01

CDS and PUS put a statement out at the start of...

CDS and PUS put a statement out at the start of this on MODNET. They left comments enabled. First comment from an Infantry SNCO - so are you going to stop the cuts now? Response - ĎAckí.

This is...
20th Feb 2022, 13:05
Replies: 64
Views: 18,541
Posted By Melchett01

From a scientific perspective - and Iím now...

From a scientific perspective - and Iím now really scraping the barrel in terms of remembering my Met degree - for all the complications inherent in the atmospheric system, itís about energy. Energy...
2nd Feb 2022, 19:06
Replies: 114
Views: 25,102
Posted By Melchett01

Some serious backpedaling on the RAF MODNET page....

Some serious backpedaling on the RAF MODNET page. Design concepts only, no decisions made etc etc etc. You know, the sort of ringing endorsement you get from the Board when youíre 2 points above the...
1st Feb 2022, 17:12
Replies: 25
Views: 5,624
Posted By Melchett01

I wonder if the AAC will now be able to chose Dir...

I wonder if the AAC will now be able to chose Dir AAvn on 2050 on the basis of someoneís hand eye coordination when they were a 20 year old Private soldier?

Or will just the RAF persist in that...
1st Feb 2022, 17:09
Replies: 114
Views: 25,102
Posted By Melchett01

Iím sure that uniform will look good the first...

Iím sure that uniform will look good the first time itís out of the wrapper and on a young 20-something not long out of training.

Fast forward 6 months of wear and 20 years in the Service, and I...
4th Jan 2022, 22:28
Replies: 49
Views: 8,780
Posted By Melchett01

I see at the bottom of the article Marks &...

I see at the bottom of the article Marks & Spencer are sniffing round. Can you imagine the outrage amongst some of the more well-healed types if they suddenly found themselves wearing an M&S suit!
1st Jan 2022, 16:11
Replies: 38
Views: 8,207
Posted By Melchett01

I wrote up one of my FS for an MBE about 10 years...

I wrote up one of my FS for an MBE about 10 years ago precisely because heíd been bloody good at his job. It went through and he got his gong. A short while later I read a comment that CAS was a bit...
20th Dec 2021, 09:27
Replies: 79
Views: 20,397
Posted By Melchett01

For the bigger Class UAS maybe, but ask the...

For the bigger Class UAS maybe, but ask the Saudis how itís going burning Patriot and AMRAAM against the UAS threat. Even they are wincing at the cost and they are on the receiving end most days.
...
19th Dec 2021, 09:41
Replies: 79
Views: 20,397
Posted By Melchett01

Rather expensive way of dealing with a rather...

Rather expensive way of dealing with a rather cheap problem. Letís hope it doesnít become a standard way of dealing with low tech threats - we need to think about how we do GBAD properly or weíll be...
7th Dec 2021, 22:49
Replies: 16
Views: 3,563
Posted By Melchett01

The Giraffe radar needs to be moved by charter...

The Giraffe radar needs to be moved by charter Antonov - we donít have anything big enough. Then again it is supposed to be a Division level asset used to provide air C2 to the Div HQ, and therefore...
4th Dec 2021, 23:45
Replies: 292
Views: 59,893
Posted By Melchett01

It doesnít really matter what CAS, the Queen,...

It doesnít really matter what CAS, the Queen, some chap I met in the Mess last week called Bernard or anyone here thinks. It wonít fundamentally change the fact that the RAF is a creaking institution...
23rd Nov 2021, 21:46
Replies: 403
Views: 184,778
Posted By Melchett01

Sun reporting that an engine blank might have...

Sun reporting that an engine blank might have been missed on the walk round and ingested during take off. Bit of an ooops if correct!
...
17th Nov 2021, 17:19
Replies: 403
Views: 184,778
Posted By Melchett01

Wonder how deep the water is there? Wonder where...

Wonder how deep the water is there? Wonder where the nearest Russian subs are?
15th Nov 2021, 19:52
Replies: 79
Views: 12,129
Posted By Melchett01

Well the official RAF recruiting website talks...

Well the official RAF recruiting website talks about bases. The main RAF website calls them Stations.

Seems the RAF canít make their minds up either, although you commonly hear people talking...
7th Nov 2021, 22:04
Replies: 20
Views: 5,424
Posted By Melchett01

Very interesting - and timely from a personal...

Very interesting - and timely from a personal perspective. Just in the final throes of editing a paper for Air & Space Power Review on the UK deterrent, albeit V-Force. Without wishing to spoil the...
7th Nov 2021, 08:54
Replies: 45
Views: 8,894
Posted By Melchett01

Why am I routinely left with the impression that...

Why am I routinely left with the impression that we want an Air Force in name only given the fascination with contracting out.
2nd Nov 2021, 22:15
Replies: 46
Views: 14,969
Posted By Melchett01

Bill, As someone who idolised the RAF and...

Bill,

As someone who idolised the RAF and all things air, space and Light Blue from a child, it gives me no pleasure to write such things. But boy, have the past few years been a disappointment. ...
30th Oct 2021, 14:48
Replies: 46
Views: 14,969
Posted By Melchett01

Whether itís quarters, Messes or blocks, weíve...

Whether itís quarters, Messes or blocks, weíve done a brilliant job of showing our people just what we think of them - very very little. Frankly Iím surprised more hasnít been made if this as an...
29th Oct 2021, 22:49
Replies: 69
Views: 16,474
Posted By Melchett01

All very hush hush - and the worst kept secret...

All very hush hush - and the worst kept secret ever. Happened today, probably hit the presses in coming days.
29th Oct 2021, 18:25
Replies: 69
Views: 16,474
Posted By Melchett01

And now a Booty to be CJO - Gen Charlie...

And now a Booty to be CJO - Gen Charlie Stickland. Lovely chap, will press the HQ hard though.
4th Oct 2021, 20:04
Replies: 19
Views: 4,661
Posted By Melchett01

And Stephen Bungayís excellent book, Most...

And Stephen Bungayís excellent book, Most Dangerous Enemy completely re-writes the story of the Battle, demonstrating that far from being a close run thing, itís was a thorough drubbing of an...
15th Sep 2021, 18:19
Replies: 3
Views: 1,455
Posted By Melchett01

Cant imagine anybody else wanting it at the...

Cant imagine anybody else wanting it at the moment.
5th Sep 2021, 16:34
Replies: 15
Views: 4,157
Posted By Melchett01

Cracking video - 8+ Hunters in finger four...

Cracking video - 8+ Hunters in finger four formations down a valley certainly makes a singleton Typhoon through the Mach Loop seem a bit pedestrian!

Always though Swiss AF guys had a dream job...
5th Sep 2021, 16:25
Replies: 58
Views: 25,001
Posted By Melchett01

Ah righto, yes. Sorry, being dense after a long...

Ah righto, yes. Sorry, being dense after a long week. But I still think if it comes down to Wigston or Sanders then Sanders is a more likely candidate. The only way I can see Wigston beating him to...
5th Sep 2021, 14:33
Replies: 58
Views: 25,001
Posted By Melchett01

And likewise, I don't disagree about the relative...

And likewise, I don't disagree about the relative importance and advantages of the DCDS (Fin Mil Cap) and VCDS roles in steering the structures and composition of Defence. But DCDS is a 3-star...
5th Sep 2021, 12:16
Replies: 58
Views: 25,001
Posted By Melchett01

Well from what I hear from friends working there,...

Well from what I hear from friends working there, the thinking amongst the Light Blue in Main Building is he can stop looking upwards - heís got no chance of being CDS.

As for being consumed by...
3rd Sep 2021, 11:10
Replies: 26
Views: 8,391
Posted By Melchett01

Has Boris ordered a strike on Johnny Mercer?...

Has Boris ordered a strike on Johnny Mercer? Thatís his part of the world.

And in next weekís edition - fire and the wheel: latest on these ground breaking discoveries.
7th Aug 2021, 14:47
Replies: 70
Views: 16,901
Posted By Melchett01

Yes - several times in Afghanistan. And what...

Yes - several times in Afghanistan. And what started as a cultural thing in an effort to gain favour with local tribesmen got out of hand and they were told
so in no uncertain terms by the RSM.
...
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