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9th Sep 2021, 20:59
Replies: 12
Views: 2,539
Posted By bspatz

I may be wrong but not sure that the Puma ever...

I may be wrong but not sure that the Puma ever had metal blades and PIPS fitted together. As the plastic blades and PIPS were both introduced at about the same time it is possible unfortunately I...
27th Jul 2021, 20:12
Replies: 90
Views: 24,446
Posted By bspatz

Stewyb - Not if most of your assets are sat on...

Stewyb - Not if most of your assets are sat on the pan at Brize with a closed runway!
19th Jul 2021, 18:18
Replies: 32
Views: 9,157
Posted By bspatz

Seems to me that with this greater emphasis on...

Seems to me that with this greater emphasis on special forces ops there will be a premium on the availability of capable tactical AT, sounds like the perfect job for the Hercules force!
7th Jul 2021, 18:41
Replies: 33
Views: 3,778
Posted By bspatz

Back in 1979 I was involved in preparing to move...

Back in 1979 I was involved in preparing to move 230Sqn from Odiham to Gutersloh. As this meant dividing all Puma spares and role equipment in half we carried out a full fleet wide inventory check...
2nd Oct 2020, 18:56
Replies: 96
Views: 13,003
Posted By bspatz

I can endorse Geriaviator's comment re knowing...

I can endorse Geriaviator's comment re knowing your fathers service number, growing up on numerous stations during the 50's and 60's I knew my fathers off by heart 9246xx and still do. It was...
31st Jul 2020, 21:01
Replies: 136
Views: 37,957
Posted By bspatz

From the eye witness account it seems that the...

From the eye witness account it seems that the chinook was already making an emergency landing before hitting the wires so it is seems to me understandable that such an unplanned event would increase...
16th Jun 2020, 17:28
Replies: 469
Views: 201,836
Posted By bspatz

Red White and Blue Voyager

Any thoughts on the likely colour scheme?
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/plane-used-by-pm-to-receive-red-white-and-blue-makeover/ar-BB15zn9g?ocid=msedgntp
9th Apr 2020, 20:36
Replies: 168
Views: 67,270
Posted By bspatz

From a movers point of view the Belfast was...

From a movers point of view the Belfast was fantastic with an exceptionally strong floor which would take very heavy equipment it also allowed loading with forklifts inside the aircraft.The front...
9th Apr 2020, 10:42
Replies: 168
Views: 67,270
Posted By bspatz

Is this thread turning into 'The worst machine...

Is this thread turning into 'The worst machine the RAF ever had'?
25th Feb 2020, 20:58
Replies: 102
Views: 41,162
Posted By bspatz

Given that the Nimrod hemp colour scheme was...

Given that the Nimrod hemp colour scheme was designed to blend with concrete why did they resurface the main parking area at Kinloss with black tarmac?
11th Feb 2020, 17:25
Replies: 17
Views: 6,298
Posted By bspatz

I must admit some responsibility for the much...

I must admit some responsibility for the much maligned small baggage bins which I discovered during one of my many visits to BA at Heathrow to discuss the Tristar operation (I never did find out why...
3rd Feb 2020, 20:37
Replies: 17
Views: 6,298
Posted By bspatz

I was part of the team who instigated this...

I was part of the team who instigated this arrangement and subsequently was the MOD POC for the year or so that it ran. The background was that we were chartering BCAL airlift to cover the shortfall...
22nd Jan 2020, 11:53
Replies: 4
Views: 3,248
Posted By bspatz

RAF C130 Increase in Crews

Interesting article in Janes that links the increase in RAF C130 crews to a recent accident and overstretch in the force....
9th Sep 2019, 19:15
Replies: 12
Views: 5,512
Posted By bspatz

I am sure this is what I saw, so thanks for...

I am sure this is what I saw, so thanks for solving a query that has been at the back of my mind for some time
8th Sep 2019, 21:16
Replies: 12
Views: 5,512
Posted By bspatz

Back in the early 60s as a schoolboy I went into...

Back in the early 60s as a schoolboy I went into the ASF hangar at Laarbruch, with my father who was OCASF, and saw a Canberra with the canopy painted white on top. This was presumably to reduce...
22nd Jul 2019, 18:07
Replies: 58
Views: 14,100
Posted By bspatz

How about families quarters owned and managed by...

How about families quarters owned and managed by the services rather than some self serving profiteering organisation?
12th Jun 2019, 17:46
Replies: 61
Views: 23,759
Posted By bspatz

AA62 the JATE ULLA drop looks to me more like...

AA62 the JATE ULLA drop looks to me more like Hullavington than Abingdon?
30th May 2019, 19:07
Replies: 61
Views: 23,759
Posted By bspatz

Guy Martin D Day Landing

I see that Guy Martin has made a programme about D Day to be shown next Sunday which includes some flying with 47 Sqn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u8vs8imNwo
25th Sep 2018, 21:12
Replies: 39
Views: 24,967
Posted By bspatz

Beagle you are entirely correct regarding the...

Beagle you are entirely correct regarding the miscounted engines by the BA bean counters, I was the single POC for the initial operation using BA crews and this story was related to me by a number of...
10th Jul 2018, 21:13
Replies: 17
Views: 5,019
Posted By bspatz

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.gmforum.com-vbull...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.gmforum.com-vbulletin/2000x1379/_mg_8746_fad33b58e114d5ead594d60d3606ccb84d75fd66.jpg

Here is the formation earlier in the day passing Melksham
2nd Jul 2018, 17:08
Replies: 67
Views: 11,301
Posted By bspatz

My birth certificate was issued by HQ 205 group...

My birth certificate was issued by HQ 205 group MEAF showing my birth at the RAF Hospital married families wing Abyad and signed by a squadron leader with the informant given as a Wing Commander from...
20th Apr 2018, 20:16
Replies: 71
Views: 22,644
Posted By bspatz

Of interest my wife's uncle has just written a...

Of interest my wife's uncle has just written a book about the early days of the jet age based on his experience as a BOAC comet flight engineer which will shortly be available; details are at...
11th Apr 2018, 19:06
Replies: 14
Views: 3,354
Posted By bspatz

Current reports indicate there are 257 fatalities...

Current reports indicate there are 257 fatalities which would suggest that it was 22 over the max POB.
7th Apr 2018, 14:23
Replies: 60
Views: 14,081
Posted By bspatz

The reviewing officer for our graduation at...

The reviewing officer for our graduation at Henlow was the Queen Mother and inevitably the latter part of the course was sacrificed to practise parades which we were endless. Unbeknown to us there...
18th Dec 2017, 19:22
Replies: 124
Views: 91,651
Posted By bspatz

I was sitting next to an Army captain in a Herc...

I was sitting next to an Army captain in a Herc as we crossed the French coast heading for Lyneham when the Nav announced over the intercom that our position was west of the Cherbourg Peninsular. ...
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