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25th Feb 2019, 09:55
Replies: 15
Views: 3,013
Posted By Old Bricks

2(AC) Sqn RIC at Laarbruch in the early 70s had...

2(AC) Sqn RIC at Laarbruch in the early 70s had the 7-strand light tables to go with the Phantom recce pod. Included with each table was the ultimate in high-tech computer power - a second-hand...
9th Jan 2019, 12:10
Replies: 110
Views: 22,827
Posted By Old Bricks

The only other bit of religion that springs to...

The only other bit of religion that springs to mind from that same period was when the Towers had an official visit from the RC Bishop to the Forces. All RC-registered flight cadets were rounded up...
8th Jan 2019, 11:45
Replies: 110
Views: 22,827
Posted By Old Bricks

I was notionally RC when at Cranwell (68-71) but...

I was notionally RC when at Cranwell (68-71) but availed myself of the opportunity to not go on Church parade, unlike the CofEs, who were lumbered every week. Even worse, the CofE flight cadets were...
7th Nov 2018, 10:45
Replies: 50
Views: 12,523
Posted By Old Bricks

What is/was Cardiac Hill? My memories of...

What is/was Cardiac Hill? My memories of Cranwell were that it was flat - Running round the North Airfield for the Knocker Run did, however, feel like running up Everest - just more horizontal!
16th Sep 2018, 10:48
Replies: 120
Views: 20,213
Posted By Old Bricks

Some years ago I was admitted to the hospital at...

Some years ago I was admitted to the hospital at RAF Halton. As usual, because you hadn't been there the day before, there was no food ordered for you, so you basically got what had been ordered by...
1st Sep 2018, 12:28
Replies: 139
Views: 30,061
Posted By Old Bricks

How to Get Orderly Officer Duties Really, Really...

How to Get Orderly Officer Duties Really, Really Wrong
The following saga tells the story of what happens when an Orderly Officer really makes a c*ck of it. Thankfully it was not me, but was from...
26th Aug 2018, 10:22
Replies: 139
Views: 30,061
Posted By Old Bricks

I was OO at Gatow one day while the Berlin Tattoo...

I was OO at Gatow one day while the Berlin Tattoo was on. The station and all the empty hangars were full of army personnel, horses etc up from "The Zone" as participants. Called to the guardroom...
4th Dec 2017, 10:16
Replies: 29
Views: 10,195
Posted By Old Bricks

In 1982, during the Falklands war, I was a flt lt...

In 1982, during the Falklands war, I was a flt lt in Int at HQSTC. Every morning there was an "inner" ops brief run by AM Bairsto with all the high-priced help, and, as duty briefer, I would start...
16th Sep 2017, 16:53
Replies: 43
Views: 16,025
Posted By Old Bricks

Not an aviator, but there is a grave from 1917 in...

Not an aviator, but there is a grave from 1917 in New Irish Farm Cemetery outside Ypres of Gunner OB Gentle of the Royal Garrison Artillery. With a name like that, who needs an epitaph?
2nd Sep 2017, 15:46
Replies: 170
Views: 56,836
Posted By Old Bricks

Pakistani exchange QFI - "Old Bricks, you are...

Pakistani exchange QFI - "Old Bricks, you are trying to kill me....again!"
14th Aug 2017, 19:13
Replies: 26
Views: 11,315
Posted By Old Bricks

PAK-FA =SU-57

Now that it has a designation, all it needs is for the NATO naming committee to come up with a reporting name. Perhaps now is a good time to offer some suggestions to help them....
How about...
9th Aug 2017, 15:43
Replies: 87
Views: 21,141
Posted By Old Bricks

Orenda369 Late coming into this thread, but I...

Orenda369
Late coming into this thread, but I have just read your #1 titled "Mass Murderer to Pilot". I know the poor old cooks tend to get a bashing from a lot of people, but it seems a bit harsh...
22nd Jul 2017, 11:17
Replies: 43
Views: 10,472
Posted By Old Bricks

Chipmunk Camera Vibration/ASA

BEagle
We tended to use 400ASA B/W film mostly, with occasional 400ASA Ektachrome for colour if the colour added more int to the target. Because both the 500 and the 1000mm mirror lenses had fixed...
21st Jul 2017, 11:52
Replies: 43
Views: 10,472
Posted By Old Bricks

Chipmunk Recce Fit

BEagle
The front seat observer had twoNikon F3 camera bodies, each with motor-drive, one fitted with a 180mm lens,and the other with a 500mm mirror lens. In addition, a 1000mm lens was carried, plus...
21st Jul 2017, 11:11
Replies: 43
Views: 10,472
Posted By Old Bricks

Phantom Recce Pod

Haraka
I was with II(AC) from Jan 73-Jan 76, and we had a full set of pods all that time. I seem to remember that the first ones were issued to II(AC) in 1970, and they finished in 76 when Sandy...
20th Jul 2017, 17:23
Replies: 43
Views: 10,472
Posted By Old Bricks

I have to say that I had never heard of this,...

I have to say that I had never heard of this, although that isn't surprising, as many things dreamed up by mad scientists were tried out and then dropped. The daftest one I can remember was when I...
20th Jul 2017, 17:11
Replies: 43
Views: 10,472
Posted By Old Bricks

BEagle "Not just 16/8 per day though,...

BEagle


"Not just 16/8 per day though, didn't we also have free haircuts from the Mad Slasher?"

There was nothing free about the haircuts! It was the ultimate insult - we were charged for 4...
19th Jul 2017, 10:55
Replies: 43
Views: 10,472
Posted By Old Bricks

BEags Pretty horrific thought that it's already...

BEags
Pretty horrific thought that it's already 49 years since a trainload of spotty oiks polled up at Grantham with our entire belongings in one suitcase each. Was it a steam train? And all for...
18th Jul 2017, 17:28
Replies: 43
Views: 10,472
Posted By Old Bricks

Haraka I'm sorry to have shocked you. I was...

Haraka
I'm sorry to have shocked you. I was not aware that Mr Marconi's waves were actually strong enough to go as far as the southern colonial areas. You are quite correct, though - I never did...
17th Jul 2017, 19:12
Replies: 43
Views: 10,472
Posted By Old Bricks

The BRIXMIS Story

There is a repeat of the BRIXMIS Story on Radio 4 Extra tonight (Monday 17 July) at 2030 for those who have missed it before. 30 minutes.
25th Jun 2017, 19:09
Replies: 54
Views: 19,360
Posted By Old Bricks

If the head weighed 15-18kg, no matter how good...

If the head weighed 15-18kg, no matter how good the elderly pilot was, he'd never be able to get a bone-dome on, let alone close the cockpit canopy! He'd look like ET - although, come to think of...
17th Jan 2017, 16:21
Replies: 500
Views: 211,547
Posted By Old Bricks

AvgasDinosaur You might like to try "Thinking...

AvgasDinosaur
You might like to try "Thinking the Unthinkable - The lives of Royal Air Force and East German Fast-jet Pilots in the Cold War" by Gp Capt Nigel Walpole, published 2012 by Astonbridge...
17th Jan 2017, 10:04
Replies: 500
Views: 211,547
Posted By Old Bricks

TB7 You are probably thinking of the French...

TB7
You are probably thinking of the French liaison officer - Capitaine le Chadeau - rarely seen but very efficient.
16th Jan 2017, 19:40
Replies: 500
Views: 211,547
Posted By Old Bricks

Haraka The "tourers" on BRIXMIS comprised both...

Haraka
The "tourers" on BRIXMIS comprised both Army and RAF, with the odd mysterious matelot. All, regardless of uniform, were trained to recognise, in detail, both ground and air-related kit, to...
7th Sep 2016, 21:23
Replies: 172
Views: 41,819
Posted By Old Bricks

Always good in theory. Having been...

Always good in theory. Having been transmogrified into the hierarchy and being told that I no longer had a Service Number, sent a 1771 in which was smartly returned because it could not be paid...
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