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18th Aug 2008, 18:49
Replies: 82
Views: 13,879
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

I know they are, Stitchbitch, and I sleep more...

I know they are, Stitchbitch, and I sleep more soundly for it. What we need now is for idiot columnists and others who talk through their ARRSE to stop sniping at Typhoon. The full order needs to...
17th Aug 2008, 18:29
Replies: 82
Views: 13,879
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Agreed, the forum and the RAF are shadows of...

Agreed, the forum and the RAF are shadows of their former selves. And so am I!

Enough of this rubbish about "relics of the cold war". If enough of you could spare some time from whingeing about...
30th Jun 2008, 21:19
Replies: 31
Views: 2,896
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Suez Medal

I dunno Beatriz. Doubt they will ever do a Suez Medal as we were not officially at war with anyone - merely defending ourselves. They awarded the Canal Zoners a GSM (or a new clasp) some years ago,...
10th Apr 2008, 09:28
Replies: 44
Views: 8,007
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

The Vampire was known amongst the Meatbox...

The Vampire was known amongst the Meatbox fraternity as the "screaming kiddy-car". I would not have described its emission as a "howl".

The Spitfire and the Hunter have been described, quite...
1st Jan 2008, 18:11
Replies: 147
Views: 76,765
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Corsair You speak the truth. About 450...

Corsair

You speak the truth. About 450 fatals recorded in "Meteor Eject!" sounds horrific in today's Flight Safety - conscious environment. But, as a proprtion of a total Meteor build of...
13th Dec 2007, 20:36
Replies: 58
Views: 7,946
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Tourist To me "cheaply" means the delivery...

Tourist

To me "cheaply" means the delivery of ordnance on target at the lowest overall cost per unit - including all the infrastructure. Now it seems to me as a simple ex-crab that, if it were...
12th Dec 2007, 23:43
Replies: 58
Views: 7,946
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

T D C I said "worthwhile" Tourist ...

T D C

I said "worthwhile"

Tourist

"cheaply" ?????!!!
12th Dec 2007, 14:37
Replies: 58
Views: 7,946
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

I shouldn't hold your breath waiting for future...

I shouldn't hold your breath waiting for future "liberal intervention operations". Brown is doing his damndest to wriggle out of the present lot. Besides what worthwhile contributuion could...
20th Nov 2007, 14:48
Replies: 29
Views: 7,475
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Surely the only test of the value of a degree is...

Surely the only test of the value of a degree is what it does for your salary expectations on graduation. This one seems a guarranteed loser!
20th Nov 2007, 14:28
Replies: 147
Views: 76,765
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

It was the yaw induced by lowering the gear in...

It was the yaw induced by lowering the gear in combination with extended airbrakes that caused the breakdown in air flow over the tail. We used to demonstrate this at a safe height at the AFSs. ...
19th Nov 2007, 19:13
Replies: 147
Views: 76,765
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Meatbox accidents

I flew in the Middleton-st-George aerobatic team (the "Falcons") at Pershore's B o B Day display on 19 Sep 53. After flying back to Middleton on
21 Sep, I did not fly again until 28 Dec. I do...
11th Oct 2007, 18:42
Replies: 112
Views: 25,441
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Wokkawokka. Please pass on the congratulations...

Wokkawokka. Please pass on the congratulations of self and Mrs FV to 27for a superb performance. Mrs FV is looking around for a suitable cyber-pen pal for Padders (he should not hold his...
11th Oct 2007, 18:31
Replies: 117
Views: 24,703
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

I have been on "amateur" aerobatic teams in the...

I have been on "amateur" aerobatic teams in the past: 205 AFS MiddletonSt George 1953; 208 SQn (MEAF "official" team 1954-57); CFS "Sparrows" 1957. They were all good but I would never claim...
3rd Oct 2007, 20:47
Replies: 40
Views: 8,148
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

208 Sqn Association Annual Dinner

Pete, indeed it is the annual 208 reunion. RAF Club Sat 27 Oct 1830 for 1930 Lounge suit guests welcome £36 per head. If you are interested suggest you email Hon Sec [email protected]
...
2nd Oct 2007, 18:59
Replies: 40
Views: 8,148
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Pete. Lovely pic! I was lucky enough to be a...

Pete. Lovely pic! I was lucky enough to be a flight commander on 208 in the fifties and had my very own aeroplane - Meteor FR9 WX962 "Queenie" (with the bright yellow nose and chequered yellow...
2nd Sep 2007, 13:04
Replies: 62
Views: 6,482
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Sittingstress If I had learned of your...

Sittingstress

If I had learned of your daughter's illness through the media, I would have hesitated, as a total stranger to your family, to post a message of sympathy on an open website. Many of...
1st Sep 2007, 20:07
Replies: 281
Views: 75,722
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

No, its just a T1 with a hard on

No, its just a T1 with a hard on
1st Sep 2007, 20:02
Replies: 62
Views: 6,482
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

I am sure that this is a generation thing. You...

I am sure that this is a generation thing. You are either "AD"(after Diana) or "BD". If the latter, you would not dream splashing condolences about the demise of someone you had never met in a...
27th Aug 2007, 14:35
Replies: 281
Views: 75,722
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Question F34NZ I totally agree your first sentence. ...

F34NZ

I totally agree your first sentence. Concerning your question about the sort of person we want defending us in the RAF, at my age I have long since stopped fussing about gender, colour or...
25th Aug 2007, 19:35
Replies: 281
Views: 75,722
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

The only trick the RAF has missed is having a...

The only trick the RAF has missed is having a girl in the Reds. I am sure it would go down very well with the Mums as well as the "sisterhood". I wonder whether this apparant oversight is due to...
25th Aug 2007, 13:00
Replies: 281
Views: 75,722
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

I thought it was a superlative show and made me...

I thought it was a superlative show and made me hanker to be 50 years younger. All the candidates came over well and The Boss really looked the part - walked the walk (with just the right amount of...
20th Jun 2007, 14:56
Replies: 48
Views: 12,182
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

The most significant word in Lord Guthrie's piece...

The most significant word in Lord Guthrie's piece is "almost" (resigned). I, like most people during a full career, "almost" resigned ,say, 1,000 times. Its easy.
19th Jun 2007, 17:04
Replies: 39
Views: 4,488
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

WEBF I can see that "the ability to achieve...

WEBF

I can see that "the ability to achieve local air superiority" (or, in other words, to defend itself) would be a very considerable advantage to a CVS. But is the ability to defend itself a...
29th May 2007, 20:42
Replies: 312
Views: 142,069
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Good news Beags. I thought the last flyable...

Good news Beags. I thought the last flyable Meatbox did its final "phantom dive" a few years ago.
15th Mar 2007, 20:05
Replies: 308
Views: 49,487
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

I heard on the radio that the widow, through her...

I heard on the radio that the widow, through her lawyer, has appealed to President Bush for full information on how her husband died. She knows already that he died on active service in face of...
11th Mar 2007, 19:10
Replies: 89
Views: 20,723
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

"Having worked on both an (F) sqn and an AT sqn,...

"Having worked on both an (F) sqn and an AT sqn, I know where I would spend the money if they ever let me run the RAF!
N Joe"

Please God they won't. If you read some of Putin's recent speeches...
26th Feb 2007, 18:48
Replies: 24
Views: 4,553
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

All this bandying of words about whether an...

All this bandying of words about whether an aircraft is exerting air, land or sea-power is pure casuistry. There is only one central fact: the sea covers about two-thirds the Earth's surface; ...
20th Feb 2007, 20:15
Replies: 52
Views: 8,262
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

I knew a chap who thought he saw M0.9, but...

I knew a chap who thought he saw M0.9, but everything was shaking itself to pieces and he lost his tailplane before he could grab the "blind". (Mk 1 seat). His chute deployed so low that he...
15th Feb 2007, 20:35
Replies: 308
Views: 49,487
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

A few more thoughts:- Having served the odd...

A few more thoughts:-
Having served the odd penance in the “mad house” while still in the RAF, and as a civil servant in retirement, I do not remember meeting any, “incorrigible” liars, although...
15th Feb 2007, 11:17
Replies: 172
Views: 67,455
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Thorney Island??? I quote "Higher Authority"...

Thorney Island??? I quote "Higher Authority" who is NEVER wrong. She lived in the vicinity in the early '60s and remembers Vulcans visiting.
13th Feb 2007, 16:06
Replies: 308
Views: 49,487
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

MReyn 24050 Chugalug 2 Pontius Navigator ...

MReyn 24050
Chugalug 2
Pontius Navigator

Thank you all for your help to understand when an inquest is required. Thank you Pontius Nav for defending me against Chugalug’s charge of pomposity...
11th Feb 2007, 19:49
Replies: 308
Views: 49,487
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

Does anyone know when it became the practice to...

Does anyone know when it became the practice to hold coroners' inquests into the deaths of British servicemen in battle, or on active service? There must have been a mighty host of coroners around...
29th Jan 2007, 18:20
Replies: 14
Views: 5,200
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

If 800 are as good on Harriers as they were on...

If 800 are as good on Harriers as they were on Sea Hawks (in'56) the poor sod was probably simply lost! ;)
24th Jan 2007, 11:14
Replies: 137
Views: 22,749
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

I agree. The TBirds and the Angels fly fast and...

I agree. The TBirds and the Angels fly fast and tight - but not very often. I have seen kids (self included) get bored waiting for their next appearance. The Reds and the Patrouille are rarely...
23rd Jan 2007, 20:42
Replies: 137
Views: 22,749
Posted By Flatus Veteranus

So we have not got enough CAS (or indeed any...

So we have not got enough CAS (or indeed any worth the name) helicopters and transports. And I am sure that scrubbing the Reds would do nothing to remedy that situation. The average "Joe on the...
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