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15th Jan 2021, 14:02
Replies: 186
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Posted By Wwyvern

Hi EXFIN, Dates of Wessex change-overs...

Hi EXFIN,

Dates of Wessex change-overs Northern Ireland:-

7 Sep 71 XR498 To Aldergrove via Valley. XR674 Odiham via Valley.
13 Sep 71 XR606 Transit Valley to Aldergrove.
18 Sep 71 XR606 ...
13th Jan 2021, 14:48
Replies: 186
Views: 38,088
Posted By Wwyvern

RAF Aircraft 17 - 21 May 1971, 113 Basic...

RAF Aircraft
17 - 21 May 1971, 113 Basic Helicopter Course mountain flying, wet winching and decks.- Whirlwind HAR 10.
4 Jun 71. Navex from/to Tern Hill - Whirlwind.
7 Sep 71 - 9 Jan 74. ...
16th Nov 2020, 17:02
Replies: 27
Views: 7,507
Posted By Wwyvern

The B Word - please check your PMs.

The B Word - please check your PMs.
27th Aug 2020, 16:31
Replies: 62
Views: 18,328
Posted By Wwyvern

Thread Drift Warning During the early 70s,...

Thread Drift Warning

During the early 70s, the fighting 72nd's SD crew were off somewhere secret and we received a signal requesting a replacement tail rotor. A French Transall(sp?) had been...
22nd Aug 2020, 16:04
Replies: 77
Views: 20,873
Posted By Wwyvern

Here is a Hastings story told me by a friend who...

Here is a Hastings story told me by a friend who was a captain on the type. I was holidaying with him and his wife in Singapore, 1966/67-ish. I have no idea if it is true. I assume the Hastings were...
8th Aug 2020, 11:27
Replies: 99
Views: 19,180
Posted By Wwyvern

Devil I certainly do. Facts is facts. And he can count.

I certainly do. Facts is facts. And he can count.
8th Aug 2020, 10:32
Replies: 99
Views: 19,180
Posted By Wwyvern

Ref the slide into historic facts, I have a WAFU...

Ref the slide into historic facts, I have a WAFU friend, yes some can achieve that status, who goes on about the "Senior" Service. He goes quiet when I point out to him that the Fleet Air Arm ceased...
27th Aug 2019, 11:02
Replies: 360
Views: 207,123
Posted By Wwyvern

Smile In the early time-scale under discussion by...

In the early time-scale under discussion by pr00ne, the RAF had no Fast Jets that I recall, only fighters, bombers, transports and trainers. Oh, and helicopters. In the early 60s, Hunters were...
6th Aug 2019, 10:11
Replies: 84
Views: 34,214
Posted By Wwyvern

Corporal Clott, I fear you are wrong. The stamp...

Corporal Clott, I fear you are wrong. The stamp in my first Royal Air Force Pilots Flying Log Book is, "THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT W.W.YVERN IS QUALIFIED TO WEAR THE ROYAL AIR FORCE FLYING BADGE w.e.f....
1st Aug 2019, 14:12
Replies: 37
Views: 19,089
Posted By Wwyvern

In my microlighting days, the radio and nav...

In my microlighting days, the radio and nav switches all seemed to be teeny weeny. Normal flying gloves didn't permit accurate selection, and I used cyclists' fingerless gloves. Naked fingers could...
7th Apr 2019, 09:39
Replies: 718
Views: 452,493
Posted By Wwyvern

I used the "Bu****it Baffles Brains" comment to...

I used the "Bu****it Baffles Brains" comment to an engineering colleague, and he replied, "But think what brains can do with bu****it".
25th Mar 2019, 10:55
Replies: 718
Views: 452,493
Posted By Wwyvern

Bill Bedford addressed a symposium of the...

Bill Bedford addressed a symposium of the European SETP in Switzerland in 1989 I think it was, and recounted the tale. His close encounter with the ground was during his famous multi-turn spin...
16th Jan 2019, 09:41
Replies: 13
Views: 2,609
Posted By Wwyvern

Several years ago during the initial testing of a...

Several years ago during the initial testing of a microlight amphibian, the test pilot was authorised by the CAA to perform "low hops" from the water. This authorisation was because of delays to the...
23rd Sep 2018, 18:03
Replies: 84
Views: 17,689
Posted By Wwyvern

Fighter Command late 50s. Squadron pilots were...

Fighter Command late 50s. Squadron pilots were required to participate in regular aircraft recognition tests. Every so often the tests would be marked at Group HQ and the results sent to the...
3rd Aug 2018, 08:55
Replies: 5
Views: 1,188
Posted By Wwyvern

sagindragin, check pm.

sagindragin, check pm.
20th Jun 2018, 18:23
Replies: 49
Views: 8,892
Posted By Wwyvern

In 1961, my Squadron was tasked with reinforcing...

In 1961, my Squadron was tasked with reinforcing ops in the Middle East. Iraq threatened to invade Kuwait, (Gulf War Minus 1?) and we provided additional Hunter FGA9s to the supporting squadrons on...
3rd Jun 2018, 17:05
Replies: 21
Views: 5,175
Posted By Wwyvern

Teeters, Apols for the delay in responding...

Teeters,

Apols for the delay in responding to your comment about NOT being posted to Lightnings. The new Pprune gizmos do not make allowance for dinosaur people. I made a Quick Reply and it seems...
7th Oct 2017, 09:44
Replies: 7
Views: 2,913
Posted By Wwyvern

John Batty

Just learned that John passed away last Wednesday.

Wyvern
24th Sep 2017, 13:13
Replies: 119
Views: 30,671
Posted By Wwyvern

Aldergrove I nearly bit through my after-...

Aldergrove

I nearly bit through my after- lunch brandy glass. Aldergrove Ops not deserving of a medal? What NONSENSE.
Who says the arrest of a slightly inebriated airman found entangled in the...
12th Sep 2017, 10:24
Replies: 12
Views: 4,496
Posted By Wwyvern

Martin

Please let me know funeral arrangements when available.

Wwyvern
31st Aug 2017, 16:03
Replies: 170
Views: 63,007
Posted By Wwyvern

There's not much new. I heard about the foreign...

There's not much new. I heard about the foreign student, on a previous Chivenor course, who was discovered in the OM ante room after he left his aircraft at the end of the runway, in 1960.

On my...
26th Jul 2017, 09:42
Replies: 29
Views: 14,785
Posted By Wwyvern

I served with Alek on Wessex. He often explained...

I served with Alek on Wessex. He often explained to me that he considered himself to be a Scot, and he was a better Scot than I because he CHOSE to be a Scot.

RIP Alek
13th May 2017, 15:49
Replies: 74
Views: 20,254
Posted By Wwyvern

A long time ago, I was in the Wessex crew...

A long time ago, I was in the Wessex crew supporting a TA SAS escape and evasion exercise in Denmark.
We were told that the interrogators were all bank managers, as they were best placed to...
16th Apr 2017, 12:16
Replies: 32
Views: 8,192
Posted By Wwyvern

Northern Ireland, all helicopters were ARMY. ...

Northern Ireland, all helicopters were ARMY.
Sep 1971, Wessex called out to transfer a badly injured soldier from hospital in Londonderry to Belfast. Aircraft captain was a Royal Marine and the...
Forum: Rotorheads
25th Sep 2016, 10:10
Replies: 44
Views: 10,538
Posted By Wwyvern

Best wishes, Nick, from a Brit who was always...

Best wishes, Nick, from a Brit who was always grateful for your help and advice many years ago.
5th Sep 2016, 09:55
Replies: 52
Views: 10,411
Posted By Wwyvern

JW411 Check PMs.

JW411 Check PMs.
13th May 2016, 15:42
Replies: 273
Views: 145,533
Posted By Wwyvern

Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome Interesting...

Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome

Interesting Report. I had WPWS and displayed not-so-fast jets.
I left the RAF in 1975 because it had been discovered that I had WPWS. This caused my aircrew category...
9th Apr 2016, 11:12
Replies: 38
Views: 8,703
Posted By Wwyvern

Ref Socotra in the early 1990s it was the...

Ref Socotra in the early 1990s it was the transit point for oil workers in transit to/from a drill ship in the Gulf of Aden. Oilies would be flown from The Yemen mainland onto the island in a small...
22nd Nov 2015, 16:50
Replies: 29
Views: 8,819
Posted By Wwyvern

Not Mona, but moaning locals. Several years ago I...

Not Mona, but moaning locals. Several years ago I was flying a civilian Piston Provost from our base in Berkshire to Popham for refuelling.

On the extended left base leg for R/W 08, the engine...
26th Oct 2015, 10:45
Replies: 54
Views: 16,963
Posted By Wwyvern

HALYARD & BATTLE FLIGHT Is there a badge for...

HALYARD & BATTLE FLIGHT

Is there a badge for intercepting a Comet, a Vautour, several Canberras, a couple of F100s, a CF100 and a Valiant?

Up to mid-1960s, Hunter day fighter squadrons were...
23rd Oct 2015, 15:42
Replies: 171
Views: 38,490
Posted By Wwyvern

My uncle, long gone now, flew in France towards...

My uncle, long gone now, flew in France towards the end on WW1. He covered his war experiences in his memoires, an edited excerpt of which is below. Noticeable is that the poor instructor was found...
12th Mar 2015, 12:00
Replies: 843
Views: 304,132
Posted By Wwyvern

Not Aden, Sycamore. I was in the Wessex/Puma...

Not Aden, Sycamore.

I was in the Wessex/Puma formation which was lead by a Sycamore to a landing on Upavon on 11 Aug 72. After lunch, the Wessex and Pumas gave a flypast for the parked Sycamore....
16th Jan 2015, 16:27
Replies: 15
Views: 4,176
Posted By Wwyvern

I remember Happy Hours with Phil at Odiham, and...

I remember Happy Hours with Phil at Odiham, and flying with him in NI. Last time I saw him was after we had both been civilianised. I seem to remember he had then joined Westland in some capacity.
...
30th Nov 2014, 16:17
Replies: 12
Views: 7,988
Posted By Wwyvern

Hi mikeperkins. I also was on your first...

Hi mikeperkins.

I also was on your first Squadron when you joined.

Were you both in the 10-ship boom run out of El Adem, 6 Dec 61?
28th Oct 2014, 16:39
Replies: 25
Views: 32,771
Posted By Wwyvern

In Northern Ireland in about 1972, we blacked-out...

In Northern Ireland in about 1972, we blacked-out the white of the Wessex roundels, and borrowed some Land Rover green paint to camouflage our white helmets. It was after that we had green flying...
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