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19th Feb 2021, 10:07
Replies: 58
Views: 21,327
Posted By pontifex

When I was trainng on Harvards in Canada in 1956...

When I was trainng on Harvards in Canada in 1956 I recall that once, when the first few started up in the morning the airfield was effectively "blacked" out for an hour or two. When the temperature...
15th Feb 2021, 10:34
Replies: 172
Views: 37,496
Posted By pontifex

SPECAIRCREW I was a boss on 2Sqn in 77. I...

SPECAIRCREW

I was a boss on 2Sqn in 77. I hope I was one of those you approved off!
7th Feb 2021, 10:52
Replies: 15
Views: 7,062
Posted By pontifex

Age 83. Absolutely NIL reaction with a Pfizer. ...

Age 83. Absolutely NIL reaction with a Pfizer. Didn't even feel the needle! Looking forward to the next one.
5th Feb 2021, 10:12
Replies: 7
Views: 3,624
Posted By pontifex

Beagle I was involved in that near disaster....

Beagle

I was involved in that near disaster. I can assure the pilots did not " DECIDE " to act of their own volition. The test requirement was laid down by the company test authorities and...
1st Feb 2021, 11:40
Replies: 40
Views: 13,059
Posted By pontifex

RETIRED. You may not remember. We could...

RETIRED.
You may not remember. We could start the Mk5 at FL350, but then we were not weighed down with unnecessary things like fire extinguishers or bang seats.
12th Jan 2021, 11:41
Replies: 77
Views: 15,699
Posted By pontifex

The closest to a Lanc I have flown has been the...

The closest to a Lanc I have flown has been the Valiant. The most exciting was the Gnat at low level in Snowdonia. To be honest the Lanc is not actually exciting although it is a great priviledge...
7th Jan 2021, 13:06
Replies: 8
Views: 2,683
Posted By pontifex

I first flew with Ernie on 10 Nov 69 when doing a...

I first flew with Ernie on 10 Nov 69 when doing a flying refresher course at Manby. Later, I introduced him to Nimrod prodding in May 82 at Kinloss (needed just two flights). I was at A&AEE at the...
25th Oct 2020, 17:17
Replies: 250
Views: 54,580
Posted By pontifex

I had the most satisfaction flying the Harvard....

I had the most satisfaction flying the Harvard. (and I have flown rather a lot)
7th Oct 2020, 17:37
Replies: 12
Views: 4,477
Posted By pontifex

Believe it or not, the nav rad then had to count...

Believe it or not, the nav rad then had to count the ball bearings to make sure they had all fallen out. Apparently just one remaining in the beast would cause it to fail. Bit of a pantomine in...
15th Sep 2020, 14:31
Replies: 8
Views: 2,003
Posted By pontifex

Jeff Pitick was my student on JPs in 67/8. Last...

Jeff Pitick was my student on JPs in 67/8. Last flew with him on New years day 68. Checked in my log book - thought I recognised the name.
25th Jun 2020, 14:20
Replies: 41
Views: 9,195
Posted By pontifex

I could never see the attraction for the T11. It...

I could never see the attraction for the T11. It was very sluggish compared to the 5s and 9s although it did have bang seats and a fire extinguisher! But nothing could compare to the T33.
19th Jun 2020, 10:08
Replies: 101
Views: 53,162
Posted By pontifex

When I trained in Canada (1956) we were taught...

When I trained in Canada (1956) we were taught the "wing down" technique which was much as Parkfell described except that the wing down was initiated after establishing on finals. This worked well...
10th Jun 2020, 14:56
Replies: 43
Views: 7,910
Posted By pontifex

I was 7 years on Victor K1's and never knew...

I was 7 years on Victor K1's and never knew anything of this TTN. Perhaps it was because I was only a [pilot and was expected just to do what my Nav told me. What a relief, it would have meant I...
22nd May 2020, 11:37
Replies: 279
Views: 179,270
Posted By pontifex

Is it possible that Capt Casey hesitated to pull...

Is it possible that Capt Casey hesitated to pull the handle when ordered to do so and the Captain delayed his own ejection whilst trying to persuade her to do so. In no way is this meant to...
29th Apr 2020, 14:51
Replies: 93
Views: 22,741
Posted By pontifex

Beardy, That was Ray Coates. He was a...

Beardy,

That was Ray Coates. He was a creamed off QFI. Went on to be the RAF Harrier display pilot and, the last I remember, flew with Virgin.
28th Apr 2020, 11:39
Replies: 93
Views: 22,741
Posted By pontifex

Of all the trainers I have flown as a student,...

Of all the trainers I have flown as a student, QFI and TP I believe that the JP is the winner. It could take any manner of mishandling and still recover. Although inverted spinning was prohibited...
20th Mar 2020, 16:44
Replies: 126
Views: 40,557
Posted By pontifex

HEROD On 24/1957 I had just had my first...

HEROD

On 24/1957 I had just had my first flight in a T33 at RCAF Gimli and had fallen in love with jets. Next day I felt a bit rough (didn't imbibe then) but just had to get back in the jet. ...
19th Feb 2020, 10:00
Replies: 20
Views: 5,555
Posted By pontifex

That is an elegant machine!

That is an elegant machine!
12th Jan 2020, 10:51
Replies: 23
Views: 6,017
Posted By pontifex

Whenever I was opn finals at Marham I was...

Whenever I was opn finals at Marham I was watching the runway!
24th Oct 2019, 15:03
Replies: 57
Views: 19,074
Posted By pontifex

Go back to flying control models, they are not...

Go back to flying control models, they are not affected.
9th Oct 2019, 17:34
Replies: 25
Views: 5,946
Posted By pontifex

TTN If I told you I would have to kill you!

TTN If I told you I would have to kill you!
7th Sep 2019, 10:13
Replies: 128
Views: 97,047
Posted By pontifex

I flew all three contenders. The Tucano was not...

I flew all three contenders. The Tucano was not the best and required a more powerful engine before it could meet the required performance issues. Apart from that its handling charactistics were...
18th Aug 2019, 15:50
Replies: 61
Views: 14,799
Posted By pontifex

TTN, When just rotated in one of our funships...

TTN,
When just rotated in one of our funships one dawn T/O you may remember when a flock of seaguls was collected. All four donks wavered a bit but still kept going. The AEO (bless has cottons)...
23rd Jul 2019, 15:28
Replies: 83
Views: 38,242
Posted By pontifex

Actually Stitchbitch I got my thing for aviation...

Actually Stitchbitch I got my thing for aviation talking to a very pleasant German Me109 pilot who had just been brought in to wait to be picked up. I was about 4 years old. Nevar found out who he...
16th Jun 2019, 15:18
Replies: 72
Views: 55,552
Posted By pontifex

Looks like a perfectly normal spin from which he...

Looks like a perfectly normal spin from which he actually recovered but far too late.
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