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26th Nov 2021, 19:36
Replies: 17
Views: 3,979
Posted By brakedwell

I cannot remember any T11 ejections during my...

I cannot remember any T11 ejections during my flying training time on Vampires at Swinderby in 1956/7. However a very good friend of mine, who was on the same Piston Provost course at Ternhill and...
25th Nov 2021, 22:50
Replies: 28
Views: 3,645
Posted By brakedwell

[QUOTE=Charlotte Bailey;11147140]How many hours...

[QUOTE=Charlotte Bailey;11147140]How many hours did it take to get solo? :D[/QUOTE

6 hours 35 minutes Charlotte. 2 hours 35 minutes later I went solo in the Vampire 5. The only difference was that...
25th Nov 2021, 22:35
Replies: 28
Views: 3,645
Posted By brakedwell

XH274 was the first Vampire I flew on the 1st...

XH274 was the first Vampire I flew on the 1st November 1956 when I started the Vampire stage of the wings course at RAF Swinderby. My instructor was Lieutenant Mitchell RN. I flew it twice more on...
24th Nov 2021, 22:49
Replies: 6
Views: 2,006
Posted By brakedwell

I remember doing a Nairobi - Addis Ababa -...

I remember doing a Nairobi - Addis Ababa - Nairobi in a DC8 freighter in 1977 with 46 tonnes of paper on board for Ethiopia. it took a long time to unload the cargo and while we were there on the...
23rd Nov 2021, 10:58
Replies: 315
Views: 107,328
Posted By brakedwell

I spent two years as a Hastings 2nd pilot in...

I spent two years as a Hastings 2nd pilot in 1957/9. I hated the job, but we had two Chipmunks and an Anson to play with. In fact we were meant to get at least 100 hours a year on them to qualify for...
11th Nov 2021, 19:55
Replies: 74
Views: 12,815
Posted By brakedwell

Five years after leaving the RAF and joining an...

Five years after leaving the RAF and joining an airline I gave my SD cap to a neighbour's future Son in Law, who was in RAF and did have a smart enough lid to get married in!
1st Nov 2021, 16:49
Replies: 25
Views: 6,020
Posted By brakedwell

The word is almost as old as the Hastings!

The word is almost as old as the Hastings!
1st Nov 2021, 15:03
Replies: 25
Views: 6,020
Posted By brakedwell

I remember seeing the first USAF C130’s passing...

I remember seeing the first USAF C130’s passing through Lajes at the end of 1957 when I was stuck there with a bent Hastings for three months. I was most impressed by them, but even more so with the...
28th Oct 2021, 11:51
Replies: 45
Views: 8,509
Posted By brakedwell

I went through the Vampire Course at RAF...

I went through the Vampire Course at RAF Swinderby in 1956/7 and I cannot remember any of the engine limitations quoted. The T11's were virtually new, but the Vampire FB5 and FB9 were having big...
25th Oct 2021, 09:50
Replies: 20
Views: 3,736
Posted By brakedwell

It should have been painted like this! ...

It should have been painted like this!


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Forum: Jet Blast
18th Oct 2021, 16:20
Replies: 33
Views: 6,264
Posted By brakedwell

Had a similar experience at Bangor, Maine in a...

Had a similar experience at Bangor, Maine in a B757 one night. We were on short finals after a flight from Orlando when the tower ordered us to go around from a very low altitude as there was a big...
Forum: Jet Blast
18th Oct 2021, 08:18
Replies: 33
Views: 6,264
Posted By brakedwell

Many years ago I had go around again in an Anson...

Many years ago I had go around again in an Anson at Ballykelly due to a train crossing the runway, but I never saw any cows or pigs!
9th Oct 2021, 09:00
Replies: 408
Views: 171,578
Posted By brakedwell

OUAQUKGF Ops...

OUAQUKGF Ops (https://www.pprune.org/members/240330-ouaqukgf-ops) - Your photo of GAWMH at Port Etienne reminds me of an incident at Bovingdon when I was on Coastal Command Com Flt in 1962. A Fighter...
30th Sep 2021, 16:28
Replies: 6
Views: 1,349
Posted By brakedwell

Sports Association?

Sports Association?
30th Sep 2021, 10:10
Replies: 31
Views: 11,372
Posted By brakedwell

I remember a similar incident when I was on the...

I remember a similar incident when I was on the Coastal Command Com Flt in the very early sixties. We were flying to Scotland daily due to a big Nato Naval Exercise up there when a Shackleton dropped...
29th Sep 2021, 17:26
Replies: 97
Views: 18,030
Posted By brakedwell

Coastal Command Headquarters, Northwood. I think...

Coastal Command Headquarters, Northwood. I think the Royal Navy had something to do with the catering. When they moved us up to the ancient mess at RAF Bovingdon, the standard of our food dropped...
24th Sep 2021, 21:24
Replies: 9
Views: 2,055
Posted By brakedwell

I remember talking to the British Weather Ship,...

I remember talking to the British Weather Ship, which I believe was Lima, several times from a Hastings in 1957/58. Later, when on Britannias, we used to get the female loadmasters to chat to the...
15th Sep 2021, 12:35
Replies: 408
Views: 171,578
Posted By brakedwell

That reminds me of the Fouga Magister that was...

That reminds me of the Fouga Magister that was parked in the CCF hangar. I believe it was meant to be used by the French Air Attache from their embassy, but I cannot ever remember it flying.
12th Sep 2021, 22:18
Replies: 408
Views: 171,578
Posted By brakedwell

Yes it was before my time, but that accident was...

Yes it was before my time, but that accident was well known to all pilots on CCCF during my time as we also had to crawl under the cloud over Wales sometimes on route from Bovingdon to Ballykelly or...
12th Sep 2021, 12:00
Replies: 408
Views: 171,578
Posted By brakedwell

In 1961/2, when not flying, I used to wander from...

In 1961/2, when not flying, I used to wander from Coastal Command Com Flt offices on the Southwest corner to the northern edge of the airfield and pick mushroom when in season. There were a lot of...
10th Sep 2021, 20:47
Replies: 42
Views: 9,109
Posted By brakedwell

Had to reverse out of Civil Airport gates in the...

Had to reverse out of Civil Airport gates in the United States when on RAF Britannias two times for the lack of a correct tow bar. Feet off brakes!!!
31st Aug 2021, 15:51
Replies: 37
Views: 12,737
Posted By brakedwell

He has probably been there already!

He has probably been there already!
Forum: Jet Blast
30th Aug 2021, 10:32
Replies: 124
Views: 14,000
Posted By brakedwell

I shall not be watching any more crap about HMS...

I shall not be watching any more crap about HMS Vigil! Carry on Cruising is more entertaining, I think?
Forum: Jet Blast
30th Aug 2021, 09:43
Replies: 124
Views: 14,000
Posted By brakedwell

How many coloured Royal Naval Captains...

How many coloured Royal Naval Captains {Commanders} are there in real life?
5th Aug 2021, 10:27
Replies: 69
Views: 10,053
Posted By brakedwell

Yes it is, he went to Cathay Pacific on 747's ...

Yes it is, he went to Cathay Pacific on 747's after leaving the RAF, then retired at his home in Jersey.
5th Aug 2021, 08:26
Replies: 69
Views: 10,053
Posted By brakedwell

Roebuck - Surprise surprise. I have looked...

Roebuck - Surprise surprise. I have looked through my logbook and see we arrived in Blantyre northbound from Matsapa on the 22 feb 1966 in XP410. On that leg I remember at least two inverters failing...
3rd Aug 2021, 23:14
Replies: 33
Views: 12,177
Posted By brakedwell

I remember we had two forecasters a Bovingdon in...

I remember we had two forecasters a Bovingdon in 1961. One was a pessimist, the other an optimist and if you could speak to both, taking the mid position of both their forecasts turned out to be...
3rd Aug 2021, 08:10
Replies: 69
Views: 10,053
Posted By brakedwell

Roebuck, the aircraft we used for JJ to Eastleigh...

Roebuck, the aircraft we used for JJ to Eastleigh was 412. I don't think JJ was charged for his car being flown back as it was standard practice to bring back 2 or 3 private car on maintenance...
1st Aug 2021, 13:29
Replies: 33
Views: 12,177
Posted By brakedwell

I survived the Meteors without any dual in the...

I survived the Meteors without any dual in the late fifties, so I must be a survivor! Good old days? NO.
31st Jul 2021, 21:36
Replies: 16
Views: 4,899
Posted By brakedwell

I remember the Handling Squadron from my youthful...

I remember the Handling Squadron from my youthful days when I lived at Tidworth in the early fifties. I was in the the CCF and we had a Sqn Ldr from the Handling Squadron living next door, who used...
31st Jul 2021, 10:59
Replies: 44
Views: 11,880
Posted By brakedwell

When are this lot going into orbit then! ...

When are this lot going into orbit then!


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30th Jul 2021, 10:54
Replies: 69
Views: 10,053
Posted By brakedwell

We never loaded freight through the front door of...

We never loaded freight through the front door of the RAF Argosy., but as I said before we used to use it to change crews with the engines running during training. I can't remember using it as an...
29th Jul 2021, 21:16
Replies: 69
Views: 10,053
Posted By brakedwell

I seem to remember the window below the radome...

I seem to remember the window below the radome was in a door which we used to use for crew changes with the engines running.
29th Jul 2021, 10:03
Replies: 69
Views: 10,053
Posted By brakedwell

The RAF Nav went downstairs to use that window...

The RAF Nav went downstairs to use that window when dropping cargo or parachutists. No loadmasters, who were usually down by the open rear doors.
28th Jul 2021, 23:02
Replies: 69
Views: 10,053
Posted By brakedwell

Thread drift I am afraid, but Perim brings back a...

Thread drift I am afraid, but Perim brings back a happy memory! I was doing a Twin Pioneer conversion after joining 78 Sqn in 1959. We were descending into Perim Island for a landing followed by an...
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