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16th Nov 2022, 10:26
Replies: 76
Views: 11,314

Cracking photo MPN11! Couldn't possibly be after...

Cracking photo MPN11! Couldn't possibly be after one of my talkdowns - far too near the centreline! (Night arrestments, with all the sparks, were especially 'cool'!)
15th Nov 2022, 21:06
Replies: 76
Views: 11,314

OK, Roadsman asked for this – so it’s his fault,...

OK, Roadsman asked for this – so it’s his fault, not mine! It’s a long post, so pour yourself a beer or Scotch and pull up another sandbag…..

Background. It’s 1982, Falkland Islands, immediately...
15th Nov 2022, 08:26
Replies: 76
Views: 11,314

oh yes! I was the Tower Controller. Full...

oh yes! I was the Tower Controller. Full description being typed up! Fred Carno's Circus was Amateur Hour in comparison!
12th Nov 2022, 10:16
Replies: 30
Views: 3,654

Bullied? - never. Subject to 'counselling' and...

Bullied? - never. Subject to 'counselling' and guidance on one's performance - delivered in a 'robust' way: several times. Especially as an A Plt Off/Plt Off! Taken in good faith and used to...
1st Nov 2022, 09:47
Replies: 105
Views: 8,791

Airport Camp Belize had one, again provided under...

Airport Camp Belize had one, again provided under the auspices of an EWS, or so local folk-law had it
29th Oct 2022, 11:14
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Outstanding effort! Well done, in the extreme,...

Outstanding effort! Well done, in the extreme, to those guys. The actual UPKEEP weapon, as finally used, was calculated by Sir Barnes to skip 3 times over a range of about 450 yards; so the model...
19th Oct 2022, 09:42
Replies: 51
Views: 7,003

As an aside - Mil ATCOs are not allowed, or...

As an aside - Mil ATCOs are not allowed, or taught, to use speed control as a tool when establishing an arrival sequence. Therefore, the 'cockpit checks - report complete" is frequently used as a...
29th Sep 2022, 09:54
Replies: 101
Views: 20,041

Langley, dear chap, please refrain from...

Langley, dear chap, please refrain from reference to the 'M' place...... 45 yrs ago and memory flashbacks remain the stuff of nightmares! 🤯
20th Sep 2022, 07:38
Replies: 118
Views: 22,820

Concur all of the above but, not wishing to...

Concur all of the above but, not wishing to detract from the accolades being directed at the Bearer Party whatsoever, here's to the Matelots, Squaddies and Erks that we all know were scurrying around...
13th Sep 2022, 21:23
Replies: 87
Views: 21,098

If the choice of airframe was deliberate due to...

If the choice of airframe was deliberate due to that coincidence - somebody deserves a starring role in the next Honours list......
2nd Sep 2022, 08:19
Replies: 101
Views: 20,041

Horribly, horribly far too near to the truth I...

Horribly, horribly far too near to the truth I regret to say....
12th Aug 2022, 08:02
Replies: 47
Views: 14,758

Then there was the Mars Bar scandal associated...

Then there was the Mars Bar scandal associated with RAF West Drayton (long before I was posted there!) where airmen/women and junior officers were working on the said Mars Bar production line between...
1st Aug 2022, 12:50
Replies: 19
Views: 5,914

Naughty, naughty! :=

Naughty, naughty! :=
16th Jul 2022, 20:51
Replies: 41
Views: 8,046

That would have been 1988, MPN11. I was Ops 3A at...

That would have been 1988, MPN11. I was Ops 3A at HQ MATO at the time and part of my remit was the (long-delayed) move of ERD from the stone age to the brave new world of digital radar displays,...
3rd Jun 2022, 19:53
Replies: 2
Views: 1,235

Just returned home from watching it at the York...

Just returned home from watching it at the York Picturehouse Cinema. Outstanding production. Excellent balance between coverage of the aeroplane itself and the courageous crews who flew in them. Only...
25th May 2022, 13:57
Replies: 228
Views: 52,417

(FWIW I was present for the incident alluded to...

(FWIW I was present for the incident alluded to above; happy to recall at the appropriate time in recognition of the plea above.)
15th May 2022, 07:13
Replies: 35
Views: 8,294

I bet MONICA, that works next to the PIPERACK at...

I bet MONICA, that works next to the PIPERACK at the aforementioned VILLAGE INN BOOZER would have a tale or 2 to recall....
1st May 2022, 20:17
Replies: 9
Views: 5,385

Absolutely!

Absolutely!
1st May 2022, 20:11
Replies: 228
Views: 52,417

BLACK BUCK 1 suitably commemorated at the...

BLACK BUCK 1 suitably commemorated at the International Bomber Command Centre today hosting the surviving participants of that exceptional effort. Gentleman, it was an honour and privilege to shake...
29th Apr 2022, 19:45
Replies: 28
Views: 5,658

Concur with Duncan - my first thought was 'that...

Concur with Duncan - my first thought was 'that Lanc is a Lincoln' and for the same reason.
24th Mar 2022, 12:00
Replies: 26
Views: 5,900

Ninethace - thanks for that. I concur your final...

Ninethace - thanks for that. I concur your final statement! Funnily enough, your current supplier is also my current supplier, may I use your example in my ongoing correspondence with said...
21st Mar 2022, 15:07
Replies: 26
Views: 5,900

I've just received a communication from my energy...

I've just received a communication from my energy supplier to say that I can't access their better electricity export tariff as my home is "near RAF Fylingdales (it's 29 statute miles away) who...
4th Feb 2022, 08:29
Replies: 15
Views: 5,921

What a handsome looking machine! "If it looks...

What a handsome looking machine! "If it looks right, it (usually!) flies right!"

Last I read, recent generation Russian missiles were far from 'Bobbins' - rather quite good I seem to recall.
2nd Feb 2022, 08:24
Replies: 114
Views: 25,912

I'd be pleased to see a uniform Uniform. As...

I'd be pleased to see a uniform Uniform. As alluded to above, you could be on detachment with 12 guys and girls, no 2 of which dress alike; but they're all correct. And anything that stops the...
21st Jan 2022, 12:58
Replies: 25
Views: 5,714

NutLoose, ExAdvert - totally agree!!! I...

NutLoose, ExAdvert - totally agree!!!

I suspect, though, that you guys were only detached there; imagine what it was like for us postees........ :{ 18 months, 2 weeks, 4 days, 8 hours and 40...
4th Jan 2022, 10:17
Replies: 10
Views: 2,383

I don't think so, there simply wasn't time for...

I don't think so, there simply wasn't time for M-T to create a PPT presentation. NASA wanted "Reasons in writing - NOW" as to why they should delay the launch. M-T engineers responded as best they...
4th Jan 2022, 08:19
Replies: 10
Views: 2,383

I seem to recall that the Morten Thiokol reps -...

I seem to recall that the Morten Thiokol reps - in trying to persuade NASA not to launch that fateful day - cobbled together (against a stupidly short timeframe) a presentation using good old -...
28th Dec 2021, 14:10
Replies: 87
Views: 12,826

At the risk of repeating myself....... ...

At the risk of repeating myself.......
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Did the 'rounds' at West...
28th Nov 2021, 19:30
Replies: 22
Views: 6,294

I won't be accepting that bet!

I won't be accepting that bet!
27th Nov 2021, 21:51
Replies: 22
Views: 6,294

However, as confidently predicted, now the place...

However, as confidently predicted, now the place has closed the roads in the vicinity - having for the last 20+ years resembled ploughed fields - have just been resurfaced to billiard table...
26th Nov 2021, 06:57
Replies: 3
Views: 2,214

NOW HERE'S A BIRTHDAY WORTH NOTING

Just an acknowledgement and note that the last surviving Dambuster - Sqn Ldr Johnny Johnson DFC MBE - celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday. Congratulations, Sir, I metaphorically doff my cap to...
14th Oct 2021, 11:43
Replies: 0
Views: 556

REUNITING ARTEFACT WITH FAMILY

Chaps/Chapesses

A friend of mine previously worked at the (now closed unfortunately) RAFBF Princess Marina Respite Home at Littlehampton. As the Home was being ‘cleared’ he rescued from being...
15th Sep 2021, 18:19
Replies: 105
Views: 15,125

Have another uptick! Been saying that for...

Have another uptick! Been saying that for years.....
15th Sep 2021, 14:32
Replies: 416
Views: 97,718

Pull up another Sandbag...

I well remember the Hawk entering service and, very early on, one visiting Her Majesty's Open Prison, RAF Machrihanish, on a sort of 'Show the Troops what one looks like and can do' tour. Flown in by...
10th Sep 2021, 16:34
Replies: 15
Views: 8,170

Probably taken during the same 'event' as that...

Probably taken during the same 'event' as that referred to above, attached should be the image I was referring to. Just look at the relative position of the rocks in the foreground!

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