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31st Jul 2020, 21:01
Replies: 136
Views: 33,127
Posted By bspatz

From the eye witness account it seems that the...

From the eye witness account it seems that the chinook was already making an emergency landing before hitting the wires so it is seems to me understandable that such an unplanned event would increase...
16th Jun 2020, 17:28
Replies: 467
Views: 182,145
Posted By bspatz

Red White and Blue Voyager

Any thoughts on the likely colour scheme?
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/plane-used-by-pm-to-receive-red-white-and-blue-makeover/ar-BB15zn9g?ocid=msedgntp
9th Apr 2020, 20:36
Replies: 168
Views: 63,263
Posted By bspatz

From a movers point of view the Belfast was...

From a movers point of view the Belfast was fantastic with an exceptionally strong floor which would take very heavy equipment it also allowed loading with forklifts inside the aircraft.The front...
9th Apr 2020, 10:42
Replies: 168
Views: 63,263
Posted By bspatz

Is this thread turning into 'The worst machine...

Is this thread turning into 'The worst machine the RAF ever had'?
25th Feb 2020, 20:58
Replies: 102
Views: 37,336
Posted By bspatz

Given that the Nimrod hemp colour scheme was...

Given that the Nimrod hemp colour scheme was designed to blend with concrete why did they resurface the main parking area at Kinloss with black tarmac?
11th Feb 2020, 17:25
Replies: 17
Views: 5,684
Posted By bspatz

I must admit some responsibility for the much...

I must admit some responsibility for the much maligned small baggage bins which I discovered during one of my many visits to BA at Heathrow to discuss the Tristar operation (I never did find out why...
3rd Feb 2020, 20:37
Replies: 17
Views: 5,684
Posted By bspatz

I was part of the team who instigated this...

I was part of the team who instigated this arrangement and subsequently was the MOD POC for the year or so that it ran. The background was that we were chartering BCAL airlift to cover the shortfall...
22nd Jan 2020, 11:53
Replies: 4
Views: 3,164
Posted By bspatz

RAF C130 Increase in Crews

Interesting article in Janes that links the increase in RAF C130 crews to a recent accident and overstretch in the force....
9th Sep 2019, 19:15
Replies: 12
Views: 5,167
Posted By bspatz

I am sure this is what I saw, so thanks for...

I am sure this is what I saw, so thanks for solving a query that has been at the back of my mind for some time
8th Sep 2019, 21:16
Replies: 12
Views: 5,167
Posted By bspatz

Back in the early 60s as a schoolboy I went into...

Back in the early 60s as a schoolboy I went into the ASF hangar at Laarbruch, with my father who was OCASF, and saw a Canberra with the canopy painted white on top. This was presumably to reduce...
22nd Jul 2019, 18:07
Replies: 58
Views: 13,230
Posted By bspatz

How about families quarters owned and managed by...

How about families quarters owned and managed by the services rather than some self serving profiteering organisation?
12th Jun 2019, 17:46
Replies: 61
Views: 21,910
Posted By bspatz

AA62 the JATE ULLA drop looks to me more like...

AA62 the JATE ULLA drop looks to me more like Hullavington than Abingdon?
30th May 2019, 19:07
Replies: 61
Views: 21,910
Posted By bspatz

Guy Martin D Day Landing

I see that Guy Martin has made a programme about D Day to be shown next Sunday which includes some flying with 47 Sqn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u8vs8imNwo
25th Sep 2018, 21:12
Replies: 39
Views: 23,240
Posted By bspatz

Beagle you are entirely correct regarding the...

Beagle you are entirely correct regarding the miscounted engines by the BA bean counters, I was the single POC for the initial operation using BA crews and this story was related to me by a number of...
10th Jul 2018, 21:13
Replies: 17
Views: 4,910
Posted By bspatz

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.gmforum.com-vbull...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.gmforum.com-vbulletin/2000x1379/_mg_8746_fad33b58e114d5ead594d60d3606ccb84d75fd66.jpg

Here is the formation earlier in the day passing Melksham
2nd Jul 2018, 17:08
Replies: 64
Views: 9,290
Posted By bspatz

My birth certificate was issued by HQ 205 group...

My birth certificate was issued by HQ 205 group MEAF showing my birth at the RAF Hospital married families wing Abyad and signed by a squadron leader with the informant given as a Wing Commander from...
20th Apr 2018, 20:16
Replies: 71
Views: 19,764
Posted By bspatz

Of interest my wife's uncle has just written a...

Of interest my wife's uncle has just written a book about the early days of the jet age based on his experience as a BOAC comet flight engineer which will shortly be available; details are at...
11th Apr 2018, 19:06
Replies: 14
Views: 3,292
Posted By bspatz

Current reports indicate there are 257 fatalities...

Current reports indicate there are 257 fatalities which would suggest that it was 22 over the max POB.
7th Apr 2018, 14:23
Replies: 60
Views: 12,561
Posted By bspatz

The reviewing officer for our graduation at...

The reviewing officer for our graduation at Henlow was the Queen Mother and inevitably the latter part of the course was sacrificed to practise parades which we were endless. Unbeknown to us there...
18th Dec 2017, 19:22
Replies: 124
Views: 84,901
Posted By bspatz

I was sitting next to an Army captain in a Herc...

I was sitting next to an Army captain in a Herc as we crossed the French coast heading for Lyneham when the Nav announced over the intercom that our position was west of the Cherbourg Peninsular. ...
12th Nov 2017, 15:46
Replies: 399
Views: 145,524
Posted By bspatz

As OC Supply at Wildenrath I had a large...

As OC Supply at Wildenrath I had a large contingent of locally employed Germans working in the Barrack Stores. They were a bright, cheerful, hard working bunch and I can recall on one occasion when...
8th Nov 2017, 18:00
Replies: 399
Views: 145,524
Posted By bspatz

During the early 1970’s at RAF Laarbruch in...

During the early 1970’s at RAF Laarbruch in common with all the other RAFG bases, preparation for exercises particularly the dreaded Taceval were evident throughout the station at all times. One of...
9th Aug 2017, 18:27
Replies: 148
Views: 109,204
Posted By bspatz

Of interest I was on the same IOT as Fred Ayris...

Of interest I was on the same IOT as Fred Ayris in 1969 and there was also a second NCO pilot namely Leo Faulkner who was also commissioned. At the time the view was that the RAF was trying to...
15th Jul 2017, 08:52
Replies: 21
Views: 12,011
Posted By bspatz

I believe that the CO of 601 asked for the motto...

I believe that the CO of 601 asked for the motto to be "Plus Sescenti" which can be translated as 601 but literally means more or better than 600 which the Heralds thought would be demeaning to 600...
14th Jul 2017, 18:08
Replies: 21
Views: 12,011
Posted By bspatz

Interestingly 601 is one of the very few...

Interestingly 601 is one of the very few squadrons that does not have a motto although it is badged. I wonder if that will change when it is reformed.
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