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12th Oct 2021, 19:20
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Views: 2,335
Posted By idle bystander

"Missing Man" formation over Falmouth

3 Hawks over Falmouth yesterday in Missing Man Formation. Is that something people practice, or did something happen?
31st Jul 2021, 08:54
Replies: 88
Views: 20,296
Posted By idle bystander

What has changed is that women have realised that...

What has changed is that women have realised that they don't have to pretend they are entertained by the sort of boorish behaviour epitomised by the carved penis incident you describe, and the rest...
26th Apr 2021, 09:18
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

I'm a great admirer of Max Hastings' writing, but...

I'm a great admirer of Max Hastings' writing, but of one thing it's clear - his understanding of maritime warfare is meagre to non-existent.
23rd Apr 2021, 09:05
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

@WEBF: I think you'll find that either it...

@WEBF: I think you'll find that either it "comprises ships that can ..." or "is composed of ships that can". Even as a WE they taught you English, surely?
27th Mar 2021, 13:57
Replies: 104
Views: 47,580
Posted By idle bystander

@Tankertrash OK, I over reacted, for which I...

@Tankertrash OK, I over reacted, for which I apologise. As an NCI Coast Watch watchkeeper I spend many happy hours at Nare Point watching the very area of water where these guys might have ditched...
26th Mar 2021, 10:01
Replies: 104
Views: 47,580
Posted By idle bystander

I hope your navigation in the air is better than...

I hope your navigation in the air is better than that. The Helford River is one of the most beautiful sailing areas on the Sout Coast, but, though tidal all the way up to Gweek, is not "an arm of the...
26th Jan 2021, 09:45
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

This is so true. Throughout my career the ships I...

This is so true. Throughout my career the ships I served in suffered from blocked heads - normally the CPOs' heads. We generally blamed the Chief Stoker.
Sorry - I'll get my coat ...
9th Dec 2020, 17:01
Replies: 36
Views: 8,955
Posted By idle bystander

I never understood what those "benefits' might...

I never understood what those "benefits' might be. From my time in the (real) Ark Royal I recollect that the ability for the Navigator to step off the bridge and into Flyco (and vice versa) to...
21st Oct 2020, 11:06
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

Oh dear oh dear oh dear. What has the "silent...

Oh dear oh dear oh dear. What has the "silent service" come to, to spout cr*p like that. Too much "light (the) blue (touchpaper)" influence, perhaps?
6th Oct 2020, 18:52
Replies: 90
Views: 23,582
Posted By idle bystander

Actually - 15 jets to support that lot.

Actually - 15 jets to support that lot.
3rd Oct 2020, 09:16
Replies: 266
Views: 121,905
Posted By idle bystander

You forgot the 1 to post that there is no...

You forgot the
1 to post that there is no appostrophe in URLs
10th Aug 2020, 15:19
Replies: 17
Views: 5,057
Posted By idle bystander

RAF aircrew with the FAA

There was, of course, one famous RAF member of 809 (and for all I know he lurks here), who, making his first deck landing, managed to bolt/wave off 5 times in a row, in a very public manner, for the...
27th Jun 2020, 18:43
Replies: 223
Views: 52,662
Posted By idle bystander

Hi Chug Moving Australia! I joined the...

Hi Chug



Moving Australia! I joined the Navy hoping to fly as my father had, in the same entry as the "bearded one", of whom the less said, probably the better, but unlike whom I fell foul of...
27th Jun 2020, 12:17
Replies: 223
Views: 52,662
Posted By idle bystander

If Admiral Cunningham (ABC, viewed by some as the...

If Admiral Cunningham (ABC, viewed by some as the greatest Allied commander in the 2nd World War) is to be believed, he did. ABC recorded in his diary after the final conference and presentation to...
26th Feb 2020, 18:13
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

... and even uglier!

... and even uglier!
29th Sep 2018, 10:27
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

Not strictly the case. EAGLE was never...

Not strictly the case. EAGLE was never operational with F4s. She was modified to conduct flying trials only and the deck would not have lasted many more reheat launches. The RN became operational...
25th Sep 2018, 09:53
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

:D:D:D:D:D

:D:D:D:D:D
14th Jun 2018, 09:06
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

Saw the 2 Chinooks pass over the Suhaili Golden...

Saw the 2 Chinooks pass over the Suhaili Golden Globe Race BBQ yesterday afternoon. Thought they were coming from Culdrose. Anyway, Kernow can take anything she throws at us for the while!
14th Feb 2018, 14:06
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

It was a joke, in poor taste, for which I...

It was a joke, in poor taste, for which I apologise. I've removed it.

It was inspired by a remark that I heard the diminutive, perfectly formed but rather over-estimated Capt Lygo make at the...
1st Dec 2017, 14:11
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

@HH Agree - and edited to add "his part in"...

@HH
Agree - and edited to add "his part in" winning the war
1st Dec 2017, 10:29
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

@Cazalet33 Not sure what you've got...

@Cazalet33


Not sure what you've got against Adm of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, but there's nothing in my history book the that tells me he "captured the premiership".

The other guy certainly...
1st Sep 2017, 09:05
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

Actually something like 90% of the world's...

Actually something like 90% of the world's population lives within 100 miles of a coast line. I can't quote the reference, and it's certainly not an accurate figure, but the proportion is very...
11th Aug 2017, 14:38
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

Indeed, and not just aircrew. MSOCS and his like...

Indeed, and not just aircrew. MSOCS and his like forget that an aircraft carrier is a WARSHIP. Satisfactory operation of the weapon system requires very close coordination of all the ship's...
30th Jun 2017, 21:50
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

Yes, an interesting response, and seemingly from...

Yes, an interesting response, and seemingly from "la bouche du canasson" as someone said on another thread, so a good explanation of the rationale. But I remain sceptical. Previous attempts (from...
29th Jun 2017, 08:52
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

Two islands!?

Round objects! Redundancy in what, pray? Is the idea that the aft island can act as some sort of ECP? Of course it can't, any more than the forrard island can manage the Flyco and ACR business.
I...
31st Dec 2016, 09:36
Replies: 1
Views: 1,443
Posted By idle bystander

Underwater radio, anyone

There is a widespread myth that the only way to communicate by radio with dived submarines is at very, ultra or extreme low frequencies. This is not so and submarines can receive VHF using an aerial...
28th Nov 2016, 22:19
Replies: 126
Views: 35,231
Posted By idle bystander

Sorry mate, we didn't invent the steam catapult...

Sorry mate, we didn't invent the steam catapult until the earaly 50s and then gave the idea to you Yanks
17th Nov 2016, 11:59
Replies: 15
Views: 7,991
Posted By idle bystander

Agree, great read, almost as good as his earlier...

Agree, great read, almost as good as his earlier "They gave me a Seafire". Actually I think there are a few indirect (and not particularly complimentary) references to the great Winkle. It seems that...
6th Oct 2016, 09:05
Replies: 6,431
Views: 1,886,537
Posted By idle bystander

Actually, until quite late in Corporate, HERMES...

Actually, until quite late in Corporate, HERMES was regarded as an amphibious asset, at least by COMAW, until she was hijacked for air defence. Mike Clapp makes it clear in his book that his original...
17th May 2016, 10:24
Replies: 6
Views: 2,943
Posted By idle bystander

Mike Doust

If my memory doesn't play tricks, he was LSO in Ark in 1970. Lovely chap, and very kind to a very "green" (in 2 senses of the word) badger. What is the title of his autobiography. Can't find anything...
4th May 2016, 12:51
Replies: 30
Views: 9,379
Posted By idle bystander

"Real" carriers

Because "proper" carriers were a great deal more fun, and a great deal more capable. Unfortunately we can't afford them. Nor could we then, as it happens. Anyone who remembers how everything stopped...
14th Mar 2016, 12:48
Replies: 1,757
Views: 937,158
Posted By idle bystander

Tourist: Because we have a God-(or...

Tourist:
Because we have a God-(or Dawkins)-given fear of heights and know that flying is intrinsically an extremely dangerous occupation for a heavy creature that doesn't have wings. The fact that...
8th Mar 2016, 19:30
Replies: 12,790
Views: 4,169,365
Posted By idle bystander

Murphy and Sod

Sorry to correct a very esteemed contributor, but this is a simplification of a very complex issue. Murphy's Law is, as summarised "If it can go wrong, it will ..."

Sod's corollary states "When it...
7th Feb 2016, 20:10
Replies: 1,757
Views: 937,158
Posted By idle bystander

Tourist, CM: I think (hope) that we are...

Tourist, CM:


I think (hope) that we are at cross purposes. You seem to think that I think that the initial manoeuvre, as he arrived, was unsafe. I am not referring to that part of the display at...
7th Feb 2016, 09:53
Replies: 1,757
Views: 937,158
Posted By idle bystander

Courtney: You are being disingenuous. There...

Courtney:

You are being disingenuous. There is no comparison between overflying a busy main road (as anyone approaching Shoreham has to do 80% of the time), and pulling, what, 2-3g, out of a loop...
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