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14th Mar 2014, 13:32
Replies: 15
Views: 3,240
Posted By FJJP

In the late 60s at Scampton, the MRD jets were...

In the late 60s at Scampton, the MRD jets were operated by co-pilots, directed by the Duty Pilot in an ATC Land Rover. Best results were in thick fog when you got no interference from OC Ops, OC Eng,...
14th Mar 2014, 13:20
Replies: 10
Views: 1,654
Posted By FJJP

Trouble is, then you could reasonably quickly...

Trouble is, then you could reasonably quickly generate a Spitfire factory and turn out dozens per day. Today, it takes a huge amount of time to build ONE Typhoon let alone a hundred. And then you...
25th Feb 2014, 18:13
Replies: 99
Views: 20,348
Posted By FJJP

In the 70s the Chipmunks I flew had all black...

In the 70s the Chipmunks I flew had all black cockpits...
8th Feb 2014, 11:15
Replies: 15
Views: 3,093
Posted By FJJP

...or the time in mid-winter when an airman got...

...or the time in mid-winter when an airman got swamped with HTP from a Blue Steel missile and was lifted off his feet and rushed to the HTP plunge bath at the side if the dispersal. After breaking...
8th Feb 2014, 10:53
Replies: 100
Views: 17,523
Posted By FJJP

Here we go again... The Arrows will just...

Here we go again...

The Arrows will just get on with it and put the tragic events of last season behind them, inc the stupid headline grabbing publicity surrounding 2 team members who fell in...
8th Jan 2014, 19:07
Replies: 48
Views: 8,450
Posted By FJJP

Muneee....

Muneee....
19th Nov 2013, 01:25
Replies: 171
Views: 30,866
Posted By FJJP

HTP was nasty stuff. It would combust in contact...

HTP was nasty stuff. It would combust in contact with clothing, which made it bad news. Each dispersal had a galvanised steel bath, heated to a comfortable temp and covered with table tennis balls to...
15th Nov 2013, 17:07
Replies: 23
Views: 4,562
Posted By FJJP

Some years ago, as a Detcom, I had to take a...

Some years ago, as a Detcom, I had to take a small party of airmen and SNCOs from Brize to a secret Lincs base. We were carrying classified equipment and docs and were ordered to use first class...
15th Nov 2013, 16:26
Replies: 30
Views: 7,619
Posted By FJJP

Scary. I spent many years atop Blue Steel and...

Scary. I spent many years atop Blue Steel and WE177 flying the tin triangle.

Didn't realise that there were so many tests by so many countries.

Lets hope that there are no more...
7th Sep 2013, 21:18
Replies: 94
Views: 12,828
Posted By FJJP

Unfortunately the Vulcan suffered a fuel tank...

Unfortunately the Vulcan suffered a fuel tank leak - they would have loved to have done the display, but it was not to be...
7th Sep 2013, 20:02
Replies: 94
Views: 12,828
Posted By FJJP

Airshow Organisation

I organised the Waddington Airshow in the late nineties. I can see that it is more difficult these days with the shrinking of budgets and the reduction in the size of Air forces worldwide. The...
27th Aug 2013, 15:58
Replies: 47
Views: 8,701
Posted By FJJP

ISTR that 39 Sqn, based at Wyton in the 90s had a...

ISTR that 39 Sqn, based at Wyton in the 90s had a Sqn Ldr Boss...
11th Aug 2013, 12:26
Replies: 84
Views: 14,677
Posted By FJJP

Tales from the crypt...part 1

I spent 20 odd years in FMA. Before I got married, a very friendly Fams Off took me on several march-outs to get a feel for what was required. We went to one AMQ and the first thing that struck us...
3rd Jul 2013, 13:04
Replies: 194
Views: 40,036
Posted By FJJP

Tankertrashnav and PN

I remember the incident well. I was holding at Bawtry as OC Accts prior to the Big Delta OCU at Finningley. On the Mon morning after said DiN, SASO appeared in my office with a clearance chit !in...
30th Jun 2013, 00:38
Replies: 194
Views: 40,036
Posted By FJJP

The death knell for the drinking culture was...

The death knell for the drinking culture was sounded when the QFI on an early morning weather check did an ultra low level run along Gouthwaite Reservoir and buried a wingtip in the water. He was...
16th Jun 2013, 17:22
Replies: 46
Views: 9,821
Posted By FJJP

Yep, boom heard loud and clear near Huntingdon. ...

Yep, boom heard loud and clear near Huntingdon. House shook and windows rattled. Son immediately idented it as a boom. Speculated that it could have been Typhoons from CGY en-route to intercept...
15th Feb 2012, 18:06
Replies: 26
Views: 5,613
Posted By FJJP

Thanks

Thanks for all the info, chaps. Pity I didn't see Pontius' ad on ebay last year - would love to have a new pair of issue mukluks, never mind the old parka....

FJJP
14th Feb 2012, 08:21
Replies: 26
Views: 5,613
Posted By FJJP

Parkas and Mukluks

I remember in the seventies being issued with Parka anoraks and Mukluk boots prior to deployment to Goose Bay and Offut AFB in the depths of the vicious N American winter.

The parka was a...
1st Jan 2012, 19:20
Replies: 88
Views: 15,790
Posted By FJJP

Angel Then we had the dispersal ex on tin triangles...

Then we had the dispersal ex on tin triangles where the reversion system was to change at midnight. True to form we got the RS05 followed sharpley by the RS02. Six of HM's finest were mounted up and...
19th Feb 2011, 06:45
Replies: 43
Views: 6,446
Posted By FJJP

A large base on which I served decided to apply...

A large base on which I served decided to apply for the IiP award. I cost a fortune financially and the amount of work heaped on individuals was enormous. We were doing it all anyway, it was just the...
19th Jan 2011, 18:17
Replies: 15
Views: 3,233
Posted By FJJP

Didn't one of them sport a 'Playboy Bunny' on the...

Didn't one of them sport a 'Playboy Bunny' on the fin? Whatever happened to it? Who was the knurled gnome with the sense of humour failure?
12th Jan 2011, 19:05
Replies: 119
Views: 57,400
Posted By FJJP

If you look at the top of an ejection seat, there...

If you look at the top of an ejection seat, there are a lot of straps, various, which do different jobs during the sequence. The Type 3 seat also had a wedge-pad which kept the straps and other stuff...
10th Jan 2011, 07:59
Replies: 119
Views: 57,400
Posted By FJJP

The canopy had to go before either ejection seat...

The canopy had to go before either ejection seat could fire. According to the Aircrew Manual, the one second delay applied to the seat trigger even if the canopy had already been jettisoned.

If...
9th Jan 2011, 16:45
Replies: 12
Views: 2,434
Posted By FJJP

If I was still in, I would use OC Admin Wing...

If I was still in, I would use OC Admin Wing under a 'Private and Confidential' heading.

He would be in the best position to decide which of his staff could supply the answers requested by the...
8th Jan 2011, 10:03
Replies: 8
Views: 2,386
Posted By FJJP

One of life's true characters and a real gent....

One of life's true characters and a real gent. Always there to offer a helping hand and genuine advice to the much less experience.

Had much fun with him on 360 and Vulcans. Detachments were...
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