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20th Jan 2021, 21:08
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Posted By staircase

My QFI on the Varsity at Oakington during the...

My QFI on the Varsity at Oakington during the Winter 70 to 71, and I remember him as a good bloke.

Mind you I seem to remember the mess bar a lot more than the flying!
13th Jan 2021, 21:19
Replies: 21
Views: 5,848
Posted By staircase

Well if he is reading this, I think it was him...

Well if he is reading this, I think it was him that bought me a yard of ale in the Junior Mess bar at Cranwell in 1968. If it was (I think) I thank him for it.
19th Dec 2020, 11:48
Replies: 57
Views: 11,158
Posted By staircase

I gave this some thought when I was still flying,...

I gave this some thought when I was still flying, and I did wonder about arriving back at, say LGW or MAN (before the second runway was built) at peak periods, with management trying very hard to get...
15th Dec 2020, 16:45
Replies: 6
Views: 2,823
Posted By staircase

Yes he was a good bloke. I am surprised that...

Yes he was a good bloke. I am surprised that there are no more comments regarding Ian. He was staff at CFS when he appeared in my log book way back in 1977, and faded but fond memories surfaced when...
2nd Dec 2020, 13:20
Replies: 101
Views: 22,272
Posted By staircase

I was house member at one time, and well remember...

I was house member at one time, and well remember a large amount of 'art' in the mess loft. Going back a couple of years ago, I noticed that all the drawings of past aircrew that lined the corridors...
12th Nov 2020, 09:52
Replies: 34
Views: 3,833
Posted By staircase

Come the late 70's early 80's, I would have felt...

Come the late 70's early 80's, I would have felt the same about trying to go to Russia in a Vulcan.
4th Nov 2020, 10:46
Replies: 38
Views: 3,526
Posted By staircase

In some cases it had to do with the duty day. You...

In some cases it had to do with the duty day. You could leave Manchester for example, coach toTeeside, and still have enough duty hours to go to southern Spain.



So the aeroplane left...
10th Sep 2020, 21:26
Replies: 96
Views: 11,175
Posted By staircase

I remember sitting in the KG5 night club in...

I remember sitting in the KG5 night club in Berlin circa 1980, watching the floor show with my crew, when a group of 'elderly gentlemen' entered.

One asked me if i was in the services, and I told...
31st Jul 2020, 07:50
Replies: 99
Views: 26,002
Posted By staircase

Oh the myth of ‘dispersal’. I did 14 years...

Oh the myth of ‘dispersal’.

I did 14 years in the RAF and never made it to an operational unit, so what would have happened to the sharp end I don’t know about.

However, arriving at Linton as a...
4th Jul 2020, 08:20
Replies: 8
Views: 1,894
Posted By staircase

Now to ramp up the discussion a bit I ask how...

Now to ramp up the discussion a bit I ask how much did you learn from those basic exercises?

Having worked my way up the QFI tree, the longer I was involved, the more I became of the opinion that...
2nd Jul 2020, 07:45
Replies: 21
Views: 5,027
Posted By staircase

Very bored Two's in - well until Saturday when my...

Very bored Two's in - well until Saturday when my local re-opens.

As for a spiral. There is the nub of my question, why conform to normal operations? Why not just call London and have them watch a...
1st Jul 2020, 09:48
Replies: 60
Views: 9,887
Posted By staircase

The last 'complete' Cranwell cadet entry was 98,...

The last 'complete' Cranwell cadet entry was 98, and it was two and a half years. April '68 to summer '70.

When 99 entry turned up they were offered a university place or stay at the towers, and a...
1st Jul 2020, 09:32
Replies: 21
Views: 5,027
Posted By staircase

why use the Lichfield crossing at present?

Sitting at home very bored and watching flightradar24, I notice that the tankers heading for the North Sea are leaving Brize and crossing the airway at Lichfield.

In normal times I could...
28th May 2020, 22:16
Replies: 84
Views: 16,465
Posted By staircase

If one goes back to history I wonder if the...

If one goes back to history I wonder if the person that initiated the requirement was an ex Bristol fighter man.


How can you be aggressive if you have to run away to bring the guns to bear? Even...
27th May 2020, 17:22
Replies: 310
Views: 99,151
Posted By staircase

A chap named Victor F Bingham wrote a book...

A chap named Victor F Bingham wrote a book 'Handley Page Hastings and Hermes. ISBN 1 870384 63 6

In the back is the fate of all the Hastings and the entry for TG 507 reads;

'EFS; 47; 202;...
22nd May 2020, 21:35
Replies: 310
Views: 99,151
Posted By staircase

I read the sort of things that get posted on this...

I read the sort of things that get posted on this forum, (and some of the others,) and I sometimes wonder why no one puts them into some sort of order and publishes a book.

I am well into my...
21st May 2020, 09:39
Replies: 310
Views: 99,151
Posted By staircase

Once again ah....you may well laugh. A new co...

Once again ah....you may well laugh. A new co pilot on the way to Cyprus and I need a pee. Well the toilets were still in the rear. The toilet consisted of an elsan and a pee tube that drained out to...
21st May 2020, 07:40
Replies: 310
Views: 99,151
Posted By staircase

Ah... TG 517 I remember her. I was sent 'solo' in...

Ah... TG 517 I remember her. I was sent 'solo' in her. Obviously with a crew, but the big man in charge actually got off and launched me with a Co pilot!

When I left 1066 I 'stole' my pilots...
18th May 2020, 21:10
Replies: 310
Views: 99,151
Posted By staircase

The original of TG 568 has both wing tips, but it...

The original of TG 568 has both wing tips, but it is larger than the screen on my scanner, as a result it does not do the photographer justice.

TG 568 taken at Lindholme in 1971.

TG 536 was...
18th May 2020, 13:01
Replies: 310
Views: 99,151
Posted By staircase

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/2000x1418/img021_af4ff2ea21bb7d09084e3db37001a9610eeda6f6.jpg
Mrs Staircase reminded me that I also had this one. Daft she should have to, since it...
18th May 2020, 11:49
Replies: 310
Views: 99,151
Posted By staircase

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1420x2000/img005_e62927f5be85bcb6eb18b62b392b9c84872a91d6.jpg
alas, this is the only other one I have.
18th May 2020, 08:33
Replies: 310
Views: 99,151
Posted By staircase

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1420x2000/img009_7c0d2a60167f147dfcbaa709bcb3ee0f559724bb.jpg
MODS my first attempt at a picci. Please feel free to alter if i got it wrong.
28th Apr 2020, 09:42
Replies: 93
Views: 22,499
Posted By staircase

I would agree that the JP was a good trainer, but...

I would agree that the JP was a good trainer, but then all my 'learning' and instructing was on the JP. So with nothing to really compare it with, my opinion is not really worth much. All I would add...
27th Jan 2020, 14:55
Replies: 18
Views: 2,016
Posted By staircase

Red, Walk forward from the cabin into the...

Red,

Walk forward from the cabin into the 'flight deck'. First compartment on the right (stbd) was the galley. First compartment on the left was the crew rest area.

Immediately behind the...
6th Jan 2020, 10:34
Replies: 7
Views: 2,456
Posted By staircase

If true very sad. Another good bloke that will be...

If true very sad. Another good bloke that will be missed.
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