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21st Mar 2021, 23:33
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Views: 2,046
Posted By ICM

I'm pretty sure there was a period in 1973 or...

I'm pretty sure there was a period in 1973 or 1974, when I was involved in Air Transport force tasking, that the board was cleared for a full-scale JATFOR exercise. I stand to be corrected by anyone...
12th Mar 2021, 22:51
Replies: 32
Views: 8,005
Posted By ICM

Zara, If I had discovered Pprune back in 2004,...

Zara, If I had discovered Pprune back in 2004, then I certainly missed this thread that followed your father's death. We met at RAF Thorney Island as members of 21 Argosy course in the first half of...
12th Mar 2021, 11:45
Replies: 40
Views: 8,735
Posted By ICM

No 21 Argosy Course, airdrop phase in summer...

No 21 Argosy Course, airdrop phase in summer 1966. A trainee Nav, the late and very tall Andy McHugh, was on a 1-Ton drop at Tangmere. He called 'Green On' when required, the load moved and...
23rd Feb 2021, 17:00
Replies: 29
Views: 4,224
Posted By ICM

My neighbour, who was also my instructor when I...

My neighbour, who was also my instructor when I started flying on the C-141A, was much taken by my Douglas Protractor. So much so that, shortly after starting his South East Asia tour on the AC-130,...
22nd Feb 2021, 14:29
Replies: 29
Views: 4,224
Posted By ICM

In the Tac Support airdrop business in the late...

In the Tac Support airdrop business in the late 60s, we also had a slide for the calculation of Calculated Air Release Points (CARP). I suspect I still have one somewhere.
6th Feb 2021, 21:45
Replies: 2
Views: 1,617
Posted By ICM

That is sad news - a man taken too early. I...

That is sad news - a man taken too early. I first knew Nigel when I taught him the ropes when he joined me in a staff tour. Not too many years later, in a different situation, he was my boss. I...
27th Jan 2021, 11:51
Replies: 9
Views: 1,736
Posted By ICM

Jock, I've just found this - what sad news. I...

Jock, I've just found this - what sad news. I have such good memories of him from his time as OC 105, and always felt he was much more relaxed after the move to Muharraq where he had no longer to...
23rd Dec 2020, 22:49
Replies: 102
Views: 41,757
Posted By ICM

Equally inglorious at HQ RAFG was the fact that,...

Equally inglorious at HQ RAFG was the fact that, whilst many were involved with work in support of the deployed force, others had begun to grapple with the planning of a rundown of the Command...
3rd Dec 2020, 22:45
Replies: 224
Views: 52,797
Posted By ICM

Now well into retirement, I'm sorry to see...

Now well into retirement, I'm sorry to see another station close, one that played a part in my decision to join the Service. After doing OASC in 1963, I had an offer to train as a Nav and it arrived...
16th Nov 2020, 09:30
Replies: 115
Views: 22,841
Posted By ICM

I doubt it will change minds, but I've just seen...

I doubt it will change minds, but I've just seen this academic input:

https://defenceindepth.co/2020/11/16/extinction-rebellion-and-the-politics-of-remembrance/
8th Nov 2020, 22:28
Replies: 60
Views: 20,829
Posted By ICM

If true, well done for whoever it's to be. But...

If true, well done for whoever it's to be. But I'm surprised at the 4 decades/1971 bit - I went to the States in 1970 and there had been others on Exchange for many, many years before that. And as...
25th Oct 2020, 16:48
Replies: 843
Views: 263,209
Posted By ICM

If you scroll to the end of this section of the...

If you scroll to the end of this section of the ARDET (Argosy Detachment) website, there are some graphic pics showing how some facilities on the station had deteriorated by 1998. Memory suggests...
23rd Oct 2020, 22:31
Replies: 843
Views: 263,209
Posted By ICM

I suspect I did a resupply drop on the Hadibo...

I suspect I did a resupply drop on the Hadibo airstrip to the expedition mentioned above on 29 March 1967 - 4 1-Ton containers and 5 Harness Packs. This was with an Argosy of 105 Sqn, and I take the...
3rd Oct 2020, 12:31
Replies: 843
Views: 263,209
Posted By ICM

Indeed - with this as the aftermath of one such...

Indeed - with this as the aftermath of one such sortie in June 1967, a resupply to the South Arabian army that had taken over IS duties from 45 Cdo (RM) on the previous day.
...
3rd Oct 2020, 11:27
Replies: 96
Views: 12,164
Posted By ICM

I suspect things may have changed in later years...

I suspect things may have changed in later years but, during WW2, men commissioned from the ranks were allocated a new personal number. I have found this to be so when investigating several...
3rd Oct 2020, 08:42
Replies: 21
Views: 5,347
Posted By ICM

Experienced just once and the learning point was...

Experienced just once and the learning point was 'Look before doing anything.' I was examining on what was to be the last trip of my C-141A exchange tour. I had prepped my mask on one of the 2...
22nd Sep 2020, 12:58
Replies: 9
Views: 3,930
Posted By ICM

Yes, that's the one - so much for my searching on...

Yes, that's the one - so much for my searching on 'Argosy' and 'Argosies." Plenty of tales there, I'd say.
21st Sep 2020, 16:50
Replies: 9
Views: 3,930
Posted By ICM

Somewhere back in the Archive there must be a...

Somewhere back in the Archive there must be a lengthy thread of Argosy stories that was developed some years ago - I've just had a look and went a bit cross-eyed going through the Index pages - so...
8th Sep 2020, 16:11
Replies: 70
Views: 14,512
Posted By ICM

The status of the Occupying Powers was made clear...

The status of the Occupying Powers was made clear to me during a couple of visits. First, the RAF Staff College visit in 1978 when we Brits plus the Americans on the course (all in uniform) went...
6th Sep 2020, 22:01
Replies: 70
Views: 14,512
Posted By ICM

Jock, Many thanks - that confirms the timeframe...

Jock, Many thanks - that confirms the timeframe and general context. It looks as if I 'misheard' that story all those years ago, perhaps in some mash-up of the possibilities you say were discussed...
6th Sep 2020, 11:19
Replies: 70
Views: 14,512
Posted By ICM

Can anyone confirm this story that I became aware...

Can anyone confirm this story that I became aware of in my Argosy days? I believe it is from 1965, when the Bundestag held a meeting in West Berlin, something to which the Soviet Union took great...
3rd Sep 2020, 12:20
Replies: 130
Views: 38,684
Posted By ICM

Given that 809 was 'returned' in 1975, another...

Given that 809 was 'returned' in 1975, another background factor is likely to have been that the reduction by half of the Air Transport Force was very much in play then, and it must have been...
5th Jul 2020, 22:16
Replies: 14
Views: 2,263
Posted By ICM

After a bit of asking around, I'm now reliably...

After a bit of asking around, I'm now reliably told by one of the crew that the 3 January 1978 flight was at LHR to pick up the PM, Jim Callaghan, for a tour of India and Pakistan. (And the crew...
4th Jul 2020, 16:16
Replies: 466
Views: 195,792
Posted By ICM

Indeed, and I recall seeing pictures of it on a...

Indeed, and I recall seeing pictures of it on a North Sea towline the day after it arrived back at Brize from Marshalls. As it's an aircraft in the core fleet, ought we not to expect it to fly its...
3rd Jul 2020, 23:30
Replies: 14
Views: 2,263
Posted By ICM

XV 104 seen at LHR on 3 January 1978 - at a...

XV 104 seen at LHR on 3 January 1978 - at a guess, to pick up Foreign Secretary David Owen for one of several flights into Africa around that time, in pursuit of a resolution of matters in Zimbabwe...
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