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2nd Sep 2022, 15:25
Replies: 39
Views: 3,215
Posted By pmills575

Is the "RAF to to use civvie airports" a factor?...

Is the "RAF to to use civvie airports" a factor? After all the area occupied by the museum is the HAS part of the airport/airfield that would be perfect for deployed/dispersed airframes!
25th Aug 2022, 06:17
Replies: 159
Views: 44,787
Posted By pmills575

I see that the Daily Mail is reporting that the...

I see that the Daily Mail is reporting that the Reds could be canned.
Seems like a good move to me, they could be replaced by The Rainbows.
29th Jun 2022, 06:21
Replies: 14
Views: 1,559
Posted By pmills575

A couple of years ago varies organizations were...

A couple of years ago varies organizations were contacted to try to find Mk2 Shack /Lanc wheels. It was known that two or three museums had acquired the remaining stocks of Shack spares when the MOD...
10th Jun 2022, 05:47
Replies: 19
Views: 1,668
Posted By pmills575

St. Mawgan had a purpose built V dispersal, A...

St. Mawgan had a purpose built V dispersal, A number of buildings including a full fitted out kitchen area, all kept in good condition. When the Nimrod entered service this whole complex became the...
4th Jun 2022, 07:36
Replies: 228
Views: 51,802
Posted By pmills575

To get a real insight into the issues experienced...

To get a real insight into the issues experienced by 1 Squadron on Hermes the book:RAF Harrier Ground Attackby Jerry Pook
4th May 2022, 06:48
Replies: 3
Views: 1,087
Posted By pmills575

As an ex Radar fitter on Shacks for many years I...

As an ex Radar fitter on Shacks for many years I have never seen such a facility and cannot recall any interface between ASV21 and the Sonics system. I do posses the ASV21 manual and it doesn't...
6th Jun 2021, 04:43
Replies: 20
Views: 6,124
Posted By pmills575

During 1974 when the Turkish army decided to take...

During 1974 when the Turkish army decided to take a holiday in Cyprus, a Greek AF Noratlas one early morning attempted to land at Akrotiri thinking he was on approach to Nicosia airport. He was...
25th May 2021, 06:37
Replies: 20
Views: 4,174
Posted By pmills575

The American TFR on the Vulcan had a habit of...

The American TFR on the Vulcan had a habit of every now and again of indicating a "fly down" instead of "fly up". It was very unreliable and the pod was changed so often even engine fitters were...
11th May 2021, 05:52
Replies: 77
Views: 12,304
Posted By pmills575

Incident at AKR

Most of the ECM cans took some time to become operational, known as "warm up time", the power switch had an alternate position which had a plastic guard that could be broken if enough force was used....
7th Mar 2021, 07:01
Replies: 13
Views: 2,727
Posted By pmills575

When I worked for Ford Motor company (2011) they...

When I worked for Ford Motor company (2011) they still held the drawings for their version of the Merlin. Many thousands of Merlins made by Ford after they redrew the plans to a modern style suitable...
22nd Oct 2020, 17:10
Replies: 68
Views: 27,760
Posted By pmills575

Just finished it and I found it very interesting...

Just finished it and I found it very interesting especially the effort to get 809 ready for war.

Most of the war chapters were well written and added to the books by Mog and Sharkey, especially...
29th Aug 2020, 07:18
Replies: 23
Views: 12,015
Posted By pmills575

The late Brian Caroll was known to have taken a...

The late Brian Caroll was known to have taken a Lightning F53 (Real Lightning) up to 83,000 ft in Saudi, although that was apparantly eclipsed by another F53 managing 87,000.
3rd Dec 2019, 07:25
Replies: 77
Views: 48,651
Posted By pmills575

Well, at the museum that I volunteer at, one of...

Well, at the museum that I volunteer at, one of our best sellers is the Corgi "Syncho Pair". If that can be considered a reasonable measure of the "Reds effect" on impressionable youngsters, then...
2nd Dec 2017, 06:47
Replies: 16
Views: 4,194
Posted By pmills575

Just for the sake of accuracy, in the list of...

Just for the sake of accuracy, in the list of support aircraft the Shackleton identity is incorrect. If the serial is WR972 then the mark is 3 not 2. Clearly if the serial is something else then it...
3rd Nov 2017, 07:38
Replies: 3
Views: 1,218
Posted By pmills575

It was used to get a very accurate bearing on a...

It was used to get a very accurate bearing on a target. The unit had a knurled knob which when pushed replaced the normal trace coming from the resolver synchro in the scanner, by one generated in...
11th Aug 2017, 04:09
Replies: 2
Views: 2,248
Posted By pmills575

Pictures

A couple of pictures from last weekends successful engine runs.

http://gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk/pics/17.jpg
http://gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk/pics/53.jpg

pm575
31st Jul 2017, 05:18
Replies: 2
Views: 2,248
Posted By pmills575

Lightning and Shackleton engine runs

For those who have an interest in seeing (and hearing) ex Military hardware running, this coming Saturday the 5th of August, Gatwick Aviation Museum will be running their Lightning F53 AND their Mk3...
21st Mar 2017, 16:53
Replies: 24
Views: 8,330
Posted By pmills575

Another tale from my time on the Orange Harvest...

Another tale from my time on the Orange Harvest test bench at St. Mawgan. Myself and another technician decided as there was not a lot of work to re-jig the test bench. This took a couple of days and...
19th Mar 2017, 07:36
Replies: 100
Views: 46,375
Posted By pmills575

Boeing are just about to build a large hanger for...

Boeing are just about to build a large hanger for servicing the Dreamliner at Gatwick, perhaps they could tag the P8 onto that scheme. Handy for the channel, North sea and the Atlantic. No need for...
18th Mar 2017, 06:51
Replies: 35
Views: 7,041
Posted By pmills575

A large number of the Hunters from Chivenor were...

A large number of the Hunters from Chivenor were based at St. Mawgan for a few days. I clearly remember them lined up at the 26 end of the 26/08 runway. I also remember the armourers stirring large...
27th Feb 2017, 06:04
Replies: 65
Views: 24,505
Posted By pmills575

When I was on the Orange Harvest bench at...

When I was on the Orange Harvest bench at St.Mawgan I, along with another fitter was sent to RRE at Pershore. There was a MK11 that had been fitted with an IR Linescan and they had had to modify the...
13th Feb 2017, 15:53
Replies: 0
Views: 1,867
Posted By pmills575

Gatwick Lightning F53 post rebuild engine runs

Ex RSAF EE Lightning F53-671, will be available to view running at a special event on the 4th of March at 13:00, Gatwick Aviation Museum. This will be the first public runs for 671 to celebrate post...
25th Jan 2017, 05:55
Replies: 42
Views: 11,461
Posted By pmills575

When I was at Wattishambles we had a group visit...

When I was at Wattishambles we had a group visit that included the vicar of Lavenham who was most miffed that we "radiated" his church tower. As I recall we expected at least -1v on the agc meter to...
12th Mar 2016, 05:37
Replies: 73
Views: 27,240
Posted By pmills575

Well that was b****y silly of me to leave out the...

Well that was b****y silly of me to leave out the entry number. It was the 46th entry at Cosford. It was definitely the last of the Air Radar Mechanics, we were told that there were too many Radar...
11th Mar 2016, 15:05
Replies: 73
Views: 27,240
Posted By pmills575

I was in the last entry of Air Radar Mechanics at...

I was in the last entry of Air Radar Mechanics at Cosford, May 1962 to December 1963 Service Number 1947575. We had our first reunion in 2013 after 51 years!.
20th Dec 2015, 14:56
Replies: 26
Views: 9,033
Posted By pmills575

http://gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk/shack/picture...

http://gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk/shack/pictures/gav1.jpg

Another era!
22nd Nov 2015, 12:23
Replies: 367
Views: 100,265
Posted By pmills575

Oops! We don't need an MPA, do we?

Britain calls in French to hunt Russian sub lurking off Scotland - Telegraph...
20th Sep 2015, 18:42
Replies: 23
Views: 5,501
Posted By pmills575

Looking at this link they appear to be very much...

Looking at this link they appear to be very much alive!

Welcome to Thunder City (http://www.thundercity.com/)
1st Sep 2015, 05:33
Replies: 11
Views: 3,932
Posted By pmills575

Isn't it only fitted to American aircraft?

Isn't it only fitted to American aircraft?
12th May 2015, 16:07
Replies: 47
Views: 9,990
Posted By pmills575

I'm fairly confident that the Argosy used RR...

I'm fairly confident that the Argosy used RR Darts not the Brits Proteus. Certainly early Argosies used a derivative of the Avro wing as used on the Shackleton Mk3. It was pointed out to an...
12th May 2015, 15:22
Replies: 47
Views: 9,990
Posted By pmills575

The Shack has a number of "hard points" built...

The Shack has a number of "hard points" built into the fuselage floor to which a piece of canvas held by steel cables is fitted, the ends of the cable have a clip which attaches to the floor...
27th Apr 2015, 15:32
Replies: 18
Views: 4,431
Posted By pmills575

See the link below for info Spitfire expected...

See the link below for info
Spitfire expected to sell for £2.5m | Western Morning News (http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Spitfire-expected-sell-2-5m/story-26395473-detail/story.html)
11th Dec 2014, 13:12
Replies: 16
Views: 4,140
Posted By pmills575

At St.Mawgan both Mk2 and Mk3s were put into the...

At St.Mawgan both Mk2 and Mk3s were put into the hangars sideways, on the Mk2 the tail wheel was skewed around by positioning it on the two greased plates. On the Mk3 the nosewheel steering had to be...
3rd Nov 2014, 15:39
Replies: 27
Views: 6,132
Posted By pmills575

Costal used Loran A on Shacklebombers and Loran...

Costal used Loran A on Shacklebombers and Loran A/C on the Nimrod, Mk1's anyway.

Also Shacks fitted with GEE III. Last GEE/AMES 7000 ground stations were switched off in 1971 I believe.


pm575
1st Nov 2014, 07:29
Replies: 1,628
Views: 447,448
Posted By pmills575

What is the point of pouring more money into a...

What is the point of pouring more money into a black hole, the NHS will always suck up all any money that it gets. What needs to happen is that we need a review of where the money goes, no more money...
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