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26th Dec 2021, 11:28
Replies: 81
Views: 19,184
Posted By pontifex

What about the Nimrod on 27/5/82 ?

What about the Nimrod on 27/5/82 ?
22nd Dec 2021, 12:26
Replies: 7
Views: 2,605
Posted By pontifex

He goes back quit

Flew with him quite a few times. One of the best!
5th Oct 2021, 13:57
Replies: 232
Views: 48,818
Posted By pontifex

It's got to be horses for courses so: 1...

It's got to be horses for courses so:

1 Chipmunk (Canadian version)

2 Hunter 6

3 Valiant (before it broke up)
5th Oct 2021, 13:56
Replies: 232
Views: 48,818
Posted By pontifex

It's got to be horses for courses so: 1...

It's got to be horses for courses so:

1 Chipmunk (Canadian version)

2 Hunter 6

3 Valiant (before it broke up)
12th Jul 2021, 10:15
Replies: 66
Views: 13,948
Posted By pontifex

In 1986/7 there was an attempt to obtain a...

In 1986/7 there was an attempt to obtain a suitable airframe for the BBMF. I believe it would have been successful as it was supported by a significant number of ex very high ranking persons and...
8th Jul 2021, 15:36
Replies: 18
Views: 3,268
Posted By pontifex

The finest Master aircrewman I have ever flown...

The finest Master aircrewman I have ever flown with was a certain MAEOp Ash Mountain. In fact he was the finest AEO I had the priviledge to fly with and was proud to have him on my crew. Those of...
23rd May 2021, 09:48
Replies: 34
Views: 5,106
Posted By pontifex

Don't want to be one up but my first flight was...

Don't want to be one up but my first flight was in a Chippy on Dec17 1956 in UM 054 at Centralia Ontario. Went solo on Jan 8. I thought it was a pretty cool machine too and better looking with its...
23rd Mar 2021, 16:51
Replies: 2
Views: 1,418
Posted By pontifex

Having trained on the T33 I then had to come home...

Having trained on the T33 I then had to come home and "be taught to fly real aircraft" on the Vampire T11. I still havn't got over it. Mark you, the FB 5s and 9s were good fun.
7th Mar 2021, 13:02
Replies: 28
Views: 8,358
Posted By pontifex

The CB to restrict the roll rate was there for a...

The CB to restrict the roll rate was there for a purpose. Excessive roll rate can cause what is called "roll/yaw diversion". This will happen at high speed at low level (lots of air for the...
19th Feb 2021, 10:07
Replies: 58
Views: 25,713
Posted By pontifex

When I was trainng on Harvards in Canada in 1956...

When I was trainng on Harvards in Canada in 1956 I recall that once, when the first few started up in the morning the airfield was effectively "blacked" out for an hour or two. When the temperature...
15th Feb 2021, 10:34
Replies: 226
Views: 62,985
Posted By pontifex

SPECAIRCREW I was a boss on 2Sqn in 77. I...

SPECAIRCREW

I was a boss on 2Sqn in 77. I hope I was one of those you approved off!
7th Feb 2021, 10:52
Replies: 15
Views: 8,248
Posted By pontifex

Age 83. Absolutely NIL reaction with a Pfizer. ...

Age 83. Absolutely NIL reaction with a Pfizer. Didn't even feel the needle! Looking forward to the next one.
5th Feb 2021, 10:12
Replies: 7
Views: 3,982
Posted By pontifex

Beagle I was involved in that near disaster....

Beagle

I was involved in that near disaster. I can assure the pilots did not " DECIDE " to act of their own volition. The test requirement was laid down by the company test authorities and...
1st Feb 2021, 11:40
Replies: 40
Views: 15,058
Posted By pontifex

RETIRED. You may not remember. We could...

RETIRED.
You may not remember. We could start the Mk5 at FL350, but then we were not weighed down with unnecessary things like fire extinguishers or bang seats.
12th Jan 2021, 11:41
Replies: 77
Views: 18,624
Posted By pontifex

The closest to a Lanc I have flown has been the...

The closest to a Lanc I have flown has been the Valiant. The most exciting was the Gnat at low level in Snowdonia. To be honest the Lanc is not actually exciting although it is a great priviledge...
7th Jan 2021, 13:06
Replies: 9
Views: 3,436
Posted By pontifex

I first flew with Ernie on 10 Nov 69 when doing a...

I first flew with Ernie on 10 Nov 69 when doing a flying refresher course at Manby. Later, I introduced him to Nimrod prodding in May 82 at Kinloss (needed just two flights). I was at A&AEE at the...
25th Oct 2020, 17:17
Replies: 250
Views: 62,346
Posted By pontifex

I had the most satisfaction flying the Harvard....

I had the most satisfaction flying the Harvard. (and I have flown rather a lot)
7th Oct 2020, 17:37
Replies: 12
Views: 4,742
Posted By pontifex

Believe it or not, the nav rad then had to count...

Believe it or not, the nav rad then had to count the ball bearings to make sure they had all fallen out. Apparently just one remaining in the beast would cause it to fail. Bit of a pantomine in...
15th Sep 2020, 14:31
Replies: 8
Views: 2,190
Posted By pontifex

Jeff Pitick was my student on JPs in 67/8. Last...

Jeff Pitick was my student on JPs in 67/8. Last flew with him on New years day 68. Checked in my log book - thought I recognised the name.
25th Jun 2020, 14:20
Replies: 41
Views: 10,423
Posted By pontifex

I could never see the attraction for the T11. It...

I could never see the attraction for the T11. It was very sluggish compared to the 5s and 9s although it did have bang seats and a fire extinguisher! But nothing could compare to the T33.
19th Jun 2020, 10:08
Replies: 97
Views: 58,159
Posted By pontifex

When I trained in Canada (1956) we were taught...

When I trained in Canada (1956) we were taught the "wing down" technique which was much as Parkfell described except that the wing down was initiated after establishing on finals. This worked well...
10th Jun 2020, 14:56
Replies: 43
Views: 8,542
Posted By pontifex

I was 7 years on Victor K1's and never knew...

I was 7 years on Victor K1's and never knew anything of this TTN. Perhaps it was because I was only a [pilot and was expected just to do what my Nav told me. What a relief, it would have meant I...
22nd May 2020, 11:37
Replies: 283
Views: 190,757
Posted By pontifex

Is it possible that Capt Casey hesitated to pull...

Is it possible that Capt Casey hesitated to pull the handle when ordered to do so and the Captain delayed his own ejection whilst trying to persuade her to do so. In no way is this meant to...
29th Apr 2020, 14:51
Replies: 93
Views: 24,474
Posted By pontifex

Beardy, That was Ray Coates. He was a...

Beardy,

That was Ray Coates. He was a creamed off QFI. Went on to be the RAF Harrier display pilot and, the last I remember, flew with Virgin.
28th Apr 2020, 11:39
Replies: 93
Views: 24,474
Posted By pontifex

Of all the trainers I have flown as a student,...

Of all the trainers I have flown as a student, QFI and TP I believe that the JP is the winner. It could take any manner of mishandling and still recover. Although inverted spinning was prohibited...
20th Mar 2020, 16:44
Replies: 126
Views: 42,665
Posted By pontifex

HEROD On 24/1957 I had just had my first...

HEROD

On 24/1957 I had just had my first flight in a T33 at RCAF Gimli and had fallen in love with jets. Next day I felt a bit rough (didn't imbibe then) but just had to get back in the jet. ...
19th Feb 2020, 10:00
Replies: 20
Views: 5,906
Posted By pontifex

That is an elegant machine!

That is an elegant machine!
12th Jan 2020, 10:51
Replies: 23
Views: 6,222
Posted By pontifex

Whenever I was opn finals at Marham I was...

Whenever I was opn finals at Marham I was watching the runway!
24th Oct 2019, 15:03
Replies: 57
Views: 20,023
Posted By pontifex

Go back to flying control models, they are not...

Go back to flying control models, they are not affected.
9th Oct 2019, 17:34
Replies: 25
Views: 6,136
Posted By pontifex

TTN If I told you I would have to kill you!

TTN If I told you I would have to kill you!
7th Sep 2019, 10:13
Replies: 128
Views: 100,428
Posted By pontifex

I flew all three contenders. The Tucano was not...

I flew all three contenders. The Tucano was not the best and required a more powerful engine before it could meet the required performance issues. Apart from that its handling charactistics were...
18th Aug 2019, 15:50
Replies: 61
Views: 16,439
Posted By pontifex

TTN, When just rotated in one of our funships...

TTN,
When just rotated in one of our funships one dawn T/O you may remember when a flock of seaguls was collected. All four donks wavered a bit but still kept going. The AEO (bless has cottons)...
23rd Jul 2019, 15:28
Replies: 83
Views: 39,456
Posted By pontifex

Actually Stitchbitch I got my thing for aviation...

Actually Stitchbitch I got my thing for aviation talking to a very pleasant German Me109 pilot who had just been brought in to wait to be picked up. I was about 4 years old. Nevar found out who he...
16th Jun 2019, 15:18
Replies: 72
Views: 57,137
Posted By pontifex

Looks like a perfectly normal spin from which he...

Looks like a perfectly normal spin from which he actually recovered but far too late.
6th Jun 2019, 11:23
Replies: 104
Views: 42,264
Posted By pontifex

To be quite honest Mrs P got cold and board so we...

To be quite honest Mrs P got cold and board so we came home. As we got here they flew over the house. Very impressive!
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