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4th Sep 2022, 15:26
Replies: 101
Views: 20,051
Posted By Whenurhappy

You make a very good point. Earlier this year,...

You make a very good point. Earlier this year, the Home Office introduced enhanced background checks on ALL airport staff in the UK because of very real concerns about the insider threat. This has,...
4th Sep 2022, 15:15
Replies: 289
Views: 76,324
Posted By Whenurhappy

I think you would be surprised by the number of...

I think you would be surprised by the number of retired senior officers who are the CEs of professional and trade bodies, as well of bursars (COOs) of universities and Oxbridge collages.
31st Aug 2022, 15:50
Replies: 6
Views: 1,655
Posted By Whenurhappy

I went through the FMB process at Henlow just...

I went through the FMB process at Henlow just over three years ago and put on immediate medical leave. My complex, life limiting conditions had neither been corrctly medically handled nor properly...
21st Aug 2022, 23:19
Replies: 289
Views: 76,324
Posted By Whenurhappy

These changes and directions were long underway...

These changes and directions were long underway before Adm Radakin became CDS.
21st Aug 2022, 23:18
Replies: 289
Views: 76,324
Posted By Whenurhappy

That particular Air Marshal could have sorted...

That particular Air Marshal could have sorted out MFTS but didn't. Current ACAS 'Spoons' Edwards could have also sorted out MFTS, but didn't. There's a pattern here reflecting integrity and...
12th Apr 2022, 09:26
Replies: 51
Views: 8,216
Posted By Whenurhappy

The events of the weeks and months ahead in CEE...

The events of the weeks and months ahead in CEE will determine what NATO - as a collective - does and whether the US continues to have a leading role in NATO and whether Putin-songging Trump is...
16th Jan 2022, 10:05
Replies: 24
Views: 5,348
Posted By Whenurhappy

I think Ramstein & Vogelwey would be an order of...

I think Ramstein & Vogelwey would be an order of magnitude bigger than Catterick. And who would want to live in the poverty-stricken North?
8th Sep 2021, 08:14
Replies: 58
Views: 25,628
Posted By Whenurhappy

One question I have - if the RAF Regiment had...

One question I have - if the RAF Regiment had deployed, would it have been able to immediately call on all the Combat Service Support that 16 AA has assigned to them? Medics, Logs, Int, Eng etc? ...
8th Sep 2021, 08:10
Replies: 58
Views: 25,628
Posted By Whenurhappy

Ian C is a top bloke; I spent a year on a...

Ian C is a top bloke; I spent a year on a programme with him (30 years ago!) and last ran into him at IDEF a few years back. I wonder what he's up to?
1st Sep 2021, 11:04
Replies: 37
Views: 14,493
Posted By Whenurhappy

In August 1991 Sir Peter Harding was flown down...

In August 1991 Sir Peter Harding was flown down to an international sporting event which had a significant RAF involvement in it (and I was team manager at this stage). I met him off the helicopter...
23rd Jul 2021, 15:40
Replies: 122
Views: 33,310
Posted By Whenurhappy

It was in relation to concentrating everything at...

It was in relation to concentrating everything at BZZ, and answering an earlier question about why was Lyneham kept open, albeit not as an RAF station.
23rd Jul 2021, 14:02
Replies: 122
Views: 33,310
Posted By Whenurhappy

The disposal of Lyneham was complicated for a...

The disposal of Lyneham was complicated for a number of reasons. Firstly, it had been two airfields (one a flying training station - run by Marshalls, I think - the landing ground was the large oval...
12th Jul 2021, 08:27
Replies: 21
Views: 6,826
Posted By Whenurhappy

MOD was paying for a completely unnecessary...

MOD was paying for a completely unnecessary management layer at AWE - a LM/Jacobs/Serco consortium- at about £90 million pa. It added not value and employed double-hatted staff, who were separately...
3rd Jul 2021, 08:32
Replies: 254
Views: 46,189
Posted By Whenurhappy

Steady there. I don't think that sort of language...

Steady there. I don't think that sort of language is necessary. Colonel is not a rank we use in the RAF.

Like many in the modern RAF, I have been under fire. I have also been held at gun point,...
1st Jul 2021, 12:22
Replies: 254
Views: 46,189
Posted By Whenurhappy

Yes, the Service has survived many changes which...

Yes, the Service has survived many changes which were described as 'cataclysmic' at the time, and is generally better for it. My concern about 'Aviator' as a term to replace Airmen is that:

...
18th Jun 2021, 09:48
Replies: 21
Views: 4,905
Posted By Whenurhappy

On a related issue, spouses who have accompanied...

On a related issue, spouses who have accompanied their serving partner abroad and have been unable to work, they can recover Class II NI payments through HMRC, as if they had been working during...
17th Jun 2021, 11:20
Replies: 46
Views: 10,435
Posted By Whenurhappy

Although Dido was appointed because she was 'good...

Although Dido was appointed because she was 'good at games' (and married to a Conservative MP) she was amazingly resilient in her role and rolled out an amazing PCR, LFD and genomic sequence network,...
7th Jun 2021, 08:57
Replies: 117
Views: 26,699
Posted By Whenurhappy

Perhaps the most elegant State Yacht in use is...

Perhaps the most elegant State Yacht in use is the MV Savarona, the Presidential Yacht of Turkey. It has classic lines and is owned by a company and chartered back to the GoT as an when required. ...
4th Jun 2021, 12:35
Replies: 4
Views: 4,366
Posted By Whenurhappy

err, gives us a hint. What are you talking about?

err, gives us a hint. What are you talking about?
4th Jun 2021, 09:42
Replies: 14
Views: 3,144
Posted By Whenurhappy

Anything vaguely 'military' will sell on eBay. I...

Anything vaguely 'military' will sell on eBay. I sold a field dressings haversack last year - presumably to a re-enactor - for a cool £85.
4th Jun 2021, 09:40
Replies: 14
Views: 3,144
Posted By Whenurhappy

Typically, I would wear my Greatcoat two or three...

Typically, I would wear my Greatcoat two or three times a year - until I was posted to an ISODET in Germany and then to an Embassy where it could get bone-snappingly cold for three months of the year...
30th May 2021, 14:34
Replies: 13
Views: 6,133
Posted By Whenurhappy

This lax approach to INFOSEC is in stark contrast...

This lax approach to INFOSEC is in stark contrast with USAF enforcement of NO LONE ZONES. Twice I had to bail out RE Works Teams who were testing ground Earths near (ie within 50-100 m) a No Lone...
30th May 2021, 14:16
Replies: 117
Views: 26,699
Posted By Whenurhappy

When HMY was in service, foreign politicians and...

When HMY was in service, foreign politicians and the great and the good would murder their own grandmothers to be invited to a soiree on board and distance to travel was no LIMFAC; I see no...
6th Apr 2021, 15:59
Replies: 6
Views: 2,569
Posted By Whenurhappy

Their episode on the VI attacks against the UK...

Their episode on the VI attacks against the UK was riven with factual errors and inappropriate footage.
24th Dec 2020, 10:23
Replies: 23
Views: 9,170
Posted By Whenurhappy

deleted as it was in poor taste

deleted as it was in poor taste
20th Dec 2020, 22:02
Replies: 2
Views: 1,882
Posted By Whenurhappy

Gosh there is a blast from the past. He...

Gosh there is a blast from the past. He interviewed me when I applied to change branch from Education to Aircrew in 1986 (I was successful!).
18th Dec 2020, 16:51
Replies: 58
Views: 22,104
Posted By Whenurhappy

Clearly, they are...

Clearly, they are...
17th Dec 2020, 13:33
Replies: 58
Views: 22,104
Posted By Whenurhappy

Friable asbestos. Lovely.

Friable asbestos. Lovely.
29th Sep 2020, 07:46
Replies: 278
Views: 132,700
Posted By Whenurhappy

Disinvesting in Turkey will only add to Erdoğan's...

Disinvesting in Turkey will only add to Erdoğan's narrative, although cosying up to Russia is likely to be a long, long way off.
6th Sep 2020, 21:06
Replies: 48
Views: 13,446
Posted By Whenurhappy

Well, that's the Army doing what they do best: ...

Well, that's the Army doing what they do best: focussing on trivial details and missing the big picture. Look at how the RAF and the RN have recapitalised their fleets over the last decade. And...
3rd Sep 2020, 10:55
Replies: 40
Views: 7,804
Posted By Whenurhappy

After the July 1944 plot against Hitler, Hitler...

After the July 1944 plot against Hitler, Hitler (probably Himmler, in reality) apointed the pyschotic and paranoid architect and SS General Herr Dr Frans Kammler to progressively take over the two...
3rd Sep 2020, 10:16
Replies: 40
Views: 7,804
Posted By Whenurhappy

Really? The Nazi nuclear programme was at least...

Really? The Nazi nuclear programme was at least a decade behind TUBE ALLOYS/MANHATTEN and was a million kilometers away from even being remotely weaponised. Some interesting work was done at...
20th Apr 2020, 07:42
Replies: 6
Views: 4,246
Posted By Whenurhappy

I recall problems in maintaining safe headings...

I recall problems in maintaining safe headings for the F3s at Al Kharj/PSAB. If my memory serves me right, the RSAF were reluctant to lose so much real estate (in their eyes - the base was huge) and...
3rd Apr 2020, 05:23
Replies: 126
Views: 43,911
Posted By Whenurhappy

An excellent article.l have friends who are...

An excellent article.l have friends who are consular staff and not only is the scale of the task enormous, they are also having to deal with tens of thousands of ex-pats who, for tax reasons or for...
3rd Apr 2020, 05:13
Replies: 10
Views: 3,245
Posted By Whenurhappy

By getting basic information so wrong, it...

By getting basic information so wrong, it questions the veracity and integrity of their reporting, sadly.
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