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16th Dec 2020, 08:57
Replies: 30
Views: 7,909
Posted By MMHendrie1

On a lighter note, pupils in my son's class were...

On a lighter note, pupils in my son's class were asked to write a short story entitled A Typical Day at Brüggen. This was his offering (he was 10): 06:30 A nasty noise coming from mum and dads...
4th Dec 2020, 09:28
Replies: 100
Views: 21,289
Posted By MMHendrie1

No soul

This marks a sad end to another of the RAF’s historic stations.

The battle to retain Linton, if there ever was one, was lost long ago.

But surely a greater effort could have been made by the...
24th Nov 2020, 10:52
Replies: 86
Views: 21,470
Posted By MMHendrie1

Yes, the photograph in the opening post has been...

Yes, the photograph in the opening post has been reversed. The original was entitled 'The Bruggen 40', showing forty of Bruggen's 52 aircraft. If I remember correctly each squadron was established...
4th Jun 2020, 12:19
Replies: 142
Views: 38,318
Posted By MMHendrie1

Gliding: 26 Jun 66, RAF Ouston (641 VGS), Kirkby...

Gliding: 26 Jun 66, RAF Ouston (641 VGS), Kirkby Cadet Mk 3, Instructor Fg Off (?) Kelly, 3 launches, total 8 mins.

Flying Scholarship: Carlisle Airport, Cessna 172 G-ASFA, Instructor Capt White,...
29th May 2020, 16:46
Replies: 49
Views: 37,473
Posted By MMHendrie1

Any former 29 Sqn crews around who flew from Luqa...

Any former 29 Sqn crews around who flew from Luqa on 27 January 1978?
28th May 2020, 09:58
Replies: 49
Views: 37,473
Posted By MMHendrie1

Anyone recognise the squadron? ...

Anyone recognise the squadron?

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27th Mar 2020, 11:15
Replies: 12
Views: 3,588
Posted By MMHendrie1

Tom was the Squadron Intelligence Officer...

Tom was the Squadron Intelligence Officer (SQUINTO) on XIII (PR) Squadron at RAF Luqa in Malta during the final period of the RAF’s tenure in Malta in the late 1970s. Tom’s empire was ‘the vault’.
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9th Feb 2020, 12:59
Replies: 29
Views: 10,536
Posted By MMHendrie1

I first met Pete at a Biggin Hill airshow in 1980...

I first met Pete at a Biggin Hill airshow in 1980 or 1981. He was in civvies and in an open-topped Bentley or Rolls. I thought he was an admiral. I saw him next in the pilot’s briefing tent at the...
3rd Feb 2020, 12:21
Replies: 9
Views: 3,865
Posted By MMHendrie1

Dickie was the Squadron QFI on 7 Squadron at RAF...

Dickie was the Squadron QFI on 7 Squadron at RAF St Mawgan from 1973 until 1975, maybe longer. At some stage (late 70s?), he left the RAF but had rejoined by 1981. He completed a refresher course...
5th Apr 2019, 22:47
Replies: 81
Views: 17,095
Posted By MMHendrie1

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/...

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Tornado GR1, Red Flag November 1988
6th Mar 2019, 13:53
Replies: 395
Views: 232,954
Posted By MMHendrie1

I heard one of the ‘Diamond 9’ was ZD848 (BC)....

I heard one of the ‘Diamond 9’ was ZD848 (BC). She would have been 34-years old.

That had me dusting off my logbook to reveal 41 sorties between Aug 85 and Aug 88 which read like a history of RAFG...
23rd Feb 2019, 20:34
Replies: 653
Views: 260,985
Posted By MMHendrie1

A very good military read

A review of Ladies of Lascaris: Christina Ratcliffe and the Forgotten Heroes of Malta's War: This account of the life of an interesting lady and acquaintances set against the backdrop of the Second...
24th Oct 2018, 18:32
Replies: 6
Views: 1,741
Posted By MMHendrie1

RAF News

The RAF News is offering tickets to the play Star of Strait Street as a competition prize via their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/RAFNews/ (https://www.facebook.com/RAFNews/)
5th Oct 2018, 09:54
Replies: 6
Views: 1,741
Posted By MMHendrie1

I most strongly second the recommendation about...

I most strongly second the recommendation about the Lascaris War Rooms.

Refurbished and continually being extended into previously closed off tunnels, the enthusiastic staff work hard to make this...
30th Sep 2018, 15:52
Replies: 6
Views: 1,741
Posted By MMHendrie1

Music & Magic from Wartime Malta

In November 2018 over the days either side of Remembrance Day, a remarkable pocket musical will be performed in London and Winchester. The play ‘Star of Strait Street’ celebrates the life of...
10th Nov 2016, 09:57
Replies: 653
Views: 260,985
Posted By MMHendrie1

Malta’s Greater Siege & Adrian Warburton DSO* DFC** DFC (USA)

Review written by Tim Callaway, editor of Aviation Classics:

There are many books written about people and places at war. These are often chronologies, lists of events and names culled from...
22nd May 2016, 08:57
Replies: 108
Views: 23,787
Posted By MMHendrie1

Bruggen’s 14 Squadron aircrew watched Top Gun at...

Bruggen’s 14 Squadron aircrew watched Top Gun at Goose Bay in Canada while on an operational low flying exercise in preparation for Red Flag in October 1988:

‘Toward the end of the detachment the...
24th Dec 2015, 12:12
Replies: 63
Views: 11,368
Posted By MMHendrie1

Girls too!

At the height of Axis bombing of Malta, girls as young as 14-years of age were recruited by the RAF as aircraft plotters:

‘… twenty British girls were needed for training in No 8 Sector Operations...
10th Nov 2015, 19:51
Replies: 24
Views: 5,023
Posted By MMHendrie1

Well done RNHF for posting this; it’s a well put...

Well done RNHF for posting this; it’s a well put together piece and perfect timing with Taranto Night about to be celebrated in many wardrooms and messes.

Churchill described the RN’s performance...
1st Sep 2015, 10:20
Replies: 5
Views: 2,912
Posted By MMHendrie1

'Jumbo' Gracie

‘Jumbo’ Gracie was one of the RAF’s characters and should be well remembered.

In early 1942, with Malta’s Hurricanes outnumbered and out-performed by the later marks of Me109, the AOC, who had...
14th Aug 2015, 10:16
Replies: 653
Views: 260,985
Posted By MMHendrie1

Tornado over the Tigris – Recollections of a Fast Jet Pilot. By Michael Napier

For anyone with an interest in military aviation, this recently published book is a must. It can stand alone as a very well written account or complement perfectly a number of other recent works...
23rd May 2015, 22:12
Replies: 19
Views: 8,095
Posted By MMHendrie1

You might care to have a look at 'Winged Warriors...

You might care to have a look at 'Winged Warriors - The Cold War from the Cockpit'. A couple of chapters describe the authors experiences in both cockpits of the GR1 in the 1980s.
24th Apr 2015, 21:03
Replies: 33
Views: 5,983
Posted By MMHendrie1

Meteor

For a much later view about the Meteor than usual, look at 'Winged Warriors - The Cold War from the Cockpit.' Has some good photos. Also a website: Winged Warriors: Home...
24th May 2014, 09:17
Replies: 75
Views: 15,209
Posted By MMHendrie1

Air Cadets

Became a cadet in 1964, a Civilian Instructor in 1969 and a VR(T) officer in 1970. Joined the RAF as a pilot in 1971; secondary duty during my first tour was as Air Cadet Liaison Officer.

Retired...
13th Apr 2013, 19:52
Replies: 92
Views: 28,000
Posted By MMHendrie1

There is a rather nice story from the 50s or 60s...

There is a rather nice story from the 50s or 60s of a Beverley coming into land at night and in poor weather at RAF Dishforth, the main runway of which parallels the A1. Just before breaking cloud,...
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