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28th Aug 2020, 21:40
Replies: 62
Views: 18,282
Posted By Phantom Driver

So. Explains this little tale . Early '70's ....

So. Explains this little tale . Early '70's . Friday afternoon . We're all in the 228 OCU crewroom celebrating something or other . An RN crew with us , having just landed , in transit from somewhere...
21st Aug 2020, 21:07
Replies: 864
Views: 1,053,716
Posted By Phantom Driver

Short finals on 19L and runway lights go out...

Short finals on 19L and runway lights go out (NEPA failure and backup gen u/s that night--maybe) ; go ahead and land anyway . Been a long day/night .
Mind you , not just Africa . Years later , just...
Forum: Middle East
19th Aug 2020, 21:32
Replies: 85
Views: 75,149
Posted By Phantom Driver

Don't know about that , but they are bucking the...

Don't know about that , but they are bucking the current trend and opening bases at Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield . Maybe they know something the rest of the loco's don't , in which case maybe time...
Forum: Jet Blast
18th Aug 2020, 21:24
Replies: 10
Views: 982
Posted By Phantom Driver

Saw that a few times many moons ago , but not...

Saw that a few times many moons ago , but not seen since , even though "auto saved" still pops up . Oh well , guess will have to stick with cattletrucks suggestion , which I reckon is standard...
Forum: Jet Blast
16th Aug 2020, 19:15
Replies: 10
Views: 982
Posted By Phantom Driver

" Auto saved " still pops up . Any updates from...

" Auto saved " still pops up . Any updates from an IT geek as to where the draft is "hiding" ? I saw a tab once , but it seems to have disappeared , at least on my machine .
11th Aug 2020, 22:36
Replies: 727
Views: 316,979
Posted By Phantom Driver

" The Limits of Air Power "-(Mark Clodfelter)...

" The Limits of Air Power "-(Mark Clodfelter) does a good job of explaining why the greatest military force the world had ever known was still unable to win a conventional war against a basically...
Forum: Jet Blast
10th Aug 2020, 22:20
Replies: 2
Views: 775
Posted By Phantom Driver

Thanks for the heads up !

Thanks for the heads up !
Forum: Jet Blast
10th Aug 2020, 18:20
Replies: 2
Views: 775
Posted By Phantom Driver

RAF Atlas on channel patrol

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/08/10/questions-over-use-of-raf-plane-to-monitor-migrant-crossings/

Apparently intended (according to MSM ) to reassure the public. Hopefully there...
2nd Aug 2020, 23:59
Replies: 99
Views: 29,285
Posted By Phantom Driver

Never ceases to amaze me why this point is not...

Never ceases to amaze me why this point is not getting more attention . Why weren't more questions asked earlier on about the alternatives to Huawei , for example . Instead , the drive for cheaper (...
2nd Aug 2020, 23:43
Replies: 99
Views: 29,285
Posted By Phantom Driver

Racedo Good question.

Racedo



Good question.
2nd Aug 2020, 23:42
Replies: 99
Views: 29,285
Posted By Phantom Driver

I am definitely not arguing for an end to...

I am definitely not arguing for an end to military hardware expenditure . Far from it . My argument is that there should be a balanced approach and value for money in what the military buys. It is my...
2nd Aug 2020, 22:44
Replies: 22
Views: 5,823
Posted By Phantom Driver

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder indeed ....

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder indeed . English Electric Lightning features in the top five of my list , as does the Handley Page Victor . Nowhere to be seen on any list of mine ? F 35....
1st Aug 2020, 23:58
Replies: 99
Views: 29,285
Posted By Phantom Driver

Same reason that drove the West to ramp up...

Same reason that drove the West to ramp up defence expenditure during the Cold War only to find they had grossly over estimated the numbers /capability of the opposing forces . Money needs to be...
1st Aug 2020, 23:21
Replies: 99
Views: 29,285
Posted By Phantom Driver

That brought a smile to my face . A bit like the...

That brought a smile to my face . A bit like the supposed funding going into the UK space launch facilities . Europe (ESA) , India , Japan , China et al are going full steam ahead .. Meanwhile , the...
30th Jul 2020, 22:27
Replies: 99
Views: 29,285
Posted By Phantom Driver

NutLoose-- Sadly , the days of gunboat...

NutLoose--



Sadly , the days of gunboat diplomacy are long gone . The sooner people wake up and embrace this simple fact , the better . This not to say the ability of UK plc to Project Force...
10th Jul 2020, 22:53
Replies: 265
Views: 28,939
Posted By Phantom Driver

https://bylinetimes.com/2020/06/30/uks-rival-to-ga...

https://bylinetimes.com/2020/06/30/uks-rival-to-galileo-a-brexit-farce/

More perspectives on the Galileo saga . One has to think the government is juggling an awful lot of balls in the air right...
10th Jul 2020, 22:43
Replies: 265
Views: 28,939
Posted By Phantom Driver

Big D-- Almost as outrageous as Piers...

Big D--


Almost as outrageous as Piers Morgan calling D Cummings a " rat faced weasel " on breakfast tv . :-)

ORAC--



Any stats on just how many commercial launches NASA have conducted...
Forum: Jet Blast
7th Jul 2020, 22:39
Replies: 5
Views: 866
Posted By Phantom Driver

Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-yet another conspiracy ?

He claimed Covid is "just a little flu"; he says his last two tests were negative , despite flouting all normal social distancing rules. Now out of the blue , world media is reporting a positive test...
7th Jul 2020, 20:19
Replies: 100
Views: 40,339
Posted By Phantom Driver

Unfortunately , it sometimes needs a fail ,...

Unfortunately , it sometimes needs a fail , rather than a debrief to concentrate minds .There are some areas in the profession where lazy practice is definitely not acceptable. Discipline is...
22nd May 2020, 22:17
Replies: 351
Views: 212,573
Posted By Phantom Driver

Michael O'Leary is right when he says the whole...

Michael O'Leary is right when he says the whole idea is " bonkers " . Suspect he's also right when he sees another U turn ahead on this .
17th May 2020, 12:40
Replies: 26
Views: 6,508
Posted By Phantom Driver

Any idea who flew this formation ? (...

Any idea who flew this formation ? ( unfortunately unable to upload video clip
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/337x499/1_50f37dd5dc7b357d644461358fd1c8c9c8ffc579.jpg...
10th May 2020, 15:58
Replies: 26
Views: 6,508
Posted By Phantom Driver

Won't be the first time creative editing has been...

Won't be the first time creative editing has been used to enhance the experience for a tv audience .

So , last question ; did anyone actually SEE the flypast ....
9th May 2020, 23:05
Replies: 26
Views: 6,508
Posted By Phantom Driver

Thanks for the post ; minimal coverage ( perhaps...

Thanks for the post ; minimal coverage ( perhaps understandably) in Western msm of the flypast . Looked like a max effort from the Russian Air Force , appropriate for the occasion . 26 million Soviet...
8th May 2020, 23:20
Replies: 26
Views: 6,508
Posted By Phantom Driver

There are enough history books that debate the...

There are enough history books that debate the "mistakes" on all sides that lead to wars . Thank God that generally , Good does triumph over Evil (so far) .
However my intention is not to debate...
8th May 2020, 16:30
Replies: 26
Views: 6,508
Posted By Phantom Driver

Russia marks VE day with 75 aircraft flypast

Looking at today's events , apart from the Reds and a Spit , I saw 2 ship Typhoons overhead Edinburgh/Cardiff/Belfast . Is the RAF so short of jets that they cannot muster even a lowly 4 ship at each...
Forum: Middle East
25th Apr 2020, 22:10
Replies: 46
Views: 28,004
Posted By Phantom Driver

Basic question--how does a " sub par Capt " get...

Basic question--how does a " sub par Capt " get to command a 380 on an airline that spans the globe ;
( re-reading the report , PM ( pilot " monitoring ") skills by said individual appeared to be...
Forum: Middle East
22nd Apr 2020, 23:27
Replies: 46
Views: 28,004
Posted By Phantom Driver

tttoon Correct. . However , I believe...

tttoon



Correct. . However , I believe the pertinent word is " regularly" . Congratulations on flying with an enlightened operator that permits you to indulge and hone your skills . However ,...
Forum: Middle East
21st Apr 2020, 23:02
Replies: 46
Views: 28,004
Posted By Phantom Driver

pineteam; I agree with your sentiments...

pineteam;

I agree with your sentiments entirely . I recall a DC10 accident from many years ago ; this particular aircraft had a known autothrottle defect ; it would not hold the commanded speed ....
Forum: Middle East
18th Apr 2020, 23:41
Replies: 46
Views: 28,004
Posted By Phantom Driver

Good idea . Really ? I have my doubts...

Good idea .



Really ? I have my doubts this is what Airbus " recommends " in daily ops...



This has been argued ad infinitum on this forum over the years ; however , not many places these...
10th Apr 2020, 23:19
Replies: 39
Views: 17,363
Posted By Phantom Driver

We had an F/O doing upgrade assessment ( usually...

We had an F/O doing upgrade assessment ( usually done from his normal position- the right seat ) . This particular training Captain decided to put him in the left seat for some of the sectors ....
30th Mar 2020, 23:34
Replies: 61
Views: 29,243
Posted By Phantom Driver

True . I always said the T7 was designed to be...

True . I always said the T7 was designed to be flown by old men . A real breeze to operate on ULR . Great cockpit , great systems , which is why I wished I could have flown the 74-8 with the same...
30th Mar 2020, 16:29
Replies: 61
Views: 29,243
Posted By Phantom Driver

Singapore Girl, always a " Great way to Fly " . A...

Singapore Girl, always a " Great way to Fly " . A pity such ads now consigned to the dustbins of history by the PC/ me too - brigade .
( apologies for the thread drift , but it is synonymous with...
30th Mar 2020, 15:47
Replies: 61
Views: 29,243
Posted By Phantom Driver

​​​​​​Yes indeed .The good thing about SQ in...

​​​​​​Yes indeed .The good thing about SQ in those days was no restrictions on deadheading crew (i.e off duty ) . You boarded before the pax , generally got F or J if available ( and F/O often...
29th Mar 2020, 23:00
Replies: 61
Views: 29,243
Posted By Phantom Driver

Seat 1A , on main deck SQ Jumbo ; only way to...

Seat 1A , on main deck SQ Jumbo ; only way to travel in them days . (also staff travel best ever) . Cabin crew brief ? Your glass shall never be empty .:ok:
25th Mar 2020, 23:48
Replies: 742
Views: 457,988
Posted By Phantom Driver

Ahh, English Electric ; now them were the days....

Ahh, English Electric ; now them were the days. (Hawker , Gloster, Blackburn , etc etc ; long gone now . Brings tears to the eyes...) .
But one has to admit the Lightning also had , like the F4 , a...
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