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11th Jul 2019, 17:10
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Posted By Xercules

it was actually during the pre-design phase, the...

it was actually during the pre-design phase, the Feasibility Studies, when a turbofan was one option amongst about 5. It should also be remembered that Airbus never wanted the EuroProp engine. The...
23rd Jun 2019, 18:38
Replies: 28
Views: 10,395
Posted By Xercules

I am so sorry to have missed the sad news of...

I am so sorry to have missed the sad news of John’s passing. He was my instructor on the OCU on my return to Lyneham in 1984. I well remember his comment to me as he watched another baby captain in...
26th Sep 2016, 22:08
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Views: 1,185,225
Posted By Xercules

Copilot Solos

I wax on 24 Course at Thorney Island in 1971 and there was no copilot solo even by then. It was not even talked about by either staff or students so my guess is that it stopped a very short time...
12th May 2016, 11:24
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Posted By Xercules

Iti S not just OR/Procurement either. When we...

Iti S not just OR/Procurement either. When we tarted planning for the introduction to service of the J it was supposed to be a one in, one out - the Marshall's delivery crew would fly in a J and an...
12th May 2016, 08:39
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Posted By Xercules

I too, from MoD, was involved in the SCNS...

I too, from MoD, was involved in the SCNS programme but, unfortunately, not early enough to be useful. There were 3 of us, exHerc - myself from DAirOps, one from Requirements (who had been in at the...
12th Apr 2016, 15:59
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Posted By Xercules

They may not have been flying despite there...

They may not have been flying despite there "being a war on".

"The return convoy RA 64 left Kola Inlet on the morning of 17 February. One of the escorts and a merchant ship were torpedoed almost...
12th Apr 2016, 14:22
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Posted By Xercules

Ac Identification above

Thank you to those who have replied giving a choice between Grumman Avenger, Hellcat or Wildcat. Further information and photos have now appeared (you must understand that I am working at arms length...
11th Apr 2016, 16:19
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Posted By Xercules

Third Time Lucky I hope

This is what should have been the second picture.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r562/xercules1/Ac%20stopped_zpszwtfgjfb.png
11th Apr 2016, 15:26
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Posted By Xercules

Pictures for the above (I hope)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r562/xercules1/Ac%20Landing_zps7atkemm3.png
http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r562/xercules1/Ac%20Landing_zps7atkemm3.png
11th Apr 2016, 15:07
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Posted By Xercules

Help with an aircraft ident

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r562/xercules1/Ac%20Landing_zps7atkemm3.png

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r562/xercules1/Ac%20stopped_zpszwtfgjfb.png

The 2 pictures here are part of...
7th Jan 2016, 09:06
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Posted By Xercules

Identity Checks on joining during WWII

Danny (or anybody else who has the knowledge),

Please can you tell me what identity checks were carried out on individuals when joining up during the war? Did they rely solely on your having an...
2nd Jan 2016, 20:06
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Posted By Xercules

How we Won the War

Danny,

Our superiority over the Germans at warfare was explained by a German exchange officer at Lyneham many years ago now.

During a TACEVAL(for the uninitiated, Tactical Evaluation or...
21st Jun 2015, 06:02
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Posted By Xercules

Broken External Fuel Tanks

One day I was in Stn Ops when SLOPS and his Engineering counterpart were discussing external tanks. The problem was that one of the tankers in Ascension had a U/S one and how did we get a spare to...
21st Jun 2015, 05:50
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Posted By Xercules

Dragartist, I apologise for claiming an invention...

Dragartist, I apologise for claiming an invention that was not mine. The Chinook was not alone in its datum as the Herc datum was some way out front of the Ircraft. I am sure AA62 could tell us where...
20th Jun 2015, 19:43
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Posted By Xercules

The "cheap pound shop gauge overlays" was meant...

The "cheap pound shop gauge overlays" was meant to be an interim measure only applied once the first aircraft with the actual mod came into use. You surely are aware that a whole fleet fitting would...
20th Jun 2015, 19:37
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Posted By Xercules

Wink A further Kg anomaly

Whilst we were undergoing the Kg saga, some mumpty suggested that if we were to weigh in Kgs we had to change the linear units as well because, otherwise, all the trim sheets would be wrong.

To...
20th Jun 2015, 17:57
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Posted By Xercules

Albert and Kilogrammes

I am sorry to be the debunker of some good conspiracy theories but the Movers had nothing whatsoever to do with Albert adopting metric weights. I was ATAAR Pol2 in MoD between June '93 and January...
14th Jun 2015, 09:34
Replies: 64
Views: 10,262
Posted By Xercules

Silver

When my son left school and before going to University, he did a one year "gap" commission in the Army with the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, already an amalgamation of 3...
12th May 2015, 06:56
Replies: 54
Views: 12,523
Posted By Xercules

Briefing, authorising and time away

Beagle makes a fair point in his last sentence at 36 above. In the Herc world we were all effectively self-authorising if you looked at the things an authoriser is supposed to cover. Many of our...
20th Apr 2015, 20:29
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Posted By Xercules

"radioactive" watches

Back in the days when politicians could be respected, there goes a story of a MP attempting to make party political points about luminous watches and asking a question of the SofS of Health. It was...
22nd Mar 2015, 17:27
Replies: 23
Views: 6,522
Posted By Xercules

Lets have a small cheer at least - good news

Both a little noticed announcement in the Budget and a little, or even overlooked, article in today's Telegraph:


Our heroic airmen must not be forgotten - Telegraph...
3rd Mar 2015, 17:51
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Views: 1,185,225
Posted By Xercules

Hercules C4 and C5

Dragartist comments that it is odd that the short J should be the 5.

OR asked us in DAirOps (MoD) what the Js should termed. My answer was that for consistency the short ones should be 4, we leave...
5th Feb 2015, 13:23
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Views: 1,185,225
Posted By Xercules

AirDrop for the uninitiated

It is not just the convincing outsiders of the lunacy of their ideas. It can be equally difficult convincing our lords and masters of potential viability.

When I started in MoD we worked for the...
10th Jan 2015, 11:18
Replies: 4,727
Views: 1,185,225
Posted By Xercules

FRCs

Coff,
There was no need to learn mnemonics for checks as all were done by challenge and response. The Nav read out the item (challenge) and the appropriate crew member replied with the appropriate...
7th Jan 2015, 16:19
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Views: 1,185,225
Posted By Xercules

Callsigns

At the same time as we started the Banner Bs and because of the threat of IRA SAMs or gunfire on the approaches, somebody high up decided that we should start using call signs which sounded like...
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