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14th Apr 2020, 10:00
Replies: 120
Views: 21,522
Posted By binbrook

North Coates perhaps needs to be added to the...

North Coates perhaps needs to be added to the list. From the late 1950s most of the airfield was home to Bloodhound launchers and radars, but it did have a hard runway which saw occasional use by...
15th Mar 2020, 14:18
Replies: 376
Views: 37,552
Posted By binbrook

Sotonsean: You omitted the Immingham -...

Sotonsean:
You omitted the Immingham - Amsterdam - Gothenburg triangular ferry service (in both directions) offered by Tor Line in the 60s. I don't know when it finished but it was very useful...
21st Feb 2020, 10:03
Replies: 103
Views: 36,464
Posted By binbrook

I don't know whether it counts as a zap but, a...

I don't know whether it counts as a zap but, a long time ago when Franco was being obnoxious and Hunters were sent to Gib, wasn't the resident Viscount marked up to show that its operator was...
6th Feb 2020, 14:07
Replies: 67
Views: 22,959
Posted By binbrook

Scampton Grand Slam

Some years ago (quite a lot in fact) I was on a course with a chap who'd been a junior EO at Scampton in the 50s. He told me that the Grand Slam which became the gate-guardian had been buried on the...
29th Nov 2019, 13:06
Replies: 23
Views: 5,386
Posted By binbrook

I was a little surprised to see a B47 with the...

I was a little surprised to see a B47 with the chute streamed pass in front of me at 9000ft when I was running in to drop a 25 pounder on Otmoor. Bound for Heyford I suppose, but it did seem a long...
26th Nov 2019, 09:56
Replies: 61
Views: 14,201
Posted By binbrook

I had one trip in a Sunderland. Engine synch was...

I had one trip in a Sunderland. Engine synch was interesting: 1 and 2 were done first, by eye looking through the prop discs, then 3 and 4, and then the two pairs were matched by ear.
20th Nov 2019, 11:15
Replies: 23
Views: 14,484
Posted By binbrook

It looks as though I wasn't the only silly boy...

It looks as though I wasn't the only silly boy after all!
4th Aug 2019, 13:31
Replies: 84
Views: 27,788
Posted By binbrook

A modern invention BEagle. A little earlier, all...

A modern invention BEagle. A little earlier, all I got from the same establishment was a F414A saying that I was a Proficient U/T Pilot with a White rating.
30th May 2019, 13:08
Replies: 24
Views: 6,281
Posted By binbrook

The flying badge worn by the O/C at #5 is not the...

The flying badge worn by the O/C at #5 is not the same shape as that worn by Sir Frank at #7 or the S/L at #9. Are we sure that our subject really is wearing the gilt 1947 pattern?
14th May 2019, 10:53
Replies: 49
Views: 19,274
Posted By binbrook

I've just seen #42. Reminds me of a student in a...

I've just seen #42. Reminds me of a student in a JP3 climbing through cloud in the Vale of York on a fine summer afternoon way back when. The alert QFI noticed that the speed was low and 'admonished'...
21st Apr 2019, 14:19
Replies: 30
Views: 8,497
Posted By binbrook

No certificates at the Towers in the 50s. OCFW...

No certificates at the Towers in the 50s. OCFW just signed an end-of-course F414A in my logbook to say that I was a competent U/T pilot and had a White rating. Wings were awarded a week later.
11th Mar 2019, 20:01
Replies: 67
Views: 10,336
Posted By binbrook

FTC limit for basic QFIs was 50 hours per month...

FTC limit for basic QFIs was 50 hours per month (T/O to landing - none of this chock-to-chock nonsense). Quote: "Do you want to do your 50 hours before you go on leave or after you come back?". Happy...
9th Mar 2019, 11:07
Replies: 67
Views: 10,336
Posted By binbrook

Counsel of perfection dook, and not always...

Counsel of perfection dook, and not always achieved I'm afraid by yours truly at that stage of the course.
8th Mar 2019, 10:47
Replies: 67
Views: 10,336
Posted By binbrook

Dead right dook. Writing up (was it a 5060?) at...

Dead right dook. Writing up (was it a 5060?) at the end of the day, it was sometimes difficult to remember who cocked-up what.
8th Mar 2019, 09:44
Replies: 67
Views: 10,336
Posted By binbrook

Two pages in a month: easy - just ask any BFTS...

Two pages in a month: easy - just ask any BFTS QFI. New course arrives, 4 studes each, so that's 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Day 1 - Famil x 4, Day 2 - E of C 1 x 4, Day 3 - E of C 2 x...
27th Feb 2019, 14:46
Replies: 22
Views: 4,232
Posted By binbrook

Slightly off thread but, when we were happily...

Slightly off thread but, when we were happily floating round the night sky using our Orange Putter and Tinselling, was any use was made of them by the NF Meteors and Venoms sent up to intercept us?
9th Feb 2019, 10:48
Replies: 58
Views: 6,133
Posted By binbrook

Pom Pax - that sounds right. I was on my first...

Pom Pax - that sounds right. I was on my first squadron. 6 minute fixing was the norm with Gee on Canberras but occasionally it went to 3 - getting near the tracker for GH perhaps? Limited aids was...
7th Feb 2019, 11:39
Replies: 58
Views: 6,133
Posted By binbrook

A further thought - AFAIR the upper limit of UK...

A further thought - AFAIR the upper limit of UK airways in the 50s was something like 12000ft, not that we had the nav kit to use them. I have a vague memory that we could go through airways at...
7th Feb 2019, 10:06
Replies: 58
Views: 6,133
Posted By binbrook

Slight thread drift, but when did TA come down to...

Slight thread drift, but when did TA come down to 3000ft? AFIR in the 50s it was up at something like 10000ft. Below that we were all on QNH - no QFE even in the circuit - which meant mental...
10th Jan 2019, 14:37
Replies: 17
Views: 2,096
Posted By binbrook

Is that perhaps Hermann at 3.05 on the left?

Is that perhaps Hermann at 3.05 on the left?
28th Dec 2018, 09:59
Replies: 41
Views: 9,370
Posted By binbrook

Never mind WW2 - it wasn't much better in the...

Never mind WW2 - it wasn't much better in the 50s. On the navex flown to qualify for a BC Select rating, the requirement for a Canberra crew on the long 'limited aids' (ie astro) leg was to stay...
10th Nov 2018, 11:22
Replies: 51
Views: 10,157
Posted By binbrook

The Mk 1C seat in the Canberra did have a...

The Mk 1C seat in the Canberra did have a cushion, filled with incompressible and supposedly potable water. It was still uncomfortable, and on long flights the water was known to freeze.
28th Sep 2018, 14:19
Replies: 23
Views: 4,735
Posted By binbrook

Perhaps while Mr Williamson is in a benevolent...

Perhaps while Mr Williamson is in a benevolent mood, he could also review the financial status of widows whose husbands retired before 1978 and married after retirement.
14th Sep 2018, 10:32
Replies: 120
Views: 21,896
Posted By binbrook

Catering memories: Cranwell early 50s: late...

Catering memories:
Cranwell early 50s: late supper kept warm for returning sportsmen to help themselves - pilchards tinned in tomato sauce, dipped in batter and deep-fried. Surprisingly tasty....
4th May 2018, 09:46
Replies: 12,762
Views: 3,784,915
Posted By binbrook

In 1952 a NS AC2 was paid 4/- pd and NI was 3/-...

In 1952 a NS AC2 was paid 4/- pd and NI was 3/- pw, so no income tax to pay, and the paying officer had it easy - you got 1 one week and 30 bob the next. AFIR the regulars among us got 7/- pd.
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