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29th Jan 2019, 09:55
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Whilst browsing back through the thread one of...

Whilst browsing back through the thread one of the few remaining grey cells kicked in and I remembered something that happened when we took XV 292 to Marietta for the 25th anniversary visit or at...
27th Oct 2017, 14:29
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Aaron O'dickydido

The listing of 1960 service numbers jars rather with the fact that as a Craft Apprentice in the 202nd Entry RAF Halton Jan 65 my service number was initially 1960323 on joining Jan 5th '65, shortly...
23rd Oct 2017, 08:27
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You are green to land!

You are green to land!
30th Sep 2017, 20:42
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Refuelling probes

AA62,

I was waving to you as you left Easter Island and XV 292 disappeared off the face of the earth re-appearing in Tahiti some three weeks later and returning to the UK with refuelling probes...
30th Sep 2017, 20:25
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Ned Kelly The best jazz and sausage and mash in...

Ned Kelly
The best jazz and sausage and mash in Hong Kong, first went there when I was on Brit Det in '75 I think it was when the Det was based at Kai Tak. Managed one trip to Nepal during the det,...
10th Jun 2017, 21:44
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Posted By gopher01

REd Arrows Tim Curley

If you will permit a little thread drift Tim Curley is a name from the past, ex Drum major in the band of 358 Squadron ( Welling ) ATC Squadron back in about 1963/1964, ( I was a tenor drummer )...
9th Apr 2017, 22:25
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I notice a very natty chequer board finish to the...

I notice a very natty chequer board finish to the rear fuselage, trials marking for drop evaluation perhaps? And look at the ironmongery in the background, the delicate shape of the Beverly, fins...
4th Apr 2017, 05:12
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During my visits to Lyneham over the years I knew...

During my visits to Lyneham over the years I knew of an airman who went from Cpl to F/Sgt without moving from the station, the added complication was that his surname was Sergeant lead to some...
9th Jan 2017, 14:31
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Christmas in Rhodesia

Dougie, your comments on the hard lying det to Salisbury bring back memories of how we suffered for our country at that time but IIRC we also had to suffer a New Years pool party at the Rhodesian Air...
2nd Sep 2016, 05:12
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As one who wore a Tash throughout 30 years in Her...

As one who wore a Tash throughout 30 years in Her Majesty's RAF I had at various times some interesting discussions about the styles of moustache that could be worn as the regs only quote a minimum,...
17th Jul 2016, 22:02
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Memories of a Beau, (or at least a bit of it ).

It may come as a bit of a surprise to readers that the RAF had a Beau on strength in 1966. How come you may ask and where? The where first, at Halton on the airfield, and the how come was that it had...
15th Jul 2016, 21:38
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Smudge,you owe Tucker for a brandy sour, not...

Smudge,you owe Tucker for a brandy sour, not quite the same taste as Akro but a valiant effort.
One bit of news from the re-union was given to me, a G.E. who I used to bump into around Swindon...
8th Jul 2016, 15:29
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Mentions of " You were supposed to be here before...

Mentions of " You were supposed to be here before us " revive the memories of a Red Arrows trip back when the Gnat was the frame of choice for the Arrows. The trip involved a Night stop at Blackpool...
10th Jun 2016, 13:28
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Talking SVC terminology

I will accept Smudges invitation to comment on the SVC question as , as he puts it the oldest G.E. on the site, ( I hope he means oldest as in seniority in the job not as in Anno Domini but he might...
26th May 2016, 13:47
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SCINS Memories

My main experience of SCINS was trundling in and out of Sarajevo from Zagreb and thinking what a grand job the Navs were doing with this modern piece of kit, ( well at least compared to everything...
9th May 2016, 18:22
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Doppler always brings back memories of going in...

Doppler always brings back memories of going in under the flight deck to the avionics racks and seeing the Doppler boxes glowing quietly in the corner as ,IIRC, they were still valve powered,...
17th Mar 2016, 15:35
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Razors ancient.

I remember lusting after the device as described for sharpening the razor blades, it belonged to my grandfather, ( a retired QMS in the R.A.) and hoped to acquire it one day but on his death it went...
6th Mar 2016, 06:35
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Flight of the Shackleton.

Just found my old ATC Record of Service which details my only flight in a Shack as being fron Kinloss on the 23/08/62 in Shackleton " G " for 3 hours local flying. I don't know if that is enough to...
12th Feb 2016, 18:58
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Early days.

Following on from the comments regarding training for techies, as one of the ground crew who saw in the first frame to Thorney Island in '67 the first A/F was completed with the flight servicing...
2nd Feb 2016, 08:23
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Posted By gopher01

Spares

While idly glancing through the multitude of channels available to us nowadays I chanced on Discovery with a programme on building the Burgh tower in Abu Dhabi. They were describing the selection of...
4th Jan 2016, 11:42
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Posted By gopher01

Marietta

Smuj,

There was a G.E., I did the props and the group photo was just before going up for the air to air photo sortie with a B25 Mitchell as I mentioned some time ago in this thread. the jolly...
16th Dec 2015, 12:18
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GW1

Does anybody have one of the Albert of Arabia T shirts that were around during the GW1. I saw one of the guys wearing one while operating out of Rhiyadh, I believe that a guy downtown used to print...
28th Oct 2015, 15:00
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Posted By gopher01

Lightning experience

As one whose direct involvement with the Lighting was on the technical side, two and a half years of fixing fuel leaks and carrying out the fire mod programme on 56 Sqdns F6 aircraft at Akrotiri,...
30th Jul 2015, 19:29
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Mobile Runway Destroyer

A device invented by the Devil incarnate! First encountered at Thorney when in the winter of 67 I was authorised as a MRD operator. This being the first engine I was allowed near after leaving...
13th Jul 2015, 10:51
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Shortage of runway

Running out of runway on a strip take off was not new, during our little sojurn in Rhodesia we did something similar in that we were tasked to drop off one person at a strip which had been surveyed...
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