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25th Feb 2019, 16:42
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Posted By harrym

What goes around, comes around.............

Re Maiwand and Afghanistan in general, nothing new in this world!...........an extract from Gladstone’s Midlothian speeches of 1879 observes to the good burghers of Edinburgh that:
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9th Feb 2019, 14:38
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Views: 5,430
Posted By harrym

Aircrew multi-tasking

I recall being told by a South African Air Force officer on exchange (way back in 1950) that SAAF pilots were multi-taskers, having been trained also as navigators and radio operators; I have no...
26th Jan 2019, 16:56
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Posted By harrym

Many thanks Geriaviator for that superb tribute...

Many thanks Geriaviator for that superb tribute to Danny; hard to believe our press did not accept your obit, a fitting tribute to a man who deserved its publication far more than some others which...
16th Dec 2018, 14:02
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Posted By harrym

No ValMORNA , I was referring to the July 1965...

No ValMORNA , I was referring to the July 1965 accident as quoted in Fareastdriver's # 12658. I had forgotten about TG 602 which anyway appears to have been due to an incorrectly installed mod, for...
14th Dec 2018, 17:15
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Posted By harrym

Yes Geriaviator, I would not dispute the...

Yes Geriaviator, I would not dispute the Hastings' rugged build quality and indeed the only in-flight accident due to structural failure I can think of occurred late in its life and was due to...
12th Dec 2018, 13:35
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Posted By harrym

Yes Roving, looks like it as I see from my log...

Yes Roving, looks like it as I see from my log book that I was indeed flying at Abingdon on that day although a couple of the details look a bit odd. For one thing I quite definitely saw no ground...
11th Dec 2018, 14:07
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Posted By harrym

Hastings wing failure (?)

Geriaviator-

Re your #12544, I did actually witness occurrence of a Hastings main spar failure, though whether it should be classified as a flying accident is perhaps arguable. One day in the late...
5th Dec 2018, 17:08
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Posted By harrym

Farewell Danny...........

Yet another of our generation gone, and one of the best. Sadly our service paths never crossed, but then the RAF was (just a bit) larger in those days!

harrym
Forum: Tech Log
13th Feb 2018, 14:47
Replies: 190
Views: 44,814
Posted By harrym

Well said Danny – your #101 is very neatly put!...

Well said Danny – your #101 is very neatly put! One factor in this discussion that seems largely overlooked is that of job satisfaction, for surely any procedure that is well executed through a...
3rd Nov 2017, 17:36
Replies: 24
Views: 5,143
Posted By harrym

Danny, looks like you did not get much leave...

Danny, looks like you did not get much leave during your April-Oct '42 period! As for demob clothes, mine were of remarkably good quality with the jacket and shoes in particular lasting for years.
3rd Nov 2017, 15:06
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Views: 5,143
Posted By harrym

Mufti in WW2

Danny, surely it was permissable to wear civvies while on leave in UK? I certainly did, and was happy to do so.
31st Oct 2017, 17:55
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Posted By harrym

Tropical flying kit

Danny, your wonderfully evocative and amusing description of the tropical version of WW2 flying kit is a masterpiece. Reading it made me grateful that we in the transport element were not so...
29th Oct 2017, 18:14
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Posted By harrym

Geriaviator, re your #11457 I have checked back...

Geriaviator, re your #11457 I have checked back on my previous contributions to this estimable thread and much regret that my stock of memoirs (the interesting ones, anyway) is now exhausted, and so...
26th Oct 2017, 14:26
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Posted By harrym

Bev trivia

Ian B-B, re your 11427 had sometimes wondered how techies working on flying boats coped with the inevitable dropped tool problem – now, after so many years, enlightenment!

Warmtoast, many thanks...
24th Oct 2017, 16:58
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Posted By harrym

Beverley part2

Thank you Danny, very neatly stated! Here is the second part of some Bev memories:

Sometimes regarded initially with dismay by those assigned to fly it, the Beverley was in general well liked by...
23rd Oct 2017, 14:57
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Posted By harrym

Roving, in your #11418 you refer to the...

Roving, in your #11418 you refer to the Beverley's open rear doors. I presume this refers to the pax doors, rather than those of the clamshell variety? So far as I recall, it was illegal to carry pax...
22nd Oct 2017, 17:04
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Posted By harrym

Beverley

Sounds rather a tight fit Danny (your #11406), but have no idea if it was tried or not.

AncientAviator (#11411), the Centaurus was certainly not the Bev's most reliable piece of kit and arguably...
21st Oct 2017, 17:30
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Posted By harrym

Beverley capacity

'Fraid I can't answer your query Danny, my Bev experience on route ops was fairly limited as most of my time was on training or examining duties. The freight hold measured 10x10x40 feet, if that's...
21st Oct 2017, 14:52
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Posted By harrym

Some Beverley blues

This is part one of some musings on that unique, loveable and occasionally exasperating monster the Beverley; part two, with some reflections on its operation, to follow shortly.


"Sure as Hell...
17th Oct 2017, 17:12
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Posted By harrym

Ian BB & Geriaviator, your kind comments are much...

Ian BB & Geriaviator, your kind comments are much appreciated. Rest assured that further scribblings will appear, but first I must run a check on what has gone before - to repeat oneself once is...
17th Oct 2017, 14:53
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Posted By harrym

Apology

To all readers - re my recent #11376, checking back on previous posts I find it to be a virtual repeat of one posted early January 2015 and so must crave forgiveness for inflicting boredom on...
13th Oct 2017, 14:58
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Posted By harrym

Danny (#11364) I later had a demo of an...

Danny (#11364) I later had a demo of an alternative means of engine start, thanks to a failure of the Coffman article............


During a regular TCEU visit to Aden in the...
12th Oct 2017, 14:51
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Posted By harrym

A BEVERLEY BONUS

Roving - re your #11361, hope the log books contain what you are looking for!



What follows is an account of a day at Boscombe Down in February 1956, originally written for 'MagDrop', the...
11th Oct 2017, 16:52
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Posted By harrym

Log Book Assessment Summaries

Roving, in answer to your #11352 what you have is a copy of RAF form no. 414 (A), for insertion in log books and measuring 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches. It is headed SUMMARY of FLYING and ASSESSMENTS FOR...
5th Oct 2017, 17:00
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Posted By harrym

To NZ, part 2

OK Danny, Icare9 et al, here's part 2. Next up will go back a few years in time, with memories of that gentle giant the Beverley.


For the night of the 24th. our crew was lodged with various...
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