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7th Jul 2022, 09:05
Replies: 1,075
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Posted By Pontius Navigator

Day 1, Nav Refresher training, 1966, instructor...

Day 1, Nav Refresher training, 1966, instructor advises first name terms, gives his then asks for ours - Tom, Dick, Harry, then to an ex kipper fleet wg cdr, Sir?

"Yes, Sir is just fine"

Later,...
13th Nov 2021, 18:55
Replies: 74
Views: 13,991
Posted By Pontius Navigator

There was an Army Officer on attachment to the...

There was an Army Officer on attachment to the RAF who realised the light blue had no idea of his uniforms and delighted on a different rig every day.

We had the same with our USN Exchange...
13th Nov 2021, 18:44
Replies: 74
Views: 13,991
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Trilby, we were allowed free choice and some...

Trilby, we were allowed free choice and some favoured pork pie hats, I think mine was Tyrolean with a feather. They were quite popular too. A flat hat was also either permitted or required. I had a...
13th Nov 2021, 18:28
Replies: 74
Views: 13,991
Posted By Pontius Navigator

The other SD Hat shaper was one of the shelves in...

The other SD Hat shaper was one of the shelves in the ubiquitous OM desks.

At Waddington we had a professional flying officer, an AEO who declined to pass the promotion exam for flight lieutenant....
3rd Oct 2021, 16:29
Replies: 2,096
Views: 1,113,474
Posted By Pontius Navigator

That might have been Barry. Grabbing hours of...

That might have been Barry. Grabbing hours of keeping current was not unknown then.
3rd Oct 2021, 16:27
Replies: 2,096
Views: 1,113,474
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Looking at my Log Book I was Select Star on the...

Looking at my Log Book I was Select Star on the 31st Dec 65. My next rating was Combat on 1st Jul 66 and Senior on 1st Jan 67. I think it safe to say that the new system of BTR was introduced on...
3rd Oct 2021, 16:05
Replies: 2,096
Views: 1,113,474
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Do you have a name? I think at that time the...

Do you have a name?

I think at that time the Sim Instructors were qualified Vulcan pilots though around then things were changing. Pilots not deemed suitable for a Captaincy were posted away from...
3rd Aug 2021, 13:29
Replies: 70
Views: 16,900
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Fatist ​​​​​​.

Fatist

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10th May 2021, 12:57
Replies: 77
Views: 12,161
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Phonic Wheel Velodynes?

Phonic Wheel Velodynes?
10th May 2021, 12:50
Replies: 77
Views: 12,161
Posted By Pontius Navigator

We were told the NBS was 1,400lbs.

We were told the NBS was 1,400lbs.
24th Apr 2021, 16:36
Replies: 20
Views: 7,295
Posted By Pontius Navigator

There has to be a design life for such a...

There has to be a design life for such a vulnerable craft as a submersible and 44 years must surely be beyond that.
24th Apr 2021, 16:26
Replies: 37
Views: 8,867
Posted By Pontius Navigator

As this is turning into an historical when I was...

As this is turning into an historical when I was 😀

The Seco Huts at Waddington were much more modern that the Wooden Huts a Cottesmore as Seco was introduced as there was a shortage of wood.
...
Forum: Jet Blast
16th Apr 2021, 18:05
Replies: 25
Views: 3,170
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Watch it 4 eyes Then on the GIVB compass...

Watch it 4 eyes

Then on the GIVB compass system we had the Master Indicator. We also had desyns with a master and slave.

The Wartime Gee chains had a Master transmitter to which the Slaves...
16th Apr 2021, 18:01
Replies: 29
Views: 5,375
Posted By Pontius Navigator

IIRC that was a Mk 5 and as said for fast jets. ...

IIRC that was a Mk 5 and as said for fast jets. Over 40s tended to use the Mk 4.
16th Apr 2021, 17:56
Replies: 53
Views: 18,065
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Are you sure about that? I thought the...

Are you sure about that? I thought the redeployment was in advance of any action.

I remember watching TV broadcasts from 'somewhere in the desert but I can't tell you where'. The idiot...
16th Apr 2021, 15:13
Replies: 41
Views: 10,099
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Coningsby did not enhance its security but inside...

Coningsby did not enhance its security but inside it was all happening. IIRC it was about midday Friday that we were warned for a deployment of 29 Sqn to Gibraltar. There were many deployment plans...
Forum: Jet Blast
5th Apr 2021, 20:22
Replies: 30
Views: 5,202
Posted By Pontius Navigator

I tend to disagree. In America I was struck by...

I tend to disagree. In America I was struck by the number of flags flown and flown for 24 hours not dawn to dusk. One that struck me was on a very tall flag pole and illuminated at night.

In...
5th Apr 2021, 18:39
Replies: 53
Views: 18,065
Posted By Pontius Navigator

A more profitable target was, I believe, the HAS...

A more profitable target was, I believe, the HAS access tracks. Stop them leaving their HAS then pick them off one by one.

We visited Huntings in 1974 when on the WEC and asked about a standoff...
Forum: Jet Blast
4th Apr 2021, 12:02
Replies: 11
Views: 1,880
Posted By Pontius Navigator

MMs solution is what we had. Slightly simpler,...

MMs solution is what we had. Slightly simpler, the outlet hose was simply hooked over the outlet pipe, same as unplumbed washing machines.
4th Apr 2021, 11:53
Replies: 29
Views: 5,375
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Douglas Protractor.

Douglas Protractor.
2nd Mar 2021, 13:18
Replies: 11
Views: 4,346
Posted By Pontius Navigator

And then 201 with Smiling Jim. RB

And then 201 with Smiling Jim.

RB
26th Feb 2021, 21:35
Replies: 19
Views: 5,919
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Correct, all submarines are targets until...

Correct, all submarines are targets until identified as friend or foe.
26th Feb 2021, 21:30
Replies: 11
Views: 4,346
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Janda, you were crew A? I was in the next course.

Janda, you were crew A? I was in the next course.
14th Feb 2021, 18:57
Replies: 12
Views: 5,652
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Remember the USN had outbreaks on their carriers....

Remember the USN had outbreaks on their carriers.

Just because there is isolation does not mean there are no rule breakers.
14th Feb 2021, 18:50
Replies: 20
Views: 5,592
Posted By Pontius Navigator

As MPN says, you need to communicate. After...

As MPN says, you need to communicate. After several attempts to follow our briefed procedures "We are RAF 4 Jet" the French controller came back with "Are you VULCAN X-RAY MIKE 607?"

Seemed quite...
12th Feb 2021, 20:37
Replies: 85
Views: 20,604
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Actually yes. I can't remember when, it was...

Actually yes. I can't remember when, it was perhaps 50 years ago though there is a clue.
The principles were:
1. All services would wear the same pattern and colour uniform (Canada plus? 😀)
2....
11th Feb 2021, 07:03
Replies: 85
Views: 20,604
Posted By Pontius Navigator

BV, admittedly he is not a prolific poster but...

BV, admittedly he is not a prolific poster but his earlier posts are completely authentic. I know John I know the Bill to whom he refers.
Maybe he has never bothered to engage with Pprune, maybe...
10th Feb 2021, 21:41
Replies: 85
Views: 20,604
Posted By Pontius Navigator

BV are you sure about that? joined 12 years ago,...

BV are you sure about that? joined 12 years ago, age 82, known to some, flown with by others. As my daughter said, one day the RAF will be the biggest cap badge in the Army. Though she had no...
Forum: Jet Blast
3rd Feb 2021, 19:19
Replies: 42
Views: 6,558
Posted By Pontius Navigator

I think it is institutional but not necessarily...

I think it is institutional but not necessarily racisim, ageism, or feminism but simply 'not one of us'.

This was true of the Services where women were excluded from many roles, blacks from the...
Forum: Jet Blast
3rd Feb 2021, 18:15
Replies: 56
Views: 3,399
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Uplinker, commiserations. We know exactly where...

Uplinker, commiserations. We know exactly where you are coming from. 4am, first night in New home and a pipe detached. The first we knew was the smoke alarm going off. Our buikder, who lived...
Forum: Jet Blast
3rd Feb 2021, 18:06
Replies: 56
Views: 3,399
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Uplinker, commiserations. We know exactly where...

Uplinker, commiserations. We know exactly where you are coming from. 4am, first night in New home and a pipe detached. The first we knew was the smoke alarm going off. Our buikder, who lived...
31st Jan 2021, 13:43
Replies: 7
Views: 2,355
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Back on topic, an off chance, but does anyone...

Back on topic, an off chance, but does anyone know of R88 Film Cassettes available for a collector?
31st Jan 2021, 13:37
Replies: 15
Views: 3,717
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Like you I went to a Mr Clarke at AHB for an...

Like you I went to a Mr Clarke at AHB for an article and got clearance. Later I submitted the same article but with some additions. This time I was told to alter some details as they were still...
29th Jan 2021, 20:38
Replies: 450
Views: 118,640
Posted By Pontius Navigator

t didn't , it was Paul's nickname.

t didn't , it was Paul's nickname.
20th Jan 2021, 08:50
Replies: 2,096
Views: 1,113,474
Posted By Pontius Navigator

Pete, short answer, it wasn't introduced in Feb...

Pete, short answer, it wasn't introduced in Feb 64. Flight refuelling was introduced much much earlier with record breaking flights to Africa and Australia. There had also been trials for airborne...
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