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14th Oct 2020, 21:37
Replies: 44
Views: 2,600
Posted By brakedwell

I was in Bangor with my LGW crew when the 757...

I was in Bangor with my LGW crew when the 757 fleet manager phoned me in the early hours to tell me AE was finished and to tell me to get my crew back to Gatwick any way I could. My good friend was...
12th Oct 2020, 12:46
Replies: 44
Views: 2,600
Posted By brakedwell

Looking at my AE logbooks, the first Newcastle I...

Looking at my AE logbooks, the first Newcastle I did was on April 27th 1980. We flew From Gatwick to Alicante, then on to Newcastle in B737/200 GBMSM. On the 28th we operated GBJFH from Newcastle -...
1st Oct 2020, 08:04
Replies: 808
Views: 230,841
Posted By brakedwell

The Bristol Sycamore helicopter must place quite...

The Bristol Sycamore helicopter must place quite an early date to the photos. Post 8 Sqn Venoms, but early Hunter time. I guess 208 were still in Kenya.
22nd Sep 2020, 09:07
Replies: 22
Views: 1,992
Posted By brakedwell

The Britannia reg was GAOVS. My dates were wrong,...

The Britannia reg was GAOVS. My dates were wrong, the Cairo/Warsaw flight was on 23/01/1976, WAR/Manston on the 24th Jan. I remember the chilled lamb flights from Perth to several Middle East...
21st Sep 2020, 16:36
Replies: 129
Views: 24,450
Posted By brakedwell

We used to have a run up to Stornoway from...

We used to have a run up to Stornoway from Bovingdon with the Coastal Command Flight Ansons in 1961/2. I can’t remember who we were carrying, but we stayed at Mrs McIver’s boarding house and picked...
21st Sep 2020, 15:19
Replies: 22
Views: 1,992
Posted By brakedwell

I left the RAF in 1972 and joined IAS Cargo...

I left the RAF in 1972 and joined IAS Cargo Airlines as a Britannia 312 captain. In January 1973 I flew a Britannia, using a LOT callsign from Cairo to Warsaw with 17.5 tons of tomatoes on board....
11th Sep 2020, 08:12
Replies: 96
Views: 9,952
Posted By brakedwell

Mine was 417**** Sept 1955 Haven't forgoteen...

Mine was 417****
Sept 1955
Haven't forgoteen mine either.
20th Aug 2020, 09:26
Replies: 26
Views: 4,120
Posted By brakedwell

The IAS DC8 that carried out a display at...

The IAS DC8 that carried out a display at Blackbushe in 1977 was this one.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1366x1008/ias_dc8_b50a2513f190534be967176ceb0a4f94a3b76c40.jpeg
18th Aug 2020, 11:53
Replies: 10
Views: 708
Posted By brakedwell

and Frosty Winterbottom.

and Frosty Winterbottom.
17th Aug 2020, 21:14
Replies: 10
Views: 708
Posted By brakedwell

I knew Johnnie Johnson when he was AOC at Aden In...

I knew Johnnie Johnson when he was AOC at Aden In 1964. I flew him to Nairobi in an Argosy for an annual inspection and did not see him smoke a pipe. He left the the RAF in 1965 and was involved with...
25th Jul 2020, 09:59
Replies: 5
Views: 960
Posted By brakedwell

Wonderful! The first aircraft I flew in was a...

Wonderful! The first aircraft I flew in was a Sunderland Flying Boat during a CCF summer camp at Pembroke Dock in 1952. It was the reason for a future forty two year long flying career.
19th Jul 2020, 08:13
Replies: 220
Views: 33,590
Posted By brakedwell

Exactly, G Glass. One of the reasons we fought...

Exactly, G Glass. One of the reasons we fought the Nazis in WW2.
18th Jul 2020, 10:24
Replies: 21
Views: 3,374
Posted By brakedwell

Armstrong Whitworth Argosy sounds good to me. ...

Armstrong Whitworth Argosy sounds good to me.

In the mid to late 60's we could get our dinghy drill ticked off when slipping with the Britannias in Gan. Far better than the swimming pool in...
17th Jul 2020, 09:52
Replies: 220
Views: 33,590
Posted By brakedwell

That is a real insult to Diggers and Diesels...

That is a real insult to Diggers and Diesels MPN11!
17th Jul 2020, 09:22
Replies: 220
Views: 33,590
Posted By brakedwell

That is a terrible crime!

That is a terrible crime!
17th Jul 2020, 09:15
Replies: 220
Views: 33,590
Posted By brakedwell

Why not get rid of the dog's grave. History...

Why not get rid of the dog's grave. History doesn't matter anymore, to hell with the past, including the Damn Buster Raid. We have to join the 'modernistas' and decry the past and all the horrible...
14th Jul 2020, 09:54
Replies: 70
Views: 5,060
Posted By brakedwell

I met Ginger Lacey in 1981/2 when he flew to...

I met Ginger Lacey in 1981/2 when he flew to Spain or somewhere on holiday. He spent most of the flight on the Flight Deck of our Air Europe B737 and seemed to be a very nice chap. He was chief...
7th Jul 2020, 19:11
Replies: 223
Views: 45,498
Posted By brakedwell

I think we are moving a long way from the...

I think we are moving a long way from the subject, Bomber Harris.
7th Jul 2020, 15:38
Replies: 466
Views: 184,268
Posted By brakedwell

Between the two World Wars 216 squadron used...

Between the two World Wars 216 squadron used Vickers Vimy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Vimy), Vickers Victoria (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Victoria) and Vickers Type 264 Valentia...
6th Jul 2020, 19:37
Replies: 466
Views: 184,268
Posted By brakedwell

Was it? I always understood it as “I Strike by...

Was it? I always understood it as “I Strike by Carrying“.
6th Jul 2020, 07:07
Replies: 223
Views: 45,498
Posted By brakedwell

I agree with you about Saudi, but I spent two...

I agree with you about Saudi, but I spent two years stationed in Aden in the sixties. You are talking a load of rubbish, it was a defensive withdrawal spread over quite a long time and now they wish...
3rd Jul 2020, 21:46
Replies: 45
Views: 6,795
Posted By brakedwell

When I got my wings at Swinderby in August 1957...

When I got my wings at Swinderby in August 1957 things started to go very wrong. I was very pleased with my Hunter posting, which meant holding at Valley where Royal Naval Pilots were trained. After...
2nd Jul 2020, 15:17
Replies: 223
Views: 45,498
Posted By brakedwell

Well said Max Angle, I agree with you completely!

Well said Max Angle, I agree with you completely!
1st Jul 2020, 14:51
Replies: 41
Views: 8,386
Posted By brakedwell

Phileas Fogg, it is very sad news indeed for...

Phileas Fogg, it is very sad news indeed for those who work there and I am 88.4 percent Welsh, but what has it to do with the Vampire T11?

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30th Jun 2020, 08:17
Replies: 41
Views: 8,386
Posted By brakedwell

Another Aden picture of 8 Sqn Venoms. Taken in...

Another Aden picture of 8 Sqn Venoms. Taken in early 1958 after delivering a load of Paratroops in a Hastings
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