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3rd Oct 2020, 12:31
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Posted By ICM

Indeed - with this as the aftermath of one such...

Indeed - with this as the aftermath of one such sortie in June 1967, a resupply to the South Arabian army that had taken over IS duties from 45 Cdo (RM) on the previous day.
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3rd Oct 2020, 11:27
Replies: 96
Views: 9,952
Posted By ICM

I suspect things may have changed in later years...

I suspect things may have changed in later years but, during WW2, men commissioned from the ranks were allocated a new personal number. I have found this to be so when investigating several...
3rd Oct 2020, 08:42
Replies: 21
Views: 4,364
Posted By ICM

Experienced just once and the learning point was...

Experienced just once and the learning point was 'Look before doing anything.' I was examining on what was to be the last trip of my C-141A exchange tour. I had prepped my mask on one of the 2...
22nd Sep 2020, 12:58
Replies: 9
Views: 3,331
Posted By ICM

Yes, that's the one - so much for my searching on...

Yes, that's the one - so much for my searching on 'Argosy' and 'Argosies." Plenty of tales there, I'd say.
21st Sep 2020, 16:50
Replies: 9
Views: 3,331
Posted By ICM

Somewhere back in the Archive there must be a...

Somewhere back in the Archive there must be a lengthy thread of Argosy stories that was developed some years ago - I've just had a look and went a bit cross-eyed going through the Index pages - so...
8th Sep 2020, 16:11
Replies: 70
Views: 12,505
Posted By ICM

The status of the Occupying Powers was made clear...

The status of the Occupying Powers was made clear to me during a couple of visits. First, the RAF Staff College visit in 1978 when we Brits plus the Americans on the course (all in uniform) went...
6th Sep 2020, 22:01
Replies: 70
Views: 12,505
Posted By ICM

Jock, Many thanks - that confirms the timeframe...

Jock, Many thanks - that confirms the timeframe and general context. It looks as if I 'misheard' that story all those years ago, perhaps in some mash-up of the possibilities you say were discussed...
6th Sep 2020, 11:19
Replies: 70
Views: 12,505
Posted By ICM

Can anyone confirm this story that I became aware...

Can anyone confirm this story that I became aware of in my Argosy days? I believe it is from 1965, when the Bundestag held a meeting in West Berlin, something to which the Soviet Union took great...
3rd Sep 2020, 12:20
Replies: 130
Views: 33,387
Posted By ICM

Given that 809 was 'returned' in 1975, another...

Given that 809 was 'returned' in 1975, another background factor is likely to have been that the reduction by half of the Air Transport Force was very much in play then, and it must have been...
5th Jul 2020, 22:16
Replies: 14
Views: 1,958
Posted By ICM

After a bit of asking around, I'm now reliably...

After a bit of asking around, I'm now reliably told by one of the crew that the 3 January 1978 flight was at LHR to pick up the PM, Jim Callaghan, for a tour of India and Pakistan. (And the crew...
4th Jul 2020, 16:16
Replies: 466
Views: 184,268
Posted By ICM

Indeed, and I recall seeing pictures of it on a...

Indeed, and I recall seeing pictures of it on a North Sea towline the day after it arrived back at Brize from Marshalls. As it's an aircraft in the core fleet, ought we not to expect it to fly its...
3rd Jul 2020, 23:30
Replies: 14
Views: 1,958
Posted By ICM

XV 104 seen at LHR on 3 January 1978 - at a...

XV 104 seen at LHR on 3 January 1978 - at a guess, to pick up Foreign Secretary David Owen for one of several flights into Africa around that time, in pursuit of a resolution of matters in Zimbabwe...
30th Jun 2020, 11:33
Replies: 14
Views: 1,380
Posted By ICM

Clive: I suspect this will be something on the...

Clive: I suspect this will be something on the margins of your topic but just in case you were unaware. 10 Squadron and other 4 Group bomber squadrons were transferred to Transport Command on VE...
18th Jun 2020, 14:25
Replies: 1
Views: 1,367
Posted By ICM

Sir Michael had been living in Cyprus for many...

Sir Michael had been living in Cyprus for many years. His funeral was held there on Monday with suitable Service personnel in attendance: COS BFC, OC Akrotiri, a representative from the Voyager Det...
16th Jun 2020, 23:05
Replies: 466
Views: 184,268
Posted By ICM

Whatever the colour scheme turns out to be, it's...

Whatever the colour scheme turns out to be, it's an additional bit of mission-creep with the VIP airframe, given that there was no VIP provision when the Voyager contract was completed. There's a...
3rd Jun 2020, 23:05
Replies: 2
Views: 1,415
Posted By ICM

I am truly sorry to hear this news. We were at...

I am truly sorry to hear this news. We were at Staff College together and I later followed him into the Barnwood desk. A capable chap with an interesting background. RIP indeed.
27th Jan 2020, 11:29
Replies: 4,729
Views: 1,228,789
Posted By ICM

enfranglais: I certainly remember Tom Norcross,...

enfranglais: I certainly remember Tom Norcross, but from earlier Argosy days at Benson, when he was on the Wing staff. Good chap.
15th Jan 2020, 16:10
Replies: 23
Views: 5,813
Posted By ICM

As far back as 1971/2, Soviet Air Defence radar...

As far back as 1971/2, Soviet Air Defence radar spikes were quite visible on the C-141's APN 59 weather/mapping radar when passing up off the Kamchatka Peninsula en-route from Yokota AB in Japan to...
Forum: Jet Blast
23rd Nov 2019, 23:06
Replies: 45
Views: 8,814
Posted By ICM

I can't speak for this TV series but, in reality,...

I can't speak for this TV series but, in reality, 10 Sqn VC 10 aircraft were used to recover the body of the Duke of Windsor in 1972 (Op VAGUE) and then the Duchess in 1986 (Op HAZE). Plans had been...
6th Sep 2019, 12:20
Replies: 19
Views: 3,655
Posted By ICM

Asturias: I fear that you are referring to the...

Asturias: I fear that you are referring to the Whitley crew of 10 Sqn that, on the night of 27/28 May 1940, accidentally bombed RAF Bassingbourn, believing it was the airfield at Schipol. They had...
5th Sep 2019, 08:14
Replies: 114
Views: 57,451
Posted By ICM

I clearly missed this thread back in May. Andy...

I clearly missed this thread back in May. Andy McHugh was with me on 21 Argosy Course, March - August 1966 and then, as mentioned, to 105 Sqn in Aden. The ARDET site shows his death as having been in...
31st Aug 2019, 23:00
Replies: 38
Views: 8,674
Posted By ICM

A piece by Mr Hastings in today's Times Magazine:...

A piece by Mr Hastings in today's Times Magazine:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/max-hastings-exploding-the-dam-busters-myth-rstscw00d?shareToken=a3ebdd92542c9cc32c5e50ed7eb55215
29th Aug 2019, 19:13
Replies: 25
Views: 8,957
Posted By ICM

That 1972 deployment was for an airshow at Dulles...

That 1972 deployment was for an airshow at Dulles Intl, and possibly elsewhere. On the back of the Dulles show appearance, BDS Washington convened an 'Exchange Officers' Conference' that proved...
16th Aug 2019, 22:24
Replies: 1
Views: 1,714
Posted By ICM

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17th May 2019, 08:45
Replies: 44
Views: 12,361
Posted By ICM

Circa 1992/93, in the annual LTC round, I recall...

Circa 1992/93, in the annual LTC round, I recall HQ STC adopting for planning purposes an 'Alternative Assumption' that would have seen Bentwaters/Woodbridge acquired - for Harrier basing, I think -...
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