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11th Jul 2019, 18:35
Replies: 13
Views: 2,408
Posted By retreating blade

B52 SW Gatwick at 19.25

Seen flying north around 3,000 feet. Any ideas?
20th Jun 2019, 22:03
Replies: 11
Views: 5,212
Posted By retreating blade

I have now seen the subject letter and there is...

I have now seen the subject letter and there is nothing further to discuss. Case closed.
12th Jun 2019, 20:24
Replies: 11
Views: 5,212
Posted By retreating blade

My father was present for Grapple Y, codename...

My father was present for Grapple Y, codename Dickens. I believe the 22 Club connection lies there. I will know more when I see the letter in a few days.
Thanks for your interest and suggestions....
8th Jun 2019, 21:21
Replies: 11
Views: 5,212
Posted By retreating blade

MoD 22 Club

I recently learned that my father had a letter welcoming him into the 22 Club. At the time (1958), he was in MoD OR 22 and involved in Op Grapple as RAF aircrew.
In advance of seeing this letter,...
Forum: Rotorheads
18th Apr 2019, 18:08
Replies: 2,777
Views: 795,657
Posted By retreating blade

Long stop position: just return SAR to the...

Long stop position: just return SAR to the military and remove the commercial bean counter option that will never provide a viable service without risk.
Pedro 45 in 1968!
13th Mar 2019, 22:45
Replies: 7
Views: 1,600
Posted By retreating blade

The ruling covers all flying machines: model...

The ruling covers all flying machines: model aircraft, control line models and technically, even paper darts.
21st Feb 2019, 22:16
Replies: 52
Views: 33,016
Posted By retreating blade

Saw 204 kts ground speed in an AS332L...

Saw 204 kts ground speed in an AS332L (Helicopter!) heading north some 20 years ago over the North Sea. Flying back to ABZ was somewhat tedious later that morning.
8th Feb 2019, 15:08
Replies: 51
Views: 25,340
Posted By retreating blade

And we used Lincolns to check on the Russians

And we used Lincolns to check on the Russians
7th Feb 2019, 13:39
Replies: 51
Views: 25,340
Posted By retreating blade

Op Grapple Y

I have undertaken further research on my father's involvement in Grapple Y.
His log books reveal that he travelled to Christmas Island arriving on 25 April 1958 following a three-day mixed...
16th Jan 2019, 19:52
Replies: 41
Views: 11,168
Posted By retreating blade

During my middle years military flying on Puma...

During my middle years military flying on Puma HC1 in the NATO environment, it was widely understood that to fly in the NOE exercise scenario, the RIGHT HAND RULE was paramount. In most cases the...
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Dec 2018, 21:11
Replies: 17
Views: 2,360
Posted By retreating blade

ISTR that on the CH 47 in the 80’s, we landed...

ISTR that on the CH 47 in the 80’s, we landed brakes off but held it on the toe brakes until the park brake was applied.
15th Dec 2018, 12:36
Replies: 110
Views: 22,034
Posted By retreating blade

Many years ago in Belize, we lost a fast jet...

Many years ago in Belize, we lost a fast jet pilot in a crash one morning. Later in the day, his friends and colleagues gathered in the bar to drink to his memory and lay the ghost of his passing;...
Forum: Rotorheads
27th Nov 2018, 21:34
Replies: 66
Views: 6,386
Posted By retreating blade

During the ‘70s, we were occasionally asked to do...

During the ‘70s, we were occasionally asked to do an air test of some sort in the Puma HC1. Part of the test was to fly at VNE which was 167 knots which was only achievable in a dive. It was a white...
10th Nov 2018, 19:07
Replies: 7
Views: 1,723
Posted By retreating blade

Lots of hours on 724 but none on 723...

Lots of hours on 724 but none on 723 unfortunately. Where was she flying?
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Oct 2018, 19:46
Replies: 20
Views: 8,781
Posted By retreating blade

Achieved my first civil command on B Cal S61 in...

Achieved my first civil command on B Cal S61 in ‘86 I think. We had just three of the type and the flight instrument layout was different in each one. Strangely, it was not a problem; strap in and...
Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Sep 2018, 19:34
Replies: 12
Views: 4,059
Posted By retreating blade

I’ve time on the Puma HC1, AS330, AS332C, AS332L...

I’ve time on the Puma HC1, AS330, AS332C, AS332L and AS332L1. They are all wonderful aircraft and have individual characters that have to be understood and respected. Sadly, this incident indicates...
Forum: Rotorheads
28th Aug 2018, 21:24
Replies: 63
Views: 7,855
Posted By retreating blade

Always have a way back from what you are about to...

Always have a way back from what you are about to do.
20th Aug 2018, 20:21
Replies: 20
Views: 3,264
Posted By retreating blade

I was a pall bearer at DL’s funeral; the team...

I was a pall bearer at DL’s funeral; the team flew in to ODI from RAFG in one of HM’s HS125s and, despite the gravity of the moment, we celebrated his friendship, expertise and life.
The burial...
13th Aug 2018, 20:36
Replies: 86
Views: 12,140
Posted By retreating blade

I have an unopened bottle of Sunday Mirror Task...

I have an unopened bottle of Sunday Mirror Task Force Special Ale (Newcastle Brown?) gratefully accepted but still intact from 1982. Any offers?
29th Jul 2018, 20:49
Replies: 25
Views: 3,440
Posted By retreating blade

I last visited some ten years ago and was...

I last visited some ten years ago and was delighted to see a Whirlwind Mk10 on display that I last flew in Cyprus in 1970. That made me feel very old! Wonder where it is now?
Pedro.
16th May 2018, 17:14
Replies: 52
Views: 8,085
Posted By retreating blade

If I might take you all back to the very late 60s...

If I might take you all back to the very late 60s when Akrotiri was the center of the RAF universe; there were so many visitor crews on occasions that we had to open No 2 mess. I seem to remember...
26th Apr 2018, 15:26
Replies: 75
Views: 4,408
Posted By retreating blade

This upgrade is a terrible mistake. i think...

This upgrade is a terrible mistake.
i think that I will just sign off and go somewhere else.
12th Mar 2018, 13:09
Replies: 51
Views: 25,340
Posted By retreating blade

Delta Hotel

I much appreciate your response, thank you.
My father died in Ď85 of multiple carcinomas. He too was a smoker.
Regards
23rd Feb 2018, 21:06
Replies: 40
Views: 18,189
Posted By retreating blade

Slipped off the Mexipad

Back in Ď82, I was tasked with my crew to undersling Peterís Harrier from the weeds at the edge of the pad in San Carlos to Stanley. Simple enough except that the Harrier wanted to fly once we...
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Feb 2018, 15:43
Replies: 2,777
Views: 795,657
Posted By retreating blade

Risk and Safety

I find this conversation mildly amusing but respect your understandable modern day concerns.
Life was far more simple in my military SAR days in the late 60s and early 70s when we only had one...
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