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17th Apr 2018, 18:44
Replies: 45
Views: 9,665
Posted By John Blakeley

As a technical cadet at Henlow I visited the BLEU...

As a technical cadet at Henlow I visited the BLEU at Bedford on April 17th 1962 - flew in their Varsity WF 387 with Sqn Ldr Bray as the aircraft captain.
15th Sep 2014, 13:55
Replies: 411
Views: 58,082
Posted By John Blakeley

A view from the USA

Today's Aviation Week e-bulletin on this topic is quite interesting and can be found at:

Scottish ?Yes? Vote Could Have Major Impact On U.K. Defense | Defense content from Aviation Week...
23rd Jul 2014, 08:35
Replies: 14
Views: 3,876
Posted By John Blakeley

Dragartist, The Langham booklet produced to...

Dragartist,

The Langham booklet produced to support the museum says that some 46 dome trainers of the same design as Langham were built for airfields around the UK in WW2. It is believed that...
22nd Jul 2014, 20:34
Replies: 14
Views: 3,876
Posted By John Blakeley

WanderOO, Henry still flies a Tiger from the...

WanderOO,

Henry still flies a Tiger from the grass at Langham and is one of the dedicated band who put this together.

JB
22nd Jul 2014, 20:18
Replies: 14
Views: 3,876
Posted By John Blakeley

RAF Langham Dome Museum

If you are visiting or indeed live in North Norfolk, and are an enthusiast for RAF history and a range of WW2 and 50’s aircraft in both operational and training roles, the new Dome museum at what...
16th Jul 2014, 11:39
Replies: 10
Views: 2,677
Posted By John Blakeley

Tuc, Even better SMOKE AND MIRRORS = 192 ...

Tuc,

Even better SMOKE AND MIRRORS = 192

Problem solved!

JB
21st Oct 2013, 11:48
Replies: 58
Views: 17,826
Posted By John Blakeley

East Anglian Film Archive

For anyone who does not know about the East Anglian Film Archive have a look at this link - one of several films about Coltishall on the site. They don’t make films like this any more!

East...
24th Jul 2013, 07:56
Replies: 38
Views: 7,787
Posted By John Blakeley

NCC's Vision

NCC's vision for Coltishall is in today's EDP - this is the link: Vision for Coltishall is revealed - Politics - Eastern Daily Press...
15th Jul 2013, 19:41
Replies: 174
Views: 58,624
Posted By John Blakeley

CAW, I do not recall how often QRA launched...

CAW,

I do not recall how often QRA launched for a CAP out to the west, but when I was OC Eng from mid Aug 84 - end Dec 84 we certainly had one "live" scramble in the early morning (0500 or so)...
19th Dec 2012, 08:04
Replies: 23
Views: 4,692
Posted By John Blakeley

A Long Way from the Cheapest!

Toxteth,

If I recall correctly the figures that came into the public domain it was a very long way from being the cheapest, and that was before the contract was re-negotiated twice and the number...
17th Oct 2012, 15:34
Replies: 200
Views: 31,196
Posted By John Blakeley

MOD may well have paid

Vascodegama,

I do not know the history of ESF, but I would guess that that if ESF was "standard" MOD could well have paid to take it out. It was alleged that MOD had paid extra to have the ...
14th Sep 2012, 09:06
Replies: 46
Views: 10,765
Posted By John Blakeley

Am I correct in thinking that it was actually...

Am I correct in thinking that it was actually EADS management that decided to take the RAF Tanker conversion work away from Cobham (and MOD had a contract that let it happen) when the going got a...
28th Aug 2012, 09:18
Replies: 30
Views: 7,160
Posted By John Blakeley

What about Sheffield?

I was involved in the research for a programme on the loss of HMS Sheffield transmitted on BBC2 some years ago which if I recall correctly was simply called "Excocet", and I don't think the author of...
13th Jul 2012, 16:34
Replies: 94
Views: 12,829
Posted By John Blakeley

AAIB in Military Accidents

keithl,

As far as the investigation of the cause of the accident I would have no problem with supporting your solution for an investigation outside the Command Chain, and I said "or" in my...
13th Jul 2012, 09:35
Replies: 94
Views: 12,829
Posted By John Blakeley

Chinook and Glen Ogle

I would not wish to add to the speculation on what caused the Glen Ogle accident, but having seen the BoI there is no evidence of the comment written about by “itwasme” being made by the pilot. ...
9th Jul 2012, 10:08
Replies: 734
Views: 249,601
Posted By John Blakeley

Chipmunks at RAF Technical College Henlow

I found some pictures of Chipmunks based at the RAF TC from May 1963 and posted them on the Fighter Control "Nostalgia" thread. The link is:
Chipmunks at Henlow • FighterControl •...
14th May 2012, 10:32
Replies: 7
Views: 1,438
Posted By John Blakeley

Museum at RAF Coltishall?

Let's hope this idea has more success than the airliner scrapping plans had - from today's EDP:

Museum scheme hopes to revive RAF Coltishall - News - Eastern Daily Press...
12th Jan 2012, 09:01
Replies: 150
Views: 26,950
Posted By John Blakeley

IFF

DV,

Do you think they would have more success if they looked under "Identification" rather than "Indicator"? Or is this just another "indication" of MOD's poor staff work?

Just a thought.

JB
11th Jan 2012, 10:58
Replies: 121
Views: 79,540
Posted By John Blakeley

PEI 3721 Please see your PMs JB

PEI 3721

Please see your PMs

JB
8th Jan 2012, 18:42
Replies: 619
Views: 87,407
Posted By John Blakeley

US Army Airworthiness Release

Just a reminder that the US Army "Airworthiness Release for MH-47E Production Helicopters" dated 31 October 1995 still required (para 5f) that "a pre-flight inspection to check the DECU connectors...
2nd Jan 2012, 14:50
Replies: 85
Views: 52,861
Posted By John Blakeley

Buccaneer at Paris Air Show

Formertonkaplum,

I cannot now remember what Mk of seat it was in the RAF's Buccaneer, but I was the (very) junior engineering member of the BoI which investigated the loss of 12 Sqn Buccaneer XN...
29th Dec 2011, 19:24
Replies: 150
Views: 26,950
Posted By John Blakeley

JFZ90, Even if you are right about MOD...

JFZ90,

Even if you are right about MOD possibly having a case, and I am certainly not accusing you of being wrong, it is surely a decision for the Information Commissioner to rule on - I am sure...
29th Dec 2011, 17:45
Replies: 150
Views: 26,950
Posted By John Blakeley

Who Gets the Vexatious Vote?

DV

I am surprised that nobody has come back regarding your treatment by MOD under the FoIA – your post 93 refers. I am equally surprised that after so many years of forgetting that the truth...
15th Dec 2011, 09:50
Replies: 479
Views: 69,794
Posted By John Blakeley

Not much of a story really, but an interesting...

Not much of a story really, but an interesting link to lack of Nimrods and Kinloss closure in today's Scotsman:

Russian ships in the Moray Firth ... and not a Nimrod in sight - Politics -...
6th Dec 2011, 09:40
Replies: 42
Views: 7,270
Posted By John Blakeley

Typhoon Support Contracts

Perhaps someone can enlighten me - hasn't MOD paid a great deal of money to the Typhoon airframe and engine manufaturers to "guarantee" certain levels of availability with a series of support...
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