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Forum: Jet Blast
11th Apr 2021, 15:55
Replies: 145
Views: 10,626
Posted By racingrigger

Maybe the BAe146?

Maybe the BAe146?
Forum: Jet Blast
10th Mar 2021, 16:25
Replies: 347
Views: 22,361
Posted By racingrigger

Seems to me that speculating about a baby's...

Seems to me that speculating about a baby's colour is no different to speculating whether or not he will have ginger hair. Or is that racist as well?
Forum: Jet Blast
12th Dec 2020, 15:59
Replies: 10,551
Views: 1,296,248
Posted By racingrigger

For KelvinD. I bet you voted remain - you have a...

For KelvinD. I bet you voted remain - you have a very jaundiced view.
14th Oct 2020, 16:39
Replies: 843
Views: 261,279
Posted By racingrigger

When a unit closed ( happened frequently in the...

When a unit closed ( happened frequently in the 60/70s) and key orderlies locked their section returning the keys to the guardroom, what happened to the guardroom key once all section keys were in. ...
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Oct 2020, 16:20
Replies: 86
Views: 13,964
Posted By racingrigger

The sling" shown in the photo is not strictly a...

The sling" shown in the photo is not strictly a head sling but a sling capable of lifting the head and gearbox as a complete unit. It is of all metal construction (probably mild steel) and can be...
18th Jun 2020, 11:07
Replies: 466
Views: 195,095
Posted By racingrigger

Get a life you lot! What leader arrives in a...

Get a life you lot! What leader arrives in a matt grey aircraft on international visits. We have looked like the poor relation too long and the cost is peanuts in the grand scheme of things. Have...
Forum: Tech Log
27th Oct 2019, 17:15
Replies: 73
Views: 15,090
Posted By racingrigger

All good stuff about drag etc but one of the main...

All good stuff about drag etc but one of the main reasons to stop an engine windmilling is, as already said, to stop further damage. Another consideration is that if the HP fuel cock is closed as...
15th Sep 2019, 08:57
Replies: 14
Views: 4,189
Posted By racingrigger

Having spent more than 35 years in the RAF (some...

Having spent more than 35 years in the RAF (some of those years on stations where various activities were contracted out) and a further 8 working for contractors, I do have some understanding of the...
7th Sep 2019, 16:51
Replies: 114
Views: 59,436
Posted By racingrigger

When the 8 Valiants were modified in readiness...

When the 8 Valiants were modified in readiness for Op Grapple the outer wings were strengthened by double skinning (hence the multiple rows of rivets securing the extra skin). At the time it was...
3rd Sep 2019, 20:13
Replies: 114
Views: 59,436
Posted By racingrigger

For HEROD _ I thought memory was playing tricks...

For HEROD _ I thought memory was playing tricks but having just been to Cosford and had a look at XD 818 the multiple rows of rivets securing the reinforcing skins for Op Grapple are indeed present. ...
15th Mar 2019, 10:01
Replies: 148
Views: 126,454
Posted By racingrigger

Before the advent of Chief Technicians in the...

Before the advent of Chief Technicians in the RAF, Flight Sergeants were often known and addressed as "Chief" or "Chieffy"
24th Jan 2019, 15:16
Replies: 40
Views: 14,045
Posted By racingrigger

You may be right that the vast majority seek...

You may be right that the vast majority seek asylum elsewhere, but according to my paper there are approx another 3,000 asylum seekers scattered around northern France waiting to try their luck.
24th Jan 2019, 09:45
Replies: 40
Views: 14,045
Posted By racingrigger

If the so called refugees are in such dire...

If the so called refugees are in such dire straits as you imply, why did they not seek asylum in the first safe country iaw the Dublin Accord?
3rd Jan 2019, 09:53
Replies: 18
Views: 2,580
Posted By racingrigger

During my days as a "Phantom Fitter" we used to...

During my days as a "Phantom Fitter" we used to position Phantoms up a ramp to prevent the jet efflux unrolling the tarmac/concrete during max power runs. Chocks would be positioned, brakes on,...
10th Dec 2018, 16:11
Replies: 113
Views: 38,390
Posted By racingrigger

Seem to recall that a "Romac(?) FGS 50 key was a...

Seem to recall that a "Romac(?) FGS 50 key was a like a master key and fitted most of the older British aircraft (to my own knowledge it more often than not worked on Valiants, Domminies, Canberras...
Forum: Rotorheads
5th Mar 2018, 08:15
Replies: 186
Views: 49,108
Posted By racingrigger

Corrosion was always a problem, particularly in...

Corrosion was always a problem, particularly in the early days when nearly all the skinning was of magnesium alloy. This made the helicopter that bit lighter, but was a Westland con in that the...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Mar 2018, 15:56
Replies: 186
Views: 49,108
Posted By racingrigger

Nearly right - it's basically a Mk 5 eg bigger...

Nearly right - it's basically a Mk 5 eg bigger windows etc
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Mar 2018, 10:38
Replies: 186
Views: 49,108
Posted By racingrigger

The best Wessex?

All the talk seems to be about Mk 1,2,3 & 5s. How about the HCC 4!!!
28th Feb 2018, 09:17
Replies: 114
Views: 59,436
Posted By racingrigger

I stand corrected, thanks Pontifex, it was...

I stand corrected, thanks Pontifex, it was obviously 8 Valiants modified for Grapple not the 4 I stated. An interesting aside; during the scrapping process and coincident to the craze at the time...
26th Feb 2018, 14:40
Replies: 114
Views: 59,436
Posted By racingrigger

Going back to the demise of the Valiant, I recall...

Going back to the demise of the Valiant, I recall being involved in the scrappage programme at Marham in early to mid 1965. Once the decision was made most of the ground crew (of which I was one)...
16th Feb 2018, 08:23
Replies: 843
Views: 261,279
Posted By racingrigger

Whirlwind Replacement

Your right Tankertrashnav. The Whirlwinds (reduced from 5 to 3) remained operational on SAR/IS duties long after the Wessex arrived, in fact if memory is correct the Whirlwinds remained in theatre...
15th Feb 2018, 09:02
Replies: 843
Views: 261,279
Posted By racingrigger

Khormaksar Helicopters

A bit late again but for those interested, I served at Khormaksar from May 65 until May 67 (although I was detached from my UK base for a few weeks to Aden in late 64 early 65 during the Radfan...
9th Oct 2017, 11:16
Replies: 95
Views: 23,966
Posted By racingrigger

Whether you know it as a field service cap or...

Whether you know it as a field service cap or forage cap, I believe the correct and original (pre WWII) name was a Glengarry adopted from the hat worn by Scottish regiments
12th Sep 2017, 09:26
Replies: 843
Views: 261,279
Posted By racingrigger

Further to my previous post it may be of interest...

Further to my previous post it may be of interest to note that the 4 yellow Wessex XT 601 to 4 were the first RAF versions with a folding tail. All previous RAF Wessex were delivered with...
8th Sep 2017, 16:48
Replies: 843
Views: 261,279
Posted By racingrigger

SAR at Khormaksar

I'm a bit late in adding to this thread but for what it is worth, I was a "rigger" at Khormaksar from May 65 until May 67 involved with SAR Flight initially on five Whirlwinds (can only remember XL...
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