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15th Jan 2021, 15:55
Replies: 181
Views: 26,720
Posted By sarn1e

Your point is well made, though a T5 during a...

Your point is well made, though a T5 during a missile firing is not the best environment (especially in the dark) for an intro pax ride... Even the experienced French exchange officer found it...
14th Jan 2021, 22:31
Replies: 181
Views: 26,720
Posted By sarn1e

OK, here goes...these are the highlights since...

OK, here goes...these are the highlights since there are many transits to and fro to start/end Trials, MPCs and one-off/QRA firings. No pictures, I'm afraid.

Lightning Firings with 5 Sqn:

28...
20th Nov 2020, 20:11
Replies: 48
Views: 14,656
Posted By sarn1e

I was on the F3 OEU at the time and led the...

I was on the F3 OEU at the time and led the tactical trials on AWSMDS. The situation was largely as LOM decribes, but there were additional considerations. As stated, the NO limits meant that the...
28th May 2019, 17:05
Replies: 16
Views: 7,567
Posted By sarn1e

It was 6 June 1990. I was flying next to him on...

It was 6 June 1990. I was flying next to him on the approach having provided the visual inspection (and imparting the good news that the gear hadn't shifted - emergency gear selector connected 180...
6th Jun 2018, 21:07
Replies: 166
Views: 103,357
Posted By sarn1e

@Hawkeye Yes, precisely the same method for...

@Hawkeye

Yes, precisely the same method for tgt height calc (acknowledging beam width error, which also depended upon gain/highlighting technique) plus use of 1-in-60 to calculate lateral...
3rd Oct 2017, 18:05
Replies: 50
Views: 13,925
Posted By sarn1e

I was late enough in the life of the aircraft to...

I was late enough in the life of the aircraft to be "taught" to spin the Lightning. The slow-speed handling check brief went along the lines of: "of course, we're not allowed to spin the ac...
19th Apr 2017, 15:16
Replies: 87
Views: 20,580
Posted By sarn1e

Entirely agree with Fortissimo's "around FJ/ME/RW...

Entirely agree with Fortissimo's "around FJ/ME/RW lines" argument (and the rest of his post), but in my era the system culled the non-FJ-capable guys before AFTS, so many who might have made it never...
18th Apr 2017, 20:43
Replies: 87
Views: 20,580
Posted By sarn1e

Like MSOCS, I'm with gums; however... ...

Like MSOCS, I'm with gums; however...

Although I would be considered to fall into the "natural" category, I really struggled for the first 50 hours because (as I later came to realize) of the...
6th Nov 2015, 10:04
Replies: 26
Views: 6,893
Posted By sarn1e

Ah, I stand corrected, sir. But I do recall...

Ah, I stand corrected, sir.

But I do recall the endless hassle the leccies and armourers had with pack checks on the Lightning and the joys of trying to pass the MMS checks on the Tornado before...
5th Nov 2015, 21:35
Replies: 26
Views: 6,893
Posted By sarn1e

Lucky to have a fair few of the used connectors...

Lucky to have a fair few of the used connectors in a drawer somewhere courtesy of trials firings. Just think how many could have been let loose instead of leaving them to be scrapped after getting...
5th Nov 2015, 13:11
Replies: 26
Views: 6,893
Posted By sarn1e

My guess would be that it's more likely to be a...

My guess would be that it's more likely to be a 1760-type wiring issue for the legacy AIM-7 given that the ADF was a sub-block of the A/B for the Guard. Why bother running it all the way when you...
2nd Nov 2015, 23:38
Replies: 287
Views: 139,575
Posted By sarn1e

Courtney, I entirely agree. I joined (or at...

Courtney, I entirely agree.

I joined (or at least was inspired to join) to fly F4s in the FGR role - specifically, II(AC) Sqn in Germany - which looked to 17-year old me to be the ultimate job....
30th Oct 2015, 19:29
Replies: 287
Views: 139,575
Posted By sarn1e

Oh yes we did... I went from Binbrook to...

Oh yes we did...

I went from Binbrook to Coningsby in November that year - out of one cockpit into the other in just about a month. And, boy, what a disappointment that was!

I don't recall it...
27th Oct 2015, 19:53
Replies: 171
Views: 34,235
Posted By sarn1e

QWI here, so not as directly relevant from an...

QWI here, so not as directly relevant from an instructional point-of-view...

As a student, moving from the JP to the Hawk was a revelation and, like you, I loved the tandem set-up; it set you...
27th Oct 2015, 18:52
Replies: 54
Views: 15,253
Posted By sarn1e

Err, that wouldn't be my experience from my (one...

Err, that wouldn't be my experience from my (one and only) live Southern Q launch. I found it pretty intimidating being 600nm N of Leuchars on my lonesome at 250ft looking (unsuccessfully) for a Bear...
11th Sep 2015, 12:21
Replies: 166
Views: 103,357
Posted By sarn1e

I was too young to fly the earlier marks, but a...

I was too young to fly the earlier marks, but a ventral-less 3 (or 5) was pretty awesome...

Tried to feel sorry for T5 passengers in what was the ultimate fairground ride, but was having too much...
1st Jul 2015, 23:24
Replies: 166
Views: 103,357
Posted By sarn1e

My logbook records that I went out to deliver one...

My logbook records that I went out to deliver one of two fatigue replacements (oh, the happy memories of the no 2.5g PIs trying to get them back on the line) to the two guys on TLP on 17 Apr 86,...
21st May 2015, 19:25
Replies: 166
Views: 103,357
Posted By sarn1e

Quoth the actress to the bishop: "you were doing...

Quoth the actress to the bishop: "you were doing it wrong!" (I'd guess it was at or beyond full downwards scanner elevation extension).

No, operating the throttles wasn't remotely difficult or...
18th Apr 2015, 10:36
Replies: 89
Views: 29,918
Posted By sarn1e

Absolutely. Which is why the Marine Hornets, led...

Absolutely. Which is why the Marine Hornets, led by a very experienced Vietnam Vet, were expressly forbidden from operating (and grounded when caught) at low-level for the opening stages of GW1.
...
17th Apr 2015, 19:55
Replies: 89
Views: 29,918
Posted By sarn1e

Yeah, well. I was still getting bollocked as a...

Yeah, well. I was still getting bollocked as a Sqn Cdr by the display director at the Farnborough Airshow at age 42...helped (or not) by the fact that he was my creamie QFI at Linton many years...
21st Nov 2014, 20:33
Replies: 49
Views: 14,454
Posted By sarn1e

F/A-18A/B/C/D Lot 5 to Lot 14 (1200 hrs over 2.5...

F/A-18A/B/C/D Lot 5 to Lot 14 (1200 hrs over 2.5 years). Failures:

9 radar overheats (same ac 9 times over one weekend), had to recycle it every 15 mins but it worked fine.

1 partial INS...
16th Nov 2014, 14:03
Replies: 40
Views: 13,546
Posted By sarn1e

Quote Sadly, yes...1500 miserable...

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Sadly, yes...1500 miserable hours. Great people and loads of fun times, but like flying the Admiral's Barge.

And the answer to your other question is also: yes, we did it all the...
7th Sep 2014, 14:18
Replies: 287
Views: 139,575
Posted By sarn1e

BEagle's story predates mine somewhat, but, from...

BEagle's story predates mine somewhat, but, from his Woodvale timing, I sense that Phil9560 is talking about a different incident...

September 1987, the last Lightning MPC (Firestreak). Valley Stn...
9th Jun 2014, 21:34
Replies: 43
Views: 11,084
Posted By sarn1e

Ali, old mate, many happy years of retirement to...

Ali, old mate, many happy years of retirement to you and the missus. Binbrook seems more than a lifetime ago.

And the memory of escorting you into Coningsby with no wheels (on purpose) still makes...
15th Aug 2013, 21:27
Replies: 6
Views: 2,909
Posted By sarn1e

In my (not at all recent) experience - flying...

In my (not at all recent) experience - flying against/with Top Gun and against/with USAF FWS (F-15C course) as instructor, adversary (with 422nd) and friendly forces as well as numerous Flags on Blue...
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