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Mar 23, 2016 21:42 |  #691

Desertraptor wrote in post #17946401 (external link)
If the UK military are recruiting people who can't read tail numbers what hope have they?


They put large numbers on so short sighted spotters can make them out :lol:

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Mar 24, 2016 04:42 |  #692

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I'm ex Aaavn (Australian army Aviation) We don't number ours. I guess we smarter :)


Desertraptor wrote in post #17946401 (external link)
If the UK military are recruiting people who can't read tail numbers what hope have they?

I'm sorry I thought a little my comment would have been seen for what it was, a little inter-services humor. I even referred to myself using one of the less potentially offensive (to civilian types) nicknames used for members of the RAF. I thought I used a smiley to indicate humor too. I have a lot of friends who have served in the Army, especially at the Norfolk Veterans Breakfast Club (The Veterans Breakfast Club movement is really taking off over here in the UK, and internationally too now) among whom failing to take the opportunity for a good natured dig would be frowned upon.

The reason the aircraft have the Gunship 1 and Gunship 2 designations on them is I think simple, the display that they do is a demonstration of the tactics that they would use when operating a pair of Apaches in support of anti insurgent ground operations in Afghanistan. The commentator identifies each helicopter using those identifications during the display. As they use the same two airframes for displays throughout the season I guess they thought it would be helpful to the MoP's (Member of Public) to actually identify the aircraft.

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Mar 24, 2016 20:38 as a reply to  @ BigAl007's post |  #693

You missed my inter country inter service banter :)
You call RAF Penguins? We call them Crabs (always side step questions)
I served both Army Aviation and RAAF.
I should have seen the naming as an Airshow display thing. My bad. All good?


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Mar 25, 2016 03:04 |  #694

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You missed my inter country inter service banter :)
You call RAF Penguins? We call them Crabs (always side step questions)
I served both Army Aviation and RAAF.
I should have seen the naming as an Airshow display thing. My bad. All good?

All's really good, I saw the humor in your first post, but missed it in the second. And yes RAF also Crabs, in the Britsh forces we have a variety of different nicknames, not just for the different services, but also for different trades. Electronics guys would be known as Fairies. I was JAFAD, Just Another ******* AD, although the official name was L Tech Air Defence where L was used instead of E for Electronics. On a UK Air Defence ground radar unit there used to be a lot of JAFADs.

You used to fly Herks if I remember correctly? I had a friend who flew those as well as Wessex and Puma's for the RAF and also did a tour with RNZAF flying UH1's. In my 9 years I got to spend 3 mins in a Puma, being flown from RAF Coltishall to RAF Neatishead when it got snowed in. I had done a 90 min sortie in the same A/C as an ATC cadet.

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Mar 25, 2016 05:55 as a reply to  @ BigAl007's post |  #695

I was never aircrew. Probably Phil (cupra) your thinking of. I trained as instrument fitter then trades joined. All elect became avtechs and cross trained to Inst/elect/radar. Spent my time on P3s
My army career I was just a groundie. Got to do a lot of flying there and quiet a bit of stick time. That was great. Often think of my Army days as my favorite part of my time.


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Mar 25, 2016 09:16 |  #696

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I was never aircrew. Probably Phil (cupra) your thinking of. I trained as instrument fitter then trades joined. All elect became avtechs and cross trained to Inst/elect/radar. Spent my time on P3s
My army career I was just a groundie. Got to do a lot of flying there and quiet a bit of stick time. That was great. Often think of my Army days as my favorite part of my time.

Yes it looks like I was confusing you with Phil, you do both post quite a bit of RAAF and other aviation stuff on Transportation. So in RAF parlance you would have definitely been a Fairy during your RAAF days, as the name came originally from the air electronics rather than ground electronics trades in the RAF.

One of my best friends from my ATC days went in the RAF as an AEOp and served for over twenty years on the Nimrod fleet as a "wet" (sonar operator). He got his Sgt's tapes up about 6 months after leaving basic training, having completed the ground part of his flying training course. He left the RAF after around thirty years service and was still a Sgt! He took me on a trip on a Nimrod when I visited him at RAF Kinloss just after my oldest son was born. The worst 8 hrs of my life I have never been airsick before (apart from being a bit queasy in a Puma) or since.

Anyway since this is supposed to be a picture posting thread how about another one. Former Queen's Flight Wessex HCC4 VIP Transport, now in the RAF Museum Hendon. Plus a bonus helicopter that I don't know the identity of in the background.

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Mar 25, 2016 14:10 |  #697

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Yes it looks like I was confusing you with Phil, you do both post quite a bit of RAAF and other aviation stuff on Transportation. So in RAF parlance you would have definitely been a Fairy during your RAAF days, as the name came originally from the air electronics rather than ground electronics trades in the RAF.

One of my best friends from my ATC days went in the RAF as an AEOp and served for over twenty years on the Nimrod fleet as a "wet" (sonar operator). He got his Sgt's tapes up about 6 months after leaving basic training, having completed the ground part of his flying training course. He left the RAF after around thirty years service and was still a Sgt! He took me on a trip on a Nimrod when I visited him at RAF Kinloss just after my oldest son was born. The worst 8 hrs of my life I have never been airsick before (apart from being a bit queasy in a Puma) or since.

Anyway since this is supposed to be a picture posting thread how about another one. Former Queen's Flight Wessex HCC4 VIP Transport, now in the RAF Museum Hendon. Plus a bonus helicopter that I don't know the identity of in the background.

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Mar 27, 2016 22:32 |  #698

BigAl007 wrote in post #17948026 (external link)
Yes it looks like I was confusing you with Phil, you do both post quite a bit of RAAF and other aviation stuff on Transportation. So in RAF parlance you would have definitely been a Fairy during your RAAF days, as the name came originally from the air electronics rather than ground electronics trades in the RAF.

One of my best friends from my ATC days went in the RAF as an AEOp and served for over twenty years on the Nimrod fleet as a "wet" (sonar operator). He got his Sgt's tapes up about 6 months after leaving basic training, having completed the ground part of his flying training course. He left the RAF after around thirty years service and was still a Sgt! He took me on a trip on a Nimrod when I visited him at RAF Kinloss just after my oldest son was born. The worst 8 hrs of my life I have never been airsick before (apart from being a bit queasy in a Puma) or since.

Anyway since this is supposed to be a picture posting thread how about another one. Former Queen's Flight Wessex HCC4 VIP Transport, now in the RAF Museum Hendon. Plus a bonus helicopter that I don't know the identity of in the background.

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Apr 09, 2016 22:40 |  #700

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May 13, 2016 08:47 |  #701

Yesterday marked the end of 9 Regiment Army Air Corps and 669 squadron after 25 years at Dishforth

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May 19, 2016 01:12 |  #702

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May 19, 2016 08:30 |  #703

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