Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RAF

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  1. If a 13 year old would-be pilot were to ask "what are the benefits of joining the FAA as a pilot, rather than the RAF?", what would you say?
     
  2. Make him watch Topgun on DVD, then make him watch some mothers do 'ave em.
     
  3. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    Because everyone should have ambition.
     
  4. Re: Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RA

    Easy hes 13 and there wont be an RAF by the time he is 16. lol
     
  5. You need to have your brains removed to join the RAF?
     
  6. haha....quality piece of advice
     
  7. The guy speaks sense as does Danny!
     
  8. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    FAA? RAF? Same thing, innit..? :? :wink:
     
  9. It will be after the SDR and they become FAF
     
  10. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Aaaah... hence the verb, "to faff"? :lol:
     
  11. Very much to :lol:
     
  12. Re: Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RA

    Just say that the girls so much prefer the look of gold on dark blue. Also, wings over breast pockets are so ordinary.
     
  13. Re: Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RA

    Not always matey.
    [​IMG]
    :wink: :D
     
  14. Re: Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RA

    That's 'Mike' Sadler of the LRDG/SAS isn't it, JJ?
     
  15. Re: Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RA

    Yes Ma'am. Rhodesia - LRDG then SAS.

    I think they were known to wear their wings upside down if their first jump was during an operation. Particularly nails back then (and all done with a rifle, a tub of hair lacquer and a healthy dose of VD) :D
     
  16. Ask his mum if she wants grand-children? then join the RN. If she want "Dale Winton" bringing his dirty washing home at weekends, join the dark side!!!
     
  17. Re: Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RA

    That's a good one, JFH!

    I am inclined to suggest to him that scope for travelling the world is greater, as, in a sense, the RN can create an airbase wherever it chooses to by sending a ship in that direction. That flexibility isn't available to crabs.
     
  18. Not many RAF pilots (none, actually!) have the opportunity or acquire the necessary skill set to command warships.
     
  19. Re: Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RA

    Brilliant, NG, brilliant.

    That's going to be an irresistible idea to a 13 year old lad.
     
  20. Re: Advice To A 13 Yr Old On Why He Should Go FAA And Not RA

    Okay, but when a succession of FAA officers was appointed to command MCM squadrons, some MCD officers did ask whether they could command naval air squadrons just to even things up a bit. :)

    Here are some examples of FAA pilots and observers who have done rather well in living memory:

    Vice Admiral Sir Adrian James Johns KCB, CBE, ADC (Former 2SL and current Governor of Gibraltar.)
    Rear Admiral Iain Henderson CB CBE (Captain of HMS London during the first Gulf War, first Air Officer Commanding 3 Group and Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod between 2002 and 2006.)
    Rear Admiral Christopher J. Parry CBE
    Admiral of the Fleet Sir David Benjamin Bathurst GCB, ADC, DL (Former 1SL and the last RN officer to be promoted to five-star rank.)
    Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Woodard KCVO (Last Flag Officer Royal Yachts and later equerry to the Queen.)
    Admiral Sir Raymond (Derek) Lygo KCB
    Admiral Sir (Arthur) Desmond Cassidi GCB
    Rear-Admiral Richard Bell-Davies VC, CB, DSO, AFC
     

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