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Aircraft types worked on

Yes box of trix is going to Bardufoss along with 845 and 847, more and more Crab and Pongo aircraft using the place. Must have been there when kinky_pillik was rebuilding VS after the CO bent it, was in the same tent as the Pat Garret the Arctic Barker, helped steal the replacement tail from the downed pinglie :)
Remember Tretten well, also Hauerseter when we kept the cabs at Gardermoen. 3VO = 1BC
 
Hello. Newby greybeard here....


In order:

Vampire
Venom
Sea Hawk
Sea Vixen
Wessex
Buccaneer
Wasp

Avoided Whirlwinds, Gannets, Scimitars, and just missed Harriers.

1962-9

Yeovilton
Victorious
Lossiemouth
Portland/Ashanti (never made it to sea)

Spent most of my life since then trucking.... which was much more fun until about ten years ago when tracking trucking came in.
 
Aircraft Types: Westland Wyvern, Sea Hawk, Firefly, Vampire, Anson, Dragonfly, Wasp, Wessex Has 1 and HU5.as a ivlian Seaking, Gnat, Mig 21
 
Here's mine, just like penis siz; longer than some shorter than others ;)

Not counting Deadalus/Sultan
Mk2 SK 849'A'
Mk5 SK 771
Mk6 SK 810
All at Culdrose
FA2/T8 899
Yeovilton
GR7/9/10 1(F), 800/801
Cottesmore
Does pushing 1(F)'s Spitfire around the hanger count? :)
 
as a chockhead does moving
Wasp
Wessex
seaking asw/junglie
lynx
SHar
Devon
Heron
Phantom
Tornado
Jet Provost
T-33
Puma
Jaguar
Lightening
did these jobs cab wipes,corrosion work & comp washes on seakings at prestwick,spreading rotors on Lynx & filling shar with demin count as well?
 
flippin heck cockhead 819 good for you, you cannot even get a wedge tech to move cabs now without moaning let alone help with corr ops and cap wipes (not all but a lot moan)
 
Its one of the reasons I had a fallout with fido on invincible. I joined 819 squadron & became part of that unit, My first job was on the corrosion team, i had to do the non skid on the sponsons & ebds with a killick greenie, I then went on the line were i learned brakes, how to refuel, when putting them to bed we did a comp wash & px24 wipe & because Prestwick was Major Diversion airfield we got lots of RAF/USAF/USN aircraft in for we had to learn how to refuel the planes because the line crew usually consisted of me(td) line po & 700 l/h.

I then joined 702/815 & again learned what switches I need for locks, as line crew you learned the folding/refuelling etc. This was usefull in the falklands as we got sheffields lynx, I was the only one who knew how to move & refuel the thing that included the grubers etc from AED.
If you look at my website you'll see i broke a lynx twice with the same bloke, the first occasion was because he assumed I had done my normal fitting the towing arm & fitting the nose wheel castor pin, he didnt check properly & said its got no flag on, f**k me those nose wheels dont half bang when they get ripped out!!

Then again on 801 it saved time on the line by jumping on the wing & filling demin & the quicker you got the cabs to bed the quicker you secured!
I think because I learned how a squadron operated first rather than be straight onto the flight deck I did more things that i in theory shouldn't have done but you got the idea of priorities ie the whole point of having a carrier is to operate aircraft if the aircraft are down they need to be fixed asap.

As i said I had a fallout with fido because i had took the lift down on invincible to get a harrier engine moved from AED to the SHAR, fido kept telling me to bring the lift up but i refused until the engine had been moved over, We exchanged a few words over it.

I could never understand the attitude of senior rate AHs especially when on more than one occasion I had to do brakes on Hermes because the squadron hadn't turned to, Why did no one learn the basics like brakes?

In my 10 years i did 4 years on 819, 2 years on 702/815/VL NASU, 1 YEAR ON 801/Invincible & 1 year on Portland tractors & 1 year on Hermes.
 
chockhead819 said:
Its one of the reasons I had a fallout with fido on invincible. I joined 819 squadron & became part of that unit, My first job was on the corrosion team, i had to do the non skid on the sponsons & ebds with a killick greenie, I then went on the line were i learned brakes, how to refuel, when putting them to bed we did a comp wash & px24 wipe & because Prestwick was Major Diversion airfield we got lots of RAF/USAF/USN aircraft in for we had to learn how to refuel the planes because the line crew usually consisted of me(td) line po & 700 l/h.

I then joined 702/815 & again learned what switches I need for locks, as line crew you learned the folding/refuelling etc. This was usefull in the falklands as we got sheffields lynx, I was the only one who knew how to move & refuel the thing that included the grubers etc from AED

Then again on 801 it saved time by jumping on the wing & filling demin.
I think because I learned how a squadron operated first rather than be straight onto the flight deck I did more things that i in theory shouldn't have done but you got the idea of priorities ie the whole point of having a carrier is to operate aircraft if the aircraft are down they need to be fixed asap.

As i said I had a fallout with fido because i had took the lift down on invincible to get a harrier engine moved from AED to the SHAR, fido kept telling me to bring the lift up but i refused until the engine had been moved over, We exchanged a few words but didnt fall out over it.

I could never understand the attitude of senior rate AHs especially when on more than one occasion I had to do brakes on Hermes because the squadron hadn't turned to, Why did no one learn the basics like brakes?

In my 10 years i did 4 years on 819, 2 years on 702/815/VL NASU, 1 YEAR ON 801/Invincible & 1 year on Portland tractors & 1 year on Hermes.

It's a pity many others don't think like you mate, a lot of people around nowadays who are "just doing my job" they all seem to forget the aim of that job. Sorry to say chockheads are by far the worst, occasionally a decent one comes along and gets slagged of by his fello chock suedes. Most are of the opinion "can't touch that dirty chain lashing, I'd rather stand here and be obstructive" Things have changed a lot in my 24 years and that's good, when the change is for the bad and driven by Senior Rates well that's just poor! (I shall stand by for flack but to be honest I couldn't give a sh*t, it's the truth)
 
mind you that was in the good old days of the 80s, I only went outside because drafty pissed me off by sending me to portland after cancelling a draft to Prestwick again!
 
"Had a line PO Joe Thompson who was a PO (O) IN THE 80s." He must have been one of the very last of that breed

A CPOAEM(O) called Swampy Marsh was still at Yeovilton in the Mid '90's. I beleive he was the very last when he retired.
 
Swamps is still working at VL in the H&S Department.

But I have the dubious pleasure of still working on armament, thirty five years after I started as an AO and I believe Mel Brain was still working on armament when he retired from the MoD aged 60*.


*I have less than five years before my sell-by.
 
off_les_aura said:
"Had a line PO Joe Thompson who was a PO (O) IN THE 80s." He must have been one of the very last of that breed

Joe was a CPO by 1981. Then he was Hermes' Chief Bombhead - Dit on. Mid 81 we were out stateside and one fine day Joe and I were sitting in the After CPO's Mess when suddenly the Alarm went off and the voice over the tannoy stated Fire, Fire Fire. Fire in compartment 4??C (or whatever). Joe suddenly jumped up shout S--t thats above the ********* Magazine (Sh Sh you know what) and off he went like a wild thing. Well he had to run the length of the mess and good old Joe had been dieting and had had some success. Well he just about reached the mess door when his now oversized waisted trousers disappeared around his ankles and tripped him A**e over T**s, or is it base over apex?, much to the hilarity of those in the mess at the time. Great days and a good oppo to work with. Where are you now Joe?

P2
 
Well for a/c types I won't count them at Daedalus, so its only been Sea Harrier, (FRS1 and FA2), and Lynx for me. Oh and I remember lots of the old bombadiers from the early eighties. Couldn't move in 899's crewroom without tripping over them, thats where I learnt to play euchre,(badly). Although as a young pinky tiff I spent most of the time making them tea, (happy days).
 
Not doing too bad with the limited number of types still in service, but for me:

Sea harrier FA2
Merlin
Lynx 3/8

+ Moving Chinooks, Pumas, SK4s/6s, Wasps,Wessexs,Lynx 7s whilst on MASU. (For the record, MASU Transport=Dream Draft. Would Recommend to Anyone eligable.)
 

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