Aircrewman travel

Waspie

War Hero
Haha:D. According to a warfare spec that my dad knows, I won't be doing much work at all. "Trolly dollies" is what he called aircrewman! I know this is just a joke though...Or just plain jealousy ;)haha.
Get used to it!!!! Had many a verbal fish-head on the end of the winch wire or just sat in the door on a 'jolly' refusing to ever get in a helicopter again.
Mind you!! I vowed I would never go below 2 deck - the realm of the clankies!! Dark and noisy places they exist in.
Loved service banter!!!
Think of the money, flying pay not to be scoffed at!!!!
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Get used to it!!!! Had many a verbal fish-head on the end of the winch wire or just sat in the door on a 'jolly' refusing to ever get in a helicopter again.
Mind you!! I vowed I would never go below 2 deck - the realm of the clankies!! Dark and noisy places they exist in.
Loved service banter!!!
Think of the money, flying pay not to be scoffed at!!!!
Oi, kept you WAFU gits in watar and elecktrickery, sometimes at the same time :oops:o_O

Did do a winchex once (I had a go, it was ace) and when the killick crewie got winched down to the boat to give us a brief, he promptly threw up over the nav table as soon as he got in to the control room.

The Navvy wasn't best impressed :)
 

Taztiff

War Hero
Oi, kept you WAFU gits in watar and elecktrickery, sometimes at the same time :oops:o_O

Did do a winchex once (I had a go, it was ace) and when the killick crewie got winched down to the boat to give us a brief, he promptly threw up over the nav table as soon as he got in to the control room.

The Navvy wasn't best impressed :)
I went up in our paraffin pigeon once - pilot was one of the 2 in the Sea King that got lost during the South Atlantic Conflict (worded to keep Norman happy) and ended up in Chile - allegedly.
When I got in the back, the crewie passed me a sick bag. 'Don't need that says I', 'I do' say he!! And he did!!
Mind you, first time I'd looked directly down the funnels of a 21 through the front window of a Lynx whilst sat between the pilot and obs.
(The flight had taped 'Not cleared for acrobatics' on every surface to try and stop the pilot from 'playing' too much! Didn't work.)
 

Waspie

War Hero
Oi, kept you WAFU gits in watar and elecktrickery, sometimes at the same time :oops:o_O

Did do a winchex once (I had a go, it was ace) and when the killick crewie got winched down to the boat to give us a brief, he promptly threw up over the nav table as soon as he got in to the control room.

The Navvy wasn't best impressed :)
Well that's a first for me!! Never heard of a Crewie being sick on a boat, in the air - yup. Some of them drivers certainly knew how to throw one of those vibrating rivet carrying heliocoptery things about.

Had a pilot, sorry, I keep having to correct myself!!! PO Stoker, used to keep telling the ladies he was the ships pilot. When escorting the charming damsels on board he would poke his head in the hanger and ask us 'chaps' how the maintenance was going!!! Oh how he impressed the fair maidens.

Then I challenged him one day. Look says I, it's a good game but don't you think for sake of keeping up appearances you should actually come for a flight with us. Damn fine idea he agrees.

On the day, he's kitted out, briefed by my good self. A short Wazz around the mighty Tartar followed by a few fly by's then winch him back down to the ship. Wizzard prang and all that crab shite!!

Everything goes well until getting him sat in the open doorway ready to be winched out. As usual, the person being winched holds onto the winch handle next to the operating switch. Thumbs up to tell him out he goes. I raise the winch then start lowering to find him below the Wasp but still holding onto the winch handle with his right hand!!! A great bite of winch wire dangling below him!!! I look at him and he's white as a sheet and shaking his head violently. I winch him back into the cab. Secure him into his seat harness and we land back on board.

Never - ever did he play pilots again.

Lifted off the deck once and had to land immediately, one of our Pax was screaming in absolute fear!! Loads of dits, never run out of em!!!!

At one point we must have had in excess of 30 odd pilots on board for our little Wasp. I have never had so many bosses!!!

All part of the game.
 

Jack_sparrow

Midshipman
Get used to it!!!! Had many a verbal fish-head on the end of the winch wire or just sat in the door on a 'jolly' refusing to ever get in a helicopter again.
Mind you!! I vowed I would never go below 2 deck - the realm of the clankies!! Dark and noisy places they exist in.
Loved service banter!!!
Think of the money, flying pay not to be scoffed at!!!!
Very true about flying pay. It all mounts up. Ive heard submarine pay is also very admirable, however I can imagine being in a submarine isn't!
 

Waspie

War Hero
Very true about flying pay. It all mounts up. Ive heard submarine pay is also very admirable, however I can imagine being in a submarine isn't!
Life is what you make it. Have a few mates who changed from Wafu to S/M's. Loved it, best decision they made talking to them. I reckon what I did was pretty ok too!!! So - you takes your chances whatever is thrown at you!!
TBH, I would have been an aircrewman without flying pay - however!!! Todays crewman is a different animal. Merlin is way more technical and the systems much more elaborate than in my day. Life was simple with only an on - off switch!!!! lol

Must add. (Edited Bit)
On off switch not with standing. ~Todays crewman doesn't have to do DR Navigation!! Now that was something. No computers, just a Dalton whizz wheel to do your sums for you!!!
Me in the office doing a bit of navigational magic!!!Untitled51.jpg
 
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Dusty70

War Hero
Life is what you make it. Have a few mates who changed from Wafu to S/M's. Loved it, best decision they made talking to them. I reckon what I did was pretty ok too!!! So - you takes your chances whatever is thrown at you!!
TBH, I would have been an aircrewman without flying pay - however!!! Todays crewman is a different animal. Merlin is way more technical and the systems much more elaborate than in my day. Life was simple with only an on - off switch!!!! lol
Absolutely ....Old WAFUs = failed PTIs and NPs ;)
 
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