Fleet Air Arm pilot in exchange with RAF Typhoon Squadron

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  1. Power to his elbow, have known quite a few exchange pilots, most flamboyant was a Lieutenant Don Hanna of the USMC who was a pilot on 892 squad. He would stand on the roundown firing his sidearm at the splash target. Also used to give us film shows in the briefing room of the combat footage he had from the US Navy pacific archives.
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  2. A wise move on his part, best not to place all your eggs in the F35B basket.
  3. You reckon he made conscious decision to fly Typhoons?

    Surely it was more of a case of "right shippers, you're going to be crab for the next 3 years, no use complaining, someone has to take the hit for the team. Remember to take some pound coins for the fruit machines in the mess."
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  4. I bet every typhoon QFI was praying for him to f*ck up during training.

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  5. Subsunk

    Subsunk Badgeman Book Reviewer

    Good drills that man, although he does look about 12.
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  6. He's flying a 21 st Century fast jet. Unmesuarable value in a Service with no FJ capability. It's not new: some fighter aces in the Battle of Britain were from the FAA.

    The FAA needs every oportunity to keep fast jet skills alive. Support it!
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  7. Shuts the "Save the Royal Navy" crap about having no joint exchange
  8. It's been going on for years (aircrew wise), only more recently for the workers!

    We had many crab pilots on 899/801/800 (spit) and the large majority of them transferred to dark blue during their time in wonderland! :)

    I just hope he loses the crab ways before he returns to the fold!

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  9. depends which way he'll go when the F-35s arrive: 617 RAF? or 809 NAS?
  10. Aircrew are whores and will go with anyone who gives them a ride! How many times have you seen a grow bag turn up you've never eyeballed before? :)

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  11. Jesus, you won't let this rest will you? Just to keep you in the loop. A shitload more people just got assignment orders for the USA* and billets and compliments have been drawn up at Marham.

    Edited to add: *Including some members of this forum.
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  12. My mates been out there for about 4-5 years now. Draft dodging b*stard!! :)

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  13. I'm just glad my assignment order wasn't for the US. Weekenders would have been even more of a nightmare than Cornhole.
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  14. Quicker to get a flight to the Uk than the A30 to Exeter (AKA the start of normality)

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  15. You're probably right. 6hrs 30 flight time vs 7 hours driving time. It is actually quicker!
  16. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Working with Tinheads or Rednecks, I can see how, as a Cumbrian, you can blend in with the locals so well... :twisted:
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  17. Some of my best nights out were in Carlisle. Cats whispers night club! :)

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  18. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    And you made it out alive? You lucky, lucky man... :shock:
  19. As rough as pussers deck tread but fun :)

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