royal navy aircraft handler ?

scouse

War Hero
not a bad article by a young thruster ??? but im a tad concerned, he is talking about theory and not practice, and fantasy.... QUOTE ...You will be a specialist at aircraft moves at sea .....REPLY how???? and ,where will he get his hands on experience from ???

QUOTE...When the QE class carriers are being sailed around the world in the near future you will be working on the deck with all types of aircraft, ours and foreign...... REPLY carriers with an air group went out with the ARK as well as a Far East commission...ps QE Class read just one , the other is being mothballed.
 
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ianandnadine

Lantern Swinger
This is the sort of answer i was looking for, just wanted to know what it is really like.. rather than different peoples opinions :), the firefighting part interests me too.. i understand that the military isnt going to be glamourous and every job in the world has its advantages and disadvantages, what will the aircraft handlers generally do at the fire station when not called out/ needed ?.. i think it would also be interesting to work with different types of aircraft.. im quite far into the application process, just need to do my PJFT and interview although the waiting list is a long wait i believe.. thanks for the help :)
A duty week at one of the Fire Stations will generally consist of 24 hour watches providing fire and rescue cover to the entire Air Station, so when a soggy old Chief burns the accommodation block down, some pissed up matelote wraps his car around a tree or one of the few aircraft we have left falls from the sky you will deal with it. Obviously these events aren’t an everyday occurrence so in between your time is taken up conducting training or vehicle and equipment testing and maintanence.The long waiting list is synonymous with the AH branch due to it being a) very attractive to a young lad who is looking for adventure and excitement b) Has the lowest RT score required for entry in.
 
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Handler

War Hero
I wonder if you have had any contact with previous handlers , or gleaned info about the branch from others. Up to a few years ago the handling branch was a very exciting and popular one, due to the glamour it attracted, the flight deck and all its dangers and adrenaline rushes, being so close to the actual action of a carrier, I can assure you it was a dangerous job but a very fulfilling one. Times , however have changed and all that 'roughy toughy' stuff is no longer there. Also carriers often had a very good selection of very desired foreign visits, due to the fact that they often had the job of taking flag officers to attend certain civic ceremonies.
As the carriers passed, so did the air stations, so naturally less and less firestations to man, all in all a shadow of what the branch once was. Personally I was glad that my time in the mob was with a bunch of the best and always proud of being a Handler.
 

WHE113

Newbie
Haven't spoke to anyone yet that has currently/ been in that branch.. It does sound good.. When you say that the times have changed, do you mean that its less exciting ?. I just wanted to know what it's like as I wanted to be part of a branch that would offer adventure and excitement.. Not sure the result of my rt test just got told I could go in that branch if I wanted as I was already interested. Any more information would be appreciated :) thanks
 

ianandnadine

Lantern Swinger
With the decline of aircraft carriers and fixed wing capability it is inevitable that the job would become a little more mundane in the present form. However, I believe that you are joining at a great time to be an AH. There are plans in place now to send groups of junior AH (NA,LA and PO)members to the states to conduct training; names of the first batch are already picked, 3 months ground training then 6 months on board an operational American carrier all geared around the introduction of QE. Carriers aren’t the only vessel you will find an AH, currently there are 30+ having a right old jaunt around America and the Caribbean on board RFA Argus. The new T45 destroyers are soon to be complimented by AH. They are out in Afghanistan supporting operations and still operate on the Illustrious with visiting fixed wing.If I had my time again it would still be the only branch for me. My RT score wouldn’t allow for anything else.
 

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