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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: August 28, 2010, 12:44:57 AM »
As it happens you are all right about 558's paint.

While on 27 Sqn 558 had a gloss paint job.  Light Sea Grey and some shade of Green (Brunswick I think) upper surface and Light aircraft grey lower surface.  All the other Vulcan's were going over to the overall matt Dark Sea Grey/ Green wrap around scheme as they came through the major program.

The boss of the VDF decided that he liked the wrap around paint scheme but not the dark colours so in effect he created his own paint scheme!  What it is to have your own train set. ;)

Former Ground Crew / Re: Ground crew storybook
« on: August 28, 2010, 12:26:54 AM »
Quote from: "MikeC"
Would it be an idea to have a sign up at the various Vulcan stands at shows, with something along the lines of "were you a Ground Crew member during the Vulcan's service life?  If so we want to hear from you" etc written on it?  It's amazing the number of people who turn up and say they were involved with Vulcan's at some stage or at least know someone who was (unless they're just making it all up to impress!).  Maybe it's a daft idea, maybe you'd get a few stories out of it, I don't know...

Cracking idea Mike,

The reason so many people seem to have worked on Vulcan's is - there were hundreds of us working on them at anyone time (over 300 of us on the majors at any one time)

Already had another reply to this, thanks Mike.

Former Ground Crew / Ground crew storybook
« on: August 27, 2010, 10:15:37 AM »
Hello everybody,

As I suggested on the old forum we would like to get together a bunch of stories about what it was like to maintain and operate the Vulcan during it's service life.

There are hundreds of stories out there from the aircrew relating tales of daring do flying up Welsh valleys etc. but very few about what it took to get mighty tin triangle into the air in the first place.

Before we all become senile (aluminium dust is meant to effect the memory) it would be good to get the stories down on paper.

The idea would be to get them published in a book as a fund raiser.

There are approximately 37 manhours of maintenance to every flying hour so while your tale of changing a mainwheel/ engine/ electrical component on the pan at Waddington at midnight with the rain coming in sideways may not seem that interesting to you believe it or not there are stacks of people out there who would love to know what we went through in defence of this country.

We may stretch this out to include Victor and Valiant stories as well as it is all part of the same tale.

You can e-mail stories either to my self   If your typing skills are not up to much (like mine) come up and meet us, I have a little dictaphone thinghy so you can relate your tale and then either my self or Toni can type it up later.

Hope to hear from you all soon.

Engineering / Re: 2010 Display season Ground crew Photos
« on: August 26, 2010, 09:59:17 PM »
Quote from: "za150"
Quote from: "Sad Sam"
Yeah, but he's still busy sleeping off his summer holiday! :twisted:

Finished sleeping off my summer holiday and back to work already!!

VC10's queen of skys......  and dont you forget it Sam!!!

That's as maybe, still think it looks better under Rick's foot though! :twisted:

Engineering / Re: 2010 Display season Ground crew Photos
« on: August 25, 2010, 01:32:24 PM »
Yeah, but he's still busy sleeping off his summer holiday! :twisted:

Not really ways to raise money for XH558 but raising money for Yorkshire air ambulance.

We met Dave Sykes at Farnborough, he was staying in the same hotel as the crew and we were able to help him out with getting backwards and forwards to the show.

On Saturday and Sunday when we moved 558 down to the centre of the crowd his pitch was right next to ours which worked out really well (2 deltas together.)

He is a pretty awesome chap, take a look at his web site.

This is one fantastic trip. Having met Dave I am sure that he will make it down to Australia having had some amazing adventures along the way!

Good luck Dave.

Engineering / Re: 2010 Display season Ground crew Photos
« on: August 25, 2010, 12:30:40 AM »
Quote from: "Sarah Abbott"
Keep your feet off my 10's Mr Evans!!  :shock:

Not guilty Maam
(clue see mackrick's avatar)

Engineering / Re: 2010 Display season Ground crew Photos
« on: August 23, 2010, 11:36:37 PM »
Rick is not here so I thought I would hijack his thread,

The yanks got a grandstand view at Lyneham.

Most useful thing about a C17 is that you can hide a whole airshow crowd inside if it rains!

I love my job but there are times when it could be better (half way through changing a maxaret, the heavens opened and the pan is flooded)

Look out Rick not taking pictures.

Mouse on standby.

Guess what sort of jet Mr. Withers is sheltering under today.

Once the crowd have gone home, the weather clears!

You know who's foot that is.

The solution how the RAF will get rid of those troublesome VC10's (they will just squish them)

Aviation Waffle / Re: Bournemouth Airshow question
« on: August 16, 2010, 12:50:29 AM »
But at Bournemouth the Navy kicks the action off with a beach assault.

The display line is about three miles long with the main pier as the centre, 558 will display later in the afternoon so the light will probably be better towards the Sandbanks end.  There is a view point at the far end of Parkstone, I was there a few years ago and ended up looking down on on Red nine, not sure if Martin will be getting that close and personal!  It gets pretty crowded and catching the train in is a pretty good idea as driving/ parking in Bournemouth when the show is on is a nightmare.

The only time I've caught the train to Bournemouth was when I went past my Mum,s and Bournemouth was the next stop!  I think the main station is quite a walk from the beach so you might need to catch a bus down to the sea front.  If you have plenty of time walk through the town as there is plenty to see, I know our friends from Bournemouth aviation museum have a stand in the park close to the main pier.

Have a good weekend, in case you had not heard 558 will be on the ground at Hurn but that is quite a long way out of town and I don't think public access is going to be great.

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Team Bournemouth Members Meeting
« on: August 09, 2010, 11:13:14 PM »
Evening Phil,

Count me in, let us know the time and  place.

Aviation Waffle / Re: RAF Marham under threat
« on: July 30, 2010, 02:50:54 PM »
On the plus side, the times is saying the accountants have spotted that scrapping the Tornadoes and keeping the Harrier will save them much more money.

We would loose the Tonkas but at least the leaping heap would be safe (for a while) Shame they scrapped all the jigs cos otherwise they could cancel the F35 (White Elephant II) and order a new batch of Harriers to sit on the deck of the new carriers (until they decide to cancel them)

I wonder why I am just shown as a registered user and not a club member, have I been sacked?

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