Gatineau/Ottawa
15 May 2009

Many thanks to all of you who have sent good wishes for my speedy recovery from back surgery a couple of weeks ago. It is a slow process, not without pain and discomfort, but your kind thoughts have made it more bearable.

New members joining us recently are:

RAF

 
Alan Warwick-Moore, Southampton, UK

(Back in the fold after having been AWOL)
Michael Wiseman, Lyneham, UK

 
Philip (Taff) Arnold, Buckingham, UK  
   

CAF

 
John MacFarlane, Hamilton, ON, Canada

 
Jim Abbott, Summerside, PE, Canada "Great newsletter. Brings back a lot of really great memories with my fellow CDN Movers as well as the allied Movers that I have worked with over the years."

Chris Gillard, Ontario, Canada

 
Gary Horobin, St. Albert, AB, Canada "Great site Tony. Although most of my time was as a C130 loadmaster I worked closely and partied with MAMS both in Canada and the U.K. I'll pass this site on to other old timers in my area."

Norman Geiger , Kelowna, BC, Canada

 
Peter Corkum, Frankford, ON, Canada

 
Phil Galbraith, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

 
Wade Seymour, Kingston, NS, Canada
"I enjoy reading the newsletter and trying to figure out who's in the pictures."

Dale Drake, Cornwall, PE, Canada

 
Marco Michaud, Gatineau, QC, Canada

"Great job Tony!"

Mario Pelletier, Ottawa, ON, Canada

 
Dan Bacon, Red Deer, AB, Canada

 
Dennis Austin, Kamloops, BC, Canada

 
RR (Mic) Book, Windsor, ON, Canada "Have enjoyed the newsletters to date and, thanks to your reminder, decided it was time to put my name out there. Keep up the good work Tony."

Joseph (Joe) Gallant, Trenton, ON, Canada "I've been keeping tabs on this site. I think it's a very worthwhile group of fine folks to join. Thanks for the invite."

Wayne Donner, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada

 
Jacob Harms, Calgary, AB, Canada

 
Glen Falardeau, Devon, AB, Canada "Thanks for the opportunity to keep in touch with the gang. Great site and free membership."

Welcome to the OBA!

 

From: Steve Richardson, Trenton, ON
Sent: 30 April 2009 21:38
Subject: CAF Mystery Photo 050109

Tony

I will take a shot at the mystery photo of the MAMS personnel loading a pallet onto a C-17 Globemaster.

The MAMS personnel from left to right are Pte Stormont, MCpl Scott Simmons and WO Keith Telfer. I can't see the other person's face.

The website is great and very newsworthy to say the least. Keep those updates coming on the new cargo aircraft!

Take care,

Steve Richardson

I guess not being able to tell us who the fourth person is disqualifies you for that elusive prize yet again Steve!

Malaysians protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer.

From: Allan Walker, Burnley
Sent: 01 May 2009 01:13
Subject: Re: UKMAMS OBA OBB 05010

Hi Tony,

Am replying to the Mystery Photo. I think the photo was taken in Goa around 1972 or 1973, after delivering a Sea King helicopter to the Indian Airforce.

People are L to R: Flt Lt Gerry Keyworth (Team leader), Taff Eynon, N/K Waiter, N/K, Cpl (?) Tim Newstead, Sgt "DK" Henderson.

These mystery photos are certainly taxing the old grey cells!

Good to see the response to our photo taken at RAF Changi during Bersatu Padu.

It is also good to see Chaz Collier with his "low slung" holster. He always was a bit of a poser. I meet up with him most years at the Mover's Reunion and it is good to see reminders of how we were.

Hope you have recovered from your hospital visit.

Regards,

Allan Walker

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From: Bob Tring, Wantage
Sent: 01 May 2009 02:05
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 050109

Boot Pratt, Ian Berry, Gerry Keyworth , Ian Place, Tim Newstead and DK Henderson.

Get well soon Tony, great site.

Best Regards

Bob Tring

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From: John Bell, Cairns, Qld
Sent: 01 May 2009 02:15
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 050109

Ian Berry, Jerry Keyworth, Tim Newstead, Dave (DK) Henderson. I think that’s right but shame to say I recognise the others but having a senior blank with the names.

John

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From: Gerry Keyworth, Littlehampton
Sent: 01 May 2009 02:38
Subject: Mystery photo #050109

Tony,

Easy stuff !

Clockwise from front: Me, Boot Pratt, Colin Berry, the waiter, Ian Place, Tim Newstead and DK Henderson.

Oct 28 1973, after offloading Sea Kings for the Indian Navy.

Hope your back is getting better.

Gerry

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From: Charles Collier, Devizes
Sent: 01 May 2009 03:56
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 050109

The RAF mystery photo - in the foreground is Gerry Keyworth; the others are probably his team sometime around 1973.

Keep smiling

Charles

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From: Ian Place, Meanwood
Sent: 01 May 2009 16:19
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 050109

Now let me see, from left to right: Boot Pratt, Ian Berry, Gerry Keyworth, Ian Place, Tim Newstead, DK Henderson (no Jimmy Jones so not a full complement of H Team... 2 interlopers; Ian Berry and Boot Pratt)

Taken 26th-30th Oct 1973 in Goa. Can't remember the name of the hotel.

Ian

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From: Tony Gale, Gatineau/Ottawa
To: Ian Place, Meanwood, UK
Subject: RE: RAF Mystery Photo 050109
Date: Fri, 1 May 2009 17:39:13 -0400

Hi Ian,

I suspect that may have been the Hotel Mandovi in Panjim – do you remember the ferry ride to get there?

Best regards

Tony

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From: Ian Place, Meanwood
Sent: 01 May 2009 18:57
Subject: RE: RAF Mystery Photo 050109

Yes Tony,

On one ferry trip we got caught in a monsoon and it took us 30 minutes to cross. I thought we'd never see the other side

Ian

I had a picture on file of one of your crossings to Panjim Ian (good weather on this one) showing Tim, DK, Gerry, Boot and yourself. I believe Ian Berry took the picture.

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From: Robert Thacker, Lincoln
Sent: 04 May 2009 13:26
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 050109

Gerry Keyworth?, Boot Pratt, Ian Berry. Ian Place, Tim Newstead and 'DK' Henderson.... sorry Tony, no idea where, maybe Malaya, Singapore?

Bob

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From: James.Marchant, Carterton
Sent: 05 May 2009 04:10
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo #050109

Front, left to right: Gerry Keyworth, Alan (Boot) Pratt,Tony Pine, Ian Place, Tim Newstead and last but not least the late D.K. Henderson.
Rgds
Jim

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From: Ian Berry, West Swindon
Sent: 06 May 2009 04:20
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 050109

Hi Tony,

Panaji, India October 1973 - Task was delivering a SeaKing helicopter to the Indian Navy at Goa in a Belfast.

My logbook tells me I spent my 25th birthday on this task nightstopping in Masirah.

L2R: Alan 'Boot' Pratt, Ian Berry, Gerry Keyworth, Ian Place, Tim Newstead, Dave 'DK' Henderson

We eventually stayed in Goa for 6 days as the APU was u/s on the Belfast and then handled a second frame which brought in a second SeaKing.

In the meantime a Hercules flew in with a 60KVA Power Set from Masirah so that the first Belfast could start and depart. When we got to the airfield the Herc had already landed but the load was still on board and there was a circle of 5 crew around the Tirfor winch needed to get it off and none of these experts could figure out how to work it!

The other good laugh was that all meals were on 'actuals' and so we ordered the most expensive on the menu - DK was late to the sitting and so missed this bit of the brief and thinking he was going to have to pay he said all he wanted was toast!

Cheers for now,

Ian

I checked Google Maps as there appeared to be some confusion over where we used to stay when we were working at the Indian Naval Air Station Hansa in Goa. It turns out that Panaji and Panjim are one and the same

One out of three U.S. women owns a gun!

From: Tim Pyne, Calne
Sent: 01 May 2009 10:57
Subject: Re: UKMAMS OBA - Found you!

Hello Tony

Glad to hear you are well. I am now a WO serving at RAF Lyneham on 1AMW (formally UKMAMS). I now live locally in Calne and hope to see my time out in-situ (exit date Feb 2013). Though, as you may know Lyneham is due to close Dec 2012, with flying been moved to Brize Norton in summer 2011. We will just have to wait and see.

Good to see you have gone multi-national; I was serving with the Canuks last year in Kandahar, with a Canadian WO called Justin Bernard who works at their defence dept in Winnipeg.

Best wishes

Tim Pyne.

Good to see all is well with you Tim!

 

RAF LYNEHAM will close at the end of 2012 – according to a leaked document.

The news was made public after an internal letter from a wing commander was passed to North Wiltshire MP James Gray.

Residents and politicians have slammed the decision saying it will harm the local community and put undue pressure on RAF Brize Norton.

The base employs 750 civilian workers from the local area – many of whom fear they will not find another job in the current climate.

Mr Gray said: “It was a great shock to me to receive the news in that way. I was attending the repatriation when I was shown the letter. I think it is disgraceful that this did not come from the minister. This is terrible news and could have a big impact on the community.”

Mr Gray said he was particularly concerned for the fate of local workers who rely on the base for their livelihood. He said, “There are 750 civilians employed at RAF Lyneham and many hundreds of others in my constituency who owe their livelihoods in one way or another to the base and this news will come as a great blow to all of them, as well of course to the many thousands of RAF personnel who it will affect.”

Andy Humm, a civil contractor at the base, said he was disgusted at the handling of the situation. He said, “I am convinced that the Government has had their agenda from the beginning and took the view a long time ago that Lyneham would close. The fact that this has come out through an internal letter rather than an official announcement makes it even worse. This will have a terrible impact – it’s worrying for all of us. There are 750 skilled tradesmen on that base but where will they go?”

Mr Humm also questioned the decision of moving all operations and personnel to RAF Brize Norton. He said, “It’s still not clear that Brize Norton will be able to support everyone. I don’t think this has been thought through.”

Wootton Bassett Mayor Mike Leighfield said he had still received no formal communication on the closure of the base. He said, “This would absolutely devastate this area. There are no jobs for these people to go to – we have the car industry, construction - all on a downer. The economy of this area would really suffer if those jobs went. Wootton Bassett has such strong links with RAF Lyneham. We are almost a garrison town with RAF Lyneham on our doorstep.”

Swindon Advertiser

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RAF Benson's future secured

STAFF at RAF Benson today welcomed the news that the future of the helicopter base near Wallingford is secure.

The base’s future has been under review for a number of years, but an announcement last year that 600 staff from RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland would transfer to RAF Benson, along with more Puma helicopters, suggested its future was safe.

Armed Forces Minister Bob Ainsworth said today there would be “no change” in the current arrangements for Puma and Merlin helicopters based at RAF Benson.

Mr Ainsworth also confirmed that Hercules transport aircraft would move from RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, to RAF Brize Norton, in west Oxfordshire, as RAF Lyneham is due to close at the end of 2012.

Personnel from RAF Aldergrove will move to RAF Benson at the end of this year.

Nikki Hamilton, a spokesman for RAF Benson, said: “We are all very pleased with the announcement, which removes uncertainty for our personnel and allows us to plan for the future.”

Before the announcement, RAF Benson station commander Gp Capt Jonathan Burr said: “If it is decided that RAF Benson will remain operational and has a long-term future as the base for the Puma and Merlin support helicopters, I will be very keen to see some significant investment in the ageing estate.

“In particular, I would like to see improvements to the housing stock and accommodation for our service personnel and their families.

“Additionally, we can continue to build on the strong relations that we enjoy with our local community partners, working together for our mutual long-term futures.

“Finally, in the shorter term, I can confirm that 230 Squadron will move from Northern Ireland into RAF Benson at the end of the year and that our Merlin squadrons will shortly move out of Iraq and deploy to Afghanistan, after a reset period, in late 2009."

There are 1,700 RAF personnel at Benson and with their families there are 3,200 people living at the base.

RAF Benson is a major component of the Joint Helicopter Command, housing 33 Squadron with Pumas and 28 and 78 Squadrons, flying Merlins.

Also at Benson is 606 (Chiltern) Squadron, of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, which provides support to the helicopter unit.

Last month, hundreds of people lined the streets of Wallingford to watch about personnel from RAF Benson march through the town to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the opening of the base.

RAF Benson was granted the freedom of the borough in 1957, but it was first time personnel had exercised the right to parade through the town for more than eight years.

Construction work began on RAF Benson in 1937, and the first aircraft to arrive were two squadrons of Fairey Battle light bombers on April 3, 1939.

Oxford Mail

At one 'feeding', a mosquito can absorb one and a half times its own weight in blood.

From: Brian Lay, Wellington
Sent: 03 May 2009 01:29
Subject: RNZAF Mystery Photo 050109

Taken at My Shop of Air Movements Wellington.

They are, from the left: Commodore Jack Steer, AVM John Hamilton CAF and AM Bruce Ferguson CDF NZDEF. They were waiting for the return of the "Unknown Warrior".

Brian

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From: Budgie Baigent, Auckland
Sent: 04 May 2009 04:03
Subject: RNZAF Mystery Photo 050109

This pic was taken at Wellington Air Movements in Nov 2004, upon the return of NZ's very own 'Unknown Warrior' to his final resting place at the National War Memorial in Wellington.

I was lucky enough to be part of the contingent that accompanied our soldier on that special journey back from the Somme.

A very emotional and unforgettable experience.

Budgie

On Wednesday 10 November 2004 the Unknown New Zealand Warrior returns to his homeland. The Unknown Warrior is one of over 250,000 New Zealanders who served in overseas wars. He is one of 30,000 New Zealanders who died in service. He is one of over 9,000 New Zealanders who have no known grave or whose remains could never be recovered. As the Warrior's name, rank, regiment, race, religion and other details are unknown, he represents and honours all Zealanders who became lost to their families in war.

On return to New Zealand the Unknown Warrior laid in state at Parliament to enable New Zealanders to pay their respects.

On Thursday 11 November, Armistice Day, a Memorial Service was held at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, followed by a Military Funeral Procession through central Wellington to the National War Memorial on Buckle Street where an Interment Ceremony with full Military Honours took place. The Warrior was finally laid to rest in the newly created Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the National War Memorial.

 

From: Barbara Sugg, Swindon
Sent: 03 May 2009 16:35
Subject: UKMAMS

Hi Tony,

Many thanks for another great OBA,

You really put so much effort into it I hope you get as much pleasure in putting it together as we do in reading it. Long may you continue.

Regards

Babs Sugg.x

Thanks Babs. It is enjoyable putting it all together. All kudos are graciously received!

The Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei are the only dogs that have black tongues.

From: James Aitken, Brisbane, Qld
Sent: 03 May 2009 17:56
Subject: Recent Newsletter

The inclusion of the link to the petition to "Save Steve's Place" was appreciated.

The wilderness area in Cape York cannot be allowed to be desecrated by mining. There are plenty of areas to do that without upsetting a unique bio diversity.

Australia Zoo is a mere 5 minutes drive away from where we live.

I have seen the Zoo transform over the years from a "reptile park" to the number one tourist attraction in Australia. I drive past almost daily and the acres of car parking are full to bursting every day, hail or shine!

When Steve was tragically killed by the stingray it was amazing to see the outpourings of grief from the general public. He and Terri and the kids are very much loved by the 'locals'.

Thanks

Jim


The floral tributes were placed for many days after the event

For those of you who missed the opportunity to sign your name to the petition to "Save Steve's Place" in the last newsletter - clicking on the above banner will take you there. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

 

New Zealand, Australia to Launch Closer Military Ties

New Zealand and Australia will draw into a much closer defense relationship in a bid to deal with emerging crises in the Pacific.

New Zealand Defense Minister Wayne Mapp has held discussions with his Australian counterpart Joel Fitzgibbon on moves that Australia's new defense white paper said should strengthen cooperation between the two militaries, the New Zealand Herald reported on Tuesday.

The white paper said yet-to-be defined proposals could be as ambitious as a task force capable of deploying"seamlessly" at short notice into the immediate region.

Canberra will be consulted on potential to tighten the already- close relationship in the drafting of Wellington's present defense review, due to be released early next year.

Early proposals suggested far greater use of each other's equipment and capabilities - especially in areas such as transport and logistics - and increased integration of planning and tasking within the region.

Canberra also regards intelligence links with New Zealand as vital, and expects these to "deepen and evolve". The two countries are already tied through the closer defense relations arrangement launched in 1991, which includes close ties between the two defense headquarters, logistics and other arrangements, frequent exercises, and operations in Timor Leste, Solomons and Tonga.

Although with some differences, the two forces share equipment such as infantry weapons, armored vehicles and the frigates.While Australia has been disturbed by New Zealand's level of defense spending and by decisions such as the scrapping of the combat force of Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), it wants to tighten co-operation in an increasingly unstable region
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The paper said Australia and New Zealand need to continue to align their approaches to defense relations, capacity-building and "preventative diplomacy".

Neither country intends a significant merging of the two defense forces. Canberra said any integration would not prejudice either country's policy choices, and the New Zealand defense minister said neither would want any loss of independence.

CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Sun Yang

It's illegal in Alabama to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.

Boeing Delivers RAAF C-17 Aircrew Training System

Boeing has delivered a C-17 Aircrew Training System to the Royal Australian Air Force, making Australia the first C-17 ATS customer outside the United States.

The ATS arrived at RAAF Base Amberley between April 26 and May 2 in two loads transported aboard C-17 Globemaster III airlifters operated by the RAAF's No. 36 Squadron. The system, provided through a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales contract, will be used to train RAAF C-17 pilots and loadmasters when it goes into operation in January 2010. It consists of a Weapons Systems Trainer, a Loadmaster Station, a Learning Center and support systems.

"Delivery of the first international C-17 ATS to Australia brings value and aircrew availability to our RAAF customer," said Nigel Page, Boeing Defence Australia C-17 ATS site lead. "Until now, all RAAF C-17 aircrews have been trained in the United States. The introduction of a local training capability will save the RAAF a considerable amount of money and time."

Engineers from Boeing and simulator manufacturer Flight Safety International will install the system in a purpose-built facility at Amberley. Boeing Defence Australia will provide instructors for aircrews' initial qualification and continuation training once the ATS goes into operation.

Group Capt. Andrew Doyle, new Airlift program director for the RAAF, said, "The shipment of the C-17 simulator components to Amberley represents a great milestone toward the achievement of Australian-based C-17 aircrew training. We look forward to the successful installation of the simulator over the forthcoming months and the commissioning of this fantastic capability."

The RAAF's No. 36 Squadron operates four C-17 Globemaster III airlifters from Amberley, all delivered by Boeing between November 2006 and January 2008.

The Australian C-17 ATS will be the 12th Boeing-developed, operated and supported ATS site. A total of 11 sites are currently active in the United States, providing training to the U.S. Air Force and customers in the United Kingdom and Canada.

The C-17 ATS guarantees very high graduation rates, meaning that Boeing provides remedial training if aircrews do not pass their flight evaluations. Each year, the ATS provides instruction to more than 1,500 new pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster students and follow-up training to more than 8,000 students globally.

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Training Systems & Services, producer of the C-17 ATS, develops and produces a full suite of aircrew and maintenance-crew training devices that integrate high-fidelity flight decks, visual systems, instructor operating stations and software, all with the highest levels of realism.

Your Industry News

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A Boeing C-17 loadmaster instructor, shows two students how to prepare the aircraft’s Container Delivery System gate for an airdrop.

Boeing delivers and operates the C-17 Aircrew Training System, which, in addition to providing aircrew training, offers initial air/land qualification training for loadmaster students. Using a building-block approach to training, students first view computer-based modules, then move on to various training devices: a Cargo Load Model, where students use scale models of cargo to become familiar with different types of loads and how loads are placed in the cargo compartment; a Cargo Compartment Trainer, which is a full-size mockup of a C-17; and a Loadmaster Simulator, which can be connected with the Air Vehicle System trainer to link pilots and loadmasters in simulated operational missions.

Boeing

 

60 Years Later - The Berlin Airlift in Numbers

From June 26, 1948 to May 12, 1949 American and British aircraft delivered food, fuel and other supplies into the city of Berlin on a daily basis. The Soviet Union had blocked the Western Allies' railway and road access to the sectors of Berlin that they controlled. Moscow's aim was to force the Western powers to allow the Soviet controlled regions to start supplying Berlin with food and fuel, thereby giving them nominal control over the entire city. In response, the Western powers began the Berlin Airlift to bring supplies to the nearly two million people of Berlin.

Over the course of the airlift, 2.34 million tons of food, coal, fuel and other vital supplies were delivered to Berlin's 2.2 million inhabitants.

More than 277,000 flights involving 300 aircraft took part in the operation, the biggest of its kind. At the height of the airlift planes were taking off and landing at 90-second intervals.

The Soviets ended their blockade on May 12, but the Allies continued the airlift until August 27 in order to build up a sufficient supply of goods.

Some 78 people lost their lives during the airlift; 31 Americans, 39 Britons and eight Germans.

Deutsche Welle

Crushed cockroaches can be applied to a stinging wound to help relieve the pain.

(Regarding the list of operations from Ian Berry in the last newsletter; OBB #050109)

From: Ian Place, Meanwood
Sent: 05 May 2009 12:15
Subject: Berry's got memory fade

Tony,

I think Ian Berry is suffering from ahlzeimers at worst or old people's syndrome. I will admit to Sahel Cascade and Delivery Boy but as for the others tell Ian I wasn't there.

I will put something down on paper about the two ops but where does he get his info from?

Ian

Cyclone Tracy Relief - Ian Place
Flood Relief Algeria - Ian Place
Sahel Cascade - Ian Place, Gordon Townsend?
Delivery Boy - Troop Smith, Ian Place, Myself, Keri Eynon
Earthquake Relief Nicaragua - Myself, George Lynes, Ian Place

Looking forward to receiving your items Ian!

 

From: Ken Davie, Singapore
Sent: 05 May 2009 21:30
Subject: The Far East!

Hi Tony,

Moved here a couple of months ago and have been back and forward to Macao.

All is well. I should be here for 3 or 4 years. The project (www.marinabaysands.com) opens in January next year.

I hope that this finds you happy and healthy!

All the very best!

Ken

Sweet!

Your heart rate can rise as much as 30% during a yawn.

From: Gary Horobin, St. Albert, AB
Sent: 07 May 2009 15:09
Subject: Re: OBA Membership Application

Hi Tony,

I was with 435 Sqn in Edmonton from mid 1970 to 1974 then took my release to fly with Pacific Western Airlines here in Edmonton.

We had four stretched Hercs and did worldwide charter and contract work. Was there 'til 1983.

Cheers

Gary

Thanks for that Gary - and welcome!

 

Airbus Military details recovery plan for at-risk A400M

Airbus Military is looking for a commitment from its seven European customers before next month's Paris air show to continue their involvement in the A400M project.

Now in a three-month moratorium period agreed between the EADS-led company and its partner nations, the 180-aircraft programme is expected to achieve a delayed first flight later this year. Airbus Military managing director Domingo Ureña confirms that Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK have been given a target date for the test milestone, but declines to reveal this in public.

Speaking at the A400M final assembly line in San Pablo near Seville on 4 May, Ureña confirmed that there are no current negotiations with the customers via Europe's OCCAR procurement agency.

"They wanted to know where we are, and to understand the current situation," he says. "We are in a phase of common understanding, to see what are the details, and what is the recovery plan."

While the company will not be in a position to provide concrete cost or delivery schedules until it is into a "mature" flight-test campaign, Ureña says: "At the end of this moratorium the nations can reach conclusions - I hope in a positive way."

Airbus Military aims to agree a modified contract with its customers before year-end, he says, using data collected during flight tests of the airlifter. A new agreement is required to reflect the technological challenges facing some aspects of the project, and an increase in costs and duration, he adds.

"Today this is a cash-negative programme for the company. The nations need to understand that we are developing industry, and we are supporting massive employment."

Outlining the programme's current status, Ureña says: "People are working like mad, day and night - suppliers, partners, everybody. We have put in more engineers than ever, just to show the willingness and trust that this company and its suppliers have in this programme. Hopefully the customer is going to understand the situation, and the proactive mood of the industry."

Rolled out last June, the programme's first production aircraft, MSN001, is now in systems testing, and has had around 20t of flight test instrumentation installed ahead of starting ground runs "in the summer", following outdoor fuel tests to begin from mid-May.

"It is tangible: you can see it, you can touch it. Unfortunately you cannot fly it yet," says Ureña.

While he confirms that "we have, like any aircraft, weight issues", Ureña says: "I believe we can meet our commitment on payload/range, as in the original contract."

The aircraft's Europrop International TP400-D6 engines - the primary cause of delays in launching flight-test activities - received ground clearance approval on 31 March. The 11,000shp (8,200kW) turboprop is within 1% of its specified weight target of 1.9t, says EPI president Nick Durham. Ureña expects the propulsion system's FADEC software to be delivered in mid-May.

Airbus Military's launch order committed it to deliver its first A400M to the French air force in October 2009, but EADS earlier this year revised this target to around three years after MSN001's flight debut.

"What we are waiting for is for the flight-test campaign to confirm - or not - what we have forecast," says Ureña. "As soon as we get this we will be in a position to relaunch production."

Flight International

Hands up all those people who just yawned!

From: John Holloway,Shrewsbury
Sent: 12 May 2009 11:08
Subject: NSRAF Cosford

Hi Chaps

We had our usual good turnout at this months meeting at Cosford with over 60 in attendance.

Our guest speaker this time was a young well turned out Gurkha; Sgt Ismoor of the Queens Gurkha Signal Squadron, one of three such squadrons, his being No.248 stationed at MoD Stafford just a few miles from Cosford. It should have been his officer commanding, a Major Courage. He stood in for the Major and he gave us a talk on the history of the Gurkhas from their entry into the British Army starting of course with the East India Company in 1815 after the two wars with us in 1814.

With pride in his voice he told us of all the VC's that have been won by the Gurkhas and their quite large losses in both world wars fighting for Great Britain.

He told us that each year back in Nepal some 25,000 young men apply to join them and after the tasks they have to go through only 700 are selected to go for the initial training. Only 200 finish the tough course that they have to get through to attain the coveted crossed khukuri badge of the regiment..

Of course as we know the Gurkhas have served in all of Britain's small wars to date and there are currently 3,498 serving in this great regiment today. Sgt Ismoor has just finished a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

There was just one disappointment for us; he didn't bring Joanna Lumley with him. After the stand she has made against our [questionable] government in the last week she should be made the Patron Saint for the Gurkhas.

Cheers

John

Thanks John - always interesting to read about your guest speakers

 

From: Andrea Strang, Ontario
Sent: 12 May 2009 21:47
Subject: Andy Jack

Does anyone know Andy Jack?

We are compiling a memory book and history for our father's birthday party, he will be 70 on July 2nd.

Any stories, pictures and other memorabilia would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Andrea Jack-Strang

E-mail Andrea

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

What:

2009 Logistics Movers Association Reunion

Where:

Knights of Columbus Hall, Trenton, Ontario

When:

2nd, 3rd & 4th October, 2009

The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with the Golf Classic followed by the Meet & Greet in the evening. On Saturday the Association will hold it's Annual Meeting followed by the Dinner-Dance. The weekend will be topped off on Sunday morning with a Champagne Breakfast.

Left click on the LMA logo for more details

 

What:

Annual Movements WO & SNCO's Top Table Luncheon

Where:

Sgt's Mess, RAF Lyneham

When:

Friday, 13th November, 2009

Later this year we will have an opportunity to bid farewell to our colleagues in style with the annual Trade Top Table. The CMC and Mess Committee at RAF Lyneham have accepted our request and the date is set. As you will be fully aware this event continues to prove hugely popular and this year should be no exception. It is therefore important we start planning now so as to accommodate as many people as possible.

Individuals in the frame this year are Blue Hughes, John Purkis, Al Randle, Bruce Walker, Keith Jevons, and Andy Crisp but I am sure there are others out there who wish to be dined out.  Please confirm if you would like to be dined out this year and pass names to me soonest including who will be making speeches on your behalf. Please note that due to limited places, guests outside TG 18b may only be invited if they are speaking on behalf of those leaving the service.

In keeping with tradition the afternoon will begin at 1200L on 13th November 2009 in the Sgt Mess bar at RAF Lyneham.
The cost of the function will be advised at a later date but will include wine and port.   The cost last year was £35; cost for this year’s event will be confirmed at a later date.

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Royal Air Force's Boeing C-17s Surpass 50,000 Hours of Flight Time

Boeing and the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) today announced that the RAF fleet of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters has surpassed 50,000 flying hours in eight years of service. A mission out of Afghanistan on Tuesday, April 28 helped the fleet achieve the milestone.

"The C-17 is a remarkable airlifter in every way imaginable, from mission readiness and reliability to its flexibility in being able to handle tough tasks," said RAF Air Marshal Kevin Leeson, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Logistic Operations. "I can't imagine operating without them."

The C-17s, assigned to 99 Squadron at RAF base Brize Norton near London, provide critical airlift capability for the Joint Rapid Reaction Force. Brize Norton is the RAF headquarters for strategic air transport and air-to-air refueling.

"This accomplishment is a testament to the RAF and to the Boeing employees who build this reliable, durable aircraft and support our customers' maintenance crews around the world, 24 hours a day," said Jean Chamberlin, Boeing vice president and general manager, Global Mobility Systems. "The Royal Air Force was the first international C-17 customer to utilize a unique 'Virtual Fleet' concept developed by the U.S. Air Force and Boeing as an offer under a foreign military sales case. The virtual fleet structure ensures cooperative support and spares to the RAF fleet no matter their geographic location,"said Gus Urzua, Boeing vice president and program manager for the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership (GSP). "Congratulations to the RAF."

The RAF received its first C-17s from Boeing in May 2001. The four leased aircraft accumulated more than 16,000 flying hours in their first three years. The UK government decided to buy the four airlifters at the conclusion of their lease, and to purchase additional aircraft. By the time UK5 and UK6 were delivered in April and June 2008, the fleet had reached 41,000 flying hours. Within hours of delivery, both aircraft flew out of Brize Norton on RAF missions.

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Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe!


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The inventor of Vaseline ate a spoonful of the stuff every morning!


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That's it for this issue

Have a great weekend!

Tony
ukmamsoba@gmail.com