06 June 2003

A new member joining us this week is Dick Clarke from London, UK

Welcome to the OBA!


From: Murdo MacLeod, Newport-on-Tay, UK
Date: 30 May 2003 10:39
Subject: Re: OBB 053003

Ken Davie, you're just upset because I can put my feet up at last and relax while all you young uns still have to work and for your information everything still works fine ta very much. So I'd say that was one up on you.

For anyone that I may have forgotten to contact my new e-mail address is  I got fed up with BT and their dictatorial crap, I was beginning to wonder what I was paying for, their anytime was more of a sometimes and whenever they chose. Downloads were a nightmare, but not anymore.




From: Paul English, Chippenham, UK
Date: 30 May 2003 18:26
Subject: Re C130J

Hi Tony,

Well what a white elephant the C130J is. Flies higher, faster, more economical, etc. etc. than our trusted K model. What utter tosh!!

On paper it does - average cruise speed on C130, around 300 kts,  whereas the average twin engine jet aircraft is a lot faster!

The CAA/FAA won't let the C130J above FL240 (24,000ft for u non flying ground crew types). So it 'aint really capable of going higher is it? Someone should sue for false advertising!

The other thing that screws movers up is the oxygen fit, gets in the way of some loads, well it would need it over FL240!

To get to an acceptable altitude the C130 is depressurised requiring the pax to have oxygen. I'm sure old Albert would come down quick enough.

The only thing I thought was of any use was the microwave on the flight deck. Loadmaster - no butty box for me, I want McCain oven chips just like the crew!

New "Gucci" electronic flight displays for the drivers - now they can pretend they are flying the Airbus/Boeing aircraft instead of a revamped 30+ yr old design. lol!!

Just my humble view.

Me? I'm off to "drive" for a living in a smart new truck, which has more creature comforts than your J, and is more flipping use with no vibration forward of the engine!




From: Jim Aitken, Brisbane Qld., Australia
Date: 31 May 2003 01:04
Subject: Apropos....Bless 'em all.

Then, of course, there is the story of the man who needs a brain transplant. After the necessary test to establish tissue type, it turns out the surgeon can offer (the NATO standard) three compatible brains.

"This one belonged to a leading barrister, a leading light of the Inns of Court. It will run you £1,000."

"Not as bad as I feared. What else have you got?"

"The next one is the brain of Baptist theologian, an abstemious man who lead a virtuous life. It's £2,000."

"And the last?"

"This is the brain of a Group Captain. It's priced at £50,000."

"That seems a bit steep. Why so much when compared to the others?"

"Well, you see, it has never been used."


Liverpool has been named European Capital of Culture 2008 by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell. 

The city beat five other hopefuls - Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Newcastle-Gateshead and Oxford - to win the coveted prize. The announcement was greeted by scenes of jubilation in Liverpool and subdued disappointment in the losing cities on Wednesday morning. The title is expected to attract more tourists, increase investment and create jobs, as well as boost the profile of the winning city. 


From: Dennis Martin, Woking, UK
Date: 01 Jun 2003 06:22
Subject: Unusual Moves

I have at last found the 'unusual move' 

On Feb 08 1954 a Bristol Britannia on a test flight crash landed in the River Severn Estuary. I recall that a contingent from RAF Lyneham, including Air Movements personnel, were drafted to Bristol where they along with others retrieved the Britannia from the water by the old '2-6' method. 

There are pictures and film clips from Pathe news now on the web. If you have broadband and a few hours to spare it is a good trip down memory lane. Point your browser to: 



From: Jack Riley, Urangan Qld., Australia
Date: 01 Jun 2003 19:58
Subject: It's Foolish But Fun!

Dear Tony

In these days of doom and gloom I am toying with the idea of putting together a book on humour. Reading the Briefs over time has convinced me that our members are a fruitful source.

Could I ask them you all to send me over the next three months any jokes that come your way, from one-liners to the full blown. Where copyright might be involved sources should be mentioned.

If nothing else I shall have a ball !




From: Howard Firth, Mossel Bay, South Africa
Date: 02 Jun 2003 10:44
Subject: Re: OBB 053003

Hi Tony,

Now that I am living in South Africa I have a new Email address which is as follows: Please send future Newsletters there. 

My home address is 140 Myrica Drive, Golf and Nature Estate, Mossel Bay 6500 South Africa, just off the 7th fairway. 

Any UKMAMS & OBA members are always welcome to share a Castle. 

Best regards 



From the air, Ali al Salem appears out of the desert haze as a distant brown shadow amid the featureless Kuwaiti landscape.

We're descending at speed in an assault landing approach with the crew wearing flak jackets and operating from an armoured flight deck.

At the last moment, the C-17 performs an impressive brake and full flaps manoeuvre, banking hard to the left and treating the scattered Bedouin camps below to an impromptu display.

For the 99 Squadron crew, this is business as usual. Throughout Operation Telic, the squadron's four Globemaster IIIs have been operating 24-hours a day to support the Gulf-based detachments, airlifting helicopters, vehicles, essential kit and personnel in and out of war zone.

The squadron has also been operating medical evacuation flights and the more sobering task of airlifting the bodies of those killed back to the UK.

Squadron commander Wg Cdr Malcolm Brecht is all too aware of the commitment the operation has had at all levels on the Brize Norton-based unit.

He said: "Like all RAF squadrons involved in the operation, it has been incredibly busy, but I have to pay tribute to the attitude of my personnel.

"We're currently operating at a flying rate of 10,000-hours-a-year, way above our planned flying hours. So far, we've carried more than 12 million pounds of Op Telic freight and when you consider we've only four aircraft, that gives you an idea of how busy we?ve been.

"It is very tiring for the crews and the engineers and a lot of the missions are repetitive. We're operating a slip crew pattern out of Akrotiri where we can then fly on to the various detachments.

"We've also had good support from Boeing if we need any parts for the aircraft.

"What has made life easier for us is the attitude of the movers in theatre, especially Ali al Salem, where they've maintained an immensely professional attitude in turning aircraft around."

For the Telic missions, the C-17s are fitted with flares, defensive aids suite and flight deck armour. The crew operates with a captain, co-pilot, loadmaster and engineer.

The outbound crew is Wg Cdr Brecht, Flt Lt Ed Dark, Sgt Phil Radcliffe and Sgt Mick McAleese.

Loadmaster Sgt Radcliffe said: "Tonight's load is typical of what we've been carrying lately. We've got a couple of generators, a Land-Rover and some palletised loads.

"We're relatively light on the way out and usually full up on the way back ? you never know what's waiting to be flown out and Ali al Salem is a base where a lot of kit is coming down from Iraq.

"The operation has been interesting, if a little tiring. The most memorable was flying into 'Ali' during the fighting and discovering there was no-one there to meet us. Eventually a mover appeared in full NBC protection to warn us there had been a missile raid and everyone had gone to ground.

"Working in full NBC in the heat has not been my happiest moment."

Sgt Mick McAleese said: "We're absolutely maxed out and the ground engineers have been averaging around 100 hours flying each a month.

"Praise must also go to all the other engineers who work extremely hard back at Brize. Weekends off are a luxury and Saturday and Sunday are now generally referred to day six and day seven respectively!

"It's a great jet though and one that has been designed with the engineer in mind."

As we flew into Akrotiri, the slip crew is waiting to take the aircraft on to Kuwait. The crew is Flt Lt Simon McGarrigle, Flt Lt Tim Knight, Sgt Martin Kemp and Chf Tech Dave Van Tromp. 

The next stage is a reminder just how vast and inhospitable the Middle East deserts can be, with hours of flying over endless sands and mountains, only the occasional Bedouin camp breaking up the monotony.

As we approach Ali al Salem, the crew don their flak jackets and make appropriate precautions for a tactical approach. For such a large aircraft, the approach is much faster and dramatic than you would imagine.

Waiting to meet the Globemaster is Sgt Bob Adam and his team of movers, drawn from the UK Mobile Air Movements Squadron and auxiliaries from 4624 Squadron.

Bob said: "The C-17 is a great aircraft to work with and the loads are on a different scale to any other UK military aircraft we're used to.

"A quick turnaround requires good liaison with the loadmaster, but the design of the aircraft makes it a lot more user friendly."

In a draining heat and a dust-laden wind, the incoming freight is quickly unloaded and the operation is on to load up an astonishing line-up of pallets and armoured tracked vehicles. Scores of mini-tornados spinning by are a reminder of just how quickly the weather can turn in this part of the world.

Loadmaster Martin Kemp said: "We tend to fill up on the return and there's usually a fair number of passengers who are obviously eager to make use of some spare seats."

In a couple of hours, the inside of the aircraft has been filled and the look on the passengers' faces all bear the same desperate look of hope that the C-17 won't break down. The good news is that Globemasters rarely do and we're soon powering down the runway and away.

At Akrotiri, Wg Cdr Brecht and his crew are ready to take over fly it on to Brize. For Flt Lt McGarrigle's crew, it means a welcome chance to rest in Cyprus before the next mission.

Wg Cdr Brecht said: "In about 12 hours, another C-17 will be completing the same run on to the Gulf detachments and so it goes on day after day. It is hard but we've got a job to do.

"It seems the customer, in this case the British military, have woken up to the capabilities of the C-17 and that just means busy days for everyone on the squadron until the commitment scales down."


From: Jack Riley, Urangan Qld., Australia
Date: 04 Jun 19:46
Subject: This is not a joke - it might come in handy for someone!


From F. Daniel Rochman MD

If everyone who gets this sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life. 

Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home; unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.


You've been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course neglected to tell you how to perform it on yourself. Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order. Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest, and a cough must be repeated about every 2 seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives!


From: Dick Clarke, London, UK 
Date: 05 Jun 2003 15:37
Subject: Re: Welcome!

Many thanks for your welcome. 

I was introduced to your site by Pete Spear and already have seen many familiar names. Contact with some very well remembered characters looks like it's on the cards.

Best wishes



People are being warned to be wary of a new variant of a Windows virus that wrought havoc last year.

Bugbear was one of the most virulent viruses of 2002 and has now returned in a new guise. The variant is packed with a variety of malicious programs that help the virus spread, steal confidential information, hide its origins and disable security software. 

PC owners are being advised to update their anti-virus software and be suspicious of e-mail messages they were not expecting. "Not only can Bugbear leach confidential information from an infected machine, but it may also leave a backdoor wide open for hackers to take control of the machine and misappropriate passwords, credit card details or for some other nefarious purpose," said Paul Wood, Chief Information Analyst at MessageLabs. 

The new B variant of the Bugbear shares some characteristics of its ancestor as it is designed to exploit vulnerabilities in Windows PCs. 

Like many other viruses it exploits loopholes in the popular Outlook e-mail program to infect machines. 

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The virus itself arrives as an attachment but uses a lot of different names for the payload to make it harder to spot. To lend itself credibility the virus uses document names stolen from the PC the virus came from. However, because it uses a double suffix on the attachment filename, many anti-virus programs should be able to pick it out. When it reaches a new victim, the virus searches for addresses to despatch itself to and also picks a random e-mail address for the 'from' line to cover its tracks. This also makes it difficult for someone to find out who has sent them the virus. 

The virus also tries to spread by copying itself to any hard drives shared with infected machines. Sometimes this results in network connected printers spewing out page after page of garbage. In an attempt to stop itself being found and deleted, Bugbear.B looks for copies of well-known anti-virus packages and tries to turn them off. 

Bugbear.B also tries to install a key logging program that records which keys a person presses. Finally, the virus opens up a backdoor to the net that could let its creator take control of any infected machine. 

In an attempt to avoid being spotted by anti-virus programs that look for particular signatures, Bugbear.B appears to have the ability to reformat itself as it travels to new hosts. 

Anti-virus firms say they have received a few thousand copies of the virus which has now infected machines in more than 20 countries. 


From: Scott Innes, Worcester, UK
Date: 04 Jun 2003 07:08
Subject: Iraq

Hi Tony,


I found some interesting piccies of Aussie C130 ops in Iraq - including a great night vision movie of an airdrop.


The video is around 6.3 MB but is worth a download.




Corporal Thomas Horswood ties down a pallet to be
returned to Australia along with the F/A-18 Hornets

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander
Downer, arrives in Baghdad on a  RAAF C130


Well, that's it for this week

Have a great weekend!

Best regards