Gatineau/Ottawa
23 November 2007

 

 

 

In the Ottawa area we're getting over our first major snowstorm of the season.

 

New members recently joined:

Tony Hall, Northam UK (Looking forward to hearing from any members who remember me)

Ricky (Taff) Howell, Doha, Qatar

Chris Simkins, Kings Lynn, UK

Clive Hall, Swindon, UK   (Left 1988, went back flying with Intavia on DC8 after two years at Stanstead. Sojourn in Florida managing restaurant only to get caught up in 9/11 aftermath and could not renew visa. Now working for Chevron (Texaco) on scheduling deliveries UK/Ireland.)

Andy Gower, Manchester, UK

David Wilkin, Essex, UK

Jack Cross, Bromsgrove, UK  (Emigrating to Spain on 01st October 2008 -yeah, yeah!)

Jim Marchant, Carterton, UK

Howie Bumford, Carterton, UK

Mark Stedman, Carterton, UK

Terry Alfonso, Liverpool, UK

Nigel Stevens, Hartland, UK

Hugh Thompson, Swindon, UK

Martin Sweeney (Geordie), Nottingham, UK

 

From: James Aitken  
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 19:52
To: John Holloway
Subject: Guest book and stuff!!

You wrote in my website guestbook..........

John Holloway: Hello Jim, I've popped into work and can manage to access your guestbook from this computer, my computer at home is old and corrupted! Have a good day. JHY

G'day

Thanks for making the effort John. You will see from my recent guestbook entries that I have been in touch with Freewebs Tech Support re the problem.  All seems to be working OK now. I liked to respond to entries in a Yellow text to differentiate from the normal entries but I was also having problems.I wonder how many have tried to leave a message and, like you, have been unable to.

You don't mention just what your "corruption" involves but I have to ask if you use the regular "cleaning agents"? Corruption can be software or hardware related but in a lot of instances it is due to some "infestation" by a virus, Trojan horse or spyware.

For example, all the following applications are free and designed to rid your computer of any nasties lurking within.

Do you use these on a regular basis?

* Adaware

* Spybot-Search and Destroy

* CrapCleaner

* A squared

* SuperAntiSpyware

* CleanUp

* Comodo BO Clean

(Google each of these items and you will find them on the web)

These are all "on demand" and need to be run consecutively to ensure any dross is eliminated from your system. The Comodo one actually works in the background and protects your machine from Trojans of which there are over 44,000 currently on the list.

Full time protection can be had from a good Firewall such as Zone Alarm (free) and I also use Avast (free) as an Anti Virus protector.

Just using one or two is not really good enough in these days of "nasties". Running all of the above at the minimum of once a month is deemed good housekeeping.

I don't want to be seen as teaching "how to suck eggs" but the above is VERY important to keep your machine in top class, clean configuration.

Can I take this opportunity to remind everyone that, as Tony Gale's OBA site and newsletter is now back in circulation, we should all make a concerted effort to offer some input. Tony was frustrated in the extreme on his last effort 4 years ago, when, with a membership of around 500 he was getting very little input from us. I am sure we all have plenty to say ( we are Movers after all !!!!) and Tony can then make his newsletter as "newsy" as we all like to receive.

On the home page of the website below our Honourable Chairman's welcome address, is the link to Tony's guestbook. Let Tony know what you think about the new format and what ever else you want to say. (keep it clean guys!....we now have lassies aboard !!)

And last of all, because I know Tony as sure as hell ain't going to mention it, there is the option to make a contribution to the cost of running the site, using PayPal. Last time, Jack Riley made an effort to assist Tony defray some of his expenditure by organising a "whip round" Due to the logistical problems, this was not very successful.

I am sure as "computer users" we are well aware of the costs of running a computer, paying Internet Provider costs, producing a website and having it hosted, plus the cost of Broadband bandwidth to make the site accessible to all. That doesn't include the time that is expended on producing the data and the general upkeep. Even fielding the emails with newsletter contributions, must take up a lot of his time.

I am going to kick in $20 via PayPal as my initial contribution and would like to think that others do likewise. After all what is 20 bucks, for the pleasure of keeping in touch with old oppos.

Cheers all

Take care and stay safe......

Jim

 

From: John Belcher
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 05:01
To: andrewkay2000@msn.com
Subject: 10 Movs Ops Course - Names

Andy

The names on your course: 10 Mov Ops 10 Oct – 4 Dec 1973

Back: ACs Jennings. Corbyn, Verth, Kay. Graham, Fryett

Middle: ACs Joyce, Griffiths, Leonard, Casey, Liggett, Witham, Anderson, Barter, Avison, Irving

Front: AC Tesch, Sgt Fell Sgt Husband FS Pike, Sqn Ldr Harries, Flt Lt Cox, Sgt Potts Sgt Hartill, Sgt Cormack, AC McLeod.

John

[Thanks for copying me in on that John - I've placed the course photograph into the Photographs 1970's Page 4]

 

OBA members Steve Tomlinson & David Cromb at their Brisbane watering hole earlier this month.

 

From: Malcolm Porter  
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 12:14
Subject: Re: UKMAMS OBB #110907

Hello Tony,

Whenever it's convenient-do please direct any member to our own webpage- http://www.cl44.org  Within the next 2 weeks it will contain details of the 2008 Reunion plus a load of photos that might be of interest. We also have a book and a video.

Turning to the formation of NEAF MAMS - I recall there being only one team initially. Whilst one or two names elude me, I do recall Flt Lt Gale, a Flight Sgt whose nickname was Boo Diddly, Sgt Pete Turk, Cpl David Buckmaster and SAC John Dennis. Almost as soon as the unit was formed at Nicosia, we plodded off in an Argosy to Khormaksar and hence to Nairobi in a Brit to assist in the Oil Embargo Op.

I have also unearthed a photo of Taff Sugg-circa 1962 at 16MU-we were on the same VOG crew for 2 years.

Best regards,

Malcolm

 

From: Paul Newman  
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 11:58
To: Malcolm Porter
Subject: Heavylift

Hi Malcolm,

I have just been reading your bit in the OBB about the Belfast.

I had the privilege of being a loadmaster on both G-HLFT & G-BEPS as they were, with Heavylift from 95 to the end in 02. In fact I hold the honour of being the last ex mover loadmaster to operate on FT before the company went under. Funnily enough my last trip (Jun 21 02 was with an excellent captain called Porter, no relation I suppose?

I have spent many an hour with Al Rash and if he is doing the loadying as well as the eng he will soon expire being the age he is. Please pass on my regards if possible. I seem to remember that when FT was possibly on the move to oz, after HLA's demise it was only the chief pilot and his gay friends that were invited to go and not the likes of me who just worked my nits off loading the beast. I really enjoyed being tasked on these aircraft so many years after first loading them at BZZ as a young mover and was heartbroken when HLA finished.

Anyway all the best.

Paul Newman

All of Japan's highways are toll roads - it costs more than £200 in tolls to drive across the country.

From: Frank Lightfoot 
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 15:50
Subject: Website

Hi Tony,

Great to have the website up and running. I am Disappointed that hardly any of FEAF MAMS are on line. I think the only ones are Chas Cormack and Myself.

Len Bowen was our team leader "A" ; Sqdn Ldr Vick King was our C O. Len joined the RAAF and also was into The Beverley Association

I served with Ian Berry at Acklington in my supplier days back in 1966 before I switched to Q-EQ-AMS. Chas sent me a photo of my course at Abingdon No. 28 in 1966.

It is a shame that so many of our vocation have not kept up with computer technology as a wealth of input is being lost to history.

Suggestion : instead of voluntary contribution make it a £ tenner? and then adjust for inflation. It is nice to have the website up and running again

Thanks Tony for your hard work

Frank Lightfoot
"A" team FEAF MAMS 67/69

[Thanks for the input Frank.  I really don't want to charge a membership fee as there undoubtedly are some out there that really can't afford it.  I would much rather leave it up to the individual OBA members and the honour system]

 

From: Charles P Collier  
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 16:37
Subject: No 1 AMW

Hello Tony,

I read with interest the feeling of sadness which is being felt at the demise of the "UKMAMS" title to re-immerge as No 1 Air Movements Wing (No1 AMW).

The Royal Air Force - as the junior service - apart from Battle of Britain celebrations in September, has precious few commemorations other than that.

One only has to think of the other services: the Royal Navy which goes back to Alfred the Great; let alone Nelson in 1805! And then each Army regiment which has it's own particular celebrations and battle honours and with it the style of dress that they wear!

So, it is with a certain remorse that we do not recognise RAF formations that make their name through hard work and comradeship on operations and exercises and has done that for four decades.

Mind you I remember in 1974 when I was operations officer to Sqn Ldr Bryan Morgan, OC UKMAMS at the time. We had just received the SAMO Lyneham service paper on how money could be saved by merging UKMAMS RAF Abingdon with station movements RAF Lyneham. This was a political hot potato. Nobody wanted it! But a cost saving had been pointed out and hence it took place.

Being very political Bryan Morgan was immediately posted and we heard that SAMO Lyneham was posted as well and that Wg Cdr John Lambert was to assume command of the amalgamated UKMAMS RAF Lyneham.

I brought a very disconsolate squadron of mobile movers to the static bound station movements at Lyneham. There were feelings about that it was going to be a disaster and one or two people were waiting for that. But it was not to be.

So, what I'm coming to is all is not lost with the change of title to No 1 AMW. Give the new wing a chance to establish itself and then see if they have the capacity to take on board an association of retired members of the old UKMAMS.

If they are not inclined then we have at least - the old bods association!

Many regards

Charles Collier

 

From: James Aitken   
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 20:32
Subject: British Pension Indexation

Hi Tony

The latest newsletter from the BAPA is available here http://www.britishpensions.org.au/BAPA_NL_27.pdf

It seems that the "final" will be played out in the European Court of Human Rights. Over 30 years, the various Governments of that "BLIGHTED ISLE" has seen fit to ignore what is blatant discrimination against those of us who choose to live where we do.

Indexation was the original quest of our organisation, but I'm hoping for a decision from the ECHR which will see a back-pay of foregone entitlements becoming mandatory. Any commercial organisation which had such discriminatory actions would be fined $millions if not $billions here in Oz.

Jim Aitken

 

From: James Booth
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2007 12:36
Subject: Christmas Day...

Please forward to as many people as possible and keep this going

Rgds

Yorkie.


‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give
And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind
A sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and dreary,
I knew I had found the home of a soldier,
once I could see clearly.

I heard stories about them, I had to see more
So I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping silent alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one bedroom home.

His face so gentle, his room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured a United States soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean shaven, his weathered face tan,
I soon understood this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night
Owed their lives to these men who were willing to fight.

Soon ‘round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
Because of soldiers like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone
On a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don’t cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,
my life is my God, my country, my Corps."

With that he rolled over and drifted off into sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I watched him for hours, so silent and still,
I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.

So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
And I covered this Soldier from his toes to his head.
And I put on his T-shirt of gray and black,
With an eagle and an Army patch embroidered on back.

And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
And for a shining moment, I was British Army deep inside.
I didn’t want to leave him on that cold dark night,
This guardian of honour so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over, whispered with a voice so clean and pure,
"Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all is secure."
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night!

The ancient Greeks ate cheesecake.

From: James Aitken  
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2007 15:51
Subject: C O's Inspection

G'day Tony

We had the pleasure of hosting Jack and Jude Riley on Friday/Saturday for a "stop over" on their way back to Hervey Bay from Brisbane.

Jack visits the Royal Brisbane Hospital, annually, for a check up.

We had arranged a 'surprise' gathering of some of our friends at our local restaurant. Jack and Jude had met some of them before and they were delighted to catch up with them again.

Needless to say, much Merlot was consumed as Jack arrived with a couple of bottles of some good stuff!!

Although we are in touch often by email, we hadn't seen Jack since his 80th birthday bash back in April.

I have to report that both he and Jude are in "good nick" and although I wasn't able to get all the garden edging stones painted white, the billet apparently passed inspection with flying colours. Wheeew!!
I enclose a couple of photos which you might like to include in the Briefs at some future issue if you think they are worthy

I've just updated my site. I have added a Forum page and my first entry is one which is quite controversial! Would you like to respond?  Perhaps you would like to make a contribution to the Forum and post your thoughts on any subject. Come by and visit, here's the link: http://www.freewebs.com/exrafairmovements/haveyoursay.htm

Cheers

Jim Aitken

 

New British Destroyers.

Details have been released regarding Britain's next generation of fighting Ships. The Royal Navy is proud of the cutting edge capability of the fleet of Type 45 destroyers. Costing £750 million, they have been designed to meet the needs of the 21st century. In addition to state of the art technology, weapons, and guidance systems, the ships will comply with the very latest employment, equality, health and safety and human rights legislation.

They will be able to remain at sea for several months, and positively bristle with facilities. For instance, the new user friendly crow's nest comes equipped with wheelchair access. Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs, to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims. Stress councillors and lawyers will be on duty 24 hours a day, and each ship will have its own onboard industrial tribunal.

The crew will be 50/50 men and women, and balanced in accordance with the latest home office directives on race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Sailors will only have to work a maximum of 37 hours per week in line with Brussels Health and Safety rules, even in wartime. All bunks will be double occupancy, and the destroyers will all come equipped with a maternity ward and crèche, situated on the same deck as the Gay Disco. Tobacco will be banned throughout the ship, but cannabis will be allowed in the mess.

The Royal Navy is anxious to shed its traditional reputation for "Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash". Out goes the Rum ration, which is to be replaced by Perrier water, although sodomy remains and has been extended to include all ratings under 18. The lash will still be available, but only by request. Condoms can be obtained from the sick bay in a variety of flavours, except Capstan Full Strength.

Saluting officers has been abolished because it is elitist. It is to be replaced by the more informal "Hello Sailor". All notices on boards will be printed in 37 different languages, and Braille.

Crew members will no longer be required to ask permission to grow beards or moustaches, even the women.

The MOD is working on a new "Non specific" flag based on the controversial British Airways "Ethnic" tailfin design, because the White Ensign is considered to be offensive to minorities.

Sea Trials are expected to take place soon. When the first of the new destroyers, HMS Cautious, sets out on her maiden mission, escorting boat loads of illegal immigrants across the channel to ports on the South Coast.

The ship is due to be launched soon in a ceremony conducted by Captain Hook, from the Finsbury Park Mosque, who will break a petrol bomb over the hull. The ship will slide gently into the water, to the tune of "In the Navy" by the Village People, played by the band of the Royal Marines.

A Navy spokesperson said, "While the ship reflected the very latest of modern thinking, they were also capable of being up-graded to comply with any new legislation.

He said, "Britain never, never waives the rules!"

 

From: Ian Berry
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 14:33
To: Bob Tring; Colin Eyre; Gus Hatter; Ken Browne; Ross McKerron
Subject: Gourdie Retires!

Just to remind you guys - Echo 5 has his last day at work on Tues 27 Nov so send him a card! Gordon Gourdie

[Street address removed for security reasons - contact Webmaster  for this information]

Best Regards,

Ian

 

From: John Holloway  
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 12:08
Subject: Mauripur and NSRAFA



Hi Tony

Our 12th Mauripur re-union went well; on Thursday evening about fifty sat down to an evening meal as usual at The Falcon Hotel in Stratford on Avon; then retired to the bar about half a dozen of us sat by a roaring real fire drinking and chawing.

On Friday morning we set up one of the bigger rooms with our memorabilia, billboard with our photos from the archivist and laid out our photo albums for all to see. After lunch we sat down to an afternoon of DVD's created by our usual guest Chris Morris of the Habbaniya Association (have a look at their website). He had created one of The Armoured Car Regiment in Mesopotamia in the 30's. The "It 'aint 'alf 'ot Mum" creator was at Mauripur and Jiwani where the idea of the programme came from and so we had a DVD of one of the episodes and we had a good laugh.

In the evening about eighty members and wives sat down to dinner and dance afterwards. We had the Pakistani Military Attaché with us for the evening with his family; he's only been in the UK for four months. He's an Army Colonel and looked about eighteen (must have a high ranking daddy) and they really enjoyed themselves as we made them feel most welcome. It was over too quickly.

Tuesday was NSRAF Cosford Branch monthly meeting; again a good turnout, it's a very popular event. Our guest speaker was a journalist from the Express and Star who gave us a super talk on his memories of going to the various war areas, he's done the TriStar run to the Falklands in the 80's; The Gulf in at the start of the 90's war where he had many a conversation with the Tornado and Jaguar crews. The Tornado was a flop at the start with their low level attacks on airfields with the cluster bombs causing the RAF to alter it's roll after a number of losses. He also went to the Bosnian war and was on one of the first Hercules into Sarajevo. He told us that they didn't stay long as it was getting a bit threatening and they took off virtually vertical; the back loading doors were still open and the load-master well harnessed in actually left the deck and flew with his arms outstretched.

Cheers

John

The plane truth:  90% of all aircraft collisions occur on the ground.

From: Malcolm Porter
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 15:20
Subject: CL44 Association Reunion


Hi Tony,

Might have asked you this before but one or two have asked me to make sure.

Members of UKMAMS OBA are welcome to attend the 2008 CL44 Association's reunion. This annual 'bash' will be held at the Royal Air force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London, on the 31st October and 1st November 2008.

Guests may attend one or both of the days. Friday 31st October will see us holding forty four seminars - speakers will include captains, flight engineers, loadmasters and ground crew from such airlines as Flying Tigers, Transglobe, Transmeridian,  Tradewinds, Redcoat, Affretair and RCAF 437T Yukon Squadron.

Our formal dinner is held the following evening.

Further details can be obtained from me here


Thanx Tony

Malcolm Porter

 

From: Mike Mulhern  
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 01:30
Subject: Riyan 1965

Hi all from South Shields

I was pointed towards your site by Dave Cromb and found the pics really interesting. I was in ground radio for 9 years between 1960 and 1969 and posted to many overseas units where I had ample opportunity to view and photograph air movements.

I am mailing separately four pics that may interest you and which may be appropriate to post onto your site - you may even identify the specific aircraft from the time and the location.

At the time I was on duty in the small control tower and was ready to take any pics. When I said I was on duty - that meant I was alone in the tower as we had no qualified air traffic controllers (apart from the C.O. and adjutant who were ex-pilots of Vulcans and Valients respectively). They couldn't be on duty every hour so the remaining staff took turns to man the tower when aircraft were expected.

Our rules were quite strict and quite simple. First we sounded the siren to alert the fire crew (and anyone else who may have an interest!) of an imminent arrival. When aircraft were on final approach and requested permission to land our response was: "I am not qualified to authorise your landing - you are requested to make a visual approach with caution; however, there are no obstructions on the runway as far as I can see; the wind direction is xx at yy knots and the barometric pressure is now zzzz".

Happy memories

Best regards

Mike Mulhern

 

From: Tony Gale  
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 08:22
To: 'Mike Mulhern'
Subject: RE: Riyan 1965

Hi Mike,

Many thanks for the pictures and the memories!

I was also up-country, but in Salalah from Jun 66 through to Jun 67 – didn’t get my bloody GSM though as apparently I was three days short of 365 – Bastards!

Those photographs and your relating the information about the incoming aircraft certainly did bring back some memories. In Salalah we did have an ATC officer and a dedicated SAC to the best of my recollection. I also recall the siren going off and all and sundry running to their respective posts on seeing the approaching aircraft. The only additional thing I remember about the incoming is that the Landover from the RAF Regiment manned fire & crash section would run up and down the runway chasing off camels and donkeys.

There was one occasion where our gung-ho SWO (actually a sergeant as we were so poor we couldn’t afford a warrant officer) put us through an exercise simulating a bomb attack on the runway itself – in retrospect it was so damn funny as he had us in the back of a simulated truck using simulated shovels to fill in the simulated holes with simulated sand!

If I don’t get a hot date this weekend I’ll find a home for the pictures on the site.

Again, many thanks!

Tony Gale

Seeing is believing:  The bubbles in Guinness beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top.

From: Chris Clarke
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 12:18
Subject: OBA

Tony,

My apologies for not dropping a line quicker but it’s been a very busy time for me. I just finished successfully competing for Staff Sergeant (the UK Police equivalent is Inspector) and I have been looking after my 18th month old daughter on my days off so we didn’t have to put her in day care. I think I might be getting too old for this child rearing thing!

Nice to see the OBA is back up.

From what I see on rafmovs.com and other sources such as the dreaded pprune and the equally obnoxious pongo site, as well as UK media sources, things are not good with the Trade we all loved.

I’m onside with Bob Dixon’s view of forty years of tradition down the spout with the disbandment of UKMAMS. That man should teach at some of the leadership seminars and course I’ve been to! He was probably the best leader UKMAMS ever had. I’m just glad I served with him. MAMS was the focal point of the esprit-de-corps of the Trade when I was in the job.

It looks like there has not been a more crucial time in the Trade’s history when we needed a flag to rally around. A Squadron Colour would have been better.  We have two wars on the go, creeping civilianisation of the trade. Quick turn around’s on dets. and the crappy places we send our people to for months at a time.

We have the aircrew and the army openly ridiculing our place within the UK’s war machine on public forums, as well as MP’s blaming Movers for everything from u/s aircraft to global warming.

What has happened and who is to blame? Its all very sad.

Anyway, I’ll be keeping an eye on what’s going on now I’m a desk bound copper!

Swift to move.

Chris J Clarke

 

From: Chas Cormack  
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 12:22
Subject: Change of address and phone number

Hi Tony

Glad to hear you are better, I did try to contact you ages ago when I first saw the g-mail address but I don't know if you ever got the message.

The new site is superb and I recognised quite a few names although I think I spent more time on the oil lift than Mike Green and Ian Stacey combined.

Things seem to have moved a full circle as I am back at Lyneham once again having downsized from 4 bed to two.
My new address is in Lyneham, having moved here at the end of September however Pam and I have been in the deep south at New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville for a bit of jazz, blues and country.

BT kept me waiting 2 months for a phone but at last I hopefully am able to get on line, my new phone number is 01249-892098 but my old e-mail addresses still seem to work ok.

Keep up the good work mate, I may soon have free calls to Canada so be warned.

Best wishes

Chas

 

From: David Cromb
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 15:15
Subject: Re: Riyan 1965

Morning,as it is here in Brisbane,0555 and shaping for a good day, but storms forecast for later,as always but never arrive !!.
Thks for mail TG , and Mike read your post on CB,lets hope more follow suite, I'm sure Tony wont mind in the slightest.......
I look forward to seeing the pix at some stage.You must have a fair collection of Sal from yr days there mate.I often staged thru there.

The ACHE was a bit indifferent wasn't it.On one occassion whilst I was sunning myself in Masirah I volunteered to travel to Sal on a Herc to assist with unloading of 5 palls of dannet wire,for perimetr fencing I assume.Was on flight deck all the way down and boy I wish I had my camera with me.The landing was something different,short and abrupt,when the Herc came to a stop, it seemed an eternity before we could see to taxi to the enclosed dispersal, for want of a better word.The aircraft was parked between a row of 45 gall drums.Anti mortar fire protection.
I still remember the welcoming slogan--" All this and sport thrown in ",remember it Tony?.

To unload the pallets a trailer was brought to the sill of the Herc, but of couse it was too high above the horizontal aircraft sill was n't it.No drama's send the crew for a sight seeing stroll to the ' hedgehogs ' ( those places are worth a bit of praise from someone more qualified than me,RAF Regt manned ) , then take down all stowed items that would snag on the pallets cos the ramp was going to be elevated.The all hands on deck and grunt and push the pallets of.Something at the back of my mind tells me the 1st pallet couldn't get sufficient momentum so it was towed on to the trailer, I think, but the remaining 4 came of ok, albeit with a thunderous bang,esp the last 2 !.
Boy wot a trip that was.Still got back to Mas for lunchtime beer call !.
That became the 1st of many such trips for me.Others inc the SOAF 'Seeb shuttles, every Monday.Saw some down right wicked loadings on them trip as well....but that's anuva story later.

Cheeers lads,DC.

[My spell and grammar checker goes nuts on DC's renderings and I would have normally taken the time to go through it and make all the required corrections.  But then I thought, "Why?"  Leave it as-is...  it's all too colourful init?  Good on you Dave!]

 

That's it for this edition - don't forget to put fingers to keyboards and get all those articles into me before they get lost to time - you had a secret desire to write a book anyway - this is going to be good practice for you!

Oh yes, I'm still missing several hundred profiles - c'mon, you know who you are!

Have a great weekend!

Tony