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Romeo Whisky16/10/2018 15:30:19
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My albums contain some cartoons I did for our Club Newsletter. Here's one of them.

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Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator16/10/2018 16:54:17
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LOL - excellent!

BEB

KiwiKid17/10/2018 01:42:51
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Just something that occurred to me.

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Keith Lomax05/11/2018 15:55:49
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Posted by KiwiKid on 17/10/2018 01:42:51:

Just something that occurred to me.

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Shortly after I started aeromodelling, I was chatting to a guy at a model show (probably Wings and Wheels) who was a Polish ex-RAF WW2 pilot.

He said that the evening before D-day all pilots and ground crew were sent out with buckets of white paint and yard brushes and told to put the stripes on as quickly as possible. He said that any scale models with straight white lines were a dream and not reality.

FastFlyer Smyth18/03/2020 10:52:49
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Richard Acland18/03/2020 12:07:41
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Posted by Vinegar Dave on 10/01/2015 15:03:52:

Again apologies if you have heard this one but WW1 pilots were told on take off that if their engine was to fail 'Don't Turn back'. If you bank to the left you will burn and if you bank to the right you will crash so go straight on and you might crash or burn but you have a chance!

Average life consistancy of a pilot was 12 days to be shot down and a 1 in 3 in that is excluding a chance of being killed in take off or landing...

and they wanted to get out of the trenches?

More pilots were killed in training in WW1 than were actually killed in action.

Peter Miller18/03/2020 12:15:42
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My father was lucky then.

He was an observer on DH4s on 18 squadron. (6 confirmed kills from the back seat)

The day he was going pilot training he volunteered for a last raid with his pilot. He was shot down and badly wounded.

At least it saved him from pilot training!!

Peter Christy18/03/2020 14:04:21
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Posted by Vinegar Dave on 10/01/2015 15:03:52:

Again apologies if you have heard this one but WW1 pilots were told on take off that if their engine was to fail 'Don't Turn back'.

Not just WW1! That's what I was taught when learning full-size in the 60's! As far as I am aware, its still the advice given today!

Trying to turn 180 degrees at low altitude with a dead engine is almost guaranteed to end in a spin.

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Pete

Martin Harris18/03/2020 14:32:03
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Posted by Peter Christy on 18/03/2020 14:04:21:
Posted by Vinegar Dave on 10/01/2015 15:03:52:

Again apologies if you have heard this one but WW1 pilots were told on take off that if their engine was to fail 'Don't Turn back'.

Not just WW1! That's what I was taught when learning full-size in the 60's! As far as I am aware, its still the advice given today!

...except from Brian Lecomber who wrote an interesting article on the subject back in the 80s. His suggestion in a situation where landing ahead was not a viable option - although still the best choice in most cases - such as when he was teaching people to fly in the West Indies from runways terminating in shark infested seas was to use a slipping turn - without the higher wing loading of a balanced turn increasing the stall speed and top rudder meaning it was less likely to drop a wing plus the high rate of turn negating the additional height loss, he argued that it was a better option.

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Peter Christy18/03/2020 15:31:35
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I can see where he was coming from, but Brian Lecomber was very much an expert! I wonder how many novices could successfully carry that manoeuvre out!

disgust

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Peter Miller18/03/2020 18:47:54
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I have quite a few modern crash reports which all blamed "turing back with a dead engine. Even suposedy experienced pilots

Martin Harris18/03/2020 23:01:32
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Posted by Peter Christy on 18/03/2020 15:31:35:

I can see where he was coming from, but Brian Lecomber was very much an expert! I wonder how many novices could successfully carry that manoeuvre out!

disgust

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From what I remember of the article, all those that he taught from the Caribbean island airfield!

Eric Robson19/03/2020 08:57:53
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The Handley Page Hamden bomber under restoration in Canada was recovered from a lake almost intact. Early in ww2 some were converted for torpedo practice and a target was set up in one of the great lakes. They had to make a low level run drop the torpedo and then climb straight and level, the urge to see if they had hit the target was too great for some and they turned too soon to see if they had a hit at which point the plane dropped into the lake.

john davidson 121/03/2020 18:44:12
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My old boss was a wireless operator at the end of WW2, one of his anecdotes was

A pilot was court martialled for chasing a WRAF in the nude round the accomodation block

He got off by pointing out that in Kings Regulations it said that an Officer could dress appropriate to the sport engaged in

Andy Stephenson01/07/2020 15:14:49
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Come on guys did you really think this had been checked before you went live with this page.

Martin Harris01/07/2020 15:55:31
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In case of any confusion:

 

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Andy Stephenson01/07/2020 17:15:01
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Martin,

I see what you did there.

A.

Peter Jenkins02/07/2020 00:11:41
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I once heard a night flying brief on how to deal with engine failure. "Turn into the forecast wind direction and when the altimeter reads 500 ft turn on the landing light. If you don't like what you see, turn off the landing light!"

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