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James4022/12/2010 10:28:55
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Well my two weeks leave of leave over the festive period has just been shattered, "Operation Deny Morale" is running concurrently with "Op Deny Christmas"!
The Tri-Stars bless their old cotton socks have discovered (conveniently for them) a failed bearing on an elevator, a quick check of the fleet shows they all have them, the Tri-Star fleet is now grounded until they have the issue sorted.
So, who do you think is going to pick up the Tri-Stars tasking?
Yup, the C-17 to the rescue AGAIN, I'll now be in work at 02:00 Boxing day morning 
Garry Pollard22/12/2010 10:42:23
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Not keen on Chritmas James40 want any help, got a few rusty spanners somewhere
David Ashby - Moderator22/12/2010 10:48:44
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Those C-17s must be wearing out! Will you have warm weather to compensate James or are you in the UK?
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator22/12/2010 10:53:42
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That's a tough break James. Really sorry. I suppose the Tri-Stars are getting a bit long in the tooth now though and this sort of problem is bound to start cropping up. The way the services are often having to make do and mend really isn't on. I mean then have always made 50p do the work of £1 but this is getting crazy. As far as I can see it's not a party political issue - all parties are equally bad, look at the latest fiasco about aircraft carriers and Harriers.
David Gilder22/12/2010 11:48:21
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Chin up James...
I'm working 0900 - 1900 Xmas Day  
                      1100 - 2100 Boxing Day
                       2100 - 0500 New Years Evening
So that means I wont see my family over Xmas or New years!!!
It can always be worse so grin and bear it mate.
winchweight22/12/2010 13:31:24
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At least you get Xmas at home. The lads you're recovering have had a very crappy time and unless you go they wouldn't be home at all. I spent a couple of Xmas's in Afghan.... it pretty much sucked.
Look at it another way, you're making some people very happy this Xmas.
(ex C130, Puma, Merlin and other stuff, waiting for an Easy Jet home...)
David Gilder22/12/2010 14:05:17
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Someone once said:
"There are those who have dreams, There are those who follow dreams.  But most imprtantly, There are those who make dreams come true!"
I know which of these you will be!!
James4022/12/2010 14:26:25
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Please don't misunderstand me, I'm not complaining and never will complain about getting the boys home.
I don't think anyone on 99 Squadron (C-17s) would complain, it has always been the nature of our job to get people home in an emergency.   I have spent many a Christmas away from home so I know how it feels.
What I will complain about is the rag tag fleet of ancient aircraft we operate, as David rightly said, the C-17 only being 10 years old will be burnt out way before it's time because it's the only truly operational strategic air lifter we have.
The VC-10 and Tri-Star are simply not fit for purpose!  
But hey, at least I'll get a Christmas bonus.... Oh no
At least I'll get double time......Oh wait
Ah but at least my job is secure....Oh dear 
birdy22/12/2010 14:35:52
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At least you get c17s instead of tri-stars...
Count yourself lucky you get time off this Christmas at all - my dad doesn't. 
Merry Christmas. 
Stephen Grigg22/12/2010 14:38:03
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Not with this Government James nothing is secure.Bear in mind Ill be working all day as well mate your not the only one I have a Seagull Nemesis to build,
James4022/12/2010 14:46:19
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Ha ha, I hope you won't be drinking and building !?!
They don't fly well backwards when you install that motor reversed
Stephen Grigg22/12/2010 17:25:40
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Sounds like your speaking from experience James
James4022/12/2010 19:45:23
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Well I have been known to spend 12 hours stripping down the No.2 engine after a surge departing an Afghan airfield..............
The surge was in the No.3 engine!! 
Dusty22/12/2010 20:19:11
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Sucks James! You are the homesick angel though and the guys in the back of your ship will thank you for bringing them home, so that's a nice present? All about giving lol!
Hey I am sure you will get the time off else where, maybe a nice moral pressie like another warbird to sit next to your fleet you have already! Keep the good work up,
May Santa bring you a Boeing with P&W engines
Bill_B23/12/2010 18:31:13
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-22B ? 
 Wish I had a penny for every hour's work I've done on those things!

Edited By Gumball on 23/12/2010 18:32:09

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