Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#21 Post by Pontius Navigator » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:26 am

Ex-A, didn't they call them egg beaters? Clearly something got scrambled.

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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#22 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:43 am

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Ex-A, didn't they call them egg beaters? Clearly something got scrambled.
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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#23 Post by CharlieOneSix » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:08 pm

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Ex-A, didn't they call them egg beaters? Clearly something got scrambled.
When I started out AP129 called them hicopleters.....then the amendment said "'delete Hicopleter, insert Hecilopter".
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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#24 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:30 pm

CharlieOneSix wrote:
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Ex-A, didn't they call them egg beaters? Clearly something got scrambled.
When I started out AP129 called them hicopleters.....then the amendment said "'delete Hicopleter, insert Hecilopter".
Didn't it also say under the 'Hicopleter' section, 'to be issued'. Presumably no one knew how they worked.
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#25 Post by CharlieOneSix » Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:07 pm

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...... Presumably no one knew how they worked.
I remember on one occasion during basic RN helicopter training (early 1964) we were having a lecture on some part of the black art of helicopter aerodynamics when the lecturer was called away as there had been an incident with one of his students on a solo flight. Another instructor took over the lecture and said "Well, what have you learned so far?" When we told him he said "Well I don't think that's quite correct. What I think happens is......."

So you were close to the truth Ex-A!!
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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#26 Post by Pontius Navigator » Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:20 pm

On our instructional techniques course we each had to give a short lecture. If that wasn't bad enough, we students had to listen and absorb and then be quizzed.

One lecture was by an aircrewman and for his specialist subject chose helicopter swash plates (is that correct?).

Of course none of us could spell hecopleter except for one Nav who answered every question perfectly.

Shades of Benny Hill in I think Carry on Sergeant when he reassembled a Bren Gun having paid no attention to the lesson.

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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#27 Post by Ex-Ascot » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:08 am

On OCC my team had to give a presentation on 'The Fighting Helicopter'. None of us knew a thing. Started off with the famous scene from 'Apocalypse Now' from two wide screen TVs. It went right down hill after that. The only question was if they could see the film clip again.

Guess others here have done that course. As an arrival moral boosting intro some three star gives a speech. He said, 'out of all of you here 10% of you will become senior offices'. Little voice from the back said, 'Can the rest of us go home now please Sir'.

Actually, it was a fun month and nice to mix with other folk who were in different roles.

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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#28 Post by Boac » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:53 am

"He said, 'out of all of you here 10% of you will become senior offices'. Little voice from the back said, 'Can the rest of us go home now please Sir'."

Love it! My sentiments precisely.

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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#29 Post by Ex-Ascot » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:26 am

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"He said, 'out of all of you here 10% of you will become senior offices'. Little voice from the back said, 'Can the rest of us go home now please Sir'."

Love it! My sentiments precisely.
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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#30 Post by Boac » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:05 am

I got away for several years by 'lying' about a pass at both the 'C' and ISS.:))

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Re: Plan to transform the Royal Air Force by 2040

#31 Post by Ex-Ascot » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:24 pm

Boac wrote:
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I got away for several years by 'lying' about a pass at both the 'C' and ISS.:))
Got the 'C" second time around I think. Knew an engineering officer who took it so many times he had an examination desk with his name engraved on it. He never passed it but after a certain age you didn't have to take it. They promoted into some *sh*t* job nobody else would take except him.
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