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by Fwd 5
Mon 11 May, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: Recommended Media
Topic: Trying to trace book.
Replies: 5
Views: 3546

The book you are looking for is called "Winter Warriors" by Les Howard.
by Fwd 5
Wed 11 Jul, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Ok, I need some cold, hard and honest opinions...
Replies: 29
Views: 7576

I'm not a pilot but I do spend a large part of my working day sitting two feet behind two of them, so may I clear up a couple of your misconceptions. There are no extra qualifications required for fast jet pilots and similarly the arm/leg measurement limits apply to all pilot applicants. All pilots ...
by Fwd 5
Thu 28 Jun, 2007 10:24 pm
Forum: RAF Joining & Training
Topic: Weapon Systems Operator Advice---Please
Replies: 3
Views: 1327

Your questions are far too generalised. "Advice on the role of a WSOp" could go on for days. Get the general stuff from other sources or by looking at old threads on here, then ask more specific questions and people will be happy to help. "Are the tests hard to pass?" The tests are aptitude based, i...
by Fwd 5
Tue 26 Jun, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Joining as a pilot.
Replies: 47
Views: 14691

"And which squadron would that be?"

Hardly going to post that on here, am I?
by Fwd 5
Tue 29 May, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Joining as a pilot.
Replies: 47
Views: 14691

Riiiight, can't fault your logic Harry but it's remedial reading for you I'm afraid.
I suspect that like Killingo the difference between ' and " has passed you by.
by Fwd 5
Tue 29 May, 2007 12:27 am
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Joining as a pilot.
Replies: 47
Views: 14691

Absolute rubbish, at least half the pilots on my squadron are over six feet tall. (I assume that's what you meant killingo, as I can assure you that 100% of them are more than 6" tall)
by Fwd 5
Fri 25 May, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Military Plane Crashes In North Wales.
Replies: 14
Views: 4343

This accident appears to be the basis of one of those bizzare UFO conspiracy theories. Apparently the mountain was sealed off after the accident (unsurprisingly, as Harriers contain some very unhealthy carbon fibre substances) and the tinfoil hat wearers assumed that this was to conceal a crashed sp...
by Fwd 5
Wed 23 May, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Military Plane Crashes In North Wales.
Replies: 14
Views: 4343

12th Feb 1982, An RAF Harrier GR3 airframe number XZ973. A student from the OCU at Wittering on a solo nav sortie crashed into high ground 8 miles south of Corwen. Put 'DASC' (Defence Aviation Safety Centre)into google and all the Military Air Accident Summaries are available on their website. Incid...
by Fwd 5
Sat 21 Apr, 2007 9:00 pm
Forum: Army General Discussion
Topic: Air Corps Groundcrew
Replies: 24
Views: 8152

"RMs have had Sgt pilots since they first had helicopters"

Actually I think GOTW may be right here, I believe the RM NCO pilot route was closed about five or six years ago at about the time the junglie crewman job was opened up to the RM. I could be wrong but I think its officer pilots only now.
by Fwd 5
Tue 13 Feb, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Chosen trade change
Replies: 3
Views: 1561

Danny, If it is just the rank thing that is concerning you then I don't think you have too much to worry about. Before the Air Force will give you that rank you will have been selected at OASC for the required qualities and trained at Cranwell as to what is expected of you. You will then spend at le...
by Fwd 5
Wed 24 Jan, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: NCAITC ?????
Replies: 5
Views: 3094

I didn't post a reply to this initially because it is nearly ten years since I did NCAITC (or AAITC as it then was), and there used to be people on this site who have done it in the last year or so. I know that the course has changed a lot since I did it but as you havent got any useful replies exce...
by Fwd 5
Wed 17 Jan, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: 55 Squadron visit
Replies: 2
Views: 1766

55 Sqn is responsible for NCA training at cranwell. This includes NCAITC and the WSOp generic course. If by hangar training you mean the OASC practical testing, that is done by other people who live across the road from 55 Sqn.
by Fwd 5
Mon 15 Jan, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Can someone help me identify this heli?
Replies: 8
Views: 2396

German built MB BO105 operated by the Mexican Navy in maritime patrol/SAR role.
by Fwd 5
Tue 09 Jan, 2007 5:11 pm
Forum: RAF General Discussion
Topic: Wsop (aircrew)aided sight ???
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

Yes, you can wear glasses and be a WSOp provided that your unaided vision is not too bad (no worse than 6/24 I think) and that your glasses correct your vision to 6/6 (ie normal vision as stated above). The eyesight standards are there because you require that standard of vision to achieve the tasks...
by Fwd 5
Wed 11 Oct, 2006 3:38 pm
Forum: RM General Discussion
Topic: Tax Cuts for the lads
Replies: 15
Views: 4002

Its not quite as simple as just getting your tax back. It will be a tax free payment of £2240 for a six month tour regardless of rank and therefore of how much tax you pay. If you earn less than about £22k this is a better deal than a simple refund of tax, if you earn more than that, it is not as go...