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Sadly the loss of the Atlantic Conveyor was quite a blow for the Army. They lost a lot of their equipment which made their job of crossing the islands much tougher.

An old ship I sailed on when I first joined Canadian Pacific, the G.A. Walker, was carrying 26,000 tons of AVGAS for the RN. They kept her way out in the southern Atlantic, well out of range of Argentina, sending out RFA replenishment vessels (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) to top up and then fuel the carriers and aircraft. Nobody onboard complained about not being mentioned or being unsung .. carrying that amount of AVGAS you definitely don't want to be noticed !

When she came into Port Stanley she anchored nearby, and we sent across a huge stock of beer we'd loaded for her, that was more than enough acknowledgement they wanted for their efforts.

PS. The G.A. Walker crew were a bit baffled when an Army Chinook carrying a huge rubber bowser turned up at their anchorage and begged for some of their cargo. A product tanker delivers its cargo via huge pipes lined up in a deck manifold. I heard however they did figure something out and told the chopper to drop the bowser on the deck and come back later, which they did. I suspect a few rules were bent in order to do that.
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And not forgetting 16MU who sent loads of equipment out there, including on the final successful voyage of the Atlantic Conveyor.
My ex's claim to fame during the Falklands conflict, was that he mended the seat that Prince Andrew parked his posterior on*. There was just him a Charge hand and security in the shed while he mended it. He got loads of overtime while the Falklands war was on. Of course it all went on bills etc. I wasn't working at the time and we had the 2 lads.

* I doubt he'd be happy to mention it now.


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Jesus who is that idiot making that drivel.
Untold billions (and then some) spent just making the things & the same again to run these killing machines and some (like the fanboy) start wetting their pants going out of their way to watch / record this stuff.
Meanwhile we are told that we are heretics for using to much fuel ………….. the irony !

No Iidea who the guy is...if ypou've been within close proximity of these machines taking off and landing, strangely the smell and feel of the thrust is quite the experience. Granted his enthusiasm is a little over the top at times, but still great to watch them.


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No Iidea who the guy is...if ypou've been within close proximity of these machines taking off and landing, strangely the smell and feel of the thrust is quite the experience. Granted his enthusiasm is a little over the top at times, but still great to watch them.
A bit like class 37 locomotives then ?


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Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

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The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre is a unique, highly successful, interactive aerospace visitor centre and
education hub based at Cornwall Airport, near to the new Spaceport Cornwall. It was created by local people, is
privately funded, pays commercial rents to Cornwall Council and is becoming nationally recognised as an aerospace
site of excellence.
And Cornwall Council is forcing it to close down.
• The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (‘CAHC’) is a unique, popular, growing, tourism, heritage and education
• Situated at Cornwall Airport near to the new Spaceport project, it is locally owned and operates with no support
from Cornwall Council who, as owners of Cornwall Airport, are its landlords.
• For 7 years CAHC’s owners, staff and volunteers have worked night and day to create something truly unique
and very special for Cornwall. The result is an award-winning, top-rated visitor destination and major
aerospace/STEM education centre with industry and education collaborations within and outside Cornwall.
• But now Cornwall Council have terminated CAHC’s lease and given a deadline to vacate the site by 31/3/23.
• With 20+ airframes of all sizes and thousands of exhibits, suitable alternative locations are few and need to be
at or adjacent to Cornwall Airport.
• Cornwall Council committed to assist CAHC to relocate their operation but have since refused to make good
on these commitments. For more than 10 months the Council have refused to even discuss relocation proposals
and funding sources.
• With no options for relocation and with Cornwall Council refusing to help, the Cornwall Aviation Heritage
Centre, the only aerospace museum in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset will have to close forever.
• All of this amazing amenity and opportunity will be lost. Jobs will be destroyed. Valuable and historic aircraft
of all sizes will have to be scrapped because of the prohibitive cost of road transport. The opportunity to inspire
and educate Cornwall’s future generations will be lost. 60 dedicated veteran and retired volunteers will lose a
vital part of their lives.
• Cornwall Council should be welcoming this unparalleled opportunity for Cornwall and, as a crucial part of the
Levelling Up agenda, the Council should be encouraging and nurturing the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre
in its bid to provide the County with a National quality aerospace destination and centre for learning – at no
cost to the County. Instead Cornwall Council is destroying it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this news. We are all devastated, but we will still work to find a solution or, if not successful, to find ways to preserve the aircraft and exhibits.
Richard S-B


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Howard Hughes infamous Spruce Goose in 1946.



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The cockpit of a Westland Lynx HAS8 helicopter. It reminds me a bit of the dashboard of my old Reliant Regal Van (Del Boy type.) (cough.) :eek:

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Reliant Regal, mate of mine had a yellow saloon back in the day.
Nice to see someone a) getting Delboy's model right and b) getting it in the right order. One of my irrational peeves is people saying Robin Reliant. Usually for anything on three wheels.


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It's that old helicopter joke:

Those big rotating blades on top of a helicopter are there purely as a cooling fan for the pilot when in flight.

You don't believe me? Just watch how he breaks out into a sweat when they stop rotating. :keke:
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Mention of 'Shackleton' elsewhere reminded me of this unintended destructive effect.

An unusual plane in many ways, not least of which was that they got generally better-looking as they were modified over time.


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That reminds me of a similar sort of black and white propaganda film that was being shown to American GI's while they were training for the Normandy landings in WW2. It concerned the German MG42 machine gun and its reputed high rate of fire. It asked the GI's to think about the logistical difficulties in keeping such a gun equipped with ammunition, and that its huge consumption of ammunition was its fatal flaw.

I couldn't help but think that GI's lying flat on the ground and biting the dirt in fear were probably not thinking of logistics when 20 bullets per second, per gun were flying over their heads. The MG42 fired at close to 1200 rounds per minute. :eek: