Introduction

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Introduction

Postby Jugust » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:18 am

Hi to all of you.

I found this site browsing on an afternoon some time ago, getting through some old bookmarked sites.
The site looked promising, so I joined, which was free and, being Dutch, that was even better! It has taken a bit more time to get back to it, to introduce myself.

My RNLAF nickname (from the time nicknames were not the norm yet), is "Poeker", a derivate of my real surname, to some extent changed into a German version of it, thanks to the landlady where we stayed, when visiting 2ATAF SOC Brockzettel near Jever and Wittmundhafen AB in Friesland, Germany, for an operational introduction.
I'll be using this nickname in future forum talks!

However, for an ex-Starfighter jockey, it hurts to not even find a mention of this "iconic" aircraft, which in other parts of the world did raise the stakes quite a bit. I do not believe there is a not-from-the-UK background to this, so I hope at some time to find more stuff relating to this great aircraft, that co-operated operationally at different times with as diverse aircraft and roles as Shackletons from Lossiemouth, B.E. Lightnings from Binbrook, Harriers from Gutersloh and F-15 Eagles from Soesterberg in the period from 1963-1984.

Thanks for your attention!

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Re: Introduction

Postby Mayfly » Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:20 am

welcome to Iconic Poeker - the starfighter is one of my favourites & I use to love it when they visited RAF Wittering back in the 70's, you will find that whilst this is not strictly an aircraft only forum [we also have a lot of fun] there is a big interest in any tales you may have to tell.
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Re: Introduction

Postby Mackrick » Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:21 am

Poeker welcome to the forum. The F104 is at times a misunderstood airrcaft. I have seen most of the TV documentaries on the political side of the aircraft and its reported troubles in service life. It would be nice to hear first hand on your thoughts as a pilot. If you get the chance start a new thread and lets see where things go.
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Re: Introduction

Postby Hungry Haggis » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:08 am

Welcome Poeker is good to see at least one of our Dutch freinds joining in.
Starfighter, F104, widowmaker.Why on earth did it gain the last. Saw plenty of them in the 60s early 70s.Would also like to hear a pilots view of what I always thought them.
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Re: Introduction

Postby Gully » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:24 am

Welcome to IA, Peoker! :)

Whenever I've read about the Starfighter it's come over as a difficult aircraft to fly, particularly to fly in the circuit and land, so look forward to you sharing your recollections!

Happy posting,

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Re: Introduction

Postby Dan4th » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:12 pm

Poeker!

We DO spend a lot of time on the EE Lightning, which is really
the only comparable aircraft to the Starfighter, and the other
aircraft of Kelly Johnson(alias God) are also well-represented.
Herc, Blackbird, Dragonlady, Constellation (especially), Hudson
and others all turn-up when you look back at the various threads.
Now that you're here, I'm sure we'll be spending a lot more time
with the F-104! We have another Nederlander, Ruud, who is a
member on here as well.

One thing you could tell me is the latest news regarding the
Flying Dutchman Connie -- seems like the people at the Aviodrome
have lost their voice on this one, and there's NO NEWS AT ALL
coming out. Arrrrrgh!!!!

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Re: Introduction

Postby Saracenman » Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:56 pm

a very warm welcome to you Peoker - d'you have the guts to tell us what it means? :ymdevil:

as for the Starfighter - well, that's what this place is all about - people like you come along and plug any holes there might be! ;)

being Dutch, d'you have any further info on the Avidrome Connie? :(

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Re: Introduction

Postby Dan4th » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:05 pm

Saracenman wrote:

as for the Starfighter - well, that's what this place is all about - people like you come along and plug any holes there might be! ;)




Hmmmm.....Dutch Boy - Hole in Dike - Finger - SAVES THE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Introduction

Postby Mayfly » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:07 pm

=)) =)) =))
In memory of a very dear friend - Mike Pearson

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Re: Introduction

Postby Saracenman » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:07 pm

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sorry about this Poeker - these Colonialists!
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Re: Introduction

Postby Dan4th » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:12 pm

SM, it's POEKER!!!!!!!!

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Re: Introduction

Postby Saracenman » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:14 pm

:ymblushing: amended!

all this talk of fingers etc, mine's gone wrong! =))
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Re: Introduction

Postby 34053 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:27 pm

Hello Jugust, you are most welcome!

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Re: Introduction

Postby Pujgnie » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:55 pm

Hi Jugust - welcome to the Asylum. (As you can see - some members here - are absolutely beyond help... ;) :D )
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Re: Introduction

Postby Mayfly » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:56 pm

only some members Mr Knees?
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Re: Introduction

Postby Dougs » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:00 pm

hi and welcome WOW F104 you must be an ace pilot ;) :D
those things are like bumble bees, wings so small they defy the laws of physics :p
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Re: Introduction

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:19 pm

Welcome Ex-Rocket-Driver

We are all either Friendly or Mad or BOTH!

Cheers

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Re: Introduction

Postby Jigsaw » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:48 pm

Welcome aboard Poeker. We cannot wait for anecdotes etc. Do you have pictures also? :D
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Re: Introduction

Postby Iggie » Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:45 pm

Welcome Poeker!

If you hang garlic around your neck whilst active on this forum, you should stay sane.....

friendless, but sane...... :D

(Is it true by the way that all a german farmer had to do to get his own Starfighter was to buy a big field & wait? ;) )
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Re: Introduction

Postby Saracenman » Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:59 pm

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Re: Introduction

Postby RLN » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:12 pm

Hello Poeker. Welcome and as you've prbably already noticed, we are usually off topic within ten posts. ;)
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Re: Introduction

Postby Jugust » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:16 am

Hello all and thanks for all your remarks. It is quite emotional to see so many well-meant best-wishes and requests for anecdotes. Sorry for not reacting earlier!
By now almost one-and-a-half years have flown by and in that time I've done many things, except looking up Iconic Aircraft. I've also retired and may have a bit more time to attend the site.
As "Dan4th" corrected someone else, my "Tactical" nickname indeed was "POEKER", and based on my last name in a German pronunciation. For English people to pronounce it correctly, it should be written "POOKER", and other than look silly to a Dutchman, it sounds Dutch that way, but still has no other meaning.
The logon name is "jugust" and based on the first names of my wife, myself and our daughter!
My fighter-pilot career started with flight training in 1970. Aircraft flown were Fokker S-11, Fouga Magister CM 170, and the venerable Lockheed T-33. Operational Conversion was on Northrop NF-5A/B (with OCC/315 Squadron) and initial posting to 314 Squadron, which was tasked with AMF operations in Northern Norway.
Conversion to the F-104G was in 1973, and I flew the RF-104G with 306 Squadron at Volkel AB for 2 years, before joining 323 Squadron at Leeuwarden AB until my transition to a job in Civil Aviation. At Volkel, I had the "pleasure" to enjoy the successful workings of the Lockheed C-2 ejection seat. Compared to the Martin-Baker explosive seat results, this rocket-launch was painless and left me without any deformation of vertebrae etc.
After joining the airlines, I worked myself up from the F/O position to Command on the B737, which I flew for 25 years in most variants from -200 to NG. I ended up on the B744, but unfortunately had to retire last year. Age does creep up on you!

You're apparently interested in some of my exploits, so please look up my YouTube contribution on http://www.youtube.com/v/_8k9qt3BN_E?

Have fun.
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Re: Introduction

Postby RLN » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:45 am

Nice to see you back Jugust.
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