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558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Jogger321 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:15 pm

Do you know you 655 lot clearly operate in a clandestine and secretive fashion. I found out this out today whilst I was at the Saturday market watching 655 strut her stuff whilst helping out with crew training.

I overheard a chap telling everyone who was asking what is it?. Its a Vulcan. It was the Raf's first Stealth Bomber (from the 80's). This one did the Falklands

It's based here at Wellesbourne. It's going to take off as soon as the mist clears.

Sidewinder missiles below the wings

It flies all the air shows and is operated by the RAF.

..Well as they say you learn something new everyday :)
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Mayfly » Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:23 pm

=)) =)) =))

Thanks for today guys & gals :ymapplause:

Just wish the aircrew would stop phaffing and get on with it!!! :p 'twas a bit chilly :(
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Minty4371 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:32 pm

Was this training for the first flight / last ever flight of 2011? (delete as applicable) :(
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Dan4th » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:08 pm

Jogger321 wrote:Do you know you 655 lot clearly operate in a clandestine and secretive fashion. I found out this out today whilst I was at the Saturday market watching 655 strut her stuff whilst helping out with crew training.

I overheard a chap telling everyone who was asking what is it?. Its a Vulcan. It was the Raf's first Stealth Bomber (from the 80's). This one did the Falklands

It's based here at Wellesbourne. It's going to take off as soon as the mist clears.

Sidewinder missiles below the wings

It flies all the air shows and is operated by the RAF.

..Well as they say you learn something new everyday :)


HA! HA! HA!

Thank You Jogger!

I'm sure some of those boys will be quite startled to find
out they're still in the RAF!

Not to mention puzzled why they can't remember all that

FLYING!!!!!

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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Crew chief » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:42 pm

Minty4371 wrote:Was this training for the first flight / last ever flight of 2011? (delete as applicable) :(


Indeed Minty it was.558 is due to fly within the next week or so.
The crew as Mayfly has said did take a bit of time to settle in on the first start and did use a load of fuel but thats training for you.655 performed very well with only couple of minor snags which did not stop the days proceedings.

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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby RLN » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:35 pm

Nice to know 655 is her usual self - thanks CC
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Jigsaw » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:22 pm

Brilliant :)) :ymapplause:
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Snapper » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:55 pm

Just starting to wade through the photos from Saturdays cold, but very enjoyable, day at Wellesbourne with the Flight Crew from XH558.

I thought I should share this with the world ASAP!

http://evergreen.zenfolio.com/p135494878#hf38a14f

Lots more to come...
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Dan4th » Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:02 pm

HA! HA! HA!

Doesn't Bill know that could get him Expelled???????

Thanks, Clive, can't wait for the rest!

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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Nickolas » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:17 pm

Big Boy Perrins.............
This could run for a while............ =)) =)) =)) =)) =))
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Mayfly » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:20 pm

Should have gone to Specsavers Nick!!!
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:26 pm

Mayfly wrote:Should have gone to Specsavers Nick!!!



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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Nickolas » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:28 pm

Mayfly wrote:Should have gone to Specsavers Nick!!!


You should see the comment I left on the photographers web page............ :D :D :D
Hopefully he will approve it for appearance.

Anyway I was being 'Polite' (Which I know is rare!!)
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Crew chief » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:10 pm

Clive's photo of the crew is ample proof it was a cold day,right Bill. =)) =)) =)) =))

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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Jigsaw » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:15 pm

Great pic (I somehow feel adequate again) :))
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Snapper » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:57 am

Thanks for the comments..... Its always good to receive some feedback. I don't do this for the money I can tell you.... coz there aint any.

I've now uploaded the best of the rest.... Hope you enjoy taking a look.

For the best view, if you've got a few mins to spare, can I recommend the "SLIDEVIEW" option. You get a maximised image.

http://evergreen.zenfolio.com/p135494878#h17139431

I'm also still learing the functionality of this zenfolio website so bear with... Grrrrrr

My thanks to all the XM655 support crew who have worked miracles this winter in far from ideal conditions to maintain the aircraft in this remarkeable condition. At least one of the XH558 flight crew was most impressed and he commented as such to me during a chat
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby RLN » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:12 pm

Some great photos, Snapper. It is worth doing the slideshow :-BD
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Dan4th » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:17 pm

All Wonderful!

Esp. Pammy in the Jetwash!

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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby RLN » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:29 pm

Never seen her move so fast. :))
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Sooty655 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:41 pm

I've never seen 655 move so fast on a nominally slow manoeuvre either. These upstart display jockeys don't have the finesse of a master like DT. :))
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Mayfly » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:53 pm

Sooty ONLY JUST stayed on his feet and ask Snapper about his bag!!!
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Dan4th » Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:04 pm

Sooty Insulted Snapper's WIFE???????????

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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Avs » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:26 pm

We both thoroughly enjoyed the day. When the engines fired up with the thunderous roar (even with ear defenders on) and feeling the engine kick in through your body and the ground was absolutely awesome.
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Kermit » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:04 pm

Brilliant day ! Particularly enjoyed being caught by the jetwash, a few more seconds and I would have been airborne ! Nice and warm mind you, so everything has a silver lining. 655 behaved beautifully, and as Clive said, 558 crew were impressed by her good condition, so pat on the back to all engineers and little helpers.
At the risk of talking myself into a job, that wax 558 uses to shine up the bodywork would add the finishing touch to an already beautiful aircraft :) :D
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Re: 558 Aircrew training on 655

Postby Dan4th » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:18 am

Kermit:::::::::::

Did I just hear you Volunteering????????????

:p :D :p :D :))

I'm sure you would have some Willing Helpers, though.....

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