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    Poll: There's always going to be a certain amount of...

    There's always going to be a certain amount of playing it up for the cameras and a certain amount of concealing the shit, such as beasting of recruits or of injuries and the mindless shite Depot...
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    All the hierarchies/establishments tended to be a...

    All the hierarchies/establishments tended to be a kind of straight lift from the RAF, modded to suit the Don until the change to 101 Sqn and all that. It was all quite basic and old-fashioned. When I...
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    I don't know what they call the units now but...

    I don't know what they call the units now but Admin Wing, Tech Wing and Training Wing had permanent non-pilot Adjs. They weren't retreaded failed cadets but transferred Army line officers (one guy...
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    Dev, most Adjs are non-pilots because the...

    Dev, most Adjs are non-pilots because the majority of their duties concern non-flying tasks, non-pilots and are effectively administrative managers. If there are 90 pilots, it represents a tenth of...
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    Well, I went from Training Wing to Engineering...

    Well, I went from Training Wing to Engineering Wing to Maritime and Adjs were both, but the Adj in Engr Wing was a full-time one and training Wing had several, because of all it's subunits. The...
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    Dev, the Adjutant would be a non-pilot and a...

    Dev, the Adjutant would be a non-pilot and a large barracks or camp might have a Camp Adjutant, to whom Unit Adjs report. To use a political metaphor, he'd be the Chief Whip, acting as guard dog to...
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    @dev, every unit has an Adjutant already and he...

    @dev, every unit has an Adjutant already and he is effectively the link between the CO and the men in his unit for admin/discipline/orders,etc,etc. If you divvied up the pilot's non-flying duties and...
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    Well, the Don never lacked Admin officers and...

    Well, the Don never lacked Admin officers and enlisted admin staff and I can name quite a few of them from memory and they did a huge amount of the thankless stuff and went largely unthanked for it....
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    @Dev, they could have. It was quite common for a...

    @Dev, they could have. It was quite common for a young pilot to have a pure ground job, as well. Kept them on the run the whole time. A guy could be a heli pilot by day and have a Mess or Admin...
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    @Dev, every unit and subunit in the Don has no...

    @Dev, every unit and subunit in the Don has no shortage of administration staff and throughout the DF, Privates/airmen, corporals and sergeants carry out routine admin that would carried out by...
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    All Don pilots rotate to ground posts every few...

    All Don pilots rotate to ground posts every few years in their careers and they are slotted in for recurrency because if a guy was on a two year ground slot, all of his flight qualifications would...
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    that's the Derby. Fire at 300, change mag, run to...

    that's the Derby. Fire at 300, change mag, run to 200, fire, change mag, run to 100,etc,etc. Did it myself.
  13. You could see the Fleet Air Arm operating French...

    You could see the Fleet Air Arm operating French Rafales off a British carrier, if the F35s aren't ready. They'd do it, too, if only to spite the RAF;-)...
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    How? Do you keep a fleet of aircraft on standby...

    How? Do you keep a fleet of aircraft on standby for ever? Realistically, impossible, so you make do if there is a crisis, by sharing other people's ships or aircraft or vehicles...
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    It was announced lately at one of the big trade...

    It was announced lately at one of the big trade airshows that an Irish company is ordering 16 C130s for civilian use from the manufacturer, Lockheed, so the AC will now have access in a year or two...
  16. While the Navy have to follow orders and do what...

    While the Navy have to follow orders and do what they are told to do, using them at the behest of a film crew is a waste of resources, no matter how you dress it up as "training". It never fails to...
  17. well, someone decided that it was appropriate to...

    well, someone decided that it was appropriate to have a Naval vessel guarding an enforcement zone around a national heritage site for three days while someone made a short scene from a film there....
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    Does the breech always have to be opened...

    Does the breech always have to be opened manually? I thought these guns had a semi-automatic breech.
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    How do you know he didn't ground himself off the...

    How do you know he didn't ground himself off the gun first? All he'd have to do is touch the gunlaying handle or even a separate object in contact with the ground. Is it difficult to get the...
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    Well, if it was offered as an alternative to...

    Well, if it was offered as an alternative to going to the bleedin' Leb, as a means of staying in the place (you have to do an overseas tour, to improve the odds on being reenlisted), as well as being...
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    Because the DF will say that the easiest way to...

    Because the DF will say that the easiest way to do it is to land on the Curragh with a 139, pick up the meatbombs, climb straight up overhead, chuck them out, repeat ad nauseam, whereas the Casa has...
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    Para ops from helicopters is hugely expensive in...

    Para ops from helicopters is hugely expensive in terms of fuel burn and consumption of hours on critical components, as well as pilot/aircrew flight time. It's really difficult to justify when it...
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    The PC-9 is not really suitable for very slow...

    The PC-9 is not really suitable for very slow observational stuff, which the 172 and the Caravan can do in spades. The thoughts of spending time in a PC-9, trolling around a cash escort or a convoy,...
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    with regard to built on order, in the case of...

    with regard to built on order, in the case of Defender hulls, the aircraft was built sporadically and no hulls were stocked and the spares holding for major parts was very small. It was the same case...
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    @C252, Clonbulloge used a piston Islander for...

    @C252, Clonbulloge used a piston Islander for years as a drop aircraft (I even flew it) and it behaves beautifully at slow speeds and can sit all day at slow speeds (loitering) and Clonbulloge and...
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