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Newsletter 13
Summer 2006
Updated on 25May2006
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Editorial
Aviation Heritage Project
Camm Bust for RAF Club
Correction
Crescent Wing More
Crescent Wing Even More
Harrier News
Hawk - First Delivery
Hawk News
Joe Turner
Members
People News
Programme
RAF Harrier Story
Sopwith Catalogue
Test Flying the Hunter
Ties
Tripartite Squadron
Walter John Biggs
Wartime Project Office
 
Russ Fairchild who, with Alan Gettings and Charlie Phillips, was one of Flight Development's representative with the squadron, was reminded of a few anecdotes by the prospect of Dave Scrimgeour's talk...
 
I remember the USAF pilot, Lt Colonel JK Campbell, always referred to as "JK", who was particularly paranoid about flying the Kestrel. One particular mission required a rolling vertical landing into a clearing in some woods in the Stamford Battle Training Area. In the pre-flight briefing JK enquired in all seriousness what (electronic) navaids would be available to locate the landing site and guide the approach. It was probably the CO, Wing Commander Dave Scrimgeour, who patiently told him how to use his map, compass and stop watch to pass over a specific landmark on a particular heading at an appropriate speed and after so many seconds lower the nozzles. He would then, Dave assured him, come to the hover over the designated site. JK was also very concerned that the site would be swept (i.e. with a runway sweeper!) before landing.
 

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On another sortie, the target for the day was at a map reference somewhere near Norwich where "...the rolling stock were to be destroyed." In other words the map reference was for a railway marshalling yard. In the de-briefing after the sortie a very disgruntled JK said he hadn't been able to find the target because "...there were no goddam cattle anywhere to be seen at that grid reference!"
 
The German World War II Luftwaffe ace, Colonel Gerhard Barkhorn, made a bone crunching, wince making, heavy vertical landing on the airfield at West Raynham. He had closed the throttle about three feet off the deck and just dropped the aircraft on to the concrete. In the bar that evening, when teased about his very heavy landing, he looked unamused and said very precisely "Zat vos not heffy, just verm!"
 
By the way, I am still involved in V/STOL, watching my bees returning from a mission laden with maximum external stores; a spiralling downwards transition with the undercarriage dangling, then a vertical landing at the hive entrance.
 
Editor's note. These two Colonels were amongst the most colourful of a colourful squadron. JK could not be mistaken for anything but an American with a cigar, usually out, always clenched between his teeth. Col. B was a totally self confident individual with a strong belief that he was immortal; well, with 201 victories it's understandable.