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  1. I've no doubt at all that making humour out of tragedy was in poor taste. The British throughout , history; have developed a 'Dark' sense of humour. Although that is dying out as us oldies fade away and the media no longer screen programmes nor ads containing any such content. There was another 'Bouncing Bomb' related commercial from the same company, with a Brit bouncing his rolled up beach towel across a hotel swimming pool which landed neatly on a sun lounger, unrolling a tin of lager. defeating a crowd of German guests, who are well known for putting towels on the loungers in the middle of the night. . .that ad ran for quite a while until the German Government complained and it was pulled.
  2. Amusing Beer advertisement, now banned for some reason or other. . .
  3. Welcome to RF Maxy. . . I can see that you already have some good oil from the denizens hereabouts ! I used to fly into YLIL ( I'm assuming that is Lilydale . . flying from Casey Airfield at Berwick, ( Now long closed ) and then living in Mitcham. I am assuming that the site is the same one as in the mid 1970s, please correct me if not. It had one grass runway. I had to make a precautionary there, after the engine of the Cherokee Six 300 started barking and coughing. There was a LAME there at the time, working on something else, and he kindly attended to the problem, it took 2 hours and was apparently a fuel flow problem. He replaced some parts, filters I think, and ran the engine for what he considered was sufficient time to check that it was OK to fly. Nice place, nice people. . .I had to disgorge my 4 Pax though, as the runway was JUST sufficient for a lightly loaded aircraft. He flew with me back to Berwick, and the Manager shuttled my 4 pax there to ! Unbelievable hospitality from both men, and the only charge was for the work and parts. . They even refused payment for the car fuel ! I hope that I've got the right airfield, Coz it was long time ago. Good fortune with your flying mate. Phil.
  4. I feel sure that little stories like this wil continue to surface until all those related or involved are long dead.. .
  5. They say that a good landing is one that you can walk away from, but that a GREAT landing is one where the Flying Appliance is re-useable. . .
  6. I hadn't seen this one before,. . . quite heartwarming. . .
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  8. We had a Two day fly-in and BBQ this last weekend at our arfield, and i got the full gamut of Monkey style radio procedures,. . to be fair, several visitors were very good and professional sounding,. . but some of the others were posted somewhere between Bad and bloody Awful. . . Still, we managed to have a safe 2 days, with No real hassles, and NO ONE WAS KILLED . . .which was another Plus of course. . . The only negative bit was that Julie, the Nubile lead singer and Leader of the Band, operating from an Articulated Truck stge on Saturday Night promised me that she would wear something really sexy,. . .but the bitch went on stage in shiny leather trousers instead of the 'Split up the side' short skirt that she promised. . . Women have always been a disappointment to me. . . .
  9. Avro Lancaster B Mark III, ED724 'PM-M', of No. 103 Squadron RAF pauses on the flarepath at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, before taking off for a raid on Duisburg, Germany, during the Battle of the Ruhr. Three searchlights (called 'Sandra' lights), two of which are visible on the left, form a cone to indicate the height of the cloud base for the departing aircraft.
  10. This short tale of WW2 was written by the Son he never lived to see. Although their luck was destined to last no longer than a few weeks more, Mosquito pilot (Dad left) and navigator (Zygmunt right) were incredibly lucky 75 years ago today. It was late afternoon on Wednesday 5 July 1944. Dad’s diary entry (translated) :- ‘1944 (5th July) Wednesday. Landed machine without engines at Church Fenton then night patrol 2.05 hrs in the same machine’. They had taken Mosquito NFXII Serial no HK234 (similar to pictured) up for a test flight after mechanical work and were returning back to their squadron base at RAF Church Fenton in Yorkshire about to commence their landing approach when suddenly both engines simultaneously cut out. Basic engineering design was supposed to eliminate such a thing, but it had happened. There was an emergency training procedure for single engined landings, but not for no engines. In terms of contemporaneous records of emergencies even with one engine, the chances of them emerging unscathed with their aircraft undamaged were slim. With both engines U/S, chances were effectively zero. The undercarriage and landing flaps were still up, and because both engines were dead, the undercarriage and landing flap hydraulic operating system was also dead. A Mosquito weighed anywhere between 6 ½ to 10 tons deadweight depending on fuel and load carried. It was no glider. An emergency hydraulic pump operated by a lever bar stowed in the cockpit door could be used by means of a socket on the floor for manually lowering the undercarriage. It was supposed to require between 200-300 strokes and take 3-4 minutes. They had nothing like that time and only one slim chance to get the emergency approach right. While Dad wrestled to prevent a stall and commence a fast nosedive landing approach onto the grass, with or without undercarriage, Zygmunt his navigator worked the hand pump to-and-fro like a demon. Somehow the U/C locked down just as they were about to make the high-speed landing roll on the grass outfield. Just as things started looking good, to their horror a group of ground crew, oblivious of this silent machine hurtling down towards them, started crossing the grass directly in their landing path, going across for their evening meal. They finally noticed and scattered, one on a bike crouching down on his handlebars cycling right between the wheels. Unbelievably no-one was hurt, and even more incredibly the aircraft finally rolled to a halt totally undamaged. Cue much laughing and joking (while holy shit knows how shaken and relieved they must have been). Engineers located and rectified the fault. They took the same aircraft up again for a full operational patrol the same night and it behaved perfectly. Like every crew, they would have been determined to get straight back up, to restore their nerve and confidence. Particularly so, because three crews, all close colleagues, had been killed in similar circumstances including their own squadron commander, who had perished attempting to demonstrate a single engine Mosquito landing the year before, getting the approach wrong. The incident was recalled in later accounts of the squadron’s history although, as was often the case in ‘no injury no damage’ incidents, kept off official records. The Mosquito HK234 itself survived the war. It was to move on from Sqdn 307 to Sqdn 264 and then again to Operational Training Unit 51, to be finally taken out of service and scrapped in August 1945. Putting the incident into perspective, there is a rather depressing video taken by a spectator at an air show in 1996 in which one of the last airworthy Mosquitoes stalled and fatally crashed. The inquiry concluded it was probably initiated from a temporary loss of power in the port engine. Google ‘Last Mosquito’ if you wish to watch it.
  11. Just as an aside,. . .the Bulgarian pilot to whom I spoke, was a LAYDEE. . .the Eastern Europeans had lots of Lady pilots in their air forces during the cold war, and still do apparently,. . I just have to wonder if they are all trained and conversant with cleaning the cockpits and behind the Galley fridge too. . .? ( Grabs Helmet and runs for the hills. . .)
  12. I always preferred the 'Day se Mal' instead of 'Point' as used in the USA Nev,. . .but this is Purely Subjective,. . .We use it in the UK because we do. . . . .and we don't get that many US pilots complaining, as far as I'm aware. I recently heard a Brazilian pilot using 'Point' . between frequency numbers, but this is quite rare, and the Brit controllers seemed to be OK with this and didn't become pedantic. ( Yes, I Know I'm a saddoe and listen in to commercial traffic into Birmingham. . the controllers aren't as amusing as the guys on Heathrow tower though, they're in a class of their own. . . I recently heard an RPT using our airfield freq a few weeks back,. . obviously an error, so I informed them of the correct channel to be on and they thanked me for the info. . .what the heck they was doing on unicom 129.830 I have no idea, it's nothing like any of the Brum channels,. . but HEY, any chance to talk to an arliner eh ? Turned out to be a Cargo 'Dog' from Bulgaria. . . . my BEST 'Other' one was a call from an RPT just South of Iceland,. .( This was over 10 years ago ) not bad on VHF, from 650 NM range. . . ( Mind you, he WAS at FL310 ) Gave me a position report. . . I was so proud. . . .( ! ) He should have been on 119.825, but he got us instead. . . I'm still amazed that we were readable '4' on a five Watt transmitter at that range,. .. but radio wave propogation does strange things at times. . .as all you radio hams know. .
  13. Hi Rob,. . nothing wrong with the mid life crisis,. . II mean look at me, I just discovered that Girlies under forty years of age, are still interesting to look at. . . even at MY age. . . FLYING is a very special thing. . .Something which has NO comparison. Every person will, for the first time, perceive flying in a different way. . .but to sit in the cockpit of a small aeroplane, and to have YOUR hands on the controls,. . well,. . .this is something you need to discover for yourself, as all of us on this forum have done. warning however,. . Flight is very addictive, . . more so than most Drugs. So if you are a person who is susceptible to drugs,. . .Don't do it !. . .for if you do, you will be hooked, and telling us your own personal story of the awakening to flight. Aside from all this poetic Bull$hit mate,. . good luck with your first trial lesson and we hope to read about your progress cobber.
  14. In the UK, we always put the station called as the first word of the transmission BUT. . .At OTHERTON . . ie, my base,. . we have people clipping TX when they are calling 'Hatherton', and 'Weston, and the worst one, 'Overton. . . which Does elicit a reply from Us,. . . not surprisingly. . . I have been asking our lads and lassies to use the Place name at the beginning AND the end of the transmission for clarity,. . some do, after I have sent them Scott Hendry's videos of flying around in the NT etc. . . I shall keep brainwashing them on Bookface etc, until they adopt safer radio procedures. . .I DO have some allies for this on local Aviation social media, so it's Working.albeit SLOWLY ! . ( BTW I DID ASK SCOTT'S PERMISSION TO PROMULGATE HIS VIDEOS AND USE THEM FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES . . ! )
  15. Thanks for the upbeat answer Kaz. . I just passed my NPPL aeromed too. . . .reason being, I can't now afford to fly GA aircraft on my pension ! But I can fly anything up to 2,000 KGs AUW on my NPPL/SEP rating which includes a lot of G.A. appliances too ?. . . oh well,. . .I'll only fly 182s / 172s / Pa 28 R200s etc if I have some Victims,. . er, I mean 'Friends' sharing the cost ! I assume this means that I can fly a Twin again, if I only start One engine. . . . . Great ! I can't have back my Pax Oxygen management ticket for flight above 10.000 feet, but what the hell,. . I just won't go there, nor try to fly over the Swiss Alps. . . Normally fresh NPPL holders cannot fly aircraft with complex systems. . ie Constant Speed props and Dangly Dunlops, but they've told me that since I have multiple thousand hours doing so, that I will be granted grandfather rights on those Simple accessories, and that I can continue to fly friends to the Isle of Man TT races without the prop left in full fine and the gear extended,. . which is Handy. . . Innit ?
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