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« Thread started on: Nov 12th, 2005, 1:26pm »

OK, so I remember my first job in the factory after leaving the training school, (1971, Buccaneer inner wing). Remember thinking that aircraft components were supposed to be lightweight. ( wow!). Worked on outer wing BLC Ducts, ATO Doors, Jetpipe fairings,and remember all the Buccaneer centre fuselages coming together a few feet from where I worked. I worked on Phantoms at Holme upon Spalding Moor, ( 1975/78 ), and saw maybe the last 10 Buccaneers come through.
Anyone else with similar memories?
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 15th, 2005, 2:45pm »

Cheers for your history Steve, I have now made this topic a sticky so that others can add their's.

Mines straight forwards:

No RAF background but interest in working on aircraft evolved after becoming bored with just going to airshows back in 1995.

Took on the restoration of Buccaneer XX894 in 1999 and we were progressing nicely with it until he owners wanted to move her to Farnborough in 2002.
After 894 departed to Hampshire, our small but dedicated team spent sometime sprucing up the old ex-Kemble Gate Guard Meteor.

It wasn't long before we were once again involved with restoring a Bucc, this time it was to prepare XX889 for static display at RIAT Fairford in 2003.

Things around this time were getting rather busy, The Buccaneer Trust's Guy Hulme had been in contact with regards to asking the owners about the possible purchase of XX894, we had started to trade some of our spares, keeping the website up to date and getting ideas for future merchandise.

September 2003 saw us help remove 894 out of Farnborough and make her way up to Bruntingthorpe.

I stayed with the restoration of 894 until June this year, when due to various reasons, I decided it was best to leave.

I now help the Buccaneer Engineering and Support Team at Bournemouth who look after XX897, as and when time allows.

**********UPDATED 26/04/2006*********

Myself and the BBS Restoration team, have spent the last few months trying hard to de-bog XX889, which is currently located at Gloucester Airport (Staverton).
The aircraft is due to move to Kemble, Gloucestershire in the near future to undergo a deep restoration programme, which will eventually bare fruit in the form of most of the aircraft's systems being reactivated.

So that's the next 10 years sorted out!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 15th, 2005, 8:54pm »

Heres Mine:

Moved down to Lincs from North East Scotland early 2000 was never interested in aircraft before I moved which I regret as Lossiemouth was just down the road from where I lived in Scotland.I started going to various opendays and airshows you cant get away from aircraft round here anyway what with Waddington,Scampton,Cranwell etc on my doorstep anyway I ended up at Bruntingthorpe one may open day where a couple of mighty Buccs where based I wanted to help out there so I emailed this site got chatting with Nigel who who asked me if I want to help with restoring 894 I then got involved with the aircraft which I was doing up until May this year when I had to leave because of work commitments.But i am hoping to get get involved in restore another Buccaneer in the new year fingers crossed. cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: Dec 21st, 2005, 08:18am »

Originally posted by Joe Bowman on the Old Colleagues thread:

I arrived at 12 Sqn, Honnington, on 15 Dec 1969 when it consisted off 2 Buccs and 3 Hunters. Met my future wife at the Black Boy in Burry St Edmunds on 15 Jan and we married 8 weeks later on 15 Mar.

In Dec I went on my Fitters course returning 3 1/2 years later to ADSU where I first worked on the Red M team and then the Strikesight DWG line. Then to Germany where I spent 2 1/2 years on 15 and 6 months on 16 Sqn.

Then to Sealand where I spent 18 months on the Bucc Autopilot line.

While at CSDE Swanton Morley I was involved in the final Bucc Mod - the new Smiths Autopilot.

So I saw them in and I saw them out. I joined a year before they arrived and left a year after they retired.

So if you remember me let me know. Joe Bowman L Tech FS (Flight Systems) My wife was, and still is Thelma.
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 23rd, 2005, 10:56am »

Hi everyone

Sorry Nigel, I registered ages ago but forgot all my log on stuff so I have re-registered using my hotmail account! Well, just to introduce myself and give you a bit of my history. I was in the RAF from 73 - 97 where I was employed as an Engine Fitter (Eng Tech P) or as it is more commonly known a 'Sooty' I worked on various types - Jey Provost, Hunters, Hercules, two desk jobs Eng Instructions at HQSTC and TPF (Eng Bay) at RAF Bruggen. I also spent two tours on the 'Bucc' on 208 Sqn at RAF Honington and 16 Sqn at Laarbruch which I consider the best of my career! Currently employed by the 5th largest bank in the world (who happen to sponsor Williams F1 team) helping to catch the bad guys who want our money! cool
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 26th, 2006, 12:21pm »

Hi, Thought Id write down my history as well.
RAF 75-99,
Rigger,
Whirlwinds, Tern Hill & Shawbury
Buccs, Honington, ASF & 208 Laarbruch, ASF
Bruggen 431 MU
Puma & Chinook Odiham Gutersloh, 18 & PCSF - Laarbruch, PCMF
Tornado F3, Coningsby Mod Teams
Harrier GR7, Laarbruch, HMF

Now doing C of As for B756/767 & A320s.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 17th, 2006, 8:21pm »

Hi Guys, this is me

Rigger 89 - 04

Nimrods
Pumas 33 and 230 sqn
EH101 28 sqn

Never got Buccs sadly, so building a radio controlled one.

Now a police officer, but considering emigrating at the mo.
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 27th, 2006, 11:00pm »

my dad flew with 208 up in lossie for abit just before he got kicked in the mouth by a horse which shattered his jaw left him unable to fly fast jets so he moved on to canberras, then VC10 and is now currently on the training flight

I am in the ATC now and due to my eyesight i cant fly RAF so looking at civi airlines or royal engineers after a degree starting next september (2006)

i wish i was able to get to help out with a buccaneer restoration in some way at some point im going to get orgainised (after i got my wheels back) and visit and get involed at kemble
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 13th, 2006, 9:34pm »

Hi all

Background - RAF - 24 years - Avionics or "Fairy" - or "Pinkie" if you were Royal Navy as I was attached to the Royal Navy at RNAS Culdrose ( SKTU )

Worked on Buccs at St. Athan and Abingdon

Aircraft worked on :-

Vulcan - Majors
Canberra - Majors
Buccaneer - Majors
Phantom - First / Second Line
Sea King 3 - SAR Flight
Whirlwind 10 - UNFICYP
Wessex - UNIFCYP
Jaguar - Majors
Hawk - Majors
Hunter - Majors
Hercules - First / Second Line

What am I doing now, nothing at all with Electronics !!!! but that is life rolleyes

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 12th, 2006, 9:53pm »

Originally posted by Osten 2 on an unsticky topic:

I started as an apprentice in Short Bros in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1951. I worked on the Short Sperrin (try to find photos of that!!) photo recce version of the English Electric Canberra, the RAF freighter, the Belfast, the DeHavilland Comet, the Bristol Britannia, Short Sunderland, Short SB-5, Short VTOL, Short Sealand, Short Seamew, Supermarine Swift. I ended up at Shorts as a junior designer working on the Canberra Camera handling hydraulics, and in the stress dept.
In 1958 I moved to Brough to work for Blackburn Aircraft on the new Buccaneer. I started working on weight control in the stress dept, then was assigned to the Buccaneer flght refuelling probe extend/retract design. In 1961 I was assigned as Senior Development Engineer to the test airfield at Holme-on-Spalding Moor where I worked on aircraft hydraulics, landing gear, nosewheel steering, anti-skid brake systems, fuel system, and Rolls Royce Spey engine installation replacing the original DeHavilland Gyron Junior engines. I left Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in 1966 to work on preliminary designs back at Brough. I sorely missed our jolly evenings at the Red Lion with the pilots, observors and other engineers - most of our problems were solved there!!! From there to the USA in late 1966 working for Bendix aircraft wheels and brakes as project engineer, and then to Rohr Industries in sunny California first as design supervisor on a number of crazy projects, and then to project management on the F-14 fuselage for a few years and then to commercial aircraft thrust reversers and engine build up stuff. Retired in 1993, still missing the people and the projects. I would like to communicate with any old friends or acquaintenances who might remeber me (whether I remember them or not!!!) My best time in my career was at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor where anything was possible, anything was fixable and the beer was fabulous. An exciting place at an exciting time.
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 5th, 2006, 9:07pm »

New Society Member Bill Preece emailed his history to me:

Finally, I cannot recall what details I may have given about my own experience on the"banana bomber". But if it is of interest, I was promoted to Sgt and posted to 12 Sqn RAF Honington in late Aug '69. However, I was sent to HMS Daedalus at Lee on Solent to do the "Blue Jacket" doppler navigation system course prior to arrival at Honington and was there for the arrival of the first 2 ac (from memory XVs 155 & 349). Subsequently, in anticipation of the reforming of XV Sqn at Honington, I returned to HMS Daedalus to do the Buccaneer attack system course. I joined XV sqn (CO Wg Cdr Collins, Adj Flt Lt Kelly COs nav) on return from the RN (having been in receipt of "Blue Liners" - duty free fags and also the daily rum ration - the last issue being in Jun 1970, for which I, a crabfat, was present). We then got posted en masse to RAF Laarbruch in Jan 1971.

We slowly buit up with new ac in the new build XW series ac. These ac initially experienced fuel leak problems which were serious enough for the then HSA to send out a man from Brough to try and help sort out the problems, which as I recall (remember I am Avionics!) were due to the PRC which seals the tanks not having been applied/cured properly. At the same time the spey engine was also giving problems with compressor blades breaking off randomly but regularly, thus causing ECU changes at disappointingly regular intervals. In between times, the pilots were decimating the bird population of the north German plain, this necessitated further ECU changes from time to time. We avionic types were not immune as there were fairly regular birdstrikes on the radome, which did wonders for the main attack radar, the "Blue Parrot" (aptly named in the circumstances). The muck and the blood and the smell, to say nothing of the 'goosed' radar, has to be experienced to be believed.

In retrospect the fuel tank leaks and broken Speys were fixed and the situation sorted quite quickly but we never did get round frequent bird strikes. Some of the more bird strike prone pilots took to sporting dead bird symbols on their helmets!

Unfortunately Wg Cdr Collins and Flt Lt Kelly were killed fairly early on when their ac crashed just over the border in Holland. Wg Cdr Watson (then OC Ops at Honington) was drafted in at short notice as the new CO. The sqn QWI was Sqn Ldr David Cousins, who took a keen interest, as you would expect, in all aspects of his 'trade'. I remember him sitting in on a Strike Sight (weapon aiming and release system) set up very late one night, just to find out what it involved. Of course he rose in later years to be ACM Sir David Cousins, late CinC P&TC.
A number of our other aircrew achieved air rank in later years, inter alia the then Sqn Ldrs O'Brien and MacRobbie (I apologise for any miss-spellings and omissions).

I then moved to 16 Sqn when it in turn re-formed with the Bucc and finished my tour with them
in Jan 1974 and returned to Honington on 237 OCU.

In 1975 I was posted, by now as Ch Tech, to the Buccaneer Role Office at HQSTC as the Electrical/Avionic trades specialist on the ac. My boss, the Elec Eng officer, was Sqn Ldr Martin Palmer (subsequently Air Cdre - DD Air Eng 1) The Mech Eng officer was Sqn Ldr Robin Baker with his deputy Flt Lt Martin Charlton (respectively ex SEngO and JEngO on XV Sqn) their trade specialist was Ch Tech 'Dickie' Bird. As our office was the Delegated Engineering Authority for the ac we remained heavily invoved if no longer hands on in the physical sense.
My time on the Buccaneer was certainly some of the happiest days and I remember the ac with much affection and some little pride of my association both on the line and on the staff! All good things come to an end and in Mar 1979 I moved on to the Phantom and the rest is another story.

Regards - Bill
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 4th, 2007, 11:15am »

Hi All,
I was lucky enough to work on the Bucc during the last 2 years of RAF service. I was an armourer on 208 Sqdn Sept 91 to Feb 94.

Also worked on Vulcans !978-1982 and Nimrods 1982-1989.

Finished up after compulsory redundancy as a security guard.

Have plenty of Bucc photos taken at Lossiemouth during the later years.
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 4th, 2007, 12:24pm »

on Jul 4th, 2007, 11:15am, cabbage wrote:
Have plenty of Bucc photos taken at Lossiemouth during the later years.
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Welcome to the forum cheesy

Please please please can you post some of your photos up?

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« Reply #13 on: Jul 4th, 2007, 1:34pm »

I third that please - cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 4th, 2007, 1:39pm »

Hi, thanks for welcome. I've tried to post a pic in this message, but cut and paste doesn't seem to work with the insert image icon above. What am I doing wrong?

As I work nights up to 7 days a week, it may be a while before I can try again.

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