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    A Brief History of the RAF

    The RAF was formed on 1st April (how appropriate) 1918 by merging the Royal Flying Corps and the Naval air Service. At the end of World War 1 it found itself the Word’s most powerful air force with 22 000 aircraft , 188 operational squadrons and 291 000 personnel. In an early version of LEAN, this was reduced to 12 operational squadrons and 31 500 personnel by 1919 (now that’s cutting out the deadwood). 1918 to 1936 was the golden era of the bi plane with unforgettable designs like the Grebe, Tomtit and Westland Wapiti. In these between war years the RAF had to be content with bombing the crap out of defenceless natives in various parts of the world, in particular Iraq where it dropped 100 tons of bombs for the loss of 11 aircraft. This demonstrated a remarkable foresight on behalf of the RAF and stood it in good stead for a similar operations some 75 plus years later.

    World War 2 proved to be a sterner test for our boys in serge blue on account of the natives being slightly more inclined to put up a fight. Still on the plus side, it was drop a few bombs on Jerry then back home for tea, medals and a jump from some tart in Lincoln while her hubby was sweating it out in the North Africa with the Desert Rats. Despite all this our heroes in blue came through, in part to ‘state of the art’ designs such as the Fairy battle (a light Fighter bomber with Morris Minor like performance) and the Manchester (a heavy bomber with C130J like reliability),.but mostly because Bomber Harris let us drop lots of bombs.

    The post war years brought new challenges with the start of the jet age and with this new technology at our disposal it was high time we started bombing people again; so Indonesia, Malaya, Korea, Kenya Aden, and Egypt soon found themselves on the receiving end of large amounts of high explosives.

    The 1960s brought us the ‘Supersonic Age’ the English Electric Lighting was an important breakthrough. It was built in response to an early episode of ‘Scarp Heap Challenge’ where the object was to get rid of 1500 gallons of kerosene without actually pouring it down the drain. The Lightning completed the challenge with ease and a useful spin off was that it could fly at almost twice the speed of sound and shoot things. Unfortunately it could not drop bombs, but the RAF bought it anyway because it discovered that it could scare the crap out of kids at air shows.

    A long period of inactivity facing off the Soviets in Germany followed this, but an advantage of this was that although we did not drop any bombs we had LOA, tax free cars, booze and fags. In 1982 the horrid Argies gave us the chance to start to bomb things again. The pathetic attempt by RAF Vulcans to bomb Port Stanley runway demonstrated the importance of regularly bombing things. Eight years later the RAF found themselves back in familiar territory in the Gulf. Faced with a massive abundance of falling HE the Iraqis responded with psychological warfare; they surrendered thus forcing the RAF to vacate their 5 star hotels and return to dear old Blighty . The next few years were spent with the Jags and Tornados just itching to drop some more HE on the Iraqis, but next in line were those horrible Serbs. This time it was back to the type of war our boys in blue loved best. Bombing Johnny Serb direct from Bruggen and getting home in time for tea and medals (well bratties and tax free cars and booze any way). Next on the list was Iraq again with the opportunity to drop more bombs, this time smart bobs that you could put up Saddam’s hoop (but just remember smart weapons need smart people).

    At the time of writing due to Defence cuts, E2E and Lean, we are heading towards a similar size that we were in 1919 and chances are, due to Jointery, we may yet become the Royal Flying Corps again; Trenchard and our heroes of yesteryear must be rolling in their graves.
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    #2
    Classic, 87 years of history crammed into a few paragraphs. Why wasn't history so interesting.

    I tell you what, the War of the Roses was my biggest hate at school, don't know why....I just switched off and thought of footy instead. Do you reckon you could do that in a few paragrahs fella.........hehehehehe, I might even learn something

    I agree with your comment on jointery.

    The RAF is in drawdown..... I have 8 friends (RAF) now working on Army and Navy units in the UK. Rapier is being handed over to the Army, all the RAF Supply is now controlled by the Army, hence why we cant get anything. Our aircraft paperwork is all now the Army way and even our good old F1250 is no more.....now we have a join ID card. We even have our techies out in Basrah with the Army Units doing top cover, but then again, we have always done every other buggers job anyway so nothing new there

    The RAF fitness test is slowly but surely becoming a BFT so get ready for it all you lard asses, things are going to get intersting over the next few years. Now where is my cam cream and webbing......must go out in the garden and give myself a right beasting
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      #3
      In reply to Bitburgers comment of being the same size as in 1919, I have to agree. But can anyone tell me how many personnel we had in Iraq, Afganistan, kosovo, Falklands, and covering our brave, over paid firemen in 1919? We are far too overstreched.
      I`m one of those sad lads that enjoys a good black and white war film, with Dicky Attenborough and his chums kicking the hun out of the skies over Dover. They portray men of guts, and to hell with red tape, and at the end of the day they got respect for questioning the higher authorities decisions. Could you imagine what would happen if one of us so much as thought our bosses attempt at nest feathering was detrimental to the beloved RAF? We would be out on our arses for insubordination or something!
      One day in the not too distant future, the s**t will hit the prop good and proper, and the brass from Whitehall, down to section level on station, will say oops we made a mistake.....again.
      I for one would volunteer my services on the execution party, but that job will probably be under the control of the army too.

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        #4
        Originally posted by wobbly
        Classic, 87 years of history crammed into a few paragraphs. Why wasn't history so interesting.

        I tell you what, the War of the Roses was my biggest hate at school, don't know why....I just switched off and thought of footy instead. Do you reckon you could do that in a few paragrahs fella.........hehehehehe, I might even learn something

        I agree with your comment on jointery.

        The RAF is in drawdown..... I have 8 friends (RAF) now working on Army and Navy units in the UK. Rapier is being handed over to the Army, all the RAF Supply is now controlled by the Army, hence why we cant get anything. Our aircraft paperwork is all now the Army way and even our good old F1250 is no more.....now we have a join ID card. We even have our techies out in Basrah with the Army Units doing top cover, but then again, we have always done every other buggers job anyway so nothing new there

        The RAF fitness test is slowly but surely becoming a BFT so get ready for it all you lard asses, things are going to get intersting over the next few years. Now where is my cam cream and webbing......must go out in the garden and give myself a right beasting
        Unfortunately Jointery is the way ahead, it works, and can no doubt save some money, like painting all our fast-jets grey and retiring the F.3.....at least I am out getting fit ahead of time (courtesy of the light blue bererts) by doing boot runs,log races,command tasks and 'genral green job stuff' as well as drinking cheap booze and increasing my already burgeoning porn collection. Long live the AAC and all who sail in her...good potted history, you need to add the bit about squippas being payed less than ration assasins and LOA going down 5%...

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          #5
          I had jointery in woodwork at school, couldnt get the hang of thoose tricky dovetails!!!

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            #6
            I saw some true jointery in action the other day. I went to the geriatric ward where my wife works, and there were puzzles everywhere.

            Just think of all the little bits of jointery in a 100 piece puzzle!
            Praise the Lord; Now pass the ammunition.


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              #7
              I know this is an old post - but I read it to help with my 'Selection Interview' and just spat my tea everywhere! It's a work of genius ... love it! lol.

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                #8
                Originally posted by baron von shaggedoften View Post
                In reply to Bitburgers comment of being the same size as in 1919, I have to agree. But can anyone tell me how many personnel we had in Iraq, Afganistan, kosovo, Falklands, and covering our brave, over paid firemen in 1919? We are far too overstreched.
                I`m one of those sad lads that enjoys a good black and white war film, with Dicky Attenborough and his chums kicking the hun out of the skies over Dover. They portray men of guts, and to hell with red tape, and at the end of the day they got respect for questioning the higher authorities decisions. Could you imagine what would happen if one of us so much as thought our bosses attempt at nest feathering was detrimental to the beloved RAF? We would be out on our arses for insubordination or something!
                One day in the not too distant future, the s**t will hit the prop good and proper, and the brass from Whitehall, down to section level on station, will say oops we made a mistake.....again.
                I for one would volunteer my services on the execution party, but that job will probably be under the control of the army too.
                Methinks you'd have to take a number.

                In a similar vein, we could take a page out of the Romans book when it came to Spartacus, they crucified one of his men every few yards along the road to Rome. I reckon we could probably hang a pollie every mile from Lands End to John O'Groats and probably improve the life of every member of the UK population.

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                  #9
                  I love this place, from the Lightning to Spartacus in 8 posts!
                  The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government. — Tacitus.

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                    #10
                    Flypast magazine, this month published an article about the flypast arranged for the newly crowned Queen. Today's RAF has only slightly more aircraft than appeared on the day back in 1953 at RAF Odiham
                    Ecce, immitte sis in amphitheatrum paucos Christianous et permitte tauro aliquando vincere

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by morse1001 View Post
                      Flypast magazine, this month published an article about the flypast arranged for the newly crowned Queen. Today's RAF has only slightly more aircraft than appeared on the day back in 1953 at RAF Odiham
                      Funnily enough I was looking for film of the 1953 review at the weekend. Here it is and definitely worth a watch:
                      http://www.britishpathe.com/video/raf-coronation-review
                      Looks about right to me

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                        #12
                        Jointry works?

                        When ordering 2 part resins, if jointry works then tell me why the army can supply any amount of the adhesive but the hardner is inability?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by 8:15fromOdium View Post
                          Funnily enough I was looking for film of the 1953 review at the weekend. Here it is and definitely worth a watch:
                          http://www.britishpathe.com/video/raf-coronation-review
                          Them were the days!
                          Ecce, immitte sis in amphitheatrum paucos Christianous et permitte tauro aliquando vincere

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by 8:15fromOdium View Post
                            Funnily enough I was looking for film of the 1953 review at the weekend. Here it is and definitely worth a watch:
                            http://www.britishpathe.com/video/raf-coronation-review

                            Great Stuff- Thanks.

                            I noticed that some of the senior orficers had a good bunch or real medals pinned up.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by morse1001 View Post
                              Flypast magazine, this month published an article about the flypast arranged for the newly crowned Queen. Today's RAF has only slightly more aircraft than appeared on the day back in 1953 at RAF Odiham
                              According to one of the programmes last week or so it took the Army/NAVY & RAF units 45 minutes to complete the march past.
                              That was just UK based
                              We had sizable garrisons all over the world keeping uppity natives in check
                              On arrival in England Madonna stated "she wished to embrace British Culture"

                              She is now the single mother of four children by four different fathers

                              Job Done


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