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Old 04-28-2021, 02:09 PM   #631
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PS.....I remembered the Brit's name when I woke up this morning. His name is Dave Braithwaite. He came to VF-121 as I was leaving to return to the fleet with VF-92. He was still with them when I came back to shore duty early because my squadron, airwing and ultimately my ship were all decommissioned, along with many others, as unnecessary after the war ended.
I got to know Dave as well as one can over a short period of time in a huge squadron with most of the instructors flying 2 or 3 hops a day with an hour and a half brief before and debrief after each hop for 5 and sometimes 6 days a week. I will be forever grateful for his introducing me to my all time favorite libation, Glenfiddich single malt whiskey. Cheers, mate.
Dave got a second try at riding a M-B ejection seat in 1988 when the engine on his Hawker Hunter flamed out on approach. His descent and landing was much nicer, er...softer, this time as he reportedly landed in a large pile of cow manure.
Dave had a very long and interesting career both in the UK and US Navys. He had a second exchange tour with Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron VX-4 based at NAS Point Mugu, flew almost every fighter in the Royal Navy and was awarded an MBE membership in the Order of the British Empire as a Sea Harrier pilot in the Falklands War. He later commanded a Sea Harrier squadron and eventually retired in 2001 after a 37 year career in the Royal Navy.
The link below is to a recorded oral history interview in 8 segments of about a half hour each. Beginning at 16:50 on Reel 5 and continuing on Reel 6 are his thoughts and impressions of his time in the Phantom with VF-121. I haven't had time to listen to the whole thing yet but I'm sure it will be quite interesting.



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Sorry, but I spent 20 years fixing operator errors to bother taking pictures of them now. My favorite 781 write up was radio does not operate in OFF position.
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Sorry, but I spent 20 years fixing operator errors to bother taking pictures of them now. My favorite 781 write up was radio does not operate in OFF position.
I remember the AFTO 781 series forms well. They have now switched to a digital system that constantly fails.
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Sorry, but I spent 20 years fixing operator errors to bother taking pictures of them now. My favorite 781 write up was radio does not operate in OFF position.
Many of us spent years flying broken airplanes too...
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Yes, you did and I thank you for your service. My point was meant to be that that part of my life ended over 25 years ago and I have moved on. I will always remember my service with fondness but the assholes and douchebags that I encountered out weigh any attempt to glorify the past with photos of old airplanes.
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Yes, you did and I thank you for your service. My point was meant to be that that part of my life ended over 25 years ago and I have moved on. I will always remember my service with fondness but the assholes and douchebags that I encountered out weigh any attempt to glorify the past with photos of old airplanes.
Wow, what a drag. At least the worst thing that happened to you was dealing with douchebags and assholes. I lost a couple of friends due to improper maintenance. You won't see me griping like a baby about it.
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