|Jag prang revealed - or is it?|
|Last week’s (alleged) Jaguar beat-up attempt picture has prompted nephews Alan Gibson, Simon Lloyd et al to point out a few clues that may reveal otherwise.|
Clue No.1: The ﬂ aps are down. Clue No.2: The aircraft is still clearly recognisable as a Jaguar. (Contact with the ground in true Jag beat-up style would probably have ended rather differently.)
Nephew Lloyd thinks the picture probably shows a wheels-up event from the late 1970s. “The Jag had no ‘no wheels down’ warning. Indeed, I prevented a similar occurrence to a 14 Sqn Jag while taxiing my 31 Sqn F4 out at Bruggen.
‘OVERSHOOT – NO GEAR!’”Lloyd and his faithful navigator were asked by the grateful Jag boss if they
would “prefer a crate of beer or a crate of whisky as a reward”.“We reckoned whisky was nearer the cost of the ‘pussycat’.”
Nephew “Sox” Glover, meanwhile, wonders if the unlucky Jag was the same one [it was – Ed] that caused him to take an unwanted dip in the North Sea. “If it was the Jag that ditched 20km north of Blakeney Point in September 1998 – I was in the Royal Navy Sea King that ditched next to it the following day as we conducted a datum search with our active sonar looking for its sonic locator beacon. We did ﬁ nd it, but it was an expensive bit of water!”
|Get a-way (point)|
|More lovely waypoints, this time from “Bright Orange” nephew Steve Moody.“In the late 1980s I was ﬂying regular trips from the UAE to India. The charts we used showed the three routes into Gan from the north west, north and north|
east. The three waypoints on these routes reading from west to east were:WHATA BUMMR MOMMA.”
|You read it here ﬁrst… well, hopefully on our industry-leading Air Transport Intelligence news service. Within 4h on 29 March, ATI not only revealed ﬁrst that Ryanair was adding ﬁve new destinations, but then revealed one of them|
was… er… the well-known holiday destination of Ballykelly, or Shackleton Barracks – as the locals in Londonderry call it. For those of you that didn’t spot this (that does not include you,nephew Colin Terrey), the story was actually that of an aircraft operating a Ryanair ﬂight landing by mistake at a virtually disused army airﬁeld in Northern Ireland.
Does anyone recall a similar event involving a Spanish DC-9 and Langford Lodge?...and by amazing coincidence
Read Flight from 1956 or read Uncle Roger's web log.