A JUNIOR PILOTS LIFE

Most pilots say that their best tour is their first as the squadron JP.  Looking back through the squadron diaries shows that not much has changed in an average JPs day over the years…

April and May 1912.

Larkhill – I have been down here for about 10 days working on the Bristol monoplane which I find the most comforting machine to fly, one feels safe as a church in it.  I have done several successful flights up to 1000 feet and a bit more.  The machine is the easiest thing in the world to handle in the air but a beast to land, it goes so fast, about 60mph!  Pizey had a narrow escape the other day, his monoplane side slipping on a turn and coming down on one wing from about 50 feet.  Luckily, he wasn’t hurt in the slightest.  His passenger got a black eye though.

April 2012.

RNAF Leeuwarden – I have been here for about 10 days working on Ex Frisian Flag.  I have done several successful flights some over Germany and Holland including swing role missions and air to air war fighting.  The aircraft has performed well and some of the other nations seem envious of our capability.  Landing has been interesting with over 50 aircraft recovering at once, all landing at 160 mph!  Kenny had a narrow escape the other day.  He ended up side slipping into the canal on the way home from the pub, coming down in the water from about 5 feet.  Luckily, he wasn’t hurt in the slightest.  His I-Phone got a soaking though.

May 1913.

Wiltshire – I have to go up for a beast of a check flight next week and my time has mostly been spent in learning up.  However, I don’t think I should fail.  I spend most of the day with a tame crammer finding out and improving my knowledge.

May 2012.

RAF Coningsby – I have to go up for a beast of sortie next week, my combat ready check. My time has mostly been spent learning up.  However, I don’t think I should fail and spend most of the day with our aggressive Qualified Weapons Instructor who is quick to point out my faults and ignorance.

June 1912.

South Farnborough – Went for a flight with Carfrae, very rough with kite going up and down and we only got as far as Brookwood when we had to descend.  Landed in between the canal and the lunatic asylum, all the lunatics and vagrants came out to meet the monoplane!  Made a sharp exit for the local pub!

June 2012.

RAF Coningsby – Went for a flight with Mason, very rough weather but we managed to complete a sortie in Spadeadam range, practicing our missile defence manoeuvres.  After landing, had to drop the jet off at 11 Sqn where all the 11 Sqn engineers came out to meet us.  Made a sharp exit for the mess…

According to the diaries of Captain C.R.W. Allen, 3 Sqn 1912 and 3(F) Sqn JPs 2012.

 

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