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All girl RAF Merlin crew ready for Afghanistan

#1
Just read this on MoD News:

The four female aircrew will form part of an aircrew pool of all the Merlin pilots and loadmasters and will be assigned to aircraft as individuals.

The four - two pilots and two loadmasters - include Flight Lieutenant Michelle Goodman, the first woman ever to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The girls aged from 24 to 32 have been training hard in California to cope with the 'high, hot and dusty' conditions of southern Afghanistan.

The team will be expected to pick up casualties and fly resupply missions into the teeth of hostile fire in Helmand province.

The four women have been focusing on night dust landings and gunnery and expect to come under enemy fire frequently.

The two crewmen, Sergeants Stephanie Cole, 24, and Wendy Donald, 32, have been honing their weapons skills on the helicopter's three 7.62mm general purpose machine guns as they prepare to defend their aircraft.

Flight Lieutenants Goodman and Joanna Watkinson, 28, have been practising evasive flying manoeuvres to minimise their exposure to enemy fire.

All the women are aware that they might be shot down or forced to ditch the aircraft in hostile territory and have prepared for the possibility.
Good luck to them, but I wonder if it would have made the news being an all male crew...no probably not.

Does this advance equality or hinder it?
 
#3
Cracking story and dead impressed girls, mega stuff, it does however remind of the time 2 Int Corps birds let a little bit of bottom smell out and gripped my manly arms so tight I had fingernail marks for a week, the reason ? The cab loosed off chaff on the lift between BAS and Shaibah .. the sh*t pant fems died a brief death !! :D
 
#6
What irritates me about tripe like this is that it is meaningless.
We have all these Equality and Diversity policies almost physically pumped into us then.

For example, we have had male nurses for years, so if I became a nurse tomorrow no one one would care.

We have had female pilots & aircrew for years, so why the fuss?

Wheres is the being treated as equals here?

I don't care what gender/sexual/political/ whatever the person is.

As long as they do the job properly so what?
 
#7
I do try not to get grumpy about this sort of stuff - really I do. So they're aware that they might be shot down etc etc. I imagine all the other crews are too and the blokes and blokesses on the ground certainly are aware of the dangers.

As to whether it advances or hinders equality - neither sadly. It just belittles the issue. Still, no doubt the gormless media will enjoy it all.
 
#8
re-stilly said:
Be good PR for Terry if he shoots them down and rogers them senseless as well. Would have been better to keep quiet about it.
But even if that does happen, it's still good PR for the RAF's glorious heroines, and makes Terry look even more hideously evil, the bastard.

Wet panted, gushing chicks will be queing up for miles outside the RAF careers office this morning, spouting "girl power" and all that bollocks.
 
#9
kes1 said:
Just read this on MoD News:

The four female aircrew will form part of an aircrew pool of all the Merlin pilots and loadmasters and will be assigned to aircraft as individuals.

The four - two pilots and two loadmasters - include Flight Lieutenant Michelle Goodman, the first woman ever to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The girls aged from 24 to 32 have been training hard in California to cope with the 'high, hot and dusty' conditions of southern Afghanistan.

The team will be expected to pick up casualties and fly resupply missions into the teeth of hostile fire in Helmand province.

The four women have been focusing on night dust landings and gunnery and expect to come under enemy fire frequently.

The two crewmen, Sergeants Stephanie Cole, 24, and Wendy Donald, 32, have been honing their weapons skills on the helicopter's three 7.62mm general purpose machine guns as they prepare to defend their aircraft.

Flight Lieutenants Goodman and Joanna Watkinson, 28, have been practising evasive flying manoeuvres to minimise their exposure to enemy fire.

All the women are aware that they might be shot down or forced to ditch the aircraft in hostile territory and have prepared for the possibility.
Good luck to them, but I wonder if it would have made the news being an all male crew...no probably not.

Does this advance equality or hinder it?
Hatches and Harnesses
- check
Fuel
- check
Lipstick
- check
Emergency Handbag
- .. got a problem, no mascara. What do we do if we get captured and displayed on TV?
No worries, they'll make us wear a burka :)

IME, there are quite a few women I'd rather have serving under or over me (in both senses) than quite a lot of men (in purely the military command sense - any man in the other sense)
 
#15
bullet_catcher said:
re-stilly said:
Be good PR for Terry if he shoots them down and rogers them senseless as well. Would have been better to keep quiet about it.
I thought the enemy only rogered young men and boys, or am I just susceptible to propaganda?
Come on lets be honest when you have been stuck in them mountains for a couple of years, you are not going to be fussy are you.
 
#16
re-stilly said:
bullet_catcher said:
re-stilly said:
Be good PR for Terry if he shoots them down and rogers them senseless as well. Would have been better to keep quiet about it.
I thought the enemy only rogered young men and boys, or am I just susceptible to propaganda?
Come on lets be honest when you have been stuck in them mountains for a couple of years, you are not going to be fussy are you.
they've always got each other ...
 
#17
Excognito said:
re-stilly said:
bullet_catcher said:
re-stilly said:
Be good PR for Terry if he shoots them down and rogers them senseless as well. Would have been better to keep quiet about it.
I thought the enemy only rogered young men and boys, or am I just susceptible to propaganda?
Come on lets be honest when you have been stuck in them mountains for a couple of years, you are not going to be fussy are you.
they've always got each other ...
So have the aircrew, picture the scene you rock up for a lift and there in the load bay are four birds in a lesbian orgy GO RAF
 
#18
I would hate to be onboard when they're having a shite day and all the painters are in. 8O

Has to be said too, women giving it some on the GPMG. Mmmmmm! Nice!


NB, Sgt Stephanie Cole is most certainly a deligthful sight.
 
#19
topkop said:
Excognito said:
re-stilly said:
bullet_catcher said:
re-stilly said:
Be good PR for Terry if he shoots them down and rogers them senseless as well. Would have been better to keep quiet about it.
I thought the enemy only rogered young men and boys, or am I just susceptible to propaganda?
Come on lets be honest when you have been stuck in them mountains for a couple of years, you are not going to be fussy are you.
they've always got each other ...
So have the aircrew, picture the scene you rock up for a lift and there in the load bay are four birds in a lesbian orgy GO RAF
Can't say I came across any RAF lesbians ..,
 

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