Maybe the end of an era, but I spent/wasted many many many many many many days of my life there when I could have been doing something else. 3 mates killed in a crash on that very pad. Lots of memories and stories, but no sadness at it going.
I'd like to think that all those plaques/murals etc on the walls were recorded properly somewhere - are any of the mil museums making space for what we're dismantling/bringing back? Norn Iron was a major part of military life for some time and is worthy of being properly recorded in the UK.
BBK, did one of my Most Interesting airtests there.
Flew down to change Tail Rotor on a Scout.
Very low level cloud.
Pilot was 2 i/c of unit I was attached to, expireance pilot, but new to Scout.
Airtest called for vertical climb at 103.5 % Tq feeding in full boot so as to turn against Tq.
Normally done at over 2,000 ft AGL.
Clagged in, units screaming for cabs once weather cleared, so break in cloud and we had a go. Three four times we tried, not easy for expireanced Scout jockey.
Finally my aviator found position for collective at 103.5% and we went down, then he pulled poll 103.5% and banged in the boot.
Sh1t before I new what was going on we where heading vertically down nose first. I know it could not be 90 degrees but it felt like it.
The look on my Full screws face when he turned and looked at me as if to say should this be happening ?
Our Jockey pulled us out of the dive and looking out the side window, we where below the level of the top of the surrounding hills in that little valley before the pan.
We landed and he says I think we'll take that as 'S'.
john who lived to fly to BKK.