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I didn't think it was going to do that...

ste14w

War Hero
Drove onto one of the ranges up at Hohne as a Sqn of Marders was just leaving. Fast forward to the weekend and my Tp is on Range stag.

Come the evening we make a small fire in the blind pit to keep warm. During the day, one of the bright sparks finds a slack handful of 20mm Canon rds that looked like they'd been ejected (they all had dents and scrapes down the cases). We tell him to dispose of them and not thinking, he just chucks them in the fire.

Of course, we all bomb burst. The rds don't go off, but we have a very chilly and boring night just watching & waiting for the fire to go out. The 'bright spark' got a shoeing
Was that Sabot? Sounds like something he'd do :D
 
I learned that if you stick an unstruck Thumderflash between the thighs of a bloke sleeping in a four tonner on the way back from SPTA and make a loud hissing noise, the bloke will wake up and actually scream.

The ginger twat.
I discovered that the quickest way to get nine Marines awake and screaming simultaneously was to turn the Lynx upside down.
 
Sorry Eric, but you are mistaken. Bill Botaci was the AIrtech and made it to Artificer before retiring. Not bad work if you can get it. The Airtrooper in question was Pat Braim btw, who was SNLR and became a Fireman in Hull.
I think Bill was ‘present but not participating’. He had a hut on the airfield where he kept his telescope and got annoyed by the number of condoms left in it. I often wondered what became of him...
Point of order: it was AVTAG, not AVTUR.
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

LE
Book Reviewer
Fuel- rather than bomb-related:

AVTUR doesn't burn, according to an Air Tech. Spilled AVTUR on warm concrete vaporises nicely, and WILL burn readily, especially when there's a Scout parked in the middle of the puddle.
That incident was discussed in my household recently. Apparently locally-based RAF personnel started stencilling 'Avtur Doesn't Burn' in places inside the cabs.
 
I did indeed, accompanied by GK (wearing no seatbelt) as we flew it into a field near the Pink pub on the road to Banbridge coming back from a whistle stop tour of the dets to get some stuff. Had to sit with it for hours until a crane came down from Armagh to lift it from the field as it was fitted out.
I remember saying to GK, "I'll never get my tape back now" as the windscreen came in and all the kit started alarming and smoke started billowing from the engine.
It then sat on a trailer outside the sqn under a tarp for a few weeks until I was duly charged for it £150.
Ah those were the days.
Happy days indeed mate.

I got done a few months later for turning a Toyota Hiace van into a banana shaped lump of metal outside of the main NAAFI on Thiepval Barracks; 200 quid & march out.
 
Was it? Never saw AVTAG during my time in Detmold.
Might be brain cell degradation, but F40 AVTAG in Germany (because the waxing temp is -60°), AVTUR with FSII (Fuel System Icing Inhibitor) in the U.K.?
...got me thinking now...
 
Might be brain cell degradation, but F40 AVTAG in Germany (because the waxing temp is -60°), AVTUR with FSII (Fuel System Icing Inhibitor) in the U.K.?
...got me thinking now...
I'll have to check, but when I got through the refueller course run locally in Detmold in the summer of 79, we were on F-34/FSII, the MK bowsers were new and unbent, and the old lags were full of admiration at Pat's feat of destruction.
 
I'll have to check, but when I got through the refueller course run locally in Detmold in the summer of 79, we were on F-34/FSII, the MK bowsers were new and unbent, and the old lags were full of admiration at Pat's feat of destruction.
Hmmm... I arrived in Germany in 75 and saw my first Army bowser, I knew about Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS) and Aviation Turbine (AVTUR) from CrabAir but had never seen AVTAG...
“What’s AVTAG?” I ask the bowser mong,
“Aviation Tagoline” he says confidently...
I suspect he may have fibbed.
 
Hmmm... I arrived in Germany in 75 and saw my first Army bowser, I knew about Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS) and Aviation Turbine (AVTUR) from CrabAir but had never seen AVTAG...
“What’s AVTAG?” I ask the bowser mong,
“Aviation Tagoline” he says confidently...
I suspect he may have fibbed.
We were all young and gullible once....

ETA. According to Wiki, F34 came into NATO use in 78.
 

legobrick

Clanker
In the early 00's, my mate wrapped his ford escort around a traffic island in the wet, managed to drive it home on 3 wheels, and wanted to break it for parts to claw back some money for a new car.

By the end of the day all that remained was a empty shell full of nuts, bolts, tools and empty slab of Heineken. Being a inquisitive chap he wanted to check why the airbag failed to fire, full of liqiud confidence we decided to connect the airbag to a length of twin and earth, chucked it in the car and retreated to a safe distance next to the front wing ready and waiting with the battery booster. Touched the wires down and nothing happened, just as he is about to get up and have a look the bag deploys turning the contents of the car into a IED, shooting bits through the front window of the house and all the near side windows of his neighbours car. I could not stop laughing as he tried to explain how half his socket set had mysteriously ended up in his motor.
 
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