RAF Police vehicles

#45
Get yourself a German Shepherd Dog. Ask it what to do. You'll be the best RAFP reenactors on the circuit.

Obviously I'm assuming you've already got the poor personal hygiene and questionable interpersonal skills down.
Brain on a Chain was the jocular title used for those that were the dog handlers as I recall, clearly the implication being that the greater part of the combined intelligence of the two was with the dog.
 
#46
Brain on a Chain was the jocular title used for those that were the dog handlers as I recall, clearly the implication being that the greater part of the combined intelligence of the two was with the dog.
They only have a handler because the dog can’t drive or work the radio.
 
#51
out of interest, which trade were you? not a piss take or anything.
As A squaddie, A electrician driver, R-Sigs. As a civvie, The same, only fully qualified up to heavy industrial standard. Note:- I was a qualified sparks before I joined, and have now retired after 51 years in the same trade, in and out of the kate. With an all areas pass on all camps, airfields and naval bases.
 

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#53
Apparently a jolly jape was for aircrew going out to a nuclear-armed aircraft (which WOULD be guarded by a scuffer), was to show their ID to the dog :)
 
#54
They only have a handler because the dog can’t drive or work the radio.
there was a tale of a doggie out on the airfield who popped into the fire section for a brew having tried mutt to the back ladders of a crash truck, crash alarm goes, trumpton pile in and tear off you can guess the rest
 
#56
Apparently a jolly jape was for aircrew going out to a nuclear-armed aircraft (which WOULD be guarded by a scuffer), was to show their ID to the dog :)
That jolly jape was rife, and not limited to aircraft situations. One of my Chiefs was charged with doing that, he came out of a beer call in the hanger a litlte worse for wear and was stopped by the dog handler. Later when his charge was read by the WO he responded that he was requested "to show us your ID, Us, implies more than one, so I showed my ID to the closest airman who happened to be the dog..." Charge dismissed.

RAF Police dogs (can't speak for other military branches) once trained were given the rank of Corporal. RAF Police on the other hand were given the rank of Acting Corporal until they had earned the promotion. Hence the situation where the dog could outrank the handler! The standard dog handler lead was a rope handle with e metal choke chain, hence "the brain on the chain" and the "dope on the rope".
 
#57
When I did gate guard at Brize in the '80s, all the gates were primarily manned by tradesmen who'd been stiffed for their turn. Snowdrops augmented the 'erks' on the Main Gate only, and the other gates on an as-and-when.

I ended my days at Wattisham and was billeted in the RAFP block down 'Brookside Close'. There were some ******* belters amongst them, but I did manage to get away with an awful lot of consequence. Happy days.

Re vehicles. I only remember Vauxhall Chevettes and Mk3 Escorts. All black, the latter sometimes with dayglo stripes. The roof boxes always looked like they'd been knocked up in Station Workshops. Other signage was courtesy of the MT Section painters.
 
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