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Weekend flying by Army.

Post by reheat » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:23 pm

Quick question for those in the know. Why is it that British Army choppers fly weekends and most evenings, yet the RAF and Navy are usually only Mon.-Fri. only?
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Re: Weekend flying by Army.

Post by EGVP » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:36 pm

Army exercises don't conform to Monday to Friday, 9 to 5.

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Re: Weekend flying by Army.

Post by page_verify » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:43 pm

A lot of the time, it's to support the weekend warriors (TA/Army Reserve).

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Re: Weekend flying by Army.

Post by Ghastly Whisper » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:31 am

Army....playing in the weeds, dont care what day it is
Navy.....play with big bath toys, like a tot or two at weekends
RAF.....play with things that fly, weekend starts on a Thursday by booking the 5* hotel for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Re: Weekend flying by Army.

Post by Seaking93 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:43 am

Ghastly Whisper wrote:Army....playing in the weeds, dont care what day it is
Navy.....play with big bath toys, like a tot or two at weekends
RAF.....play with things that fly, weekend starts on a Thursday by booking the 5* hotel for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Just to update this for the second weekend in a row the Navy are up and about, Merlin HC3i ZJ119/C left VL this morning and headed southwest towards Dartmoor, ran out of water in the bathtub I guess :P

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Re: Weekend flying by Army.

Post by page_verify » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:46 pm

I suspect Ghastly Whisper’s suggestion overlooks that most RAF helicopter flying involves supporting the Army, hence they need to fly when the Army trains. Only pure RAF pilot training happens during the week and even then there’s as much in the evenings and nights as there is during the day. Pumas and Chinooks leave and arrive Benson seven days a week and probably 20 hours a day.

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Re: Weekend flying by Army.

Post by reheat module » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:22 pm

Think that's close to the old adage...
Army manoeuvre under the stars
Navy navigate under the stars
RAF sleep in hotels used by the stars
I might sometimes miss my time in the RAF - so every month it reminds me how great it was, with an obscenely big cheque
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Re: Weekend flying by Army.

Post by Ghastly Whisper » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:01 pm

Yay! I'm not the only one with a sence of humour whoooooo
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Re: Weekend flying by Army.

Post by rh226 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:49 pm

Seaking93 wrote:
Ghastly Whisper wrote:Army....playing in the weeds, dont care what day it is
Navy.....play with big bath toys, like a tot or two at weekends
RAF.....play with things that fly, weekend starts on a Thursday by booking the 5* hotel for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Just to update this for the second weekend in a row the Navy are up and about, Merlin HC3i ZJ119/C left VL this morning and headed southwest towards Dartmoor, ran out of water in the bathtub I guess :P
It subsequently went a lot further than that. Last seen on PP as "JUN422" heading NW in the Newcastle area - possibly routed via Stafford.
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