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ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 1:13:34 AM   
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It's ANZAC Day; the day we remember and honour Australians who have served in our military in war and peace. I'm very proud to have served this excellent country as a gas turbine and aircraft technician. New Zealand marks this day too.


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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 1:28:58 AM   
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76SQN has a fairly simple motto, "Attack", born of being thrown into combat against the rampant Japanese in 1942.

I had the honour of showing WW2 veterans around their old squadron (they were stoked it was still going and fascinated by the jets) and they told me that due to the desperate nature of the fighting, the original motto was "Always in the excrement (insert appropriate expletive)" and the emblem was an outhouse with wings. That was considered inappropriate by the authorities and we ended up with the black panther, which is cool :) The Maltese cross is because the squadron was based in Malto in the 1950s.











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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 4:51:34 AM   
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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 4:51:42 AM   
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If anyone's interested, the photo of me above was taken at RAAF Base Williamtown, which is about 200 km North of Sydney, before I went in the backseat of that Hawk 127 on a simulated strike mission through the Great Dividing Range. I got to fly some of the mission, chucking the jet around the sky and pulled a sustained 7G (which, even with a G-suit on is getting fairly heavy). The attack part of the mission (on an old sawmill with imaginary bombs) was all at low level, hammering through steep sided valleys with heaps of hard manoeuvring. It's a strange feeling looking up and seeing trees race past, not very far away, at about 500 knots.

You're not just a passenger either. I spotted the fire tower that was our attack Initial Point and some high voltage power lines that caused the pilot to put the jet into an incredibly hard climb while radioing the two jets just behind us to warn them. He was very appreciative.

Here's a short video about RAAF Williamtown. The base is just North of Newcastle, which at the mouth of the Hunter River. The Australian Air Force is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHeNr2fzqKE&ab_channel=RoyalAustralianAirForce


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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 6:35:31 AM   
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To those Aussies and Kiwis who have fought for their countries - I salute you

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 6:41:06 AM   
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I hope you all have a nice ANZAC Day.

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 10:22:17 AM   
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To those Aussies and Kiwis who have fought for their countries - I salute you


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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 10:32:42 AM   
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If anyone's interested, the photo of me above was taken at RAAF Base Williamtown, which is about 200 km North of Sydney, before I went in the backseat of that Hawk 127 on a simulated strike mission through the Great Dividing Range. I got to fly some of the mission, chucking the jet around the sky and pulled a sustained 7G (which, even with a G-suit on is getting fairly heavy). The attack part of the mission (on an old sawmill with imaginary bombs) was all at low level, hammering through steep sided valleys with heaps of hard manoeuvring. It's a strange feeling looking up and seeing trees race past, not very far away, at about 500 knots.

You're not just a passenger either. I spotted the fire tower that was our attack Initial Point and some high voltage power lines that caused the pilot to put the jet into an incredibly hard climb while radioing the two jets just behind us to warn them. He was very appreciative.

Here's a short video about RAAF Williamtown. The base is just North of Newcastle, which at the mouth of the Hunter River. The Australian Air Force is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHeNr2fzqKE&ab_channel=RoyalAustralianAirForce


A nice video, thank you.

Yes, I guess that pilot was thankful about those power lines. I guess that he did not want to knock them down and start a fire . . .
Something like that could have ruined your whole day.

But I am somewhat surprised that those power lines would not have been marked on a map and the flight briefing should have covered them.

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 10:53:46 AM   
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Just two fine examples of selfless heroism

Charles Upham (New Zealand)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Upham




Edward Sheean (Australia)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_Sheean




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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 11:25:48 AM   
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Here is my son today as a part of Catafalque party at an ANZAC Day Service in my rural community. He did 3 Services today. He is a member of Prince of Wales Light Horse, one the older Regiments in the Australia Armed Forces. One of PWLH battle honours is the battle of Beersheba, one of the last successful cavalry charges in modern warfare. onyo son.




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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 11:41:43 AM   
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Just another note you might notice, above my son's right breast pocket is the U.S. Unit Citation that was awarded to a ARA element of the unit in Viet Nam.

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 11:44:46 AM   
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Proud dad eh goodwoodrw? You have every right to be

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 12:21:21 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Neilster

If anyone's interested, the photo of me above was taken at RAAF Base Williamtown, which is about 200 km North of Sydney, before I went in the backseat of that Hawk 127 on a simulated strike mission through the Great Dividing Range. I got to fly some of the mission, chucking the jet around the sky and pulled a sustained 7G (which, even with a G-suit on is getting fairly heavy). The attack part of the mission (on an old sawmill with imaginary bombs) was all at low level, hammering through steep sided valleys with heaps of hard manoeuvring. It's a strange feeling looking up and seeing trees race past, not very far away, at about 500 knots.

You're not just a passenger either. I spotted the fire tower that was our attack Initial Point and some high voltage power lines that caused the pilot to put the jet into an incredibly hard climb while radioing the two jets just behind us to warn them. He was very appreciative.

Here's a short video about RAAF Williamtown. The base is just North of Newcastle, which at the mouth of the Hunter River. The Australian Air Force is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHeNr2fzqKE&ab_channel=RoyalAustralianAirForce


A nice video, thank you.

Yes, I guess that pilot was thankful about those power lines. I guess that he did not want to knock them down and start a fire . . .
Something like that could have ruined your whole day.

But I am somewhat surprised that those power lines would not have been marked on a map and the flight briefing should have covered them.

I thought they would be too but the pilot said they often aren't, especially in remote areas. That area is almost unpopulated and and is basically a series of rugged valleys and ravines. At first I thought it was a formation of large birds (another hazard) but then I realised it was those large white balls they put on high voltage power lines to make them more visible. Another thing I was watching for was ultralight aircraft that may be cruising around at about 50 knots.

With regard to birds, one of our jets hit a pelican once and the damage to the wing was incredible. What was left of the bird was shoved into a big hole in the leading edge. I also saw a seagull that was basically atomised on the front of a canopy. All that was left was an opaque smear of blood and guts with a few feathers in it. The pilot had to land on instruments and another jet talking him down because he couldn't see where he was going.

A split second after I forcefully said "power lines" the pilot put the jet into the climb. The overwhelming impression of fighter pilots for me is quick reactions and the ability to multitask. They're flying, observing, navigating, planning, calculating and communicating; often all at the same time.

I used to socialise with the younger ones and the women involved were often stunners. Having said that, a lot of the local girls had been burned by these hotshots before and could be a bit wary. Also, many people don't believe you when you say you're a fighter pilot. As a result, they'd often say they were firemen or "marital aid" designers or something

At squadron dining-in nights, the pilots would turn up with swimsuit models and the like and even the senior officers had milfy wives Mind you, we did alright too


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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 12:55:22 PM   
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Warspite yes I am. He is a third generation soldier. My father an A.I.F. WW2 soldier 2 brothers ARA another brother, my wife and myself with almost fifty years in the reserve. My sister was married a serviceman as well. Around ninety years combined service.

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 1:04:32 PM   
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Warspite yes I am. He is a third generation soldier. My father an A.I.F. WW2 soldier 2 brothers ARA another brother, my wife and myself with almost fifty years in the reserve. My sister was married a serviceman as well. Around ninety years combined service.
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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 1:37:51 PM   
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Thanks for your service.

And to all all the freedom fighters from your great countries.

http://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2011/07/17/geoff_fisken_96_shot_down_11_japanese_planes_in_wwii/





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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 1:50:37 PM   
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Thanks for your service.

And to all all the freedom fighters from your great countries.

http://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2011/07/17/geoff_fisken_96_shot_down_11_japanese_planes_in_wwii/






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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 3:19:05 PM   
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Thanks to the ANZACs!

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 3:36:57 PM   
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Here's to the ANZACs!

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/25/2021 11:51:03 PM   
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Greetings Neilster,
ANZAC forces in Vietnam were first rate by all accounts. They deserve their day.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Australia_during_the_Vietnam_War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_in_the_Vietnam_War

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RE: ANZAC Day - 4/26/2021 2:45:24 AM   
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Greetings Neilster,
ANZAC forces in Vietnam were first rate by all accounts. They deserve their day.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Australia_during_the_Vietnam_War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_in_the_Vietnam_War

In the last 20 years or so there has been a concerted effort to recognise the Vietnam Veterans, who are getting quite old now. They often received a hard time on returning but it wasn't their fault they served in a controversial war. My best friend's father was conscripted and my uncle volunteered as a young army reserve officer.

The Vietnamese considered Australians as very dangerous opponents, because they avoided jungle tracks and clearings and were very patient. My friend's dad didn't talk much about the war but told me a couple of things. He said they once lay completely still all day to perform an ambush, even when a deadly snake slithered over him. I know there were highly disciplined U.S. forces there but he said that in general the Americans smoked and were too loud. The enemy knew where they were. Once, some U.S. forces radioed his unit, asking where they were and telling them that they were on a certain hill. A few minutes later the hill received a heavy artillery barrage.




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