Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier — part 2

BEAULIEU, Hampshire

Station: 408

Location: East of Brockenhurst, between the B3055 and B3054

Previously: RAF from Aug 1942

Major Units: Ninth Air Force, 365th Fighter Group — P-47s

Code letters: 38th Fighter Sqn ‘D5-‘, 387th FS ‘B4-‘, 388th FS ‘C4-‘

Afterwards: To RAF Sep 1944 and a base for the Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment until 1950.

See also below. Returned to heath land 1959

ESTABLISHED ON Hatchet Moor in the New Forest, the P-47Ds of the 365th were followed for a month by the Martin B-26 Marauders of the 323rd BG before the airfield was returned to the RAF. In

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Stripping and Refurbishing Mosin Nagant Rifles part 2

Over the years, having indulged in owning and restoring a few classic Jaguar cars, I learned quite a few tricks of the business, which I have since been able to utilise in the restoration of a number of military rifles, helping some of them to look almost new. The quality of finish does depend upon a number of things, one of the most important being the amount of time taken to understand what is required for each stage prior to setting out to tackle them. With regard to former Russian/ Soviet Mosin Nagant rifles, many of these sold by specialist

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Supplied free of charge to educational and training establishments, from the Inspectorate of Recruiting, Directorate of Recruiting and Selection, PO Box 1000, Cranwell, Lincs, NG34 8GZ.

NOW HERE’S a treat. You may remember some time ago, the RAF released the first in a series of ‘IT in … ‘ packs, aimed at schools, and for free. Being the exception that proves the rule, the first pack, all about air/sea rescue, was worth considerably more than you paid for it. Judging from the mail received by us, you were interested too. So, good news, there’s a second in the series, this

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Part 2 Fighter Floggers

BEFORE THE introduction of the MiG-29 in 1986, the MiG-23M, ML and MLD successively provided the backbone of the Soviet Frontal Aviation air defence forces in East Germany for around ten years. Based at Wittstock, 33 IAP, which was the presentation unit of the 16th Air Army, became the first regiment to relinquish its MiG-23Ms for the new fighter. In all, eight regiments converted to the MiG-29 prior to the reunification of East and West Germany.

During the final years of the Soviet occupation and subsequent withdrawal from Eastern Europe, two regiments were equipped with MiG-23MLDs, one in East Germany

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Japan. Misawa Air Base. Part One. The American Forces

For the past 45 years, USAF units have been based in Japan. Robert Francies visits Misawa, a base on the ‘cutting edge’ of the Pacific defence theatre.

NEARLY 50 YEARS ago young pilots took to the skies in wooden gliders above Misawa Air Base in northern Japan — they were practising for their single suicidal Kamikaze mission to sink American warships. Today, two mighty Japanese and American air wings share that same base in friendship and co-operation. Misawa has come a long way since the dark days of the 1940s.

The base is situated about 400 miles (640km) north of

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Apparently there’s more to it than gluing a hi-def LCD to a slab of aluminium. Three significant problems had to be solved first — and here’s how HTC tackled them

PROBLEM #1 Android phones don’t feel premium. Even Samsung’s outstanding Galaxy phones and tablets are tainted by a plastic shell.

HTC’S SOLUTION Make a phone with more metal than the floor of a Terminator T-1000’s hair salon. But still make it light and tactile. Like so…

■ DIAMOND-CUT THE METAL. To keep the One looking trim and show off the slick finish on its aluminium unibody HTC has bevelled the

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Over the next few months we will be bringing you up to date with the changes that have affected the European Air Forces over the past couple of years. It would not have been possible to do this accurately without the great support provided to us by our broad network of correspondents, to which we are indebted. Alan Warnes.

Part One covers Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Bulgaria. Croatia. Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia and Finland.


IT IS clear that severe rationalisation will have to take place, and the Albanian Air Force (Forcat Ushtarake Ajore Shqipetaire) plans to trim

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Dambuster Commemorations

A black granite memorial honouring fallen members of 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ was unveiled at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, on May 18. The 3m-tall (9ft 10in) memorial bears the names of some 35 personnel who died on duty with 617 Sqn, or in service after their time on the squadron, since World War Two. The V-shaped sculpture represents the shapes of two 617 Squadron aircraft – the Avro Vulcan and Panavia Tornado. Wreaths were laid during the unveiling ceremony and the Royal Air Force Memorial Flight Lancaster flew overhead, followed by the two 617 Sqn Tornados specially painted to mark the

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Preservation fighting vehicles rocket artillery

In preparation for combat vehicles to the storage of a number of operations carried out to protect against corrosion guides, hoisting and turning package, mechanical and optical sights, rubber products, chassis and engine.

For the preservation of the tubular guide KAM use oil or grease-25 and M3 inhibited paper UNI-35-80 (UNI-22-80). Lubricant to the inner surface of the guide is applied swab, which is wound a cloth pre-soaked 25-QAM or M3. To drained excess oil, give the package a little elevation. If a grease M3, the inside of each guide are investing via Bannik UNI paper and straighten it

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6 steps to improve the nature

We start from afar: the great and mighty minds of the last century, Richard Bandler and John Grinder was invented NLP — neuro-linguistic programming. This trend in psychology and psychiatry is a heap of disputes, the academic community does not recognize it, but the fact is that NLP is actively used in the various psychological training. With NLP you can learn how to manipulate people (which, it should be noted, is harmful for everyone), as well as to identify their shortcomings and get rid of them. Auditory training, through which you can at least try to negotiate with a

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