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      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".


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  1. And a coach load of MOD PE with clip boards making a note of the dimensions. Have a think. Hang on, where do Premier Inns get those 30 minute boil , 2 cup efforts from?
  2. Meal and drink breaks is an H&S issue. Esp on 10 hour plus missions.
  3. Looks nothing like a Nimrod is another reason.
  4. Great job. Great subject. Great Airline*. I remember the sad sight on a Saturday morning going past the Eagle hangars a couple of days after they folded on Routemaster 285 to Central. Just about the whole fleet parked up outside. Well done,thanks for showing !! *maybe
  5. He died In 2007 . RIP. He was a gentleman , I worked with him on pre flight cockpit MODs on the Edgley Optica. He was one of the test pilots. See if you can get hold of his old paperback...Test Pilot, its brilliant.
  6. We used Ratchet Strops, hook up both ends, there is a handle on the ratchet pulley and pump the handle 'til you can't any more. To slacken take lock off.
  7. Those cylindrical screw jacks..Look like what we called QRTs Quick Release Tensioners. Usually used for tie downs with chains on Airfreight pallets,Con Decks etc. Does it have a claw that opens/ shuts at one end ,chain lock at the other?
  8. Well done, its fantastic. Thanks very much for showing and sticking with it for nine years. Nine years. Great workmanship !
  9. With a bit of luck we'll have them over the house dog fighting soon. Had a couple of Eagles yesterday. Its been fairly quiet 'round here in Lowestoft after they said they were leaving last year/year before/ year before that !
  10. I deliberately didn't mention weapons, ejector seats etc. RBFs as I spent all my time on transport kites although I should have said that in my post. Pretty sure they'll use the ones fitted at the factory.
  11. The Cab/tail join looks ace Crisp !
  12. See above your last comment/post
  13. VC10's ground lock/bungs/blanks/Pitot flags are somewhere between 6" and 2 foot long or in French 150mm-600mm max. They can vary between individual aircraft of the same type too, some are longer than others doing the same job. Never had to think of them before as all you need is a lock or blank etc. not bothered about the length of flag. The first batch of flags in the 60s were very long and got shorter as time went on. EG early Pitots flags were nearer 3 foot long ,in the end about 6-12 inches (only two white stripes!) and anything between. Some were plain red, some red with Remove Before Flight printed on, some red and white 45 degree striped, red and silvery white stripes, red and grey stripes. Silvery white and grey is reflective and they all are filthy with Skydrol, grease etc.and tatty after a while. Not even sure if there is an actual length laid down . Some will have the kite's serial number on it too The Aircraft Vol 3 ( or civvy IPC ) or even the RAF Stores Vocabulary AP1086 (which will be for any aircraft) calls up a Section/ref No and that's what you get or the Trimmers can make them locally. So two foot would probably be good enough to be honest, nobody is going to say that flag is wrong because there hasn't been a hard and fast length or even design/style that you can get bolted down as absolutely correct . Never knew there was so much to Ground Lock Flags. Remember to fit /remove then forget . Never want to think about them again either.
  14. That's probably right. Could also be on a long cable so the flag is outside..Some ground locks like up in the main U/C bays,other aircraft have odd places like the one you mentioned and wouldn't not dangle down in plain site. Its standard practise to look at the G/locks pin/bung/blank position to make sure that its removed though, flags can go missing/black with grease and oil or blow up behind things. Final checks that a full set of G/locks are in hand/stowed and signed for removal.
  15. OOOPS ! Light duties then ! I went over on greasy wet decking in the garden yesterday and clubbed the SWMBO glass table and two chairs combo, two pot plants, three ornament display . Right leg, wrist ,elbow and ar*e cheek. I was lucky, not an ache, bruise and all bones in correct position . SWMBO land is okay too, thank goodness . It happened so quickly.