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    Jock,
    Great mental images there mate.
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    Hi jock.
    here's one of the other reason's, we were in the dhofar, the stategic airbase at masirah island.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YBZUUj3jqM

    it was the only air link left at the time between cyprus and the far east.
    there where unit's operating there that i can't talk about even today.
    interesting bit's in the vidieo.
    are the opperational vulcan bombers and the bulk supply depot, salalah had to be supplied from someware, and it din't all come in by ship.
    was also used for R&R.
    still give's you the feel for oman, even after all these year's

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    Nice one Wobbly. Heard mention of an R & R centre but never got the pleasure. The powers that be thought 3 month tours didn't merit a break. :roll: Shows what it looked like. To quote Neil Armstrong on the moon..."magnificent desolation" Those accomodation huts must have come as a job lot. They had the same ones at BATUS in Canada. Good shot of the Vulcan as well. I am aware why they were there and what their purpose was. Scary. Nice background music with Peters and Lee. Brought back some of the lonliness you felt especially at night when you lay there thinking "What the f*** am I doing here"
    Bit like a safari park with the local creatures having free rein. Remember the wild dogs that plagued us. There were regular "safari" trips on the back of the open tops shooting them. I didn't join in. Although they sh*t and p**sed everywhere and stole anything not nailed down, always fighting each other, I couldn't bring myself to shoot any of them. I did punch one of the donkeys when it tried to pinch my mars bar ...nearly broke my hand.
    There was another big RAF base in the gulf....Sharjah wasn't it? Used by the "V" force. It must have been a nightmare for the RAF lads being posted to places like that....and not a lumpy jersey in sight.
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    It is only fitting that i post this on christmas morning.

    In Memory of
    MajorJohnny Braddell-Smith, killed in action on Christmas morning of 1974.
    whilst trying to retrieve the body of his Omani sergeant major under fire, for which he was posthumously awarded the Omani equivalent of the Victoria Cross.


    Rest in Peace

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    Sorry I'm late with this.
    R.I.P. We Will Remember Them.
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    In Memory of those who fell in the month of january.

    Flt Lt J Wynne WKhM. RAF. KIA jan 1973.
    Capt N Loring. LI. KIA jan 1977.

    RIP
    WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

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    R.I.P. We Will Remember Them.
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    Arrived there 35 years ago to the day. Damn sight warmer....and I don't only mean the temperature. :roll:
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    Remember this one Wobbly. None of our kit looked that smart.

    JJ-Web-gunlines-salalah.jpg
    Last edited by Jock2413; 11-01-2010 at 03:38 AM.
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    Yep remember the gun line well.
    a very smart bit of kit that there gun is, who did it belong to
    now the one below is more like it Jock, complete with rust sand and well dressed personnel.

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    Last edited by Grimster; 12-01-2010 at 04:56 PM.

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