Vol 60

Dec 2017

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Sadly, in the few months since our last issue, we have once again lost some very good mates.  


See Page 2.

Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Alison Cridland and we have lots of old time pics.


See Page 3.


Driverless cars are coming, could they be hacked and what effect will they have?  Internet and phone access on domestic/Intl aircraft will soon be the norm.


See Page 4

Pete Griffiths sent us some great pics of Vung Tau, and John Jackson sent us some great pics of Penang.


See Page 5.

Ted has just completed an anti-clockwise tour of Oz, and he’s got some good info on DVA.


See Page 6.

Ian “Tiny” Ashbrook completes his story, this time as a Mister, having left the RAAF.


See Page 7.


Back in 1966, two of the RAF’s jet trainers met in mid-air, Alan Reed sent us the story and DVA Qld celebrated Christmas.


See Page 8.

The CVT gear-box is becoming the norm – how does it work?. The RAAF is replacing its Orions with the new P8.


See Page 9.

Remembrance Day was celebrated at the Caloundra RSL. The Army is having trouble with its Tigres.


See Page 10.

Vet’s health, transgender facts, shingles, HIV and stress management and more!


See Page 11.

Jeff remembers his time flying the old Caribou in Vietnam back in 1966/67 and a C-141 had a close one at Richmond.


See Page 12.

How Australians avoided a massacre at Nui Le.  The REOA (Qld) held their last meeting for the year.


See Page 13.

5 Sqn celebrated the 100th year of their formation at a function in Canberra and 26 Radio Appy blokes and their ladies got together at the Maroochy RSL.


See Page 14.

The Viet Community (Qld) held a beauty contest.


See Page 15


“Four engines have stopped”.  John was flying one of several Lincolns which were hunting subs when one aircraft had a very worrying experience. Air India had one they wished they hadn’t too.


See Page 16

Sick Parade. A couple of our mates have been crook. We wish them a speedy recovery.   (Page 17).

We’re looking for a few people, perhaps you can help.   (Page 18).

This is where you have your say. We look forward to getting your letters - so please keep them coming.   (Page 19).

Here’s the news, all the news, the whole news and nothing but the news.   (Page 20).



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RAM thought for the day.


Though no one can go back
and make a brand new start,

anyone can start from now
and make a brand new beginning - See more at: http://homeinsteaders.org/category/opportunity/#sthash.1Hd7i5GH.dpuf

Though no one can go back
and make a brand new start,

anyone can start from now
and make a brand new beginning - See more at: http://homeinsteaders.org/category/opportunity/#sthash.1Hd7i5GH.dpuf

Though no one can go back
and make a brand new start,

anyone can start from now
and make a brand new beginning - See more at: http://homeinsteaders.org/category/opportunity/#sthash.1Hd7i5GH.dpuf

 Someone, somewhere is happy with far less than you have.




2021 – the RAAF’s 100 year anniversary.


In 2021 the RAAF turns 100 – and we’re going to celebrate – big time.   See HERE




Early Editions.


We’ve fixed the early editions that had “dropped off”, you can now access every edition from number 1 (back in May 1999) onwards. And the index has been updated too.






If you’re using Cisco “Advanced Malware Protection” (AMP) I would strongly suggest you dump it and get a program that actually works. Cisco issue false positives, they will brand a web site as containing Malware and even though they know it to be incorrect, will not amend their branding. If you’re using Cisco and you try and log onto the Radschool Site, you will get the message below.


We’ve been onto them trying to get that false warning removed and this is their answer:


“Thank you for your email.


I was able to open your website (see attached screenshot) and I see nothing suspicious in it. However if any user of Cisco Security equipment faces any issues with accessing your website, he should directly contact us to verify why the website has been added and if it was added by mistake to be removed from there.


To open a case with Cisco we must be contacted by owner of Cisco Security equipment. If you own such you may open a case with us. If not, you should advise whoever send you the screenshot from your first email to contact us directly (tac@cisco.com) with a request for your website to be removed from the Suspicious list.


Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.”


Kind regards


Cisco.com support.”


Even though they acknowledge their warning is wrong, they won’t remove it unless/until we are a paid up user.  Well, news for them, we wouldn’t give them a cent and we suggest you don’t either, switch over to a proper and reputable program, such as Malwarebytes and you’ll be far better off.






We’ve decided to go with the following membership.


·                1 year’s full membership for $12.00.  (now till 30 June 2018)

·                Full membership for $45.00 to 30 June 2021.


Annual Membership will run from July one year to June the next, with this year’s annual membership now expiring in June 2018. As we’ve said, full membership is not compulsory, you can still receive the RAM which will remain open, free and available on the net.


So, if you’d like to contribute and help us with the ever increasing costs, please join as a full member.


If you are already a member (ie: if your name is on this LIST), please fill in the form below and send it to us, if you haven’t already joined (if you're not on the list), please use the form HERE.


First name:       Surname:  

Your email address:  

Membership type:              

Your State:                    Sum transferred:  $


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Please transfer your joining contribution to:


BSB: 124-021       Account number: 1048 7401      Title:  RAAF Radschool Association.

Bank:  Bank of Queensland.

and include your name in the "Remarks" window on the deposit.


You can of course pay more if you wish!!



AND!!  If you work for a firm that would be kind and generous enough to sponsor the Radschool Association, please get in touch.






If you're having a reunion and you would like us to cover it and publish it, let us know and we'll see what can be done.






We’re noticing the growing disquiet amongst our readers on the way the ADF seems to be heading. A lot of people are concerned that the ADF is being politicalised and is being pushed much too far to the left. Political correctness seems to have taken front of stage at the expense of “readiness”. On one hand we have a group of blokes and blokettes who are trained on ways to kill the bad guys yet on the other hand are being trained to respect each other’s inner-self. We feel all this “softly softly” stuff will end badly and while it might give the chiefs a warm inner glow, when push comes to shove, and it will, it will hit the fan big time.







Merry Christmas.


To one and all, we here at the RAM wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Merry Christmas, we hope your time off is relaxing and you have a wonderful and prosperous New Year.






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