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#1189047 What's on your mind?

Posted by seehund on 23 February 2017 - 06:08 AM


I am well aware it happens; that does not alter my stance.

'It' IS worth hanging into: 'it' was put aside for good reason in the first place.

Says who?

As seehund pointed out there are many airports within close proximity to buildings. There were buildings on the site BEFORE it was sold by the government.

IMO the question is, did the Government sell the land against expert advice, or is this just the consequence of our inability to build perfect machines?



Even with a "perfect machine" the consequences of failure will still occur; be it a failure of the platform, the meat in the platform, procedures, inability to forecast a change outside the natural operating environment of the area the platform operates in, etc.


The bottom line is that you can't plan for everything and bad things will happen regardless.


The fact that it's been so long without a fatal incident like this is a testament to organisation, maintenance and adherence to procedure.


This is an outlier - a sad one but an outlier nonetheless and there's very little that can be done to mitigate future occurences apart from identify and address the root cause which is yet to be determined.



Edit: speelink.

#1187766 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 25 January 2017 - 06:39 AM

Ha...hoverhand, I'd never thought of it that way. She was on the boat for a week, an absolute gem to have on board, *wanted* to get to know everyone, took time to talk, sit & chill with people. The sort of person that just makes you feel good, at ease & is completely natural.


Plus she tells a mean dirty joke :D

#1187764 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 25 January 2017 - 06:13 AM

Pfft Twinny, I don't go in for that "thanks for your service" bit, even if it is in jest. I don't need my balls stroked *that* much thanks ;)


However, going through my photos *did* turn up this gem :





Though she's usually better remembered from :



#1187752 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 24 January 2017 - 07:12 PM

Physt, that's the dirtiest, filthiest, most evil, hella nice kellick stoker I was at sea with. Complete dirtbag of a human being in the nicest way :D

#1187749 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 24 January 2017 - 07:03 PM

Me in Sembawang back in '98 when I was in patrollies.


Me in '92 on HMAS Ovens in my rack, getting cosy with a Mk48 ADCAP.


#1187741 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 24 January 2017 - 05:36 PM

While we're at it, here a shot of myself while I was working with the Super Hornet acquisition back in 2009. That was a fun project.



#1187708 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 24 January 2017 - 12:44 PM

This went exactly as expected. Caught up in a web of fantasy and it falls into a heap of "the plane's down for maintenance, my doc says I can't fly, it's odd, getting the "don't ask" message" - it just doesn't work this way.


I *work with* the people who help restore these aircraft to display state in country.


I *work for* the guy who who has the inside scoop on the Swiss variant that *may* one day be restored. 


I *am friends* with the guy who knows the AIRCDRE, ex-senior Mirage instructor, who organises these fly-pasts.


I know this aircraft has never appeared in a flight log at or flown from the flightline at Pearce.


I work with a wide range of military aircraft in both acquisition and sustainment across the 3 services on a daily basis. It is and has been my job in varying formats for going on 18 years now.


I mean, a pilot who can't ID an aircraft he's supposedly intimate with from his Israel days, can't ID a tail number, remember a callsign for ATC, ask the ground crew what the restoration/flight history of the aircraft is, know who operates it, hasn't met or been briefed by the owner/operator, thinks it is the "ARDU" bird or off the same block because "it feels like it", thinks it's Australian and then thinks it might be a loaner (PAF is the only possiblity - they would *never* let an unknown, unrated civvy fly one), throws one around the sky after a walk around and then has to go back days later for a "cockpit famil"?


I'm sorry, that's utter, dick cheese seeping, horse cock-vomit.


I honestly didn't want this thread to turn into the feculent bog that it's become but man, the epic levels of onanism are just off the fucking charts this time.

#1187563 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by seehund on 20 January 2017 - 08:56 PM

Tonight - Silent Running. Bruce Dern ftw.

#1187555 What's on your mind?

Posted by seehund on 20 January 2017 - 06:29 PM

Here we go again. Give up now Ry. It's like masturbating with a cheese grater: it can be fun & exciting at first, but then you just end up grinding yourself down to a bloody nubbin in frustration.

#1187489 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 19 January 2017 - 11:45 AM


#1187445 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 18 January 2017 - 05:13 PM

Yeah, uh huh, okay.


And yes Master_Scythe, as a long term naysayer who's been reading these things for over 15 years, I'd love to be proven wrong ;)

#1187431 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 18 January 2017 - 03:28 PM

There is no airworthy Australian Mirage in country.

Even if it was a PAF loaner (which would automatically identify it), the PAF would not allow an unknown, unrated, flight-medically unfit (glandular fever, recovering or not is an automatic DAME exclusion, especially in fast jets, as is a history of depression) to "take it up for a spin", and then go back later for cockpit famil?

Perhaps the easiest thing to do would be drop into DGTA next time I'm at Defence Plaza, maybe put in a call to a mate who is personal friends with AIRCDRE Luke, who coordinates these events (and is an ex-senior Mirage instructor), or get in touch with the flightline at Pearce & have a chat.

While it's on the harmless side of a warry, misrepresentation of this sort of thing tends to get out of control & people get upset all round ;)

Rybags comment about gazetting of this sort of flight also holds water.

#1187314 Cloud chasing

Posted by seehund on 17 January 2017 - 07:13 AM

Curious, what was the tail number? Wasn't aware we had any flightworthy mirages in Australia, let alone the southern hemisphere, other than Pakistan (maybe?).

#1175403 Where are they now and what are they doing?

Posted by seehund on 19 May 2016 - 07:06 AM

I could definitely say this about me...I am terrible at staying in touch with people, especially with friends....totally...the worst.


 - Kept in touch with lots of Atomicans, but less than I should.


#1174739 Where are they now and what are they doing?

Posted by seehund on 13 May 2016 - 10:09 AM

Spent a couple of weeks on a slow crawl through the country. Started in China for 2.5 weeks, visited some out of the way 'autonomous regions', lots of train rides cross-country to Kashgar (west China), through the Torugart Pass/no-man's-land into Kyrgyzstan for a couple of weeks, then into Uzbekistan for another couple of weeks.


Lots of staying in yurt camps, driving through deserts (Gobi in China & Kyzyl-kum in KGZ), homestays, etc.


Got to see one of the oldest Qurans in an amazing mosque (Id-Kah) in western China & visited some incredible cultural museums with some amazing artifacts in UZB & KGZ.


Spent an unplanned few days in a yurt just down a trail from the Tash-Rabat caravanserai after a small accident with a truck put our van out of action - that was pretty awesome. Days spent at altitude under amazing blue skies watching big, fuck-off eagles glide overhead with hardly anyone around for hundreds of kms.


Epic trip & a great way to see the other side of these countries that not many get to see & most don't give a fuck about.


The food sucks balls. Mutton, potatoes, dill....lot's of fucking dill & mutton...did I mention potatoes?