Royal Air Force Locking

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Training days

Posted by Mark Griffin on October 28, 2010 at 5:54 AM Comments comments (2)

I passed through Locking twice in my time, in early 1973 for my Mechanics training, and again in 77 for my Technicians training.

For the Mech stuff, I remember we did transmitters and receivers, but also airfield equipment as at that stage we had the option of going to one or the other. So I also remember doing the Instrument Landing System and Commutated Aerial Direction Finding, in particular. For some reason I cannot fathom, I got a part time job in town working in the kitchens of a chip shop / restaurant on the front. I'd cycle to and from town on a bike, sometimes returning well after midnight.

When I came back for the Tech training, I was several months early for the course (why? I don't know) so I was assigned to the maintenance flight that did all the routine servicing on the kit. The Tech course lasted a year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I got another part time job working for the same guy again, a Greek Cypriot, but didn't keep it up as it wasn't as much fun second time around.

Actually now I think about it, I came back once more for a Computer Fundamentals course in the new Block Five that only lasted about a month. That pretty much set me up for my next career when I left the RAF four years later - having never worked on a computer again!

When I came back from Germany for the Tech course, my personal effects box that followed as frieght weighed nearly half a ton and raised a few eyebrows. Singlies weren't meant to have that much kit! I also got permission to "live out" and found digs in Weston Super Mare. I never did like to conform :-)   But I had to blag a truck from MT to take my box into town.

I think it would be helpful to add "Weston Super Mare" as a category, I'm sure that would jog a few memories!