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TOPIC: Airfield vehicle callsigns.

Airfield vehicle callsigns. 13 Aug 2011 16:59 #1

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Heres a question for uou all and I hope someone can come up with the answer.

Who came up with the callsigns for airfield vehicles? The callsign rover for the atc landrover is pretty self explanatory, but why is OC Ops seagull? No doubt someone will be able to explain the logic behind them all.

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 13 Aug 2011 18:20 #2

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canberra;81355 wrote: Heres a question for uou all and I hope someone can come up with the answer.

Who came up with the callsigns for airfield vehicles? The callsign rover for the atc landrover is pretty self explanatory, but why is OC Ops seagull? No doubt someone will be able to explain the logic behind them all.


OC Ops was called Seagull as he was always flapping around ???

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 13 Aug 2011 18:50 #3

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Very good Ted, and IIRC oc eng had the superb callsign at one time of bluebell!

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 13 Aug 2011 19:07 #4

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"Starlight" for the SMO rings a bell. "Arrestor" for the cable guys is a bit more logical!

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 13 Aug 2011 19:21 #5

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Starlight is standard across all 3 services for the MO, just like sunray for the CO. As you say arrestor is logical, the ground radio vehicle at Cranwell had the callsign pronto, but IIRC at Leuchars it was wait for it hooligan!

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 13 Aug 2011 20:03 #6

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what about baseball for SATCO. GADFLY for electricains

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 14 Aug 2011 06:35 #7

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The Station Commander was always "Sunray". At Chivenor and Brawdy the call-sign used by the engineer's Land Rover when on crash stand-by was "Towbar", again for obvious reasons.

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 14 Aug 2011 07:19 #8

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Aha...Towbar...was duty crew many times on the rover at brawdy,both as driver and as a rigger ;)

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 14 Aug 2011 09:13 #9

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And who remembers the ancient 'Pye' radios we used to have, and its space-age replacement 'Storno'?

In RAF Germany, as well as using common radio call-signs for various appointments, the telephone extension of each appointment was the same on all of the stations. I seem to remember OC Aircraft Servicing Flight at RAF Bruggen was Extn 409, as was the same appointment at Wildenrath, Laarbruch and Gutersloh. It made things easy when you needed to phone your opposite number at one of the other stations.

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Airfield vehicle callsigns. 14 Aug 2011 10:31 #10

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Never heard of the callsign "towbar" IIRC at Leuchars it was jackdaw, cant remember any equivalent at Marham Gutersloh or Cranwell. In fact I think VAS did the job at Leuchars as we were a MEDA and again IIRC they used the callsign meter 15.

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