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9 (IX) Squadron 13 Dec 2014 07:41 #1

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Just another number in a digital world...........

9 (IX) Squadron 13 Dec 2014 10:27 #2

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Xi = 11
ix = 9!

Supposed to be all caps - but something keeps correcting it!

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9 (IX) Squadron 13 Dec 2014 10:46 #3

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ChrisTheAncient;154250 wrote: Xi = 11
ix = 9!

Supposed to be all caps - but something keeps correcting it!


All sorted now!

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9 (IX) Squadron 13 Dec 2014 14:50 #4

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Richard Flagg;154252 wrote: All sorted now!


Interesting how something revives old memories. Had an ATC air experience flight with this squadron back in 1951.

Clothing at time consisted of pyjamas, ATC uniform and denims. Pre flight training, how to use a parachute and a Mae West if we had to abandon the Avro Lincoln. Oxygen training equally brief, should you need to use the Elsan do not forget to change over to your oxygen bottle if you want to survive. This took all of 10 minutes.

We were told that the flight would be at around 28,000 feet. Remember that it was a) very cold & b)at that altitude could not see any thing.

Also remember the Bat badge on the wall of the airmens mess at RAF Binbook.

To console us from the cold we were given another flight , this time with 617 Squadron at very low level across the English countryside Sat right in the nose of the aircraft. Now that was exciting!

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9 (IX) Squadron 13 Dec 2014 17:44 #5

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As I remeber there was a big black bat on a yellow background on the side of a building by the A15 at Waddington for many years.
It survived for some time after the Vulcans had gone. After it was painted over in drab green you could still see the outline when the glare of the sun was at the right angle.
So a very persistent bat!

Obviously IX liked to advertise their presence a bit!

Mike W;154260 wrote: Interesting how something revives old memories. Had an ATC air experience flight with this squadron back in 1951.

Clothing at time consisted of pyjamas, ATC uniform and denims. Pre flight training, how to use a parachute and a Mae West if we had to abandon the Avro Lincoln. Oxygen training equally brief, should you need to use the Elsan do not forget to change over to your oxygen bottle if you want to survive. This took all of 10 minutes.

We were told that the flight would be at around 28,000 feet. Remember that it was a) very cold & b)at that altitude could not see any thing.

Also remember the Bat badge on the wall of the airmens mess at RAF Binbook.

To console us from the cold we were given another flight , this time with 617 Squadron at very low level across the English countryside Sat right in the nose of the aircraft. Now that was exciting!

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9 (IX) Squadron 20 Dec 2014 11:40 #6

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In the latest RAF news theres an article on IX Squadrons 100th, and yes theyve got it as XI. Makes me wonder why some squadrons put there number in Roman and some dont.

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9 (IX) Squadron 21 Dec 2014 10:28 #7

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canberra;154458 wrote: In the latest RAF news theres an article on IX Squadrons 100th, and yes theyve got it as XI. Makes me wonder why some squadrons put there number in Roman and some dont.


Standards have dropped since they stopped teaching Latin in schools! :sad::sad::sad:

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9 (IX) Squadron 21 Dec 2014 11:23 #8

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Of the first 10 Squadrons in the RAF all of them write their number in Roman except 7 Sqn.

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