Radschool Association Magazine - Vol 23

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Ron Guthrie.


In our last issue, Frank Alley brought us the wonderful story on Ron Guthrie. Early in May I had the pleasure of visiting the Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, and one of their many exhibitions was a Meteor (below) done up to represent the one that was flown by Ron Guhrie.  









This particular aircraft was an ex-RAF aircraft, built in 1950. After flying with several RAF fighter squadrons, it was eventually converted to a target tug. Around 1970 it was sold to the Singapore Air Force Tech College which gave it to a Fun Park on Sentosa Island (Singapore) around 1982. The Museum obtained it from Sentosa in 1989 and in 1996 it went to Amberley where it was repainted in its present colours – representing the first Meteor lost in Korea.



Also on display at the museum is an old Caribou, A4-173 (VM-LWB).  In 1964, this particular aircraft was delivered to 35 Sqn in Vung Tau direct from deHavs.


It survived two serious incidents in Vietnam and at the end of hostilities, was flown back to Australia in 1972. 


In 1990 the aircraft was withdrawn from service for Christmas Treeing and was eventually sold to the Museum in 2001.


At the moment, the poor old girl is in serious need of an E Service……



God Said, ‘Adam I want you to do something for me.'  Adam said, 'Gladly, Lord, what do You want me to do?'  God said, 'Go down into that valley.'  Adam said, 'What's a valley?'  God explained it to him.  Then God said, 'Cross the river.'  Adam said, 'What's a river?'   God explained that to him, and then said, 'Go over to the hill.......'  Adam said, 'What is a hill?'  So, God explained to Adam what a hill was. He told Adam, 'On the other side of the hill you will find a cave'  Adam said, 'What's a cave?'  After God explained, he said, 'In the cave you will find a woman.'  Adam said, 'What's a woman?'  So God explained that to him, too.  Then, God said, 'I want you to reproduce.'  Adam said, 'How do I do that?'  God said  'Geez Adam – don’t you know anything....' then, just like everything else, God explained that to Adam, as well.  So, Adam goes down into the valley, across the river, and over the hill, into the cave, and finds the woman. 


Then, in about five minutes, he was back.  God, his patience wearing thin, said angrily, 'What is it now?'  And Adam said  'What's a headache?' 


Dead horse wisdom.


The Dakota Indian tribal wisdom states that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to get off the brute. However, in the Royal Australian Air Force, they often try other strategies to counter the dead horse problem.  Some of these strategies include:


a.       Buying a bigger whip.

b.       Changing riders.

c.       Adopting the attitude 'this is the way we have always ridden dead horses'.

d.       Appointing a committee to study the horse and assess how dead the horse actually is.

e.       Arrange a visit to other bases to see how they ride dead horses.

f.        Modify existing standards to include dead horses.

g.       Appoint a work group to attempt to revive the dead horse.

h.       Develop a training program to improve riding ability.

i.        Assess the comparative level of dead horse workplace performance throughout today's work environment.

j.        Redefine the definition of dead so the horse is no longer dead.

k.       Hire contractors to ride the dead horse.

l.        Commission the dead horse as an officer.

m.      Remuster the dead horse.

n.       Transfer the dead horse to another branch of the Australian Defence Force.

o.       Harness several dead horses together to improve their performance.

p.       Adopt the policy that 'no horse is too dead to flog'.

q.       Apply for increased funding to purchase more dead horses.

r.        Market test dead horse riding as part of the Commercial Support Program (contract it out to private enterprise).

s.       Initiate a dead horse upgrade program to increase dead horse performance and serviceability.

t.        Validate the retention of dead horses on the basis that dead horses are cheaper to maintain than live ones.

u.       Form a quality team to find alternate uses for dead horses.

v.       Redefine the performance requirements for dead horses.

w.      Include performance as a variable when procuring dead horses.

x.       Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position to reduce the work load.

y.       Include the dead horse in the RAAF vision and mission statement.

z.       Redefine the role of the horse to include being dead.


Last night my daughter and I were sitting in the den
and I said to her,

'I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent
on some machine and fluids from a bottle to keep me alive.
That would be no quality of life at all,

If that ever happens, just pull the plug.'

So she got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out my wine.

She's such a bitch!! 



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