The above briefing notes were written by Paddy Hine when a Flight Commander on 93 Sqn and
Brian Butterworth kept Paddy's handwritten notes. This particular brief was obviously given on the DFCS course as the base is West Raynham. Paddy is leading and the other members of the formation are all well known fighter pilots of the time who were either course students or DFCS staff.
5. Fuel Comments
A. Check on start up - 3724 This is the minimum fuel for this mission
B. T.O.Climb - 2850 Minimum fuel with 2x100 gall drop tanks at top of climb 40,000 ft.
C. BINGO 1 - 1800 Calls Bingos 1 & 2 are set by the leader depending on the mission.
D. BINGO 2 - 1600
E. JOKER - X X (steady) The X X stands for the two Bingo lights on steady-i.e. 1300lbs left.
F. ON LANDING - 640 approx.
6. Procedure in Ops. Room.
(a) Sign authorisation - checking a/c allocation Every trip has to be authorised by a senior sqn member and
initialed by the pilot to acknowledge he understands what he is
allowed to do.
(b) Final check on weather situation
(c) Change of airfield serviceability.
7. Procedure in dispersal before start up.
(a) Form 700 - fuel, B.F. + ch. of serviceability. The Form700 contains the serviceability records for
your a/c-particularly the fuel state. Check the
Before Flight inspection has been signed as satisfactory
Check record of serviceability for patterns of recurring faults.
(b) Thorough B.F. (Pre) - Pitot cover removed, fuel filler cap, by- B.F.=Before Flight external inspection with particular attention
Pass hydroboosters. to removing the pitot cover, the fuel filler caps had been
replaced correctly and the hydroboosters charged.
(Click to see Pilots' Notes entry).
(c) Pre-start up checks - seat checks - pin out. There are 10 or 11 checks to be made to the ejection seat the final
and most important one is to have the safety pins removed.
(i) Acc. pressures Accumulator pressures must be checked
(ii) Inverters, relight, b. Pump warning lights out. Check electrical inverters, listen for igniters clicking when the relight
button is pressed, check booster pump lights are out.
(iii) Fire warning light.
(a) Start up on wave - select 'G' immediately The leader signals start by circling finger above his head, G is
DFCS Ops channel ready to check in.
(i) Engine checks.
(ii) Select power controls.
(iii) Flaps 40°. Ready for Take-off.
(iv) Bingo covers. Important to check that night flying covers are not down
on the Bingo lights in case you miss them during daylight flying.
(v) D.M.E. to standby.
(vii) Jot down QNH when passed. Altimeter sub-scale setting to obtain elevation when on the ground.
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(Thanks to Chris Stone for being the Technical Advisor for this series.)