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Old 18-01-18, 11:27 AM
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Default Parachute Badge with wings- at or from ?

I purchased an Army Book 64 at the weekend to a RA TA soldier who had qualified for the Parachute Badge with wings.The seller was telling someone that the soldier had done his training in Hastings ( see photo 3 ) but I was not aware of any parachute training being done in that location and then it occurred to me, the training was presumably done from a Hastings Aircraft ?

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Old 18-01-18, 11:37 AM
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Handley Page made an aircraft the Hastings which was a troop transport... possible plane used?
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Old 18-01-18, 12:18 PM
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" are the paras still in the back or have they jumped out "
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Old 18-01-18, 12:31 PM
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Flew from Singapore to Thailand in one in 1966. The RAF guys I was drinking with the night before just laughed when I told them, but it got me there! Came back six months later in a Beverly.
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Old 18-01-18, 01:14 PM
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Flew in a Hastings from RAF Scampton in 1977 with the ATC. That very Hastings went into the Museum at Cosford. I think it is still there.

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Old 18-01-18, 01:38 PM
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I purchased an Army Book 64 at the weekend to a RA TA soldier who had qualified for the Parachute Badge with wings.The seller was telling someone that the soldier had done his training in Hastings ( see photo 3 ) but I was not aware of any parachute training being done in that location and then it occurred to me, the training was presumably done from a Hastings Aircraft ?

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As there were different methods of exiting the various aircraft, I would agree that 'Hastings Trained' means that the soldier has been trained on the parachute drills for the Hastings Aircraft.

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Old 18-01-18, 05:17 PM
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Exiting the Hastings was always a challenge. Very frequently the jumper's helmet hit the side of the fuselage just behind the door. RAF grey paint on your helmet was a badge of honour and service in the same way as a broken nose was a give away from having "rung the bell" with a mistimed exit from the boom of a Beverley.

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Old 18-01-18, 05:19 PM
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It still makes me shudder - I had two friends (both 95 Cdo Lt Regt RA) on a Basic Para Course at No 1 PTS, RAF Abingdon at the time of this crash, but not on the Hastings that crashed. It must have been appalling - and many of those killed had no real need to be on the aircraft at all (multiple RAF PJIs etc. Mike

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Any landing that you can simply walk away from, is, without any doubt whatsoever, a good one!

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Any landing that you can simply walk away from, is, without any doubt whatsoever, a good one!
You have been reading too many accounts by that famous WW2 aviator 'Pilot Officer Percy Prune'!

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Very nice acquisition Peter.
Tragic to read of these training accidents Mike - a terrible waste.
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Old 02-02-18, 10:32 PM
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The AB64 shows him to have been with “33 Para Regt” which was 33 Parachute Light Regiment RA, It existed from 1953 and became 7 Para Regt RHA in 1961. Nice find.

“Hastings trained” probably refers to the fact that the Hastings was the first British troop carrier with both port and starboard troop doors, which allowed simualtaneous sticks, which needed different training from a single door single stick aircraft.
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