Radschool Association Magazine - Vol 32

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RAAF Engineer Officers Association.


The REOA recently had their mid-year lunch at the Collins Room at the Batman’s Hill On Collins Hotel on Wednesday 16 June 2010.  Noel Hadfield went along and he’s kindly sent us some photos.


Jack Pluck, Brian Watkins, Noel Hadfield

From L-R:   Jack Pluck, Brian Watkins, and Noel Hadfield.


Noel spent a lot of his time at Williamtown and Richmond and was mainly involved in airborne electronics and later in guided weapons. He was also involved in ground tele-communications engineering.


Noel Hadfield, Bob Fretwell, Unknown, Laurie Baldwin, Kerry jay (DVA guest)

From L-R:   Noel Hadfield, Bob Fretwell, Bob "Legs" Brackin, Laurie Baldwin, Kerry Jay (DVA guest)


From L-R:   Richard Orr, Jack Pluck, Brian Livingston


Ian Sutherland, Ron Gretton, Laurie Hulse

From L-R:   Ian Sutherland, Ron Gretton, Laurie Hulse


Flying the airplane is always more important than radioing your plight to a person
on the ground incapable of understanding it or doing anything about it.


From L-R:    Ian Sutherland, Ron Gretton, Laurie Hulse, Brian Graf, Bob Bartram, Kerry Jay


Chris Hau, Noel Hadfield, Bob Fretwell

From L-R:   Chris Hau, Noel Hadfield, Bob Fretwell


Noel Hadfield, Bob Fretwell, Col Giles, Bob Bennett, Colin MacDonald, Unknown, Chris Hau

From L-R:   Noel Hadfield, Bob Fretwell, Col Giles, Bob Bennett, Colin MacDonald, Laurie Lindsay, Chris Hau


Kerry Jay, Ron Ledingham

From L-R:   Kerry Jay, Ron Ledingham


Kerry Jay, Warren Coops

From L-R:   Kerry Jay, Warren Coops


Laurie Hulse, Brian Graf, Chris Hau, Bob Bartram

From L-R:   Laurie Hulse, Brian Graf, Chris Hau, Bob Bartram


The REOA website is http://www.reoa.org.au



When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.




5 Meg Hard drive.

IBM 5Meg Hard drive

In September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first 'SUPER' computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). RAMAC stood for "Random Access Method of Accounting and Control".


It was one of the last vacuum tube computers that IBM built.


It was also the first commercial computer that used a moving head hard disk drive (magnetic disk storage) for secondary storage.


The HDD (left) weighed over a ton and stored a 'whopping' 5 MB of data. Its design was motivated by the need for real time accounting in business.


The first RAMAC to be used in the US auto industry was installed at Chrysler's MOPAR Division in 1957.


It replaced a huge tub file which was part of MOPAR's parts inventory control and order processing system.


And today you can have an 8GB memory stick on your key chain.



Perth Storm.


Jenny Abbott sent us these amazing photos of the big storm that hit Perth and surroundings earlier this year.


Storm over Perth


Perth Storm



Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.




Life in the Australian Army.Australian Army badge


Text of a letter from a kid from Eromanga to Mum and Dad. (For those of you not in the know, Eromanga is a small town, west of Quilpie in the far south west of Queensland )


Dear Mum & Dad,I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin' on the farm - tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because ya don't hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and clean ya uniform. No bloody cows to milk, no calves to feed, no feed to stack - nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but it’s not so bad, coz there's lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing!


At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo steaks or possum stew like wot Mum makes. You don't get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been on a 'route march' - geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the back paddock!! This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter. I keep getting medals for shootin' - dunno why. The bulls eye is as big as a bloody possum's bum and it don't move and it's not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of piss!!

 Army small range

You don't even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload! Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy - it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster.


Turns out I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's got, and I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers - he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin' wet, but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer.


I can't complain about the Army - tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around how bloody good it is.


Your loving daughter…..Sheila




There is absolutely no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.



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