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Phred’s Flight Test



Here's a bit of a yarn from my days way back when I was a young LAC. Ron Sturt, Les Meadows, Leighton John and a few others may remember the times that Phredd and Phreddrika, the squadron mascots, used to get their wings clipped to ensure they did not go AWOL.

John Bartlett, John Dunn and a Geordie lad whose name escapes me plus those previously mentioned decided that it was only right and proper that Phredd and his mate had a post clipping air test and duly launched Phredd up in to the air. Not only was Phredd surprised that no matter how hard he flapped his wings he was going down; We had, unfortunately, launched Phredd with a rather strong breeze up his tail feathers and he somewhat overshot his pond and scared the hell out of the Jengo (Warrant Officer Wally Walters) when he crashed into his office window.

Air tests on the ducks were banned from then on and I think the Warrant found the volunteers needed to clean out the duck pond in time for AOC's!