RE: RAFDET Salalah FST
Crozier, Simon Mr LN 5 SIG CMD
Ah yes, Morse code.....although
I learnt it as well, mine was the time of teleprinters of
which we had 2 (Siemens T150) in the Comcen by the time I
We were in the SHQ building with
a hatch into the Admin section and a "down-pipe" from the
tower next door, just next to the window you remember,
boarded up when I was there as we had air conditioning.
This was used to drop the flight plan signals via a hollow
beer can on a length of string. At the bottom of the pipe
was our easy-chair for relaxing - just that occasionally a
mug of water would shoot down the pipe for a
"down-pipe-shower" for newcomers, called "moonies" as they
were so pale.
Norfolk, know it well as I was
stationed at RAF Marham a couple of times, 1973-74 right out
of trade-training and again when I got back from Salalah at
the end of 1976 until late 1977. What did I do wrong I
asked myself at the time, but it turned out for the best.
From there it was of to RAF Gütersloh ...... in 1978 and
have been in Germany ever since.
You can certainly use the photo
for your website. Here are couple more for your own
interest, but if you also want to include them in the
website as well you are most welcome. The one with the AOR (Air
Officer Commanding in the rank of an Air Vice Marshall based
in RAF Akrotiri) in the ComCen show me on the very right, a
little slimmer than I am today!
I was out in Salalah when the
preparations for vacating the site were already under way.
I wanted to stay until the official closure (April 1977) but
that was turned down, I understand the rear-party marched
into the back of a C130 Hercules to fly up to Masirah and
home an a VC10. The airfield is now a civilian airport and
there is a big Holiday Inn Hotel which was under
construction, as well as the Sultan's new palace. The
contractor was Taylor-Woodrow. Anyway, it was PanAm who
started to build a new control tower and they were told not
to build it too high (typical yanks, bigger is supposed to
be better) but they would not listen. When the monsoon came
they sat in the clouds and were totally blind!
I still miss the curries!