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Birth of a Giant, the designing and building of the Argus ASW aircraft

cf100mk5

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Interesting podcast on ASW with the Argus.

https://coldwarconversations.com/episode54/
 

Old Sweat

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Eye In The Sky said:
The meaning is lost of me...can you explain?

They would, while in a group in a mess, all drop flat on their backs with their arms and legs pointing up, when one of them would suddenly shout "Dead Ant". And yes, alcohol was a factor.
 

Eye In The Sky

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Old Sweat said:
They would, while in a group in a mess, all drop flat on their backs with their arms and legs pointing up, when one of them would suddenly shout "Dead Ant". And yes, alcohol was a factor.

So it is what I thought; the only time I'd seen (and done that) myself was going thru Cornwallis.  One of our MCpl's loved to do it to us when we were on our hourly 10-min smoke breaks in the Hollow Square.  We had 10 min's to march out from the back, smoke 'in a military fashion', put the butts out/away, and march back inside.  Dead Ant killed your chances of getting that dart downrange.

Dead Ant didn't continue from the VP, to the MP, and now the LRP Sqns/days.  Like many traditions...it just fell off somewhere.
 

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Cool video of the aircraft development. My dad flew the Argus from July 57 until Aug 60 with 405 sqn in Greenwood. His crew did a 26 hr patrol in 1960, a record at that point as i recall being told (well before my time)
 

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Old Sweat said:
They would, while in a group in a mess, all drop flat on their backs with their arms and legs pointing up, when one of them would suddenly shout "Dead Ant". And yes, alcohol was a factor.

OS, not sure that was big in light blue messes.

Definitely mixed green-blue though... :nod:
 

Colin Parkinson

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Great find, thank you,\. Actually a modern Neptune sized aircraft would make a nice addition to ASW aircraft.
 

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No...no no no. LOL

Don't say that, we'll end up with a baby MPA like the Turkish Navy has (CASA 235s)...
 
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