18th November 2001 at 20:31Friday afternoon i was watching a Puma doing some load exercises at Dalton Barracks (RAF Abingdon), it had a suspended cargo net containing a large crate which they were putting down and taking up, completing circuits and repeating the exercise.
It reminded me of the many airshows i saw there years ago where one of the set pieces was to announce over the PA the car registration xyz 123 was blocking an entrance so could the owner quickly move it, this was repeated several times until the final mesage came "move it or we will". This was followed a few minutes later by said car suspended from a great height under a Wessex from which it was proptly dropped from same height on the far side of the airfield.
I'm sure that there were many in the crowd when seeing this for the first time were convinced that the RAF had trashed someones pride and joy.
I'm also sure that the scrap dealer who's yard was at the Wootton rd end of the field was chuffed every time they did it.
Ahh, good times.