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Low_Flyer_MkII
12-06-2005, 12:14 PM
Did you know that in 1942, the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Units had the capability to turn out 1,454,742 prints, thanks to processing machinery which could develop, dry and spool film at the rate of four feet per second, and produce one thousand prints per hour? Think about that the next time you pop your holiday piccies into Mr Snappy.

Source: Royal Air Force 1939 €" 45. Volume II: The Fight Avails. HMSO 1954.

ploughman
12-06-2005, 01:18 PM
Darn fine piece of trivia there LF2.

SlickStick
12-06-2005, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
Did you know that in 1942, the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Units had the capability to turn out 1,454,742 prints, thanks to processing machinery which could develop, dry and spool film at the rate of four feet per second, and produce one thousand prints per hour? Think about that the next time you pop your holiday piccies into Mr Snappy.

Source: Royal Air Force 1939 €" 45. Volume II: The Fight Avails. HMSO 1954.

Nifty fact.

"Mr. Snappy"? Is that the UK equivalent of a Fotomat here in the USA?!? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

BBloke does that to me all the time on comms, using British expressions and names for things to totally confuse me (which, btw is not a hard thing to do). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I make it a point never, ever, to talk about cars with him. I'm very leary of anyone who calls the hood of a car a "bonnet". hehehehe

For those Americans also having trouble fully understanding your UK friends while on comms, please refer to the following site:

British to USA Translations (http://www.uta.fi/FAST/US1/REF/engtran.html)

LOL @ "Bumbag" UK = "Fanny Pack" USA

Hmmm...."Costume" UK = "Swimsuit" USA

Now, USA costumes would make for a very interesting pool party in America, but what would we wear on Halloween in October?!?! Swimsuits?!?! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

danjama
12-06-2005, 01:26 PM
Photo developers are porked these days!

Low_Flyer_MkII
12-06-2005, 01:31 PM
Plenty more where that came from, boys http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Nice link SlickStick.

SlickStick
12-06-2005, 01:40 PM
I'm getting a kick out of some of them listed there....

- TOAD-IN-A-HOLE is a dish of sausage 'bangers' in batter.

Sounds delicious. Hey, wait a sec, is that where Banger2004 gets his callsign from?!? hehe

- PERAMBULATOR shortened usually to 'pram' is a baby-carriage. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

- SQUASH is a fruit drink. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

- WELLINGTONS are rubber boots named after the Duke of Wellington. Hmmm, actually not as weird as our term, "galoshes", but is Beef Wellington named after the duke as well? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

And to bring us back into airplanes...

- WING of a car is the fender. Hmmm, "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang" comes to mind. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Low_Flyer_MkII
12-06-2005, 01:43 PM
Er, yes it is.

Did you know that the Duke had a marked aversion to gloves?

SlickStick
12-06-2005, 01:47 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
Er, yes it is.

Did you know that the Duke had a marked aversion to gloves?

No, I did not know that.

The only Duke I'm very familiar with is the "Duke of New York" or as he's also known, "A #1". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

ploughman
12-06-2005, 01:47 PM
El Generalissimo's favourite meal was lamb...in vinegar! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Waldo.Pepper
12-06-2005, 01:49 PM
Excellent book from the RAF perspective.

Development of PRU Spitfires, ways to go faster, camera installations, etc. etc.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0715363131/qid=1133902...846&s=books&v=glance (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0715363131/qid=1133902071/sr=8-3/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i3_xgl14/002-8527510-1539266?n=507846&s=books&v=glance)

Low_Flyer_MkII
12-06-2005, 01:59 PM
Thanks Waldo - I'll be looking for that one soon, be sure. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Did you know that the Duke was also the author of my favourite put-down of all time?
When Napoleon's former marshalls turned their backs on him at a ball in Paris a lady voiced her disgust. "Have no worries ma'am," said Sir Arthur "I've seen their backs before."

To get back to aeroplanes, he also had two named after him.

SlickStick
12-06-2005, 02:05 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
"Have no worries ma'am," said Sir Arthur "I've seen their backs before."

Excellent zinger!!!!

Reminds me of this one from Winston Churchill:

Lady Astor: "Winston, if I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee."

Winston: "Nancy, if I were your husband I'd drink it."

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Waldo.Pepper
12-06-2005, 02:12 PM
German to Brit in the immediate pre war phase, leading up to WW2.

"Ah but next time will be different, for we will have the Italians with us."

Brit response.. "That's only fair we had to have them on our side the last time."

stathem
12-06-2005, 02:15 PM
When I first read that I thought it said

"1,454,742 pints"...

Low_Flyer_MkII
12-06-2005, 02:19 PM
Ah yes, good old Winnie.

"Winston, you're drunk..."
"And you madam are ugly. However in the morning I shall be sober. You, on the other hand..."

Did you know Sir Winston wanted a battleship named H.M.S. Cromwell? Parliament pointed out to him that the king would not take kindly to christening one of his ships in honour of the man who had his ancestor's head lopped off and successfully ran an English republic.

Low_Flyer_MkII
12-06-2005, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by stathem:
When I first read that I thought it said

"1,454,742 pints"...
Hmmmm....RAF beer consumption for 1942....I'll be back http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Low_Flyer_MkII
12-06-2005, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
German to Brit in the immediate pre war phase, leading up to WW2.

"Ah but next time will be different, for we will have the Italians with us."

Brit response.. "That's only fair we had to have them on our side the last time."

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ploughman
12-06-2005, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stathem:
When I first read that I thought it said

"1,454,742 pints"...
Hmmmm....RAF beer consumption for 1942....I'll be back http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Projected beer consumption I'm affraid. Ministry of Beverages 1938 White Paper on "Brewing Infrastructure Required To Meet The Nazi Menace" forecast a total RAF consumption of 1,454,742 pints of medium strength ales for 1942. Actual consumption was 2,109,317.

A Ministry of Inebriation purchasing commitee was dispatched to the USA in 1941 in anticipation of the shortfall but it was determined that American brewers would be unable to provide a beer of sufficient quality in so short a time, although it was thought that the Busch Mustang might prove to be a fine pint if it used a British hop to power it, utlimately becoming one of the superlative pints of the war.

Luckily, during 1942 plucky British pub landlords were able to water down sufficient supplies to meet the shortfall in medium strength ales and Britain soldiered on. God bless all landlords.

MB_Avro_UK
12-06-2005, 04:41 PM
Reminds me of this one from Winston Churchill:

Lady Astor: "Winston, if I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee."

Winston: "Nancy, if I were your husband I'd drink it."

Superb quote...thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/aaf.jpg

SlickStick
12-07-2005, 02:11 PM
Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
Reminds me of this one from Winston Churchill:

Lady Astor: "Winston, if I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee."

Winston: "Nancy, if I were your husband I'd drink it."

Superb quote...thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/aaf.jpg

Check these out:

Sir Winston Churchill Quotes (http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Sir_Winston_Churchill/)

He had a million of them!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif