Old RAF terminology : )
No 62 OTU took over the Airborne Interception (AI) Training
Flight from No. 3 RS, consisting of 10 Ansons and an initial course of
24 pupils. The unit's projected establishment was to be three
squadrons, each with 14 Ansons, 14 pilots and 14 observer-instructors.
Each aircraft was fitted out as a flying classroom with duplicate AI
indicators so that the instructor could monitor the pupil's
interpretation of what was being seen on the cathode ray tube, while a
second pupil watched the target's behaviour visually form the front
seat as he listened to the commentary over the intercom. When the time came to act as the target aircraft, the pupils
were expected to keep their pilot on track between two radar beacons, a
boring but useful exercise known as 'beacon bashing'
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 9:06 PM
Subject: LF: What is Beacon bashing?
please excuse my lack of English
proficiency, but what does the term "beacon bashing" mean? Must be
something like "assaulting beacons in public", finger pointing at their
operators, or repeatedly claiming they are the root of all evil on the
But, who would ever do such a thing?
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 7:27 PM
Subject: LF: QRT 137
Now QRT on 137 Khz. No CW QSO mode any more all Beacon bashing
in various modes. Back to HF QSO MODE
All LF ANTENNAS now Removed