Way back in 77/78 we were at Castlemartin with 845 squadron doing 2″ RP and 7.62 GPMG firings. The young lads would not listen when told about safety especially being in front or behind the pods when loaded. So Mick stripped a rocket down, removed the motor, stuffed paper in each end and lit the paper. The reaction from the youngsters was classic as the motor was firing but no reaction plate. They all thought he was mad, hence he was stuck with the name “Mad Mick” while on 845. Something Mick Hesman wasn’t too pleased about as he thought it referred to him!!!

Tony R.