During the descent into Dubai the crew had carefully monitored the weather radar and threaded a route through the significant thunderstorms that surrounded the airport.
Leaving the aircraft on stand parked next to TOM1VB the crew retired to the rest area and settled in to watch the next lot, Craig and Jimmy, get ready to take the simulator to Mumbai.
A fairly uneventful pre-flight followed by a simple taxi out saw the crew lined up on runway 30L and the rest of us settled in for the red eye. However... very soon after getting airborne we noticed that Craig had managed to get a rather novel pitch and roll angle and the speed was heading in a direction which isn't generally conducive to flight. By some miracle Craig managed to regain control, did we mention it was a miracle and nothing to do with Craig, and began the right turn to Mumbai.
At this moment everyone in the rest area noticed that neither crew member had the weather radar on and guessed they had flown through a fairly significant cell and hence the turbulence - Craig just thought it was his flying, to be fair there was a good chance it was! A quick dash from first class to the cockpit to 'gentle suggest' that the weather radar may be a good idea we were met with this...
Next few sectors involved us playing with non-normal ops with Peter giving thorough demonstrations on dealing with fuel imbalances and FMC failures. He wasn't too impressed with Benny and Gary's 'new concept' approach to balancing!