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by Malcolm
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: RAF Lakenheath
Topic: Sound of engines echoey
Replies: 6
Views: 501

Re: Sound of engines echoey

There is a fairly high pitch "whoooop" sound that F-15's make twice in quick succession during their engine start-up. I understand this is the servo actuators that operate the jet intake ramps. If you look at an F-15 parked, you will see that both the intakes are parallel to the ground. If you then ...
by Malcolm
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: F35s
Replies: 61
Views: 6362

Re: F35s

The F35B can carry 13326lb of internal fuel. The F35A carries 18500lb, and the F35C 19600lb. The F-16 carries 7000lb internally, or 12000lb with two wing tanks, or 14000lb with the centreline tank as well. The extra drag of carrying drop tanks is significant, so you'd rather have 13326lb internal th...
by Malcolm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: RNAS Yeovilton, Yeovil Westlands & Merryfield
Topic: Yeovil (Westlands) Sightings Autumn 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: Yeovil (Westlands) Sightings Autumn 2018

Wednesday September 5th 2018 08:45L

Out on a bluebird but distinctly autumn-y ramp this morning at 08:45 were...

ZZ105 AW-101 fully painted for Norway, Norwegian serial covered. Looks ready for flight.
ZZ523 Wildcat AH1 "Army"

Cheers
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: European Airshows
Topic: RADOM SAT 25/08/2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1001

Re: RADOM SAT 25/08/2018

The JF-17 flew quite late - probably about 5PM. The afternoon display went something like Gripen, RAF Typhoon, Flanker, Frecci, Turkish F-16, Belgian F-16, Finnish Hawks, JF-17, Greek F16, Patr Suisse, Patr Aguilla. That's when we left, but I was told the Baltic Bees and a few other bits flew later ...
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: United States of America
Topic: Req: USA West Coast
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Re: Req: USA West Coast

Hi Guys, Next week it will be finally my first trip to the west coast. As I am allowed to drive in a rental car now, I will do as many (MIL airports) around en between Las Vegas > Tucson > San Diego > San Fransisco. As the main reason will be numbers, I will ask you guys what are the best airports ...
by Malcolm
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: European Airshows
Topic: Closest European airshow to UK
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Closest European airshow to UK

Yes - Koksijde, Leeuwarden, Manching, Neuberg, Klein Brogle, Cambrai, Reims, Pratica di Mare, Albacete, San Jever, Bordeaux. What's your question? Most of Belgium and The Netherlands are accessible in a day trip by car, and bases close to major cities or tourist destinations are often doable by Ryan...
by Malcolm
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bomb drop
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

Re: Bomb drop

Guess who got his GCSE results this morning !! 9/10 I think lol. Nope - I got proper O and A levels, when the A to E marking actually meant something more than getting your name/number correct at the top of the paper :P Sadly I got lost when you said "MOP bomb" if this were a unpowered, unguided we...
by Malcolm
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bomb drop
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

Re: Bomb drop

Since I doubt anyone here is privy to the aerodynamic data on a MOP bomb, you just have to guess using Physics 101. B2 Maximum altitude is supposedly 50,000 ft, which is 15240m. Acceleration due to gravity is 9.8m/s^2 . The vertical distance (height) covered when you drop a bomb from level flight is...
by Malcolm
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: French Mil' Airbase photography
Replies: 5
Views: 776

Re: French Mil' Airbase photography

In the 'old' days (pre 2000 ish) all French Mil bases were dodgy for photography and spotting in general. Bordeaux and Cazaux were especially strict, but even the more northern bases (Cambrai, Reims) could still land you in hot water. Usually it was just papers/passports and told to 'go away' but I ...
by Malcolm
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Naval Air Facility Lossiemouth ?
Replies: 54
Views: 6416

Re: Naval Air Facility Lossiemouth ?

Surely it would be better to open up Kinloss again, and put all this Poseidon stuff there? I know it won't happen as that would mean politicians admitting they got it wrong, but you can only cram so much into Lossie, and besides, it would be another runway available. The Runway at Kinloss isn't lon...
by Malcolm
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Naval Air Facility Lossiemouth ?
Replies: 54
Views: 6416

Re: Naval Air Facility Lossiemouth ?

but not for an asset that forms part of our nuclear deterrant and MUST be available under all conditions if required. Apart from the last seven years when we didn't have any capacity at all. :whistle: Indeed, but if we're going to restore that capability for unilateral deterrent, then it makes no s...
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Naval Air Facility Lossiemouth ?
Replies: 54
Views: 6416

Re: Naval Air Facility Lossiemouth ?

Surely it would be better to open up Kinloss again, and put all this Poseidon stuff there? I know it won't happen as that would mean politicians admitting they got it wrong, but you can only cram so much into Lossie, and besides, it would be another runway available. The Runway at Kinloss isn't lon...
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Questions on the Typhoon
Replies: 17
Views: 1404

Re: Questions on the Typhoon

You would think so, but perhaps they are damaged or simply surplus to requirements. Perhaps an other poster with more knowledge can answer your question? Some/most of the stuff is off ZJ804 or ZJ806, both of which are/were twin-sticks. The RAF appear to be going for synthetic training, which means ...
by Malcolm
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: European Airshows
Topic: 6th Oct BA701 Salon-de-Provence
Replies: 4
Views: 915

Re: 6th Oct BA701 Salon-de-Provence

Haven't been for donkeys years, but I have been to one show there in the early noughties. You can get to the fence in the south eastern corner, which is opposite the main ramp. When we first went it was full of Tucanos and a few Magisters, so that tells you how long ago that was. From Google earth t...
by Malcolm
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Batch 2 question
Replies: 61
Views: 5539

Re: Batch 2 question

I was at Fairford. We heard them rumble OTT, but didn't see them. I believe they did go OTT the BZN Tacan beacon.
by Malcolm
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Batch 2 question
Replies: 61
Views: 5539

Re: Next batch question

Another couple of early hours NOTAM change for MCAS Beaufort... M0301/18 - AERODROME AD HRS OF OPS/SVC FOR FRI 3 AUG 18 ARE FROM 1000-2100Z (0600-1700L). 31 JUL 20:17 2018 UNTIL 03 AUG 21:01 2018. CREATED: 31 JUL 20:17 2018 M0300/18 - AERODROME AD HRS OF OPS/SVC FOR THUR 2 AUG 18 ARE FROM 1100-0300Z...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Batch 2 question
Replies: 61
Views: 5539

Re: Next batch question

Hmm...

No early opening NOTAM for MCAS Beaufort on Tuesday yet, but there is this...
KNBC wrote: M0296/18 - AERODROME AD HRS OF OPS/SVC FOR THUR 2 AUG 18 ARE FROM 1000-0200Z (0600-2200L). 02 AUG 10:00 2018 UNTIL 03 AUG 02:00 2018. CREATED: 30 JUL 14:00 2018
So they're opening early on Thursday.
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Hellenic AF Musuem, Tatoi
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: Hellenic AF Musuem, Tatoi

I've been , by car so can't help about the public transport. But.... AIUI You can't normally just turn up and get in. It's on an active military base, and you get escorted to the museum buildings and followed around just in-case you should accidentally get 'lost'. You can contact them by email to tr...
by Malcolm
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: RNAS Yeovilton, Yeovil Westlands & Merryfield
Topic: Yeovil (Westlands) Sightings Summer 2018
Replies: 45
Views: 6225

Re: Yeovil (Westlands) Sightings Summer 2018

Thursday July 26th 2018 08:45L Out on a warm, muggy, humid and sunny ramp this morning at 08:45 was... ZZ105 AW-101 fully painted for Norway, Norwegian serial covered 0268 AW-101 on it's wheels, no tail boom or rotor head, lots of people sucking their teeth saying things like "it's not the parts it...

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