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by tommc
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: British out of sequence serials - ZZ why?
Replies: 36
Views: 2610

Re: British out of sequence serials - ZZ why?

Out of sequence registrations are NOT new, and are allocated as such for a variety of reasons. One reason is a simple administrative error. The person responsible on the day may make a simple typographical error, and allocate incorrect sequences. For example: The 3rd batch of Panavia Tornados (ZA365...
by tommc
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Exercise Point Blank at Lakenheath and Marham
Replies: 6
Views: 1500

Re: Exercise Point Blank at Lakenheath and Marham

Bearcat 64 wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:46 pm
Some nice pics Tom. Thanks for sharing. Some nice tail art on pic 20 👍🏼
Yes, it is good to see those EC.30 Tiger markings still in use, regular visitors to Wattisham in the '80s with Mirage F1s.
by tommc
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Point Blank RAF Lakenheath
Replies: 15
Views: 2133

Re: Point Blank RAF Lakenheath

The Phantom wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:27 am
Very nice :thumb:

Do the Rafales not leave with burners on? - as I haven't seen any Rafale burner shots at all from this exercise.
No, they do.
by tommc
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Exercise Point Blank at Lakenheath and Marham
Replies: 6
Views: 1500

Exercise Point Blank at Lakenheath and Marham

We decided to avoid the crowds at the Forest Entrance in the hope of different shots. 01. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/pb00001.jpg 48th FW F-15Es taxy out 02. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/pb00002.jpg A large launch of Strike Eagles to start off the day 03. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/ima...
by tommc
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: RNAS Yeovilton, Yeovil Westlands & Merryfield
Topic: Yeovil (Westlands) Sightings Autumn 2018
Replies: 104
Views: 8538

Re: Yeovil (Westlands) Sightings Autumn 2018

David Thompson wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:41 am
Wildcat ZZ511 VALENT61 looks to be out of Yeovil this morning and is eastbound just going OTT Duxford .
This arrived at Wattisham around 11am on Friday morning.
by tommc
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: T6-c aircraft at valley
Replies: 24
Views: 3080

Re: T6-c aircraft at valley

As to the original post questioning why the T-6s haven't been flying. Well, Tucano OSD isn't until towards the end of 2019, so they will still be training students at Linton up until then. The T-6 instructors will start getting trained up at Valley early in 2019, so you should start seeing more flyi...
by tommc
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: AAC Wattisham
Topic: Wattisham 13-Nov-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Wattisham 13-Nov-2018

slogen51 wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:36 am

Having now looked at the photo on a lap top in a darkened room! I now 'fairly' sure the serial is ZJ178 ( 8 and 9 do look similar) . The second digit is definitely a 7 so I am going to log ZJ178 for the Apache that shows as ZJ169 on adsbExchange

ZJ178 is current with 673 Sqn at Middle Wallop
by tommc
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Suffolk 15th November 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1497

Suffolk 15th November 2018

Wattisham, Mildenhall and Lakenheath today 01. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/nov9148.jpg 02. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/nov9178.jpg 03. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/nov9199.jpg 04. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/nov9231.jpg 05. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/nov9248.jpg 06...
by tommc
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: AAC Wattisham
Topic: Wattisham 13-Nov-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Wattisham 13-Nov-2018

slogen51 wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:08 pm

has ZJ179 been noted at Wattisham recently?
ZJ179 is current with 3 Rgt
by tommc
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: AAC Wattisham
Topic: Wattisham 13-Nov-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Wattisham 13-Nov-2018

Ta Is it back yet and if not do you know which one is using its Hex code as it was showing as ZJ169 - my photo looks like it ends in 9 ? Thanks No upgraded cabs will be back for a couple of years yet. For the last few years Apaches have frequently flown with different codes than what appears in peo...
by tommc
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: AAC Wattisham
Topic: Wattisham 13-Nov-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Wattisham 13-Nov-2018

slogen51 wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:35 pm

AAC323 : ZJ1(6)9

ZJ169 went to Boeing at Mesa in March as part of the upgrade programme.
by tommc
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Question about serial numbers
Replies: 33
Views: 1731

Re: Question about serial numbers

One issue with taking serials of the same "frame" used with multiple operators. Eg, you see loads of German AlphaJets, then take them all again as Portuguese, you could potentially end up claiming more AlphaJets than were actually built!
by tommc
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USAF to end refuelling Saudi coalition aircraft
Replies: 3
Views: 640

Re: USAF to end refuelling Saudi coalition aircraft

plmc135 wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:49 am
No more F-15SA's should therefore pass through UK either.
Why? They have not yet been delivered to RSAF.
by tommc
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Old Serial tie up area
Topic: AK F-15C at Lakenheath,
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: AK F-15C at Lakenheath,

84-0020
85-0098
85-0108
85-0111
85-0115 '54 FS'
85-0118
by tommc
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: RAF Valley 5.11.18 - Texan delivery
Replies: 5
Views: 1571

Re: RAF Valley 5.11.18 - Texan delivery

Good pics Taff.

Great to bump into you again, it has been a few years! Thanks for the gen.
by tommc
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: RAF Valley & Mona
Topic: Texans Monday 5th November
Replies: 0
Views: 557

Texans Monday 5th November

Noted hangared today
325
326
327
328

Arriving on delivery were
330
331
by tommc
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: North East USA October 2018
Replies: 9
Views: 775

Re: North East USA October 2018

Tom, Many moons since I was last there, so thanks for sharing. Quirkiness of number 4 appeals to me. FF Thanks. I just wanted to give a realistic idea of the available view from inside the bridge. I always think the background Manhattan skyline is quite a jarring contrast to the jets on the flight ...
by tommc
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: North East USA October 2018
Replies: 9
Views: 775

North East USA October 2018

A few aviation sights during a family vacation 01. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/20181079403.jpg NY coded F-16 aboard USS Intrepid in Manhattan 02. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/201810133566.jpg Another USS Intrepid exhibit on the flight deck 03. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/images/20181014...
by tommc
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: A plethora of aerials at Mildenhall
Replies: 7
Views: 1919

Re: A plethora of aerials at Mildenhall

galaxysi wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:38 am
Not sure there is much more space left on the MC12 airframe,certainly well kitted up.
Yes, I counted about 30 individual aerials on the MC-12.

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