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Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Reworking of WW2 shells for Bofors gun on US Gunships
Replies: 1
Views: 611

Re: Reworking of WW2 shells for Bofors gun on US Gunships

Is the AC-130U actually still firing enough on missions to need new new weapons? Read around for comments from its crews and you’ll see frustration that it spends most of it’s time now as a manned camera drone.
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Thunderbird 1: relieved of command after loss of confidence
Replies: 10
Views: 1905

Re: Thunderbird 1: relieved of command after loss of confide

Perhaps the comments used are less familiar to those outside of the business world. My suggestion would be that the chap was happy to knowingly shrug off, accept or even encourage dangerous practices. In other words, he was sacked for doing something inexcusable. I’d imagine just what would be borin...
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Thunderbird 1: relieved of command after loss of confidence
Replies: 10
Views: 1905

Re: Thunderbird 1: relieved of command after loss of confide

Is the reason on the lines? "Lost confidence in his leadership and risk management style”.
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Strategic Defence Review
Topic: Herc fleet to be retired early as part of Defence cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 6983

Re: Herc fleet to be retired early as part of Defence cuts?

If people are upset at the C-130s being retired, what'll happen when they hear about the E-3s?
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Fighter pilots told 'keep windscreens clean'
Replies: 9
Views: 1643

Re: Fighter pilots told 'keep windscreens clean'

Errr wasn't their guidance to keep inside the windscreen clear of maps and books?
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Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Female Airman from Lakenheath dies in Car crash
Replies: 10
Views: 2255

Re: Female Airman from Lakenheath dies in Car crash

Supra raises a valid if sad point, thank you.
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Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: More bombers heading to Fairford
Replies: 119
Views: 29560

Re: More bombers heading to Fairford

Indeed - it’s always the U-2 or the Deuce. I suspect they’re the only people who keep the $2 bill in circulation!
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Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 763
Views: 226666

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Good discussion points about US politics, thank you. To add to the debate, I agree with the USAF leadership mention that the decision to close Mildenhall would never have been reversed following the recent changes in European politics. It’s been at “at-risk” base for a while as it’s a small airfield...
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 763
Views: 226666

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Kind of. I can't find the news article now, but there was a piece with comments from a retiring USAF General about the build up of US forces in NATO countries to counter the increasing threat from Russia. In one of its examples of preparing for the future, he mentioned that the closing of Mildenhall...
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 763
Views: 226666

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Or maybe the 55th visited Fairford and say we'll move here as quickly as possible, regardless of when Mildenhall actually closes :S
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Babcock
Replies: 6
Views: 1620

Re: Babcock

Doesn't Babcock already operate most of the UK's armed forces anyway? Along with Carillion, Serco etc. etc.
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 763
Views: 226666

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

There's a lot of ambiguity and confusion coming from this mention of Mildenhall's closure being delayed. That's for the actual base itself, which can only close once every unit, function and every has moved somewhere else. Rumour on the street is that some of the flying units which currently use Mil...
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 763
Views: 226666

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

The RC-135 was built in the era when every USAF airfield had 12,000ft runways, as were the F-117, B-52 and KC-135. Using a runway shorter than that obviously means a compromise. With the RC-135, after about 9,000ft, the amount of fuel that can be carried increases ‘exponentially’ for every extra foo...
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: More bombers heading to Fairford
Replies: 119
Views: 29560

Re: More bombers heading to Fairford

It’s a term used within the B-2 community for it’s aircraft as it considers Spirit too meh, commercial and not representative of the aircraft. Spirit reminds me more of a 1980s imported Japanese hatchback than a bomber! You won’t find a pilot that says “I fly the spirit” (outside of a media article)...
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 763
Views: 226666

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

It’s difficult to keep up with all the gossip, rumours, facts and denials! So the UK RC-135s are sharing the 55th’s facilities now after all, possibly? It’s certainly going to be a busy few years while most of Mildenhall moves to Fairford, possibly, apparently, maybe, maybe not!
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: More bombers heading to Fairford
Replies: 119
Views: 29560

Re: More bombers heading to Fairford

But what about their cars?
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: More bombers heading to Fairford
Replies: 119
Views: 29560

Re: More bombers heading to Fairford

Presumably the diggers, the bricklayers and the tarmac'ing men must all be due to start appearing next year as well.
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: BBC - US Bombers fly close to North Korea
Replies: 25
Views: 3916

Re: BBC - US Bombers fly close to North Korea

Apologies for digging up an old thread, but there's a story in the news this weekend which quotes a senior general as saying he would "would resist (an) 'illegal' presidential strike order". The US government is openly sharing now how just because Trump could authorise a nuclear strike, doesn't mean...
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Weekend flying by Army.
Replies: 8
Views: 1864

Re: Weekend flying by Army.

I suspect Ghastly Whisper’s suggestion overlooks that most RAF helicopter flying involves supporting the Army, hence they need to fly when the Army trains. Only pure RAF pilot training happens during the week and even then there’s as much in the evenings and nights as there is during the day. Pumas ...
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Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Weekend flying by Army.
Replies: 8
Views: 1864

Re: Weekend flying by Army.

A lot of the time, it's to support the weekend warriors (TA/Army Reserve).

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