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by filmman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: Folly Road fence upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 576

Folly Road fence upgrade

Today, metal barbed wire extension posts were being bolted onto the inside of the concrete fence posts where they bend out at the top of the chain link fencing; the metal posts lean into the Base.They had only fitted 12 posts from the gate at the end of Folly Road, heading East down the road when th...
by filmman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Turkish F-35 Delivery Blocked
Replies: 19
Views: 2113

Re: Turkish F-35 Delivery Blocked

After Vietnam was taken over I remember seeing, in a US facility, a lot of F5s that were not going to be delivered to Vietnam. Not sure what finally happened to them, but probably sold on to others.
Filmman
by filmman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tu-22M3 upgrade, Daily Fail
Replies: 17
Views: 1622

Re: Tu-22M3 upgrade, Daily Fail

Don't be lost for words, a lucrative job beckons for a plane spotter to check the papers aviation, sorry too long a word for their hacks, plane stories/fiction and turn them into accurate reporting. In fact one of us could write really factual reports exposing our Governments stupid waste of defence...
by filmman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Turkish F-35 Delivery Blocked
Replies: 19
Views: 2113

Re: Turkish F-35 Delivery Blocked

If Turkey has 2 actual F35s there are obviously worse security implications if the US refuse to supply more. (For the US there were always security issues with selling stealth abroad.). Could Turkey swap them with the Russians as part of a nice deal to buy Russian jets; they have already bought a ve...
by filmman
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off
Replies: 102
Views: 5923

Re: Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off

Just a thought, did the USA reduce the RC 135 fleet by 3 and we took up the slack by acquiring 3? As there is a strong USA/UK Intelligence link does the USAF need now to permanently base one in Mildenhall/UK. So Fairford might be upgraded but not necessarily for RC135s.
Filmman
by filmman
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off
Replies: 102
Views: 5923

Re: Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off

Nothing is for ever. As the Armed Forces shrink certain things, like bands, pilot training, training bases are centralised. But eventually you run out of new cost saving wheezes. The prime function is defence, with industry interests being taken into account. Eventually there might well come a point...
by filmman
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tempest - Britain's new stealth fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4817

Re: Tempest - Britain's new stealth fighter

Perhaps we need to do a Dyson. Like the Mg 42, The Glock; new materials, new design minds to make design/material innovative, cheaper and faster to produce. This does not mean looking after the vested interests of the industry and if we are not up to it we should collaborate with those that can. No ...
by filmman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF 100 Flypast
Replies: 125
Views: 14047

Re: RAF 100 Flypast

A few of us were at the top of St Pauls, Golden Gallery, about 350ft ASL. Fantastic viewing/photographic point south of the flypast - but there was a constant queue of tourists starting from the Stone Gallery (1st exterior level) to the Golden Gallery (2nd). Queuing takes about 15 minutes and you ne...
by filmman
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 763
Views: 226902

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

Well the Ghost Elephant in the Room has finally gone public. Trump might pull US Forces out of Europe if the rest of NATO does not spend more on defending themselves. Why should the USA pay to defend Europe, ongoing trade war does not help. Nothing is for ever and the USA did pull out in 1945, apart...
by filmman
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 763
Views: 226902

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

Has anyone heard if Mildenhall's closure is later than 2024/or not at all; I increasingly doubt closure. The Germans don't like noisy Ospreys, they might prefer to delay tankers until the KC 135 replacement and Trump was not their flavor of the month even before the "Trade War". The German Governmen...
by filmman
Thu May 17, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: No more F35 for UK?
Replies: 12
Views: 2558

Re: No more F35 for UK?

A warning of what's to (not) come is the Recent Ministerial comment that our "carrier" will be part of a fleet of other nations ships. In other words the carrier has sucked up so much of the Navy budget/sailors that the only way was to reduuce other surface ships, frigates and destroyers. Unfortunat...
by filmman
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USAF Nuclear flight ! According to the Mirror !!
Replies: 9
Views: 1815

Re: USAF Nuclear flight ! According to the Mirror !!

Ah, April 1st assumptions. Flights of Dounreay nuclear material have been ongoing for some time; even reported on the BBC, stock picture of C-17. The Dounreay fast breeder reactor produced, amongst other things, plutonium. The US is understandably keen to keep such materials under tight control. Fil...
by filmman
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Global Hawk
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Global Hawk

Apparently the U2 was not replaced as expected by UAVs because it can carry twice the payload of a UAV. However a UAV is much more expendable, remember "Russian Missiles" shooting down aircraft in the Ukraine. It's been flying near the Russian/Ukraine border for the Winter (ground hard) before the S...
by filmman
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: B-52 re-engine competition to start early 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 2140

Re: B-52 re-engine competition to start early 2019

Remember the previous competitions before Trump and his America First policy, Presidential Helicopter/Air Tanker. RR might not want to waste money competing if they believe they can't win however better their engine is. Long term DOD will find completion restricted to USA firms will push up tender p...
by filmman
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: U S Navy to scrap 140 FA-18s
Replies: 38
Views: 3794

Re: U S Navy to scrap 140 FA-18s

Go the whole hog. Do a Russian (disinformation), they continually flew the same bombers in a race track flypast at a Red Square parade. The Yanks freaked out at the bomber gap. So create new squadrons, fly lots of anonymous Typhoons, and create phantom spotters to boost apparent numbers. (Warning, y...
by filmman
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: U S Navy to scrap 140 FA-18s
Replies: 38
Views: 3794

Re: U S Navy to scrap 140 FA-18s

Looking ahead we might well need some RN jets, with a decent range/payload, to provide top cover when the non-mothballed attempt of a carrier is unavailable. At least our tankers can tank FA-18s, unlike the P-8s. Hang on I have a cunning idea, sell our "carriers" and buy lots of land based Super Hor...
by filmman
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Press release from RAF Fairford
Replies: 23
Views: 8400

Re: Press release from RAF Fairford

Biblically The Angels of The Lord (USAF), very large meteors (no fallout - Hush Hush new tech) destroyed a large city, "So_am and Go mor" elsewhere? (RiAT). But where after RIAT's tenancy ends in 4 years, derelict Mildenhall before development? Very hot rumour #4098.
Filmman
by filmman
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Typhoon cannon
Replies: 30
Views: 2840

Re: Typhoon cannon

Typical. Did the RAF really want the cannon; originally they claimed that cannon fumes would corrode the plane. Spitfires use to have their machine guns taped over. Do F15s, etc., have drag problems with their cannon. I don't believe a cheap ballast weight could not have been fitted; so were they fo...
by filmman
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tail spotters in the news again
Replies: 13
Views: 2684

Re: Tail spotters in the news again

The Official Secrets Act applies whether or not you sign the pro forma "pledge"; the pledge was merely a useful reminder. Pulic servants usually never made disclosures, but Ministers did - often during drinking with the media or in their memoirs. Embarrassing leak enquiries started with officials wh...
by filmman
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Typhoon cannon
Replies: 30
Views: 2840

Re: Typhoon cannon

The advantage of cannon is that the opposition never definitely knows that you have run out of rounds in a dog fight. Missiles, depending on type, are fired far further out and at all aspects: absence of use/carriage is more obvious. One Israeli ace remarked their early home made missiles never work...

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