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by filmman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Notam 13 11 18
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Notam 13 11 18

I didn't mention the other random factor. Excessive cross winds on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Faiford and possibly elsewhere. This could result in delayed swap overs. The USAF seems to have more accurate weather forecasts than the Met Office. As mentioned above the modification program has ended, so...
by filmman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Notam 13 11 18
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Notam 13 11 18

It appears that usually the USA U2 pilot checks in on a Monday, goes on oxygen to purge out nitrogen, takes of that afternoon and arrives at Fairford Tuesday morning. Because of the timing of flights into and out of Fairford it seems that if there is a Federal/USAF holiday on a Monday they don't swa...
by filmman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 789
Views: 238754

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

Romeo bravo that's an interesting comment. Before global warming England was sinking and Scotland was rising because of Glacial Rebound. Think of Great Britain as a raft. The Scottish end was pushed down more than the south coast because the ice sheet was thicker further north and as it gradually re...
by filmman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 789
Views: 238754

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

Man proposes, God disposes. Government policy regarding rising Sea Levels is "managed" retreat. Predicted that by 2100 sea levels will be 1 metre higher; websites show the impact. However, Climate Change appears to be accelerating. Even at 1 metre, small parts of RAF Mildenhall, which borders a depr...
by filmman
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to get another 16x chinooks
Replies: 45
Views: 3649

Re: RAF to get another 16x chinooks

The direction of travel is lower spending, fewer types and numbers of aircraft, fewer bases, less people and outsourcing. PFI contracts have not delivered the expected savings, are inflexible and impossible/very expensive to exit early. Some big decisions are difficult to understand. Unfortunately "...
by filmman
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to scrap Sentinel surveillance aircraft due to cuts
Replies: 27
Views: 5970

Re: RAF to scrap Sentinel surveillance aircraft due to cuts

MOD's problem is that no one is really in charge Finance. They are continually running a hot budget, have no long term vision, assume all well be perfect and shut their eyes to sub-standard but cheap deals and finally waste money by cancelling projects that deliver because they have no alternative. ...
by filmman
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: Folly Road fence upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: Folly Road fence upgrade

You mean they don't trust their own runners!
Well it looks like we are all on the up. Hopefully no pole vaulters will be sighted.
Filmman
by filmman
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: Folly Road fence upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: Folly Road fence upgrade

On Monday 24 Sept there had been no change at Folly Road, only 12 posts fitted; still no extra wire. I was told by someone from Johns' field that replacement razor wire was been put by the trailer. It would appear that security improvements are progressing erratically. I will update Folly Road progr...
by filmman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: Folly Road fence upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

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: 2313

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: 1743

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: 2313

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: 6588

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: 6588

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: 5211

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: 14768

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: 789
Views: 238754

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: 789
Views: 238754

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: 2667

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: 1861

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...

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