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by filmman
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tempest - Britain's new stealth fighter
Replies: 27
Views: 2890

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: 12960

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: 757
Views: 216392

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: 757
Views: 216392

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: 2440

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: 1748

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: 1296

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: 1938

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: 3624

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: 3624

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: 8286

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: 2715

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: 2627

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: 2715

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...
by filmman
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF 100 £5 coin
Replies: 6
Views: 1016

Re: RAF 100 £5 coin

Unfortunately, all the commemorative junk, plates etc are a complete waste of money. People trying to dispose of them find they have little value, they often end up in charity shops. Legal tender coins, on the other hand retain there face value, but rarely ever appreciate because so many are produce...
by filmman
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: NATO to be sued
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

Re: NATO to be sued

Unfortunately some lawyers live in an Alice in Womderland environment. If successful, war is abolished, really?, since humans always make mistakes and some conventional actions inevitably kill non combatants. And then there are Nukes.
Film man
by filmman
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USA New low yield Nukes to counter new Russian Doctrine
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: USA New low yield Nukes to counter new Russian Doctrine

The problem is that the Russians are opening Pandora's box for no apparent gain. At the start of the Cold War the USA had a small time window to destroy the USSR, it did not because it was a democracy. Then they both churned out thousands of nukes and numerous delivery systems because they could. Ev...
by filmman
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USA New low yield Nukes to counter new Russian Doctrine
Replies: 6
Views: 767

USA New low yield Nukes to counter new Russian Doctrine

Now in the Times newspaper. [In response to the "New" (nearly 2 years old) Russian Nuclear Doctrine of routinely using low yield tactical nuclear weapons in a conventional war?] The USA is to build a new stockpile of low yield nukes. No mention of delivery systems. As there were Russian/USA deals wi...
by filmman
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 2nd drone found at NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base
Replies: 5
Views: 1056

Re: 2nd drone found at NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

At Mildenhall flocks of crows at the east end are a constant and increasing problem. Pilots have aborted landings, checked the bird situation and asked for the bird scarer. Aircraft have been checked out for damage. But drones disproportionately make headlines. So if you want to drone round Mildenha...
by filmman
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Landing on Highways
Replies: 34
Views: 2776

Re: Landing on Highways

During the Cold War era there are rumours of landing strips in London's Royal Parks and the use of the Serpentine by flying boats to get VIPs out of London. Outside London there were plans that parts of some new roads would be built straight and wide enough for airfield use. However there were numer...

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