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by bentwaters81tfw
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: B-52 re-engine competition to start early 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 2263

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

What, no spares!! 608 required = 76 aircraft x 8 engines - no more, no less. I thought that they were looking at a four engine configuration instead of the current eight? Can't be done. Lack of rudder authority. At present a 7 engine approach is classed as an emergency due to the asymmetric thrust ...
by bentwaters81tfw
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: F35 noise protest
Replies: 48
Views: 6408

Re: F35 noise protest

romeo bravo wrote:
turmo wrote:Well, have you ever noticed how RAF airfields are named after the nearest postal village?
Actually its after the nearest village with a church :whistle:
A village without a church is a hamlet. :P
by bentwaters81tfw
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USAF UFOs
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

Re: USAF UFOs

There's a little more info here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1THwiaXZfzA
by bentwaters81tfw
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Historical aviation images
Replies: 22
Views: 2721

Re: Historical aviation images

Some fantastic stuff here. Please thank Lynn for her efforts. Some images bolster our archive at Bentwaters. I shall keep an eye on this, and credit will be given to her and her father.
by bentwaters81tfw
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USAF Gives go ahead for B-52 Re-engining
Replies: 18
Views: 3381

Re: USAF Gives go ahead for B-52 Re-engining

They will have to go for 8 engines again. There is insufficient rudder authority for a 4 engined machine if you lose an engine.
by bentwaters81tfw
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Mildenhall Memories
Replies: 26
Views: 3564

Re: Mildenhall Memories

I did every show from 76 onwards. 76 was HOT. I remember they announced we had drunk 15 TONS of beer by 11am. Come 3pm, the base was DRY - everything was gone. The only drink was water from the two standpipes under the water towers. The smell of kerosene and barbecues. Jet noise and sunburn. Will we...
by bentwaters81tfw
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: The 80's
Replies: 25
Views: 2720

Re: The 80's

Apart form the pleasure watching these wonderful aircraft, from 78 to 82 to worked for a freight agency who held the contract for HMG. Most of the everyday stores to and from UK to BAOR and RAFG went across my desk, as the movements shipped Felixstowe, Rotterdam Zeebrugge. I had trucks arriving on m...
by bentwaters81tfw
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Russia / NATO Tensions
Replies: 12
Views: 1492

Re: Russia / NATO Tensions

On the Russia Today, an English language news channel (Sky 512), they appeared to be concerned that American troops are learning Russian. One of their studio experts suggested this implied America is planning an invasion! I suspect RT was pulling an April Fool. The Russian sense of humour is very l...
by bentwaters81tfw
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 25 Years of F15E strike eagles at Lakenheath
Replies: 11
Views: 2000

Re: 25 Years of F15E strike eagles at Lakenheath

In addition, the F-15Cs are to get conformal tanks, and be re-winged, with two extra hardpoints.
by bentwaters81tfw
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 Discussion Thread
Replies: 1039
Views: 172279

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 Discussion Thread

I was at RIAT on the Sunday when the weather closed in before the Swiss team could display. The Swiss team commentator did a sterling job keeping the crowd amused and described the teams return back to their hard standing as a Close Formation Taxi Pass". Big cheer as they went past. Looking forward...
by bentwaters81tfw
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: GAF C160 nearly comes to grief on last flight
Replies: 3
Views: 1274

Re: GAF C160 nearly comes to grief on last flight

DM screenscraper is running a bit slow today. The amount of years out of date 'news' on that site is embarrasing.
by bentwaters81tfw
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: SR-91 Aurora
Replies: 62
Views: 15667

Re: SR-91 Aurora

SR-71 was killed financially. When the project came from the Black world into the White one, the USAF had to pay rather than the CIA. The USAF got little benefit from the programe and all the costs. The backers in the Pentagon who were ex SR-71 had retired, and the knives were out from others who co...
by bentwaters81tfw
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: SR-91 Aurora
Replies: 62
Views: 15667

Re: SR-91 Aurora

When Ben Rich retired from Lockheed, he said they had 6 Black Projects currently on the books. The pulse detonation phenomena has been going on for years. I strongly suspect that a replacement exists.
by bentwaters81tfw
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Woodbridge
Replies: 1
Views: 799

RAF Woodbridge

An informed source advises a C-17 will be into Woodbridge this week for trials. No day confirmed. Further to the A400M trials, Germany and one other nation have made overtures to make use of the 'rough' runway for future trials. There is a feature film about to be made on the South loop at BW. I und...

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