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EX ARCTIC CHALLENGE/BALTOPS/SABRE STRIKE/AMPLE STRIKE 17

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Post by Supra » Thu May 18, 2017 2:13 am

Just every now & then Google isn't your friend !
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noun: purdah...the practice in certain Muslim and Hindu societies of screening women from men or strangers, especially by means of a curtain. :O
I thought, how the Donald Duck is that affecting USAF bombers? Settle-down!...I've got it now. Sodding Election!

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Post by page_verify » Thu May 18, 2017 7:15 am

Good to know it won't affect anything this year, it did only a couple of years ago for something very similar.

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Post by Maurits37 » Fri May 19, 2017 5:23 pm

Two B-1Bs 86-0094/EL and 86-0120/EL arrived at Ramstein today. No further info but probably a stopover from the Middle East back to Conus or... Arctic Challenge?!
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Post by Goldstar31 » Mon May 22, 2017 10:36 am

They were on a Global Power mission

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Post by harvo266 » Mon May 22, 2017 1:07 pm

Are bombers due at fairford at all soon?

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Post by burnsy133 » Mon May 22, 2017 1:20 pm

harvo266 wrote:Are bombers due at fairford at all soon?
Suggest you read the thread, then delete your post.

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Post by MRTT » Mon May 22, 2017 1:43 pm

Was a response like that really needed?

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Post by Dan213 » Mon May 22, 2017 1:51 pm

burnsy133 wrote:
harvo266 wrote:Are bombers due at fairford at all soon?
Suggest you read the thread, then delete your post.

Seems like a pretty legitimate question to me. Perhaps you should have a read up on common courtesy, then delete your post.

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Post by Rory76 » Mon May 22, 2017 2:19 pm

harvo266 wrote:Are bombers due at fairford at all soon?
Good chance (pretty much 100%) of at least B-52s deploying on exercise in the next couple of weeks. Possibly more than that, but that's just guess work.

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Post by Pune » Mon May 22, 2017 3:26 pm

Dan213 wrote:
burnsy133 wrote:
harvo266 wrote:Are bombers due at fairford at all soon?
Suggest you read the thread, then delete your post.

Seems like a pretty legitimate question to me. Perhaps you should have a read up on common courtesy, then delete your post.
I completely agree, no need at all for such a nasty response.
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Post by johnwayne » Mon May 22, 2017 4:17 pm

burnsy133 wrote:
harvo266 wrote:Are bombers due at fairford at all soon?
Suggest you read the thread, then delete your post.
Whilst agreeing with various comments that this post was unnecessarily blunt to the point of being impolite , I do however think the responder has a point i.e. if you join in on a topic that's already running ' particularly with a question , its not unreasonable to expect a new poster to read through the topic first . Seem to recall mods making similar requests over the years .

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Post by Pune » Mon May 22, 2017 6:37 pm

johnwayne wrote:
burnsy133 wrote:
harvo266 wrote:Are bombers due at fairford at all soon?
Suggest you read the thread, then delete your post.
Whilst agreeing with various comments that this post was unnecessarily blunt to the point of being impolite , I do however think the responder has a point i.e. if you join in on a topic that's already running ' particularly with a question , its not unreasonable to expect a new poster to read through the topic first . Seem to recall mods making similar requests over the years .
You are quite right johnwayne, there are ways of saying things in a more polite way, I agree this has been mentioned previously, but maybe this was a new member unsure of protocol.
Hopefully no harm done...
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Post by Cornish-guy » Mon May 22, 2017 6:53 pm

burnsy133 wrote:
harvo266 wrote:Are bombers due at fairford at all soon?
Suggest you read the thread, then delete your post.

It reads like a little bit of confusion on both sides - possibly the posters question was asking "could some bombers be due sooner than June/July" and the reply was probably just ment as a way of saying that prevouos pages had given some generic info on thier possibly arrival details.


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Post by harvo266 » Mon May 22, 2017 9:58 pm

Just to clear things up;
I have been aware for a few weeks about the upcoming exercise but have found news and updates to be much quieter than usual and when I read back through the forum, I could not see any signs of dates or rough days of when they may arrive at FFD. Admittedly I should have crafted the question better.

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Post by StormsInAfrica » Tue May 23, 2017 5:25 am

Only thing we kinda know is that 3x BUFFs could arrive soon. Support flights rumoured to be this Wednesday. There are rumours that other platforms may show up but these are only rumours at the minute.
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Post by graham luxton » Tue May 23, 2017 7:30 am

I suspect that this sort of thing is simulating a crisis situation where wing personnel are mobilised for deployment but the bombers and the crews that will fly them over, are placed on several hours notice to deploy, awaiting word as to when that will actually be. There are normally more aircrews than bombers so some will arrive/depart on the transports.

This scenario reminds me of a scene in the superb 1955 movie `Strategic Air Command` where a briefing officer is addressing a room full of B-47 crews about to make a wing deployment to Japan - ",,,, a word of caution, there's a security blackout, lets do it first then talk about it."

In the days when SAC used to routinely carry out these overseas deployments they referred to the departure date as "E Day".

This unknown factor, as to when the a/c will actually arrive, may explain the lack of information from the base.

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Post by page_verify » Tue May 23, 2017 7:36 am

Too much political approval is required these days for anything to be truely random. I'd bet some have known for a few months how many aircraft, what type, when, and how many people are coming.....

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Post by graham luxton » Tue May 23, 2017 7:45 am

page_verify wrote:Too much political approval is required these days for anything to be truely random. I'd bet some have known for a few months how many aircraft, what type, when, and how many people are coming.....
Yes, but at a high level where specifics are less likely to be leaked. Past events have shown that whatever happens its with the knowledge/approval of the MOD. Long gone are the days when the USAF did their own thing!

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Post by johnwayne » Tue May 23, 2017 8:04 am

I recall an Arctic Challenge press release (can't locate it now) stating B52 mission at end of 2nd week - i.e. 1/2 June. If this was a Global Power mission recovering to Fairford it would I believe fit timing of previous bomber arrivals at Fairford for Baltops/Saber Strike i.e. end of week before those exercises begin. That would suggest support early next week .I stress this is my guesswork/speculation so will probably turn out to be wrong !

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Post by StormsInAfrica » Tue May 23, 2017 7:31 pm

Tracking an Omni CAMBER flight that routed DFW, Rapid City; Rapid City to what appears to be Barksdale AFB.
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