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ZG750

Postby Rigger100 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:26 pm

ZG750/128 Arrived RTP :(
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Re: ZG750

Postby reheat module » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:18 pm

Farewell Gal.
Had plenty of warning to catch it whilst still flying.
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Re: ZG750

Postby Blackcat1 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:49 pm

Didn't fly much if at all after RIAT sadly. Lucky I got to see her a good few times, last twin stick to go to rtp?
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Re: ZG750

Postby Motley » Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:57 pm

Theres still a few trainers about at Marham
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Re: ZG750

Postby Blackcat1 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:31 pm

Not for much longer sadly
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Re: ZG750

Postby DavidT » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:15 pm

The following twin-sticks should still be at Marham
ZA612/074
ZD711/079
ZD713/081
ZD741/089
ZG752/129
ZG771/133
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Re: ZG750

Postby Blackcat1 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:54 am

Guess they will go rtp soon?
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Re: ZG750

Postby DavidT » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:57 am

Well, in the “good old days” a Tornado Sqn. would have a nominal strength of 13 a/c of which one would be a twin-stick so on the face of it the current numbers are high for three squadrons. With pooling of the current fleet that established ratio has probably long gone out of the window. It may be policy to use up the remaining life on the twin-sticks where applicable on local flying to preserve life on the more capable ‘strike’ versions (and as an insurance against any hiccups with “Centurion”). The counter argument might be that they are more valuable to the RAF on the spares shelf. I guess we have to wait and see.
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Re: ZG750

Postby Gary » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:57 am

From what was said at May's enthusiast day, a couple of T's will solider on until nearly the end. They will be kept back for pilot to pilot checks and any basis refresher courses they might need to do. Also I'm guessing any photography work the RAF want done with the TGRF.

Speaking to a pilot last time I was there, next squadron due to disband in March / April 2018 with the final two squadron seeing the Tornado out in 2019. Unless that has changed again since June :lol: There was no official word on which squadron will disband in 2018 but I'm guessing 12(B) as 31 will be out in Cyprus and IX(B) will next to go, if the TGRF is still needed chasing Daesh that is
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Re: ZG750

Postby reheat module » Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:50 pm

DavidT wrote:Well, in the “good old days” a Tornado Sqn. would have a nominal strength of 13 a/c of which one would be a twin-stick so on the face of it the current numbers are high for three squadrons...

That's a real thought provoking statement and got my mind going back to my Bruggen days; I recall that, on the 4 Sqns (9, 14, 17 and 31) we used to swap and rotate aircraft, and Trainers were a high value commodity and frequently 'loaned' between Squadrons (on the understanding of 'you get it serviceable, with enough hrs for the sortie - you break it, you fix it).
As I recall, 17(F) had at least 3 Trainers, GX, GY & GZ and there were 16 ac on the books, although at any one time we had numbers away on Major Serv at St Athan, in MEAS on Minor or Minor Star Servicing, on Sqn on Primary or Primary Star Servicing, on loan or deployed. I may be wrong, but I thought there was a letter in the alphabet designated on the Sqn to indicate a Trainer. Age may have affected my memory though...
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Re: ZG750

Postby TombsRIP » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:07 am

DavidT wrote:The following twin-sticks should still be at Marham
ZA612/074
ZD711/079
ZD713/081
ZD741/089
ZG752/129
ZG771/133


ZA612 aka "ZA61 new" should be the last one to finish flying as it was the only one to have gone through the "mid life fatigue programme (MLFP)" at Warton. It was broken right down to its original sub assemblies when originally assembled at Warton. Plenty of re-lifing of old structure and new structure incorporated before reassembly again. Obviously the original plan was for more airframes to go through this programme but as usual defence cuts ensured it never happened.

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