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by KyleG
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: UK Orders Wedgetails
Replies: 45
Views: 4213

Re: UK Orders Wedgetails

E-3 wasn’t designed with a probe but the E-3D was delivered with one. Maybe with Marshall’s and UK plc’s P&D tanking expertise we’ll see a probe conversion fitted. Lots of AEW tasking is from NATO anyway, which opens lots of tanker “doors”. With the E-7 nose essentially being similar to the E-3 it'...
by KyleG
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: British out of sequence serials - ZZ why?
Replies: 38
Views: 3590

Re: British out of sequence serials - ZZ why?

Mike wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:22 pm
Great post Tom and many thanks for taking the time to post it, the 3rd batch of Tornados always used to puzzle me.
The original Lightning F1 batch started at XM134, so I'm not sure why the F-35 allocations should start at ZM135 - any ideas?
F-35 - ZM135, I'd imagine?
by KyleG
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Maiden F-35 Visit to RNAS Culdrose
Replies: 6
Views: 2310

Maiden F-35 Visit to RNAS Culdrose

Been a while since I've posted here, but I may as well do so while I think about it! Just the one today, though. Lovely surprise visit from ZM143 at my local this morning. A run and break, one STOVL config approach and one conventional config approach - sadly I fudged the settings for the latter :lo...
by KyleG
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: First F-35B deck landings and take offs from HMS Queen Elizabeth
Replies: 8
Views: 1820

Re: First F-35B deck landings and take offs from HMS Queen Elizabeth

These jets have American markings but are operated as part of the joint Integrated Test Force. They have additional systems specifically designed for test flights which operational F-35s, like the UK's own aircraft, don't have.
by KyleG
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tempest - Britain's new stealth fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 5948

Re: Tempest - Britain's new stealth fighter

F-35As would be suitable if we were replacing the Typhoon in the next few years, but we're not. By the time the Typhoon retires the F-35 will have been in service for 25+ years. Even with the upgrades that are almost certain to be integrated, it'll still be a relatively old design and will be at aro...
by KyleG
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Airshow & Event Photography
Topic: Yeovilton Air Day 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: Yeovilton Air Day 2018

Cheers all :) Just gonna add a few more I've edited before this subforum gets swamped with RIAT threads ;) https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1765/43400186191_a2cb4423ba_b.jpg Dassault Rafale M | 19 | Flotille 11F, French Navy by Kyle Greet , on Flickr https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1808/43352390222_c6a...
by KyleG
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Airshow & Event Photography
Topic: Yeovilton Air Day 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Yeovilton Air Day 2018

Excellent show as usual, but as is traditional at VL the sun was a bit of a pain, so mainly focused on the static. Enjoy :) https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1806/29447263828_50e01bfd35_b.jpg Mil Mi-8T Hip | 23 | Lithuanian Air Force by Kyle Greet , on Flickr https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1785/4150776...
by KyleG
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Hunter in for paint
Replies: 18
Views: 2863

Re: Hunter in for paint

I really like that. It may not be authentic but it's not operated as a historical artifact after all.
by KyleG
Sat May 26, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Photography Q & A / How to post photos
Topic: Smart phone mounting?
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: Smart phone mounting?

I've been using these two bits to mount my phone onto my camera's hotshoe, no problems so far. If you only want to go to a tripod mount you'd only need the first one. They're pretty generic so no doubt you might find similar things (maybe cheaper) on eBay or elsewhere. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pr...
by KyleG
Sat May 26, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Monthly Photo Competition
Topic: May 2018 Photo of the Month Competition
Replies: 29
Views: 5193

Re: May 2018 Photo of the Month Competition

Morane-Saulnier MS315 G-BZNK at Bodmin, 5th May

ImageMorane-Saulnier MS.315E D2 | G-BZNK (354) | Private by Kyle Greet, on Flickr
by KyleG
Sat May 12, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: RAF St Mawgan & Newquay
Topic: Newquay 10/05/2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Re: Newquay 10/05/2018

It was definitely ZH877, though it's green rather than grey :)
by KyleG
Sat May 12, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: RNAS Culdrose & Predannack
Topic: Culdrose 10/5/2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1790

Re: Culdrose 10/5/2018

You may have been correct originally with the Hawk actually. XX239 has also worn CU-842, and some of the codes have been swapped around (I haven't kept track).
by KyleG
Fri May 11, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: RNAS Culdrose & Predannack
Topic: Culdrose 10/5/2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1790

Re: Culdrose 10/5/2018

Can't help much with the Merlins out on the pan, but otherwise. Your first Hawk would be XX324. XX205 should be the other (CU-842). Hangar W11 airframes are all stored for use by the fire service and SFDO. Merlin 511 is AV511, avionics mock up. The Lynx/Wildcat is definitely a Lynx, but I'm not sure...
by KyleG
Sun May 06, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: US Lakenheath jets 'flew into conflict' with civilian plane
Replies: 5
Views: 1201

Re: US Lakenheath jets 'flew into conflict' with civilian pl

That headline was a bit confusing for me as I was waking up... :lol:
by KyleG
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: RAF St Mawgan & Newquay
Topic: REQ St.Mawgan/Newquay
Replies: 9
Views: 2068

Re: REQ St.Mawgan/Newquay

The Tornados aren't likely to arrive for a while yet, I've provisionally (and unofficially) heard June mentioned.

The JP and Canberra are in one of the HASs near the museum, haven't heard of them being visible other than when the doors are open.
by KyleG
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: MAPLIN CLOSURE
Replies: 25
Views: 4470

Re: MAPLIN CLOSURE

Even with the discounts I saw when I went in to have a look, the scanners and accessories still ended up more expensive than pretty much anywhere else. They were handy when you needed something desperately and couldn't wait for delivery, but I've never found a bargain in there. Another vote for CPC ...
by KyleG
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Monthly Photo Competition
Topic: March 2018 Photo of the Month Competition
Replies: 24
Views: 5629

Re: March 2018 Photo of the Month Competition

I have a feeling nightshoots will be a bit of a theme for this month ;)

G-CVIX / XP924 at the Threshold Navy Wings Nightshoot on 15th March

ImageDe Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 | G-CVIX (XP924) | Navy Wings by Kyle Greet, on Flickr
by KyleG
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: How many Tornado's are left
Replies: 12
Views: 2294

Re: How many Tornado's are left

Yes, Storm Shadow should still operational on Tornado, although not sure if it's been used since Ellamy? Not seen any info or posts about Tornados going North to fire the end of life ones into the Atlantic for a while. Might be saving them for Typhoon? A few Storm Shadows were fired off in Syria ei...
by KyleG
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: South West England
Topic: Former RN Sea Kings to return to Service
Replies: 30
Views: 7499

Re: Former RN Sea Kings to return to Service

EGVP wrote:One is XV666, any ID for the other one please?
The other is ZA166, arrived by road a couple days ago.
by KyleG
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: RNAS Culdrose & Predannack
Topic: Predannack
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

Re: Predannack

It can vary a lot. Some days you'll get next to nothing out there, while other days you'll get almost constant use. It's also used extensively for night flying as there is less light pollution there than at Culdrose, so less problems with NVGs, and it means Culdrose doesn't have to continually opera...

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