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by ColintheCaterpillar
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Sentinel Emergency
Replies: 8
Views: 1633

Re: RAF Sentinel Emergency

Sadly true on both counts.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Sentinel Emergency
Replies: 8
Views: 1633

Re: RAF Sentinel Emergency

Very disappointing that they were given the tip off; I doubt they have a correspondent monitoring flight tracking software or military radio frequencies. The fact that the article first appeared whilst the aircraft may still have been airborne is distressing too; had it been a catastrophic problem l...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company
Replies: 45
Views: 10857

Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

[Several later RAF VC10s sat at Abingdon for twice as long, without the care and maintenance these have had. One way ferry shouldn’t be an issue.] The VC10s had engines removed and we're cacooned in protective spray, each one then required a substantial amount of work in a hangar for the one way fl...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company
Replies: 45
Views: 10857

Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

[Several later RAF VC10s sat at Abingdon for twice as long, without the care and maintenance these have had. One way ferry shouldn’t be an issue.] The VC10s had engines removed and we're cacooned in protective spray, each one then required a substantial amount of work in a hangar for the one way fl...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Hawk XX154 to ‘fly’ to her new home
Replies: 22
Views: 2734

Re: Hawk XX154 to ‘fly’ to her new home

Why? It was operated by QinetiQ/ETPS for a number of years. We are notoriously bad at preserving significant airframes (not types). I’ve no issue with it going to BDAC but would personally prefer the first prototype of arguably our most successful aircraft of the past 50 years, at home and abroad, ...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Hawk XX154 to ‘fly’ to her new home
Replies: 22
Views: 2734

Re: Hawk XX154 to ‘fly’ to her new home

It really should be going to a national museum.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company
Replies: 45
Views: 10857

Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US compan

red leader wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:29 am
I wouldn't have thought they were airworthy after being sat outside for five years.
Several later RAF VC10s sat at Abingdon for twice as long, without the care and maintenance these have had.

One way ferry shouldn’t be an issue.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to allow airmen to have beards
Replies: 20
Views: 1458

Re: RAF to allow airmen to have beards

Its OK until you have to put your respirator on, even tear gas enters. If it was a chemical agent you wouldn't stand a chance without a full head mask. And that is why it says if there is a threat risk then beards are to be modified. Dont think there is much risk ar coningsby or any other base thou...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: REDS
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Re: REDS

baz1 wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:49 am
now that the reds are away for eleven weeks there was talk of moving things etc for relocating them on there return as this been finalised yet ??
That’s all still a couple of years away.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Swanwick Control
Replies: 4
Views: 997

Re: Swanwick Control

Vulcan74 wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:10 pm
And they are talking about doing the atc for some airports from a central place in the UK. This could be dangerous it there are to many glitches!!
They already do.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 1200

Re: Insurance

Thank you for all your replies, the one thing I can't understand is although the Falcons couldn't fly at Yeovilton they were pretty sure they would be displaying at RIAT this coming weekend. Could be as simple as cost. Someone has to pay for the insurance and if the budget didn’t stretch to it for ...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Current RAF aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 5830

Re: Current RAF aircraft

I'm not quite sure how this thread has got so political,after all we're a group of like minded people with a shared love of military aviation,one thing's for sure though as C24 says our once proud airforce is slowly turning into a tiny force armed with predominantly american types with all the cost...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Current RAF aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 5830

Re: Current RAF aircraft

To hit some trains in a yard: circa 1945 - 100 bombers, 500 crew, 1,000 bombs (plus fighter cover) circa 2019 - 1 drone, 1 chap in a shed I guess that'll be why. And if 50% of the 100 failed to get there at least 50% might be able to do some damage to the train set. If 100% of the 1 failed to get t...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Current RAF aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 5830

Re: Current RAF aircraft

I've not bothered to split out things in regular maintenance, but I have taken out a few long-term repairs/christmas trees/etc. This is the list I have, therefore. AgustaWestland AW109 - 1 Airbus Voyager KC.2/3 - 10 Airbus Atlas C.1 - 20 Beechcraft Shadow R.1/2 - 6 Bell Griffin HAR.2 - 2 Boeing Glo...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Falkland Islands Typhoons?
Replies: 10
Views: 3110

Re: Falkland Islands Typhoons?

Afternoon everybody, hope you are all well. I was thinking with the QRA at the weekend for the commercial flight and also earlier in the year for the Russians, how often do the Typhoons ever scramble from Mount Pleasant for a live QRA? Many thanks Jack Surely best to ask the Argentines? As often as...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Trained Pilots-No Planes
Replies: 19
Views: 2422

Re: Trained Pilots-No Planes

[Sadly the National Audit Office suggested in around 2000 that military flying training was inefficient (it always has had natural peaks and troughs, fallow periods and surges). “PFI everything” fans Blair and Brown were straight on board. The training was excellent, no doubt about that, but, came ...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Trained Pilots-No Planes
Replies: 19
Views: 2422

Re: Trained Pilots-No Planes

This is a BBC article from March 2019, so if it has been posted before-my apologies. However, it is very disturbing if the situation has not changed since then. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47420698 Training systems go through cycles. It will take years to clear any backlog. There won’t be any imm...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tristar Air LLC Awarded Refueling Contract
Replies: 16
Views: 3611

Re: Tristar Air LLC Awarded Refueling Contract

This has been ongoing for years. The fact that the Tristars have been outside for so many years now does not bode well for their future. The aircraft will be subject to C,D checks as well as storage checks which the guys at brunty do not hold the approval for. I really can't see how the aircraft wi...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Fri May 24, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Report released on 2017 RAF C-130J write off
Replies: 1
Views: 1123

Re: Report released on 2017 RAF C-130J write off

A lack of situation awareness is given as the reason for the 4.2g overload on airframe that caused the plane to be written off. To be honest a difficult landing with insufficient data during Operation Shader it could have been a lot worse. Full article here https://www.flightglobal.com/news/article...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Sun May 19, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to get second hand jets in wedgetail buy
Replies: 28
Views: 3501

Re: RAF to get second hand jets in wedgetail buy

The K.2/K.3 and K.4s were indeed. Even the C.1s were not new when they converted them to partial tankers. It is worth noting though that I believe the C1s still had far fewer hours than the ex airliner Ks. Grey liveried aircraft will probably fly far far less than their civilian counterparts, and a...

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