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by ColintheCaterpillar
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bruntingthorpe closure
Replies: 36
Views: 5242

Re: Bruntingthorpe closure

It was his generosity and vision which saved XH558 in the first place and has,I am sure, the ability to ignore stupid, ill-informed comments like that. Yep. Probably worth noting that I don’t think he’s the only one with a say regarding activities at Bruntingthorpe. I'm sure you're correct there , ...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bruntingthorpe closure
Replies: 36
Views: 5242

Re: Bruntingthorpe closure

Well one of the idea's - Vulcan to Bruntingthorpe was scuppered by GREED, by the people who were 'looking after it'. And Bruntingthorpe closure - scuppered by Mr Waltons GREED. It was his generosity and vision which saved XH558 in the first place and has,I am sure, the ability to ignore stupid, ill...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bruntingthorpe closure
Replies: 36
Views: 5242

Re: Bruntingthorpe closure

Just imagine what Bruntingthorpe could have become had the Vulcan been in a position to consider it as a permanent home. A live, national CWJ collection with the Vulcan as a centrepiece. Yes, the outcome would be exactly the same as it is now, Vulcan or no Vulcan, and therefore, if present, another...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bruntingthorpe closure
Replies: 36
Views: 5242

Re: Bruntingthorpe closure

Just imagine what Bruntingthorpe could have become had the Vulcan been in a position to consider it as a permanent home. A live, national CWJ collection with the Vulcan as a centrepiece.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bruntingthorpe closure
Replies: 36
Views: 5242

Re: Bruntingthorpe closure

I suspect Duxford's runway is too short for Lightning ground runs, or at least it would be over before it began as it were. Elvington is a nice idea though. That’s assuming they were able to ground run them. Moving them and moving the structure wouldn’t be cheap. For a non-National collection, Elvi...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bruntingthorpe closure
Replies: 36
Views: 5242

Re: Bruntingthorpe closure

Anything heard from the Lightning Team? Be a shame if they have to lose their QRA hangar - could that be moved elsewhere? like Binbrook for example? Not sure you'd want to move it there given there is no longer any runway left for jet runs, and it's too far away I'd imagine to get the footfall that...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tucano flying?
Replies: 15
Views: 2166

Re: Tucano flying?

I'd imagine the costs and challenge of operating and supporting a single aircraft fleet would preclude this, let alone it will no longer be certified after withdrawal from service. I've always believed that the CFS' role is to train flying instructors on in-service types hence again, can't see a ro...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tucano flying?
Replies: 15
Views: 2166

Re: Tucano flying?

Aren’t CFS still operating a Tucano at Cranwell? No, and can’t see why they would need to anyway as the type is no longer in service?! When you’ve only been given a finite number of Texans at Valley (ie, you can’t just keep one in the shed at Cranwell as was done with the Tucano), and your examiner...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bruntingthorpe closure
Replies: 36
Views: 5242

Re: Bruntingthorpe closure

Someone should tell the Classic British Jets Collection. Presumably they're not part of "all the volunteers" who were told. https://www.facebook.com/465518487285411/posts/792646667905923/ You note they say they haven’t been told anything. Nothing either way. I know a member of another group who ask...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tucano flying?
Replies: 15
Views: 2166

Re: Tucano flying?

Aren’t CFS still operating a Tucano at Cranwell?
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: P-8 Delivery Schedule
Replies: 20
Views: 2941

Re: P-8 Delivery Schedule

Vulcanone wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:28 pm
Turmo the first 4 C-17s were leased. They dropped that when we bought 4 more.

All are now ours and Not leased even if they never gave them a formal name
Probably because they realised doing so would just cause unecessary confusion to our allies and fellow C-17 operators.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Marshalls move
Replies: 42
Views: 8563

Re: Marshalls move

Indeed, perfectly illustrated Brian! :D
by ColintheCaterpillar
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Marshalls move
Replies: 42
Views: 8563

Re: Marshalls move

I don't think the runway was cut through. The taxiways adjoining it were, or had embankments built over them. Most of the main runway and south side of the site is covered in cars.

The modern "landing strip" is at the eastern end of the runway.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 9584

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Scampton would be the ideal permeant location, It would be nice if another flying unit like the UAS Grob wing at Wittering relocated to Scampton. Then giving the mod a good reason to keep Scampton open. Not sure of the compatibility of Grobs and the Reds. I think the only way Wittering works as a s...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 9584

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

tm74sqn wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:38 am
I'll not access that site due to their cooky policy.
In precis of the article, lots of political speak and not much information. :thumb:
by ColintheCaterpillar
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 9584

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Vulcanone wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:11 am
If anyone cares to look back at the original post from some point way back when..... You will find that the MoD had already shortlisted the 3 sites which were on the list

Leeming Wittering and Waddington
There’s always a sensible one! :D
by ColintheCaterpillar
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 9584

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

I think short term, Scampton will remain as the practice area - people have to remember that the "danger area" they practice in is a 5 mile radius up to 9,000 or 10,000ft. Yes, fire and emergency cover would be required, as would ATC, but importantly the airfield itself would not require upkeep to ...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 9584

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Wasn't Boscombe Down in the frame a few years ago?. The movements there are not exactly prolific and the "Reds"could be co-ordinated with base operations fairly easily I would assume!. Also Boscombe's location could afford them the relative airspace required for ops! Sadly I fear any Southern locat...
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 9584

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

roughcutter wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:03 pm
That would make the bean counters rejoice :@ ).
Only very few of them. As often argued, the Reds are arguably very good value for money as both a flying advert for UK plc and a better recruitment tool than paying for some adverts to appear during BGT.
by ColintheCaterpillar
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 9584

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

So what is needed is an airfield with hangarage; admin facilities;and a usable runway with ready access to a chunk of airspace 10 miles diameter and 10,000' high. AFter that until the RAF announce the new location, its anybody's guess. Basically... SCAMPTON! Unfortunately the RAF know this, but the...

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