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by CHINOOKER
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 8101

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!
by CHINOOKER
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: RAF Northolt
Topic: runway closure
Replies: 29
Views: 7628

Re: runway closure

RAF 146 has just departed and is circuit bashing!.
by CHINOOKER
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Star of Waddington
Replies: 16
Views: 2708

Re: Star of Waddington

Regarding my earlier post re 272, I showed a colleague at work who worked on B707s many eons ago and he believes that the "negative pressure port",i spoke of earlier is the ovoid one between the nose gear and the port in question!....think you can make out the area markings and decals in T_J's close...
by CHINOOKER
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Star of Waddington
Replies: 16
Views: 2708

Re: Star of Waddington

Think the ports are possibly "Negative Pressure" inlet ports....The aircraft was originally built as a passenger aircraft,so differs from the KC135 conversions etc in this regard!.....The red outline around the ports probably has a "do not cover/block this port" decal on or adjacent to it if viewed ...
by CHINOOKER
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF BAe146 fleet to be sold
Replies: 21
Views: 2257

Re: RAF BAe146 fleet to be sold

A.319s were muted some time ago....think a fleet of 5 were mentioned?. However I believe both Boeing and Embraer are developing "mix-mode" models of thier aircraft! What I sincerely hope is that the demise of the 146,(whenever it happens), does not also signal the demise of both 32sqn and Northolt a...
by CHINOOKER
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: RAF Northolt
Topic: Apaches
Replies: 0
Views: 226

Apaches

Pair of Apaches routed out of Northolt approx 22.25...,I/d & callsigns appreciated.
by CHINOOKER
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: RAF Northolt
Topic: runway closure
Replies: 29
Views: 7628

Re: runway closure

Calibrator aircraft done a few passes late last night,at around 1500 ft
by CHINOOKER
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: F16 Demo Team breaks another jet!
Replies: 36
Views: 3174

Re: F16 Demo Team breaks another jet!

Thanks for the clarification guys!....Long time ago now and the "little grey cells" have deteriorated somewhat since then!....cheers!
by CHINOOKER
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: F16 Demo Team breaks another jet!
Replies: 36
Views: 3174

Re: F16 Demo Team breaks another jet!

Anyone who has ever worked on aircraft,both military or civil,would have experience of panel loss/delamination events!....Majority of panel losses occur due to poor ground operations or maintenance....on civil aircraft the majority of panels lost are from servicing access panels used in turnrounds e...
by CHINOOKER
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Prestwick
Topic: Sat 27th july
Replies: 9
Views: 879

Re: Sat 27th july

RCH 464 showing on Adsb as "Hank87"
by CHINOOKER
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Airshow & Event Photography
Topic: Royal Navy International Air Day - RNAS Yeovilton
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Royal Navy International Air Day - RNAS Yeovilton

Great set!....Looks like the Queens Flight have been downgraded again!...seeing "Harry" in the last photo.....bet he would swop those for an Apache any day!!
by CHINOOKER
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Enquiry re - US based Canberras
Replies: 15
Views: 1342

Re: Enquiry re - US based Canberras

Looking at AviationDB....a data base site,both aircraft were deregistered from US register on 14-01-19 and 16-01-19 respectively!.....No knowledge of their location/status given
by CHINOOKER
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF and the DDay celebrations
Replies: 34
Views: 3839

Re: RAF and the DDay celebrations

In my opinion,even if we didn't have the money/inclination to paint one or more aircraft in anniversary schemes,why not just have a formation of Hawks or Typhoons in a "75". Fairly easy to do,gives all the pilots etc some formation practice,and would have been a fitting tribute!
by CHINOOKER
Wed May 08, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Trump Visit
Replies: 43
Views: 10613

Re: Trump Visit

As Typeflyer says,Northolt is not closed to rotary traffic during runway rebuild and has the whole of the southern ramp currently available!.....Also possible that Farnborough could be used as base for the rotary element,although security there may not be up to the Americans desires!. With Trump not...
by CHINOOKER
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: RAF Northolt
Topic: runway closure
Replies: 29
Views: 7628

Re: runway closure

One of the Navajo's operating from here has just departed.....one was out and back in yesterday as well.....assume these must be basing elsewhere soon?
by CHINOOKER
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: RAF Northolt
Topic: RRR4116
Replies: 2
Views: 411

RRR4116

Atlas ZM411 just arrived into Northolt......43C5E5

Departed 1725 local
by CHINOOKER
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info
Replies: 1718
Views: 102144

Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Shader airframes ZA601 and ZD848 been showing active today.....anyone know if all these aircraft will return to UK "en-mass" or in dribs and drabs etc
by CHINOOKER
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Notam Friday 18th January
Replies: 6
Views: 1834

Re: Notam Friday 18th January

Showing on Adsb routing northwest towards Bangor,Wales,passing fl470.....80-1067...AE0950
by CHINOOKER
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RCH 358/AF 1 trip to Iraq .
Replies: 7
Views: 1397

Re: RCH 358/AF 1 trip to Iraq .

Also trending on Sky news today
by CHINOOKER
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: TYPHON
Replies: 6
Views: 2030

Re: TYPHON

Interesting "Moo-vements"

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