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by Harkins
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Airshows and the show ground set up
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: Airshows and the show ground set up

If you feel strongly about these things why not volunteer at the event/airshow/museum and become one of the "they" and influence from the inside? Of course, the simple answer to having static aircraft in a more pleasing setting at an airshow is to apply for one of about half a dozen positions where...
by Harkins
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Spangdahlem 25-07-19
Replies: 10
Views: 1566

Re: Spangdahlem 25-07-19

Great photos and so happy to see A-10s.

Out of interest, is there a no pointing at the base photography rule there or is it simply not practical/possible?
by Harkins
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: FRIAT 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 6581

Re: FRIAT 2019

Out of curiosity, is anyone else here still waiting for their FRIAT pass to arrive? Yep, mine hasn't arrived either. I emailed yesterday and was told it had been posted a week ago, and the address was correct. So if I were you I'd contact them as it's quite likely lost in the post. I was offered an...
by Harkins
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: File on 4 The UKs Military Training System.
Replies: 18
Views: 1833

Re: File on 4 The UKs Military Training System.

I've never understood the logic behind "we should only ever have one pilot per aircraft". Surely the very existence of aircraft that require TWO aircrew show that it's illogical? Even before you get to people needing time off. That’s fair enough, but when you factor in aircraft serviceability (or l...
by Harkins
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: File on 4 The UKs Military Training System.
Replies: 18
Views: 1833

Re: File on 4 The UKs Military Training System.

The article on the BBC News site says that currently "the number 'on hold' is now 350". It also quotes the MOD as saying "The MoD says there are enough trained air crew for current front-line needs". I'm just wondering what we need with 350, plus however many are not on hold for. Have we even got 35...
by Harkins
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2019 Discussion Thread
Replies: 1395
Views: 136232

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2019 Discussion Thread

That's also a good point. Unlike the famous C-130 gathering, you'd struggle to tell any air arms C-17 from another. No SEA camo, silver, gunship versions, Snoopy or ones on skies.
by Harkins
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: My way of saying thankyou (Tonkas on the 28th)
Replies: 25
Views: 2746

Re: My way of saying thankyou (Tonkas on the 28th)

Yep, so when he closes the fields off completely for the 14th we all know who caused it. Oh! You mean when runway 24/06 is open & in use again & the single Tornado flies in a symbolic flypast. Can't really imagine those fields will be so populated ever again? ;) :lol: Rights or wrongs aside, that c...
by Harkins
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2019 Discussion Thread
Replies: 1395
Views: 136232

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2019 Discussion Thread

Today's update 28th Feb SAC C-17 Globemaster Heavy Airlift Wing Transport Static I'm just hoping they can persuade the various operators to pitch up with 30 C-17s in 2021, to celebrate its 30th anniversary of its first flight - Herc-Phantom-styley! That would seem highly unlikely given that there a...
by Harkins
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: India v Pakistan
Replies: 25
Views: 3694

Re: India v Pakistan

Campbell89 wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:44 am
I didn’t think Pakistan had Mig-21 in their inventory.
They have Chengdu J-7s which I believe are Chinese licensed copies of the Mig-21.

It's as if both sides don't want to risk losing any of their more capable aircraft and are using the old soon to be retired kit. Interesting.
by Harkins
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Photography Q & A / How to post photos
Topic: flickr problems
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: flickr problems

I'm still undecided on what to do. I have 990 photos in my account so no need to panic. I know it's not a huge sum of money, but it is every year 'forever'. And it's not easy in terms of what I'm getting for my money. I don't use it as storage per say as 990 is a fraction of my photos that live on *...
by Harkins
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: More mouldy Mildy memories
Replies: 17
Views: 1389

Re: More mouldy Mildy memories

Wonderful set of photos and again so nice to see the wonderful variety of types and schemes we had back then (although types wise, only the F-4* and C-141 are no longer with us (*kind of)).
by Harkins
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Iranian Air Force Boeing 707 Crashes on landing
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: Iranian Air Force Boeing 707 Crashes on landing

Looking at the photo near the bottom of the Telegraph article, there is a ripped or missing part near the top of the tail. When I Googled Iranian Air Force 707 I noticed that this is exactly where the Iranian flag is on the tail. As the first reports seemed to be unclear as to whose aircraft it was,...
by Harkins
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Machloop ban
Replies: 210
Views: 26767

Re: Machloop ban

Just watched the video. I have no idea how low constitutes too low in these training areas. If anything was against the rules surely it was the pull up and roll on departure ? With all the talk on this I'd like to have seen it too, but I can't seem to come up with the right search criteria to find ...
by Harkins
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: The Newbie Forum
Topic: 2 all 2018 Newbies- ?what have you done?
Replies: 1
Views: 591

Re: 2 all 2018 Newbies- ?what have you done?

Probably joined to find out information about an exercise or TDY or even an airshow and been helpfully told to Google it in a welcoming manner. Then they've likely realised the hobby is dying on its arse anyway, unless you live 5 minutes from Lakenheath/Mildenhall or in Japan.
by Harkins
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: TLP 2018-4 at Amendola [LIBA]
Replies: 11
Views: 1771

Re: TLP 2018-4 at Amendola [LIBA]

The light is beautiful and the clarity of your photos is stunning. Thanks for posting. There are are some wonderful aircraft in that set and I have to admit that with that light the F-35 actually looks alright. However, it really took ne a few seconds to decide it was Italian and not... well anybody...
by Harkins
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: RIAT
Topic: RIAT post Mildenhall closure
Replies: 34
Views: 4915

Re: RIAT post Mildenhall closure

How many personal were stationed at Fairford before it was mothballed, compared to how many are coming from Mildenhall? Fair point. Quite possibly more personnel back then. However, it's also possible that some of the posh new private housing that has appeared around the base in the intervening yea...
by Harkins
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: RIAT
Topic: RIAT post Mildenhall closure
Replies: 34
Views: 4915

Re: RIAT post Mild closure

Whilst Boscombe Down proved a great major air show host in '90 and '92, since then it appears that large numbers of houses have been built under what was the display area (left of the HAS complex). So I would imagine that alone will make Boscombe a bit of a non-starter before even thinking about tra...
by Harkins
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to scrap Sentinel surveillance aircraft due to cuts
Replies: 27
Views: 6720

Re: RAF to scrap Sentinel surveillance aircraft due to cuts

I see. I guess I read too much into the articles last line "The radar is optimized for maritime, littoral and overland surveillance." Admittedly, I can't see a date in the article but I wonder why the announcement of the APY-10 has come so much later than the aircraft itself given it is standard fit...
by Harkins
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to scrap Sentinel surveillance aircraft due to cuts
Replies: 27
Views: 6720

Re: RAF to scrap Sentinel surveillance aircraft due to cuts

What overland capability does the P8 Poseidon have or expect to have once they enter RAF service? I've just seen this article on UKDJ and so it seems that the P-8 is to get overland kit. So the Sentinel is definitely a goner and the nine Poseidon will be as stretched as expected. And as I've said b...
by Harkins
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Euromil: Military Aircraft Serials
Replies: 13
Views: 1609

Re: Euromil: Military Aircraft Serials

Wow, that's pretty comprehensive. I'm 99% certain that I had the '95 and '93 editions. Can't recall what I did with them but I regret parting with them now. I guess they weren't printed in exactly huge quantities and given that most people who bought them would have furiously been underlining the se...

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