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by KINROTATE
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Where is ZZ176 ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2543

Re: Where is ZZ176 ?

RAF around the world trips are referred to by the crews/operators within the fleet as 'Globals'.
by KINROTATE
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: RIAT flypast
Replies: 37
Views: 7008

Re: RIAT flypast

Whilst the weekend Flypast will be memorable, it will most likely be a wings level parade. Don’t expect to see any wing drops. I know time is tight on the flying display, but it would be nice to see the jets break out of the formation and do a Duxfordesque solo fly through ( or in threes) before the...
by KINROTATE
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF 100 Flypast
Replies: 125
Views: 16000

Re: RAF 100 Flypast

A couple of air spares, and a couple of marshalling jets perhaps?
by KINROTATE
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF 100 Flypast
Replies: 125
Views: 16000

Re: RAF 100 Flypast

So, looking at what’s been flying, the SH piece would appear to be 3 Pumas, 6 Chinooks. Those at Coningsby have been watching the launches; is it 21 or more (accepting they prob launch an airspare). No reports of any Tucano practices seen since Dec. Is Shawbury launching 3 of each helicopter or 3 in...
by KINROTATE
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF 100 Flypast
Replies: 125
Views: 16000

Re: RAF 100 Flypast

Big push from BBMF is what I’m hearing.
by KINROTATE
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF 100 Flypast
Replies: 125
Views: 16000

Re: RAF 100 Flypast

That’s a pretty good recall of what’s flying. I think the SH numbers may be a bit Chinook heavy. I don’t recall the Tucano’s tbh. It will be interesting to see what is dropped for RIAT Friday, and then more again for the weekend. I think that Tocano 9 ship over Humber in Dec was a statement of disap...
by KINROTATE
Mon May 28, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF wants to replace E3D
Replies: 69
Views: 11589

Re: RAF wants to replace E3D

Barely 30 years, lol, assume you’re joking there. Let’s face it 30 years is a decent airframe life/pressurisation cycles life, it’s not dissimilar in the airline business. Do you still drive your car from 30 years ago and daily? Airlines hammer their aircraft, target utilisation is often 13 to 16 h...
by KINROTATE
Thu May 24, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread
Replies: 802
Views: 133468

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread

I wonder if one of the RAF F-35's will be added later on, with them flying across the pond next month ;) Still hopeful for RAF tornado too! Never know what other aircraft will be added mind, closer to the date :) If you look on flightline uk it says there is an raf f35 flying The flypast might just...
by KINROTATE
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?
Replies: 94
Views: 10173

Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

ooh, probably quite a lot tbh, but mainly silver ones, white ones and grey ones IIRC. Why do numbers..........?
by KINROTATE
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Qinetiq/ETPS Alpha Jet/Hawk retirement question.
Replies: 14
Views: 2937

Re: Qinetiq/ETPS Alpha Jet/Hawk retirement question.

It will be a huge shame. The PC-21 does look lovely but just not the same in my eyes..not even close. I have seen and heard mixed things. A few people seemed to have thought January (this month) and other reports are 'the end of the 2018 courses' which in effect could be December this year? I'm jus...
by KINROTATE
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Qinetiq/ETPS Alpha Jet/Hawk retirement question.
Replies: 14
Views: 2937

Re: Qinetiq/ETPS Alpha Jet/Hawk retirement question.

Sad, but true. Alphas stop flying at the end of Jan.
by KINROTATE
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Boscombe Down Wed 4th Oct, Fabulous aircraft!!
Replies: 31
Views: 5050

Re: Boscombe Down Wed 4th Oct, Fabulous aircraft!!

Thunderbolt II wrote:Nice work- good to see pics from Boscombe. I've been trying to get a pic of the darn ripple Hawk for an age! One day, hopefully. Thanks for posting.
Sadly, its flown its last trip. Next 'flight' will be on a low loader.
by KINROTATE
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Wedgetail arrives at Waddington 17-07-17
Replies: 14
Views: 3059

Re: Wedgetail arrives at Waddington 17-07-17

Interesting they should pop up at Waddo.
by KINROTATE
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Real time eventuality Fairford.
Replies: 6
Views: 1424

Re: Real time eventuality Fairford.

just a bit of thread creep, but what is going on with all the mud grading going on in the field at the 27 end of Fairford?
by KINROTATE
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Reds RIAT Sunday
Replies: 1
Views: 696

Reds RIAT Sunday

Was I seeing things or did the Reds perform a crowd long topside pass, starting and finishing behind the crowd line? Is this a radical departure from UK airshow doctrine for MOD aircraft? To be honest I thought it was outstanding and added a a new dynamic. Perhaps we may get MOD topside passes yet? ...
by KINROTATE
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 Discussion Thread
Replies: 1039
Views: 177334

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 Discussion Thread

What is surprising is the lack of acknowledgement by DBH that their man with RIAT FCC on his flying suit, is seen giving an interview to local media. Either deny or put up folks.
by KINROTATE
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 Discussion Thread
Replies: 1039
Views: 177334

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 Discussion Thread

I'm led to believe the Scorpion will be the second production acft, demonstrating its new bits n bobs to those that might be interested in operating the jet.
by KINROTATE
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Crews out on thier Jollies
Replies: 21
Views: 3202

Re: Crews out on thier Jollies

Very interesting question. I remember when I flew a trip from FFD, the mission started with a slide being put up showing the aircraft type selected for the sortie, just in case the crew weren't sure I guess...........

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