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by CosmonautX
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Indian Jag bird strike
Replies: 6
Views: 1093

Re: Indian Jag bird strike

Cheers, Thunder - good to hear a more complete version of events (I suspect a few details had been lost/gained in the telling before it reached me!)
by CosmonautX
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Indian Jag bird strike
Replies: 6
Views: 1093

Re: Indian Jag bird strike

Similar to XX143 on departure from Lossie back in 1996, although that a/c didn't make it back on land. That's the Jag story that I've heard told a few times to people stood directly under the approach. The way it was told to me when I was at Lossie one day, the pilot had an engine issue on take-off...
by CosmonautX
Fri May 03, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: RAF Lossiemouth
Topic: New Code on Typhoon Thurs 2/5
Replies: 5
Views: 948

Re: New Code on Typhoon Thurs 2/5

I did wonder if WS-J and WS-R were going to be the aggressors with "distinctive markings" mentioned in the RAF news release for IX(B) standing up...
by CosmonautX
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: RAF Lossiemouth
Topic: Log Lossiemouth - Friday 12/4/19
Replies: 13
Views: 1344

Re: Log Lossiemouth - Friday 12/4/19

Vulcanone - is that the Fleet General Info thread? If I'm reading that right, is ZA554 due to be moved from Lossie and exchanged for ZA463? I wonder if Media & Comms weren't aware that there was due to be a swap and it's ZA463 that's destined to become the new gate guardian (though I see Integrale1 ...
by CosmonautX
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: RAF Lossiemouth
Topic: Log Lossiemouth - Friday 12/4/19
Replies: 13
Views: 1344

Re: Log Lossiemouth - Friday 12/4/19

According to Lossie Media & Comms on FB, it's due to become a gate guardian - apparently the elements have taken their toll on ZA475, so it will be replaced by ZA554.
by CosmonautX
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: RAF Lossiemouth
Topic: Joint warrior
Replies: 24
Views: 4726

Re: Joint warrior

Ah - true enough. With how quickly it's moving on, I'd not even considered the construction of the P-8 hangars and facilities, or the impact large-scale construction like that would have. As you say, with the P-8 hangar construction, preparing for the runway works (I'm assuming that there will be a ...
by CosmonautX
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: RAF Lossiemouth
Topic: Joint warrior
Replies: 24
Views: 4726

Re: Joint warrior

Sounds like a very quiet JW at Lossiemouth this year (even compared to last year, which seemed pretty subdued compared to previous years). I'd wondered whether the planned runway works were a factor, but as far as I know they're still scheduled for around summer 2019 so I wouldn't have thought they ...
by CosmonautX
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Book - RAF Marham: The Operational History 1916 to 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 2236

Re: Book - RAF Marham: The Operational History 1916 to 2019

Hi all, We have had the book delivered and it is now in stock in Marham Aviation Heritage Centre if you would like to see and maybe a purchase a copy. We are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 0900-1600, also the last Saturday of the month same timings. We will also be open tomorrow 14th March 0900-1200 ...
by CosmonautX
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

Got to Covesea in time for the flypast. They came in over 23 as the special three-ship with a fourth shadowing above and to the right, then banked off toward the 05 end. A couple headed off and round to the east, then the IX(B) special tail came in from the east with a pair of IX(B) marked Typhoons ...
by CosmonautX
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

On my way to Lossie, but not sure yet if I'll make it on time or where I'll end up. Hoping to be at Covesea to catch a distance view rather than getting snarled up in what will likely be a busy 23 end!

Lossie FB also confirmed that Tain AWR will be coming in from the north-east, passing Tarbat Ness.
by CosmonautX
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

Station Commander updates on FB etc. to say that the flypast at Leuchars will be from east to west, and Lossie will be north-east to south-west along 23. Weather looks good, and with all three specials serviceable it will hopefully be a decent final day for these flypasts.
by CosmonautX
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Falklands Fox Two
Replies: 6
Views: 1437

Re: Falklands Fox Two

Very impressive, and I love the details that really sell it - whether that's the well-chosen (printed?) image in the frame, the nicely-executed puff of missile exhaust or the slightly raised port wing (to simulate the "wobble" from releasing the missile, I assume?)

Great stuff!
by CosmonautX
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

Yup, Lossie have confirmed there will be no touch-and-go, no landing or refuelling etc. I think we should expect a single pass, hopefully with decent enough visibility and nice and low, and that will be the lot.
by CosmonautX
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

Thanks vulcanxl425 - I'd checked again this morning but didn't see that. Checking again, I see I had one of the wrong boxes unticked!
by CosmonautX
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

As of this morning, there still doesn't appear to be a NOTAM for the Scottish flypasts, so I'm guessing there won't be one released. I'd seen it suggested before that they may just be treating the Scottish flypasts as typical low-flying, so no need for a specific NOTAM, but I don't know enough about...
by CosmonautX
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

No, they should still be flying through until some time in March (I don't recall the exact date, but I'm sure I've seen it mentioned on FC before). There will also be a nine-ship flypast on February 28th from Marham to RAFC Cranwell.
by CosmonautX
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

Fingers crossed 134 and 129 will be able to make it north of the border with 084 on Thursday. Given what seemed to be fairly mucky weather for refuelling, I think all involved did well for the first day and it hopefully bodes well for the next two flypasts.
by CosmonautX
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

The NOTAM for Tuesday says that between Valley and Warton the formation will be climbing to conduct AAR in ARA13.
by CosmonautX
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

Thanks for the update, reaper493. Interesting that they will be going Leuchars --> Tain --> Lossie, as I'd expected Leuchars --> Lossie --> Tain. Hopefully RAF Lossiemouth will release a little more info on the planned direction, height etc. - I'm guessing coming in from the sea running north-to-sou...
by CosmonautX
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 38693

Re: Tornado farewell flypast February 2019

RAF Lossiemouth's FB page posted in the last half hour that they should be releasing approximate timings today. I would imagine that the on-the-day timings the Station Commander is talking about will be final timings once they've taken into account the forecasts for the day rather than the list of a...

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