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by Blackjack56
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Blue Angels C-130J at Cambridge.
Replies: 13
Views: 2845

Re: Blue Angels C-130J at Cambridge.

I wonder if it will be fitted with the rocket assisted take off system which the old"fat albert"used to have?,(it looks spectacular on youtube)
by Blackjack56
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: What is the favourite MK of Spitfire
Replies: 24
Views: 2085

Re: What is the favourite MK of Spitfire

ALL beautiful,but i am with those who said the recce version,apart from anything else the guts it took to fly huge distances over enemy territory just relying on altitude and speed to keep them"safe".
by Blackjack56
Tue May 19, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RCAF Snowbirds crash 17th of May
Replies: 9
Views: 1863

Re: RCAF Snowbirds crash 17th of May

Very sad news,especially as they were trying to lift the spirits of the canadian people during the lockdown,my thoughts are with her family and friends.
by Blackjack56
Tue May 19, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: If you had to move to another airfield...
Replies: 13
Views: 1813

Re: If you had to move to another airfield...

My"local"favourites areMarham,the Holbeach ranges(very quiet these days),and quite a trek coningsby(always busy and worth the trip and sometimes catch one or more of the B.O.B flight practicing,but it would be fairford,the chance of seeing exotic stuff like the U2's, B52's and sometimes B2's would b...
by Blackjack56
Sat May 02, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Ranges
Replies: 14
Views: 1899

Re: RAF Ranges

I went to holbeach last year and was lucky enough to see 2 ospreys,their tail gunners were firing at ground targets,there was one very high pass by a typhoon,you'll need a long lensand if you have one take a scanner the tower uses 2 frequencies ,if you decide to go don't follow the"RAFHolbeach"signs...
by Blackjack56
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: F-15 venting fuel?
Replies: 12
Views: 2097

Re: F-15 venting fuel?

A big thank's to TeeJay,i learned something today,i always assumed they were talking about lakenheath when i heard"The lake"mentioned,Thank's!
by Blackjack56
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Victor gate guard at risk ?
Replies: 22
Views: 4139

Re: Victor gate guard at risk ?

I thought i read somewhere that johnny vegas wants to give it a home,don't know how big his back garden is though!,hope it's true,she mustn't be scrapped.
by Blackjack56
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 157
Views: 18411

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

I thought i read somewhere that wittering was an option as it was too excpensive to break up the runways etc and return it to agricultural use
by Blackjack56
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Dragon02 - evening circuits
Replies: 6
Views: 1582

Re: Dragon02 - evening circuits

Thank's Saint1 great video-next best thing to being there,alas way too far for me,is evening flying a regular thing at Fairford or is this out of the ordinary?.
by Blackjack56
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: ITV series - Fighter Pilot, the real Top Gun
Replies: 72
Views: 12322

Re: ITV series - Fighter Pilot, the real Top Gun

Like Snapshot 1 i was expecting ITV to dumb it down probably with Holly willoughby or Phillip schofield in it somewhere but it is very well made and informative,the BBC usually do this sort of thing better but this is very good.well done ITV.
by Blackjack56
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Where to park and view from?
Replies: 2
Views: 1036

Re: Where to park and view from?

It depends on wind direction really,but i tend to use chalk lane or there is a small layby on the hill on the A1122 where you catch them as they arrive/leave,there is also white lane which i believe is signposted as the Beachemwell road although there are high hedges so you'll have to find a good sp...
by Blackjack56
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: what happens to old/obsolete missiles?
Replies: 8
Views: 2295

what happens to old/obsolete missiles?

This is a serious question as i realised the other day that the RAF no longer uses the sidewinder or the sparrow/skyflash on their current aircraft so how do the MOD dispose of them? are they sold on or dismantled ?,sorry if this has been covered before but i thought someone on this knowledgeable fo...
by Blackjack56
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Plane Spotting Live
Replies: 58
Views: 8105

Re: Plane Spotting Live

It was better than i expected,i missed mondays episode but will watch it on catch up,to be honest as others have said Arthurs participation maked it more interesting for me i loved his piper cub series and his love of anything aviation really comes across to the viewer, also we all need to watch eve...
by Blackjack56
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Current RAF aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 9599

Re: Current RAF aircraft

We all know that developing an aircraft solely in one country is too expensive,the days of a truly british military aircraft are long gone however we have developed some fairly decent aircraft with other european countries such as the Jaguar Tornado Typhoon and to a lesser extent the Atlas so surely...
by Blackjack56
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Current RAF aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 9599

Re: Current RAF aircraft

I'm not quite sure how this thread has got so political,after all we're a group of like minded people with a shared love of military aviation,one thing's for sure though as C24 says our once proud airforce is slowly turning into a tiny force armed with predominantly american types with all the cost ...
by Blackjack56
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Exercise Tri Lightning Eastern Med
Replies: 5
Views: 1970

Re: Exercise Tri Lightning Eastern Med

At first i was determined not to like the F35 but having seen it at Marham several times i think it is going to be a very capable aircraft which will serve the U.K well, but having said that i agree with Blackcat 1 when you have grown up with an airforce with such a diverse mix of aircraft it is har...
by Blackjack56
Sun May 26, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Marham flying next week?
Replies: 4
Views: 1948

Re: Marham flying next week?

Doesn't look good then,thank's for the replies,that'll teach me for booking some days off work before doing my research!,i may make the long trek over to Coningsby then as there's usually plenty going on there.
by Blackjack56
Sat May 25, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Marham flying next week?
Replies: 4
Views: 1948

Marham flying next week?

Hi all,i know this is probably a question along the lines of how long is a piece of string but as far as i know 6 F35's left Marham for Akrotiri on tuesday which i think leaves 3 at Marham,so my question is does anyone know the likelyhood of any flying from Marham while the others are away?.i though...
by Blackjack56
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: Marham Runway 06/24
Replies: 12
Views: 3206

Re: Marham Runway 06/24

I was there on Tuesday and it was good to be back on chalk lane again.the F35s were taking off west to east so were tracking up the runway then launching,the only drawback was that when one came back and did a hover landing it touched down bahind a group of buildings so you don't actually see them t...
by Blackjack56
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: B52s at Fairford
Replies: 10
Views: 1589

Re: B52s at Fairford

I would love to know when and where the U2's are flying but we have to remember we mustn't make it easy for a potential foe,after all any Tom,Dick or vladimir can read these posts and ones like them,i'm not an idiot and i know they have satillites etc but why make it easy for them?.i also think too ...

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