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by Ghost from above
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Chalgrove Airfield (Houses)
Replies: 8
Views: 987

Re: Chalgrove Airfield (Houses)

There has already been significant investment in infrastructure and manufacturing at Chalgrove. If anyone wants to try and nick something they ain't looked at what work they have carried out. Suspect a bite by a hungry guard dog will stop repeat offenders. So unless they need the money I suspect the...
by Ghost from above
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RRR622 Voyager ZZ336 (new paint scheme)
Replies: 248
Views: 15996

Re: RRR607 Voyager ZZ336 (new paint scheme)

Oh joy that means this will end up at 18 pages of discussion for a paint job.Thats worse than listening to the missus making a decision with 8 paint charts
by Ghost from above
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: F-15 crash 15/6/2020
Replies: 95
Views: 11452

Re: F-15 crash 15/6/2020

Very sad.My condolences to family, friends and his wingmen missing there friend. Best said here...... Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things You...
by Ghost from above
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Dogfights explained
Replies: 0
Views: 536

Dogfights explained

Interesting article by a fighter pilot on visual dogfights with information on turn performance, speed at merge, Specific Excess Power and much more. Full article here https://theaviationist.com/2020/06/07/here-are-the-basic-fighter-maneuvers-fundamentals-you-need-to-understand-dogfights-explained-b...
by Ghost from above
Wed May 20, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 157
Views: 14767

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

So if you fitted the AN/APS-154 AAS pod to the P-8 for land use would you move it to Waddington dumping all the New infrastructure and build it again in Waddo so the ISTAR assets would all be in the same place. I don't think the bean counters would go for that. It's about estate and where the infras...
by Ghost from above
Wed May 20, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Works at RAF Fairford
Replies: 45
Views: 5160

Re: Works at RAF Fairford

This is pre work for the RC-135 move over as the current data network can't handle the download traffic.It is part of a number of projects currently costed in the next few years FY budgets. Obviously subject to the assets remaining in the UK and teddy bears not being thrown on the floor. Hopeful as ...
by Ghost from above
Wed May 20, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 157
Views: 14767

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

This is hypothetical but I would move the E7 to Lossie and build a hangar there to use the common servicing for the 737 airframe.The E3 retires and the reds move into the E3 hangar which should give enough space with offices workshops etc. Retain the MQ's estate and SLA at Scampton and they can trav...
by Ghost from above
Tue May 12, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Small tweak saves $7 million
Replies: 2
Views: 723

Small tweak saves $7 million

Amazing for a KC-135 being such an old airframe that you can still modify it and save money.Every day is a school day!. Such a simply change in type of windscreen wiper and it's resting position can save 1% in drag and potentially $7 million in fleet fuel costs especially on such and old plane. Full...
by Ghost from above
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Three KC-135R being converted into WC-135R's
Replies: 0
Views: 714

Three KC-135R being converted into WC-135R's

USAF has engaged L3Hartis to provide 3 replacments for the current 2 that are coming to the end of there service life. Work is due to start next month.. They will be using 3 surplus low airframe hours KC-135R refueling tankers. Delivery to the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base is due to start in 20...
by Ghost from above
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Kestrel XS694 returns to the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 890

Kestrel XS694 returns to the UK

Can't see this reported anywhere else. Great to see another rare airframe has returned to the UK for restoration. Dunsfold have reported that they purchased XS694 in 2018 but waited until planning for the new museum was granted before announcing the purchase. She is one of 9 kestrels built and first...
by Ghost from above
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: NASA Dryden Aircraft Photos
Replies: 0
Views: 550

NASA Dryden Aircraft Photos

Came across these for those looking to while away there Sunday evening.
A good selection of photos here


https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/ ... index.html
by Ghost from above
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Planes spotters at Kemble despite lockdown
Replies: 44
Views: 4070

Re: Planes spotters at Kemble despite lockdown

Geez, I posted this just to make a point that the actions of a few selfish people can cast shadows over all.I didn't expect a fight between civvy and military over the rights and wrongs of where the advice was posted. Remember the government has this all over the media so you can't miss it. I would ...
by Ghost from above
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: IAT RAF Greenham Common 1981 Part 3
Replies: 17
Views: 994

Re: IAT RAF Greenham Common 1981 Part 3

164 is a great catch of the Fulton extraction gear
by Ghost from above
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Planes spotters at Kemble despite lockdown
Replies: 44
Views: 4070

Planes spotters at Kemble despite lockdown

Really, just really what is the matter with these few Idiots that will spoil this for all military and civvy spotters by giving us all a bad reputation. Someone should have called the police and fined the lot!. Rant over. https://www-gloucestershirelive-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.gloucestershi...
by Ghost from above
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bell X-16 Chief Designer passes away
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Bell X-16 Chief Designer passes away

Richard A. Passman "Dick" (Age 94) passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from complications of Covid-19. Another legend lost. A man well ahead of his time when he designed the X-16.He worked in various programs and was the chief designer of the Bell X-16. Working at General Electric, he developed th...
by Ghost from above
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Passenger accidentally ejects from Rafale
Replies: 16
Views: 3155

Re: Passenger accidentally ejects from Rafale

Yes and no .Yes it is selected from the front but No in this case the cockpit switch was set to common allowing either the pilot or rear seat to initiate the ejection.
by Ghost from above
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Passenger accidentally ejects from Rafale
Replies: 16
Views: 3155

Re: Passenger accidentally ejects from Rafale

Report in on the causes and effect of the rear seat ejection. Seems that due to the passenger strapping himself in and not tightly when after take off the pilot levelled out and negative G came on he tried to brace himself with the ejection handle and initiated the ejection.Ooops.Luckily due to a fa...
by Ghost from above
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: E4-B Doomsday Replacement competition in 2021
Replies: 0
Views: 480

E4-B Doomsday Replacement competition in 2021

Can't see this anywhere else and a little bit old news but just in case . At Hanscom AFB in February the first industry day for the E-4B replacement program took place. This is a a five-year funded plan of $634.6 million for recapitalization of the services four E-4B with the first contracts for the...
by Ghost from above
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: OV-10 Broncos for JTAC training at Blue Air Training
Replies: 0
Views: 590

OV-10 Broncos for JTAC training at Blue Air Training

Great to see this stalwart back in regular use. Blue Air Training announced on 27 March that they have added seven OV-10D+ and OV-10G Broncos to the fleet for Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training platform. This will provide a highly reliable, cost effective, multi-purpose light attack OV...
by Ghost from above
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company
Replies: 69
Views: 16689

Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

Omega air have the USN covered on contract already for the drogue refuelling

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