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by Ghost from above
Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Cuts to the RAF’s E-7 Wedgetail Fleet now only 3?
Replies: 22
Views: 1671

Re: Cuts to the RAF’s E-7 Wedgetail Fleet now only 3?

So the bean counters may be thinking if we pay for modifications and fit the AN/APS-154 AAS pod then we can cut the E-7 fleet requirement. It was my understanding that part of the large hangar is being given over along with support facilities to the Reds when they arrive. The East hangar will be bui...
by Ghost from above
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Airforce/ M.I.T 707 research aircraft into AMARG
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Re: Airforce/ M.I.T 707 research aircraft into AMARG

Interesting fleet. The loss of this will leave a big hole in the fleets capability. Be interesting to see if they replace the airframe with something of the same size.

https://www.ll.mit.edu/about/facilities ... t-facility
by Ghost from above
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Pitot tube identification
Replies: 13
Views: 1290

Re: Pitot tube identification

It's pre 1993 that's when Rosemount was sold to Goodrich
by Ghost from above
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Current deployment viewing
Replies: 10
Views: 2824

Re: Current deployment viewing

Local paper running a story regarding a notice from Gloucestershire Constabulary for road users around Fairford. "We appreciate, and understand, the desires to come to this area to observe the increased aircraft activity. We welcome you all and hope you are able to enjoy your visit. We do value your...
by Ghost from above
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: A400 Buddy Refuelling Pod
Replies: 21
Views: 1622

Re: A400 Buddy Refuelling Pod

A question posed as Freedom of Information request in 2018 asked: “Does the AirTanker contract play a role in the decision not to adopt the in-flight refuelling capability on the A400M Atlas in RAF service?” The answer read: “The A400M Atlas aircraft was procured to provide the RAF with a Tactical A...
by Ghost from above
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Mercury E-6B remotely Launches Minuteman 111
Replies: 0
Views: 502

Mercury E-6B remotely Launches Minuteman 111

In a long planned test the capabilities of the E-6B to launch a three-tipped, unarmed Air Force nuclear missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California were successfully tested on the 4th August. This aircraft and the Air Force’s E-4B “Doomsday” plane are due to be replaced with a combined airfra...
by Ghost from above
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USAF awards $6.4bn for mock dogfighting services
Replies: 8
Views: 2245

Re: USAF awards $6.4bn for mock dogfighting services

Good news that these aircraft will be back in the air.Bad news how to convince the wife I need a long trip to the States. On the 21 July ACC has awarded ATAC, Tactical Air Support and Draken International contracts for Adversary Air Support. These total $433.6 million for 5,418 annual sorties of adv...
by Ghost from above
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Chinook in power lines.
Replies: 3
Views: 1041

Re: RAF Chinook in power lines.

Looks like a strike across the cockpit.3 distinct lines with a windscreen penitration. It's a fairly remote site so it isn't going to be moved by road.So it's either a make do repair or strip down and lift by Chinook to a major road for a road run back.
by Ghost from above
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Odiham visit
Replies: 8
Views: 1323

Re: Odiham visit

There are around had one beetling around West Somerset on Monday
by Ghost from above
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Chalgrove Airfield (Houses)
Replies: 12
Views: 1780

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: 20065

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: 97
Views: 13655

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: 595

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: 16881

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: 61
Views: 8919

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: 16881

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: 791

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: 16
Views: 3189

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: 962

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: 589

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

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