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by Ghost from above
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: $200k+ Replacement chase cars for U-2
Replies: 29
Views: 3012

Re: $200k+ Replacement chase cars for U-2

The article is just stating the circa cost if they were on a plane on there own so yes "bit of willful ignorance/sensationalism" on the article authors behalf" I think the issue of the delay is weird for the certification for a vehicle that is used in many guises and bases across the world. It seems...
by Ghost from above
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: $200k+ Replacement chase cars for U-2
Replies: 29
Views: 3012

Re: $200k+ Replacement chase cars for U-2

But would have to pay tax on the purchase. Sourcing from the states means no tax and the car is set up to US standards left hand drive etc. The delay is due to the issue with the certification.Can it load direct or is there sufficient clearance with the car overhang front and rear to get up the ramp...
by Ghost from above
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: $200k+ Replacement chase cars for U-2
Replies: 29
Views: 3012

$200k+ Replacement chase cars for U-2

In all the excitement with the deployment I nearly missed this story. It's one of those horrendous how not to spend Money. 2x Dodge Chargers have been purchased as chase cars for the U-2 for Fairford but they don't have the correct paperwork so have been sat at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMD...
by Ghost from above
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Boeing awarded A-10 wing contract
Replies: 0
Views: 428

Boeing awarded A-10 wing contract

Boeing has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract award from the U.S. Air Force (USAF), with a maximum ceiling value of $999 million. They will supply 112 wing sets and spares 27 of these are an immediate order. The new wings are expected to last 10,000 flight hours ...
by Ghost from above
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: New Rule Allows Military Aircraft to Turn Off ADS-B Transmissions
Replies: 1
Views: 983

New Rule Allows Military Aircraft to Turn Off ADS-B Transmissions

Can't see this anywhere else. Spotted this which could impact the avaition spotters and tracking community but for understandable reasons. Report basically says U.S. federal, state and local government aircraft performing sensitive operations are now permitted to fly with their installed automatic d...
by Ghost from above
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Odiham Gate Guard
Replies: 20
Views: 3878

Re: Odiham Gate Guard

Whirlwind is here 51.2406701, -0.9464862
by Ghost from above
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Fairford reactivation
Replies: 20
Views: 4172

Re: Fairford reactivation

They won't need a tanker after the runway works as with the strengthening of the ends they have the take off distance with a full load of fuel.
by Ghost from above
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 910
Views: 285579

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Just comparing rough size by size as Mildenhall would be to big for Marshalls on there own
by Ghost from above
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 910
Views: 285579

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Marshalls going to Scampton would help HHA not having to relocate.
Stand by unlikely to be Wyton too much cost to upgrade the runway and taxiways whilst Scampton has been reasonably maintained.
by Ghost from above
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 910
Views: 285579

Re: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020

Wyton (airfield) is closed and being developed for housing so that's off the list
by Ghost from above
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Last U2 pilot to be shot down passes away
Replies: 1
Views: 864

Last U2 pilot to be shot down passes away

Chang Liyi, who was shot down while flying U-2C N.358 56-6691 over China on Jan. 10, 1965, has passed away today in Taipei. On the 10 January 1965, Li-Yi Chang departed from Taoyuan and was shot down in Inner Mangolia by missiles fired by PLAAF 1st Surface-to-Air Guided Missile Battalion. Chang brok...
by Ghost from above
Sun May 26, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Cosford
Topic: Rare Spitfire to be star of RAF Cosford Air Show
Replies: 4
Views: 1978

Re: Rare Spitfire to be star of RAF Cosford Air Show

Yep your right went to a model farm near Chalgrove and my brain scrambled
by Ghost from above
Sat May 25, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Cosford
Topic: Rare Spitfire to be star of RAF Cosford Air Show
Replies: 4
Views: 1978

Re: Rare Spitfire to be star of RAF Cosford Air Show

Used to see this regularly when visiting Benson and also wondered what happened to it when it was replaced by a fiberglass model.My patience was rewarded when I saw her up close crated at the RAF reserve collection store an awesome aircraft. What amazed me was the camera frame was wood. These flew f...
by Ghost from above
Wed May 22, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Report released on 2017 RAF C-130J write off
Replies: 1
Views: 1123

Report released on 2017 RAF C-130J write off

A lack of situation awareness is given as the reason for the 4.2g overload on airframe that caused the plane to be written off. To be honest a difficult landing with insufficient data during Operation Shader it could have been a lot worse. Full article here https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles...
by Ghost from above
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!
Replies: 10
Views: 2209

Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Damage pattern looks like both aircraft and offending shell were travelling in the same direction rather than richochetting off the surface
by Ghost from above
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103
Replies: 2
Views: 426

Last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103

A brave pilot of his time on an audacious raid that shouldn't have been able to he carried out. RIP Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders has passed away. He was then-Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the No. 1 bomber during the daring 1942 raid to strik...
by Ghost from above
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!
Replies: 10
Views: 2209

Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

LOL You couldn't write it but photo shows some airframe damage. Looks like it's in line with the HUD by the bottom edge of the rescue arrow. The accident report will be interesting reading. The Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 suffered “considerable damage” following the accident during a training e...
by Ghost from above
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Merlin HM.2 starts flight testing with Crowsnest
Replies: 1
Views: 666

Merlin HM.2 starts flight testing with Crowsnest

First flight of the Merlin HM.2 fitted with the crowsnest AEW&C system took place at Leonardo Helicopters facility at Yeovil (always be known as Westlands to me)on the 28 March.This is the replacement for the Sea King ASaC.7 retired in 2018 10 systems will be purchased ( as announced in 2017) at a c...
by Ghost from above
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: A-10 Rewinging contract
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: A-10 Rewinging contract

Spotted in military.com on 2/4/19. Last contract coming to an end along with the above and it's an item in FY2019. Let's hope an update to the above will throw light on who has been going through the bidding the last 2 years. Announcement must be due from the USG shortly I like you await a formal an...
by Ghost from above
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: A-10 Rewinging contract
Replies: 3
Views: 880

A-10 Rewinging contract

Good news for the A-10 long may they keep this joy flying. Reports that the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is getting ready for the next A-10 Warthog contract to re-wing more of the close-air support aircraft. So far, 169 aircraft have been re-winged under the Boeing contract, with the remaining four to be c...

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