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by Ghost from above
Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Update on Fairford
Replies: 36
Views: 5967

Re: Update on Fairford

The pipeline is no longer MOD so I bet any extra fuel through it will come at a cosy.The last upgrade was to the eastern end with a new BFI. The remaining BFI's are overdue work being built 40-50 years ago. The linings usually get changed every 15-20 years with a full strip back (earth bund off) for...
by Ghost from above
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Update on Fairford
Replies: 36
Views: 5967

Re: Update on Fairford

Tankers wouldn't be able to be based here for any length of time without some substantial work to the fuel supply and storage.The old OPA pipeline to the site and the fuel storage facilities fall somewhat short of modern USAF standards and site capacities are far to low to support this type of opera...
by Ghost from above
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USMC F-35B down in the US
Replies: 47
Views: 5762

Re: USMC F-35B down in the US

Some further photos have appeared showing the recovered stripped down fuselage of the KC-130J. Damage looks extensive especially with the lateral crease above the crew door extending through many frames. Looks like a spares recovery with the scrapyard as cost may outweigh the value of the airframe. ...
by Ghost from above
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: First RAF Protector RG Mk1 completes 1st flight
Replies: 10
Views: 1603

First RAF Protector RG Mk1 completes 1st flight

28th of September saw the first flight for a RAF Protector off the production line. This new UAV marks a step up from the Reaper in endurance and capability. The airframe is the first of an initial 3 on order with acceptance into service due in 2024. Hand over is due in the summer of 2021 to the MOD...
by Ghost from above
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: RAF Coningsby
Topic: Damage at Coningsby.
Replies: 21
Views: 3573

Re: Damage at Coningsby.

Local Press is running this story as well.Always the few spoiling it for all. Unfortunately until some prosecutions happen for criminal damage or trespass to make a point, the I can do what I want brigade will just keep making it worse. Worse case scenario is they will just close up these areas and ...
by Ghost from above
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: And the 0.1% majority costs $6.46 billion for aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 1240

And the 0.1% majority costs $6.46 billion for aircraft

An eye watering amount has been voted to be spent by the Swiss Government by just a 0.1% majority. In a country that has never in recent times been to war! Absolutely amazing!.

The Eurofighter, Rafale, Super Hornet and F-35A have been shortlisted with a decision on the winner next year.
by Ghost from above
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Cuts to the RAF’s E-7 Wedgetail Fleet now only 3?
Replies: 73
Views: 7104

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

I read somewhere that they discovered the pod has some unexpected secondary uses which overlaps some E-7 functions. That along with the P-8's having proved themselves as capable over land as at sea would suggest some savings on the E-7 fleet.That along with as you say the Sentinel going looks good o...
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: 73
Views: 7104

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: 1172

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: 18
Views: 2084

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: 2931

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: 1843

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: 516

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: 2369

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: 1103

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: 1417

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: 1953

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: 23130

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: 115
Views: 17623

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: 630

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...

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