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by Drinkmat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows US Tour question..
Replies: 3
Views: 808

Re: Red Arrows US Tour question..

They've done a few on the current tour.
by Drinkmat
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: ITV series - Fighter Pilot, the real Top Gun
Replies: 72
Views: 7599

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

I was surprised at the "drinking culture" type stuff at the end of the final episode, as I thought the RAF was playing that side of aircrew life down in recent years. Some good photography in the series, but I was getting a little tired of the New Dad references in the narration.
by Drinkmat
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Hawk XX154 to ‘fly’ to her new home
Replies: 22
Views: 2704

Re: Hawk XX154 to ‘fly’ to her new home

Is there any implication regarding the tenure on the Old Sarum site for the BDAC, bearing in mind that the airfield is closing soon? Has their security been confirmed?
by Drinkmat
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to allow airmen to have beards
Replies: 20
Views: 1435

Re: RAF to allow airmen to have beards

Mike wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:27 pm
It seems a bit sexist to me, are female air crew allowed them too?
I think it's for all personnel. There's more to the RAF than just aircrew.
by Drinkmat
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: RAF Lakenheath Base Tour
Replies: 12
Views: 2684

Re: RAF Lakenheath Base Tour

Nice photos. I was on a base tour a couple of years ago, but came away with few photos. Air Traffic Control photos? No - it's all "classified". Parked aircraft photos? No - they're "classified", e.t.c.
I'm not complaining - the tour was great, even without many photo opportunities.
by Drinkmat
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Plane Spotting Live
Replies: 58
Views: 5271

Re: Plane Spotting Live

The presenters on this type of programme are generally parachuted in to the slot because they have good agents working on their behalf. The end result is that you have TV made for children by the ill-informed.
by Drinkmat
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Airshow & Event Photography
Topic: RIAT Arrivals 2019 - Live Thread
Replies: 43
Views: 7893

Re: RIAT Arrivals 2019 - Live Thread

Very nice images posted, and I'm all for the watermark as it is. Too many images are ripped off now, so I like seeing people protecting their work. If I see an image that I'd like to use (perhaps as a desktop background), I could always contact the photographer and ask.
by Drinkmat
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Castle Field, Southsea 31-5-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 2274

Re: Castle Field, Southsea 31-5-2019

SW Sky Blue wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:42 am
Drinkmat wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:00 pm
What were the "interesting" conversations you had?
Oh just the usual...you can't stand there ..you can't take photos etc etc... :grr:

Thanks for the comments guys :thumb:
Thank you. It sounds like they shouldn't put their aircraft out in public if they don't want photos taken!
by Drinkmat
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Castle Field, Southsea 31-5-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 2274

Re: Castle Field, Southsea 31-5-2019

What were the "interesting" conversations you had?
by Drinkmat
Sat May 25, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: NATO badged Typhoons RAF Coningsby 22 May
Replies: 7
Views: 1830

Re: NATO badged Typhoons RAF Coningsby 22 May

Could you show us the designs YOU would have liked to see on the jets, by way of balance?
by Drinkmat
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Seems so long ago now
Replies: 5
Views: 2281

Re: Seems so long ago now

Nice photo!
by Drinkmat
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Ramstein C-130 D Day 75th Marking
Replies: 7
Views: 1459

Re: Ramstein C-130 D Day 75th Marking

Thanks to the OP for posting the photo!

(Sorry for not thread hi-jacking...)
by Drinkmat
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Passenger accidentally ejects from Rafale
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Re: Passenger accidentally ejects from Rafale

If it wasn't an emergency ejection, the chap doesn't even qualify for the Martin Baker Tie Club. Bummer.
by Drinkmat
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off
Replies: 145
Views: 14736

Re: Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off

Basing the team at a station where other aircraft are used for training or operations puts a severe limit on what the existing based aircraft can do. In the "old" days, the Reds had six 30 minute display slots daily from Monday to Friday, where the airspace was 100% sterile to other aircraft. I conf...
by Drinkmat
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Silver Spitfire
Replies: 5
Views: 1395

Re: Silver Spitfire

Supra wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:15 pm
Why?
Some people like to see Spitfires!
by Drinkmat
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Airshow & Event Photography
Topic: The Wessex Returns
Replies: 13
Views: 2008

Re: The Wessex Returns

Very nice photographs, and a great sight to behold. Well done to the team behind it, for their hard work and effort.
by Drinkmat
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Tonka is a toy I AM TORNADO
Replies: 23
Views: 3023

Re: Tonka is a toy I AM TORNADO

Obviously there are other stories to contradict what I'm about to write. Whatever. I was based at RAF Cottesmore on TTTE when the OCU first started. I first heard the name Tonka used by instructors at Cottesmore, following the advert featured on TV at the time for Tonka Toys. The slogan of the adver...
by Drinkmat
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Sea Harrier at Pensacola 1986
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Sea Harrier at Pensacola 1986

"ejected after directing his jet into the forest so as to avoid the local village?"

I wonder how many of these quotes relating to aircraft crashes are actually true.
by Drinkmat
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Has anyone else heard this story and is it true or even possible?
Replies: 26
Views: 2898

Re: Has anyone else heard this story and is it true or even possible?

I was told the story by a retired Vulcan navigator- involved a Vulcan (B-1?) flying ott New York way above their A.T.C. radar. I think the navi. worked out of Scampton. Roger. Every day's a school day of course, but having been ATC radar qualified for some years (long since retired) I never worked ...

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