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by RJ79
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: RAF Lakenheath
Topic: Limited flying September ?
Replies: 2
Views: 933

Re: Limited flying September ?

Another way to look at it is if there is still plenty in the budget then they will be out more......... highly unlikely (though not impossible!)
by RJ79
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Airshows and the show ground set up
Replies: 11
Views: 1196

Re: Airshows and the show ground set up

The planes generate the footfall for the traders, if they were parked one end and the traders the other then in all likelihood why would you visit them? If the planes weren't in front of the stalls then you probably wouldn't have half of the traders there and then there goes one revenue stream (give...
by RJ79
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: WK163 Canberra?
Replies: 23
Views: 2901

Re: WK163 Canberra?

Looking at the accounts for October 2017 (2018 not available) nearly £450k was spent on salaries on a turnover of £1.4 million and it's the first time they haven't had to declare the CEO's salary so at least they are starting to cut in the right areas. In the real world this wouldn't be a problem bu...
by RJ79
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: RAF Lakenheath
Topic: Nigh Flying Query
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: Nigh Flying Query

They were at it until 8-9pm last night, great noise over the house (sadly not if kids are going to bed ;) )
by RJ79
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: More F35 woes
Replies: 38
Views: 3779

Re: More F35 woes

It could be Fighterfoto but in 2005 at the first RIAT I worked at, one of the contractors putting a marquee up mistook the blue electrical line markers for a 'please stick your darn great tent peg here' sign and knocked the fibre optics for a period of time! It wouldn't surprise me one bit :lol: :lol:
by RJ79
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: B52 rumour
Replies: 6
Views: 2409

Re: B52 rumour

I think Scramble said there are three due on Friday 8th (according to their Facebook page).i have just tried to look it up to reference it but can’t seem to find it (I’m sure I wasn’t imagining it though)
by RJ79
Tue May 29, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: F-35 arrival at Marham 5th June 2018
Replies: 54
Views: 13873

Re: F-35 arrival at Marham 5th June 2018

According to the Station Commander on Twitter 01/19 had its first take off today...........
by RJ79
Tue May 29, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: F-35 arrival at Marham 5th June 2018
Replies: 54
Views: 13873

Re: F-35 arrival at Marham 5th June 2018

There were asphalt removal machines at the 06 end when I drove past last week. Whether they are doing it in stages like Waddington or closing the whole lot I don't know.
by RJ79
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 910
Views: 288109

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

I think with the extra squadron of F-35's and the additional transiting traffic (I assume they will get a fair bit of what Mildenhall had in Tankers and Airlifters) it will be close to bursting. There was a piece in the local paper a while back saying that it will be close to a 24/7 base when Milden...
by RJ79
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: America's Future Airlifter - The European A400M
Replies: 20
Views: 5155

Re: America's Future Airlifter - The European A400M

Years ago there were reports of C-130x and C-17b designs, how accurate the stories were I don't know.


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by RJ79
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Townsend Camping
Replies: 26
Views: 6908

Re: Townsend Camping

We stayed at Townsend this year (for the first time) and it was fine for us. Grumbles - Pitches weren't organised and ended up with people pitching wherever they could come Friday evening - Mobile charging point was inactive until Saturday morning, my little phone drinks battery quite quickly (as do...
by RJ79
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: *confirmed* Fairford to be new home for USAF Rivet Joints
Replies: 39
Views: 10810

Re: *confirmed* Fairford to be new home for USAF Rivet Joint

They'll be fine, I'd have thought they will live Northside and as that's where the display aircraft are then they mix in with the flying display. Worst case they'll live at Lakenheath for a week


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by RJ79
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Visiting military aircraft - civillian airfields
Replies: 17
Views: 2338

Re: Visiting military aircraft - civillian airfields

I asked this up at a client of mine at Norwich Airport and they charge landing/parking fees by the weight of the plane or Helicopter, Cessna = next to nothing, Chinook and upwards very expensive. On top of this the fuel ticket goes to the MOD but they do offer a free lunch! That will also explain th...
by RJ79
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: The Vulcan XH558 Forum
Topic: Hard times again!
Replies: 34
Views: 8868

Re: Hard times again!

VTTS have always been a law unto themselves, and have always put themselves before a love of the aircraft. Too many people have piggy backed off the project for too long and it's been a nice little earner for the CEO (in my own opinion). Dealing with them at RIAT was always interesting when marking ...
by RJ79
Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which Pub in Mildenhall Area?
Replies: 7
Views: 955

Re: Which Pub in Mildenhall Area?

The chequers at Eriswell, food is superb and the Old Rodney on the Ale pump is superb!


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by RJ79
Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: M6 Northbound
Replies: 7
Views: 1521

Re: M6 Northbound

I think the hurricane was part of the vintage village at RIAT last year, if it was it was a very interesting dismantling job and several digits were nearly lost!!

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by RJ79
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Airshow & Event Photography
Topic: Air to Air - RIAT 2016 Departures - UPDATED pictures & vid
Replies: 43
Views: 5605

Re: Air to Air - RIAT 2016 Departures

The first two typhoon ones are something else, great pic's!
by RJ79
Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Reatail/Trade Stalls at Airshows
Replies: 19
Views: 2288

Re: Reatail/Trade Stalls at Airshows

Having worked on the trade and exhibition side at RIAT for the last twelve years, it simply comes down to the fiscal side of things and if RIAT can (say) get £150k for the weekend from traders paying their pitch fee's then they will as they are trying to make as much as they can for RAFCTE. The one ...
by RJ79
Thu May 05, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 Discussion Thread
Replies: 473
Views: 102123

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 Discussion Thread

And the Israeli Air and Space Force is flashing amber too along with the Moroccan's!
by RJ79
Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 910
Views: 288109

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

Does this mean the likes of the BX and visiting airman quarters at Fairford will be getting a spruce up and used again then?


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