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by RJ79
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Duxford Shows
Topic: Duxford Battle of Britain 2020 - 18th - 20th September (3 DAY SHOW)
Replies: 19
Views: 2876

Re: Duxford Battle of Britain 2020 - 18th - 20th September (3 DAY SHOW)

I am indeed LF, it’s aviation heaven here, most things that land on 24 at Lakenheath come overhead. Gally’s, 747’s and C-17 make appearances at some times too. Even better that the little ones run out shouting and waving at the pilots as well! :D
by RJ79
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Coltishall Squadron Locations
Replies: 23
Views: 1625

Re: Coltishall Squadron Locations

I think these ‘pens’ date from WW2 and have been afforded heritage status (from memory) and can’t be touched
by RJ79
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Duxford Shows
Topic: Duxford Battle of Britain 2020 - 18th - 20th September (3 DAY SHOW)
Replies: 19
Views: 2876

Re: Duxford Battle of Britain 2020 - 18th - 20th September (3 DAY SHOW)

I've got our tickets for me and my two little daughters. If it goes ahead, awesome something has to be done to move us (safely) towards normal. If not I'll happily carry them over to next May's show and keep watching the Ospreys and Eagles scooting around above the house!
by RJ79
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Big Jet TV
Replies: 74
Views: 5182

Re: Big Jet TV

That’s absolutely awful viewing. Anyone who parts with any cash to support that should immediately be classed as vulnerable........ :O
by RJ79
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Big Jet TV
Replies: 74
Views: 5182

Re: Big Jet TV

The great Richie Benaud once said 'I only speak if I can add to the occasion, otherwise I shut up' (or words to that effect) :)
ChrisCwmbran wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:45 pm
I take the view that usually if there is nothing interesting or relevant to say it's best not to talk at all!
by RJ79
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328382

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

According to Twitter (thanks to TonyO for retweeting) it looks like the writing's on the wall for Spang. Looks like their F-16's will be moving to Poland (amongst other things). I'm guessing in turn that the base will go the same way as Bitburg (just down the road). It will be interesting to see if ...
by RJ79
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: RAF Lakenheath
Topic: Limited flying September ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1048

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: 1410

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: 3595

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: 377

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: 4382

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: 2548

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: 14751

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: 14751

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: 1073
Views: 328382

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: 5509

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: 7439

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: 11272

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: 2637

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: 9717

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 ...

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