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by Reach1985
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: The Best collection of images I've seen from the 80's
Replies: 13
Views: 3086

Re: The Best collection of images I've seen from the 80's

Thanks for bringing this collection to my attention - I missed it in 2012 by the looks of it.

These are truly stunning. I feel that I recognise a few from mags/books when I was younger.

& to think these are all pre digital I'd guess so proper picture taking. Wonderful.
by Reach1985
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328794

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

I agree with the caution in the above post. There’s a lot that could happen especially w/ a guy like Trump around however these are really positive words from Dr Esper - & probably the most high profile & positive words that have been said by anyone (that we know of anyway) in such a position since ...
by Reach1985
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: F-15 crash 15/6/2020
Replies: 97
Views: 12115

Re: F-15 crash 15/6/2020

What a sad day. I’ve followed today’s events in here and in the better news outlets & I was hoping for good news but as the hours went on I like many on here feared the worst. I had the privilege to visit the base last year & I was struck by how friendly & caring the USAF personnel were both to us &...
by Reach1985
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328794

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

In January 2020, the USAF awarded $425 million of contracts for Ramstein and Spangdahlem improvements. This work was to support the moving of the Ospreys to Spang and the KC-46 to Ramstein. I can suggest a way the USAF could save $425m in an instant...... https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/air-for...
by Reach1985
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328794

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

Indeed, someone is going to have to start spending lots of upgrading Mildenhall soon if they're not careful - ah that was a reason for closing it? Damn. Or, everything at Mildenhall could soon be moved to an empty modern Spang, but that'd mean moving assets to Germany. Damn. All puzzling. I think i...
by Reach1985
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328794

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

The only problem they have is if the expansion into Poland and the Baltic region was to be paid for by chopping out Mildenhall's running costs. It could be that Spang is the new cost saving measure if they can't cost effectively close Mildenhall. I still can't believe a whole base exists for one fi...
by Reach1985
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328794

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

The basing of F-35s at Lakenheath is the latest pawn in this game. If Trump wins a second term then I can see him doing everything he can do to turn the heat up on China: trade tariffs, restrict the use of Huawei technology, and focus his armed forces on the Pacific theatre. Unfortunately for the U...
by Reach1985
Sat May 23, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328794

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

Reports in all the major papers today that the Huawei 5G network deal is now off the cards w/ Johnson requesting that their involvement is reduced to 0% by 2023 which should please Trump. I can’t say I’m surprised by this. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/technology/2020/may/22/bor...
by Reach1985
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: New low flying/training area?
Replies: 7
Views: 1703

Re: New low flying/training area?

We live just south of Pateley Bridge and have noticed a fairly regular occurrence of a Herc running low-level up Nidderdale after dusk and then transitting south maybe 30-40 minutes later. Someone further north filmed an RAF Herc heading south over the reservoir north of Pateley at dusk last night....
by Reach1985
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328794

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

From a story I wrote last July... I appreciate that events may have moved on since then, especially in terms of jet arrivals, and pre-COVID-19 and Trump's wall. My highlighting. Infrastructure Work Begins on USAF F-35 First Permanent Home in Europe RAF LAKENHEATH, UK - Contractors have begun infras...
by Reach1985
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Moody A-10 Makes Emergency Wheels-Up Landing
Replies: 2
Views: 647

Re: Moody A-10 Makes Emergency Wheels-Up Landing

I read that as a ‘moody’ A-10 i.e. def. (of a person) given to unpredictable changes of mood, especially sudden bouts of gloominess or sullenness.

I quite liked that image of a truculent A-10 that didnt want to put its wheels down. Made me laugh anyway!
by Reach1985
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: RAF Lakenheath
Topic: How many F-15's at the Lakenheath
Replies: 5
Views: 2223

Re: How many F-15's at the Lakenheath

Probably answering my own question, but is each squadron has 24 aircraft times 3 = 72 aircraft at the base. This is what I found on google. I don’t think the 493rd have 24 jets. I remember (or I think I remember) that the frontline F-15C squadrons in Europe & the Pacific reduced their numbers to 18...
by Reach1985
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Eagles
Replies: 20
Views: 3213

Re: Eagles

My gosh they're some corkers there. They look better than real life!
by Reach1985
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Notam 05-03-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1586

Re: Notam 05-03-2020

Mike wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:17 pm
What has a possible inbound on Saturday got to do with today's Notam? :S
Because you know as well as I do Mike that when it comes to Fairford bomber deployments that any of the common sense as regards this forum that we utilise for the rest of the year goes out of the window! :P
by Reach1985
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: RAF Lakenheath
Topic: 48 Hour Readiness Exercise 11-13th Feb
Replies: 9
Views: 2181

Re: 48 Hour Readiness Exercise 11-13th Feb

I haven’t been down to watch any of the readiness ex. Over the last few years but have seen logs on here of well over 50 sorties in a day w/ hot pitting etc. Probably more than that some days. I’m sure some of the regulars on here will be able to give a better idea of numbers to be expected.
by Reach1985
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1073
Views: 328794

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

Interestingly no mention of the MC-130’s in the article? An over sight on the public affairs department or something we don’t know? In terms of operability I imagine that the special ops mission relies on the assets working together (for refuel etc.) but maybe there is more to this than meets the eye?
by Reach1985
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAFM Hendon Jaguar XX824
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: RAFM Hendon Jaguar XX824

Thunder wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:47 pm
Thank you, I knew it wasn’t any of the Sqds that flew the Jaguar. Seems strange that they didn’t mark it as an operational a/c.
That does seem daft. It would have been nice to do a OP Granby/Gulf War scheme or as you say at the v.least have it in the camo but w/ a Jag sqn marking(s).
by Reach1985
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAFM Hendon Jaguar XX824
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: RAFM Hendon Jaguar XX824

According to this info it was a 14 sqn. Aircraft for a while and was coded AD which I believe it still is. From pics of the airframe at Hendon I cant work out much else in terms of unit markings.

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/ ... _(002).pdf
by Reach1985
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: October B52 deployment
Replies: 161
Views: 29434

Re: October B52 deployment

Any idea how long the deployment is on for? The reason I ask is that my hands are tied with various commitments and it's going to be at least a fortnight before I can get away :unsure: MarkL Hi Mark, roughly speaking recent bomber deployments have been around 2-3 weeks of the aircraft actually here...

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