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by Reach1985
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: General Info
Topic: BTF/ B52H 2020 General Information
Replies: 145
Views: 20920

Re: BTF/ B52H 2020 General Information

Ive been trawling various posts trying to find when the B52s are due to return home.Has this been announced? If so any information would be very much appreciated. The best guess is probably next weekend or thereabouts. It looks likely that B-52’s are taking part in Ex. Astral Knight 2020 which take...
by Reach1985
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

I read this in a geopolitical context: ‘high north’ as Norway & Scandinavia and access to the arctic which is increasingly becoming debated territory & I read the line ‘some of the areas of increasing relevance to us’ as Eastern Europe / Ukraine etc. I think I’m right in thinking that there has been...
by Reach1985
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: RAF Lakenheath
Topic: No parking on roadside
Replies: 51
Views: 5033

Re: No parking on roadside

I can understand the issue with people parking on the verge of the main A road, and with it being a danger, especially with people crossing the road to get to the fence. However I think the highways agency should also make the road 40 MPH throughout It’s length alongside the base, as passing driver...
by Reach1985
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Tracking Info
Topic: Notam 04.09.2020 Bomber Ops
Replies: 86
Views: 6350

Re: Notam 04.09.2020 Bomber Ops

David Vincent wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:42 pm
Visual over Norwich 1540L
Seen OTT Norwich through the cloud in the descent
by Reach1985
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Tracking Info
Topic: Notam 04.09.2020 Bomber Ops
Replies: 86
Views: 6350

Re: Notam 04.09.2020

Heard them OTT Norwich. 1 glimpses through cloud. Sadly cloud at about 20K ft
by Reach1985
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: RAF Lakenheath
Topic: Aviano F-16 Deployment?
Replies: 94
Views: 14794

Re: Aviano F-16 Deployment?

Hi sorry if this has already been asked. Any idea how long the F-16's are deployed to Lakenheath for ? One post above I know the duration of this deployment has been mentioned on here before. so I spoke to a Buzzards pilot yesterday at Lakenheath who confirmed the visit is for a month. I think we j...
by Reach1985
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: KC-135 vs KC-10
Replies: 17
Views: 1182

Re: KC-135 vs KC-10

Not a dumb question at all. The most obvious difference is size. The KC-10 is a much bigger aircraft than the C-135 & that size equates to being able to carry more fuel, nearly double what a 135 can carry. It was also built from the off with ability to deliver boom and hose & drogue in the same miss...
by Reach1985
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

"They are keeping 2500 airmen at Mildenhall out of the current 4,200 with the 1,700 being the 95th reconnaissance Squadron which is moving to fairford. So all in all everyone's a winner. In terms of F35 deliveries will they come over in batches? 1,700 airmen in the 95RS - really that much? Also you...
by Reach1985
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 360 Radar .co.uk Settings
Replies: 16
Views: 1398

Re: 360 Radar .co.uk Settings

Is there a tracker available to track F-15's? They do appear from time to time on 360 radar but only ever the odd 1 or 2. I had one on there last week but it's the first I've seen for a good while. They did used to crop up a bit more frequently but as other posters have said mode s tends to be turn...
by Reach1985
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

I assume one Squadron will replace the 493rd's F15's & the old F111 days 495th will be re activated. I only count 59 HAS's(Google earth) are they constructing more to cope with the extra aircraft? I don’t think they will operate from HAS - I think they are building the covered flight line ‘sheds’ -...
by Reach1985
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

We can finally change the title of this thread! Right - when are these F-35 arriving at LN? It doesn’t look like 2020 (as per thread title). I bumped into the chap we purchased our house from the other day who is a project manager for one of the construction firms working on the F-35 stuff and I com...
by Reach1985
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

Another of Spangdahlem's roles is supporting REACH flights which Ramstein is unable to handle. In peacetime, reduced troop numbers may mean this additional capability will no longer be needed but retaining it on standby status would be an insurance in case Germany had to be re-enforced in a hurry. ...
by Reach1985
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

Either way I think moving the 480FS & draw down of Spang Is probably a done deal. Which would in theory secure Mildenhall’s future. The ‘big ticket’ item in the drawdown is really the 2nd Cavalry - which is as far as I can tell the only ‘war fighting’ unit based in Germany after V Corps was dispande...
by Reach1985
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

There has been a few discussions on here regarding Prestwick, Belfast etc. & some docs were recently shared - perhaps on another topic I can’t remember. As far as I am aware Prestwick have worked very hard PR wise to attract the USAF custom especially ANG & AF reserve units transiting east (none cri...
by Reach1985
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

I’ve read Dr Esper’s speech the key word for me as regards Mildenhall is “uninterrupted” Which suggests that there will be no change in the current basing.

And remember Dr Esper visited Mildenhall just a few weeks ago. No doubt to give them the good news.
by Reach1985
Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1383
Views: 363282

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

https://www.airforcemag.com/u-s-to-end- ... m-germany/

This article published 20 or so mins ago suggests that Mildenhall will remain open.
by Reach1985
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: C.130 - Stick of Twelve Para's, High Up, Late Afternoon
Replies: 29
Views: 2722

Re: MC.130 - Stick of Twelve U.S Para's, High Up, Late Afternoon

How did you identify them as U.S. paratroopers please, by the type and colour of the canopies / chutes? I’m guessing because Sculthorpe is used by the US special ops guys most days of the week for training of various types (including para drop) where as the RAF are rarer visitors. & at 10-12K foot ...
by Reach1985
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: “RAF accused of wasting money on 'outdated' F-35 warplanes“
Replies: 53
Views: 5353

Re: “RAF accused of wasting money on 'outdated' F-35 warplanes“

"Problem with the F-35B is it was primarily designed for the USMC way of fighting which is to provide CAS over the beach a short distance from the boat." That hadn't occurred to me, probably the most telling comment I've ever seen or heard about the unsuitability of the B for UK operations given ou...
by Reach1985
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: “RAF accused of wasting money on 'outdated' F-35 warplanes“
Replies: 53
Views: 5353

Re: “RAF accused of wasting money on 'outdated' F-35 warplanes“

It’s a pipe dream I know but I think the smart way to deliver our defence needs would be a USMC style force that can defend our territorial interests & rapidly deploy to any trouble spots around the world. The 3 services would be combined in to a UK ‘Defence Force’ in order to rid it of these ridicu...
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: 3404

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.

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