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by Agent K
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF aircraft serials with names
Replies: 18
Views: 798

Re: RAF aircraft serials with names

Vulcan74 wrote:
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:44 pm
Have any of the RAF's P8 flown on any training missions yet?
Yes and more than that, they declared IOC a few days back.
by Agent K
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Voyager on towline
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Voyager on towline

I use plane finder and am seeing quite a bit of RAF/Army/Navy now, Hercules, Chinooks, Wildcats amongst others.
by Agent K
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Possible sad use for Former RAF Upper Heyford
Replies: 3
Views: 1226

Re: Possible sad use for Former RAF Upper Heyford

Similarly and still a current RAF base, it was announced yesterday that RAF Henlow is to be used similarly.
by Agent K
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company
Replies: 67
Views: 14807

Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

Right this is just a question is the wake behind a A-380 too much to make it a viable tanker. Yes I suspect so, and there is no requirement worldwide for such a tanker. Even the A330 based tankers only have their standard wing/belly fuel tanks and none within the cabin which is fully pax configured.
by Agent K
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Nightingale (formally London City Airport)
Replies: 19
Views: 2914

Re: RAF Nightingale (formally London City Airport)

Have the RAF sold their 146s yet? The ideal aircraft to use. Mind you could FlyBEs Dash 8s not be used? They'll want to be using a/c with rear-loading capability to give them the space and the floor attachments to load and secure the 'incubators' that the critically ill need, like they did a couple...
by Agent K
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Nightingale (formally London City Airport)
Replies: 19
Views: 2914

Re: RAF Nightingale (formally London City Airport)

Mind you could FlyBEs Dash 8s not be used? Presumably if the government pay the outstanding fees, the lessors, the insurers, the CAA and the crew...yes. All of the above and also reassemble the operations and planning infrastructure and personnel and engineering and certification and and and....…….
by Agent K
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Nightingale (formally London City Airport)
Replies: 19
Views: 2914

Re: RAF Nightingale (formally London City Airport)

Unknown74 wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:57 am
Have the RAF sold their 146s yet? The ideal aircraft to use. Mind you could FlyBEs Dash 8s not be used?
They still have at least 3 in the fleet I think and I've noticed them on training flights around the UK this week, saw one yesterday in Humberside amongst other places.
by Agent K
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bases flying?
Replies: 39
Views: 5991

Re: Bases flying?

Stroudy wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:01 am
Brize still seems to be regularly flying. I live under the flightpath a few miles to the SW and have C-17s, A400s, Hercs and Voyagers going over on and off all day and night still.
Being operational I can't imagine they'd stop. Perhaps reduce training flights but the rest will continue.
by Agent K
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Tornado and Phantoms from 1990's RIATs
Replies: 8
Views: 681

Re: Tornado and Phantoms from 1990's RIATs

Very nice collection there, thanks for sharing.
by Agent K
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Autumn in SoCal
Replies: 27
Views: 3690

Re: Autumn in SoCal

Amazing photos, thank you for sharing.
by Agent K
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Clockwork 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 4099

Re: Clockwork 2019

Absolutely stunning phots, and I love the UK helos. Thanks so much for taking the time to share.
by Agent K
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Royal Navy Merlin
Replies: 16
Views: 1763

Re: Royal Navy Merlin

Perfect shutter speed for the rotors there, nice catch.
by Agent K
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Lizard Galaxy from Air Fete '92
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

Re: Lizard Galaxy from Air Fete '92

Superb, loved this scheme, thanks for sharing.
by Agent K
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 50 New Apaches for British Army
Replies: 9
Views: 1586

Re: 50 New Apaches for British Army

plmc135 wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:57 pm
New is not quite the right word as they are the original AH-64D's reworked to AH-64E standard. And to keep the number crunchers happy they will re-appear with "new" serials.
I don’t think the primary objective of defence procurement is to keep number crunchers happy :roll:
by Agent K
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: E-3 Numbers Reduced Again
Replies: 31
Views: 3740

Re: E-3 Numbers Reduced Again

Had some good views of an RAAF Wedgetail over Nellis in February during red flag, an interesting looking aircraft, here's a photo I took and posted over on Instagram.....

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8zJxB_hSi3 ... 45po5kvyfj
by Agent K
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: E-3 Numbers Reduced Again
Replies: 31
Views: 3740

Re: E-3 Numbers Reduced Again

They didn't last very long did they. How many of these 'Wedgetail' (what a hideous name!) contraptions are the RAF getting? Enough to actually cover the areas they're needed or just a token gesture so we can pretend we have a capability? Will they even be RAF operated or will it be partly by contra...
by Agent K
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Boeing FARA watch this space
Replies: 8
Views: 1739

Re: Boeing FARA watch this space

wolfie138 wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:16 am
I hope they build them w/ a bit more reliability than their civilian planes.
Having worked with and on Boeing aircraft such as the 747, 757, 767, 777 I can assure you these have superb reliability. Don't confuse reliability with a design/certification issue on a specific sub-type.
by Agent K
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: More F35B's for RAF?
Replies: 11
Views: 2418

Re: More F35B's for RAF?

Unless said "guy in the RAF" is involved in the E3 programme or F35 programme, or strategic and warfare planning then you can take his word with a pinch of salt. He'd know no more than those outside the wire and it is purely hearsay. If however he is involved enough to know of plans then he's not fo...
by Agent K
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Luftwaffe considering F-18 Super Hornet?
Replies: 32
Views: 4359

Re: Luftwaffe considering F-18 Super Hornet?

Tally-ho wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:30 am
@TonyO
Thank you for sharing that enlightening write-up here. The second last paragraph says “… suggesting a further nudge to the right”. What is meant by that?
I don't read this as any political statement, more a small movement along the project plan.
by Agent K
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Luftwaffe considering F-18 Super Hornet?
Replies: 32
Views: 4359

Re: Luftwaffe considering F-18 Super Hornet?

Thank you all for your replies, I'm glad that I asked. So, are they planning to produce a twoseat Typhoon with Prowler like capabilities? More research required on my part. I believe yes a 2-seater is the proposal, google under words such as airbus German Typhoon ECR etc. (it is an AIRBUS proposal)...

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