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by Agent K
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 8122

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Wonder what aircraft they will be using when the Hawk T1 retires the T2? Heard a rumour a while back that the tranche 1 Typhoons we’re being considered rather than them head to RTP / storage. Wishful thinking! Informal talks have been held with BAES on the Hawk T2, but given the life still left in ...
by Agent K
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 8122

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Given the need for crew to be on the ground (filming etc) across all the practices, I've never seen the away-base for practice being a viable or practical option. Wherever they go it needs to be at least as efficient and practical as Scampton surely?
by Agent K
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows New Base?
Replies: 102
Views: 8122

Re: Red Arrows New Base?

How about Henlow?
by Agent K
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Marshalls move
Replies: 26
Views: 4272

Re: Marshalls move

Bassingbourn is still active. Talk of it becoming a helicopter airfield but who or what’s going to be there is another question. Having spoken to someone who works at Marshalls there is talk of Mildenhall but no one knows 100% of what’s going to happen. Dave Bassingbourn isn't active.... as an airf...
by Agent K
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Marshalls move
Replies: 26
Views: 4272

Re: Marshalls move

Gary wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:59 pm
Had a lecture with one of the Marshalls pilots, he said Cranfield and Duxford are very unlikely
Spoke with a friend last weekend who works in the Marshalls management team, said Duxford was a non-starter, Cranfield very likely!
by Agent K
Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Marshalls move
Replies: 26
Views: 4272

Re: Marshalls move

I’d put my money on Cranfield. If you look at the £Billions of money they can make from those houses I’m sure the money will be there to make Cranfield what they want.
by Agent K
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: RAF Marham
Topic: F-35 coding update
Replies: 22
Views: 2976

Re: F-35 coding update

Thanks - very good to know! Presumably the ones at Edwards will leave service after their development lives are over? Wonder if we could see one at a UK museum. They're production (rather than development) airframes so will stay in service as long as the rest I'd imagine. Not sure if in time 17 wil...
by Agent K
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Exclusive Interview: RAF Typhoon Aggressor Sqns incl New Scheme
Replies: 7
Views: 2305

Re: Exclusive Interview: RAF Typhoon Aggressor Sqns incl New Scheme

stevef wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:47 pm
'90% dark grey tone with parts of the fuselage not painted' doesn't sound very exciting!
Steve
Yes I'm assuming the radome etc. will be the non-painted parts. Would be nice to see some actual camouflage, breaking up the lines of the aircraft, even something like the Saudi Typhoons!
by Agent K
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Missing post
Replies: 15
Views: 1106

Re: Missing post

Stug298 wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:59 am
it would only have taken ten seconds more.....
Perhaps you could volunteer too as an admin with such insight?
by Agent K
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrow Hawk XX204 Service Inquiry
Replies: 21
Views: 2816

Re: Red Arrow Hawk XX204 Service Inquiry

would it be to difficult to have a civilian volunteer system in place for RAFAT to carry out the less important jobs? I’m certain those jobs could be filled ten fold if such a system was introduced. Wes... That would, I fear, open up another can of worms and cost...…. And you wouldn't have voluntee...
by Agent K
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: RAF Waddington
Topic: Interesting Waddington Notam 8.10.19
Replies: 16
Views: 2196

Re: Interesting Waddington Notam 8.10.19

Undertaker wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:36 pm
Drones ?
I wouldn't suggest drones would be doing high energy manoeuvre?s, this is the same kind of NOTAM they issue for Leeming for when the FAC/JTAC's are directing the Hawks.
by Agent K
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrow Hawk XX204 Service Inquiry
Replies: 21
Views: 2816

Re: Red Arrow Hawk XX204 Service Inquiry

Read the report. Don't buy it but seems the modern way to blame somebody/something else. The Mess Steward burnt my toast, the nasty air traffickers asked me if my gear was down at a crucial point... Lord Flasheart thought he was better than he was and an innocent payed the highest price. How many m...
by Agent K
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrow Hawk XX204 Service Inquiry
Replies: 21
Views: 2816

Re: Red Arrow Hawk XX204 Service Inquiry

Blackcatlad wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:22 pm
Poor airmanship, plain and simple.
Definitely not just "poor airmanship" and not "plain and simple", read the report and recommendation!
by Agent K
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bell 360 Invictus FARA
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Bell 360 Invictus FARA

And a bit of Comanche there too.
by Agent K
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Sentinel Emergency
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

Re: RAF Sentinel Emergency

ColintheCaterpillar wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:50 pm
Very disappointing that they were given the tip off; I doubt they have a correspondent monitoring flight tracking software or military radio frequencies.......
But of course you can get it to alert when a 7700 is broadcast, I wouldn't be surprised if a "correspondent" has at least this set up.
by Agent K
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Sentinel Emergency
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

Re: RAF Sentinel Emergency

There's nothing decent about that kind of rapid descent...……….. :clap:
by Agent K
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation Memorabilia
Topic: 11 sqn Op Azotize patch
Replies: 7
Views: 867

Re: 11 sqn Op Azotize patch

Perhaps I should answer - Squadron Prints designed this badge with the input of many people who were to be involved with the pre-deployment build up for Op Azotize. The order was agreed and supplied in time for the advance party going out. As per other badges, we do not release the excess exercise ...
by Agent K
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: AAC Wattisham
Topic: Wattisham
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: Wattisham

Think you've posted this is the wrong forum, suggest you do it on the Wattisham page!
by Agent K
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Spanish plane crash.
Replies: 5
Views: 1304

Re: Spanish plane crash.

Blackcat1 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:42 am
Thanks for clarifying. I only read the headline on my ancient phone. Shouldnt have surmised .
No worries and with my limited Spanish it wasn't totally clear, but I understood in the end! irrespective of that, very sad.
by Agent K
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Dragon Chasing Fairford 26th August
Replies: 25
Views: 3480

Re: Dragon Chasing Fairford 26th August

Nighthawke wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:12 am
Agent K wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:51 am

w/b? Don't recognise that term? can you expand?! thanks.

Westbound (John previously said e/b - Eastbound)
:lol: Aha...., the obvious, thank you!, worked in aviation for 34 years and didn't see that one in context!

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