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by Agent K
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 1409
Views: 383445

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

Lengthy article in the local paper about the implications of Joe Biden's Presidency. Mildenhall is mentioned and i am not sure that the terms used are correct. It says that Mr Obama made the decision to close Mildenhall and that Mr Trump overturned it. I know politics has long tentacles but I thoug...
by Agent K
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: MC-130J 11-5731
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: MC-130J 11-5731

BOLLO wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:12 pm
11-5733
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... badly-need
Interesting information and photo, thanks for sharing BOLLO
by Agent K
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: MC-130J 11-5731
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: MC-130J 11-5731

slogen51 wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:03 am
It was and probably still is just a 67SOS MC-130J back from maintenance

Wonder if it has any extra lumps or bumps ?
Thanks for the confirmation slogen51, and yes I wonder!
by Agent K
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: MC-130J 11-5731
Replies: 7
Views: 683

MC-130J 11-5731

Heard a familiar sound overhead me in Henlow last night 21:50 local last night and looked on a plotter to see it was MC-130J 11-5731 at 15,000ft from the USA and descending into Mildenhall, callsign SAUCY41. Is this a replacement/rotation aircraft for Mildenhall or is it heading further on?
by Agent K
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Exercise Crimson Warrior - RAF Spadeadam 28/10/2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1882

Re: Exercise Crimson Warrior - RAF Spadeadam 28/10/2020

Some cracking photos there, you captured the moment superbly.
by Agent K
Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: RAF Leuchars
Topic: Future Leuchars Activity
Replies: 27
Views: 2620

Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Sorry to say it, always knew they made a mistake closing the RAF Base. But they haven't closed the airfield, which is why the Typhoons were able to operate recently.What this seems to suggest is that they want to grow the commercial side of things and take on more temporary military detachments too...
by Agent K
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tanker Stowaways
Replies: 8
Views: 2062

Re: Tanker Stowaways

To paraphrase George Orwell: We may all sleep safely in our beds, knowing that rough men standby ready to do our doing. After the 1980 Iran Embassy siege no one tried a similar stunt. Hopefully this will deter others from stealing ships. In any event, well done to our highly professional armed forc...
by Agent K
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: QEAF/RAF Hawk Squadron
Replies: 8
Views: 2202

Re: QEAF/RAF Hawk Squadron

Graham wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:22 pm
Leeming is even quieter!
Agreed, but Valley has the space and the whole infrastructure to operate the T2 and variants of the hawk (e.g simulators, engineering, spares, logistics, operation, training set up etc etc.) which you would have to set up if you based them elsewhere.
by Agent K
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: Marham 19.10.20
Replies: 9
Views: 2072

Re: Marham 19.10.20

Nice catch and great photos, thanks for sharing. I must have seen 30 or more A's and B's at Nellis in February during Red Flag and it's kinda growing on me!
by Agent K
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Gate Guard question
Replies: 33
Views: 2965

Re: Gate Guard question

WE.177 wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:47 pm
…….Henlow; Hawker Hunter visible from the main road next to the fence line.....
It's still there! I just walked past it :thumbs:

It's a rare F1 model too.
by Agent K
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: QEAF/RAF Hawk Squadron
Replies: 8
Views: 2202

Re: QEAF/RAF Hawk Squadron

Was bit surprised that they only ordered 9. Looking at the large number of fighters (96!) they ordered especially as they now operate only 12. Are the Hawks only to train future Typhoon pilots maybe. With future Rafale and Eagle pilots trained on they France and USA trainingscyclus? Then stationing...
by Agent K
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: QEAF/RAF Hawk Squadron
Replies: 8
Views: 2202

Re: QEAF/RAF Hawk Squadron

f-4 wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:17 am
Interesting. Guess it will be Valley unless the circuit is deemed "too busy" but Leeming would be a possibility.
Yes, those were my thoughts too.
by Agent K
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Saying goodbye to RAF Marham's Victor
Replies: 7
Views: 1781

Re: Saying goodbye to RAF Marham's Victor

Hands in their pockets, beards, how will they ever be able to fight the enemy? or maybe...…… they're still darn good at what they do? Somebody should have told these shoddy pilots too...……... https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-battle-of-britain-raf-fighter-aces-from-left-po-w-l-knight-douglas-7922698...
by Agent K
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: QEAF/RAF Hawk Squadron
Replies: 8
Views: 2202

QEAF/RAF Hawk Squadron

Not sure if people saw this yesterday, but there's the possibility of a UK based QEAF/RAF Hawk squadron for the QEAF Hawk trainers ordered recently: https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fnews%2Fuk-and-qatar-commit-to-a-stronger-defence-relationsh...
by Agent K
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Cuts to the RAF’s E-7 Wedgetail Fleet now only 3?
Replies: 73
Views: 7085

Re: Cuts to the RAF’s E-7 Wedgetail Fleet now only 3?

…….Airliners should never spend more than 8 weeks in servicing unless its structural. A standard C check on Boeing airframes is usually 4-6 weeks. 737 and 757 usually 32 days from roll in to roll out. I cant think of one airline that has 1 aircraft in deep maint on a continuous rotation. BA? Those ...
by Agent K
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: B52 BALOO52 60-0029 Squawking 7700
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: B52 BALOO52 60-0029 Squawking 7700

nitro999 wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:50 pm
viewtopic.php?p=1229195#p1229195
Thanks, looked everywhere to see if this been reported apart from there!
by Agent K
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: B52 BALOO52 60-0029 Squawking 7700
Replies: 3
Views: 872

B52 BALOO52 60-0029 Squawking 7700

As per the title just seen this pop up on my radar app, seems to doing circuits around Cheltenham/Gloucester as I speak.
by Agent K
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Jets on deck – HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks the largest number of F-35s at sea so far
Replies: 16
Views: 1812

Re: Jets on deck – HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks the largest number of F-35s at sea so far

As Thunder said, it's a planned exercise with planned respective fleets and resource, I wouldn't read too much into it, it's going ahead as planned, with 100% the complement required. A war scenario, when fully up to capability would look somewhat different.
by Agent K
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Storm Clouds Gather Over F-35B Lightning As United Kingdom Prepares Defense Review
Replies: 17
Views: 2224

Re: Storm Clouds Gather Over F-35B Lightning As United Kingdom Prepares Defense Review

Now Kent is being partitioned from the rest of the UK... Surely not?, as I was "corrected" in post #345 this "was settled years ago" and thus by implication there will be no expenditure required for such a crazy idea and therefore no impact on budgets across the board, including defence and, with r...
by Agent K
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic Photography
Topic: Arizona 1997
Replies: 5
Views: 1129

Re: Arizona 1997

Lovely selection there, I had the good fortune to fly in "Sentimental Journey" nearly 20 years ago.

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