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by nickowen
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: US F15e pilot displays Welsh flag over Snowdonia
Replies: 42
Views: 5541

Re: US F15e pilot displays Welsh flag over Snowdonia

Courtesy Ensign - ships do it all the time.
by nickowen
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: New Rule Allows Military Aircraft to Turn Off ADS-B Transmissions
Replies: 1
Views: 1018

Re: New Rule Allows Military Aircraft to Turn Off ADS-B Transmissions

US warships have been doing this for some years, or using a spoof identlty, though the MMSI Number 000000000 or 99999999 usually gives the game away. French warships often do the same but using 888888888.
by nickowen
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Patrouille de France 2 accident - off runway
Replies: 13
Views: 2510

Re: Patrouille de France 2 accident - off runway

It's an elderly aeroplane so may be a Constructive Total Loss.
by nickowen
Mon May 06, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Prestwick
Topic: Monday 6th of May 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2158

Re: Monday 6th of May 2019

muscat90 wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 12:00 pm
Wildcat ZZ396 just arr Gannet missed call sign
Refuelled at Caernarfon as SKUA 409.
by nickowen
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Hawk Near Miss
Replies: 9
Views: 2937

Re: Hawk Near Miss

Map slid off the coaming?
by nickowen
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: RAF Lossiemouth
Topic: Joint warrior
Replies: 24
Views: 4837

Re: Joint warrior

They are expected to embark in USNS Medgar Evers. Did anybody catch the serials?
by nickowen
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Joint Warrior 19 Participants R&R Liverpool.
Replies: 1
Views: 359

Re: Joint Warrior 19 Participants R&R Liverpool.

We tracked the ships of SNMCMG1 as they came north and only saw four (Thetis, Hinnøy, Dillingen and Cattistock) coming up the river. Thetis and Hinnøy secured at the landing stage while Dillingen and Cattistock entered Canning Dock. Do we know the identities of the other two? (we have 8 MCMVs on the...
by nickowen
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: RAF Valley & Mona
Topic: T-6 ZM324 airborne
Replies: 24
Views: 3671

Re: T-6 ZM324 airborne

That's VATA-D, which is east of GH North.
by nickowen
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: RAF Valley & Mona
Topic: T-6 ZM324 airborne
Replies: 24
Views: 3671

Re: T-6 ZM324 airborne

Texan sorties are currently following a fairly standard format of:
Launch from Valley
General Handling in GH North
Circuits at Mona
Recovery to Valley.
by nickowen
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Has anyone else heard this story and is it true or even possible?
Replies: 26
Views: 3007

Re: Has anyone else heard this story and is it true or even possible?

Lewis's story about Roland Beamont's arrival over the USA reminds me of the dit about the Canberra PR9 requesting clearance to join US Upper Airspace from Oceanic:
"RAFAIR xxxx request FL660"
"Yeah, if you can get that high"
"Thank you, descending to FL660"
by nickowen
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Radar Corridors
Replies: 12
Views: 7419

Re: Radar Corridors

The E-3 Orbit Areas are all on the RAF UK High ENR chart.
by nickowen
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: T6-c aircraft at valley
Replies: 24
Views: 3920

Re: T6-c aircraft at valley

In its heyday, RAF Finningley operated 6 different types (a mix of piston, turboprop, jet, fast jet and rotary), happily integrating all on a single runway. To assist in identification, each of the aeroplanes had a different callsign suffix and headlight pattern.
by nickowen
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Online Radar and Radio Options
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Re: Online Radar and Radio Options

360Radar has by far the densest network of ground stations in the UK, and they don't need to be sophisticated. When I started contributing data, it was via a dongle with a twiglet aerial on the window sill and a biscuit tin for a ground plane.
by nickowen
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF PUBLICATION AIR CLUES.
Replies: 5
Views: 1196

Re: RAF PUBLICATION AIR CLUES.

He'd been around for years in the 1960s when I was a cadet, and he was already a good deal older than any of our Officers.
by nickowen
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Bristol Brabazon hangars.
Replies: 11
Views: 2158

Re: Bristol Brabazon hangars.

The owners are usually the last people to want a structure listed, specially if they have purchased it for redevelopment.
by nickowen
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: RAF Valley & Mona
Topic: Another pair of Texans
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

Re: Another pair of Texans

Both aircraft now on the ground at Glasgow, having arrived just now from Reykjavik. Expected at Valley tomorrow morning.
by nickowen
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: RAF Valley & Mona
Topic: Another pair of Texans
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

Another pair of Texans

'Scramble' reports that the next two Texans for Affinity Flying Training Services are expected to arrive at Valley early next week. ZM327 (N2856B) and ZM328 (N2857B) are currently being prepared for the crossing at CFB Goose Bay.
by nickowen
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Specsavers England vs India Test match series
Replies: 25
Views: 2688

Re: Specsavers England vs India Test match series

Before I retired, TMS was my constant companion in the car. Gasholders, buses, pigeons and dirigibles - the very essence of an English summer. When I was working at home, my ploy to minimise distraction was to listen to TMS and leave the TV on in the next room with the volume turned down. Then if so...
by nickowen
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: RAF Valley & Mona
Topic: Visitors PM 6th August
Replies: 7
Views: 2649

Re: Visitors PM 6th August

The Strikemasters recovered to Hawarden when the weather eventually cleared yesterday afternoon. However, due to the Anglesey Show taking place at Bodedern, there will now be very few jet movements at Valley before Thursday.
by nickowen
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Another MP jumps on the make me popular bandwagon - Low Flying Complaints
Replies: 31
Views: 3509

Re: Another MP jumps on the make me popular bandwagon - Low Flying Complaints

The "Machynlleth Loop" was created to deconflict low level traffic in transit, but has since become an objective in itself. There are plenty of other valleys in Wales which are underused by the UKLFS (e.g. here in Dyffryn Clwyd, we see fewer than half a dozen low fliers per annum, a fraction of the ...

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