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by filmman
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: RC-135 info
Replies: 13
Views: 3169

Re: RC-135 info

The hard intelligence lesson is to keep matters as compartmentalised as possible. The USA frequently, with good reason (Cambridge/Oxford USSR spy rings; Clause Fuchs, Tube alloys USSR penetration, etc :grr: ) distrusted us. Although they sell us the equipment they might be very reluctant to share th...
by filmman
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: NOTAM 16-JAN-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1163

Re: NOTAM 16-JAN-2019

The planes are old. Are parts refurbished or in short supply. Some USAF planes spare seem to be in short supply. Could - (1) Both be broke? (2) West bound being canabalized for East bound? (3) West bound being serviced so it can be turned a round to replace East bound because it's seriously broke? I...
by filmman
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: First look at Sikorsky BOeing SB-1 Defiant
Replies: 2
Views: 826

Re: First look at Sikorsky BOeing SB-1 Defiant

Maybe lockheed will get it right this time. Last time the Cheyenne got wiped out by the US Army.
Filmman
by filmman
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 837
Views: 255059

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

Nothing stays static. Cold War over; The West cuts defence spending. Eventually nasty, normal reality dawns - continuing international power struggles, economic power shifts and resource acquisition. Now the USA is increasing defence spending but possibly finding it closed too many bases/airfields. ...
by filmman
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 837
Views: 255059

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

I stand corrected, any idea when the 50% split ended. A long time ago members from the "Hill" were being briefed at HQ Mildenhall and they were told about the UK's 50% and other friendly Measures. They had previously been in West Germany, they were pleasantly surprisedat; a very censored take on the...
by filmman
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 837
Views: 255059

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

I believe that we pay 50% and the USA 50% of infrastructure costs on US bases in the UK which are leased. Nominally they are RAF stations and have a ranking RAF officer. However, we do benefit from the presence of our cousins and it's a godd deal.
Filmman
by filmman
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 837
Views: 255059

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

Looking down both runways it seems that Fairford's runway isn't as flat (it's hilly) as Mildenhall's, and it has a more noticeable slope. To what extent does this negate its length advantage in one direction than the other? Is the runway work partly necessary to make it at least equivalent to Milden...
by filmman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Notam 13 11 18
Replies: 13
Views: 1572

Re: Notam 13 11 18

I didn't mention the other random factor. Excessive cross winds on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Faiford and possibly elsewhere. This could result in delayed swap overs. The USAF seems to have more accurate weather forecasts than the Met Office. As mentioned above the modification program has ended, so...
by filmman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Notam 13 11 18
Replies: 13
Views: 1572

Re: Notam 13 11 18

It appears that usually the USA U2 pilot checks in on a Monday, goes on oxygen to purge out nitrogen, takes of that afternoon and arrives at Fairford Tuesday morning. Because of the timing of flights into and out of Fairford it seems that if there is a Federal/USAF holiday on a Monday they don't swa...
by filmman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 837
Views: 255059

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

Romeo bravo that's an interesting comment. Before global warming England was sinking and Scotland was rising because of Glacial Rebound. Think of Great Britain as a raft. The Scottish end was pushed down more than the south coast because the ice sheet was thicker further north and as it gradually re...
by filmman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 837
Views: 255059

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

Man proposes, God disposes. Government policy regarding rising Sea Levels is "managed" retreat. Predicted that by 2100 sea levels will be 1 metre higher; websites show the impact. However, Climate Change appears to be accelerating. Even at 1 metre, small parts of RAF Mildenhall, which borders a depr...
by filmman
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to get another 16x chinooks
Replies: 45
Views: 4031

Re: RAF to get another 16x chinooks

The direction of travel is lower spending, fewer types and numbers of aircraft, fewer bases, less people and outsourcing. PFI contracts have not delivered the expected savings, are inflexible and impossible/very expensive to exit early. Some big decisions are difficult to understand. Unfortunately "...
by filmman
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF to scrap Sentinel surveillance aircraft due to cuts
Replies: 27
Views: 6174

Re: RAF to scrap Sentinel surveillance aircraft due to cuts

MOD's problem is that no one is really in charge Finance. They are continually running a hot budget, have no long term vision, assume all well be perfect and shut their eyes to sub-standard but cheap deals and finally waste money by cancelling projects that deliver because they have no alternative. ...
by filmman
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: Folly Road fence upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 1846

Re: Folly Road fence upgrade

You mean they don't trust their own runners!
Well it looks like we are all on the up. Hopefully no pole vaulters will be sighted.
Filmman
by filmman
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: Folly Road fence upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 1846

Re: Folly Road fence upgrade

On Monday 24 Sept there had been no change at Folly Road, only 12 posts fitted; still no extra wire. I was told by someone from Johns' field that replacement razor wire was been put by the trailer. It would appear that security improvements are progressing erratically. I will update Folly Road progr...
by filmman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: RAF Mildenhall
Topic: Folly Road fence upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 1846

Folly Road fence upgrade

Today, metal barbed wire extension posts were being bolted onto the inside of the concrete fence posts where they bend out at the top of the chain link fencing; the metal posts lean into the Base.They had only fitted 12 posts from the gate at the end of Folly Road, heading East down the road when th...
by filmman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Turkish F-35 Delivery Blocked
Replies: 19
Views: 2806

Re: Turkish F-35 Delivery Blocked

After Vietnam was taken over I remember seeing, in a US facility, a lot of F5s that were not going to be delivered to Vietnam. Not sure what finally happened to them, but probably sold on to others.
Filmman
by filmman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Tu-22M3 upgrade, Daily Fail
Replies: 17
Views: 1846

Re: Tu-22M3 upgrade, Daily Fail

Don't be lost for words, a lucrative job beckons for a plane spotter to check the papers aviation, sorry too long a word for their hacks, plane stories/fiction and turn them into accurate reporting. In fact one of us could write really factual reports exposing our Governments stupid waste of defence...
by filmman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Turkish F-35 Delivery Blocked
Replies: 19
Views: 2806

Re: Turkish F-35 Delivery Blocked

If Turkey has 2 actual F35s there are obviously worse security implications if the US refuse to supply more. (For the US there were always security issues with selling stealth abroad.). Could Turkey swap them with the Russians as part of a nice deal to buy Russian jets; they have already bought a ve...
by filmman
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off
Replies: 102
Views: 7537

Re: Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off

Just a thought, did the USA reduce the RC 135 fleet by 3 and we took up the slack by acquiring 3? As there is a strong USA/UK Intelligence link does the USAF need now to permanently base one in Mildenhall/UK. So Fairford might be upgraded but not necessarily for RC135s.
Filmman

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