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by turmo
Fri May 18, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: US state dept approves C-130J sale to Germany
Replies: 4
Views: 1693

Re: US state dept approves C-130J sale to Germany

Hard to believe that six C-130Js can account for $1.4 billion ( even considering spares and support ). But that's the cost of a monopoly option I suppose, the A400 is in a category above and the C-27 much smaller. I think we'll look back on the A400 in 20 years time and agree that it was too big for...
by turmo
Fri May 11, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread
Replies: 802
Views: 139422

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread

DBH do a fantastic job year in year out, and it is easy for people to lump the blame onto them when in fact it's other Air Arms and/or countries that block these things happening Well they certainly do a 'job' but perhaps I'm too old and cynical to deploy the superlatives. They run an efficient air...
by turmo
Sun May 06, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread
Replies: 802
Views: 139422

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread

Thanks, is there anything wrong with me classing the C-130 as a heavy? It's not that big an aircraft, MTOW is within a tonne of an A320. Its wake turbulence doesn't qualify it as such either, it is Medium from memory. But this isn't a law court so you can call it whatever you like :) Incidentally w...
by turmo
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread
Replies: 802
Views: 139422

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread

Seahornet1 wrote:
Does that help...?
I think he was asking whether the Whirlwind can fly or will be trucked-in. I believe it will fly in and out.
by turmo
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread
Replies: 802
Views: 139422

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread

Saturday usually sells-out for general admission ( or at least has done so since I started going in 2013 ) but not Friday or Sunday. It will be interesting to see how Friday full-show sells this year, it's a challenge as most families would have to take leave from work to attend. Selfishly I hope it...
by turmo
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread
Replies: 802
Views: 139422

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread

I thought that was an interesting question about enthusiasts vs casual visitors. Of course ticket sales are the driver. But it's another question as to how they drive those sales. Persuading a family to spend £60 + travel costs on a day out must be a tough job compared to advertising to enthusiasts ...
by turmo
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: RIAT
Topic: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread
Replies: 802
Views: 139422

Re: Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Discussion Thread

Well it's better than grey, but I think it's rather cold and corporate. I imagine it went through a dozen layers of senior officers each wanting to make their contribution. We need a sword in the globe! We need a ribbon! A logo! Slogans! You could remove the RCAF text and reuse it for a Formula 1 ra...
by turmo
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Happy 100th Birthday Royal Air Force
Replies: 12
Views: 1811

Re: Happy 100th Birthday Royal Air Force

OK I'll get it in before the day's mayhem starts: "As of 2 April 2018 the Royal Air Force (RAF) and aviation elements of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) and Army Air Corps (AAC) will be placed under the command of the Permanent Joint Forces Command Headquarters (PJHQ) at Northwood. The contributi...
by turmo
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Croatia to purchase 12 F-16D's from Israel
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Re: Croatia to purchase 12 F-16D's from Israel

They can decide whatever they like but until the US State Department gives transfer clearance those F-16s aren't going anywhere.
by turmo
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Missing USAF designations
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

Re: Missing USAF designations

Doughnut wrote: To quote 22A the F-9 was indeed used, for the post 1962 Grumman F9F Cougar, but how many would have been is service is debatable.
One of those odd avenues of history, the USMC used 'TF-9Js as "fast-mover FACs" in Vietnam.

They also hammered away on USN carrier decks until 1974!
by turmo
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: MoD rule out A400M Atlas in flight refuelling
Replies: 27
Views: 5315

Re: MoD rule out A400M Atlas in flight refuelling

Doing it over the Bristol Channel in benign conditions is massively different to a circumstance where you had to do it for operational reasons. Well it's a good enough place for USAF CV-22s to practice hook-ups, though pedantically they operate a bit farther out towards the IOM. I don't understand ...
by turmo
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: 1969 USAF C130 Wreckage Found in Channel
Replies: 54
Views: 11242

Re: English Channel hunt for wreck of stolen Mildenhall C-13

What a curious story, thank you for posting it. Though I do wonder why the BBC and other media continuing on writing nonsense such as 'Hercules C-130E' and 'Raptor F-22' when a quick glance at even Wikipedia would give the correct form. It always makes me wonder what else they screw-up. Though admit...
by turmo
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: F35 noise protest
Replies: 48
Views: 6816

Re: F35 noise protest

People know where the airfields are why live near one when on nights then what will happen ?? try and close the base down Well, have you ever noticed how RAF airfields are named after the nearest postal village? That's because the village was there for hundreds of years before the RAF... maybe it's...
by turmo
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 8
Views: 1452

Re: Hawk

Basically yes, once you'd lopped-off the afterburner section and modified some controls. The original Adour Mk 151 in the Hawk was the Jaguar's Mk 102 with the part-throttle-reheat control removed. It gave about 90lbs more dry thrust due to the absence of back-pressure from the afterburner section. ...
by turmo
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: F35 noise protest
Replies: 48
Views: 6816

Re: F35 noise protest

I'm not too surprised. DoD measurements pegged the F-35A as perceptually 'twice' as loud as the F-16C ( F100-PW-220 engine ) on take-off and landing and still a bit louder louder than the 'PW-229 variant. An unpleasant return to the noise levels of the F-105 and A-6 era! The F-35 also has a much bas...
by turmo
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Red Arrows XX227 retires after 38 years
Replies: 63
Views: 10192

Re: Red Arrows XX227 retires after 38 years

Wow amazing. Shows what a great design it was....and is :thumb: I'm afraid my initial reaction was rather more cynical. Our much-lauded 'International Trade Ambassadors' are trying to persuade other nations to Buy British by flying around in a design that first flew in 1974. That's the best we can ...
by turmo
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Typhoon cannon
Replies: 30
Views: 3237

Re: Typhoon cannon

The subject of cannon is an interesting microcosm of development philosophies. - For the MRCA, the partner nations together decided to develop something faster-firing and lighter than the 30mm ADEN, and the BK-27 was adopted - For the Eurofighter, the partner nations together decided to fit the BK-2...
by turmo
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: New RAF 100 Special Tails
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Re: New RAF 100 Special Tails

Well done those chaps!

Be.2C, Hendon, Harrow, Wellington, Stirling , Mosquito. Good to see some of the lesser-known types remembered.
by turmo
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Typhoon fleet.
Replies: 176
Views: 83768

Re: RAF Typhoon fleet.

Keeping track of Tranches and Blocks would have been much easier if the RAF had used the version numbering more logically.

Instead we have to write FGR.4 Tranche 2 Block 8 / 8A / 9 / 10 / 11 / 15, and FGR.4 Tranche 3A Block 20 / 25 and whatnot instead of e.g. FGR.4D and FGR.6B
by turmo
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Is the f-22 the only jet with rectangular exhaust ?
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: Is the f-22 the only jet with rectangular exhaust ?

It will probably be the only fast-jet to be built with recangular exhausts, too; it represents late-1980s technology. They were the result of the F-15 S/MTD thrust-vectoring test-bed experiments; subsequently tht was fitted with more efficient circular TV nozzles as the F-15 ACTIVE but that was too ...

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