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Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USAF Gives go ahead for B-52 Re-engining
Replies: 18
Views: 3593

Re: USAF Gives go ahead for B-52 Re-engining

Any new engines would need to be significantly de-rated to stop them ripping themselves off of the mounting points. Even today, the Buff is seriously overpowered and can rarely fly at max thrust.
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: KC-46 for 2018 service plus AMC upgrades
Replies: 5
Views: 1093

Re: KC-46 for 2018 service plus AMC upgrades

All that spending means there'll be cuts elsewhere, F-15s and F-16s is the rumour.
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: USAF Gives go ahead for B-52 Re-engining
Replies: 18
Views: 3593

Re: USAF Gives go ahead for B-52 Re-engining

So still no actual progress, funding or idea about which engine will be used. It'll happen eventually I'm sure.
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 890
Views: 272569

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

The thing I don't understand about the SOW move. Where are they going to train in Germany. Speaking to a couple of the 480th FS pilots at RIAT they mentioned about not being allowed to operate under 2,500 feet in Germany. Unless the limit only applies to fast jets? As per my point above, the 352nd ...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 890
Views: 272569

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

I wouldn't read too deeply into the media on these topics as they often cut out missing words or think the USAF has to move everything in one go. The types of things the media should be reporting are things like " All RC-135 will have moved from Mildenhall by 20xx" and " The squadron that manages Eu...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 890
Views: 272569

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

Rumour is that the KC-135s will end up in several places around Europe.
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RAF Mildenhall to close. Lakenheath to get F-35 by 2020
Replies: 890
Views: 272569

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

Will the 100th ARW even still exist by then.....? :ninja:
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Navy Pilots Describe Shooting Down SU-22
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Navy Pilots Describe Shooting Down SU-22

No, but I think a previous poster was suggesting that the West do which is what the Sidewinder's development was influenced by, or at least that the West's flares have a very different chemistry to Russia's. It wouldn't surprise me looking at some photos if Russian flares were made by hand by a man ...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Crikey :-O
Replies: 6
Views: 1466

Re: Crikey :-O

The glorious flying machine showed its loyalty to the Motherland and its power to the people. There was nothing but excitement from the crowds as they cheered at the machine designed to destroy Yankee forces on the great plains of Europe. Meanwhile the family of pilot Major Screwuv are enjoying thei...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: NOTAM 20-09-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2467

Re: NOTAM 20-09-2017

The original notam was for 19:00L, so presumably it'll reappear when the second dragon leaves. Given the number of Buff flights recently I'm not surprised they're taking a rest!
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Navy Pilots Describe Shooting Down SU-22
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Navy Pilots Describe Shooting Down SU-22

For obvious reasons, I doubt you'll ever hear the truth about why the -9X failed but Russia's dirty approsch to making flares often comes up in the history books. Prior to being used in Desert Storm, the -9M had urgent seeker changes made due to the known limitations against Soviet era flares on Ira...
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: NOTAM up 19-9-2017
Replies: 44
Views: 4731

Re: NOTAM up 19-9-2017

So today we had 3 B-52s, 3 U-2s and a B-1 in and out - that'll be a good reminder for Putin that the USAF can put something meaty in his back yard when it wants to.
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: Base Visits
Replies: 5
Views: 1768

Re: Base Visits

Visits to see deployed USAF squadrons tend to be formally managed through media days arranged by the UK and US based public affairs staff whereas less formal (but still legitimate!) visits are usually arranged through informal networking with people you happen to meet at the right place at the right...
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Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: 'Quid 09' - RAF Fairford - 17th Sept 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 2009

Re: 'Quid 09' - RAF Fairford - 17th Sept 2017

Good point, you're correct about Osan - it's the 5th RS rather than the 5th ERS so an extension of the 9th RW whereas the ERSs in Europe are part of EUCOM and CENTCOM etc. The aircraft at RIAT this year was "incorrectly" marked as it had come from an ERS but still had BB on the tail - the DetCo mutt...
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Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Current Military Photography
Topic: 'Quid 09' - RAF Fairford - 17th Sept 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 2009

Re: 'Quid 09' - RAF Fairford - 17th Sept 2017

Believe it or not, it's the law (in the USAF world, apparently). They're not allowed to fly aircraft assigned to one Majcom with markings from another. I also wonder if there's some magical properties about the U-2's paint which makes them remove as many of the plastic red transfer markings as possi...
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Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: The Fighter Control Mess
Topic: RSAF Typhoon down in Yemen
Replies: 6
Views: 2604

Re: RSAF Typhoon down in Yemen

Isn't it Saudi where pilots are never the cause of a crash? Even if they push the stick so far forwards that the camels don't stop getting bigger? It's always a technical malfunction, which irritates a certain manufacturer of the aircraft they crash. (Quotes from PPrune ad infinitum)
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Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Notam 18-09-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4499

Re: Notam 18-09-2017

Question of the day - the Buffs are always heard relaying their take off times to Scalp SOF - but the Bones have never been heard relaying their take off times. Do they not do that, use satcom or use an unknown set of numbers on the radio dial?
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Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: Notam 18-09-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4499

Re: Notam 18-09-2017

First time in a long time that there's been three USAF bombers in the Brize zone all doing their own thing?!
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Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: RAF Fairford
Topic: More buffs heading to Fairford
Replies: 78
Views: 13533

Re: More buffs heading to Fairford

No mention of any exercises, just hardcore sabre rattling - that's a first for the USAF's propaganda machine.

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