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TAC Blaze 2016

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TAC Blaze 2016

Post by geoffmackay » Sun May 08, 2016 9:58 am

RNAF advance party to start mobilisation at Carlisle airport on Tuesday 10/05/16. Helicopters arrive on Friday 13/05/16 and start flying on the 16th.

Night flying into Spadeadam will occur most evenings.

As previous years, they will be operating from the North side disused runway, Stobart hangar, taxiway Alpha and runway 19 threshold.

Helicopters depart on 01/06/16.

Types should be:-

4 x AH64
3 x H47
3 x AS32B

Regards to all

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by warrior2035 » Sun May 08, 2016 10:15 am

excellent news, also noticed that an unknown navy ship is arriving into Newcastle on Friday so probably bringing the road party

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by toom317 » Sun May 08, 2016 6:59 pm

Thanks for the info Geoff. Lets hope the Chinooks are the new ones.
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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by slogen51 » Mon May 09, 2016 6:06 am

Sorry to be a numpty but what does TAC stand for?

I only ask because at Odiham you often hear a Chinook carrying an underslung load cleared to land/depart from the TAC park.

Tactical air ??? ?

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by Durranhill » Mon May 09, 2016 1:22 pm

Carlisle Airport update 9/5/16 - http://www.carlisleairport.co.uk/images ... 5%2016.pdf .

Stewart .

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by michaele » Mon May 09, 2016 1:33 pm

Many thanks for the info, I will definitely be paying a visit.

Mike.

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by markf15 » Tue May 10, 2016 7:48 pm

Do they fly at weekends on tac blaze, I know maybe not using spadeadam but wasn't sure about local flights around area as just can't seem to remember from other years..?

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by toom317 » Wed May 11, 2016 7:09 pm

Mark, I doubt it. I've never known them to fly, except once for an airtest. It's been a couple of years since I've done a Tac Blaze though. I keep hoping for weekend flying on Otterburn, but it hasn't happened yet.
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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by poison1 » Wed May 11, 2016 10:51 pm

Hi all,

Yeah not too sure on the weekend flying either.I can never remember it happening.
Drove round by the airport today and by 1230 there was at least 35 dutch shipping containers already there and I passed another 8 on route to the airport from the Carlisle direction.Not much else set up there yet but looks like they have plenty of equipment on the move.

fingers crossed

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by johnhowe » Thu May 12, 2016 8:00 am

A reference to last years TAC Blaze 2015 should give an insight as to when operations start. Frank.

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=134421 Credits to Danny Bank.
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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by Skoshi » Thu May 12, 2016 8:02 am

toom317 wrote:Mark, I doubt it. I've never known them to fly, except once for an airtest. It's been a couple of years since I've done a Tac Blaze though. I keep hoping for weekend flying on Otterburn, but it hasn't happened yet.

Otterburn timetable for next week, all this week its been "non firing", looking at it would suggest possibly Tue/thursday evening for the dutch but thats speculation (just based on the times..)

Mon 16 May 0900 – 1700 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Tue 17 May 0900 – 2359 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Wed 18 May 0900 – 1700 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Thu 19 May 0900 – 2359 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Fri 20 May 0900 – 1700 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Sat 21 May 0900 – 1700 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Sun 22 May 0900 – 1700 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Mon 23 May 0900 – 1700 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Tue 24 May 0900 – 2359 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Wed 25 May 0900 – 1700 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Thu 26 May 0900 – 2359 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
Fri 27 May 0900 – 1700 Otterburn/Redesdale/Bellshiel Aircraft, Artillery & Infantry Weapons
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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by toom317 » Thu May 12, 2016 6:51 pm

Otterburn has been shut for a month for the lambing. Shut every year from 15 April-15 May. I've gone on spec in previous years and never caught them there, but I do know they've been in there, the ground troops definitely have. If I remember correctly Tuesday and Thursday on the range are usually the night time firing slots.
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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by geoffmackay » Thu May 12, 2016 8:10 pm

First helicopters due early afternoon. Flying most likely will start on Monday morning. Would expect them to use Spadeadam each day from then with multiple sorties. Usually there are under slung load movements within the airport boundary and occasionally the odd vehicle or two carried into the range.

Compound looks pretty much set up this evening with comms masts being erected and vehicles lined up.

Geoff

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by johnhowe » Fri May 13, 2016 8:20 am

Just picked up 3 AH 64 301 SQ airborn out of Breda, Breda East, and Tiburg REDSK 05 at 1000feet. interesting to see if they are heading our way.
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=131177http://www. ... 6&t=141614
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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by sschofield » Fri May 13, 2016 10:15 am

Should be 4 x AH-64D's, reported as Q-01/05/08/30. As ever, those need checking when they arrive!

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by Durranhill » Mon May 16, 2016 8:11 pm

Action started at 10.45 with Sabre 2 D-667 with 7 p.o.b req start up for dep to Spade , they left just after 11 for Spade & after talking to SKYRAY on 282.050 they requested the use of the PAPA 208 threat .
11.17 - 3 x Hawks ( Cutthroat ?? ) which had just dep Leeming called up the tower & req traffic info for the area .
11.36 - Redskin 51& 52 req start up & dep to Spade .
12.05 - Redskin formation req start up & dep for Spade at 12.17 as Redskin 53 & 54 .

12.35 - Sabre 2 inbound from Spade , landed at shut down by 12.39 .
12.41 - Shawbury 78 inbound for refuel & lunch stop .
13.37 - Redskin 51 formation inbound from Spade for 25 , landed & shut down by 13.47 .
13.48 - Redskin 53 formation inbound from Spade for 25 , landed & shut down by 14.00 .
13.56 - Shawbury 78 dep to the south heading for Linton .
14.55 - Redskin formation dep to Spade followed 5 min later by Sabre 1 D-667 .
16.40 - Apaches on the way back in & after landing the tower req a phone call from them regarding their arrival from the 07 end when 25 was in use :Oops: , they were followed in by Sabre 1 who landed & shut down at 16.50.
17.05 - Redskin 41 a single Apache landed .
17.07 - Redskin 44 req start up for dep to Spade.
1 more Chinook + the 2 Cougars have still to arrive for the ex .
It was now time to go home but I'll be back again in the morning .

Stewart .

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by johnhowe » Tue May 17, 2016 9:08 pm

Two items of news the second Chinook D 892 landed at Carlisle at approx 17.50 this afternoon (17th) 2 Cougars are due tomorrow callsign Demon.

Today I was accompanied by Peter one of the newer Warton enthusiasts. He was impressed to see the 4 AH 64s parked up on the ramp with no

fences or wire netting obstructing the view.


After leaving Carlisle we eventually arrived at Wiley Syke and met up with Alan of LFA 17 fame. we watched the Chinook and Apaches doing EW

work to the east and around Berry Hill.


A few years ago one of Alans friends posted a video of a Harrier flying low over Wiley Syke that particular video went viral, this afternoon Redskin 41

Formation (2 AH 64s) flew one of the lowest flybys ever seen at Wiley Syke and although not on video Alan captured numerous frames of each individual

Apache as it completely filled his camera screen he will be posting them on twitter as well as his own cite.


It was pleasant to meet up with Stewart ( Durranhill) thanks again for yesterdays factual report.
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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by Durranhill » Tue May 17, 2016 9:23 pm

A quieter day today as I arrived late at 10.15 , D-667 Sabre 3 & Redskin 53 both out in Spade , they arrived back at approx 10.45 .
12.25 - Sabre 2 req start up & dep to Spade at 12.45 .
12.32 - Redskin 41 formation req start up & dep to Spade at 12.52 .
14.30 - Redskin 41 formation called up Carlisle tower to say they were inbound to the re-fuel area which has been set up at the end of the taxiway opp ECR car transporters .
14.44 - Sabre 2 inbound from Spade to land & shut down
15.05 - Redskin 41 formation changed their callsign to 55 after re-fuelling & dep to Spade .
15.36 - Redskin 55 formation dep the range early as 56 had a tech fault & they both arrived down 25 with 56 landing & 55 hovering at the 19/25 intersection before he dep back to Spade at 15.45 .
D-667 was having work carried out + a number of the service crew were carrying Red briefcase size cases which I think may contain counter measures/flares for loading on the Chinook , anybody any ideas on this ?? .
As I left at 16.30 D-892 Grizzly 35 had dep Odiham for his flight up to Carlisle & the 2 Cougars are due in tomorrow afternoon .

Stewart .

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Re: TAC Blaze 2016

Post by Durranhill » Wed May 18, 2016 10:51 pm

Called up at Spadeadam this morning at 9.30 & for a change the weather was better than Carlisle , nothing moved until 10.30 when Hades 3 a Merlin entered the range from the south but he kept his distance from us & spent most of his time in the North & East of the range before heading south again.

12.05 - Redskin 51 formation entered the range from the west got to the cattle grid & turned right down the gorge & round the back never to be seen again before they dep back to Carlisle about 13.45 .
12.35 - Sabre 3 entered the range but never came close to us .
I headed back to Carlisle as the Apaches were leaving & arrived there at 14.08 just in time to catch Sabre 3 D-667 inbound for 25 then land & shut down .
14.27 - Demon 2 x Cougars called up with 15 miles to go & they landed at 14.38 .
16.30 - Left for home with 8 Helicopters on the ground .

20.20 - Arrived back at Carlisle to find 1 Apache out & grey Chinook D-892 being worked on .
20.40 - APU's started on 2 Apaches , they started engines & dep to Spade at 21.20 as Redskin 53 formation , I think Spade was closed but Carlisle tower was stopping open & he called them up at 23.05 & they landed back at 23.15 .

Stewart .

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