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B2 Deployment March/April (general information thread)

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B2 Deployment March/April (general information thread)

Post by thevulcan » Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:23 am

This morning whilst passing fairford I noticed a selection of equipment has appeared next to the B2 hangars (presumably roaded in due to lack of flights)
This included: four power sets, four parachute packing steps and several portable lights which can be towed to bays to allow for vision at night.
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by Spitfire88 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:32 pm

Noticed that lot had appeared my self yesterday

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by bizfreeq » Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:20 pm

Or all of that equipment is already in situ because it is needed on a regular basis and they moved some of it out of the way to accommodate a third U-2?
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by graham luxton » Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:27 pm

Looked like U-2 stuff - at least one item got towed to the U-2 hangar this morning.

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by thevulcan » Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:47 am

Can confirm equipment still outside today even through fairford has only two U2's again.Will have to wait and see.

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by Scudpilot » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:59 pm

I need to make a trip down to Fairford to see the Dragons, not been there for a while.
I realise that they usually don't fly at weekends, so it will mean booking a day off.
Is there a rule of thumb for days that are most or least likely to fly, ie: Don't fly on Fridays etc?
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by SamP » Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:30 pm

No pattern to it and no signs in advance that they'll be flying but things seem to have ramped up a bit recently and at the moment the mission jet has been flying almost every day of the week, departs around 8am and recovers around 4pm.

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by thevulcan » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:20 pm

Credit to honest man
"There's supposedly an Atlas B747 due into Prestwick early Saturday leaving for Fairford 0915"
More waiting :P

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by rh226 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:20 pm

honest man wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:46 pm
There's supposedly an Atlas B747 due into Prestwick early Saturday leaving for Fairfield 0915
One hopes that Fairford is what HM meant to type.

Fairfield would be Travis AFB.
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by honest man » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:56 pm

rh226 wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:20 pm
honest man wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:46 pm
There's supposedly an Atlas B747 due into Prestwick early Saturday leaving for Fairfield 0915
One hopes that Fairford is what HM meant to type.

Fairfield would be Travis AFB.
Apologies fairford indeed
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by Spitfire88 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:36 pm

747 due Saturday is from knob noster

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by thevulcan » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:39 pm

Spitfire88 wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:36 pm
747 due Saturday is from knob noster
I smell Missouri Spirit in the air :whistle:

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by BOLLO » Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:57 am

And so it begins. :pop:
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by Knife 04 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:06 am

BOLLO wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:57 am
And so it begins. :pop:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:09 pm

Knife 04 wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:06 am
BOLLO wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:57 am
And so it begins. :pop:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Darren - In your avatar on here, is that you wearing your Corona Virus protection equipment?

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by Knife 04 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:58 pm

ChrisCwmbran wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:09 pm
Darren - In your avatar on here, is that you wearing your Corona Virus protection equipment?
Yes Chris - been wearing it for years and now reaping the benefits. I will be sitting here while all around me are falling! :D :D
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:46 pm

Good planning Darren :)

Must make sleeping hard though!

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by NotoriousBadger » Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:28 am

Atlas Air - N477MC - GTI8362 From Whiteman AFB

Landed At Prestwick at 0643.
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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by markjenk » Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:23 am

GTI8362 on its way to Fairford, just approaching Cumbria.

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Re: First Signs of Imminent Deployment.

Post by Penfold71uk » Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:47 am

Passed west abeam BHX 08.43 in the descent.

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