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Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by rupert5 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:47 am

B2 inbound over Lechlade

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by rupert5 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:51 am

And the second one.

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by stefancampbell44 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:55 am

just flew over Swindon

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by Paulo » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:29 am

What do people think of them fueling and going back out? Engines still running and two hours left on the notam?

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by von_trippenhopf » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:31 am

It is possible.
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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by sonicbenj » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:41 am

I presume the NOTAM is Zulu time, therefore the NOTAM is now closed.

Edit - my bad, I went the wrong way! Lol

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by dazgeo » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:36 am

Morning Gents, Both have arrived at approx 0800.

88-0329 B2 Spirit Of Missouri & 82-0168 B2 Spirit Of New York

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by dazgeo » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:09 am

Sorry guys 82-1068 slip of the finger. Also planned to depart around 10am.

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by MRay » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:47 am

0329 has departed again back to USA!
1068 currently scrubbed but was due out as well.
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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by XR221 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:55 pm

Here's a link to the US 'Air Force Global Strike Command' news webpage which features details, photo links and a video link to the B52's arrival and deployment at Fairford for this exercise :-
http://www.afgsc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123450047

Based on last years deployment timetable as reported on this forum, although only guesswork, B52 operations can be expected from Fairford daily from 0700 local at the earliest to 1900 latest with core hours between 0900 and 1800 local. Last year there was no B52 activity on the Friday at the end of week 1 through to the following Monday so if the deployment has the same timetable this year then there will be no B52 Ops between 12/6 and 14/6 inclusive and they will then return to base on the Friday at the end of week 2, departing on 19/6 as early as 0600 local - they were timings as per last year so this is only guesswork as to plans for this year?

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Post by XR221 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:59 pm

and another similar USAF news item here

http://www.afgsc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123450025

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by BenLuck » Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:56 pm

There is talk of the B-2's returning tomorrow and doing the same thing as today, changing crews and refuelling and then returning to Whiteman but who knows :whistle:

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by pshaun714 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:04 pm

As what I read on RAF Fairford Spotters group: "According to the crew its a different 2 every day for a fortnight"


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Post by BenLuck » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:11 pm

Let's hope this is true. Fingers crossed :thumb:

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Post by Thunder » Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:16 pm

pshaun714 wrote:As what I read on RAF Fairford Spotters group: "According to the crew its a different 2 every day for a fortnight"


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Take it he meant in relation to crew and not airframes

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by BenLuck » Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:56 pm

Yeah :thumb:

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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by Pune » Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:01 pm

BenLuck wrote:There is talk of the B-2's returning tomorrow and doing the same thing as today, changing crews and refuelling and then returning to Whiteman but who knows :whistle:
This sounds great but isn't one B2 still here and hangared?
Any news on this one?
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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by pshaun714 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:03 pm

Pune wrote:
BenLuck wrote:There is talk of the B-2's returning tomorrow and doing the same thing as today, changing crews and refuelling and then returning to Whiteman but who knows :whistle:
This sounds great but isn't one B2 still here and hangared?
Any news on this one?
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I read that it started up, shut down and put back in the hangar, GPS problems


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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by pshaun714 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:03 pm

Pune wrote:
BenLuck wrote:There is talk of the B-2's returning tomorrow and doing the same thing as today, changing crews and refuelling and then returning to Whiteman but who knows :whistle:
This sounds great but isn't one B2 still here and hangared?
Any news on this one?
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I read that it started up, shut down and put back in the hangar, GPS problems


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Re: Upcoming Deployment/Exercise May-June

Post by Malcolm » Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:10 pm

The AR20(SW) refuelling track for the one that departed FFD at 10:00L appears to be 15:15Z->16:15Z FL260-280.

There is an identical reservation for 03:15Z->16:15Z FL260-280. That's exactly twelve hours after the first one. May suggest an 21:00Z (10pm Local) departure tonight for the sick one.

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