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8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by rh226 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:11 am

Or will the 493rd come back first? They are only out there for two more weeks. :lol:
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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by James Cutting » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:45 am

Hmmm...someone better get their bets in soon!! Some money to be made :lol:
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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by Off Airways » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:56 pm

Baz - You won't get a NOTAM for few support aircraft, there will be just a standard Flight plan.

But there has to be incoming support for the F.35's basics like spare nose wheels, main wheels, jacks, engine blanks, specific oils etc etc ... In the old days some popular spares were always permanently stored at bases "down route".

When I was on C-130's there was always an engine, prop and main wheel kept in Cyprus and Goose Bay, nowadays air forces (Including the US) can't afford to keep spares on the shelf away from base - a sign of the times.

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by BOLLO » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:13 pm

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by Tronk 11 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:58 pm

Could spares be used from Marham?

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by david14 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:42 pm

The RAF aircraft are Bs and the USAF are As - the original F35 concept was that the three variants would have a high degree of commonality, in practice they are very different. So, I'm not sure the spares at Marham would be that useful even if they are able to be used

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by Off Airways » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:58 pm

I doubt it very much, there are country / manufacture agreements about sharing spares. Diverted into an ANG C-130J base in Maryland a few years ago with an RAF J and we need a very common and cheap part. The guard guys gave it to us but we had to reject it because Lockheed Martin said no ... :@

It then took 4 more days to get the spare from the UK in an A5 Jiffy bag! :(

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by plmc135 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:17 pm

Anyone know of a local farmer who might be selling straw which could be clutched :ninja:

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by Off Airways » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:22 pm

No straw available ... it's been taken for the manger. It's that time of year :Oops:
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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by gulfstream650 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:14 am

I guess these are not coming now?

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by James Cutting » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:59 am

So it seems
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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by rh226 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:11 pm

Back in September, Trump stated that Europe would see some 5th Gen fighters deployed "very soon".

We got them........the 6x "FF" Raptors, extending their return from the sandpit.
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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by plmc135 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:35 pm

There has been no evidence to show they were ever coming in the first place, just unfounded speculation.

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Re: 8x HL F-35A due Lakenheath

Post by slogen51 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:20 pm

Shame. A nice little deployment and back in time for Christmas would be a nice way to round off the year.

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