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Old Friday 19th July 2019, 07:21   #726
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These days everything military i see in the UK is generally ‘Gunship Grey’ which apparantly blends in well with the dreary overcast conditions

Even ‘nose art’ has been PC’d certainly for the Yanks...

I used to love the ‘Tiger’ meets at the Fairford Air Tattoo where lots of aircraft types from Nato would sport a Big Cat livery - the most impressive, for me, was generally the Germans and usually on a Tornado c/w tons of smoke residue on the tail fin from the action of the reverse thrusters aka ‘thrust buckets’

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Old Friday 19th July 2019, 11:59   #727
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I didn’t know Scotland had an Air Force?

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Old Friday 19th July 2019, 13:34   #729
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Old Friday 19th July 2019, 16:24   #730
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My first visit to The Bwlch in LFA7, what fun, will be doing that again!

Well worth the drive and wait on the hillside.

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The Bwlch from the top shelf

C-130J Hercules C4 of 47 Sqn RAF

F15C Eagle: heritage jet from the 493rd FS, 48th (Statue of Liberty) Wing at RAF Lakenheath

MC-130J Hercules of the USAF from RAF Mildenhall

BAe Hawk T2 of IV (AC) Sqn RAF based at RAF Valley
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Old Friday 19th July 2019, 17:34   #731
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My first post on this long thread so apologies if this has been seen before. Note the altimeter c 5000ft amsl - in the Drakensberg range I think. Not as low as 15 Sqn but pretty good!
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Old Friday 19th July 2019, 17:45   #732
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And as I seem to have mentioned low flying, the rules were a little different in Oman a few years ago...
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Sorry - the word ‘National’ confused me.....
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Old Saturday 20th July 2019, 04:24   #734
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This is an old pic taken on Portra 400 color film several years ago.

Lockheed Electra L-12, the sound of its radials preceding its appearance by at least a full one minute.

Taken at my favorite former patch at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Bounded by the terminal control areas of three airports, I've seen an amazing number and variety of aircraft there. Never to be forgotten, an RAF VC-10 making an appearance there one day. Posted the VC-10 a few years ago in this thread.

March of time being what it is, still amazing and wonderfully shot pics of classic aircraft being contributed to this thread.

Cheers! everyone
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Old Saturday 20th July 2019, 12:23   #735
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And as I seem to have mentioned low flying, the rules were a little different in Oman a few years ago...
took me a while to work that out !!!
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took me a while to work that out !!!
Yes, the wheels belong to the refuelling bowser(s) not the Jag!
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And as I seem to have mentioned low flying, the rules were a little different in Oman a few years ago...
Are those Hawker Hunters in the background?
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Are those Hawker Hunters in the background?
Yes, 2 seaters and singles and always competing ...
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Thanks, looks about 12 feet off the ground, fast and straight. Still one of my favourites.
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There is some nice footage on Youtube of those Jags

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Used to love Fairford, with the Russian stuff especially.
But have to say the best flypasts were either the Lightning or the Phantom - what a noise!!

Favourite modern era fighters are F15, F16 or Typhoon.
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Used to love Fairford, with the Russian stuff especially.
But have to say the best flypasts were either the Lightning or the Phantom - what a noise!!

Favourite modern era fighters are F15, F16 or Typhoon.
Well, you'd have enjoyed the Romanian MiG 21 Fishbed and Ukrainian Su 27 Flanker this year: also the RAF and Italian Typhoons (depending on the day), the USAF and Belgian F16s and the NATO flypast including the aforementioned and 3 F15s from Lakenheath.

Other highlights included RAFAT with G-BYGC the British Airways BOAC 747 retrojet; RAFAT with the Patrouille de France both showing their Concorde formations on the 50th anniversary of the first flight; and statics including a Norwegian F16 two-sticker painted in 1944 Spitfire colours as a D-Day celebration - about 10,000% more effort than the accountant-ruled RAF put in.....

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I also miss it but it’s a shadow of its former self imo

We used to camp for the arrivals to the departures at the farm overlooking the airbase for the last 4 years of our attendance and had a great experience each time. In addition there was a gravel pit adjacent that was used as the turning and burning area for the fast jets it also yielded excellent birding with breeding Wheatear and LRP’s plus other migrants

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Just a reminder Planewatching Live starts tonight at 8pm on BBC4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00071fm
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Military stuff - i will certainly give that an eyeball

Thanks for the heads up

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Anyone watch Planespotting Live tonight? Very much like Springwatch
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https://news.sky.com/story/flyboard-...annel-11770047

What type of permissions or licences would this inventor need in terms of CAA, Marine agencies and other departments require? I appreciate the thrill, science and adventure but what if he collided with another airborne mode of flight along his route. Also, the financial cost of his rescue and recovery but probably by his rendezvous platform vessel rather than French or UK Coastguard.

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It’s a bit more novel than a Rubber dinghy.....

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What type of permissions or licences would this inventor need in terms of CAA, Marine agencies and other departments require? I appreciate the thrill, science and adventure but what if he collided with another airborne mode of flight along his route. Also, the financial cost of his rescue and recovery but probably by his rendezvous platform vessel rather than French or UK Coastguard.
Make your mind up.... he either needs permission from the CAA (how far out does their writ run?) or whatever Marine agencies, but surely not both!

Anyway, how do you suppose he stands in relation to say, kite surfers (who use a board at sea but I've seen them many feet up!), jet-skiers, motor-boatmen or yachtsmen/dinghy sailors: all of whom are perfectly entitled to use the English Channel from one side to the other without licensing? I don't see any need for anything here.

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Make your mind up.... he either needs permission from the CAA (how far out does their writ run?) or whatever Marine agencies, but surely not both!

Anyway, how do you suppose he stands in relation to say, kite surfers (who use a board at sea but I've seen them many feet up!), jet-skiers, motor-boatmen or yachtsmen/dinghy sailors: all of whom are perfectly entitled to use the English Channel from one side to the other without licensing? I don't see any need for anything here. John
Maybe that's why the AD&KSM is being developed...?
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