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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 20:22   #626
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 22:33   #627
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Meanwhile in the mid 1980s I was dealing with the need for the widest calculators in government service due to part of the Tornado funding being in Italian lira..... I was in the GR1 office from late 1987 to mid 1991, an interesting period even for a desk jockey like me.

Even as a spotter I remember my first trip to Cottesmore and first view, on a blazing clear summer morning, of a line of 20 Tonkas in three different air forces' colours, flying dawn to dusk to churn out sufficient aircrew for the aircraft being produced.

The UK won't be the same without the big, slab-sided noise-maker blasting round "under the curtain". Tomorrow is not just a spotting trip. It's homage.

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Old Thursday 24th January 2019, 23:13   #628
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Good day out yesterday, not just the four Tornados (two special tails, wraparound camo and a bog-standard boring grey one) but two F35 Lightnings and two Typhoons doing a maximum performance takeoff with climb to 10,000 feet straight off the runway. Leaving RAF Marham just before 1600 we dashed down to RAF Lakenheath and through dusk into darkness watched 13 F-15 Eagles blast off for night flying. I have a shedload of pictures to process, its taken me all evening just to edit out the absolute dross then pick out a number to work on.

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Old Friday 25th January 2019, 00:29   #629
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I have a shedload of pictures to process, its taken me all evening just to edit out the absolute dross then pick out a number to work on.
Sounds like me after a productive day birding!
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Old Friday 25th January 2019, 04:42   #630
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two F35 Lightnings and two Typhoons doing a maximum performance takeoff with climb to 10,000 feet straight off the runway.

Here, or up in the city, air traffic controllers call that a "viking departure"

Number of times I've been lucky enough to have seen F-15's at night, turn on full afterburners, stand straight up, and go vertical.

They're vectored out of the terminal control area (TCA) quickly as possible to avoid interrupting civilian traffic. They do it in a spectacular way.

Enjoyed this thread, and wonderful contributions to it for a long time.

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Old Tuesday 29th January 2019, 01:35   #631
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Exclamation Elvis has left the building !

Well, not Elvis, ....... but his skydance partner "Christine".

These Erickson Skycranes are an integral part of firefighting now, and for some reason 'Christine' decided to go for a cool swim while on the job !

The 6 other Skycranes are now grounded pending investigations
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-...d-dam/10757292



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Old Tuesday 29th January 2019, 15:05   #632
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Helicopter pilots have a saying, 'there are those helicopter pilots who have had a crash and those that will'.

Definitely the least safe mode of air travel.
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2019, 15:47   #633
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I used to prefer the light aircraft from Penzance to the Scillies, rather than the helicopter. Probably cause one of my birding mates thought it prudent to talk about the one that went down ( 1980s ), whilst in the departure lounge after seeing the memorial plaque in the old heliport. Still, stats. suggest we're still safer flying than on the roads.
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2019, 18:00   #634
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For those that might be interested, reading the DT. today. An article concerning the planned 75th anniversary on June 6th '19, airborne re-enactment of the 1944 Paratrooper drop by allied aircraft. Involving- 30 Dakotas (taking off from Duxford...might be worth taking the camera ) the greatest number in one location since WW2,) with 300 parachutists over Normandy into the dropping zone at Ranville, promises to be an amazing spectacle.

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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 09:16   #635
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When I was at the airport in WHSmith I noticed a 50th anniversary magazine of The Corncorde. I didn't have time to buy it but you can get it here https://shop.keypublishing.com/produ...CCONC/Concorde

Ps British Airways are launching their 100th anniversary tomorrow.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 21:27   #636
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Pictures from the Tornado Farewell last Wednesday.

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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 X 2

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning

Three Panavia Tornado GR4: camo top, IX(B) Squadron centre, 31 Squadron bottom

IX(B) (=9) Squadron special tail Tornado GR4
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Part 2:

31 Squadron special tail Tornado GR4

Wraparound camo Tornado GR4 (star of the whole show)

Modern standard light grey Tornado GR4

McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle taking off from RAF Lakenheath X 2
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Camo "Tonka" brought a tear to my eye. Unrestricted vertical climb from Typhoon take off just speechless.
USAF Lakenheath painting 3 x F15 Eagles to commemorate 75 years - first one has black and white stripes on wings and rear fuselage.
Glad you had a full day.
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Camo "Tonka" brought a tear to my eye. Unrestricted vertical climb from Typhoon take off just speechless.
USAF Lakenheath painting 3 x F15 Eagles to commemorate 75 years - first one has black and white stripes on wings and rear fuselage.
Glad you had a full day.
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Yeah, I've seen the first Eagle scheme - can't wait to photograph it myself, and looking forward to the other two.....

We had a great day out. Hope you did too!

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I got these from the garden this afternoon, probably the last time I'll see them from home.
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I got these from the garden this afternoon, probably the last time I'll see them from home.
Had them over the house again today, near Little Snoring. An era coming to the end. Used to come home low in formation after the Gulf War on their way home to Marham. Going to miss them more than the Jaguars.
F35s are okayish but no character, yet. F22 Raptors were very special a couple of years back.
Goodbye Tonka.
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A June day c10 years ago, 6 Merlins low over Holborn Tube Station...brought more than a tear to my eye.......
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Hope everyone has been enjoying the old colour scheme British Airways have been doing for their 100th anniversary. Go follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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Takes me back to when I saw the first BOAC jumbo fly over my school on approach to Heathrow, around 1970 / 71 I would guess.
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Exclamation Boeing 737 Max 8

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.abc.n...ticle/10891736
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-...82?pfmredir=sm

I must admit that I do enjoy watching the series "Air Crash Investigations" for the detailed investigative and engineering work they do.

A lot of the incidents are quite old, but it is striking the number of:-
'Autopilot/ systems' ... fault/incident .... pilot interface, causes of accidents there are. Is there distinct 'haptic feedback' for Autopilot intervention? Many times the pilots seem stressfully unaware as they spin towards the ground in complete confusion.

This is closely followed by the manic 'woot woot woot' of alarms relating to unknown (such as engine fire/ or missing!) or contradictory information (air speed, altitude, flightpath).
I am stunned that almost never does someone get a visual on the engine etc - reverting to guessing ('logical' fault finding methodology), or RTFM (under extreme stress no less!). Surely it would be worthwhile to provide camera sourced visual information to the pilots for key items - engines, landing gear, flight control surfaces. Not to mention recording that at key points/interactions on the Flight Data Recorders.

The 737 forward order book is a ~$1Trillion dollar revenue. It seems we should have made more progress on safety by now.



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Can’t find a picture and I was out without my camera.
However, I was in Stockport town centre yesterday morning (under the Manchester Airport flight path) and I saw a British Airways A320 (I think) fly over wearing British European Airways livery. Looked fabulous.
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There was loads of activity here the other day and the first aircraft here that can be seen on the tarmac, is of the same type, as one that flew over mу and whшich I can't recall having seen before, conincidence?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47688711

Looks to me thet once again, Russia has got the jump on the US, echoes here of Cuba, surely it removes any chance that Trump will inytervene in Vzla?
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There was loads of activity here the other day and the first aircraft here that can be seen on the tarmac, is of the same type, as one that flew over mу and whшich I can't recall having seen before, conincidence?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47688711

Looks to me thet once again, Russia has got the jump on the US, echoes here of Cuba, surely it removes any chance that Trump will inytervene in Vzla?
Ilyushin 62M, the Russian equivalent of the VC-10. Though the Il 62 dates from 1963, the M version didn't go into service until about 1974, and has had a good reputation for stability in rough weather. The aircraft is the largest commercial aircraft to have fully manual controls, but whether those built later in the production run still were fully manual, I'm not sure. There's a reasonable Wikipedia article about it.
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I find it interesting and sometimes bewildering how some military aircraft types are modernised and still flying in frontline active service after 50 or more years whilst others are mothballed quite quickly.
Eg. B-52 H USA only. Expected to be still in service till 2050. Nearly 90 years.
F 117a Nighthawk. USA Stealth fighter, c 25 years.

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I find it interesting and sometimes bewildering how some military aircraft types are modernised and still flying in frontline active service after 50 or more years whilst others are mothballed quite quickly.
Eg. B-52 H USA only. Expected to be still in service till 2050. Nearly 90 years.
F 117a Nighthawk. USA Stealth fighter, c 25 years.
The thing is, as a bomb truck the B52 is in a class of its own, but it has no credibility as a participant in a modern peer conflict. Its only possible role would be to take cruise missiles to an unexpected launch position well outside the opposition's air defence cover.

The Nighthawk was for peer- and near-peer conflict and has been superseded by more survivable platforms such as the F-35.

Incidentally the first flight of the B52 was April 1952, so in 2050 the general aircraft type will be 98! There are six at RAF Fairford at the moment, I got some pictures yesterday of them parked up.

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