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All this discussion on colour schemes. I think the pic at Cosford proves the point. I remember when the R was white top and first painted hemp- grey under. we did some experiments to strip the paint from the bomb bay using dry ice (went right through!) once the 7 layers of paint was off we could see all the way to Moscow without crossing the border. I feel the RJ will be good for the UK and 4 powers. as for the special relationship. always been the case (or some of it anyway) we did have some organic capability. pitty to have lost the ability to develop systems in house we once had at EWAU/D
Well Tuc is spot on as always. someone will sign up the RTS probably with a CLE to begin with. one thing for certain Q2 will make a fortune as usual reguritating "evidence" to support the safety case. lots of lessons learned in recent years since 230 and C HC. The E3 has a similar pedigree and that has not been grounded. These things are too important. as we have seen no one will have the balls to declare these expensive things unsafe. Questions would be asked in the House. The PAC and Defence Select Ctee would have a field day.
Out of interest does any one know if the two preserved R1s still have the racks and equipment fitted? I know there are some of the Starwindow and earlier LRUs in a museum somewhere in Norfolk.
On alternate names - we did call the crew "the formation eating team" and as most of them were senior in age we had "beware of old people" road signs up in the C flight crew room. I noticed the average age of the crews did reduce once we became more computerised.
I still speak to some old colleagues from R1 days, including the Starwindows PM, and the first thing they mention is always the loss of EWAD. There were some super people there, and in SRB. (Although some would say the best job they did was the hack on Amstrad satellite boxes).