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Old 2nd May 2012, 12:41   #1 (permalink)
 
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RAF Northolt & Typhoon

With the safe arrival of Typhoon at Northolt....do the pilots have to press the brakes a little harder and handbrake turn at the end of the tarmac?

Its reassuring that these aircraft can land so close to the festivities of the exercise taking place, albeit from a much smaller airfield than they are used to.

Bring on the sonic booms which will sure to be caused by a secret RAF fighter traveling backwards at mach 4 and at 50ft above Buckingham Palace thereby waking the Royal Corgis as will be reported in the Sun.

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Old 2nd May 2012, 12:55   #2 (permalink)
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You beat me to the draw, slow typing on my part I guess.

I think at 1687m (about 5500 ft) that runway could be a challenge for both take-off and landing, especially as there's not a lot of real estate at either end (for aeroplanes that is), unless you count the A40.

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Old 2nd May 2012, 13:05   #3 (permalink)
 
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Presumably for the olympics the Typhoons will need to be armed / rearmed, if so have they done a safety plot?
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Old 2nd May 2012, 13:17   #4 (permalink)
 
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HTB,

Great minds think alike I guess!! Was it 6-7 minutes apart we both posted the same thing??

Im just the village idiot around my rolling Dorsetshire countryside but it would be nice to be strapped into the cockpit of a Typhoon on finals and feel the tension in the thigh muscles as you cross the threshold!!!

Im sure everything has been worked out and that a sufficient 50 knot headwind will be available from the wind machine at the end of the runway!!

Great noise for all the aviation enthusiasts around London....must bring back memories of Concord to them.

Hope the exercise goes ok in all honesty.

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Old 2nd May 2012, 13:35   #5 (permalink)


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Ah, that would explain the touch and go.

BBC were televising the landings live and didn't know what to say when one Typhoon touched down and took-off again after about ten yards, so they hastily cut to something else.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 13:56   #6 (permalink)
 
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Gevans 35,

The touch and go was instigated as a result of the Typhoons sensitive radar picking up a field mouse running across the active runway as will be reported by a Sun reporter.

On the flip side, this will result in all the "Anti Olympic" and "Save a Field Mouse Movement" breathing a sigh.... going home happy and contented.

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Old 2nd May 2012, 14:01   #7 (permalink)
 
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Can't they just sit in a CAP rather than put them in London.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 14:10   #8 (permalink)
 
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I think at 1687m (about 5500 ft) that runway could be a challenge for both take-off and landing
Do you have much experience flying Typhoons? If so, please get in touch with the team at RAF Coningsby - I'm sure they need your expert opinion...
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Old 2nd May 2012, 14:31   #9 (permalink)
 
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Did you think before typing:-

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Can't they just sit in a CAP rather than put them in London.
So instead of being on immediate readiness at Northolt you would have them airborne for 24hrs a day doing a CAP over London - and the cost of that would be - were you ever a planner in the military? Were you ever even in the military

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Old 2nd May 2012, 15:02   #10 (permalink)
 
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The locals must be going bananas. As Orderly Orifice one evening at NHT I was subect to a tirade of angry noise complaint phonecalls following the departure (straight out & no shenanigans) of a Harrier that had been in for a static display. The temptation to point out that it was they that had bought a house by an airfield was almost too much. I bit my lip.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 15:12   #11 (permalink)


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Sorry chaps, civilian rotary pilot, just interested in the touch and go and thought this the best place to discuss.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 15:28   #12 (permalink)
 
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More splendid reporting by the Beeb

From BBC News - RAF Typhoon jets arrive in London to test Olympic security

"The Typhoon jets .... will put pilots through their paces, .. "

It's good to see who's in charge up there eh
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Old 2nd May 2012, 16:01   #13 (permalink)
 
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Any complaints in the Summer of 1940?
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It would be nice to think that the chaps could sit outside the front of the authentic WWII Officers' Mess and 'scramble' to their trusty steeds on hearing the Mess Steward ring the bell.

Unfortunately, it looks as if they will be living in a plastic tent next to the radar antenna
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Old 2nd May 2012, 16:34   #15 (permalink)
 
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Only 37 and a half years, apologise if I upset one of the two wing master race, my point was if the target gets to London it might be too late
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Old 2nd May 2012, 16:45   #16 (permalink)
 
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Any complaints in the Summer of 1940?
I think Merlins may have made a lesser and - I dare say - a more pleasing noise than a pair of EJs.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 17:24   #18 (permalink)
 
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"The locals must be going bananas."

And some locals have been looking forward to it.

I just love the smell of burnt JetA1 in the morning, or any time come to that.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 17:49   #19 (permalink)
 
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"The locals must be going bananas."

And some locals have been looking forward to it.
Indeed, my 80+ year old mother certainly has and she is desperately hoping for some excitement in the form of some loud and low passes over her house….. but I’ve told her not to hold her breath on that score as the fun police would have already put a stop to that.

She’s lived within a stone’s throw of RAF Northolt all her life and as a child witnessed the arrival of 111’s first Hurricane’s and Sqn Ldr ‘Downwind' Gillan’s arrival over Northolt from Turnhouse on his record breaking flight, and so many scramble’s from there during the summer of 1940 and later.
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I do hope the have sourced some battered leather chairs, some deck chairs, a copy of the Sketch, a bell and a black Lab. Have I missed anything?
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